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$26M Napa Valley Retreat Is an Artful Twist on Wine Country Living

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For buyers in search of a taste of wellness and zen with their wine country estate, we’ve spotted a refreshing solution.

An extensively renovated Napa Valley home in St. Helena, CA, now seeks a buyer.

Known as Amaya and on the market for $26 million, the property features a main house, studio, large guesthouse, and guest studio. Hillary Ryan of Sotheby’s International Realty is the co-listing agent, along with Erin Lail with Coldwell Banker.

Inspired by structures on Japan’s Art Islands, the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home sits on 41 acres and features charred cedar cladding. The residence was designed by Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture. Examples of the firm’s architecture can be found throughout Northern California, including at Aperture Cellars’ tasting room in Healdsburg.

“What sets his work apart is: He understands how people really want to live in California wine country,” says Ryan.

The structure makes extensive use of steel, cedar, and glass. It also includes 6,000 square feet of patio space, with covered decks, plus an outdoor kitchen.

Inside, high-end materials like European porcelain and maple-wood flooring were employed to give the residence a refined feel. Smart features, including electronic shades, Lutron lighting, and Sonos speakers, are controlled by your smartphone.

There’s also a serious focus on relaxation and entertaining. The studio features a reading room/study, as well as a gym and wellness-oriented room for massages or meditation. In the two-suite guesthouse, Lake Hennessey and surrounding hillsides are artfully framed through large windows.

Glass-walled rooms, a home theater, wine cellar, and chef’s grade kitchen make the place an entertainer’s paradise. The California lifestyle is also ready for the taking—the living space opens wide, right onto the pool terrace.

Exterior of home in St. Helena, CA

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Entry

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Living room

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Dining room

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Kitchen

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Deck

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Pool

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Home theater

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Wine cellar

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

Wellness area

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the bathrooms

Paul Rollins for Sotheby’s International Realty

After the sellers snapped up this property in the early 2000s, they embarked on a full renovation of the existing home.

“They wanted to have a home that fits into the environment here in Napa Valley,” says Ryan. “They lived in it and enjoyed it throughout a lot of the COVID-19 lockdown. But most of their family is on the East Coast and overseas, and they’re spending a lot of time (away) and using some of their other homes more often.”

Also located on the property are a tennis court, a heated saltwater pool, walking trails, a fruit orchard, olive trees, raised vegetable beds, and a rock garden, as well as views of the vineyards, mountains, and water—all from home.

“It has a timeless feel,” says Ryan.

As for who might buy this wine country beauty? Signs point to a California buyer, but this coveted part of the country draws from an international pool of buyers.

“Generally, for the luxury market in Napa Valley, 80% to 85% come from the Bay Area and Southern California,” says Ryan, “but buyers do come from all over the world. I have a lot of buyers who live part-time in colder climates and want a place in winter or spring where they can live outdoors. Or they live in an urban area and want a getaway.”

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