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Close to town but with a view. The house is located (roughly) 600 feet off of Silverado trail but a world away. 10 minutes to downtown Yountville or St. Helena
The owners designed the house for living the way they wanted to live. The design is meant to be timeless and it is supposed to capture the spirit of a modernized French country barn. The focus of the design is on indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. To the owners too many houses “have views” but to experience the view you have to go to the window or the outside deck. The extravagant view is experienced throughout every area of the home. The view comes into the rooms - you don’t have to search for it. There are a lot of details that you don’t notice unless you look carefully as to what creates the experience. A small example is that there are custom glass protective barriers outside all the ceiling to floor windows and decks upstairs so that there is no visual interference with the spectacular view. Every bedroom has a view - there isn't a bad view to be had. (That literally carries through to the office - which has a view of Oakville west, a bocce court, and a fig tree courtyard.)
The goal is to be able to bring friends and family to entertain on a grand scale but still maintain strict privacy for the owners. The layout is such that the family can be private with the 3 upstairs suites. Even the owner’s office is tucked away into the master wing for maximum privacy. The guest quarters, while not a separate building, is a world away which is to give privacy to both guests and the homeowner. There are 6 large bedrooms (5 ensuites). Total 6 1/2 baths (powder off great room). The house is well-suited to large groups or multi-generational get-togethers. It can sleep 20 people but the owner can still maintain privacy. A wheelchair can be used throughout the house. Details, like a bathroom for kids to rinse off from the pool and an outdoor shower have been thought through. The house is designed for seamless indoor and outdoor living. The family lives around the courtyard in the appropriate seasons.
The house is built around the Napa entertaining style. Great views, gathering family and friends. The centerpiece of the house is a great room (living /dining) with a table that can seat 20 comfortably. 5 sets of windows 2 @20 feet apiece, retract into the walls to literally make the seamless indoor/outdoor experience. The house is designed for farm to table - with both a beautiful vegetable garden (again with views) and a chef's kitchen that is well suited to both family cooking as well as a private chef-ing/catering situation (e.g. can be closed off and for example from the car door to the kitchen there is probably no more than 10 steps when using the private elevator.) The view from the cooking island out over the Valley was intentional - so the family cook can participate in an evening cocktail, or watch younger children in the pool while making lunch.
There is an enormous amount of clearing to make the surroundings more beautiful and fireproof. There are many many flat areas on a spectacular hillside lot so the living experience is more like a house on flat ground. There is a great bocce court with spectacular views of the Valley as well as mature rose gardens and fruit trees; 30 olive trees, persimmon x 2, fig x2, peach x2, pomegranate, lemon x 6, etc.
The house itself is stone on the bottom with barn wood on top. The stone is “laid“ the way stone is laid in Burgundy France where the owner spent many years. The wine cellar is designed for function and beauty. From the car door, there are no steps so cases of wine can be moved easily. There is a main cooling unit and a backup unit. The cellar is significantly below grade with a lot of environmental protections to enhance the aging of fine wine. Wine bins were a proprietary design by the owner to enable a combination of aesthetics, maximizing storage space, and protecting the wine investment. The ceiling of the great room took roughly 6 - 7 months to complete and is aesthetically very pleasing, especially at night.
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it hamlet off state Route 29, Oakville is all about wine. For those who crave a slower pace of life, Oakville provides a place to enjoy the Wine Country lifestyle. Showplace homes in Oakville sit in sunny vineyards. There's also a side benefit of living among the winemakers: Many homeowners trade grapes for cases of wine. Some of the best wineries in the world are a stone’s throw from Oakville, including Opus One, Gamble Family Vineyard, and Nickel & Nickel. Oakville Grocery features a gourmet deli with artisan meats, local organic cheeses, sandwiches made on the spot, and an extensive wine list. Picnic tables outdoors provide a sunny spot to take in the scenery.