Old World Charm and Casual Elegance in the
San Roque foothills
This exquisitely custom-designed country estate built in 2003 gracefully marries a European aesthetic to the relaxed ambience of Southern California. With its artful dialogue between an abundance of high-end detail and the simplicity of clean open spaces, it radiates an invitation to a luxurious and casually comfortable lifestyle.
Nestled in the San Roque foothills, its generous array of west-facing French doors and windows entice nature inside with sweeping panoramic views of the mountains, lush rural countryside and stunning sunsets glowing over the ocean and islands. Flooded with natural light in the daytime and creatively illuminated at night by a distinctive collection of both traditional and whimsical chandeliers and wall sconces, this home has an innate and almost magical appeal of warmth and welcome.
The exterior echoes this creative dance of light and natural elements.
Entering the property from a quiet cul-de-sac street, one is greeted by the aesthetically pleasing textures of golden smooth stucco and Monterey river stone, a Vermont slate roof, arched solid alder front door flanked by sconces topped with miniature gargoyles and garage doors disguised as grey-washed wooden barn doors.
Upon entering the foyer, the eye is immediately drawn upward to a sumptuously delicate crystal chandelier suspended from the 18-foot lime-washed ceiling, then down the buttery Venetian plaster walls to white wainscoting and polished limestone floors. The first impression is of a grounded and casual elegance, and that impression is sustained throughout this finely crafted home. Just off to the side of the foyer is a carpeted office/library with a large walk-in closet and half bath making it convertible to an en suite bedroom.
Down four steps into the wide entry hallway, one walks on oak hardwood floors between the living room to the west and dining room to the east. The French doors of the living room frame the spectacular city, mountain, island and ocean views and lead to a spacious outdoor terrace. A molded limestone fireplace with black marble hearth promises to warm up cool nights. A highlight of the dining room is a beautifully carved white marble fireplace that was rescued from an historic chateau in France. Small well-placed skylights offer extra light to shine in on the Swarovski crystal chandelier and matching sconces.
The large country kitchen is a gourmet chef’s dream with two Fisher & Paykel dishwashers and an imported French professional 7-burner Lacanche gas range featuring both an electric convection oven and a conventional gas oven. The granite-topped center island, sub-zero fridge door and all cabinets are furniture quality. Counter tops gleam with polished black marble and contrast smartly with the Percaline Saltillo tile floor.
A separate butler’s pantry provides a Bosch dishwasher, refrigerator and a dumb waiter to service the master suite upstairs.
At the end of the entry hall with its softly barreled ceilings, one emerges into the grand and spacious family room. Nuanced by an arched niche and built-in bookshelves, a wood-burning fireplace with Monterey river stone and a Saltillo tile floor, it also includes a generous casual dining area. French doors expand the space for entertaining or family gatherings to a wide covered flagstone terrace and a larger open patio where the magnificent countryside, ocean and sunset views provide an impressive visual backdrop.
Back to the foyer, a gracefully curving staircase with custom wrought iron and polished oak banister leads upstairs to a spacious central landing with built-in bookshelves and its own unique chandelier. The three en suite bedrooms are in three separate areas off the landing, offering privacy to each. The luxurious master suite is wonderfully self-contained as it has its own fireplace, sitting room with private flagstone terrace, laundry room with kitchenette and enormous walk-in closet. Its opulent bathroom has a heated travertine floor, glassed-in shower for two and an extra deep soaking tub surrounded by Brazilian rose marble and a large window for enjoying westerly views and contemplating the stars while bathing. Double doors to the landing close the entire suite off to the rest of the upstairs, and French doors in the bedroom open to a large ocean and sunset view terrace.
Other intriguing features of the second floor include eastern hillside “ground level” terraces off two of the bedrooms and a cleverly concealed entrance to a soundproof yoga/meditation room that could also serve as a children’s playroom or in home office.
Throughout this thoughtfully designed home one encounters the special luxury touches of wainscoting, crown molding and chair rails, solid brass fixtures and hinges, custom lighting, and the softness of rounded arches and barreled ceilings. On a practical note, it boasts dual pane windows, central air conditioning, a whole house water filtration system, burglar and fire alarm, interior fire sprinkler system, and a workshop in the 2 car garage.
The epitome of gracious country living, one couldn’t imagine a more comfortable, peaceful and secluded retreat and yet, it is only minutes to gourmet dining and shopping and a quick drive to the beach.
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