Hydeaway House is a modern vineyard retreat in the Carneros region of Sonoma, California, designed by Schwartz and Architecture. The simple, one-story 2,000 square foot floor plan is not unlike any number of recent pre-fabricated prototypes for low cost, sustainable single-family homes. But then, the shape of the house begins to morph with the push and pull of the surrounding environment. The simple rectangular box folds in two to embrace the open 1-acre site. Walls skew under the rectangular roof to focus on near and distant views. This then creates the tapering roof overhangs that strategically protect the private spaces from the harshest of the summer sun. In the end, the design retains the benefits of a simple plan with streamlined construction, and the economical and sustainable use of materials. Yet with just a few subtle shifts in the plan, we create a home engaged with its surroundings and far more able to take advantage of the best its site has to offer — qualities often lacking in the simple box.
To stay at the heavenly retreat, prices range from $775 – $975 per night, from here.
Photos: Matthew Millman
West Dry Creek Residence is situated on a 40-acre vineyard site in Healdsburg, California, designed by Nick Noyes Architecture. The wine country home is a spacious yet simple perfect getaway for a San Francisco family of four. The residence offers a design that blends natural materials with plenty of sunshine in a warm yet minimalist environment. The 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home is composed of two iconic copper-roofed gabled wings that are connected at the entry by an aluminum storefront system and a sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the site. Interior walls of southern yellow pine plywood and whitewashed southern yellow pine floors were handpicked from the client’s family lumber mill in the southeast.
The same yellow pine plywood runs through the home’s bedrooms, giving the upstairs spaces a warm glow. Each piece of plywood was carefully chosen from the family’s factory and treated with a clear, matte sealer for subtle protection.
Even in closets, the plywood contrasts with the high-gloss white ceiling, beams and built-ins.
Aluminum storefront doors lead to this sunscreen, which shields the hallway from harsh sunlight. This side passage also leads to the bedroom wing. The architect had the sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the vineyard.
Passive solar techniques help keep the open home comfortable during weather extremes. Overhangs and a trellis on the southern side of the house shade the living room in summer, and plenty of windows bring in the breeze.
Although the home seems relatively isolated, it was built in close proximity to a family compound on the property, so the owners can visit with other family members when they stay here.
Photos: Cesar Rubio
This contemporary Napa Valley, California estate home and vineyard, situated in one of the valley’s most prestigious winegrowing areas, Stags Leap District, was designed by architect Howard Backen of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, completed in 2000. The owner selected Backen to design his home based on his proposed design’s fusion of the landscape that sold the owner on the project. A large glass exposure on either side of the living room can be opened up to the outside. The 400 acre property had been purchased by Carl Doumani, 80, in 1970 when he set out to re-establish Stags’ Leap, a historic winery in Napa Valley.
After several years in the business, he sold all but 150 acres of the property to establish a new winery, including a 28-acre vineyard, and built this contemporary 3,051 square foot home with one bedroom, two half baths cantilevered over a 3-acre pond. The vineyard offers about 29 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, the ultimate possibilities for producing rarified wine are intoxicating. The stylish tone of the estate is set by the long, tree-lined alley that leads to the heart of the property. Guests approaching the winery are greeted by the expansive branches of old oaks, a walkway through wild grasses, and the sight of a gold, onion dome topping the winery.
The Stags Leap Winery Estate is listed for sale at $29,950,000, from here.
The other side of the living space opens to what the owner refers to as ‘the puddle’ — a roughly 3-acre pond that was dug out in the 1970s. Part of the home is cantilevered over the water, which creates the illusion of floating over the pond. The water right outside the home is about 8 feet deep, and 35 feet deep at the deepest point.
The living, dining and kitchen areas are combined into one large, open space. The large glass pocket doors can be retracted into the walls, or large screens can be used to keep bugs out.
The home has an East Asian aesthetic, said the architect, Mr. Backen, because the owner is fond of Kyoto.
You could literally jump into the water right outside the home, Mr. Backen said. The water outside the bathroom is about 6 feet deep, he said. ‘Carl wanted the house to not dominate the little pond,’ Mr. Backen said about his design inspiration.
