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17489 Mallard Drive, Sonoma CA 95476 Gary Cedar 2022-05-06T16:31:06-07:00
Unparalleled Sonoma Valley Views
17489 Mallard Drive, Sonoma CA 95476
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Nestled into a 22± acre oak-studded hillside that cascades toward the valley floor, this majestic estate seems to grow from its woodland setting. An impressive hideaway filled with both modern and Medieval inspiration, it is a peaceful location for grand living and entertaining.
A long gated drive passes through a vine-draped entry and ends at a regal circular courtyard that sits at the center of the estate’s pavilions. The home’s stone walls seem to rise from the enveloping earth and offer stalwart support for striking elements of plaster and glass, and the terraced setting and grounds allow nearly every room to access patios and gardens. Classical influences are apparent throughout, in the robust earth tones, eye-catching terra-cotta barrel roof tiles, copper turrets and gutters, deep eaves with up-light soffits, and plentiful columns that proceed from the courtyard and entry through to the patio. Stone, tile, exposed timbers and other woodwork—crafted from alder, cherry, Douglas fir, and mesquite—and other organic components have been used to artful advantage. Each material was carefully selected for ease and effortlessness of daily living and maintenance.
The impressive entry begins with a door set in a towering wall of windows. Beyond are open plan living areas defined by their distinctive design elements, varied ceiling heights, and “disappearing” walls of glass that create a seamless connection to the outdoors and open to breezy decks and balconies with sweeping views. The heart of the home is a kitchen, breakfast room, and lofty, light-filled great room with richly hued hardwood floors. The great room features a large stone fireplace with a mantel crafted from white pine reclaimed from a covered bridge in Amish country, and a built-in media nook. In the stylish, streamlined kitchen, wood beams create a starburst pattern around a skylight above the main granite-topped island, which is equipped with a Dacor cooktop. Other appointments include two Dacor ovens, a built-in microwave, two Miele dishwashers, an oversized fridge, a stainless-steel undermount sink, and multiple sets of counter seating. Just off the kitchen are a mudroom with white Shaker-style cabinets, honed granite counters, a large freezer, a spacious laundry room with ample useful built-ins, a pantry, and a discreet powder room. Further encouraging grand entertaining are formal living and dining rooms and a wet bar area with a small refrigerator and freezer, granite countertops, and a sink.
The home’s copper-topped stair turret seems to stand sentinel over the surrounding hills and woodlands. Its curving stairway is illuminated by a sunny oculus that casts a dynamic shaft of light on its walls and steps. The main level primary suite, which encompasses a bedroom with a fireplace and oversized windows that turn the treetop and mountain views into ever-changing art. An en suite bath features a claw-foot soaking tub, arched doorways to two iron balconies, a spacious stone shower, dual vanities with handsome wood and iron work, a walk-in closet, and access to a private terrace with an outdoor shower. Steps away is one of two theaters with two walls of windows, automatic shades, a projector, and built-in speakers.
Down a gracefully spiraling staircase are a 1,000± bottle wine cellar with timed lighting and a striking barrel ceiling – nearby a copper-topped tasting bar with sink and a refrigerator. Other highlights include two guest bedrooms, an office lined with alderwood built-ins, a second theatre with projector and screen and a roomy windowed gym with a full tile bath including steam shower.
Outdoors, stone steps lead from the home to a relaxing sun terrace beside a spa and overlooking a curvaceous infinity-edge swimming pool embraced by terraced rock walls. Alfresco meals and entertaining are easy thanks to a dining arbor and an outdoor kitchen with a grill and refrigerator. Below the pool is a private bocce court with view; above it all at the top of stone steps, a peaceful swing sits beneath a shade tree, allowing for relaxed enjoyment of an unparalleled vista. The acreage also features arbors, colorful roses, maple, olive, peach, fig, nectarine, and apple trees; walkways; a professionally installed 1.5+ mile hiking path; a generator; and a reflecting pool overlooking the vineyards below that also serves as a reservoir supplying the estate’s sprinkler system.
Located just above the historic Sonoma Plaza in coveted Mission Highlands.