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.

Offered at $7,995,000

Property Features:

  • 22.44± acres apx. 5 minutes drive to town
  • 7,000± sf View Residence
  • 640± sf  View Guesthouse
  • Private, fully fenced
  • Pavered courtyard with custom wisteria draped pergola
  • Infinity edge curved pool and spa with custom stonework surround and soaring valley views
  • Regulation bocce court with view surrounded by vines and fruit trees
  • Fully equipped outdoor kitchen with built-in BBQ, refrigerator and prep sink
  • Stone entertaining and dining terrace with pergola
  • Garden beds, olive and fruit trees: fig, peach, nectarine and apple
  • Hobby vineyard with 150± Zinfandel and Syrah vines
  • Solar panels
  • Sprinkler system throughout
  • Central heat and air conditioning
  • Mature landscape, stonework, lighted paths and patios
  • 1.5± Mile hiking path around the property
  • 50± minutes to Charles Schultz Airport
  • 55± miles north of San Francisco
  • Minutes to downtown Sonoma, Glen Ellen and Kenwood


  • 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths
  • Terracotta tile roof, copper detailing including gutters and downspouts
  • Recessed lighting, Venetian plaster walls, clerestory windows, detailed woodwork throughout
  • French doors access to expansive covered terrace with built-in fire pit and views
  • Media room updated in 2020 with projector, 7’ screen, professional grade sound
  • Wine cellar: 1,000+- bottles, lighted with timer, custom wine barrel ceiling
  • Tasting bar
  • Two home offices
  • Gym with full bath/steam shower – guest overflow
  • Den
  • Formal living and dining rooms with terrace and grounds access
  • Great room kitchen/family room

Dining Room:         

  • Cherry wood flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Clerestory, picture and awning windows with Doug Fir casing
  • French doors leading to covered entertaining terrace and grounds
  • Coffered ceiling with recessed lighting
  • Built-in speakers

Living Room:

  • Cherry wood flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Clerestory, picture, and awning windows with Doug Fir casing
  • View from floor to ceiling windows
  • Reading nook 
  • Coffered ceiling with recessed lighting
  • Wood burning fireplace with cast hearth


  • Open to family room
  • Recently remodeled
  • Cherry wood flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Casement windows courtyard views
  • Open beam, vaulted ceiling with skylights and spot lighting
  • Shaker style cabinetry
  • Honed granite slab island with counter seating
  • 2”x 9” white subway tile backsplash


  • Dacor 6-burner cooktop
  • Dacor built-in double ovens
  • Dacor built-in microwave
  • Two Miele dishwashers
  • GE Monogram fridge

Bar/Prep area:

  • Shaker style cabinetry
  • Honed granite island with counter seating
  • 2”x9” white subway tile backsplash
  • Prep sink with garbage disposal,
  • Appliances: True icemaker, Uline mini-fridge
  • Walk-in pantry off kitchen
  • Butler’s pantry/coffee bar
  • Breakfast nook with magnificent views

Family Room:

  • Cherry wood flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Picture and awning windows with Doug Fir casing
  • French doors leading to covered entertaining terrace and grounds
  • Vaulted ceiling, coffered with detailed woodwork, recessed and spot lighting
  • Wood burning fireplace with custom stone hearth and reclaimed white pine mantle
  • Custom built-in media cabinetry


  • Cherry wood flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Built-ins and storage cabinetry
  • Honed granite counters
  • Garage access
  • Courtyard access
  • GE Monogram freezer

Laundry Room:

  • Tile flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Built-ins and storage cabinetry
  • Honed granite counters
  • Porcelain utility sink
  • Recessed lighting
  • Electrolux frontload washer and dryer

Powder Room Hall:

  • Circular landing with skylight and detailed lightwell woodwork, spotlights, scones and awning windows
  • Half Bath: Cherry wood floors, coffered ceiling, vanity, casement window
  • Two coat closets
  • Circular staircase leading to downstairs bar, wine cellar, theater, office and gym/guest suite

Primary Bedroom Wing:

  • Cherry wood flooring
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Clerestory, picture and awning windows with Doug Fir casing
  • Coffered ceilings with recessed lighting and ceiling fan
  • Wood burning fireplace with tile surround
  • Walk-in closet with wood flooring, custom built-ins and attic access

Private Theater:

Picture windows, view, automatic blackout shades, 8’ screen, Epson projector, built-in speakers

Primary Bath:

  • Travertine tile floor
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Scones, recessed and spot lighting
  • Open beam ceiling with detailed woodwork and clerestory windows
  • Double-basin wood vanity with granite countertop and Travertine backsplash
  • Built-in make-up vanity
  • Glass and tile enclosed double shower
  • Clawfoot soaking tub with Euro style hardware
  • Water closet
  • Juliet balconies
  • Access to private outdoor shower courtyard

Primary Bedroom Shower Courtyard:

  • Travertine tile walls and floors with drainage
  • Copper scone lighting
  • Fruit trees
  • Rain shower head

Office #1:

  • Views from banks of windows
  • Built-ins
  • Plentiful desk/counter space

Office #2:

  • Wool pile carpet
  • Picture windows
  • Views
  • Built-in speakers
  • Recessed lighting
  • Plentiful desk/counter space
  • Built-ins

Downstairs Theater:

  • Updated in 2020
  • Wool pile carpet
  • 8’ Screen
  • Built-in speakers
  • Recessed lighting

Wine Cellar:

  • 1,000± bottle capacity
  • Temperature controlled
  • Lighting with timer
  • Custom wine barrel ceiling

Gym with Full Bath:

  • Wool pile carpet
  • Views and French door access to private deck and grounds
  • Built-in speakers
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Recessed lighting
  • Two large closets
  • En-suite bathroom with Travertine tile floors, glass mosaic steam shower, shower bench and multiple shower heads
  • Can be used for guest overflow

Guest Wing:

  • Sitting area with wool pile carpet
  • Built-in cabinetry and shelving
  • Access to terrace

Guest Bedroom #2 South:

  • Wool pile carpet
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Vaulted ceiling with fan
  • Recessed and scone lighting
  • French door closet
  • Casement windows
  • French doors access to grounds
  • En-suite bath with tile floors, shower over bath, tile shower, single vanity 

Guest Bedroom #3 East:

  • Wool pile carpet
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Vaulted ceiling with fan
  • Recessed and scone lighting
  • French door closet
  • Casement windows
  • Two sets of French door access terrace and grounds

Guest House/Casita (4th bedroom):

  • Wool pile carpet
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Vaulted open wood beam ceiling with fan
  • Recessed and scone lighting
  • Casement and clerestory windows
  • Walk-in closet
  • Juliet balcony
  • Separate heat and A/C
  • En-suite bath
  • Travertine floors
  • Glass and tile enclosed shower with bench and casement window
  • Double wood vanities
  • Water closet
  • Linen closet


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Sonoma, CA

Located above the historic Sonoma Plaza in coveted Mission Highlands.


Tina Shone Sotheby's Sonoma Agent RealtorTINA SHONE
Broker Associate

Cell: (707) 799-7556
DRE# 00787338

The Shone Group
Sotheby’s International Realty
Wine Country Brokerage
793 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
Office:  707.933.1515  |  Fax:  707.933.1551

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