By Christina B. Farnsworth. If this home looks like a vinter's estate, that's because it is. Wrap-around porches invite homeowners to spend time enjoying the view of their mini-vineyard. Lap siding, shingled gables, and a chimney stack in rustic ledgestone add to the country squire feel of the two-story, $2.5 million home. Inside, its 3,820 square feet showcase top-of-the-line finishes and materials: "hand-pegged" plank floors, crown moldings, and granite counters.

Wide-proportioned windows placed in series and a multitude of French doors add to the home's gracious appeal. The plan includes five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and a powder room. The stairway is deep in the plan, near the kitchen and family room, facilitating circulation to upstairs bedrooms.

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A nicely integrated separate casita adds a bed and breakfast touch. The third garage bay, also a detached building, looks like a garden shed, a lovely touch that adds to the farmstead appeal. Category: Single-Family Production, over 3,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect: Dahlin Group Architects, San Ramon, Calif.; Builder/Developer: The O'Brien Group, San Mateo, Calif.; Land Planner: Brian, Kangas, Foulk, Redwood City, Calif.; Landscape Architect: Ripley Design, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Interior Designer: Jo Ann James Interior Design, Menlo Park, Calif.