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Behind the gates of Vaquero: The new way to live in Westlake

Rarely is a home elevated to a work of art. But, in the case of 2211 Vaquero Estates Boulevard in Westlake — inside the gated, gorgeous golf community of Vaquero — the term fits brilliantly. It even enjoys an elevated position: on a hill that is one of the highest points in Vaquero. The 9,040-square-foot home has been fully reimagined by David Stocker, AIA and principal of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects — whose superb projects have been written about in Architectural Digest, D Home, Patron and Luxe — and noted interior designer Barry Williams. Now with a sophisticated Santa Barbara feel, the home boasts a stucco-and-stone exterior, a tile roof, steel windows and walls of sheer glass, which bring the outdoors beautifully inside. The cost-no-object redesign took approximately two years of fine craftsmanship, augmenting a new floor plan that is fully re-envisioned for today’s living. No surface went untouched, from floors of light-stained hardwoods to pool decking of natural limestone. Luxurious spaces abound: the formal entry, which lies beyond a dramatic, steel-and-glass front door that pivots open cinematically to reveal a pair of wooden doors; the dramatic, two-story formal living room with a fireplace; the formal dining room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling steel-frame windows; and a study/office with handsome built-ins and a spectacular view of the pool and lush grounds. The showstopping new kitchen brims with updated cabinetry in beautiful, light-stained, quarter-sawn wood. It is fitted with a Viking eight-burner cooktop, double Sub-Zero refrigerators/freezers, Wolf double ovens, two Miele dishwashers and a warming drawer. A new butler’s pantry/bar off the kitchen features a pocket door, a wine refrigerator, an ice maker, a sink and a closet. The beautiful kitchen opens to a den that boasts a fireplace and walls of steel-framed windows, which open to covered outdoor dining and living areas complete with a Wolf grill, fireplace and fire pit. The media/game room arrangement is highly unique. The large space offers a bar with sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and icemaker, while a pocket door allows the ability to close off the media-room portion, itself fitted with a theater-quality sound system. Off the game room is a veranda, with views of the manicured grounds. Technology is seamlessly worked into the home everywhere, from a Crestron whole-house entertainment system, including outside speakers, to a whole-house lighting system by Lutron. All of the home’s HVAC systems were updated during the remodel/renovation. The posh master suite is a world unto its own — with luxuries that include a sitting area, a fireplace and motorized drapes. There are two separate closets, each with a dressing island. One has glass-front cabinetry, a separate cedar-lined closet and a connected laundry room. There are two master baths, each with heated stone floors, that connect to a separate tub and shower, complete with multiple showerheads for body jets and rain. All guest suites are spacious and offer private baths. There are three laundry rooms in all. Other perks include a gated driveway, a porte cochere, two two-car garages and a golf-cart garage, just the thing for Vaquero golf-course living. The resort-like landscape — redesigned and planted for total privacy — is by Dahlberg Landscape Studio, and the lawn, complete with an irrigation system that includes all potted plants, is by Marlin Landscape. The grounds are beyond compare, and include terraced lawns, a heated spa, a heated pool with a swim-up bar and surround-sound speakers everywhere. 2211 Vaquero Estates Boulevard is the idyllic home — a confluence of vision, craftsmanship, technology and beauty. Represented by Jennifer Shindler and J.L. Forke of the Forke + Shindler Group for $5,299,000, it awaits its next chapter. ABOUT VAQUERO “When you enter the Vaquero gates,” says vaqueroclub.com, “you can feel it: time slows down, the stress melts away.” Vaquero is a gated community within the town of Westlake, and among its many features — rolling hills, split-rail fences, a fish camp for kids — is a private course designed by the renowned Tom Fazio. (A staff agronomist is employed to keep its bentgrass and zoysia grass in tip-top shape year-round.) There is a recently renovated and expanded clubhouse, too, where Vaquero members come to lunch or lounge. Healthful luxuries include a fitness center, pool and tennis courts. Vaquero, says its site, is “where your neighbors become your friends and Vaquero becomes your tight-knit community. This is where memories are made."

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