SF Gate features Bill Doyle’s Fairfield villa listing
March 26, 2018
Fairfield villa with 100-car garage and its own 1950s diner listed for $12.9 million
Looking for a home where you can lead a life of luxury—and house your fleet of cars?
Villa De Madre in Fairfield, listed for $12.9 million, offers all the hallmarks of a big deal estate with a 24,000-square-foot villa, a four-bedroom caretaker’s cottage and two car barns that fit up to 100 automobiles—all situated on 80 acres with 63 of them devoted to cabernet vines.
The home at 4286 Suisun Valley Road, 20 minutes from Napa, was built in 2000 by Willis Johnson, owner of the auto auction company Copart. Johnson’s family lived in the main residence full-time while his mother inhabited the cottage, until he and his wife moved to Tennessee.
The property originally listed in 2010 at $22 million and has been pulled off the market and re-listed several times.
Listing agent Bill Doyle of Pacific Union says that at the current price of $12.9 million, a buyer is getting a deal.
“A contractor told me that to build the house now, it would cost $20 million.”
While the main residence is new construction with modern amenities such as an elevator, Doyle says traditional European style and architecture inspired the design. The facade and main entrance are grand with an arcade of arches and columns, and inside you’ll find marble fireplaces and hand-painted murals like those you find in Venice, Italy, throughout.
The ceiling in the living room is 40-feet-tall and a double winding staircase with grape-motif iron balustrades leads upstairs.
A chef’s kitchen has three ovens, four freezers and built-in step stools, and a ceiling of glass cover the indoor pool flanked by columns. (The furnishings come with the home.)
While the residence has old world flair, the detached barns for housing vehicles evoke 1950s America a re-creation of a typical Main Street with storefront facades and a diner with a working soda fountain.
“These are completely usable as entertainment venues,” Doyle says. “The owners like to do a lot of entertaining and held charity events.”
Johnson collects classic cars and he has moved his collection to Tennessee.
A third 24,000-square-foot barn houses vineyard equipment.
The vineyards provide grapes for making up to 150,000 bottles of wine and olive trees provide ample crop for bottling your own olive oil—because after all, part of living the life of luxury is having your own wine label.
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