Featured home: 7200 Cougar Lane in Santa Rosa

Enchanting, secluded farmhouse overlooking the Valley of the Moon

38225173Where: 7200 Cougar Lane, Santa Rosa (listing | tour)

This private, gated, 30-acre estate overlooks Sonoma County’s gorgeous Valley of the Moon. The custom home, with expansive vistas, sports three (or more) bedrooms, three bathrooms, two fireplaces—plus an exercise room and loft family room.

The lush, multi-level gardens feature decks, a built-in spa, and an adjacent entertaining area with unobstructed views of the valley and beyond. The separate vegetable and fruit tree garden, with its own greenhouse, has been fenced for deer along with a large part of the acres. The detached, 4-car barn, has a charming 336 square foot studio above, reached via its own private walkway.

There is a high-output solar electric system and newer well. Combined, they reduce this property’s energy dependence by over 70 percent. The secluded location is perfect for an extended family home, vacation getaway, or retreat/conference center— all only 20 minutes to downtown Santa Rosa.

Listed at $1,995,000 by Lance Fulford and Dan Marshall of Alain Pinel RealtorsSan Francisco.

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Featured home: 894 Laurel Ave in Pacific Grove

Colorful Washington Park Craftsman home with artistic charm

37749970Where: 894 Laurel Ave, Pacific Grove (listing | tour)

Ideally located next to Washington Park for observation of the local flora and fauna, this Craftsman style home embodies all that the name implies. Promoting artistic work in all branches of handicraft, from the leaded glass windows to the clean lines and ornate decorative features throughout, this house is a beauty!

Built in 1900, it has been remodeled and updated for modern living. Step through the beautiful front door into a library, flowing into the dining room, featuring display cabinets and a butler’s pantry. The kitchen has a farmer sink, quartzite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, lots of cabinetry with glass fronts and a breakfast nook. The living room features a river rock fireplace with walls of windows overlooking the park.

There are four bedrooms, one downstairs, and there are 2 bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. The master suite includes a sitting room, dressing room, sun room and an outside deck. The house is nestled in a park-like setting with flowers, ferns and a gazebo.

Listed at $1,399,000 by Jeannie Fromm of Alain Pinel Realtors – Carmel.

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Featured home: 2932 Cuesta Way in Carmel

Mid-century luxury set on lush property with sweeping ocean views

Ocean viewsWhere: 2932 Cuesta Way, Carmel (listing | tour)

Spectacular panoramic ocean views of Point Lobos, Coastal Mountains and the sea! This stunning mid-century modern residence is located in one of Carmel’s most sought after neighborhoods. Private and lush courtyard entrance, living, dining and sitting area focus on full walls of windows with ever changing views. Property is impeccable with an open and flexible floor plan perfect for part-time or full time living, nanny, in-law or investment opportunity. Gourmet kitchen features two prep stations, gorgeous quartz counters, SS appliances with bar/serving area. Two master suites are located on the main level, 2 additional bedrooms with full bath are on the lower level with office/family or media room. Three fireplaces, two car garage, air conditioning, water softener, alarm system and a generous stone patio perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Only a short stroll to Ribera Beach and the walking trails to experience and see one of the most magnificent areas of the world. Welcome home!

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full,1 Partial
  • Square Footage: (+/-) 3,868
  • Lot Size: 10,001.38
  • Year Built:1961
  • HOA Fee: $30
  • MLS: ML81594524
  • School District: Carmel Unified District

Offered at $5,299,000 by Monika Campbell of Alain Pinel Realtors – Carmel.

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Featured home: 6979 Hollow Lake Way in San Jose

A distinguished hilltop estate with sweeping views and room to spare

FoyerWhere: 6979 Hollow Lake Way, San Jose (listing | tour)

Tour this property at our Open House this Sat. Aug. 27 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The well-designed residence offers luxurious elegance and an intimate atmosphere with integrated common areas including an office, a bonus/entertainment room, and five bedroom suites, all laid out over approximately 5,744 square feet of light-filled living space. Immaculate finishes include soaring ceilings, maple flooring, granite counters, extensive use of crown molding, recessed lighting, a grand circular maple staircase, and oil bronze railings along the patios and exterior of the home.

