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Bella Riva – Grand Italian Palazzo in Austin, TX

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Luxury Home Magazine Austin spotlights this grand Italian Palazzo gives you a rare opportunity to live in a work of art on a private, exclusive property, fashioned after Andrea Palladio’s famous “Villa Rotunda” in Vicenza, Italy where some of his most influential villas survive. Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) remains the most influential architect in the history of architecture. This romantic palazzo has 9,760 sq. ft. of the finest quality construction and showcases classic Italian architecture with rich mahogany, imported Italian tile and Carrara marble throughout, custom stone and plaster, hand-cut stone fireplaces, and romantic outdoor gardens. Designed and built by one of the country’s foremost entrepreneurs for this own personal estate, with all the elegance and grandeur of a bygone era yet all the modern conveniences for grand scale entertaining and comfortable family living. If privacy and tranquility is what you are looking for, this property gives you all that and more. Showcasing classic Italian architecture with a staggering 270-degree panorama view of Lake Travis on a private, 16-acre waterfront, hill-top peninsula, the first view of this palatial estate is captured from an awe-inspiring stone-and-grass drive lined with ivy-covered walls. Looking down from the hillcrest drive, the villa’s bold silhouette stands out magnificently against the calm, blue waters of the lake. Built in 2004 with 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, and 8 living areas by prominent Austin architect, David Shiflet, staying true to Palladio’s original “Villa Rotunda” concept, which was laid out in a symmetrical axis with archways leading to complimentary wings and loggias. At the very heart of the home is a magnificent grand rotunda with a massive domed ceiling in the living room that draws the eye up, upward and around. Exquisite Venetian moldings adorn rounded walls. Gorgeous, hand-cast stone fireplaces complement rooms rich with mahogany, and French doors are crowned by arched Palladian windows. A pair of curvaceous stairways, lined with hand-forged, wrought-iron balusters, wind their way up to meet at a second floor landing where the master suite is located. Generous windows and stone-railed balconies offer some of the best views that can be had of the dramatic sunsets over Lake Travis. An enormous Roman Empire tub and a grandious “rain room” shower in the master bath are centered between his and her bathrooms, each with their own walk-in closet and Carrara marble vanities and floors. The Italian farmhouse kitchen features a center island, an open-beamed ceiling, reclaimed Italian tile, country-styled hand-made mahogany cabinets with Carrera marble tops and professional grade Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances. The patterned-tile backsplash is another perfect replica borrowed from old world Italian villas. The kitchen and formal dining room, with its Murano glass fixtures, are connected by a light-drenched hallway lined by a trio of French doors that provide access to a huge outdoor loggia, backyard, pool and stunning Lake Travis views. A breath-taking landscape of manicured hedges, towering cypress, plentiful lemon trees, and sprawling lawns surrounds the estate. An immense swimming pool sits in the panoramic foreground of Lake Travis, while the more-private hot tub is sheltered close to the villa. The action is down at the lakeside where a colossal boat dock/party deck, large enough to hold a fleet of water toys and a full-sized yacht, rests on a just a small portion of the 1200 linear feet of waterfront. The lake offers great fishing; sailing and water skiing, and all the popular Lake Travis restaurants and attractions are just a quick, dock-to-dock boat ride away. Evident everywhere, both inside and out, is an artist’s attention to conceptual detail. Modern plumbing fixtures are21 “designer antiquated” and the over-head lighting fixtures throughout the home are controlled by modern replicas of classic, turn-of-the-century, push-button light switches. Other highlights include a game room, a 320 bottle-capacity wine/bar room, a handsome 3-story high mahogany library, an office, a home theater and two detached 2-car garages: one with an over-head apartment and the other with an above dance studio/exercise room with sauna. This is a truly unique opportunity to own a spectacular waterfront home on one of Austin’s premier lakes and still be within minutes of Lake Travis schools and everything that is Austin. Coming home to this amazing Italian villa is like visiting Italy every day.

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Marilyn Hoffman of Hoffman International Enterprises

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This home has been featured on the front cover of LHM Austin Issue 2.6!

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December 23, 2014 - Posted by | Austin Luxury Homes, Luxury Home Magazine, Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, Texas Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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