Take a peek inside a refreshed Sonoma ranch home listed for $2.25 million

The modern single-level ranch-style home, with its wide eaves and low-pitched roof, is ubiquitous in California. Today, homeowners often renovate these homes in ways that make them look very different from the original. The modern farmhouse style is a popular option, with a steeper roof, plank and batten siding, and no eaves.

But isn’t there something worth preserving about ranch-style design?

Kurt Neubert decided to update his 1970s ranch in Sonoma without getting rid of his iconic design elements. The result is a reminder that sometimes reinvigorating a property does just as well as a complete renovation. The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is now listed for $2,250,000.

Stunning style begins curbside in this Sonoma home. Neubert, who has traveled extensively in Mediterranean countries, opted for an earthy olive green exterior color — moldings, window trim and all — with just an accent of white along the roofline. Painted in this colour, the house blends in perfectly with the surrounding landscape, with its salt-and-pepper rocks and olive trees.

The front door, painted in contrasting black and featuring a large window and side panels, is a bold and stylish focal point. Half-cylinder black sconces and modern house numbers are other attractive exterior accents.

The windows in the front door let plenty of natural light into the house. The property’s mature olive trees create privacy and take center stage in the front yard, where Neubert chose minimalist low-water landscaping with pebbles, aloe vera, and a few succulents. Limestone squares with symmetrical patterns and paths add visual interest to this area.

“My home is a place where I like to relax my eyes. It’s part of the aesthetics of home,” says Neubert, who previously co-owned a wholesale furniture business at the Design Center in San Francisco. After long days in the showroom, where he examined various patterns and textures, he preferred to return home with subtle hues and patterns.

The simplicity of the home’s exterior and its front yard continues inside, with expert curation and a mix of materials including French oak floors, Italian porcelain tiles in the kitchen and terracotta tiles. Jerusalem in the bathroom.

Quartz blend countertops in the kitchen are more affordable than solid quartz, but just as attractive. A Brazilian granite face modernizes the fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling white painted walls create a sense of space.

Neubert opted to keep the original kitchen cabinets, refreshing them with a fresh coat of paint. He then added some low-cost grips, which he found on Amazon for 99 cents a piece.

“Don’t be afraid to mix the cheap with the expensive,” advises Neubert. “Choose things you really love… Expensive things will set the tone.”

A few carefully selected pieces of furniture throughout the house in “high performance fabrics” – like Kravet Couture mohair and microfiber on the dining room chairs – really make the interior design sing.

In the backyard, the pool is remarkable – it was resurfaced with aggregate material containing teal quartz and is surrounded by glass tiles that sparkle with pool lights at night. The color of the pool, says Neubert, is “a nod to the Aegean Sea”.

Click through the gallery above to take a look inside the house.

This home located at 789 Cordilleras Drive in Sonoma is listed by Daniel Casabonne of Sotheby’s International Real Estate. For more information, call 707-939-2222 or 707-494-3130; email [email protected] or visit sothebysrealty.com

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