Healdsburg is a quaint small town that has big city pricing when it comes to real estate. During a recent search of the 64 current properties for sale, a million seemed like the default amount, with anything less being condos, foreclosures or retirement communities.
After going through thousands of listings over time, it’s rare that a property will surprise me – either architecturally or price-wise – but this newly built estate made me go back to look through it quite a few times simply because of the $9M price tag
Situated on 9.1 acres, this as a ‘modern farmhouse’ is anything but rustic. It boasts 5,500 square feet of interior space, a guest cottage, and a pool with waterfalls at the end of it. It’s at this point that I realized that ‘farmhouse’ is just a catchy descriptive word – there’s no sheep, goats, or chickens here.
If you were expecting livestock, this ‘farm’ will be a letdown – but if you’re ready to see a lovely yard, guest cottage, and high-end kitchen, take a look:
14789 Kinley Dr, Healdsburg – $9,250,000
6 beds, 6 baths, 5,500 square feet.
This ‘modern farmhouse’ is impeccably landscaped. I’m having a bit of a problem calling it a farmhouse, per se, but it looks welcoming…
But on a hot day, the rear portion of the house would be the most welcoming part of this estate.
The daylight view of the pool shows off the waterfall feature. It looks like a refreshing place for a swim, though it’s so well put together that I can’t help but think of a hotel.
This is a closer view of the waterfalls at the end of the pool. Because it’s such a new home, the landscaping appears that it was put in a few days before the picture was taken.
Looking back towards the home, there’s a casual seating area around a fire pit for those early evening soirees.
Though this area works just as well earlier in the day. It’s always helpful when a listing has photos from different times of day; something that looks just good in the afternoon may look breathtaking at night, or vice versa.
If the day is warm enough, you may not want to go inside for lunch. This full outdoor kitchen ensures you can make the burgers while talking to your guests without skipping a beat.
The outdoor kitchen includes the casual eating area. Notice the heat lamps on the ceiling – even if the evening turns chilly, you won’t be.
After dinner or a late lunch, you and your guests can retire to these outdoor couches to enjoy some coffee (or tea) and small talk.
Coming in from the outside, you’ll be welcomed by this casual living room.
The ‘clapboard’ walls and what almost appears to be poultry cage screen dividers for the stairs and upper hallway are the closest to farmhouse chic I’ve seen so far.
This decidedly more suburban entry area is what you’d find coming in through the main front door.
…which then follows to the casual living room/media room overlooking the front yard.
This formal dining area is caught between wanting to be a proper eating area, while at the same time being a part of whatever party is going on by the pool.
My favorite: the kitchen. This open floor plan allows the cook to interact with guests, with plenty of room for people to walk through whichever area they need to.
From this vantage point, you can see the casual dining area. Whether it’s the size of the table or the space itself, this looks far more friendly than the formal dining area.
In my home, I have an assortment of cutting boards – wood and plastic alike – and they never make anything easier. This kitchen island takes care of all that cleaning/sterilizing/storing by just…being the cutting board.
A pantry is useful, or course, but when you have over five thousand square feet of space, making room for your wine is always a good idea.
This photo shows how both the exterior and interior spaces work together
However, fun aside work still needs to get done. This minimalist den setup shows that while waterfalls are nice, sometimes you need to get down to business.
This estate does have 6 bedrooms, and we’ll start by looking at this guest bedroom. Being new construction, of course it’s going to look clean and sparse, but with all the room you’d have to store things away, I’m sure it can be kept this way.
Seats in picture windows always offer a comfortable place to rest in the afternoons, or an area to read a book in the evening.
The bathroom carries on the minimalist theme.
This master bedroom shares the same minimalist aesthetic as the guest room.
The walls and lighting in this bathroom are pulling the farmhouse theme in.
This guest room is smaller than the previous two, but no less comfortable.
…another comfortable guest room.
Then this interesting bathroom makes itself known, and I can’t see that it’s taking cues from the minimalist aesthetic or the farmhouse.
With so much space wander around in, it’s a good thing there’s an upstairs sitting room to rest in.
Heading back outside, there’s a paved road leading to another part of the property.
…and it leads to this well thought out guest cottage.
This small cottage appears to be the size of many smaller homes I’ve seen listed in Sonoma County.
From this viewpoint, you can see the other half of the living room as well as the kitchen.
At this angle, the kitchen appears much larger. It even incudes a small desk/study area to the side.
Again, the bedroom in the guest cottage is comparable to many currently listed homes.
The cottage has a custom shower – no need to walk to the main house.
You can walk down the paved road to the main house, and if you get tired along the way, you can sit and rest in this covered pergola.
If this ‘modern farmhouse’ wasn’t impressive enough, the view certainly is.