Robert Redford’s Napa Valley Hideaway Hits Market For $7.5 Million
November 6, 2018
That’s a wrap. Robert Redford is calling it quits. After a long, illustrious Hollywood career, the icon is retiring from acting and unloading his beloved wine country estate—Danza del Sol, in Napa Valley. The secluded compound is as private as Redford himself, spanning a cloistered 10 acres mere minutes from Napa’s idyllic St. Helena village. Situated atop a scenic knoll, the gated estate is listed for $7.5 million by Steve Mavromihalis.
Danza del Sol includes an eight-room, 5,225-square-foot main residence (three bedroom, three-and-a-half baths); two distinct garages (one barn style, another with an enormous workshop); and a grand 907-square-foot artist’s studio (one bedroom, one bath) where Redford’s wife Sibylle Szaggars plied her trade as a painter.
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The rustic hideaway also has a vegetable garden, orchard, swimming pool, cozy cabana, backyard redwood hot tub, workout studio, and easily-accessible hiking trails.
According to reports, Redford and Szaggars purchased the tranquil retreat in 2004. It’s where the couple rested, rejuvenated and resurrected their spirits whenever they needed to unplug—meditating along wooded trails, creating in the artist’s studio, admiring a favorite car or motorcycle in the separate garage, relaxing in the spa, luxuriating poolside or cherishing viticultural views from the understated main residence, the listing states.
“The home is surrounded by a natural and secluded landscape,” says Redford. “The property is connected to a beautiful hiking trail that leads to the Meadowood Resort, which we love and are members of. In addition, my wife and I were attracted to the timeless European architecture and feel of the house.”
At Danza del Sol, it’s easy to imagine unwinding, painting, sculpting, reading (scripts, newspapers, wine reviews), or entertaining friends.
A winding driveway culminates with a beautiful fountain and the European-style white stucco manor enveloped by privatizing trees. Views are maximized from every space at the estate—high-beamed bedrooms, open bathrooms, sunken fireplace lounge (with tree trunk ottoman), formal dining room, elevated outdoor stone terraces, and arcadian walking trails included.
The charming white kitchen boasts a large center island and picture windows with gorgeous sweeping vistas of surrounding rolling hills. A huge family room features exposed white-beamed ceilings, built-ins, and an oversized wood-burning fireplace made of stone. There’s also a combo office-library.
The master suite is beautified with floor-to-ceiling spectacle windows, a walk-in closet, a corner fireplace sitting area, and an expansive bathroom with sauna and soaking tub. The detached garages offer impressive indoor-outdoor panoramas of the art studio, workshop and exercise studio through retractable glass barn doors.
Redford currently stars in The Old Man & The Gun, his last film as an actor. The 82-year-old Oscar winner is known for his appreciation of quaint living, Native American culture, and nature—particularly in the American West.
This is most obvious in many of Redford’s films from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, A River Runs Through It, A Walk In The Woods, The Horse Whisperer, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Company You Keep, among other films where mountains, isolation, big skies, secluded cabins, forest hideaways, rehabilitation, and escape are prevalent themes. He also founded Park City, Utah’s famed Sundance Film Festival and maintains the Sundance Mountain Resort, which houses a collection of Native American art.
So why is the actor giving up this bucolic paradise? “We want to move back to the Bay Area to be closer to family,” says Redford. Did I mention Redford is a dedicated family man? Like an iconic actor studying his last script, he’s turning the page. It’s time for an understudy at Danza del Sol—next up. The listing calls Danza del Sol a small slice of heaven in the Napa Valley. Judging from the estate, the landscape and the couple’s apparent peaceful co-existence, it’s easy to see why.
“Bob and Sibylle live, and have lived, intentional lives—lives that always seek an equilibrium between work and play; between body and spirit; between celebrating human creativity and appreciating the untouched natural world around us,” says Mavromihalis. “At Danza del Sol they have sought, and in my opinion, successfully created, that sense of equilibrium—a sublime equilibrium that embraces everyone who visits the property.”