The Russian River Valley spans over 126,000 acres—arguably one of California’s most breathtaking and expansive appellations. It’s also a diverse winemaking region, a cradle of beautiful opposites. Temperatures can vary by as much as 10 degrees from the southwestern edge to the northeast making its rich terroir capable of producing world-renowned Pinot Noir on one side and Chardonnay wines on the other. Healdsburg, a quiet hamlet lying on the northern perimeter of the valley, has embraced extremes too, holding onto its past as a friendly small town and its present as a chic big city escape. Old and new live in harmony here: award-winning wineries blend with Michelin-starred restaurants. Contemporary-built architectural masterpieces mix with historic farmhouses that have occupied the land for generations.

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You might say Flax Vineyard Estate is the ultimate representation of Healdsburg’s past-meets-present — and its future. The prized property was recently listed for $18,500,000 by Mary Anne Veldkamp of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Charlene Schnall of Sotheby’s International Realty. Resting on a sylvan, rolling hillside off Westside Road, the estate encompasses approximately 52 prime acres with planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and the Russian River with beach frontage. The promise of wine country living stretches out before you in picture-perfect panorama—rows upon rows of vines, twisted oaks and wide-open space.

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The newly designed contemporary main residence features approximately 6,800 square feet of space masterfully designed by James G. Stavoy Architects and built by Redhorse Constructors. The stunning architectural house pays homage to the California indoor/outdoor lifestyle at every turn; walls of glass and outdoor entertaining spaces offer the future homeowner a chance to connect to nature and the winemaking traditions that have long defined Healdsburg.

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Lifestyle amenities include a wine cellar, separate master bedroom wing with study, two guest suites, exercise room, observation belvedere, koi pond and extensive decking and patios. Surrounded by the pool, tennis court, gardens and entertaining barn, the classic farmhouse and caretaker’s cottage provide a physical tie to the history of Flax Vineyard Estate. In total, there are 11 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and one partial bathroom.

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This very land, and its grapes, have been the source of inspiration for many Pinot Noir producers, including Merry Edwards and Williams Selyem, who make Flax Vineyard designates.

At $18,500,000, the 52-acre Flax Vineyard Estate is a rare and special property — the perfect blend of old and new in one of California’s most influential winemaking regions.