On a gentle western slope in the Sonoma Mountains, a 160-acre compound and farm has been thoughtfully created and maintained over the past 14 years. Regenerative grazing of 29 pastures, structures built with earth plaster and reclaimed materials, and the planting of more than 2,000 trees has resulted in a true refuge and retreat from hectic lifestyles. With 270-degree views of Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties, Quailbrook Farm is now on the market for $6.9 million with Alexa Glockner and Tim Little at Hedge Realty.
The property boasts multiple buildings, including a barn, a modest residence, a carriage house with loft, and a wee casita. The barn was built in 2015 with wood reclaimed from Port of Oakland warehouses. The farm’s cattle, however, don’t go in the barn—it’s way too nice for them! (Sorry, cows.)
The other structures are equally sustainable and make use of reclaimed materials. The primary residence, for example, which has two-bedrooms and one bath, was built in 2015 of earth plaster with 14-inch thick walls and rock wool insulation. The carriage house, which doubles as a garage, measures about 1,700 square feet, and its loft can be used for parties or meetings. The vaulted ceiling on the carriage house is made of reclaimed wood; there’s also a shower and wet bar.
A bi-level studio of about 800 square feet includes a full bath and wraparound deck and finally, the teensy 180-square foot casita was renovated from its turn-of-the-century roots as a creamery barn and features an outdoor shower and bathtub. Though drawings and plans exist for a 4,500-square-foot residence, with another 1,200 square feet of covered patio, it is still to be built.
Meticulous cultivation and respect for the natural environment govern the farmland. The trees planted include oaks, buckeyes, cottonwoods and willows. One and a half miles of seasonal creeks are teeming with native species, and the acreage includes tranquil walking trails and natural gardens. Rotational grazing—speaking of trendy yet age-old farming practices– ensures healthy grasslands and watersheds.
As for the neighbors, conservation easements on private land border the farm’s northern, southern and western boundaries, to ensure privacy, unobstructed views and protection against future development. This estate is just 55 miles away from San Francisco but at the same time, a world away.