This enchanting, gated estate in St. Helena offers resort-like living, privacy, and the best of wine country at your door. Located next to the renowned Meadowood Resort, the residence consists of two legally separate parcels totaling 12.13 acres on an undulating knoll with sprawling grounds and mature gardens in a park-like setting. The adjacent six acres, a separate parcel at 1210 Oakwood Lane, can be purchased alone for building a new second estate or purchased together with the current home for a family-and-guests compound.
Approached through a Mediterranean-inspired central courtyard with fountain, the grand, yet understated, 6,800-square-foot home combines contemporary design with timeless wine country architecture. The residence is an entertainer’s dream, featuring six bedrooms, seven and one-half baths, stately living and dining rooms with soaring vaulted ceilings, and a true gourmet chef’s kitchen that has been graced by renowned chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and other culinary masters.
The master bedroom rivals anything you’ll find in a 5-star hotel suite, featuring dramatic vaulted ceilings, a lounge area with fireplace, an office alcove, walk-in closets, and a spa-worthy bathroom complete with both indoor and outdoor showers on the spacious deck off the bedroom. Adjacent to the main living areas, expansive ironwood decks, terraces, and an outdoor dining pavilion with a fireplace feature a modern twist on the classic California barn silhouette.
Beyond is a 55-foot infinity edge swimming pool with spa and a cascading stone waterfall façade, best viewed from the two private guests suite casitas by the pool. Additional highlights include a spacious gym/lounge, a 1,300-bottle wine vault, bocce court, built-in children’s bunk room, meandering garden pathways, vegetable gardens, a 12-car motor court, and custom lighting throughout. The lush garden offers food, flora, and celebrity chefs from the roses Brady dedicated to his world-renowned chef friend Julia Child to the gardens where the pope’s assistant held daily Mass during an extended retreat to Thomas Keller’s tomato plants.
Located approximately 1.6 miles from downtown St. Helena, bustling with restaurants, art galleries, wineries, boutiques, and more. This serene, private residence rivals a world-class resort and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the most discerning buyers, as the home was formerly on market for $14,000,000 and has now reduced to $11,888,000. The time is ripe to purchase this magical wine country estate.
Culinary and marketing tycoon Frank Brady, who purchased the property in 2001, re-created the home over two years of renovation with designer/contractor Bob Eberlin, who also built the neighboring Meadowood Resort. The Brady residence, known as “Daisy Hill Farm,” offers an opportunity to live in the culinary nirvana of Napa Valley. Frank Brady is a food industry legend who collaborated with the most famous chefs in the business to invent and market more than 100 culinary items for companies like Williams-Sonoma.
“Daisy Hill Farm is one of the few kitchens Thomas Keller, plus his Bouchon chefs, have actually cooked in and hosted events,” says Brady. “How else could we, who have been leaders of the kitchen and housewares industry, ever have created a kitchen that was anything less than perfection, and focused on detail on every level?” Indeed, the massive center island was designed to accommodate at least eight chefs. Plus, there’s a walnut cutting block with drawer for a dozen various knives, ample storage, a walk-in pantry, top-of-the-line appliances, and a pull-out computer station under the kitchen counter in case you need to look up recipes online.
Notes from owner Frank Brady:
The creation of Daisy Hill has been our life’s work for the past 18 years. No money was spared in funding the best local craftsmen with the finest materials. The only guide we used was to find the very best. While visitors at Daisy Hill get a tremendous sense of quality and superb design on their first visit, it is important to understand story of the craftsmen who have brought out the uniqueness of all the aspects of each place and setting throughout the property.
Our builder, Bob Eberlin, constructed and remodeled all the structures at Daisy Hill as well as Meadowood. His craftsmanship is obvious in every room, elevating Meadowood from beautiful to exquisite in every detail. Daisy Hill is Bob’s crowning achievement. Our chef’s kitchen was designed by Carlene Anderson Kitchen Design of Berkeley, California. Architect Wayne Leong, AIA, designed most of our architectural updates. Landscape architect Jonathan Plant was responsible for complete garden design and installation.
Custom exterior lighting was designed by Keith Yoshiba of 123 Studio. Keith is an incredible talent who also designed the lighting for the King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt as well as the lighting plan for Union Square in San Francisco. Custom cabinetry throughout was created by Jeff Manchaca Fine Woodworking in Napa. In the world of cabinetry, there is normal and then there is the wood cabinetry made for Daisy Hill. These cabinets were made by one person who was one of the top master woodworkers in the Bay Area. The methods used in his crafts are the same techniques used in colonial woodworking that allow each piece to last for generations. It took approximately 18 months to build and install the kitchen.”
This magical estate is offered at $11,888,000 for both 1250 and 1210 Oakwood Lane. For property details, please visit: www.1250Oakwoodlane.com