Sonoma may be best known for its production of exceptional wine and its array of superior restaurants, but its architecture and singular style—which marry indoor-outdoor living, rustic materials, soothing palettes, relaxed but chic furnishings, and plentiful light—are equally loved and emulated. The residence at the heart of Sutton Place Farm, a 9.15-acre wine country idyll located on one of Sonoma’s premier thoroughfares, is a paradigm of that distinctive and desirable aesthetic.
Sonoma, California | Gina Clyde & Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – First Street Brokerage
The heart of the home is a great room with a soaring pitched ceiling, an outsize wood-burning fireplace, and stylish space for sophisticated living and dining. The dining area flows to a light-flooded kitchen with a lofty ceiling, a generous marble-topped island with counter seating, and a double Wolf range with a pot filler. Nearby is a convenient butler’s pantry and wet bar with an auxiliary refrigerator and, naturally, a full-size wine chiller. In the family room, two sets of French doors fold open to the grounds, creating a sense of unity between indoors and out. The serene bedrooms feature walls of windows and glass doors that admit glorious sunlight and fresh breezes. A luxurious owner’s bath with dual vanities and a soaking tub conjures an ambience of glamorous days gone by.
Throughout the home, the hues are calming, neutral, and organic thanks to such carefully chosen materials as Belgian limestone and reclaimed wood. Imported and antique details and accents such as a Provence plaster finish signal a reverence for tradition. The view from nearly every window resembles a plein air painting of mountains, sunrises, sunsets, stalwart trees, and thriving vineyards.
The grounds immediately surrounding the home are meticulously manicured, a park-like setting featuring lush green grass and thoughtfully positioned trees. A gravel-paved patio is perfectly suited for alfresco feasts, and beyond lies a saltwater pool and spa surrounded by a rugged stone terrace, emerald lawn, and a cabana and outdoor kitchen. A fire pit allows for outdoor enjoyment even on chillier nights. The delightful shiplap-clad guesthouse sees to visitors’ every need with its full kitchen, inviting living area, and patio.
Further off lie a swath of vineyard and superior equestrian facilities that will please any horse lover. They include a 16-stall stable with hot and cold water, a lounge, a tack room, a bath, and a top-tier covered arena with Pinnacle footing. These facilities could easily be repurposed to serve a variety of functions or could be removed and replaced with additional grapevines. Storage buildings are also plentiful, and the property is threaded with walking trails and maintained by two wells, a new 30-kilowatt solar power system, and a backup generator.
The estate’s location is steps from the Sonoma’s historic plaza—as well as those restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms that have made this region such a desirable destination—whether for a weekend or a lifetime.