There’s a fairytale escape hiding deep within the woods, and it can be yours for $12 million. The Double Bar Z Ranch at 19540 King Ridge Road in Cazadero boasts a 5,070 square foot Main Home, a Gatehouse, Retreat Cabin, Conservatory, and Stables. Built in 2010, this home is modern architecture at its best; taking Chalet and Craftsman aesthetics, and combining them with more contemporary considerations such as sustainability and concern for the earth around it. The home is powered exclusively by solar, and when the sun isn’t out, there’s a pellet system that heats water, which in turn heats the house.
Also, this is just a beautiful home – flat out. The views around it are breathtaking, and the landscape has been used by at least ten different companies to film commercials, but it’s the main house that will steal the show every time.
This home boasts of its sustainability, with all the landscaping rocks used being native to the property, plants that are low water use, and permaculture ponds using rainwater storage. In 2013, it won first place for green building in the new construction category of the SFBA Nari Remmies Awards.
This wading pool is a perfect example of native rocks being used in landscaping.
Speaking of nature, the 722 acres that this gorgeous home sits on abuts the Austin Creek State recreation area, ensuring an array of wildlife, hiking trails, and fishing spots that are all part and parcel of the estate.
Back to the house, this family room is considered the ‘social center’ of this estate.
There’s a custom bar in the family room, shaped to mimic the eddies of water found in the streams on the grounds.
The kitchen features granite countertops and state of the art appliances – just in case you need to take a break from hiking and cook a quick meal.
Or, you could head into the game room for a quick game of pool.
Upstairs is the office with the requisite fireplace. There are 7 fireplaces found throughout the estate, reminding people that while luxurious, this home is still a lodge at heart.
The Master Bedroom has a granite framed fireplace.
This Spa Conservatory is connected to the Master Bedroom via a spiral staircase.
If you’re not into hiking one day, there’s a yoga/dance studio.
This cabin was part of the original ranch. While the estate was built in 2010, the history of the ranch goes back to 1880, and this cabin was built in the 1960s to be a hunting lodge. Now it’s become a retreat with a private lake.
This three-car garage blends seamlessly with the architecture of the house.
The custom Wine Cellar is lined with reclaimed wine barrels.
There’s a barn, stables and this riding pen to remind visitors that though they’re enjoying the heated granite showers and many opportunities for relaxing, this can also be a working ranch – or a place to train your thoroughbred horses.
Cattle found on the ranch.