In Ross, An Extraordinary Home Set In A Redwood Grove, $12.5M

Asking: $12,495,000
What: A stunning 5-bed, 4.5-bath new home set in a redwood grove, new construction by Lowell Strauss and his design/build firm Amalfi West, built at a level rarely seen even in custom homes. What’s fascinating is the design’s echo of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses, a series of horizontally-oriented residences designed by the master between 1939 and 1958, in redwood planking, stucco and stone.

Good Feng Shui: The entry is almost ceremonial, with the house unfolding as we walk towards the welcoming entry (at top) past a water feature. The deep eaves are finished in copper, and yes, that's a green roof.

Like so many Wright designs, this one is set into the hillside, with a progression of spaces– in this case, an elegant stone staircase leading down to the main living spaces. You can read more about Wright’s Usonian Houses .

What Wright did not have, however, were walls of floor-to-ceiling glass that would completely open up, cantilevering the roof into the landscape. The house was sited and planned around the existing redwoods.

There's an adajcent famiy/media room with a sophisticated sound system.

Below, one of Northen California's best hot tubs,

What We Love: Open kitchens? Cooking and clean-up are fundamentally messy, so Strauss included a prep kitchen/butler's pantry (not shown) off the main kitchen to address that. Plus having the kitchen seamlessly open to the patio and pool area? Genius.

Caution: This home can induce serious bath envy. The master bath, clad in stone panels, has a tub carved from Koa wood set against 12-foot high sliding glass doors.

More: Go to the property’s for additional details, images, floor plans, and a truly seductive video. Represented by Pacific Union International’s and .

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