Bringing a touch of East Coast style to a desirable West Coast location, this new 6,300-square-foot home in El Medio Bluffs is filled with glorious light and a timeless, carefree ambience. Classical details—stately moldings, chair rails, paneled walls, and vintage-inspired hardware and fixtures—accent rooms that are open, generous, and subtly sophisticated. The overall palette is pleasingly minimalist, with fashionable white surfaces contrast serenely with the warm, soothing organic hues of the European oak floors and the greenery outdoors. Top-tier modern amenities— a Control4 smart home system, three zones of heating and air conditioning, and a home theater with a wet bar—contribute to the sense of comfort and ease.
Sure to be the site of quiet moments and memorable gatherings is the kitchen and family room, a delightfully bright and airy space with a striking coffered ceiling, a fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and Fleetwood pocket doors giving way to the backyard and a spacious patio with a grilling area and space for alfresco dining. Every gourmet will appreciate the kitchen, with its professional-grade stainless-steel appliances, Absolute Black granite counters, large Calacatta marble island with counter seating for four, and butler’s pantry with wine storage and a chiller. A breakfast area is tucked between the kitchen and family room. The formal living room features a classical fireplace, and the chic dining room is illuminated by an oversized window and an artful contemporary light fixture. These spaces are open to each other and are accompanied by an impressive glass-doored wine room, facilitating gracious entertaining on a grander scale.
On the upper level, the master bedroom has a striking tray ceiling that adds to the sense of generosity and volume, well-appointed his and her walk-in closets, and a wall of glass revealing a sunny deck amid the treetops. A nearby morning bar with a wine chiller is a welcome convenience. Spacious and refined, the master bath is a luxurious oasis with a soaking tub, a stepin glass-enclosed shower, and an extensive L-shaped marble-topped vanity. Each of the five guest bedrooms is a cheerful retreat with sunny windows, a closet, and an en suite bath; one enjoys access to a cozy private deck, while another has glass doors to a cool, shady outdoor area. Delightfully versatile, any of these spaces could be adapted for use as a playroom or office.
The grounds are gated for privacy. A gloriously verdant lawn surrounds the home’s inviting swimming pool and spa. Tall trees envelop the estate, creating a lush curtain of privacy. High above it all, an enviable rooftop deck with a gas fireplace offers spaces for dining, lounging, and reveling in the warm sun, the twinkling stars, hilltop views, and California’s legendary blue sky.
Article originally appeared in Extraordinary Living Blog,Sotheby's International Realty