The office/library is the only room that has almost no outdoor exposure. The room was designed as ‘a sanctuary for playing cards and shooting bourbon.’ The room features a fireplace and a skylight with a ceiling fan with reverse thrust–designed to suck cigar smoke out of the room. ‘It’s really a man’s cave kind of thing,’ he said.
There is also a ‘guest boat’ docked behind the home for visitors to use at their leisure. Often times guests will take the 26-foot-long boat, which includes a bedroom, and dock it on the other side of the pond for privacy. The pond is stocked with bluegill bass and can be fished directly from the home.
The 28-acre vineyard mostly grows Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, among other varieties. The Quixote Winery is run on the property.
The winery, which was completed in 1998, was first imagined in the late 1980s by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who died in 2000. The whimsical building includes large ceramic mosaics and a golden onion dome, which is one of the designer’s signatures.
Barrels inside the winery are shown. The owner is selling the property because his children aren’t interested in taking over the business and he’s looking to do something else.
This gorgeous Vineyard Estate is carefully sited on the edge of a sixty-acre vineyard in Sonoma, California. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, this monastic 14,000 square foot stone structure establishes a temporal frame of reference for mapping its physical environment. The estate includes the main home, as well as a caretaker’s residence, barn, irrigation center, water storage, outlying garden rooms, sculpture gardens and an orchard. The main house incorporates stacked stone walls organized round a long reflecting pool, and large glass openings that obscure the boundaries between inside and outside.
Photos: John Sutton and Marcus Hanschen
Spotted on Sotheby’s Realty is this impressive 50 acre residential vineyard estate, sprawled in the countryside and surrounded by rolling vineyards in Sonoma, California. Meandering pathways link the amenities of this beautiful estate, from the refined vintage style barn and spectacular kitchen garden to the stunning main residence, pool and terrace. The sophisticated 6,067 square foot, three bedroom, five bathroom estate was designed by renowned San Francisco architectural firm, BAR Architects. Exuding a clean, crisp, classic and elegantly informal design, the residence combines European old world architecture with modern design elements that blend harmoniously to create soft rustic warmth with modern style.
The entire residence has been completely renovated with a thoughtful floor plan that flows easily between public and private areas. The residence has been crafted with the highest quality and premium design features such as limestone flooring, stonework, artisan crafted cabinetry and designer fixtures. Features of the home includes, chefs kitchen, home office, library, guest suite, indoor pool, spa/hot tub, barn, gardens, guest house, outdoor pool and shower, terrace, balcony, outdoor BBQ/fireplace and fabulous mountain and vineyard views.
This stunning vineyard estate is listed for sale at $11,500,000, from here.
Nestled in the foothills neighboring the stunning 10,000 acre Alisal Ranch in Santa Barbara County surrounded by acres of organic vineyards is Villa SunTerra, a magnificent European inspired 56 acre vineyard estate. The gorgeous vineyard estate property is both inviting and secluded, making it the ideal location for a relaxing getaway or entertaining. Guests will feel as if they have stepped into the French Countryside.
This green estate is constructed of imported limestone walls and floors, massive 200 year-old pine beams, ancient fireplaces and fine architectural details, the approximately 8,800 square foot landmark villa plus guest house offer indoor and outdoor entertainment and dining. The architecture recalls wineries in the Provencal countryside, including a kitchen complete with wood-burning oven. A spiral staircase leads to a room with a sweeping view of the Santa Ynez Valley. The five opulent bedroom suites share breathtaking views of the expansive vineyards and Santa Ynez Mountains from private verandas or patios.
The estate includes over 20,000 square feet of additional buildings and estate vineyards providing income for the new owners. The estate would be highly desirable to any wine lover; including an underground wine cellar with a luxurious separate private tasting room, and over 5,000 square feet of stone barrel-aging caves that are built into the hillside. The prime location and one of a kind estate offer an opportunity unlike any other in Santa Barbara County. There is nowhere else quite like Villa SunTerra.
Villa SunTerra and its stunning vineyard could be all yours, listed here for $21,500,000.
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