22 Apr 19
The Mercury News
A fresh face makes its debut at the historic Diablo Country Club.
Overlooking the first fairway and showcasing panoramic views, this new construction at 1822 El Nido in Diablo commands attention on its hillside location.
Created by architectural designer Monique Loukos with the interior design by Naomi Wert of Naomie Wert Interiors, this home at 1822 El Nido is a sophisticated and sleek design that marries an open concept floor plan, and outdoor space is a celebration of contemporary finishes and amenities that reach impressive heights of luxury.
This gorgeous home delivers a contemporary profile, a chef’s kitchen, a great room with a grand fireplace and a pool with a step-down “dry” dining area.
The gated estate at the end of a long driveway features about 7,400 square feet of living space on more than 1 acre of land. There are five en suite bedrooms including a 1,300-square-foot master suite, and main-level guest suite, six full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, dual office spaces with private entry, formal dining room, and a glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled 1,200-plus-bottle wine room. The ceiling soars to about 20 feet in the magnificent great room awash in natural light where Fleetwood automated sliding pocket doors disappear and blur the definition between indoor and outdoor space.
Like a who’s who guest list at a Hollywood party, the estate’s amenities and features include some of the finest behind the 8-foot steel framed and wood pivot front door. French oak floors flow throughout the two levels and up the two staircases, including a front floating staircase with a glass and stainless banister.
A formal dining room is a grand room with sliding French doors and is nearby a butler’s pantry that features an amazing backlit piece of onyx.
A chef ’s kitchen is appointed with quartzite counters, huge island with a 5-foot “galley” sink workstation including a Litze pull-down faucet and sleek cabinetry with matted gold finish handles and pulls. A 7-foot Lacanche stove with dual ovens, gas and electric convection, two warming ovens, eight burners and grill, and a custom Anthracite and brass hood are quite impressive. Additional Miele appliances include refrigerator, dual dishwashers with Knock2open feature, espresso station with cup warming drawer, two additional ovens, and Sub-Zero freezer drawers.
There is also a breakfast bar with seating for four and casual dining area that is open to the great room anchored by a 6-foot linear gas fireplace. An adjacent open game room area also has a wet bar with a glass tile backsplash, Miele dishwasher, icemaker and beverage refrigerator.
Step out onto the resort-inspired and private outdoor space with southwestern hillside views from an infinity-edge pool designed with a step-down “dry” dining area, and spa. A living and dining room pavilion with fireplace features a full kitchen with a Lynx barbecue, icemaker, refrigerator and sink. There are lush gardens with oaks and an expansive lawn. A gentle slope offers an opportunity for a vineyard that can be planted, maintained and harvested by Wente for an annual fee.
The master retreat includes 1,300 square feet of luxurious space with a private balcony with hillside, pool and garden views. This incredible space has a large sitting area adjacent to a fireplace, and a beverage bar with refrigerator. More importantly, it also features dual walk-in closets designed with custom built-ins for his-and-hers wardrobes, and two full bathrooms. One bathroom features a scented steam shower, and one bathroom features a shower plus a freestanding bathtub. Both have floating vanities, Dornbracht faucets and handles, and porcelain tile floors and walls.
Additional features include a four-car-plus golf cart garage with tiled floor, and electric-vehicle ready, Lutron LED lighting system with app control, and three HVAC units and a whole house fan. There are also All Weather Metal windows with Smart Glass and thermal broken seals so the outside temperature stays outside. The home is wired for speakers, alarm, automated blinds, and Wi-Fi access points inside and out.
The Diablo Country Club nestled at the foot of Mount Diablo is located about 40 miles east of San Francisco and is home to about 400 distinguished estates. The 120-acre country club offers championship golf, swimming, tennis and fitness facilities, and a clubhouse that has been an exclusive destination since the early 1900s.
What: New construction showcases a sophisticated contemporary work of art in historic Diablo Country Club
Size: Approximately 7,400 square feet on approximately 1.08 acres
Bathrooms: Six full, two half bathrooms
Features: 10.6 kilowatt solar system, Lutron-controlled lights, four-car tiled garage, golf cart parking, electric-vehicle ready, self-cleaning infinity lap pool and spa, sunken dry dining area, automatic childproof pool cover, auto-retractable glass doors, glass-enclosed 1,200-plus-bottle wine cellar, master retreat with fireplace and his-and-hers bathroom and closets, office, den/library, main level au pair/in-law suite, outdoor entertaining pavilion and kitchen, fireplace, two staircases, French oak floors, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, 7-foot Lacanche stove with dual ovens, lifetime metal roof, three HVAC units, whole house fan, Lutron lighting system, All-Weather thermal windows with smart glass, two laundry rooms, solar panels
Listing agents: Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, Rebecca Burns, 925-788-1203 and Anton Danilovich, 925-818-5749