For Sale: Mondavi mansion

Psst, looking for a hot deal in Napa real estate? I’ve got a good one for you, half off.

OK, the minimum bid is $13.9 million. But, still.

The property in question is the mountain top retreat of the late wine pioneer Robert Mondavi and his wife, Margrit. The original asking price was $25 million but what with the recession nipping at the heels of even the private jet set, it’s been marked down 44 percent.

Sale of the 11,500-square-foot pied-a-terre is being handled by Sheldon Good & Co. Details are here and if you are interested sealed bids are due by Nov. 16.

I interviewed the Mondavis a time or two but never did get an invite to the house. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that there’s a 50-foot indoor pool off the living room. That right there is one of the many reasons I love this country. Oh, and there’s a tower overlooking the Napa Valley. Naturally.

You’re probably wondering. So, Michelle, are you and Mr. Vinecdote going to put in a bid? Well, we would, but, you know it would be an awfully long school commute for Child 1 and Child 2.

However, after taking a nice. long look at the fabulous views of kitchen, terrace, 56-acre estate, et al, I have decided to make one change in re: real estate. Come hell or high water, I am absolutely going to fix the leaking J-trap under the kitchen sink this week.


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