The finest lot in the development, the approximately 1.04 acre property features a large, flat, fenced-in backyard with a paver patio, lawn area, and an arbor with bench. With Almaden Quicksilver County Park open space set behind the neighborhood, the property is imbued with a peaceful, bucolic ambiance.

A paver driveway flanked by columns leads to the front of the residence punctuated by a front porch and columns. Once inside, the main level of the home offers:

  • Double front doors opening to the marble entryway featuring a fantastic soaring high domed ceiling with skylight.
  • Magnificent living room offering a decorative high ceiling, a chandelier, gas fireplace, a wall of view windows, and sliding glass door to the back patio and yard.
  • Large formal dining room featuring two built-in cabinets with glass fronts for displaying glassware and china.
  • Gourmet chef’s kitchen offering maple cabinets, granite counter tops, garden window, a large fan-shaped center island with sink and space for counter top dining, plus an additional granite counter top built-in seating area. Amenities include a Thermador hood and gas range, KitchenAid 48-inch built-in refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and trash compactor.
  • An adjacent large pantry includes built-in shelves, and a built-in large desk is with granite counter top and cabinets.
  • Open to the kitchen, the breakfast nook surrounded by circular windows, sky limited views and features a decorative circular ceiling, and a sliding glass door to an outdoor patio seating area.
  • Huge step-down family room highlighted by a bay wall of windows.
  • Den/entertainment room offering a coffered ceiling and bay wall of windows.
  • Double glass doors from the entry lead to the well-appointed office featuring high ceilings and tall windows.
  • Downstairs bedroom suite with an entryway, bedroom with sliding glass door to a balcony offering hill views, and an en suite bathroom with marble shower. With a private exterior entrance, this suite would serve well as guest quarters or a multi-generational living area.
  • Powder room conveniently located by front entry.
  • Spacious laundry room with cabinets, sink, washer/dryer, and room for storage.

The central circular staircase leads to the second floor, featuring:

  • Large maple landing and den with built-in desk.
  • Double French doors opening to the master suite offering a bedroom, seating area with a door to the private balcony with stunning views, and two large walk-in closets with cedar lining. The en suite bathroom includes a spa tub with marble surround, large dual-head shower with jets and bench, and dual-sink vanity.
  • Three additional bedroom suites all featuring large walk-in closet and attached full bathroom with tub.
  • Laundry chute to the main level laundry area.

Additional features include:

  • Clay tile roof offering longer usable life
  • Oversized, attached three-car garage with finished floor and built-in cabinets.
  • Ample storage throughout including linen and coat closets (some cedar-lined), plus a large storage room under the stairs.
  • Solid interior doors.
  • Security alarm system, Intercom system, Central vacuum.
  • Award-winning schools: Williams, Bret Harte, Leland.

Offered at $3,580,000 by Joseph Yen of Alain Pinel Realtors – Saratoga

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Featured home: 22395 Diericx Court in Mountain View

Mountain View family comfort in a park-like setting

38391771Where: 22395 Diericx Court, Mountain View (listing | tour)

This stunning home on its large cul-de-sac lot is like owning your own private park in one of Mountain View’s most coveted areas, served by popular Huff School.

In addition to the three roomy bedrooms, the home offers an isolated fourth room perfect for guests, home office or family room. The newly remodeled family kitchen boasts gorgeous marble counters (including center island) and stainless steel appliances. A family area includes a gas fireplace, and in the sunny living room, you will find the second fireplace. The formal dining room includes a bay window, which offers a view of the back yard. This expansive yard, shaded by majestic trees, is perfect for private relaxation or epic entertaining.

Close to Stevens Creek Trail access, schools the YMCA, Cuesta Park and more, all tucked away on a serene court that is a joy to live on.

Other amenities include: front entry court, side storage area, garage with epoxy floor, hardwood floors, air conditioning, an impressive formal entry, many skylights, recessed lighting and countless other special touches, inside and out.

Offered at: $2,195,000. Listed by Tori Ann Atwell of Alain Pinel Realtors, Los Altos

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