A lifestyle is for sale down a pastoral country road that is just a little more peaceful, a touch slower and very charming. This attractive lifestyle is complete with a custom built, 3,088-square-foot farmhouse that overlooks its private 6.3 acres of land.

Built in 2000, this two-story home was built with the environment in mind and used all natural materials for its construction while its solar panels create more energy than it needs.

Exterior of 300 Rancho de Maria in Martinez.
Exterior of 300 Rancho de Maria in Martinez. ( Lynne Herlihy )

Backing up to open space, the property is surrounded by protected land including EBMUD property and the Muir Land Trust and is embraced by its rural setting. Rolling lawns, meandering gravel pathways to multiple "garden rooms," expandable 2,000-square-foot fenced vegetable garden, herb garden, heirloom fruit trees, fenced irrigated pastures dotted with oak trees, vineyard, horseshoe pit with wisteria-covered arbor and viewing stand, fire pit, and vine-covered outdoor patio and hot tub are but a few of the outdoor features in addition to a two-story barn/woodshop, and wine cellar.

You may have a country address at 300 Rancho de Maria, just off Pereira and Bear Creek roads, but in reality, the conveniences in town are a mere 15 minutes away in Lafayette, Orinda and Martinez.

The wrap-around porch is the instant country way to say welcome and provides a formal entry into the foyer through an etched-glass front door or informal entry through a Dutch door into the kitchen.

Gleaming red oak floors run throughout the downstairs great room with its wood-burning fireplace with stone surround and raised hearth and easy access to outdoor wood storage bin. An oversized sliding glass door opens onto the expansive covered brick patio. A formal dining room is just off the quintessential "eat-in" farmhouse kitchen with views of rolling pastures and distant hillsides.

Polished granite counters and backsplash cover the counters set off by loads of custom oak cabinets and some with seeded-glass doors. Well appointed, the kitchen features stainless appliances including a Bertazzoni gas stove and Bosch dishwasher.

The warm color of the natural linoleum flooring penetrates the product and doesn't fade with wear and age. The floor also provides a soft, cushioned surface to walk on and retains the warmth in the cold winter months.

Like any respectable farmhouse, this one has two staircases. The front formal staircase off the foyer was designed to accommodate the future installation of an elevator. The back staircase is conveniently located off the kitchen and just inside the two-car garage for easy access to the bedrooms.

Living Room at 300 Rancho de Maria in Martinez.
Living Room at 300 Rancho de Maria in Martinez. ( Lynne Herlihy )

Four spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the upper floor in addition to an expansive bonus room that would be an ideal media/game room or private office/studio with its vaulted ceiling and large windows that invite the glow of natural light.

The master bedroom suite also has a volume ceiling with skylights. A soft breeze rustles the delicate sheers on the windows that frame the pastoral views out the front of the home. A deep walk-in closet is filled with custom organizers and built-ins.

Slate tile covers the floor of the spacious master bathroom that expertly combines a vintage look with modern luxury. There is beadboard wainscoting, double sink vanity, a freestanding claw-foot bathtub with a view of the barn and hillside, oversized shower and handy towel warmer. Three other bedrooms share a large hall bathroom.

A two-story barn is located just up a gravel path and features a large workshop, room for animals, and large loft area. Below is a custom-designed wine cellar with the capacity of more than 750 bottles of wine.

VITAL STATS:

What: Enchanting country estate built with natural materials offers rural lifestyle yet still close to town.

Size: Approximately 3,088 square feet on approximately 6.3 acres.

Bedrooms: Four

Bathrooms: Two full bathrooms, one powder room.

Features: Two staircases, solar panels, wood and linoleum floors, wool carpet, views, gourmet kitchen, large attic for more storage, room to accommodate elevator, mudroom/laundry room, bonus room, wine cellar with capacity for 750 bottles, hot tub, barn with loft, heirloom fruit trees, fenced property, security alarm, plenty of room to expand.

Kitchen at 300 Rancho de Maria in Martinez
Kitchen at 300 Rancho de Maria in Martinez ( Lynne Herlihy )

Price: $1,499,000. Open house today, June 1, from 1-4 p.m.

Listing Agents: Remax Accord, The Pereira Team, Dianne and John Pereira, 925-297-0321, www.ThePereiraTeam.com. For a virtual tour visit www.300RanchdeMaria.com. Information believed accurate but not verified.



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