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Rancho Mineiro

Sonoma County, CA
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Rancho Mineiro is located on 60 acres of rolling hills near the town of Sonoma, CA. The site includes dramatic vistas to Sonoma Valley and a tributary stream that feeds into Sonoma Creek. Named after the owners’ childhood home in South America, Rancho Mineiro reflects a traditional ranch lifestyle, living in harmony with the land and the seasons. The essence of the floor plan is a large central living space, with 15-foot ceilings. Although grand, the space effortlessly accommodates both large and intimate gatherings. The generous arched openings allow for seamless movement from the indoor space to the extensive outdoor terraces. The massing of the building forms and the scale of the interior spaces is inspired in part by South American estancias and grand European villas. The contemporary palette of materials, including hand troweled plaster walls, concrete floors, steel sash doors and standing seam copper roofs give the home its own unique aesthetic— and right at home in the California Wine Country. The property includes orchards, an apiary, a rhododendron garden, a Zen garden, a chapel, stables, a chicken house and an aviary for the owner’s vast family of exotic birds. All this, plus roaming peacocks and an ever-present gang of Jack Russell Terriers, make Rancho Mineiro a place full of life.