Renowned architectural designer Dena Gillespie was tasked to create a true Tuscan Farmhouse estate modeled after villas in Tuscany, Italy. Her design coupled with the excellent craftsmanship of builder, Bob Weir and the initial owner’s passion for stonework and masonry, Villa Monteleone, a timeless classic Tuscan Villa was completed in 2004.
The owners chose this 1.5 acre property for its prime location on the first fairway of the Rees Jones designed Santaluz Golf course with expansive sunrise, golf course, lake and mountain views plus dramatic sunsets to the Pacific from the northwest viewing areas of the property. Avid golfers and entertainers, they especially love the walk ability of this lot to both the The Santaluz Golf Club with its esteemed practice facility, Spa, Tavern, Golfers patio and Club Room and to The Hacienda Club with its 6 lighted tennis courts, and jr Olympic size heated pool. There is a state of the art fitness center and gym with a multitude of classes to suit any level and The Fresh Roast, now named The Bistro, for casual al fresco dining and The Village Green to enjoy seasonal events and concerts or as a place to send the children or grandchildren to play soccer, red rover or simply roam free. Not to mention the literary luncheons, wine festivals, art shows, Summer Celebration for the 4th of July and other events that dot the calendar of this premier lifestyle community sited on 3800 acres with just 836 homes. It is also a nature lover’s paradise with miles and miles of hiking and biking trails all within the gates of Santaluz to enjoy whether you are a Club member or not. Santaluz truly lives up to its name, “sacred light”, as the sunrises & sunsets are amazing all times of the year. Balloon sightings frequent! Fluffy white barn owls, deer, white egrets, kite hawks and red eagles love the area, too!
The estate has been dramatically enhanced over the years to include more patios and walkways to enjoy the views with substantial amounts of boulders and rocks brought in to create stately stone walls. Other additions include a 7 hole putting green, large fenced vegetable garden, expanded orchard with figs, pluots and grape vines, an opened up dining room with La Cantina doors, the creation of an intimate library in the tower room and a completely remodeled master bath down to the studs to add a large stone soaker tub and 2nd water closet with all new flooring, cabinetry, quartzite counter tops, sinks and shower. Lastly, hand scraped hardwood flooring was installed in the master bedroom, office and second floor in 2017.
Additional improvements include conversion to a salt water pool, a completely redone spa in 2019, the addition of a 400 bottle wine cellar, owned solar (with a back-up Tesla battery system) for home and pool, a hydraulic lift system in the 3rd garage bay so 4 cars may be housed, a Life Source whole house water system and new state of the art monitored Hydrawise drip irrigation system to efficiently regulate water use throughout the drought tolerant palette. This is one of the few lots where approximately one third of the lot is maintained by the HOA resulting in much lower water bills and landscape maintenance expense than most estates of this size.
Close to everything yet away from it all at the end of a private cul de sac with plenty of room for family and guest parking. The year ‘round indoor ~ outdoor living is phenomenal! This is a must see for those seeking a welcoming and comfortable family homestead.