Iconic Wine Country property in St. Helena, CA, USA, $8,159,000
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Sitting in a prime spot in California’s St. Helena, this historic and architecturally important estate features three bedrooms and four bathrooms, and is listed at USD $8,159,000. The in-town estate with iconic stone and shingle residence offers affluent buyers the chance to own a piece of ‘Wine Country’ history – a rare opportunity indeed.

19th-century history and unparalleled location

Back in the 1890s, the Hudson Avenue structure was built to house the Esmeralda Winery. The esteemed producer supplied the Palace Hotel in San Francisco – an exclusive contract. Fast forward to 2007, and the building underwent renovation at the hands of renowned designers Fisher Weisman. The highly respected interiors company redesigned and modernized the property with a keen eye for detail, while retaining original features such as Venetian plaster walls, elegant archways, and ornate doors.

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Charming St. Helena itself offers residents a luxurious yet relaxed lifestyle. Known for historic wineries and upscale boutiques, the city is also home to some of the top restaurants in the valley. Wander along Main Street and be greeted by upscale boutiques, galleries, and The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Eco-conscious Ballentine Vineyards is less than five minutes from the property, while Newton Vineyard is just under 10, boasting fabulous Napa Valley views. Popular V. Sattui and historic Charles Krug are also just a stone’s throw away. What’s more, the surrounding area has more than 375 wineries and 90 urban tasting rooms, plus two Michelin-starred eateries – La Toque and Kenzo.

Step inside the legendary property

Back at the estate, head through latticed wood gates, amble around the hand-set stone fountain and along the flagstone pathway, taking in the pretty scenery. The beautifully-manicured 0.52-acre plot is home to multiple structures, including the primary house covering 5,416 square feet and a three-car garage with an apartment above.

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Enter the main residence – the original Esmeralda Winery – through a double doorway that leads into a large formal space. Leftwards is a cozy library with a characterful coffered ceiling; make your way to the right instead and you’ll be wowed by the ‘Great Room’, complete with vaulted ceilings and a grand walnut fireplace. With original stone walls, solid oak floors, and contemporary furnishings throughout, the bright and airy house fuses old and new with ease.

Other noteworthy features and amenities include a large dining room, a country-inspired chef’s kitchen with marble counters, and a grandiose curved staircase leading to a pair of bedrooms with custom closets. Also on that level is a capacious bathroom decked out with walnut cabinets, brown marble surfaces, and an oversized shower.

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Back downstairs, wander through the French doors to a spacious courtyard with a built-in BBQ and dining area. Surrounded by lush gardens, keep an eye out for olive trees aligned in a beautiful double alléeand roses of the apricot tea and Cécile Brunner variety, dotting the gorgeous grounds.

There’s also a Bocce court, an inviting swimming pool, and an outbuilding complete with a bathroom, kitchenette, stone fireplace, and wine cellar, making this the ideal investment for outdoor living and entertaining.

Feeling inspired? Find more information about the iconic Wine Country residence and view 50 images on the listing page.

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