Famous wine-making family’s palatial home in Sonoma may hit sales record at $15M

A palatial home owned by members of the famous Sebastiani winemaking family in Sonoma has hit the market for $15 million — the most expensive residential listing in this Northern California wine country town, according to Sotheby’s International Realty.

If the so-called Fleur de Lys Estate sells for the asking price, it will be the most expensive residential sale ever recorded in the city of Sonoma, according to Sotheby’s.

The sellers are Don and Nancy Sebastiani. Their elegant French-style property lies just down the road from Sebastiani Winery, which was founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani.

Boasting a beautifully manicured landscape, the five-acre property (175 4th St E, Sonoma, California) is named after the 13th century Fleur de Lys cabochons (gemstones) that are part of the dramatic entry to the 12,000-square-foot mansion, according to the listing. The three-level residence overlooks the Sebastiani Cherry Block vineyard and is anchored by century-old heritage oaks.

The main level of the home is occupied by a living room, family room, a chef’s kitchen with Italian Breccia Medicea stone counters, Le Cornue stove and rotisserie and seating for 20 in a formal dining room. The kitchen opens to the outdoors through French doors.

On this floor, there’s also game and media room, two powder rooms, a guest bedroom with ensuite bath and den with fireplace, and ensuite full bathroom that can function as fifth bedroom, according to the listing.

Three more bedrooms, including the primary suite, are found on the second level where there are views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards. The primary bedroom features two full baths with stone counters and tile floors, two walnut closets, a small gym. The expansive bedroom also has a sitting area and fireplace.

A huge lower-level basement is insulated and currently houses a tasting room, office and partial kitchen. This space could be used for a wine cellar, too.

The grounds have a long pool surrounded by ample seating.

“There is ample, unused flat acreage perfect for constructing tennis courts and a car barn,” according to the listing. “Truly a remarkable, legacy property that rarely becomes available in wine country.”

Caroline Sebastiani of Sotheby’s International Realty–Wine Country– Sonoma Brokerage is the listing agent.

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