Modern Hillside Haven
In addition to being esteemed architects known for deftly blending pragmatism and environmental responsibility, the San Francisco firm of firm of Aidlin Darling has been described as “sculptors of space,” “curators of experience” and designers of “emotionally evocative” homes.
Tucked into a hillside in Napa, this breathtaking modern five-bedroom residence exemplifies those qualities, with its dazzling angles; a pleasing natural palette of concrete, stone, wood, steel, and glass; and airy sense of openness and space.
The home feels at one with the land here, at the end of a long drive on a perfect private 21-acre perch, where it enjoys sweeping unobstructed views of California’s famed vineyard valley and the foothills of the Mayacama Mountains. Natural light flows freely throughout.
An open-concept floor plan is characteristic of the finest contemporary homes, but the lines, finishes, and proportions of this 4,750-square-foot aerie are truly distinctive.
The clean edges of stacked stone, thoughtfully laid tile, and beams of wood and metal create striking contrast to the serenely smooth surfaces of concrete, metal, and plaster.
Most noteworthy is the great room—living, dining, and kitchen areas and a unique wine cellar accented by eye-catching angles, dramatic ceiling beams, and artful light fixtures.
Blurring the line between indoors and out is a disappearing floor-to-ceiling wall of glass that provides a truly breathtaking vista of treetops, the valley floor, and majestic mountains.
A sliding glass wall in the luxurious master suite offers a similar view and rolls back to offer direct access to an alluring infinity-edge pool that seems to cascade down the hillside into the valley.
Alongside the pool is a terrace ideal for relaxing by a warming fire pit, whether in sunshine, shade, or wine country starlight.
Offered at: $7,995,000
Location: 7870 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558