Home Tour: Villa Charlek delights guests
October 2, 2012
An entertainer's delight is this light and airy Carson residence. A green metal gate with a fanciful heart motif welcomes visitors as they enter the circular drive that leads to the house, painted a golden yellow and roofed in green metal, mansard style.
These exterior design elements recall the previous owner's Swedish heritage and love of such buildings as the Chinese pavilion at Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm. Indeed Villa Charlek lives up to its title with "Char" being short for Charlotte, the name of the previous owner, and sounding like the Swedish word for love and "lek" meaning play and fun.
This 5-acre fenced estate includes a separate studio and a garden building, salt-water lap pool, courts for tennis and pétanque (a French version of bocce), a pingpong platform, pavilion, lawn, flower and organic vegetable gardens and orchard.
From the porch and foyer, the house opens into a spacious and cheerful great room with light yellow walls, a rich red accent wall and windows capturing greenery and flowers in the yard beyond, making the whole space feel like a conservatory.
The wood of the floor, the owners' furniture and the kitchen cabinets make the space appear light and natural. With countertops of richly figured Brazilian granite, the open kitchen with its stainless cooktop and warming ovens trimmed in copper embodies a heart-warming atmosphere, even down to the cork floor, which is heated.
The entire property has geothermal heating and cooling, solar connected to the grid and many other ecological aspects that make it truly green. Adjoining the kitchen is a windowed breakfast room, making one feel close to the outdoors.
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Down a hall, the first floor laundry has ample counter space and copious storage for linens. The powder room is not to be missed with its unique blue-glass washbowl and gold-embossed wall sculpture. The first-floor bedroom suite has its own fireplace and an adjacent octagonal sitting room that brings in light and views of the courtyard and flower gardens enclosed by white picket fencing.
The en suite bathroom has a custom sink and cabinet, double shower and sauna. Iridescent glass tiles form a sparkling river of tile from the shower onto the floor of the room.
Upstairs is the perfect accommodation for guests with a family room, two spacious guest rooms with custom furniture, some lighted from the interior, and a full bathroom. Down the hall, a master bathroom features a polished limestone counter and floor, shower and bathtub oriented so that a bather can view the starry sky. Beautifully made flower sconces adorn the walls near the tub. This master bedroom with its own rooftop deck is currently being used as an office.
On the patio by the salt-water lap pool and cabana, owner Carole Carson will sign copies of her book "From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction" and donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Music in the Mountains.
After chronicling her weight loss of 62 pounds in The Union, Carole inspired the community to lose four tons of weight in the Nevada County Meltdown. Her success was featured in a cover story of American Profile, a magazine that comes with newspapers throughout the West.
Enjoy following the hand-set stone paths that meander through the gardens and savor a box lunch from Emily's Catering for sale for $10 in the orchard at Villa Charlek — a house of love, fun and play.
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