12000 Skaggs Springs is a remarkable country property. The secluded location 35 minutes west of Healdsburg is quiet, with a night sky unblemished by city lights. You hear creeks, frogs, birds, and the wind. It’s palpably peaceful.
Spring is upon the land, and the lovingly naturalized woodland plantings of two generations of gardeners are in bloom. Thousands of daffodils and a dozen giant and riotously flowering camellias splash clumps of color . Hundreds of feet of rock walls mark elevation changes everywhere including a spectacular patio area at the back of the house. At the south end of the patio is a rock stair with trellis-covered grotto and pool. Running water from the spring overflow glistens on walls covered with moss and ferns . A Buddha sits under a Japanese maple. Newts are enjoying spring in the pool. It’s all just verdant and right.
The house was built for country living. There’s a big mud room with a bench for taking off your boots. Next door, the laundry room/pantry is vast and loaded with cabinets. There’s a big kitchen with a corner sink looking out over the gardens. From the dining area of the great room you can talk to the cook or look out the window-lined east wall of the house to great views of trees and the hills beyond. The master bedroom suite, office, and second bedroom are all on the south wall of the house facing a sea of daffodils, the orchard, blooming shrubs, and an older greenhouse. You really feel connected to the outdoors here.
The builders of this house were practical. They built a full basement that’s dry and partially configured with an apartment. They built a garage, a wood storage room, and a cold storage room. They designed a gravity fed water system that never needs electricity to operate. The house has a big wood stove as one heating source, so is easily heated without power. The current owners have added insulated windows, a long-duration roof, and even drilled a well as a future water source. This house is on the grid…but with the addition of photovoltaics, could do fine without it.
The comforts of the modern era are still here, however. Satellite internet speed is sufficient to support screen sharing applications and streaming movies. More importantly for many, cell phone use is practical within range of your local wi-fi. With range extenders and a network, you can roam around your house and gardens and still be in touch. For traditionalists, you can also have a land line if you want. There is both PG&E electricity and AT&T phone service.
There are three creeks on the property; all beautiful. At least two of the creeks are supporting steelhead populations.
There’s an older mobile home fixed up and rented.
There’s an old barn.
There are old roads.
There’s gently sloped land at the top of the hills.
There’s room for horses.
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