Arustic-meets-majestic 3,500-square-foot hacienda complete with a 630-square-foot guest house has hit the local luxury real estate market with an asking price of $4.2 million.
The three-bedroom mission-style property, perched on a hill in Sonoma’s gated George Ranch community, was built in 1999. Rammed earth walls make the home fire resistant and handmade tiles from Mexico and unique design features like a wooden pantry door from an old Spanish church add a personal touch. The interior design and choice of furniture — a Ralph Lauren leather couch and a 12-foot-long credenza stand out — give prospective buyers the idea of the property’s potential.
The current owners of the home, Edna Hayes and Bruce Needleman, have an eye for design: They own the high-end rustic furniture store Salsa Trading Company in the town of Sonoma. The color palette in their Sonoma hacienda includes browns from leather and wood and clay-red from ceramic floor tiles; hues of cobalt blue contrast with the earthy tones in select spots in the bathroom and by the pool. Iron sconces, sculptures and paintings decorate the space and also offer splashes of color.
“The home is very elegant but also very kick-back,” says the property’s listing agent David Costello of the ACT team at Compass Real Estate. He adds that the sturdy materials used throughout the home allow prospective buyers to live there with kids, without worrying about damaging anything.
In addition to being fireproof, the home’s 12-foot-thick rammed earth walls, made from cement and sedimentary rock, also allow for natural temperature control while sun-blocking awnings cover the patios outside each room. A mature garden with towering succulents aligns with water conservation efforts in the area and with the style of the home. From the gates of George Ranch, which has just 51 residences spread over 1,000 acres, downtown Sonoma is just a 15-minute drive away.