St. Helena Hillside Hideaway

Designed by Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects, set among existing mature oaks, with 100-year old olive trees brought in, this spacious home on a ridge overlooking the central Napa Valley, feels right at home with its surroundings.

The 7,000 sf residence has oversized sliding glass doors through which to enjoy the views. Extensive porches and patios run along three sides of the main building. The great room features a kitchen with a large island, an adjacent catering kitchen, and two large wine rooms. The card room situated off the main media room has a pair of unique doors that recess into the walls when fully opened. The master bedroom’s television screen is discretely hidden behind a pair of sliding decorative panels. A 4-bedroom guest wing with its own media room provides accommodations for the couple’s grown children and guests.

The project also included the pool with spa, a pool house with guest room, a patio with outdoor kitchen, dining and a bocce ball court, and two secondary buildings which provide an office, a personal gym and private guest quarters. A short distance up the hill is a new but rustic barn, used for year-round entertainment. The views  of the valley make the hike worth the effort.

Photography copyright Tim Maloney, Technical Imagery Studios.

Project Team

  • Location:
    St. Helena, CA
  • Size:
    7,000 sf conditioned space, 8,000 sf unconditioned
  • JMA Project Manager:
    Mike Heaviside
  • JMA Superintendent:
    Cameron Bailey
  • Architecture:
    Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects
  • Interior Design:
    Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects
  • Electrical Engineering:
    Ray E. Slaughter and Associates
  • Landscape Design:
    Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
  • Structural Engineering:
    GFDS Engineering
  • Civil Engineering:
    Applied Civil Engineering