Paradise On Earth: Rela Gleason’s Napa Compound Is The Stuff of Dreams


There are a lot of “magical” places in the Wine Country, California’s answer to proto-magical places like Provence, Tuscany and Umbria, but this compound created by designer/developer Rena Gleason with architect Bobby McAlpine puts that much-used adjective in upper-case. It’s simply enchanting– three connected stuctures set on a 40-acre site in Calistoga between a vineyard and an olive orchard, plus a pair of casually ramshackle guesthouses, and now on the market for $21,000,000.

At top, off the main courtyard, the covered space between the garage and kitchen (with stairs leading to a guest suite and an office) is also the place for one resident’s naptime. Just to the right is the main entrance (below) leading to an immense living/dining room, a barnlike space that combines just the right amount of antique furniture with the formal, repeated grid of steel windows.

The living room opens in turn to a deep loggia with views of the valley.

What We Love: The steep roofs, tall chimneys and rough hewn finishes evoke one of our favorite places, the Dordogne River Valley. Below, the kitchen has three islands, and is intended for serious entertaining; just beyond is a warmly casual family room.

The bedrooms are just as enchanting as you’d expect. Below, a glimpse of one corner of the master bath.

The compound also includes a pair of classic, perfectly-ramshackle guest cottages (below) and their own swimming pool.

More: Check out the agent’s outstanding dedicated site for more details and images of this exceptional property.