Sponsored: One of a Kind: A luxurious European-inspired chateau in Lafayette’s Happy Valley

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Sponsored: One of a Kind: A luxurious European-inspired chateau in Lafayette’s Happy Valley

Sponsored: One of a Kind: A luxurious European-inspired chateau in Lafayette’s Happy Valley

Built to perfection by a prominent local homebuilder for his own family, this opulent Lafayette estate was inspired by European architecture and designs.


This European-inspired chateau sits on nearly 4 acres and features a guesthouse and caretaker’s home. 

Completed in 2000, this estate at 1244 Rose Lane is located in one of Lafayette’s most exclusive Happy Valley neighborhoods. Bordering open space, the property is actually three parcels covering about 3.73 acres. Completely gated and private, the estate features about 12,089 square feet of living space that includes the main home, a guesthouse with one bedroom and one-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom caretaker’s home with private gated driveway entry ideal for staff or additional guests.

There are four bedrooms in the main house including a sumptuous main-level master suite with dual master bathrooms, a formal office with separate reception and second story library, formal living and dining rooms, movie theater, family room, spectacular chef’s kitchen and casual dining area.


The estate’s indoor-outdoor appeal is centered around the 67-foot loggia, swimming pool, spa, waterfall and covered pool-side outdoor living room. 

The park-like grounds feature numerous outdoor vignettes designed for quiet retreats, alfresco dining, entertaining and play, and include a 67-foot loggia, swimming pool, spa, waterfall, covered pool-side outdoor living room with built-in grill and wet bar, and additional gazebo near the guesthouse patio and fountain. Pathways meander around the colorful gardens filled with tree roses and magnolia trees, vegetables and fruit trees. A staircase leads to the tennis court and vineyard.

Grand and luxurious, the interior features vaulted and beam ceilings soaring to great heights, limestone floors, classic columns, handcrafted built-ins, custom moldings and millwork, and fabulous gathering spaces for entertaining at any level or intimate family get-togethers.

The living room features a 20-foot multilayered box-beam ceiling, clerestory, custom-made wool carpeting, artisan faux painted walls and ceilings, and three sets of arched French doors that open onto the loggia. The adjacent formal dining room is elegant with an oval ceiling molding that frames the suspended antique chandelier.

A built-in buffet with fossilized marble top anchors one side opposite the French doors to the loggia.

A custom coffered beam ceiling sets off the gourmet kitchen that is a beautiful room with custom glazed cabinetry, an immense island and breakfast bar with corbel accents, and room for multiple cooks. The kitchen is well appointed with an eight-burner Viking range with double oven, 48-inch side-by-side refrigerator, two dishwashers, Sub-Zero paneled refrigerator drawers, and dual wall ovens. The nearby butler’s pantry features lots of prep space with a second refrigerator, Viking warming drawer, sink, and cabinetry including glass display upper cabinets. The adjacent casual dining space is very spacious and connects to outdoor space on two sides.

The expansive family room has a soaring vaulted and exposed beam ceiling, fireplace, built-in media cabinetry, custom-made sectional seating, and sunken walk-around wet bar with refrigerator, ice maker, and hammered copper sink. Stacking glass doors completely open for a seamless flow to the loggia.


There is a spacious study with a fireplace and wet bar plus a spiral staircase leads to a library loft and reception room. 

A warm and formal wood-panel study also has a vaulted and beam ceiling accented with suede, fireplace with marble surround and carved mantel, and wet bar. A spiral staircase leads to a library loft and an adjacent reception room has a private exterior entrance. Push open a secret door and enter the private exercise room and master suite.

A barrel ceiling with up lighting, custom trim and molding, and custom wall covering with silk ribbons is featured in the luxurious master bedroom. There are two full master bathrooms. One side features a jetted soaking tub, walk-in shower with side jets, a 14-by-20-foot walk-in closet, and an additional cedar-lined walk-in closet. The other bathroom features a steam shower off the exercise room, walk-in shower, and walk-in closet.


Movie night is grand with this upstairs home theater, which comes with tiered seating, projector and sound system, theater lighting and acoustic paneling. 

Upstairs is the movie theater with tiered seating, projector and sound system, theater lighting and acoustic paneling. There are also three very large bedrooms each with full en suite bathrooms and walk-in closets. A common living room with private balcony serves these bedrooms.

The private location is still only about 23 miles from downtown San Francisco and just minutes from the charming downtown Lafayette boutiques, shopping, and restaurants; BART, Highway 24, Interstate 680; and many outdoor recreation locations such as the Lafayette Reservoir, Tilden and Briones Regional Parks, and the Lafayette/Moraga Trail. Highly acclaimed schools in the Lafayette and Acalanes school districts are also nearby.

Vital Stats

What: European-inspired estate in Lafayette’s exclusive Happy Valley neighborhoodSize: Approximately 12,089 square feet including guesthouse and caretaker’s home on approximately 3.73 acresBedrooms: SevenBathrooms: Eight full bathrooms, four powder roomsFeatures: Limestone floors, vaulted and beam ceilings, stacking glass doors, antique chandeliers and sconces, 1,000-plus-bottle wine cellar, wine tasting room, walk-around wet bar, multiple fireplaces, elevator, formal study with staircase to library and private exterior entry, master suite with dual master bathrooms, movie theater, pool, spa, vineyard, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, multiple outdoor venues, tennis court, gated property, separate gated driveway to caretaker’s home, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, family room, sunken walk-around bar, multiple arched French doors, loggia with heaters, garage space for seven vehicles, oversize laundry roomPrice: $9,975,000Website: www.1244RoseLane.comListing agent: Compass, M.J. St. Jean, 925-984-6466, www.mjstjean.com

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Published at Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:10:40 +0000