Casa Estrella’s Southwestern feel shares a contemporary edge, with each major architectural element a story unto itself. A key element in the design of this home was a desire to use natural materials, native to their surroundings: Distinctive Cameron stone floors, mined out of the Ozark Mountains; hand-hewn and sand-blasted living room ceiling timbers; solid rock slabs selected to form the fireplace hearth and steps, chosen from a local quarry. The fireplace mantles were trucked in from Mexico, and individually selected to coordinate with the knotty alder, hand-distressed cabinetry. The custom-made light fixtures came from Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The windows were designed to embellish the changing sunlight throughout the day and not just for the beautiful, verdant views. The beautiful hand-plastered walls really give you a sense of how much attention and care went into creating them.  Yet, amidst this perfection and Zen-like landscaping abounds a sense of warmth and coziness.  Inside and out, whenever I gaze at the changing scenery, bucolic images appear of fields, streams and rolling hills.  Surrounded by 360-degree views, Casa Estrella is quite a magical place to reside.

For those who want to get some exercise, there are many options to consider. If you want to stay inside, you can head for the fitness room, with sauna, circular stone shower and air-bubble tub (trimmed in pillars of Canterra stone).  Outside exercise options include jogging around the property on the raked sand and pebble pathways encircling it. If you prefer to get your exercise in the water, take a swim in the infinity pool. If you like to play games, you can sharpen your hand-eye coordination by playing pool in the Game Room while rocking out to the sounds from the jukebox.  For audio visual excitement, the Turret Room off of the living room is the place to be.  It’s like having your own private movie theatre with window shades which drop down with the touch of a button.  If you like to watch sporting events, the custom-installed widescreen television with overhead audio system from Smart Homes is the place to be.  For entertaining friends, the bar, designed with built-in red and white wine refrigeration systems, is a few steps away.

For those who love and live to cook, this kitchen is the place to be.  Your culinary imagination can run wild. On these four-inch thick slabs of granite, I picture enormous batches of homemade ravioli, fruit pies, cookies, sauces simmering on the stove, bread in the oven, meats slowly becoming tender on the grills outside, pitchers of colorful concoctions by the fire for both indoor/outdoor buffets.

Each of the four bedrooms is a full suite and a guest powder room designed for the most discriminating tastes.  The polished stone vanities, the fixtures and the flagstone make their own special architectural statements.

The home’s original inspiration came while visiting a home in Rancho Santa Fe.  From there, the collaborative design team of architect Neil Patterson, contractor James Price and interior designer Sandi Price Duncan, created this magnificent new home.  Situating it on a 22-acre parcel, though, was a challenge:  It took the engineers, architect and family two weeks to decide on the location.  “The contractor had the back of the house marked with string and we would move it back and forth as to the view of the kitchen window!”

A peaceful retreat, an elegant place for entertaining, an inviting home—a sophisticated combination set amidst the stars.  Casa Estrella:  Knight’s Ferry, California.

4 bedrooms | 4+ baths

$ 4,400,000


Josh Haston
Broker Associate
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

DRE# 01798693


 Casa Estrella Lifestyle

 Casa Estrella Lifestyle

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