Villa del Sole
Historic Castlewood Country Club estate, Villa del Sole, built by renowned architect and former Club owner John Marshall, comes on the market after more than 30 years of meticulous restoration and stewardship guided by a respect for its place in history. The labors of skilled artists and craftsmen who descended upon the estate at Marshall's request continue to shine in all their glory from the bejeweled paneled ceilings handset with tens of thousands of gemstones, and Murano crystal chandeliers, to the hand-painted wallpaper from Hearst Castle, and Venetian style and wood flooring,
Park-like gardens embrace the 4,200 square-foot, single-level home that features four bedrooms (three en suite) and four bathrooms, eat-in kitchen, formal rooms, family room with walk-around bar, and bedroom wing. There is an elevator to the two-car garage and parking for more than 30 vehicles.
One of the largest properties at almost two acres, this exclusive double-gated estate resonates with grandeur and elegance sprinkled with the sometimes whimsical charm of days gone by. Its hilltop location relishes glorious and sweeping views of surrounding ridgelines, valley and rolling hillsides.
The gardens are dotted with original sculptures plucked from the
1915 San Francisco Worlds Fair. Manicured boxwood hedges define the meandering pathways that pass tiered fountains, more than 200 rose specimens, flamboyant bird of paradise, and towering fan and date palm trees, once all illuminated by more than four dozen gas torches. A more than three centuries old oak tree majestically stands guard with the luxury of first-hand glimpses into the gatherings of aristocracy and dignitaries who visited the estate.
A redwood grove designed and planted by Marshall remains a quiet and gated retreat space with built-in benches he constructed and inscribed with Villa del Sole. The refinished swimming pool and spa remains the center of the backyard entertaining space and view from the extensive loggia that extends off the formal dining and living rooms.
Additional interior features include oak wainscot, crown molding, new dual pane windows, fireplace with marble surround, beveled glass French doors, access to gardens and patios from most rooms, kitchen island and view of garden, and exposed brick walls.
The formal living room features a vaulted exposed beam ceiling and floor-to ceiling stone fireplace. A wall of sliding glass doors opens to the expansive loggia.
Three bedrooms are en suite and feature coffered ceilings adorned with jeweled encrusted panels illuminated by back lighting. Each has a walk-in closet. The master bedroom s full bathroom features a Jacuzzi tub in addition to stall shower.
The estate is within the exclusive Castlewood Country Club offering championship golf, tennis, swimming, bocce ball, fitness center, clubhouse and year-found social events. The private location is also just minutes from Highway 680 and commute routes into Silicon Valley, and San Francisco, and close to downtown Pleasanton, the Livermore Valley Wine Country, and local top-rated schools.
Own this extraordinary property in the exclusive Castlewood Country Club and steward a piece of history for future generations.