14789 Kinley Dr, Healdsburg. (All photos courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty)

14789 Kinley Dr, Healdsburg. (All photos courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty)

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.

Front entrance.

Front entrance.

 

This ‘modern farmhouse’ is impeccably landscaped. I’m having a bit of a problem calling it a farmhouse, per se, but it looks welcoming…

Rear of house.

Rear of house.

 

But on a hot day, the rear portion of the house would be the most welcoming part of this estate.

Pool and in ground spa.

Pool and spa.

 

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.

Waterfall feature.

Waterfall feature.

 

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.

Seating area with fire pit.

Seating area with fire pit.

 

Looking back towards the home, there’s a casual seating area around a fire pit for those early evening soirees.

Firepit.

Fire pit.

 

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.

Outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen.

 

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.

Outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen.

 

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.

Outdoor seating area.

Outdoor seating area.

 

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.

Living room.

Living room.

 

Coming in from the outside, you’ll be welcomed by this casual living room.

Living room.

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.

Front entryway.

Front entryway.

 

This decidedly more suburban entry area is what you’d find coming in through the main front door.

Casual living room.

Casual living room.

 

…which then follows to the casual living room/media room overlooking the front yard.

Dining room.

Dining room.

 

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.

Kitchen.

Kitchen.

 

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.

View of the kitchen with casual eating area.

View of the kitchen with casual eating area.

 

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.

Large butcher block/prep area by the sink.

Large butcher block/prep area by the sink.

 

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.

Wine storage area.

Wine storage area.

 

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.

View of both inside/outside.

View of both inside/outside.

 

This photo shows how both the exterior and interior spaces work together

Den.

Den.

 

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.

Master bedroom.

Guest bedroom.

 

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.

Window seat in master bedroom.

Window seat in guest bedroom.

 

Seats in picture windows always offer a comfortable place to rest in the afternoons, or an area to read a book in the evening.

Master bathroom.

Master bathroom.

 

The bathroom carries on the minimalist theme.

Guest room.

Master bedroom.

 

This master bedroom shares the same minimalist aesthetic as the guest room.

Guest bathroom.

Guest bathroom.

 

The walls and lighting in this bathroom are pulling the farmhouse theme in.

Guest room.

Guest room.

 

This guest room is smaller than the previous two, but no less comfortable.

Guest room.

Guest room.

 

…another comfortable guest room.

Guest bathroom.

Guest bathroom.

 

Then this interesting bathroom makes itself known, and I can’t see that it’s taking cues from the minimalist aesthetic or the farmhouse.

Guest sitting room.

Guest sitting room.

 

With so much space wander around in, it’s a good thing there’s an upstairs sitting room to rest in.

Paved road to other side of the property.

Paved road to the other side of the property.

 

Heading back outside, there’s a paved road leading to another part of the property.

Guest cottage.

Guest cottage.

 

…and it leads to this well thought out guest cottage.

Living room in guest cottage.

Living room in guest cottage.

 

This small cottage appears to be the size of many smaller homes I’ve seen listed in Sonoma County.

Living room and kitchen in guest cottage.

Living room and kitchen in the guest cottage.

 

From this viewpoint, you can see the other half of the living room as well as the kitchen.

Kitchen.

Kitchen.

 

At this angle, the kitchen appears much larger. It even incudes a small desk/study area to the side.

Guest cottage bedroom.

Guest cottage bedroom.

 

Again, the bedroom in the guest cottage is comparable to many currently listed homes.

Shower.

Shower.

 

The cottage has a custom shower – no need to walk to the main house.

Covered pergola.

Covered pergola.

 

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.

View.

View.

 

If this ‘modern farmhouse’ wasn’t impressive enough, the view certainly is.