This Oakville farmhouse with a pool is the escape we crave (despite its $5.4 million asking price)

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Dystopian times want for bucolic escapes—someplace to get away from orange skies and orange presidents, a quiet place (sans the monsters) to rest and frolic. Oakville looks pretty good right about now (you know, except for the nearby fires).

Framed by views of the Mayacamas Mountains, this white board and batten farmhouse on just under two acres of Wine Country land has all the classic serenity and sprawling lawns our city-weary hearts could want once wildfire season ends.


Built in 1987 by William Turnbull, Jr., the great-grandson of New York Stock Exchange architect George B. Post who is best known for his development of iconic Sea Ranch, this 2,200-square-foot Saint Helena Highway home immediately evokes a sense of indoor/outdoor living.

High windows and beamed ceilings throughout the two-story house promise a wash of natural light. The great room has vertical grain fir walls and is anchored by a Rumford fireplace, embracing the outdoors with natural materials as well as taking in the views. At the far end of this room is a dining space alongside two walls of glass and an airy window seat. In the same palette, the large kitchen has an abundance of storage and a new Wolf range and Subzero refrigerator.

A soothing aesthetic continues into the private quarters where there are four bedrooms, including the master suite with views on the first floor. On the second floor, another suite has a Carrera marble bath; two more bedrooms share a bathroom.

Outside, a wraparound porch provides an all-weather place to enjoy a bite or lounge year-round. There's also a heated swimming pool, a bocce court, two-car garage, and temperature-controlled wine chalet.

Location: 7940 Saint Helena Hwy. (Oakville)

Size: 2,217 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Asking price: $5,400,000

// For more information, visit napavalleyfarmhouseretreat.com.

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