Fine Art & Architecture In the Wine Country

Casa Tortuga is a destination home that enjoys a premier location in the Sonoma County Wine Country and offers a magical venue for entertaining and celebrating everyday life. The home was artfully conceived and sited on almost 12 majestic acres by the world-renowned sculptor and architectural designer Robert Holmes. This stunning residence, winner of the coveted International Award for Best California Property in 2008, was designed to showcase many of Holmes finer bronze sculptures and to exemplify fine art itself. Nestled on a private knoll top, it fits seamlessly into its magnificent surroundings while taking full advantage of the spectacular views in all directions. The thoughtful residential design, open floor plan and extensive use of glass allows for full interaction between the indoor and outdoor spaces. This artistic masterpiece embraces over 7500 square feet of interior living all on one level with designer finishes throughout, smart house automation and three en suite bedrooms including a private master suite wing. Arrive home and step into your own private oasis. 


  • 11.71+/- majestic acres
  • Dramatic entrance gate flanked by two seven foot bronze figures
  • Knoll top setting with sweeping views of surrounding mountains and valleys including Mount Saint Helena, the Mayacama Mountains, the Russian River Valley and the Coastal Hills of Western Sonoma County 
  • Artfully conceived and inspired grounds with dramatic landscaping, water features and custom night lighting
  • Multiple outdoor entertainment areas which include a full outdoor kitchen with patio and fire pit, an in ground saline pool with surrounding patio and a reflecting pond with additional patio area 
  • Five celebrated Bronze Sculptures are installed throughout the grounds 
  • Vineyard potential with approximately 1-2 plantable acres  


  • Designed by world-renowned sculptor and architectural designer Robert Holmes  
  • 2008 winner of the coveted International Award for Best California Property sponsored by the New York Times and CNBC 
  • Single level with  7560+/- square feet of living space 
  • Casa Tortuga is a fully automated smart technology house 
  • Asian granite cobblestone driveway leads to dramatic Porte Cochere
  • Handcrafted Rickson hinged pivoting front door with bronze dancer door handles 
  • Garden Atrium features 2340+/-square feet of prime entertaining space complete with a central fountain surrounded by the bronze sculpture “Circlet” and highlighted with a dramatic skylight cupola. Honed carrera marble and polished pebble rock aggregate epoxy floors lead to the home’s 4 separate wings, pool, outdoor kitchen and patio areas
  • Great Room features a spacious formal dining area, vaulted ceiling, rough hewn cedar walls, carrera marble floors and artistically designed 2 sided gas fireplace with expansive carrera marble raised hearth 
  • Chef’s kitchen features custom soft close cabinetry with vertical grain douglas fir trim, DuPont corian counters with integrated sinks and vertical grain douglas fir inserts, Thermador 5 burner induction cook top with power booster, Broan–Nutone stainless steel range master hood with hand blown glass, Thermador combination microwave, convection oven & warming drawer, Fisher & Paykel double dish drawer, 60 inch Northridge refrigerator with side by side freezer, trash compactor, central island with prep sink, butler’s pantry with prep sink, Dacor automatic coffee & espresso maker and a pass-through opening to outdoor kitchen
  • Three en suite bedrooms including private master suite wing


Santa Rosa

The largest city in Sonoma county, as well as the county seat, Santa Rosa has experienced rapid growth in the last decade by adding three times the residents that were added in all of Marin during the same period. 

Downtown Santa Rosa has grown to match its swelling population, by adding shopping areas, hotels, and medical facilities. Santa Rosa is centered on Courthouse Square, the Comstock pedestrian mall, and an urban greenway featuring trails and a terraced walkway along a creek. No less than five historic neighborhoods including Burbank Gardens, the Railroad Square, West End and Cherry Street give Santa Rosa its quintessential small town residential feel. Old mansions and Victorians can still be found downtown near tree-lined McDonald Avenue, perhaps the most beautiful street in Santa Rosa.

Fountain Grove, Shiloh Estates, and the canyons and hillsides surrounding the town offer the most prestigious homes for sale.  Santa Rosa home prices climb along with the elevation as it rises in the hills to the north and east of town. Homes here are of the gated estate variety, and come with gated drives, acreage, and sweeping views of the valleys below.

Surprising activities in Santa Rosa include the Charles Schultz Museum, dedicated to one of the most famous residents of town who lived here for 30 years, Redwood Ice Arena (built by Schultz) and Safari West, a private African wildlife preserve just outside of town.

There is a growing technology footprint in Santa Rosa with Agilent, and telecom companies creating a high tech corridor along HWY 101. Many residents commute to San Francisco, a trek that has gotten easier thanks to the recent additions of car pool lanes and road-widening in San Rafael.


All Showings by Appointment Only:
Mariann Ilaria - 707.953.5291
John Stackelberg - 707.479.4565


Mariann Ilaria & John Stackelberg
Fine Homes & Estates in the Wine Country
DRE# 01009594 / DRE# 01244781
707.953.5291 or 707.479.4565 (phone)
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