Villa de Montaña

Grandeur and majesty in the heart of Napa Valley. Hidden in a thick forest of oak, madrone, and bay trees, the regal Villa de Montaña estate reigns over the town of St. Helena and the Mayacamas Mountains beyond with the grace and elegance only three quarters of a century can bestow. Named “World’s Best California Property” in 2006 by London’s World’s Best Magazine, this impressive compound offers the ultimate in wine country luxury with 20 manicured acres at your command. Delicate statuary and custom wrought iron gates — electrified for private entry — slowly reveal an impressive 14,000-square-foot Spanish-Mediterranean estate built for entertainment, relaxation, and — above all else — to impress.

Reign Above the Rest

The personal residence of renowned Aspen luxury estate developer Richard Wax, graceful dominance and understated sophistication define this completely remodeled, 32-room masterpiece laid out in a clever half-octagonal shape. Two opposing towers are home to two grand master suites — complete with “his” and “hers” bathrooms — and the guest master suite, each with lovely views of the landscapes and vistas below. The remainder of the home unfolds, room by room, gently breaking the boundaries between indoors and out. You’ll be hard pressed to pass up the many opportunities available to relax with a glass of Napa Valley wine by one of five fireplaces or poolside.

Wrought with Luxury

Throughout the home, modern conveniences abound, yet blend seamlessly with romantic custom finishes and furnishings from the past creating an environment that is elegant enough for entertaining dignitaries or the neighbors down the way. A timeless masterpiece, Villa de Montaña makes waking up each day a lavish experience in wine country living.

Villa de Montaña Features

  • 20-acre, 32-room classic Spanish-Mediterranean estate
  • Spectacular main house, guest cottage, and separate servants quarters with sitting room and bathroom
  • Panoramic views of St. Helena village, Mt. St. Helena, and Napa Valley below
  • Originally built in 1941
  • The personal residence of renowned Aspen luxury
  • estate developer Richard Wax // Completely renovated in 2001
  • Electronic privacy gate with ¾-mile, private winding drive
  • Half-octagonal shaped property with four principal entrances
  • Caterers Station
  • Expansive 20×50-ft pool, finished in custom oak leaf tile pattern
  • Pool house with bathroom and separate dressing room
  • Custom spa within a beautiful water element over boulders
  • Just over 1.5hrs to San Jose or Palo Alto
  • Three private airports within 55 minutes of property

Main House

  • 12,874 square feet of interior living space
  • 1,396 square feet of porches and balconies
  • 6 bedrooms // 10 bathrooms
  • Designed by architect Robert M. Carerra
  • 5 antique, French wood-burning fireplaces
  • Entire house finished with lath and plaster
  • Custom-designed iron windows, French doors, gates, and exterior lighting features
  • Rift and quarter sawn white oak wood flooring throughout
  • Exquisite custom wallpapers and antique details
  • Antique outdoor stone elements from France
  • 4 iron safes built into residence
  • Spacious gym could be converted to a home theater
  • Wine cellar that accommodates 1,300 bottles
  • Sunroom overlooking private rear courtyard
  • Oversized laundry room with 2 washers, 2 dryers, and a drip dry closet
  • Louis-style limestone antique columns along driveway
  • Louis XII-style marble fountain place in Verona marble

Main House kitchen

  • European, hand-painted custom crafted cabinetry
  • 3in ogee bullnose marble countertops
  • Hand-painted Portuguese tile murals by Walker/Zanger
  • 2 stainless steel double bowl sinks and a stainless steel prep sink
  • Complete Viking appliance package // 2 warming drawers
  • Double oven // Gas cook top // 2 side-by-side refrigerators // 2 trash compactors // Wine refrigerator // 2 Fisher and Paykel integrated dishwashers // 3 sinks with heavy duty garbage disposals

Breakfast and Formal Dining

  • Breakfast room with seating for 8, highlighted by an antler chandelier
  • 2 pairs of French doors lead to a courtyard and a wooded deck overlooking front gardens
  • Decorated with a hand-painted Chinese chinoiserie mural wallpaper
  • Formal seating for 18
  • Crystal chandelier and antique Louis XIII limestone fireplace
  • Opens onto outdoor dining area through French doors with a view of an antique French fountain

