A historic California home, believed to have once been the summer residence of the British delegation in San Francisco, was listed last week for $4.75 million.
Located in Sonoma, the 1916 home was used by British Consulate officials coming up from the city, according to listing agent Carol Sebastiani of Sotheby’s International Realty, Wine Country East Napa Street Brokerage.
“Whoever chose the site oriented the house so perfectly,” the agent said. “It’s set on top of a knoll and has 360-degree views that are just incredible.”
Sonoma and Arrowhead mountains, the Mayacamas mountain range, surrounding vineyards and the city of San Francisco can be seen from the property, she added.
The property is gated and at the end of a steep driveway, making it both private and safe for multiple generations, said owner Vicki Sebastiani, a co-founder of the local Viansa Winery, which was one of the first direct-to-consumer wineries. She is also the agent’s mother-in-law.
“Kids can run and play safely, so you don’t have to watch them every minute,” she explained. “And it’s spread out. We had two families living here after the Sonoma fires.”
Vicki Sebastiani also mentioned the home is located in the flat area of the region, away from the highest fire risks.
The entire property is more than 12 acres, but it’s available as two different parcels. The first, just under seven acres, has the main three-bedroom, three-bathroom home, plus the pool, tennis court and two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest house.
Inside, the home features exposed beams, arched windows and French doors leading to the patio, pool and lawns outside. There’s also an eat-in kitchen and an open living-dining area with mountain views.
The second, undeveloped parcel is about 5.5 acres with west-facing views of Sonoma Mountain, according to the listing.
The property about five minutes from downtown Sonoma, and about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, the owner noted.
She purchased the property in 2006 for $3.7 million, according to property records.
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