A 13-acre Sonoma wine country retreat, owned by an artist and designed for the love of art, is for sale for $6.7 million.
The estate at 4550 Grove St., Sonoma, is owned by American artist Joseph Goldyne and his wife. They worked with architects Julie Dowling and Lorissa Kimm to design a space where “the art of the past and the pleasures of the present unite in harmony,” according to the detailed listing.
The home, which was listed in early April, has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, with 5,800 square feet of living space. A central feature is the library with 15-foot ceilings and a central skylight that houses an extensive collection of rare and reference books. The room’s striking blue paint is complemented by four walls of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and an exquisitely carved late-18th-century Adam-style doorway.
The home’s walls and floors are inlaid with antique marble, jade, amethyst and lapis. The door surrounds were inspired by the 16th-century Villa Medici in Rome and carved from fossilized French bluestone by a local stonemason, according to the listing.
The space is adaptable to the buyer’s needs, the listing notes. For example, the library could serve instead as a home theater or billiards room, while the artist’s studio could function as a gym, meditation room, or family room, the listing states.
The home was “carefully created with an emphasis on the calming nature of axial symmetry and attention to proportion,” the listing continues, much like an art composition itself.
Rooms align to form a soothing flow, or enfilade, where an object of art, a window, or a vista pulls in the eye.
The property, which sits about 1,450 feet above the valley floor on the southeastern slope of Sonoma Mountain, has a 50-foot swimming pool, outdoor dining, mature landscaping, lawn and a vegetable garden.
The view stretches from the valley to Mount Diablo and the tip of the San Francisco Bay.