A two-home compound in the Northern California foothills transports all who enter to a far-off place.
“One of the homes is very traditional. The other home, [the owners] completely redid the inside of it to make it look like a Moroccan house,” says the listing agent, Kathi Jobson. She’s co-listing the home with Nick Sadek.
Each home looks traditional on the outside, but the interior spaces are a study in contrasts.
The conventional house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and was built in 1991. The other residence has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and its transformation into a Moroccan-themed masterpiece was completed around 2000.
“There’s all this beautiful woodwork, and all the lighting and mirrors were actually made in Fez, Morocco. And then, they had it shipped out here,” Jobson says. “All the walls are real plaster, and there are no corners. All the edges are soft and rounded. It really is just like a work of art.”
Jobson told us the owners aren’t Moroccan—they simply love Moroccan style.
Keeping with the exotic theme, a highlight of the Moroccan home is a Turkish bath, covered in glorious green tile.
“It has three soaking tubs, a spa, and a shower. It’s a beautiful room,” Jobson explains.
She says it has a plaster ceiling in a singular, wavelike shape.
“I don’t even know how much that would cost, but it’s very unique and very beautiful,” she says.
The Moroccan house also contains a game room and a huge gym (the equipment comes with the sale) with a sauna on the lower level. There’s also an outdoor pool.
In the kitchen, the appliances and storage areas are also in the Moroccan style. The stove is a replica of a typical stove in Northern Africa, and there’s no dishwasher to speak of.
Everything in the house reflects the exotic theme. The furniture isn’t part of the list price, but could be negotiated into a deal.
“It’s almost like you’re stepping into ‘The Arabian Nights,’” Jobson says.
Jobson describes the traditional house as the guesthouse. She says the owners were living in it when they bought what is now the Moroccan house.
They’ve since combined the two properties into a seamless and fascinating compound.
“It’s currently under one parcel number,” Jobson notes.
Away from the glory of the Moroccan marvel, the traditional house on the property has a spacious layout, with dark wood accents and lots of light.
Jobson says the compound would be perfect for a multigenerational family, since there are so many bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as some separation. For a new owner, there are a number of options.
She notes that when she held a luxury agent broker tour, the brokers commented that the Moroccan house felt like a resort or hotel.
“It would make a great Airbnb,” she says. “You could live in the traditional home, and you could rent out [the Moroccan] one.”
Jobson says the homes are due for a little deferred maintenance, especially the traditional one, but she sees no major issues.
She says both homes have views of the American River. The traditional home sits higher, with a slightly better vantage point on the water.
“When you’re in the homes and have the windows open, you can hear the river rushing by,” she says.
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