8395 Valhalla Drive
The moment you turn off Valhalla Drive and ascend the gently arching lane leading to this 8,277 square-foot home, you detect a pleasant drop in your blood pressure. In part, it’s something you can attribute to the home’s graceful, lofty profile but the decompression is more likely related to a landscaping scheme whose flowers, trees and shrubs are reminiscent of the best of the Golden Gate Park. Inside, it’s as if you’ve entered a place of European grandeur, a home whose history seems to well pre-date Martis Camp’s inception. It’s part Bavaria, part Ahwahnee, and completely at peace on this rise of land overlooking the valley and the distant Carson Range. Those views are front and center from one of the two living rooms as well as the formal dining room. The large kitchen with antique French limestone floors and a broad walnut island and pewter counter serves both wings of the home. There’s a spacious pool room whose adjoining deck boasts a hot tub and vistas. From one end of this home to the other, there are seven fireplaces and various alcoves that are ideal for small talk, solitude or a good book. There’s a third floor viewing loft and a wine cellar that holds up to 400 bottles. The kids’ playroom is a creative escape accessed by a hidden door behind the built-in bookcase.
Designed by architect Kristi Thompson of MWA, Inc. Architecture, this home’s doors are each crowned by stout beams. Cabinets are walnut and painted alder, bathroom counters are antique limestone and Calcutta gold marble. The oak plank floors are from a Pennsylvania barn while ceilings are wood beams and plaster. Appliances include two French Lacanche ovens, a Wolf oven and microwave and Miele washer, dryer and dishwashers.
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