When I see the words ‘family compound’, I can’t help but think of a ramshackle barn or a bunch of Yurts around a campfire. This vineyard estate, however, is anything BUT that.
Instead, it’s a stunning 4 bedroom, 5 bath single family home that just happens to have a private 4+ acre lake, vineyard views, a pool, and 3 full kitchens.
Though the house is listed as a 4 bedroom, the listing states that it has 6 ‘legal’ bedrooms. In terms of word choice, that’s a new one for me – though I’m positive that simply means that everything is properly permitted – no worries when inspection time comes around.
Since my house is currently under 1,000 square feet, I’ll happily live vicariously through this 3,656 square foot home that happens to sit on over 22.84 acres. (Did I already mention the 4+ acre lake?) Take a look;
6025 Starr Rd, Windsor – $4,900,000
4 beds, 5 baths, 3,656 square feet. Year built: 1986
The best thing about this view is the tiny island with strategically placed landscape lighting.
Approaching the entrance the front of the home, there’s nothing outwardly opulent about it. In fact, at first look, it’s rather ordinary.
Even this comfortable patio in the backyard is just…normal. The fire pit is a wonderful addition, though…
But when you look over your shoulder, everything changes.
I mean, it changes a LOT. Let’s face it, It gets hot in Sonoma County – who wouldn’t love a dip in this pool?
From this side of the pool, you can see another building off to the right. I’m still curious about this ‘legal bedroom’ thing, so I wonder…
Well, it looks too open (and large) to be an extra bedroom. Let’s go inside…
It’s an indoor dance/banquet/party hall complete with a wet bar.
Up close, you can see that the wet bar is also a full kitchen. (kitchen #1)
If the day’s too nice to eat inside, that’ okay – there’s another full kitchen outside on the patio. (kitchen #2)
Let’s go back to the main house, revisiting the fire pit and patio for a second.
When you walk into the main house through the patio, there’s a wall of wine coolers. Yes, please.
Going further inside, here’s the kitchen with a custom sink. (Kitchen #3)
Behind the sink is a gas range, along with the other appliances.
But keep going…there’s wine storage. It’s not a cellar, per se, but it’s just as good. Besides, there are wine coolers by the entry door.
Back out to the kitchen, this is a view from further out in the room.
This space is the living room. Now, I generally don’t write about empty homes, because, frankly, they look a bit sad – but this one had just enough going on….
…like this open master bathroom. Tilework, stonework, soaking tub…it’s all here. It could be said that when a bathroom is this open it runs the risk of feeling like a locker room bathroom, but I’ve never been in a gym that’s this well appointed.
From the bathroom, you can go right into the master bedroom. It looks like you exit directly into the huge walk-in closet, which is filling me with all types of jealousy right now so I’ll move on…
…to the outdoors. If the lake, pool, and wine storage weren’t enough, here’s a barn.
The only reason I’m spending any time at all on the interior of the barn is – besides the fact that you’d have 22+ acres to work on – how about that this is a great place to keep a car collection? That is, if you love old cars, what better place to store them? I mean, sure, there’s work to do in the vineyards…but it’s a thought….
I didn’t forget about the ‘legal bedrooms’. This is the guest house located on the property.
There’s a cozy living room inside. One too many couches for my taste, but who knows how many people are staying the night…
Hey, wait a minute. Another full kitchen. So, this estate has 4 full kitchens, not 3.
Here’s a legal bedroom.
Here’s an aerial view of the estate we just explored. Technically, it looks like you’d get a lake surrounded by a park. That may be a good reason to keep equipment in the barn instead of cars…a riding lawnmower, at least.
Here’s a daytime view of the little island on the lake.
As you leave (or enter) you have your own set of gates. Again, it’s only disconcerting when the property is described as a ‘family compound’. Let’s just call it an estate….