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Compound Ready for Hosting in Sonoma County, CA, Is Toast of the Town

Kristine Hansen |

Sonoma Compound named Unique Listing

For a deep-pocketed buyer in search of a place in California wine country with enough space to spread out, this retreat in Sonoma County ticks all the boxes.

Tucked into the tiny town of Kenwood (pop. 1,028), this luxury estate on 12 acres includes a 5,000-square-foot main house, a bunkhouse, and two more guesthouses. All in all, the accommodations span nearly 10,000 square feet, making it an ideal escape for family and friends.

Nina Hatvany of Compass in San Francisco and Holly Bennett of Sotheby’s International Realty in Sonoma County are jointly handling the listing.

Exterior of home at sunset
Exterior of home in Kenwood, CA (SeaTimber Media)

While this getaway is designed for downtime, there’s also plenty of opportunity to stay active.

“This is sort of conceived to be a ‘kid magnet,’” says Hatvany. “There’s so much to do. I’ve not seen so many activities in one place.”

Rather than hewing to the Sonoma stereotype and cultivating a vineyard, the current owners “did not want their acreage taken up with vines and vineyard workers,” says Hatvany.

So rather than grapes aplenty, the estate has a full-size tennis court complete with a viewing platform, a gym, bocce-ball court, a heated pool, hot tub, outdoor speakers, and two lawns for outdoor games.

A 480-square-foot wine cellar and the 1,525-square-foot party barn accessible through a secret entryway are more suited for adults—but also contribute to this property’s entertainment factor. In the party barn, there’s a full bar, performance stage, padded burlap walls, a built-in vintage shipping container, wall plugs for neon lights, attached deck, and a half-bathroom.

Rustic barn repurposed for entertaining
Party barn (SeaTimber Media)
Rustic wine cellar
Wine cellar (SeaTimber Media)
Tennis court
Tennis court (SeaTimber Media)

As far as the accommodations are concerned, “You’ve effectively got nine bedrooms—everybody housed in style and comfortable,” says Hatvany, in addition to 11 bathrooms.

The main house has four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a media room, with a central courtyard leading to the pool and hot tub.

The home’s flooring comes with a cool origin story: Much of it is made from barrel staves from a Napa winery. Other design features include concrete flooring with swirling beiges and reds and antique patterned-wood flooring in the entry.

Two antique sinks were imported from the South of France, and the kitchen is stocked with chef-grade appliances, like a six-burner Wolf range, two Bosch dishwashers, a wine refrigerator, pot-filler faucet, and Sub-Zero fridge. In the butler’s pantry is a Miele espresso machine for a quick morning jolt.

Open concept kitchen with high ceilings and wood beams
Kitchen in main house (SeaTimber Media)
Modern butler's pantry
Main house butler’s pantry (SeaTimber Media)

For guest accommodations, a 650-square-foot red guesthouse features a bedroom and bathroom, while the other guesthouse, with a stone exterior, is even larger.

It measures 860 square feet, with a living/dining area, bedroom, kitchen, and two bathrooms. Three sets of doors lead out to gardens and a patio.

Alternatively, there’s an even smaller option: The sellers’ college-age kids often bring friends home to the 480-square-foot bunkhouse. The sleeping alcoves are well-equipped in the technology department, each with a charger for electronic devices.

Bunkhouse with bunkbeds and living area
Bunkhouse (SeaTimber Media)
Stone house in secluded wooded area
Stone house exterior (SeaTimber Media)
Stone house interior, living area
Stone house interior (SeaTimber Media)
Red barn surrounded by redwood trees
Red barn exterior (SeaTimber Media)
Interior of barn converted into living space
Red barn interior (SeaTimber Media)
Spacious bedroom
One of the bedrooms (SeaTimber Media)
Warm-toned bathroom with clawfoot tub
One of the bathrooms (SeaTimber Media)

Because the sellers added the two guesthouses and made a number of other improvements after they purchased the property in 2011, the next owner won’t need to think about any restoration work.

“That’s what’s so exciting about it,” says Hatvany. “Move right in with the utmost luxury, and have fun.”

Of the town of Kenwood, she adds, “It’s sort of sleepy and cute.”

Hiking starts right outside your back door, with Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 7 miles from the property.

“If you can drag yourself to the top, it’s got the most panoramic views imaginable,” the agent says.

Meanwhile, for the buyer who’s a homebody wanting a full range of amenities, this estate is just as delectable as a high-scoring wine vintage culled from nearby vineyards.