A unique Napa Valley home is set to be auctioned off on September 10th. The 22,882-square-foot Villa De Madre was originally listed at $22 million in 2011. Now the seller, Willis Johnson, founder of Copart, Inc., a publicly traded, global online vehicle auction company, is holding an auction instead. There is no word yet on whether the home suffered any damage in the earthquake that struck the Napa area on Sunday. The gated property in Suisun Valley includes nearly 80 acres, a caretaker’s house, three auto barns, and 63 acres of Cabernet vineyards. The home itself has six bedrooms, eight baths, a game room, and indoor pool. Johnson is auctioning the estate off because he wanted to expedite to sale, according to the company auctioning off the home, Premiere Estates Auction.
The driveway to the gated Villa de Madre in Suisun Valley is lined with olive trees.
When you enter, you’ll step onto the Jerusalem gold limestone floor in the foyer. The entryway also includes a 250-bottle wine cave and an elevator behind the grand staircase.
The coolest part of the house is definitely the the auto barns. One includes a retro gasoline station, an office, and three complete maintenance bays.
Another has a “Main Street” with a grocery store, bait and tackle shop, and motorcycle storefronts.
Oh, and a fully-functional retro diner. They hold around 100 cars in all.
And the home has an indoor pool. The room has four skylights with 34-foot windows looking out to the lawn.
The 63 acres of vineyards are tended by a caretaker, who also works for the Robert Mondavi Winery.