MAGNIFICENT WINE COUNTRY ESTATE

        Offered at $9,500,000

Welcome to Bella Vista.

Situated on a bluff above the Sonoma Valley, Bella Vista lives up to its namesake with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, the Valley floor and the San Francisco Bay.  Just minutes from Sonoma’s Historic Plaza, Bella Vista is close enough to town for boutique shopping, fine dining, wine tasting and more.  But once through the private gates, this stunning, exceptionally handcrafted estate will instantly transport you to the hills of Tuscany. 

From the premium Cabernet vineyard, to the dozens of indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces with views in all directions, to the majestic custom-built three bedroom, four bathroom main house, private guest house, infinity-edged pool, inviting spa and gardens—Bella Vista is an extraordinary property of boundless beauty, quality and taste.

 

THE MAIN HOUSE:

Years in the making, Bella Vista is a masterpiece of unparalleled architectural splendor and the ultimate estate for the discriminating Wine Country buyer. Read on to learn more about this spectacular estate designed by renowned architect Conrad Sanchez.

The Great Room and cocktail area:
From the stately formal foyer, enter the light-filled Great Room with its series of massive French doors that frame a view of the lawn area, vineyard and Valley beyond.  Soaring 18-foot ceilings crowned by enormous beams give the room an airy magnificence while a dual-sided fireplace keeps it intimate.  On the opposite side of the double fireplace, a cocktail area is a lovely place to relax and unwind with friends.  The custom wet bar includes a top-of-the-line Hoshizaki ice machine, wine glass dishwasher, and wine/condiment refrigerator. Atmospheric reclaimed antique French wooden doors can close off the bar area when not in use.

The kitchens:
The Great Room opens onto a gourmet chef’s kitchen with professional-grade appliances including a six-burner Wolf cooktop with natural stone tile backsplash, pot filler and custom limestone hood; Sub Zero cabinet-style refrigerator with separate crisper drawers and freezer; a Miele oven, microwave, and warming drawer; two Fisher Paykel dishwashers; a built-in Miele espresso station; KitchenAid trash compactor; and two prep areas with oversized sinks.

An inviting limestone-countered island awaits guests, while a breakfast nook is the perfect spot for a quiet dinner or morning cappuccino, overlooking the grand lawn area, vineyard and views of the Valley beyond.

An adjacent catering kitchen and butler’s pantry make entertaining seamless with professional-grade Viking and Bosch appliances, separate prep island, glass-fronted beverage refrigerator, washer and drier, and discreet entrance for catering help.

An outdoor kitchen off the catering kitchen takes in views of the north Valley and features a slate-topped bar area, Viking grill, wood burning Muganini pizza oven, Miele Fryolater, dual tap keg system, sink and storage.

The dining room and wine vault:
For special occasions and celebrations, the spacious, formal dining room.  Overlooking the front courtyard and colonnade, the elegant dining room is also home to a biometrically secured 2,000-bottle custom temperature-controlled wine room, finished in milled walnut with brick style vaulted ceiling and tasting area is perfect for the wine aficionado.

The library:
From the Great Room, traverse the extra wide hallway to the library.  The library is paneled in rich wood with its own fireplace and beautiful coffered ceiling. A flat screen television and gas fireplace grace the front wall, while French doors that
lead to a side patio is perfect for sipping a vintage cognac and enjoying a fine cigar.

The media room/playroom/guest bedroom:
At the end of the hall, find a very large media room that easily doubles as a playroom.  With abundant built-in storage including a long window seat, and two walls of windows overlooking the yard, this is a lovely spot for watching a movie, reading or playing a board game.  An adjacent en suite bedroom shares the view of the side yard and has its own access to a back patio with large seating area, outdoor fireplace and views of the back yard.

The second floor:
The second level is home to two en suite bedrooms, the first decorated in serene tones of light pink and fawn.  Featuring its own fireplace, built-in book shelves, lovely arched windows and a French door with a Juliette balcony, this is a pretty, serene space. 

