||Guest House with Kitchen
|Private Master Suite
|Wine Cellar & Home Gym
||Lighted Tennis Court
|Club Room & Media Lounge
||Infinity Pool & Spa
Casi Cielo translates to “almost heaven.” After ascending through a private-gated entry to this luxurious home high above the Silverado Trail, you might well decide that it is “heaven enough.”
Set alone on a knoll a few hundred feet above the valley floor, with tree-framed and filtered views of the vineyards below and the Mayacama mountains beyond, this 3 bedroom, 4¾ bath main residence, designed by Sandy Walker, combines a subdued and warmly modern exterior with a sleek and sophisticated interior. Built with clean, elegant lines and lustrous, exotic finishes, the effect is breathtaking. Throughout the home you find African anigre doors, elm burl and walnut cabinets, sapele and honed Italian limestone floors, marble and onyx countertops, Venetian plaster walls and Blomberg doors and windows. You begin to realize that this is a special home upon arrival in the smoothly cobblestoned motor court. Ahead of you, under a slate hip roof, is a two-car garage seamlessly integrated with a guest apartment. And to your left are stairs ascending to the main entry through a colorful, terraced garden.
The home’s formal entrance confirms your first impression with its substantial front door, honed limestone floor and 11’ barrel tray ceiling welcoming you to the top level of the house, containing the living room, formal dining room, and the kitchen. The living room boasts a 20’ tray ceiling, a true Rumford fireplace, two sitting areas and a media corner, all with views of the woodlands or valley. The living room opens to a large terrace with seating overlooking the spa and the 20’ by 50’ azure infinity edge pool, one level below, and the valley floor beyond. The dining room and kitchen both enjoy demi-lune balconies with valley views, accessed through French doors. The kitchen is stunning, with sapele floors and polished black granite counter tops. It holds top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including a 6-burner gas range with grill and double oven, wall oven, warming drawer, and microwave, all by Thermador, and also a Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and a Bosch dishwasher.
The Master Suite is located in a private wing off the living room and yields direct, private access through two sets of French doors to the pool, spa and patio terrace. It features his and her dressing rooms and closets, his and her vanities with sinks, his and her water closets, an oversized onyx shower with an extra thick seamless glass door, steam and bench seating, 2 sets of shower heads/body sprays, and a deep, jetted tub with onyx surround that offers the luxury of TV viewing behind a 2-way mirror.
The home’s lower level houses a 2 bedroom and 2 bath guest wing, a temperature controlled wine cellar capable of storing more than 1100 bottles, a workout room with bath, a laundry room, and an amazing club room boasting a lounge area, a media area with plasma TV and drop-down screen for projected viewing, an entertaining bar with seating for 8 and huge pocket doors that create an indoor lanai. All rooms but the wine library and laundry are blessed with direct access to the patio terrace and pool. The property also features a lighted tennis court, gated entry, video surveillance and Smarthome™ system.
Suffice it to say that the list of luxuries and amenities is exhaustive. “Refined extravagance” is a phrase that might best sum up this extraordinary property. And on reflection, perhaps it might best be named with the Italian equivalent of “heaven can wait.”