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Stunning California wine country home on 116 acres asks $8.9M

The equestrian estate is located in the Santa Ynez Valley and boasts some serious arts pedigree

View of modern home from in-ground pool.
Son Sereno was designed by Richard Meier & Partners, the architects behind the Getty Museum.
Photos by Jean Randazzo courtesy of The Agency

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Location: Santa Ynez, California

Price: $8,995,000

Museum-like in its own right, this modernist home may call to mind elements of another arts institution nearby. That’s because it was designed by Michael Palladino of Richard Meier & Partners, the architectural practice behind the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In fact, the residence was owned by the late Harold Williams and his wife Nancy Englander, who were top executives at the Getty Trust.

Set on 116 bucolic acres in the wine country of Santa Ynez Valley, Son Sereno, as it’s called, boasts a wealth of incredible details throughout the main house, which includes five bedrooms, five baths, a guest suite, and two additional powder rooms. Not to mention the numerous common programs like the eat-in kitchen, living room, dining, family room, sitting room, office, exercise studio, and library mezzanine.

But the home’s pièce de résistance is perhaps the custom-designed, wave-like curvilinear ceiling of the the living, dining, and family rooms, reaching up to 14 feet at the highest point. Glazed French doors and clerestory windows frame dramatic views in every direction—not just from the great room but all throughout the house. Pale hardwood floors, white walls, and warm wood accents keep the sprawling home bright and cozy.

Outside, a solar-heated saltwater pool, manicured lawns, gardens, large olive grove, mature trees, riding trails, and equestrian facilities, to name a few, offer endless opportunities for outdoor living and entertaining. Rounding out the property is a two-bedroom ranch manager’s home. Located at 6660 Happy Canyon Road just two hours up the coast from Brentwood (where the Getty Center is), the estate is offered at $8.995 million. Have a look.

Courtesy of The Agency