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Dream Home

When the Hillman-Kay family started looking for a home that would serve as a respite from their active lives in the Bay Area, they looked at places along the Mendocino coast and the Russian River area, but it was one home in particular — which they named Grey Pine — nestled among the forests and hills in Tuolumne County that kept drawing their attention.

“Prior to 2020, we had been looking for a special place for our family to gather outside the Bay Area, one that could host special memories no matter where we or our five children move as they grow older,” said Sally Hillman-Kay. “We watched this home on the market for months, dreaming about it and wondering if it was the right place for us as we explored other areas such as the Mendocino coast and the Russian River. Ultimately, Gold Country’s charm and lack of crowds, outdoor beauty, and proximity to boating, skiing, and wine tasting won the day.”

Built in 1993, the Hillman-Kay family became the third owners of Grey Pine in 2020. 

“We purchased the home during the COVID pandemic as a place to share with friends and family in 2020, when ‘home’ took on an entirely new importance,” Hillman-Kay said. “We treasure our time here on the mountain and the way it brings us together. We slow down, we cook large meals, we laugh, watch sunsets, and play games. We love taking our boat out to nearby New Melones, skiing at Dodge Ridge, wine tasting in Murphys, and boutique shopping in downtown Sonora.”

From the stunning vistas, to the stately architecture and all the surprises and features inside the home, Grey Pine was designed to be breathtaking and it succeeds. 

SPECTACULAR VIEW “As you enter the circle drive, the windows align so you can already glimpse the view from the back terrace — it was one of the first things I noticed when we visited for the first time,” Hillman-Kay said.

Grey Pine is not just for the Hillman-Kay family to enjoy. The home is listed on Airbnb by searching @greypinecountry or by searching in the Sonora, Murphys region. It can accommodate up to nine guests. Follow Grey Pines on Instagram @greypinecountry.