Fine Art & Architecture In the Wine Country
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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.
THE MAIN RESIDENCE
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.