If you didn’t already know that Gary Friedman serves as CEO of Restoration Hardware, a walk into his recently sold Napa Valley home would give it away.
Friedman bought the home for $US5.9 million in 2013. Clad in neutral colours with precise lines and visual geometry, the house is no cookie-cutter renovation. According to Curbed SF, the house has just sold for $US7.55 million — significantly less than the $US10.5 million Friedman had asked for it when he originally listed the house in August 2016.
The massive mansion, known as Eight Palms, was fully renovated by the Restoration Hardware design team. The result is what looks like a living, breathing RH catalogue.
Ginger Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing.
Brittany Kriegstein contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.
The mansion is situated on a property in St. Helena, in California's famous Napa Valley. Natural elements are showcased throughout the grounds, taking advantage of the environment.
These eight-foot black gates are complete with brass hardware, and they make for a dramatic entrance to the estate.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Friedman paid $5.9 million for the house in 2013. He initially planned on turning it into a private getaway for himself, but then decided to remodel and resell it. The whole process took two years to complete, and the results -- like this entry courtyard -- speak for themselves.
Symmetry, neutrality, and precision reign supreme in the 5,772-square-foot house. All furnishings are by Restoration Hardware.
'Throughout the house, it's all about addition through subtraction,' Friedman says in a video by Pacific Union, who previously had the listing. 'There's one colour of paint throughout the whole house; there's one colour of floor finish throughout the whole house.'
The dining room table is in the center of a wine vault -- a fitting touch for a home in the middle of wine country.
As part of the renovation process, Friedman added two more bedrooms to the house, making a grand total of six. The master boasts a beautiful four-post bed.
The house's four-and-a-half baths also showcase the sophisticated innovation that Restoration Hardware is famous for.
'One of the biggest breakthroughs I think we made was the master bathroom,' Friedman said in the video. Without any conventional hardware framing, the glass just seems to float.
Another of the home's special amenities is the gym and yoga studio, which Friedman and his crew installed in what was formerly a garage for a third car.
The massage table is also a major perk: with prime views of the sprawling vineyards, it's the ultimate place to relax and unwind.
Outdoor facilities invite residents and visitors alike to enjoy the good weather and natural surroundings. This outdoor shower is perfect for a post-pool rinse.
Complete with a fireplace for cooler evenings, the outdoor lounge is a perfect place for entertaining.
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