The Late, Great Robin Williams’ Villa Sorriso Estate Is For Sale

by Sasha CarterDecember 17, 2015

Robin Williams: Entertainer and Comedy Genius

Robin Williams was known for his inimitable energy, his spot-on impersonations, his quick wit, and his impeccable comedic timing.

As it turns out, Mr. Williams also had excellent taste in real estate. Case in point: Villa Sorriso. Let’s take a look at the late, great actor and comedian’s stunning country estate, which happens to currently be on the market.

The Jewel of Wine Country

The aptly named Villa of Smiles is situated atop the Mayacamas Mountains, approximately halfway between the Napa and Sonoma valleys, in what’s known as the Mount Veeder Appellation.

Unlike many mountainous areas in the region, the soil on Mount Veeder is sedimentary, which allows for deep roots. The area is also cooled by marine air from the San Francisco Bay area. All of the important variables come together here, making for one of the best places in the region to grow an uncommonly complex and delicious Syrah.

All told, this estate has more than 18 acres of active vineyard land, planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc varietals.

Sitting on Top of the World

The views from this sprawling estate are beyond stunning. The home overlooks the pastoral hills of the valley and offers unparalleled vistas of nearby Saint John Mountain and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

It’s hard to imagine that all of this is a mere 90 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Life is pretty good around here.

A Tour of the Grounds at Villa Sorriso

We’ve talked about the vineyards, but there’s so much more to explore here. Strolling the immaculately manicured lawns and fastidiously kept gardens, you’re sure to uncover some welcome surprises.

There’s a pro-caliber tennis court, a 9-stall horse barn, a picturesque spring-fed pond, and a placid, 65-foot, infinity edge pool, complete with a wading pool and an inviting spa, too. And if it all seems like too much to keep up, don’t fret; there’s also a 3,200 square-foot caretaker’s home so you can have some extra help close by.

The Main Event in Wine Country

We’ve spent so much time enjoying this home’s outdoor spaces that we haven’t even gotten to the main event!

The country residence itself is, in a word, stunning. The exterior of this 20,000 square foot home is covered in imported Portuguese limestone. It’s a home of a truly grand scale, and there’s no other place quite like it.

Designed by famed Gast Architects in 2003, this home is lighthearted yet altogether stately. Here, perfect proportions and dazzling architectural details meet whimsical flourishes, and the home is as impressive to behold as it is livable.

Discriminating luxury home shoppers know that it’s the little details that really make a home special, and here, those details abound.

Feast your eyes on the glass mosaic ceiling of the rotunda, the mother-of-pearl inlaid oak paneling, and the elegant mahogany woodwork. Take a close look at the craftsmanship that went into crafting the master bedroom’s gold leaf and verdigris ceilings, those reclaimed oak floors, and the antique European stone terraces. Clearly, this home is something special.

Enjoy the Good Life

As you’d expect, this home has lots of entertainment options. There’s a well-equipped game room, a movie theater where you can watch Mrs. Doubtfire with a state of the art AV system and seating for 12, and an activity room right next to that wonderful outdoor pool.

On special occasions, head down to the climate-controlled wine cellar for a bottle of your favorite vintage, and then take your guests on a tour of the archival quality art storage rooms.

Wine Country Awaits

If you’ve been considering trying out the wine country lifestyle, well, you could hardly ask for a better place to do it than Villa Sorriso. It’s currently listed at $22.9 million, but that’s truly a small price to pay for a little slice of heaven.

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About The Author
Sasha Carter
Sasha is a writer and interior designer who lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids. She developed an interest in high profile homes through her work writing feature stories on them in a local magazine. She knows who is selling and who is buying, and is our go-to gal for any celebrity-owned or million-dollar real estate listings.