An architectural marvel set amid the St. Helena vineyards, Whitehall Estate has recently returned to the market, serving as a reminder of the beauty and grandeur that is wine country. Designed by Lewis Butler and Michael Tauber, Whitehall resembles a striking landmark that you can call home. It is a modern monolith bearing extraordinary design details that will inevitably be etched in the legacy of Californian architecture.
HEART OF NAPA VALLEY
Whitehall sits on approximately 20 acres of land, 14 of which encompass a private Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard approved for a 10,000-gallon-per-year production. The architectural team spent five years completing the planning, designing and building of this vineyard gem. With interiors by April Sheldon, the estate features spectacular 14-foot walls of brushed travertine that showcase both the exterior and interior spaces. Despite its minimalist vision, Whitehall still celebrates its wonderful location by offering abundant views of the verdant lands of the AVA Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that surround the property–a beautiful counterbalance to the estate’s clean, modern lines.
LARGE SCALE SPLENDOR
The colossal home has seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms, four half bathrooms, a main house (6,700 square feet), a guest house (3,000 square feet) and a spa house (1,400 square feet). The Whitehall estate has incredible elements that perfectly complement the stunning property. Outstanding additions include: an imbued infrastructure comparable to hotels or subdivisions, top-notch Schüco window systems, a curtain-wall system enabling colossal glass areas to retract and a steel-suspended, floating system for lavishly displaying a wine collection.
The master suite is a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. The sophisticated space features a spa-like bath encased in full-slab Pentelikon marble, walk-in closet, private office and a yoga meditation room surrounded by picturesque vineyard views. A junior master suite located at the opposite end of the property is just as wondrous. The suite features two, well-appointed guest bedrooms. All three rooms create seamless indoor and outdoor living with its link to the entrance courtyard, which reveals the astonishing view of Whitehall’s splendor.
What is perhaps, the focal point of the home is the grandiose living room encased in 14-foot glass walls with surrounding vistas of vineyards and foothills on full display. Southern and western-facing glass walls slide open to meld the outdoor pastoral beauty with the indoor space. An Ortal fireplace with a steel surround stylishly accentuates the room, and the adjacent dining area is also uniquely positioned in order to embrace the endless bounty of vineyard views. Entertaining spaces abound for a lifestyle inclined to sophisticated socializing. Spaces open to the outdoor pool pavilion, where the boundary between the inside and outside is almost invisible. The sun-drenched outdoor pavilion also comes with a lava-stone fireplace, open-air kitchen and a resort-caliber infinity-edge swimming pool and spa.
The magnificence of Whitehall’s design is first manifested at the gate house, followed by the elegantly landscaped entrance courtyard that is decorated with high walls revealing an inlaid water feature by one of the most sought-after water artists in the world, Archie Held. And with glass-windowed doors that slide open, the estate’s three-car garage provides another ultra-modern feature and point of interior access to Whitehall.