House Lust: Inside This Rumstick Neck Estate, Luxe Design (and Good Wine) Reign Supreme

The mansion, one of the priciest in the East Bay, is back on the market.

In the Venn diagram of timeless and dramatic architecture, this house would rest — luxuriously, that’s a given — in the overlap. It’s easy to imagine a freshly divorced Daisy Buchanan here, dipping into the wine vault at indecent hours and soaking off her woes in the marble bath.

But, unlike the Gilded Age mansions in Gatsby, this Rumstick Neck property — which went under contract in the summer but returned to the market with the Link Agency when the buyer fell ill — is a midcentury construction that was re-built, top to bottom, in 1997. (For those of us less nostalgic for 1990s interior designthe living spaces were renovated again in 2018.) In 2020, when the world slowed and homeowners looked to their own properties for escape, this estate welcomed a new pool, spa and custom, year-round pool house with a full kitchen, bath, laundry room and media room, too.

And all those luxe updates are mere icing atop the candy-colored sunrise over Smith’s Cove. Modern-day Daisy Buchanans (or Daisy wannabes), here’s your House Lust:

For more information on 266 Rumstick Road in Barrington, contact The Link Agency’s Tracy Leroux at 858-752-9728 or visit



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