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This huge Sonoma estate just listed for $11.3 million. It used to be the site of nudist colony.

By Ted Andersen  – Digital Editor, San Francisco Business TimesFeb 7, 2020, 3:12pm PST Updated Feb 8, 2020, 9:42am PST

What’s the perfect complement for a contemporary luxury estate atop Castle Rock in Sonoma County?

How about a century-old farmhouse that once gave rise to a nudist colony.

Fusing both old and new Sonoma together, a secluded estate on 130 acres, including seven acres of private Cabernet vineyards, recently came to market for $11.3 million. The listing agents are Maurice Tegelaar and Matt Sevenau with Compass Real Estate.

The property’s main residence is a 7,500-square-foot contemporary home known as Agave House. Inspired by famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán, the ochre-walled retreat was created by architect Robert Zinkhan with interiors designed by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Greg Stewart of ODA Design Associates in San Francisco. The residence is an expression of traditional Mexican architecture with minimalist sensibilities.

The master wing, an extension of the living area, is adjacent to the pool and spa. The kitchen includes a custom-made stainless steel wood burning rotisserie oven. Custom mahogany cabinetry is used throughout the kitchen, and marble counters from Portugal were customized for the home during construction, according to Compass Real Estate. Two guest suites are located across a private courtyard, each with its own entrance and access to parking. A loft library and office with full bathroom is perched above the entry with view of the hills beyond.

It sits behind the gates of the Bartholomew Winery, but the sale does not include the winery itself. The sellers use the Agave House as their primary residence.

While the Agave House is like a work of modern art, the upper parcel is an example of Sonoma history in the form of a vintage five-bedroom farmhouse built in 1905. Over a century ago, this prime location was chosen for its beauty, rich soil, access to native spring water and remoteness. In the 1930s, a pool was added and the property became a unique resort.

In fact, the property was actually once a nudist colony, Tegelaar said. The nudist colony history dates to late 1800s and early 20th century and the farmhouse was lived in by the owners of the colony who rented rooms to their guests.

Other property amenities include a large utility room, two-car garage, laundry room, two sophisticated boiler rooms providing immediate hot water for the home and multizone radiant floor heating and a reverse osmosis plant with water purification system providing 10,000 gallons of water.

Flip through the slideshow above to tour the estate of the Agave House on Castle Rock in Sonoma.