Master Suite Tower

  • Private sitting room with antique, gothic-style limestone fireplace
  • French doors open onto interior courtyard with private spa and garden
  • Balcony overlooking courtyard with pool
  • His-and-hers full luxury bathrooms designed with European-style, handpainted five-coat finished cabinetry // Crema marfil marble flooring and vanity tops // European fixtures
  • Hers bathroom // overlooks interior courtyard from French doors
  • Freestanding antique style tub // Separate water closet and bidet
  • Fully-mirrored lavish dressing closet
  • “His” bathroom // Custom cabinetry // Dressing cabinets // Closets with separate shoe storage shelves

Guest Suite Tower

  • Private entry
  • Sitting room with fireplace
  • Built-in refreshment center with personal refrigerator and stereo system
  • Private balcony overlooking pool and courtyard
  • Luxurious bathroom featuring European fixtures and marble details

Great Room

  • Antique Louis XIII limestone fireplace
  • Custom, hand-made hexagon tile paved floors
  • Large custom iron windows frame panoramic views

Library

  • Wet bar
  • Fireplace
  • Built in bookshelves with under-cabinet lighting
  • Crestron touchpad remote control system
  • Pre-wired for plasma television
  • Built in speakers

Additional Guest Spaces & Rooms

  • Three additional guest bedrooms
  • Bathrooms feature marble vanities and bath tubs, one with a shower
  • 3 offices
  • Trunk room
  • Exercise studio

Outdoor Amenities

  • BBQ area with wood-burning brick fireplace and refrigerator and sink
  • Outdoor television and speaker system
  • Large timber trellis covering
  • Spa within the master suite garden area
  • Outdoor dining table with seating for 10
  • Expansive twin loggias with Spanish terra cotta tile and exposed wood ceilings and beams // Prepped for heat and air if enclosed
  • Area near home for wine cave potential
  • Mature olive trees

Guest Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms // 2 bathrooms
  • Full kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Laundry room with storage
  • Covered flag stone entry

Estate Details

  • Entire estate air-conditioned
  • Telephone system
  • Integrated security system controls the privacy gate and all windows and doors
  • Pool features a heater, automatic motorized pool cover, Polaris pool cleaner, 2 skimmers, and 4 pool lights
  • Spa includes custom cover and built in heater
  • Loggia features fully automated awnings to close off during inclement weather
  • Outdoor copper lights are controlled by automatic timers
  • Copper gutters & downspouts are located throughout estates

Estate Maintenance

  • Automatic timers control outdoor copper lights located throughout the grounds and in the trees
  • Gardens have an automatic irrigation system
  • 2 mechanical rooms
  • Motorized remote awning for sun room
  • 410,000-gallon, stainless steel water storage system (two existing wells) // City water also available
  • Wire fencing surrounding the entire property boundary
  • Roof has been rebuilt with new ice and water shield
  • Road maintenance agreement is in place
  • 2 separate septic systems for main house and guest house
  • Three rail fence at the driveway entrance
  • Tool and shop room near parking/office entry
  • 3-car, oversized garage // 3-car carport
  • Large parking areas and chip seal A/C driveway perfect for large functions
  • Garden storage room with stainless steel sink

This property is listed for sale by Steven Lloyd Gregory (Lic #01038915) of PLC Partnership DBA Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley (Lic #00628461) – 1775 Lincoln Ave., Napa, CA 94558, (707) 495-1488 and Daniel DerVartanian (Lic #01850260) of Sotheby’s International Realty (Lic #00899496) – 9665 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (415) 901-1727. Auctioneer Frank Trunzo (CA Bond #511522). Concierge Auctions, LLC is the provider of auction marketing services and is a licensed California auction firm (CA Bond #511475) – 777 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (888)966-4759. The services referred to herein are not available to residents of any state where prohibited by applicable state law. Concierge Auctions LLC, its agents and affiliates, broker partners, Auctioneer, and the Sellers do not warrant or guaranty the accuracy or completeness of any information and shall have no liability for errors or omissions or inaccuracies under any circumstances in this or any other property listings or advertising, promotional or publicity statements and materials. This is not meant as a solicitation for listings. Brokers are fully protected and encouraged to participate. See Auction Terms and Conditions for more details. © 2013 Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Each Sotheby’s International Realty office is independently owned and operated. Neither Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC nor any of their affiliated companies is providing any product or service in connection with this auction event. © 2013 Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Each Sotheby’s International Realty office is independently owned and operated. Neither Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC nor any of their affiliated companies is providing any product or service in connection with this auction event.

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