Tuscan-Style Compound Becomes Napa’s Priciest Property
June 19, 2019 - Oakville
A Napa County compound is going on the market for $26.5 million, making it the most expensive listing in the county.
On 19 acres, the nearly 8,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style main house has large entertaining spaces with wood burning fireplaces, a library, 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
It was designed by Steven Volpe, a San Francisco interior designer whose clients have included Google executives, venture capitalists and angel investors.
Outside there are gardens, more than 100 fruit trees, about 500 rose bushes, an olive orchard, a swimming pool, an organic vegetable garden and a little stone bridge.
There are also two barns and two small guesthouses, bringing the total living space to almost 13,000 sq. ft. The property includes a 6½-acre vineyard that is leased and operated by a neighbor.
Known as Villa Mille Rose, the compound was built by philanthropist couple Maria Manetti Shrem, a former distributor of Gucci accessories, and Jan Shrem, a former book distributor and winery owner.
Born in Italy, Ms. Shrem bought the estate in the 1980s and then razed and rebuilt it in the 1990s in a Tuscan style. The previous home on the site was "like a box without charm," Ms. Shrem said.
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