Sunday, November 8, 2009

At Long Last

We have been dreaming about this property for years! On July 3, 2008 we bought our dream vacation home. Located in the upper reaches of Sonoma County in Alexander Valley, it sits atop a knoll commanding 360 degree views. Not a typical "faux chateau", it does not pretend to be something found in France or Italy. Yet it evokes a sense of being there.

The property has a main house that has evolved over time from a funky 70's ranch to a single story home with Venetian Plaster walls and cement floors. Surrounding the main house is a grape arbor. A guest house is situated close by and has evolved from the main home's original garage to a beautiful suite with sitting room, bedroom and spa-like bath. There is a new pool house near the main house that also has a spa bath and a bedroom upstairs for guests feeling adventurous!

Overall, the property has a sense of place. Peaceful and serene with vineyard views, gravel and crushed granite paths that connect the buildings. The landscape has lavender, rosemary, white roses and Italian cypress trees. There are many olive trees as well.


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