By Linde Hyder
Situated a few miles north of San Francisco—across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge—Ross, California is home to idyllic landscaped streets, quaint shops, tree-covered hills and world-famous biking trails. Here, amid an atmosphere of small-town charm, modern conveniences co-exist in harmony with the natural environment. Many celebrities have called Ross home and now, you can too.
Welcome to Villa La Sosta, the ‘Resting Place.’ Enviably located minutes to wine country, Villa La Sosta presents an opportunity to live in a secluded, highly coveted enclave surrounded by beauty. Down a winding lane, behind majestic gates, a cobblestone driveway leads to a porte-cochere where you will begin to transcend time and place to the stately manors of Old-World Europe. This ambiance, however, belies what waits within as every luxury needed for 21st-century living has been conceived for this 8,660-square-foot estate.
A residential masterpiece five years in the making, the two-story work-of-art offers a true European experience with accouterments gathered from the owners’ travels around the world. Classic craftsmanship, intricate ironwork, solid mahogany doors, marble floors, 100-year-old clay tiles, seven custom fireplaces and Renaissance-style ceiling murals are among the extraordinary finishes that have been painstakingly curated from abroad.
Designed to entertain, this stunning showplace features a great room spanning nearly 1,000 square feet and an expanse of verandahs that open primary living spaces to provide an easy flow for guests. The up-to-the-minute kitchen is equipped with every imaginable convenience including Viking appliances and a generous amount of work and storage space.
Included within the six-bedroom, ten-bathroom plan is a main-level master suite rivaling that of the finest resort. Complementing the view-inspired bedroom with garden overlook is an opulent bath featuring a mosaic sunken garden tub and adjacent fireplace.
European flair keynotes the outdoor scene, as well, with a poetic display of rose gardens and fountains amid two acres of meticulously landscaped grounds. A tennis pavilion, bocce ball court, swimming pool, hot tub and a pool house provide hours of fun for residents and visitors alike. Augmenting this estate of timeless elegance is parking for 15 including a four-car garage.
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