Italianate architecture isn’t a style I see often in California; though the Napa County Courthouse Plaza and the Napa Valley Opera House are both prime examples of this style, but it’s rare that I’ve noticed modern examples in residential architecture. I was pleased to find this modern example of it at 10275 Moonshine Rd. in Sebastopol.
This estate was built in 2011, and has all the hallmarks of classic Italianate architecture with modern twists like art nouveau styling throughout the interior. Organic, flowing lines and warm colors abound on the inside, while the Italianate styling of wide, overhanging cornices on the roof, tall windows, and a setting meant to take advantage of the view from atop the hill it’s on draw attention on the outside.
This 3 bedroom, 4 bath home is priced at 2.6M. It has over 3,000 square feet of interior space for homebuyers who enjoy entertaining, and is built on 6.65 acres which would appeal to those who prefer to spend more time outdoors.
Stepping down into the entryway, the curved, organic lines indicative of Art Nouveau styling are easily seen.
The Art Nouveau aesthetic carries through to the asymmetrical layout of the entertaining room; with flowing lines throughout.
The living room contrasts with the entertaining area by being more firmly Italianate. Arched, curved windows and ceilings were popularized in Italianate architecture in America during the late 1800s.
The marble-fronted fireplace is a blend of rustic and luxurious; with the wooden mantle on top setting off the smoothness of the marble. Here, it’s used to showcase a pastoral painting and modernist sculpture.
The modern kitchen has professional grade appliances and marble countertops.
The sizable kitchen window frames a pastoral view.
The stairs appear run-of-the-mill from downstairs, however…
…once someone begins walking up them, they’re open…
…and reveal a rounded upstairs hallway with long slender windows.
The master bedroom has a large, open floor plan with a stepped ceiling and recessed lighting.
The master bathroom is very Italianate with the bowed windows and stone tile work.
The walls of this guest room gently curve to match the exterior. It gives the feeling of a private hideaway or hidden niche, ensuring privacy.
Instead of having a separate tower, or ‘Belvedere’, this home has an expansive deck around the back to view wildlife during the day, or stargazing at night.
A small cottage/shed also serves as a quiet place to study or relax.
With a skylight and windows all around the exterior, it’s also a prime location to look at the night sky.