If you enjoy making wine, even if only as a hobby, then you’ve probably been house hunting with the thought of how many grapes you’d be able to plant on the land. Oh, and you’d probably like a nice, architecturally pleasing house to go with it.
You don’t have to go to Napa to find it; this hilltop estate in Forestville has a high-yield vineyard that’s ready to go, along with all the amenities you’d need for a successful party. And yes, of course it has a wine cellar.
Though built in 1971, this 3 bedroom house has all the charm of a classic Craftsman home; but bigger. 3,700 square feet of interior space is about the size of 3 original Craftsman homes – you can rest assured that you’d never run out of space or overnight guests here. One of my favorite details about this house are the unexpected interior details; like the floors. But enough talking about it, let’s take a look:
6941 Ellen Lane Forestville – $2,275,000
3 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,700 square feet. Year built: 1971.
If you’re wondering just what, exactly, a high-yield vineyard looks like, here’s an aerial view. I don’t have a green thumb, so this just makes me nervous.
Instead of going through the entry, I decided to start with the kitchen because it was the first room that struck me as having a personality that set it apart from the rest of the home. There are up to three different types, sizes, and colors being used for the flooring. While I don’t usually enjoy this type of hodge-podge, it works well here.
Another view of the kitchen. The Scaramouche (Italian jester) styling works here.
At first blush, I thought this was an interesting place to put a fireplace, but no. This is a wood-fired pizza oven.
The casual dining area contains the eclectic mixing of styles, such as the tiles, mix of white walls and dark wood, and the plethora of glass windows and doors offering a view to the outside.
If the mixed-media tile isn’t to your liking, the upstairs media room has a uniform dark wood floor – along with a big screen TV and comfortable couches.
Another view of the media room. All I can say about this is – the couches. After a long day, this is where you want to be.
This room covers more area than just these comfortable couches, however. If you prefer the minimalist look, it’s a mere 20 (or so) steps away.
Upstairs, the cathedral ceiling and interesting angles create an open, restful space in the master bedroom.
The master bathroom offers another mix of tile, granite, and glass cubes. A two-person shower isn’t something I see very often; it fits the eclectic interior.
This second bathroom is en-suite with one of the other bedrooms. I like this because there’s nothing wrong with having a choice. (Bath? Shower? Both? Possibilities…)
This room is small, but with a cozy set up. The access staircase for a small animal is a good addition.
Another upstairs bedroom pulls on the open, airy feeling of the master bedroom.
This den is an open workspace that would work well for a small family business. Like, who knows…a winery.
Because, yes, speaking of wineries…the buyer of this estate would have this already built wine cellar/tasting room at his disposal.
After choosing your wine, you can sit on this upstairs patio and enjoy – both the wine and the view.
During hot Forestville summers, dining al fresco will be no problem.
And it does get hot in the summer. Luckily, there’s a pool to cool both you and your guests off.
In case you forgot the real reason for investing in this estate, here’s another view of the vineyard that comes with it.