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Ink House, home to one of Napa Valley’s first settlers – and Elvis Presley – could be yours

Anna Marie ErwertMarch 8, 2021Updated: March 8, 2021 4:01 a.m.

Asking $7M, the property comes with history as well as all the furniture

Welcome to Ink House. Built for Theron Ink – a gold prospector and early Napa Valley settler who eventually became a highly successful agriculturist – this property has come to market with history and beauty intact.

Ink House was Theron Ink’s home on Helios Ranch in the late 1800s, by which time Ink had established himself “valuable in Napa’s contribution to the history of Northern California,” according to a very entertaining biography published by the Lewis Publishing Company in 1891.  The ranch was recognized by the National Park Service and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Through the many decades, the ranch was parceled off, leaving Ink House on 1.23 acres. In recent years, Ink House became one of Napa Valley’s boutique inns.  The inn was even home to Elvis Presley during the filming of “Wild in the Country” in 1960.

With six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half bathrooms, the property has all the charm you’d want in a wine country inn, but could just as easily be a capacious single-family home, and in fact is on the market as such. Listing agent Bart Moore told SFGate that “The residence is an ideal second home, primary residence or corporate retreat.”

Along with the gorgeous interiors (all the furnishings and art you see in these photos come with this sale), the exterior of the property deserves attention. The grounds are dotted with hydrangeas, mulberry trees, and long-established oak. The original Helios Ranch barn is still here, as are patio lounges, fountains, a pergola, and a bocce ball court.

“There are two stone pillars as you drive into the Ink House parking area that still say Helios Ranch,” said Moore. Those pillars, too, come with the $6.950 million price tag.

1575 St Helena Highway is a 4,660 square foot historic abode with wrap around porch overlooking its landscaped 1.23 acres. 
Matthew Joseph, David Livingston1575 St Helena Highway is a 4,660 square foot historic abode with wrap around porch overlooking its landscaped 1.23 acres. 
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The Italianate Farmhouse was built in the late 1880s, and retains its original beauty. 
Matthew Joseph, David LivingstonThe Italianate Farmhouse was built in the late 1880s, and retains its original beauty. 
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Inside, the home was renovated in under
David LivingstonInside, the home was renovated in under “prominent Luxury architect” Howard Backen in 2017. These interiors, including all furnishings and fixtures, come with the sale.