Luxury Kenwood Estate
This architecturally inspired rammed earth villa designed by renowned Bay Area architect, Michael Rex, is in and of itself a work of art. The design harmoniously blends natural materials with contemporary finishes creating a dynamic visual experience. The house is perched on 13 acres of some of Kenwood’s most picturesque scenery with breathtaking views of vineyards and rolling hills. The private grounds make this oasis a true escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. No expense has been spared and every detail has been hand crafted to perfection in this 5 bedroom 4.5 bath luxury home.
The voluminous great room has an acoustically designed vaulted ceiling that is sculptural and dramatic. The floors are made from Brazilian Cherry Wood. Nearly every room in the house has multiple French doors or bi-fold doors allowing for a seamless flow from the indoors to the outdoor spaces. The gourmet kitchen has high end appliances such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking range and Fisher Paykel double oven and dishwasher. The poured in place concrete counter tops have a wonderful patina and the kitchen island is convenient for entertaining while cooking. There is a large family room/media room off the dining area and a lovely, outdoor dining patio that looks out to the organic orchard with over 26 varieties of fruit trees and 6 nut trees. The luxurious master suite occupies its own separate wing and has incredible views, a private patio, large walk in closet and sumptuous master bathroom with standalone tub, oversized shower and dual vanity sink with glass tile surround. The guest bedrooms are all generously sized and have incredible views. The floor plan is ideal for entertaining large gatherings and the bedrooms are all privately secluded from the public spaces.
The large terrace and infinity edge pool area have a romantic wood burning fireplace, built-in hot tub and ample sunshine, views and privacy. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with mature vegetation and a wide variety of exotic flowers and plants that add color and fragrance to the surroundings. Idyllic pathways lead to hammock or sitting area under a 150-year-old Oak tree for quit respite and contemplation. The garage has been converted into a home gym with work out equipment, bar and laundry. The wine cellar is ready for your collection of Sonoma county’s famous wineries and the 24 olive trees provide a delicious yearly harvest of olive oil. With 60 solar panels, organic fruit and nut trees and the vegetable garden you can live off the land and leave very little carbon footprint while sparing no convenience or luxury. This private estate has a perfect balance of sophisticated style and comfort for wine country living at its best.
- 5 beds 4.5 baths with over 5,000 square feet
- Stunning architectural design
- Energy efficient rammed earth construction
- Breathtaking views of vineyards
- Infinity saline pool and built-in hot tub with solar heating
- Multiple outdoor dining patios
- Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking range and Fisher Paykel double oven and dishwasher
- Wine cellar for your favorite varietals
- Brazilian Cherrywood floors
- Home gym for fitness enthusiasts
- 13 acres with 26 varieties of fruit trees and 6 nut trees and 9 citrus trees
- 24 olive trees provide a delicious yearly harvest of olive oil
- 60 solar panels providing energy efficiency
- Electric car charging station
- Pathways and vistas amidst mature landscaping and gardens
- Private entry gates
- Two wood burning fireplaces
- Standing seam copper roof
- Radiant heating throughout
- Tractor included in the sale for property maintenance
- Ample parking for guests and convenient gravel turn around for circulation of vehicles
- Property perked for 7 bedrooms with preliminary approval for a 2-bedroom guest house
- Historic stone wall on the property demarks the end of the land grant for General Vallejo
Architect- Michael Rex
Michael Rex has been creating architectural designs for more than 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael was born in Iowa but has been a lifelong Bay Area resident. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design in Architecture, where he became passionate about designing spaces relevant to topography and geography. Michael apprenticed under San Francisco Designer and Muralist Donald Clever, where he learned his expertise in using light and color to enhance designs. Every design at Michael Rex Architects must have Michael’s stamp of approval. He is passionate about every project and each client. Michael has built a dedicated and skilled staff and can boast average employee retention of more than 15 years, a rarity in the business.
Contractor- Steve Burlington
Burlington Construction began as a conventional contractor providing land development, residential and commercial construction services. To these activities we have since added expertise in the construction of Rammed Earth and Pneumatically Impacted Earth Building Structures.
Steve Burlington, President of Burlington Construction, Inc., has over 30 years experience in the field and carries state licenses in both general and electrical contracting. He directs both pre-construction and construction activity on a daily basis. His approach to projects is driven by his professional philosophy:
- Attention to detail
- Quality orientation
- Adherence to critical path project management
- Commitment to meeting budgets and schedules
The success of a project depends upon the cooperation of the owners, architect, engineer and the general contractor during the critical planning stages. All parties must understand the unique characteristics of the project and the steps involved. Burlington Construction believes in a team approach, which leads to better technical solutions, more accurate product specifications, more realistic cost estimates, and the highest quality construction process.
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Meadow Design- John Greenlee
An expert in grass ecology and champion of sustainable design, John Greenlee, has made meadows all around the world. His designs are featured at such notable public spaces as the San Diego Zoo, Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. John Greenlee has also created beautiful meadows gardens in private residences all over California, the U.S., including Hawaii, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Many of his most recent meadow creations can be found adding to the beauty of Napa and Sonoma counties.
Greenlee and Associates is happy to utilize our extensive resources for meadow design, consultations, and plant sourcing. The Greenlee meadow program, formerly available through Greenlee Nursery in Chino, recently moved to Northern California. Nonetheless, we are excited to provide you with our professional services in sourcing any plant material for your next meadow garden creation.