Contemporary version of classic Sonoma hacienda asks for $ 4.2 million


Perched on a hill in the George Ranch gated community of Sonoma, a rustic and stately 3,500 square foot hacienda with a 630 square foot guesthouse has hit the local luxury real estate market with an asking price of $ 4.2 million of dollars.

The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath property, located at 3480 Hawks Beard Drive, was built in 1999 in the Spanish colonial style that defines the city of Santa Barbara (the red tiled roofs, white stucco walls and wood beam ceilings are common design elements). At the Sonoma hacienda, adobe walls, handmade Mexican tiles, and unique items like a wooden pantry door from an old Spanish church add a personal touch. The interior design and choice of furniture – a Ralph Lauren leather sofa and 12-foot-long splashback stand out – give potential buyers a sense of the property’s potential.

The current owners of the house, Edna Hayes and Bruce Needleman, have a design mind: they own the upscale rustic furniture store Salsa Trading Company in Sonoma Town. The color palette of their Sonoma hacienda is strong but subdued and includes browns of leather and wood and clay reds of ceramic floor tiles; hues of cobalt blue contrast with the earthy tones in parts of the bathroom and pool area. Iron sconces, sculptures and paintings decorate the space and also offer pops of color.

Pool area at 3480 Hawks Beard Drive in Sonoma. (Circle Visions)
Pool area at 3480 Hawks Beard Drive in Sonoma. (Circle Visions)
Botero inspired mosaic and cobalt blue tile in the shower at 3480 Hawks Beard Drive in Sonoma. (Circle Visions)

“The house is very stylish but also very laid back,” says property listing agent David Costello of the ACT team at Compass Real Estate. He adds that the sturdy materials used throughout the house allow potential buyers to live there with children, without fear of damaging anything.

The 12 foot thick walls of the house allow for natural temperature control. Sun awnings cover the patios outside of each room. Rammed earth, made from cement and sedimentary rock, offers a level of fireproofing. A mature garden with towering succulents harmonizes with the water conservation efforts in the area and with the style of the home. From the gates of George Ranch, which has just 51 residences spread over 1,000 acres, downtown Sonoma is just a 15-minute drive away.

The house is listed by Andy Ardilla and David Costello of ACT at Compass. For details on ownership and appointments, please call 415-608-1003, email [email protected] or visit

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