Just minutes from the picturesque Gold Rush town of Nevada City is Rainbow’s End, a private fifty-acre estate situated on a snow-fed mountain lake. Architect Jeff Gold’s inspired design is enhanced by a setting of native madrones, pines, firs, dogwoods – all blended with the artful domestic landscape that frames the home itself. Home and landscape reflect Craftsman and Asian influences.
Home, forest, lake, and pond combine to create an elegant and serene oasis from the world beyond. A meandering country lane winds through a private towering forest to the breath-taking home. Wooden doors carved in the Philippines over two hundred years ago lead into a trellised garden sanctuary, with reflecting pools and waterfall. The custom double front door is graced with antique stained glass panels from Shanghai. Additional antique panels frame the gardenside sitting room.
The stunning antique entry doors welcome you into a unique and warm environment. Public rooms flow easily through a partially open design, with cathedral ceilings and walls of windows bringing the outdoors in at every opportunity, while creating an interior of remarkable peacefulness. Quality of the materials, design, and talent of the craftsmen is evident in every detail.
The Great Hall is nothing short of magnificent, with two-story windows, vertical grain old-growth Douglas fir ceilings, 5” white maple floors with 2” cherry accent strips at borders. The room is anchored by an exquisite fireplace at one end and formal dining at the other. To one side is the master suite; to the other are kitchen and family rooms. An open view gallery along side the great hall connects kitchen and family wing to the master suite.
Custom cabinets use maple with Douglas fir banding, and faux paint finishes. Kitchen is beautiful, practical, spacious, and welcoming. Appliances were new in 2015. Family room/sunroom curves around one corner of home, overlooking the lake, with continuous windows on three sides.
A morning sitting room facing east looks into the courtyard - as does the adjoining exercise room.
Upper level library overlooks the great hall. One upper bedroom features corner windows overlooking the lake, an attached artist's studio, and a full bath. Two guest bedrooms, with full hall bath, are upstairs – all with views. Upper level continues white maple floors.
Douglas fir used for interior woodwork was remilled on site, then matched for grain pattern and color. All exposed timbers were joined, edge detailed, and sand-blasted for texture before their final lacquer finish. This exquisite attention to detail is reflected throughout the property, inside and out.
Accent wall and ceiling finishes are handpainted, creating sky in the vaulted master ceiling, climbing vines in the powder room and kitchen, and the elegance of a faux paint patina to living room walls.
Home offers four bedrooms, three full baths, one powder room, plus one-bedroom, one-bath au pair quarters.
Extensive patio, gardens, gazebos, paths, and walkways beckon to the park-like grounds – all part of this private, gated estate. 1100 feet of the northern boundary front on the lake shore. To the south of residence is a spring-fed pond, with sandy beach, deck, and gazebo.
A separate caretaker's quarters/studio-office (2560 sq ft) is located alongside the private entry road.
Reflective of the area's mining history, entrance to a gold rush era mine can be found on the northern slope of the property.
Elevation at 3200 marks the upper transition zone where deciduous oaks meet the pines, firs, and cedars of the higher mountain region.
Property was originally completed in 1996, with meticulous maintenance inside and out. Roofs have been replaced, appliances are new, lightbulbs are all energy efficient.
Rainbow’s End is a dream for the family who wants peacefulness and privacy in a home of exquisite beauty and top quality materials. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect harmony of nature and structure, comfort, and elegance.