Down the hall in the master suite, no amenity has been overlooked.  This fabulous space has its own large sitting room with fireplace, flat screen television, built in bookshelves and large windows with views of the Valley.  The adjacent bedroom shares the view with almost floor-to-ceiling arched windows that capture the sun, the moon and the stars.  French doors lead to a sun drenched deck with private garden, outdoor shower and distant views of the Bay.

Luxury abounds in the master bath salon featuring a deep jetted soaking tub. The master bath also has a large shower with multiple jets and steam room. His and her water closets (his with a designer urinal) and vanities (hers with a 22-inch color television integrated into a recessed mirror).

An upstairs laundry area has a sink and morning kitchen bar with coffee maker and beverage refrigerator. 

A sumptuous his and her walk-in closet rounds out the second floor.  Finished in paneled walnut, the closet features two sun lights that open via remote control, a large center dressing island, luggage storage, hidden safe, and a built-in laundry chute.

The third floor:
On Bella Vista’s third level, the Tower Room is the home’s pièce de résistance.  Perched high above the Valley floor, the Tower Room offers spectacular 360-degree views, perfect for work inspiration, painting or even, the morning’s sun salutations.  With removable windows, the Tower Room can become an open air Crow’s Nest for breezy contemplation.

 

OUTDOOR SPACES:

With more than 3,500 square feet of gracious outdoor living that includes verandas, terraces and dining decks, every room at Bella Vista has been meticulously laid out to take advantage of the verdant landscape and captivating views. To highlight a few…

The front courtyard:
With its view-framing colonnade, the front courtyard is an impressive venue for entertaining.  Sheltered by the home on one side and the massive stone wall of the wine cave on the other, the courtyard can be used for parties, play or even parking.

The loggia:
Off the great room and kitchen, the loggia has ample seating areas, a trickling water feature, an architecturally significant outdoor fireplace and views of the lush lawn, vineyard and Valley beyond.

The cabana:
Just across the lawn from the loggia, the cabana is an inviting open air space awaiting relaxation.  With a full bath and dual-sided fireplace, the cabana adds to the abundant outdoor space and is beautifully plumbed and primed for the addition of a spectacular pool of your design.

The grounds, pool, spa and gardens:
Professionally landscaped by Todd Girvin with Mediterranean inspired plantings, the grounds at Bella Vista are not only fitting of the home but the Sonoma climate as well. The manicured lawn off the loggia is graced by an infinity-edged pool, patio and inviting spa-a perfect combination for those summer pool parties with friends. In addition to the lush back lawn, meandering paths lead through fields of lavender, a terraced three-tiered organic vegetable garden, multiple berry gardens, mature olive trees, and a fruit orchard with more than 20 mature fruit trees.

The one-acre Cabernet vineyard is sustainably farmed and professionally managed by Vinescapes.  The grapes from this vineyard are used to produce premium Cabernet under the Nacimento label. 

 

THE GUEST HOUSE:

A short walk from the main house, the one bedroom guesthouse is its own, self-contained villa.  With all the amenities one could ask for including a gourmet kitchen, living room with fire feature, as well as a tranquil patio with views of the north valley, the guest house is a another small slice of paradise.

 

THE WINE CAVE:

Across the courtyard from the main house, the estate is home to a 2,100 square foot finished wine cave.  Fronted by a massive stone wall with impressive water feature, the wine cave has its own wine making facility, separate cask room with storage for 200 barrels, dining room, as well as a cocktail area with refrigerator, dishwasher, TV, wireless internet and integrated sound system. 

 

THE GARAGE:

A 2,000 square foot finished garage can comfortably accommodate an eight vehicle car collection.  This space is currently configured for parking with a professional gym with rubber flooring, small workshop and abundant storage encompassing the remainder of the space.  Additionally, two half baths are accessed from either the garage space or the colonnade – ideal for entertaining.

