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“The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay; I Heard the laughter of her heart in every street café.”
Oscar Hammerstein II
And this is exactly how you’ll feel when you drive up to this elegant French chateau. Luxury and romance are what this home is all about, beginning with 100 feet of curved pristine front lawn. A custom-iron balcony greets visitors from the second floor master suite, and slabs of granite lead to the wide brick steps and massive front door. The foyer is grand: acid-washed limestone floors, cathedral ceiling, and winding, wrought-iron staircase, echoing the outside balcony.
To the left is a sunlit living room, with limestone fireplace and custom crown molding, which is seen throughout the home. French doors lead to the zen-like patio and garden. The formal dining room, with tray ceiling, is big enough to host any holiday dinner, and offers stunning mountain views. Beyond is a chef’s dream kitchen: hand-forged, hanging pot rack above the island, Wolf stove, and burnished stainless appliances. The breakfast booth easily seats 10, and looks out to the pool area, with four double-windows. The adjacent family room, with wet-bar, features a Venetian plaster wall, wrapping around the tiled fireplace.
A guestroom/maid’s quarters is on this end of the home, with en suite bath, large laundry room, and another staircase leading to the second level. A library/office is also on the main floor, with bookcase-lined walls. Nearby is a charming powder room, featuring pale blue/grey tiles.
The upstairs guest rooms have en suite baths, glass-tile showers, and distressed, white-washed floors. The master suite is a work of art: sitting room, with bar, built-in fridge, Juliette balcony, and fireplace. His & her custom walk-in closets are separated with a dressing area, and shower/sauna. Shoji screens are a delicate touch as one enters the bath, featuring a Japanese soaking tub.
The backyard is huge, with two pools, one a lap pool, the other adjacent to a Jacuzzi. All of this faces breathtaking mountain views, a valley replete with coastal oaks, velvet-green hills and valleys. Two covered-pipe horse corrals lie below the pool area, with miles of trails for both hiking and riding. The property is walled on two sides, and has enough flat, grassy land for soccer, croquet, you name it – this home is equipped for everything and everyone!
Cole Porter begins one of his songs: “I love Paris when it sizzles.” That’s what this estate does – it sizzles, it sparkles, and it’s guaranteed to capture your heart.