10500 Franz Valley Road

The Villa

Estate Features

 

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Distinctive Details

Two turreted towers with 360 degree views of Mt. St. Helena, elaborate wood-beamed and vaulted ceilings, interior and exterior statuary which they brought from their former home in Atherton, California, tapestries, and large fireplaces.  Frescoes include one designed by the family featuring the Montana family crest. A Parisian marble bathtub from their Atherton house was moved into the house using a crane.

An expansive wine cellar in the home houses 3,500 bottles of wine, a tasting room and a terrace for outdoor wine tasting surrounded by vines producing white table grapes.  The cellar also holds storage for bottles of olive oil created from the olive orchard planted by the Montanas on the property.

A 17th century stone well marks a pathway to a bridge over a moat to enter the home’s front doors. An elaborate outdoor kitchen near the pool features a Tuscan grill, pizza oven and wine refrigerator. State of the art technology and security throughout the home are seamlessly integrated into the home’s interiors and are hidden from view. A few of the many fine details include:

  • Hand hewn beams

  • Ancient stone

  • Terra cotta floors imported from Italy and France

  • Carved Baroque wood portals

  • Artifact Italian fireplaces

  • Authentic plaster frescoes by master French Artists

  • 17th Century well in front entrance garden

 

Main Residence

Built over a five year period and completed in 2003, this Italianate designed home appears though it was expanded over centuries.

The Montanas were inspired to build this villa by their travels throughout Italy and France on breaks during Joe’s career as a quarterback in the NFL and through his retirement from football. Most of the contents of the home, from furniture to architectural features, statuary, and landscape ornamentation were imported from Europe. These include antique marble floors, window and door surrounds, sinks, fireplaces, ironwork torcheres, mantels, 16th century iron gates, and a 17th century church altar surround.

  • 9,700 square foot main residence with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms

  • Guesthouse/art studio with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and an outdoor spa/jacuzzi

  • Caretaker’s cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

  • Professional gym

  • Media room

  • Loggia

  • Wine cellar and tasting room

  • Outdoor viewing tower

  • Large equestrian facility with arena and extensive horseback riding trails

 

The Grounds

Elaborate landscaping in the 3-4 acres immediately adjacent to the home that they designed and installed, featuring groves of ancient Tuscan varietal olive trees that produce 30-60 gallons of olive oil that they bottle each year. Fully grown cypress trees anchoring the home and loggia, rose gardens, white table grapes vines, regulation bocce ball terrace, the moat, the bridge, the 17th century well that greets guests in front of the home.

  • 503 +/- acres

  • Olive farm

  • Private pond

  • 30-stall equestrian arena with viewing deck

  • Pool and spa

  • Basketball court that doubles as a tennis court with lights

  • Pond for fly boarding, swimming, fishing

  • Regulation bocce ball court

  • Two streams through the property

 

The Location

The 500 acre estate includes an Italianate villa, guesthouse/art studio, caretakers’ cottage, professional equestrian arena and stables for 30 horses with offices and staff residences.

  • 15 minute drive from the Napa Valley town of Calistoga

  • 1:05 hr to San Francisco

  • 20 minute drive to closest Jet Center for private aviation (Santa Rosa)