Welcomes you with a warm and inviting style.
This gracious, custom-built home of distinction is being offered for sale for the first time. Designed, built, and personally over-seen by the well-known Norm La Croix, in the historical tradition of elegant French chateau estates. Located on the Pleasanton ridge behind winding driveways, two electric gated entries, and nestled in heritage Oak trees, the 3.85 acre property offers expansive panoramic views, serenity and the ultimate in privacy. The wrought iron gate with stone side posts is electronically operated. Approaching the grand entrance, you cannot help but pause to take in this magnificent stone home with balustrades along the three balconies and exquisite stonework.
The Grand Foyer
has a three story domed ceiling with custom European composition-ornamentation crown moldings & doorway surrounds, Italian Marble floors with granite keys, and a graceful winding staircase with mahogany banister surrounding a custom two-story Schoenbeck Strauss crystal chandelier (with automated hoist for cleaning).
The Magnificent Formal Living Room
Step down into this warm and inviting room has a large bay window offering views of the valley and the heritage oak trees. The ‘piece de resistance’ is the custom built wall-sized mantle over the gas-burning fireplace, with intricate wood carving, a cut crystal glass front and marble surround and hearth. The walls through out this room have ornamental paneling, and dramatic rope back-lighting above the crown moldings.
The Beautiful Library
Offers floor to ceiling bookshelves with glass cabinets, and detailed wood ornamentation on the moldings. This warm cozy room also has a boxed ceiling, and a bay window with views of the grounds.
The Elegant Formal Dining Room
Welcome to the Crillon Hotel in Paris! This grand two story room is a historic replica of the dining room in the Crillon Hotel in Paris, with hand-crafted antique molding ornamentation on walls and ceiling, gold-framed mirrored wall, custom Schoenbeck Strauss crystal chandelier in the Dining Room (on remote hoist for cleaning), including all ornamental details down to the custom made multi-tiered draperies with tie-backs.
The Gourmet Kitchen
has all the amenities one would expect in a home of this caliber. The leaded glass entry opens into an elegant kitchen. Graceful mahogany cabinets with crown moldings, and a two-story ceiling with sky lights, maple hardwood floors, and granite slab counter with bull-nosed edge all set the tone for a culinary experience. For the discerning gourmet cook, there is an oversized center island offering a vegetable sink, Sub-Zero paneled refrigerator, six burner gas cook top under a custom made mahogany and stainless steel hood, double ovens in the kitchen with two additional ovens in the Butler’s Pantry for the extra catering staff.
The Breakfast Sun Room
is a rotunda with a wood paneled ceiling & skylights, and casement windows looking out over the expansive backyard.
The Family Room/Media Room
is centered by a built-in entertainment system including a 109 inch television screen, built in woofers and THX surround system. The extensive built-ins include a wall of mahogany cabinets, a wall of mahogany paneling which houses a gas fireplace/wood storage unit and a 450 gallon built-in salt water aquarium with tropical fish., above a window seat with built in storage. The vaulted ceiling has skylights complete with remote controlled blinds to block out the light for movie watching. Triple French doors lead you to the expansive patio for entertaining.
The Family Room/Media Room
Step into Las Vegas and let the fun begin in your own gaming paradise! To continue entertaining in style, there is a 1000 square foot casino and bar complete with pool table, black jack table, poker table, craps table, a pinball machine, shuffle board, dart board and juke box. Black mirrored walls and ceiling, complete with two chandeliers, and changing color effect, and fireplace add a dramatic touch to this casino. No casino would be complete without the mahogany bar with granite counter top, television and this one has room for six thirsty guests! There is also a Guest bathroom with leaded glass windows, mahogany cabinets and granite counters. Behind the Casino is an Exercise Room with Bay window, work-out equipment, mirrored ceiling, and rear stair case.
Tropical Indoor Pool
Adjacent to the Casino is an indoor Pebbletech swimming pool and Jacuzzi complete with lush tropical landscaping, molded stone waterfall and glass prism roof. The Aqualink system heats the pool and Jacuzzi. A convenient shower is located in the rotunda, as well as storage for pool accessories.
Two-Bedroom Guest Wing
Double glass etched doors lead into the Guest Wing with two large guest suites. The hallway for these suites has five art alcoves with dramatic lighting. Each bedroom has built-in entertainment armoire, bay windows and coffered ceilings. The bathrooms have marble floors with granite detail, leaded glass windows, heated towel rack, shower and over sized bath tub. The Elevator delivers to both the second floor living area, and third floor Safe/Storage Room.
The Sophisticated Master Suite
On the second floor is elegantly appointed with a built-in canopy over the bed offering custom detailed moldings, silk rusching and tie-backs. The elevated ceiling has recessed lighting with custom composition crown molding, rope back-lighting. Cupids in the corners, and composition paneling on the walls. There is a large television hidden behind the remote-controlled mirror over the gas burning fireplace, and a cozy nook with built in shelves. Double French doors lead to the balcony with balustrades, for an almost Cloud Nine experience nestled in the Oak Trees.
The Master Bathroom
Has an oversized double headed marble shower with cut glass doors, accent windows offering views, a sunken Aquatic Industries Jacuzzi tub with leaded glass windows, his and hers vanities with custom medicine cabinets, mirrored wall closets and walk-in closet. Cut glass doors lead to the private toilet.
This magnificent home has approximately 8,330 square feet of living space with 10,764 square feet including the four car finished garage area. With six bedrooms, four full baths and four partial baths which include two Jack and Jill style bathrooms, an Exercise Room (can also be a seventh bedroom). The oversized Safe/Storage room on the third floor can also be used as an eighth bedroom. There is music throughout the house and grounds, recessed lighting, ar spot-lights and the home utilizes the Light Touch lighting system through-out. There are three zones for the furnace and air conditioning for your comfort, and Pella dual pane casement windows through-out.
The owners will consider selling the home with most of the furnishings.