A Rich History, a Brilliant Future… Introducing Villa del Sole
Chivalry lives on in this glorious 1.7-acre double-gated estate on the original Hearst Ranch property, conceived by renowned architect and former Castlewood Country Club owner John Marshall as his private oasis and playground for the beau monde. One of the largest and most ornate properties in this exclusive neighborhood, this 4 bedroom/4 bath, 4,200 square foot Mid-Century Modern stands testament not only to the glamour of bygone eras, but also to the diligent preservation and careful restoration that has maintained its glory and enhanced its splendor, giving this important residence a legacy not only in the past, but a promising and illustrious future. Castlewood Country Club is famed for its exclusive amenities, championship golf course, vibrant social scene, fitness center and easy proximity to top schools, downtown Pleasanton and Tri-Valley wine country, a true destination within the heart of the East Bay.
Art comes alive on the captivating grounds, accented by whimsical sculptures and artifacts from the 1915 World’s Fair. Manicured gardens boast over two hundred varieties of roses alongside tropical palms, exotic blooms, and pathways that wind amongst the music of cascading fountains. A majestic heritage oak has stood watch for over three centuries, witness to the comings and goings of globe-trotting VIPs and celebrities who have visited the estate, a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ roster that encompasses Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Clark Gable. In quieter times, the meditative redwood grove with custom-inscribed benches is a sanctuary where you can be alone with your thoughts, accompanied only by gentle hilltop breezes. Sweeping views of the entire East Bay, including this area’s trademark hills and valleys, play counterpoint to the openness of the aquatic and entertainment complex at the centerpiece of the regal backyard, anchored by the refinished pool, beautifully illuminated spa and impressive loggia that extends from the formal interior living spaces. Outdoor lounges and patios surround the sundeck, complete with handcrafted benches and tables for al fresco dining. Even with the largest gatherings, parking is never an issue with the secured area that accommodates thirty vehicles plus a two-car garage with elevator access.
The good life isn’t just a result of fortune, but of taste. The impeccable standards of the estate’s owners past and present shine through in every detail of this phenomenal single-story residence, from bejeweled ceilings glittering with thousands of gemstones and hand-painted wallpaper from Hearst Castle to svelte modern updates including new dual pane windows and the wall of sliding glass that connects the living room with the loggia to create an all-seasons entertaining mecca. Vaulted open beam ceilings and a full-height stone fireplace anchor the dignified ambiance; other main living areas include a family room with full-service bar and a signature eat-in kitchen with tiered island, rustic exposed brick, and garden views. Three decadent en-suite bedrooms boast walk-in closets and coffered ceilings with backlit, jewel-inlaid panels; the master suite ups the ante with a Jacuzzi tub plus indulgent stall shower. Most rooms offer direct garden access through tall doors that splash the spaces with natural light. Throughout, cultivated architectural accents including gorgeous hardwood and terrazzo floors, Murano chandeliers, crown molding, oak wainscoting, and beveled glass French doors create an indelible impression. Villa del Sole isn’t just a home, it’s an experience with a one-of-a-kind pedigree, never to be forgotten.