St. Helena, California Hennessy Lake view home for sale

A stunning Napa Valley, California home with walls of glass and a modern design that blends in well with the surrounding natural surroundings has been put on the market for $26 million.

Known as Amaya (“paradise valley” in Japanese), the private St. Helena retreat features a main residence with large openings to the outdoors and 6,000 square feet of covered terraces and a swimming pool. The main house has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and spans 41 acres. The estate offers breathtaking views of Lake Hennessey, the vineyards, the valley and the mountains.

“The design of the house was inspired by the skillfully renovated houses of the Meiji era in the Art Islands of Japan, where elements such as “Shou sugi ban” or charred cedar cladding, combined with large openings on the exterior, effectively modernize homes without sacrificing their place in the environment,” the official property listing reads.

Shou sugi ban is an 18th century Japanese waterproofing method where the wood is charred, giving it a deep charcoal color.

The property comprises a superb main house, a studio, a large guest house and a guest studio. European porcelain and maple wood floors and handcrafted millwork give the home a feeling of sophistication.

The family, living room, dining room and large rooms occupy the ground floor, giving a common flow to the space. The chef’s kitchen is an open concept with top of the line appliances.

Hillary Ryan of Sotheby’s International Realty is the co-listing agent, along with Erin Lail of Coldwell Banker.

The residence was completely renovated in 2020 by Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture. Signum has designed other Napa-area properties, including Aperture Cellars’ tasting room in Healdsburg.

“He understands how much people really want to live in California’s wine country,” Ryan told, referring to what sets Fernadez’s work apart.

The floor has three large bright bedrooms with panoramic views and a home cinema with a Sony 4K projector and surround sound.

The ground floor comprises two further guest bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a kitchenette, a bar, a wine cellar and a large living/dining room which opens onto the pool terrace.

A neighboring studio with stunning views opens onto a patio and lawn. There is a large gym and massage/meditation room and a three car garage.

“Just steps from the main house, the guesthouse is romantically nestled amidst vibrant madrones, providing a peaceful unity with nature,” the listing reads.

This guest house has two bedrooms, a spacious living/dining room and a kitchen.

David Caraccio is a video producer for The Sacramento Bee who was born and raised in Sacramento. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and a lifelong journalist who has worked for newspapers as a reporter, editor, page designer, and digital content producer.

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