“To the left they gazed across a golden land of small hills and valleys. Beyond, to the north, they glimpsed another portion of the valley, and, still beyond, the opposing wall of the valley—a range of mountains, the highest of which reared its red and battered ancient crater against a rosy and mellowing sky. From north to southeast, the mountain rim curved in the brightness of the sun, … All the eastern sky was blushing to rose, which descended upon the mountains, touching them with wine and ruby. Sonoma Valley began to fill with a purple flood, laving the mountain bases, rising, inundating, drowning them in its purple…The sunset fires, refracted from the cloud-driftage of the autumn sky, bathed the canyon with crimson, in which ruddy-limbed madrones and wine-wooded manzanitas burned and smoldered. The air was aromatic with laurel. Wild grape vines bridged the stream from tree to tree. Oaks of many sorts were veiled in lacy Spanish moss. Ferns and brakes grew lush beside the stream. From somewhere came the plaint of a mourning dove…He waited, his eyes on her face as she gazed about her in rapture. “We’ve found our valley,” she whispered.”
-From Valley of the Moon by Jack London.
You can say you have found your place in the Valley of the Moon too. These celebratory words could be describing this exceptional property. It has been in the same family since before Jack London penned those famous words about Glen Ellen. Ten pristine acres graced with Sonoma Creek meandering through it, flowing year round, offering swimming holes and natures wonders. Three homes, with history that stretches across decades, offer safe haven and charming habitation. The Farm House, the Cabin and the Ranch house each provide their own unique setting and amenities. Expansive old outbuildings complete the setting and offer splendid, fun opportunities for the young-at-heart and the inner-farmer in all of us.
Less than an hour and a half from San Francisco, and located 1.4 miles from downtown Glen Ellen, this property is so conveniently located, yet feels a world away and just minutes from fine dining, wineries and wine country recreation. You can dine at the local cafe, rub elbows with the locals at the bar downtown, and enjoy the cuisine of rising stars in addition to the established icons of our food world, both without driving more than five minutes. Farmer’s markets, local farm purveyors and outstanding grocers will delight. Experiencing more outdoors is a snap. Trek mountain trails at Jack London, Sugarloaf or Annadel State parks, or stroll the beautiful botanical gardens at Quarryhill or the naturalist displays of Bouverie Perserve. For further wine country exploring, world-class local wineries abound; a wonderful way to relax, entertain and be entertained.
The Farm House presents you with a modern California Farmhouse vibe, open floor-plan, gourmet kitchen for the home chef, vaulted ceilings and the classic front porch for those warm lazy evenings, intimate tete de tete’s or moon watching. The Owner’s suite in the west wing offers an imitate enclave and access to the private deck complete with hot tub. The guest room on the sunrise side of the house additionally offers high ceilings and direct access to the outdoors; country living at its finest.
The iconic Cabin is the oldest home on the property; a spacious one bedroom pied a terre, updated with modern finishes. The use of space is amazing, well thought out and efficient. Travel through the classic enclosed front porch to the full kitchen, which opens to the living room with sliders leading to the sun dappled, private deck. Next, complete the picture by stepping into the boudoir, which is en suite.
The two story Ranch House, featuring a beautiful wrap-around porch, is set close to the creek and is surrounded by lush landscaping and the finest of gardens. The open kitchen and living room has all the room you need for a great gathering. Around the corner the family room could host a fabulous game night or a great spot to spend the evening binging on your favorite video genre. Upstairs the master suite and two guest bedrooms offer spacious accommodations and a long view of Sonoma Mountain.
Let’s go outside and explore this amazing property. Some gently sloping, some level, the ten acres of land is graced by Sonoma Creek flowing through it. This is mother nature’s gift to you and the abundant flora and fauna that share their bounty and intrigue with the world. In addition a vernal creek, complete with fancy footbridge, makes it’s way to Sonoma Creek, and across that brook is a secret garden-like fenced pasture slopping gently uphill. Opening up on the major portion of the land are fenced pastures graced with grandfather oaks, long barns and tidy outbuildings which speak of the history of the long time working farm heritage. Of course there is an outdoor gathering place anchored by a tall open fireplace at the edge of a canopy of ancient trees. Imagine everyone gathered around with makings for s’mores, a glass of wine, champagne or special brew, dance tunes playing, or a great ghost story being told by the firelight. Celebrations and daily living are beautifully woven together with the picturesque setting creating an amazing tapestry.
What is your dream? Here is the perfect palette prepared for you to enjoy as-is, or bring your pioneer spirit to transform this lovely enclave to reflect your vision of the ultimate wine country, Valley of the Moon estate.
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