Julia Morgan was an architect who designed more than 700 buildings in California during her career. She’s probably most famous for her work on the legendary Hearst Castle. In 1926 she designed this country estate for hotel heiress Margaret Stewart in Northern California along the Eel River, called Redwood Grove.
It has been meticulously restored over a four-year period and is now on the market for $8.75 million. The property is gated and secluded at the end of a long private drive. The gardens, landscaping, and river views are breathtaking.
Although some elements of the house are grand, it looks more like a comfortable retreat to me than a grand home. I love this laid-back entry:
The house is being sold fully furnished.
The Gothic-style great room features a redwood beamed cathedral ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, and original leaded glass windows.
“Julia Morgan’s design hallmarks included painstaking attention to detail and craftsmanship and incorporating the owner’s collection of art and antiques into the design of the home,” the listing explains. “This is also seen in the home at Redwood Grove in the restored, hand-painted wall panels. The current owners spared nothing to complete this magnificent and faithful restoration.”
The kitchen has been updated with custom cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances, but it’s not my favorite room of the house. I think the granite kind of ruins it for me. I’d love to see some interesting tile in here.
The landing at the top of the stairs:
During her long career, Julia Morgan designed many buildings for institutions serving women and girls. She was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2008 and her great-niece accepted it in her honor.
The sunroom has a view of the river, too:
There’s also a 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest house on the property, as well as a 1-bedroom carriage house over a 2-car garage:
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