 

ADDITIONAL AMENITIES:

At Bella Vista, Old World refinement meets New World technology with every imaginable convenience.  Throughout the property, a state-of-the-art Lutron lighting system brings energy efficiency and versatility at the flip of a switch while NetStreams integrated distributed audio and video means the main house, guest house, garage, wine cave, cabana and outdoor loggia are all wired for personalized entertainment.  An eight-kilowatt solar system ensures environmental sensitivity. Additionally…

Elevator ready with pre-wired, three-level finished elevator shaft and vestibule.

Expansive wall space and extra-wide hallways with carefully placed niches with gallery lighting are a perfect backdrop for the sophisticated art enthusiast.

Hand troweled plaster walls bring a feeling of timeless elegance.

 

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Prestigious Lovall Valley Road location
  • 5 +/- acres
  • Completed in 2008
  • Main house is 7,500 +/- square feet
  • 3 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in main house
  • Total of 7 full bathrooms and 2 half baths on property
  • Incredible views from every window and door
  • Great Room with antique timber beamed ceiling
  • 12 to 18 foot ceilings throughout
  • French doors – multiple sets
  • Multiple fireplaces
  • Hand trowelled plaster walls
  • Extra wide hallways
  • Art niches with gallery lighting
  • Formal dining room
  • Wine room with room for 2,000 bottles, temperature controlled, biometric security, tasting area
  • Chef’s kitchen with top of the line Wolf, Miele and Viking appliances
  • Catering kitchen with Bosch and Viking appliances, separate entrance, laundry area
  • Outdoor kitchen with wood burning pizza oven, Fryolater, dual tap keg system
  • Dining nook with seating for up to 6 and views
  • Dual sided fireplace in Great Room
  • Cocktail area with hidden wet bar that includes top of the line ice machine, dishwasher and wine and condiment fridge
  • Formal library with wood paneling, coffered ceiling, fireplace, cigar patio
  • Large downstairs media/playroom with built-in cabinetry
  • Elevator ready with finished, prewired elevator shaft and vestibule
  • Beautiful turned wooden staircase
  • Upstairs en suite bedroom with built-ins, French door and Juliette balcony
  • Master suite with sitting room, fabulous bathroom salon
  • Jetted soaking tub
  • Large shower with multiple jets and steam room
  • His and her vanities; hers with 22-inch color television in recessed vanity mirror
  • Sundeck off master bedroom suite with outdoor shower
  • His and her water closets; his with designer urinal
  • Upstairs laundry with sink
  • Upstairs morning kitchen with coffee maker and beverage fridge
  • Several hundred square-foot his and her walk-in closet with walnut paneling, sky lights, large center dressing island
  • Tower Room – third level Crow’s Nest with 360-degree panoramic views.  Can be open air with the easy removal of window glass.
  • Lutron lighting, preprogrammed throughout property
  • Distributed audio and video throughout property including main house, guest house, garage, wine cave, cabana and main outdoor loggia
  • More than 3500 +/- square feet of outdoor space including verandas, terraces and dining decks
  • Architecturally significant outdoor fireplace on the main loggia
  • Cabana with dual fireplace, storage and full bath
  • Garage that can accommodate up to 8 vehicles.  Current configuration is parking for 4 cars, professional gym with rubber flooring, small workshop area, and storage
  • Wine cave (2,100 +/- square foot) with winemaking facility, cask room, dining room and cocktail area
  • Front courtyard
  • View-framing colonnade
  • Two water features
  • One-plus acre sustainably farmed premium Cabernet vineyard
  • Professionally landscaped with Mediterranean inspired plantings including lavender, 3-tiered organic vegetable beds, berry gardens, mature olive trees and fruit orchard
  • Radiant heat in main Villa
  • House is powered by 8kw solar system

 

This material is based upon information which we consider reliable, but it has been supplied by third parties.
We cannot represent that it is accurate or complete, and it should not be relied upon as such.
This offering is subject to errors, omissions, change of price, or withdrawal without notice.

Avram Goldman BRE #00753763

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