Hearst Heir buys California wine house in record deal


This Spanish-style estate just sold for $ 9.5 million.


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A Spanish-style estate in the northern California wine country was bought by a Hearst heir last week as part of a registration deal for the bucolic town of Calistoga.

Its sale price of $ 9.5 million gives it the prestige of being the most expensive home sold in the Calistoga area, a distinction it shares with another home that sold for the same price in the spring. last on the outskirts of town, according to registration records.

The Hearst sale, meanwhile, ranks as the biggest deal in town.

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Nestled in the foothills of Mount St. Helena, “it’s a quintessential California hacienda,” said listing agent Arthur Goodrich of Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country Brokerage, who put the house on the market in June for 9. , $ 85 million.

“You walk in, there’s probably this 3 inch solid mahogany door that’s carved, it’s beautiful,” Mr. Goodrich said. It’s a “very big house, but not overbearing.” It’s so well designed and well visualized [and] just such a warm home.

The buyers are William Randolph Hearst III, grandson of famous publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, and his wife, Margaret Crawford Hearst, according to Sotheby’s.

The sellers of the home, who bought the underlying land in 2000 for $ 395,000, according to records, may have unwittingly predicted that the new owners of the property had chosen the setting by chance.

“They have in the great main room this huge fireplace,” Mr. Goodrich said. The mantle is surrounded by two paintings: the Italian village of Positano is pictured on the right, and on the left is the lavish Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

“If it’s no fluke, I don’t know what it is,” Mr. Goodrich said.

The five-bedroom home is packed with carefully thought out details such as Italian plaster walls, custom green glazed roof tiles, Portuguese terra-cotta floors polished to a leather-like finish, and antique reclaimed exposed beams, according to the listing.

“The bookcase is such a remarkable room,” Mr. Goodrich said, noting the coffered ceiling, fireplace and blue leather insert on the back of the bookcases.

Calistoga, at the north end of Napa Valley, is “a very hometown, very accessible,” said Mr. Goodrich. “It keeps its small town charm – we always have a parade of illuminated tractors.”

” I am delighted [the buyers] felt the same, they loved the feeling of the city.

This article first appeared on Mansion Global.


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