May 5, 2011
The iconic Garberville estate known as Redwood Grove, designed in 1926 by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, has come on the market at $8,750,000. Located in Northern California's Humboldt County, the 5,416-square-foot home has been meticulously restored over the past four years with great attention to its architectural integrity.
The home sits on two acres that border the Eel River and are surrounded by protected California Redwood state parks. The grand manor house has a Gothic-style great room with an exposed redwood beamed cathedral ceiling. There's a wood-burning fireplace and the original leaded glass windows. It is being sold furnished.
The chef's kitchen to-die-for has custom cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances and a copper salad sink. The master suite overlooks the river and, of course, the ancient redwood forest beyond. It, too, has a cathedral ceiling.
There are two additional bedroom suites, an office with a built-in desk and cabinets, and a finished basement with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar crafted by a master artisan with bloodwood wine racks.
The property includes a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse with a fireplace. The original carriage house is a one-bedroom apartment over the two-car garage/shop.
The flat, expansive grounds include an organic orchard and garden, Koi pond with lilies and five terraces for entertaining -- one which sits directly above the river and has a built-in Viking kitchen. Many of the furnishings are custom-made and include Persian rugs and artwork.
Julia Morgan is best known as the designer of the the Hearst Castle and nearby Hacienda at San Simeon Ranch. She designed more than 700 homes, institutional and commercial buildings in her 45-year career, including rebuilding The Fairmont Hotel after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Morgan's trademark references to nature are evident throughout this home at Redwood Grove, which includes the restored hand-painted wall panels.
The home is co-listed by Melody Rogers-Kelley of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills and Dave McKenny of McKenny Advisory and Suzi Schultz of Integrity First Real Estate Depot.