If you make your primary residence in the city, you always have the dream of escaping to the countryside. You have dark sky nights…rolling green hills stretching out before you…and no neighbor in sight.
Sonoma Mountain Studio Estate, a six-building gated compound with a world-class recording studio, lives up to every city dweller’s visions of life “away from it all.” The private estate spreads out over nearly nine pristine acres, while the main residence—all 9,800 square feet of it—is perched 1,800 feet up the mountain for the ultimate in privacy.
Drive through the gates, and you’ll find views of the valley in the distance and the Pacific Ocean. All around you, you find eagles, deer, giant oaks and the misty canyons below, all daring you—no inviting you to enjoy the freedom of living here.
The three-story main house was built as a replica of a 1760s colonial saltbox with pine floors, seven fireplaces, hand-hewn beams and hardware and fixtures hammered by New England blacksmiths. Boasting five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a den with a library, and a large formal dining room, the interiors build on the architectural theme making the home feel like a cozy, yet expansive, New England bed-and-breakfast.
A two-story carriage house and a garden cottage also reside on-site, along with a theater, entertainment suite, gym, tennis court, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen, manicured gardens, gazebo and even a two-story tree house in the back woods that makes for a perfect personal or creative getaway.
The crown jewel of the estate is the professional recording studio complex on the front acreage, disguised as a New England horse barn, designed and built from the ground up to perfection by former musician and Fortune 500 exec Bill Zabit and studio design veteran Art Kelm. A vintage Neve 8048 console is the centerpiece of the control room, complemented by every name brand of electronic excellence you can imagine. A Grotrian concert grand piano, Gibson and Alembic guitars and custom Sonor drums represent the quality of fine instrumentation that comes standard.
It’s one of those places where you can take full advantage of the solitude of your own private, creative hideaway, and yet you are only one hour north of San Francisco and only minutes from private jet airfields.
If you so desire, the charms of Napa await you one valley over. You can also venture beyond your private oasis to take in the world-famous vineyards that dot the sun-drenched hills all around you. Or follow the sunset to Bodega Bay and the wild pristine beaches of Point Reyes. Consider it all part of your exclusive Sonoma Mountain neighborhood.