The sprawling 80-acre Villa De Madre estate in Suisun Valley, Calif. (about 30 minutes from Napa) is a dreamscape for wine aficionados and car collectors. Built in 2002 for Willis Johnson, founder and CEO of the salvage auto auction giant Copart, Villa De Madre features a 63-acre vineyard devoted to Cabernet grapes, a 23,000 square-foot main residence, a separate 1,900-square-foot four-bedroom cottage, and its pièce de résistance: two cavernous car barns that can accommodate up to 100 automobiles.
A passionate classic car enthusiast, Johnson built the barns to house his fast-growing collection, decorating the buildings with ’50s Main Street America features like retro store facades and vintage signs. He also equipped the buildings with a gas station, working workshop garage, and fully functional diner complete with a soda fountain.
Listing agent Bill Doyle of Pacific Union International believes the new price of $12.9 million for the Suisun Valley property represents an exceptional value: “For the passionate car collector who loves wine—or maybe vice versa—this is the perfect residence.”