A Striking Hamptons-Style California Estate

Surrounded by lush nature, this grand home is ideal for entertaining and enjoying life
BY Phil Butler TIMEMay 20, 2022 PRINT

Originally envisioned as a weekend home away from San Francisco, this sumptuous Ross Valley estate tempts its owners and their guests to never leave. At the center of a unique private enclave, the exquisite 6,160 sq. ft. shingle-style home is surrounded by more than two acres of natural wonders. Listed for $12.5 million, the home was recently updated by acclaimed designer Nicole Hollis. Like the East Coast Hamptons, this California property is all about being spacious, inviting, and homey at the same time.

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In this view, we see the magnificent surrounding gardens and woods. The property has just over two acres of beautiful, private grounds. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)

One of the area’s most prominent residential estates, 80 Laurel Grove Avenue was designed to be a distinctly American-style place to live and entertain. On the inside, distinctive white marble accents shine beneath chic lighting complimented by extravagant textures to create a sense that you’re inside a piece of art. This marvelous home has a total of five luxurious bedrooms, including a brilliant master suite on the upper level. There are also five full and one half baths in all.

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The chef’s kitchen features a Miele oven, a steam oven, a warming drawer, a Wolf range, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)

On the ground floor, a grand living area connects indoor and outdoor private and social spaces, all of which were designed on a soaring scale. The double-sized great room flows over into the welcoming dining and kitchen space, where every convenience has been taken into consideration. This level features one bedroom, an office, a media-family room, and a magnificent chef’s kitchen with professional-grade appliances.

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Ambient light and finely designed interior fixtures blend together to accentuate the overall sense of continuity. Here, the office’s leather and steel accents provide a subtle contrast to other design features like the wide plank oak flooring that runs throughout. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)

The upper level has four bedrooms, one of which is the master suite, featuring a cavernous custom-designed walk-in closet and a Carrera marble accented bathroom. This level also features laundry facilities and a glass-walled gym overlooking the rear yard, pool, and gardens.

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This view reveals the smooth flow of the home from the inside kitchen out onto the pool terrace and dining/sunning/lounging areas. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)

The grounds are improved with a massive in-ground pool with an integrated spa, a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor fireplace shaded by old-growth trees and surrounded by sprawling lawns. A high-end sound system, kids’ playhouse, designer outdoor lighting, and mature gardens add to the enjoyment of this fenced paradise.

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All the home’s rooms exhibit an understated elegance in their utilitarian, traditional style, the finest materials, and expert craftsmanship. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)

The residence’s lower level has a music room, massive storage areas, a two-car garage, and a 900-bottle temperature-controlled wine room. This inviting property is a stone’s throw from an extensive network of hiking and biking trails in the Phoenix Lake and Mount Baldy recreational areas of Ross Valley.

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Considered one of Ross, California’s most prominent private residences, the property benefitted recently from a complete makeover by renowned designer Nicole Hollis. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)

80 Laurel Grove Avenue
Ross, California
$12.5 Million

5 bedrooms
6,160 square feet
2-plus acres

Key Features
– Striking design
– Prestigious location
– Ultimate privacy
– Pool/outdoors features

The Agency
Tracy McLaughlin

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The open, airy design of the home is all about uncluttered, unpretentious living in one of the nation’s most exclusive and beautiful regions. One area flows into another, with crisp design features accentuating this continuity. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)
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Outside, a large pool with a spa feature at one end highlights the entertaining space around the home. The adjacent outdoor kitchen features a Seura outdoor TV with custom cabinetry. (Jason Wells Photography and Golden Gate Creative/Tracy McLaughlin)
Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a publisher, editor, author, and analyst who is a widely cited expert on subjects from digital and social media to travel technology. He's covered the spectrum of writing assignments for The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Travel Daily News, HospitalityNet, and many others worldwide.
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