Elegant 21 Acre Estate Just Minutes from Downtown Dallas
Nestled on 21+ acres in the middle of upscale Sunnyvale, Texas, this
property is literally a one-home subdivision. It features a luxurious
12,000+ square foot home designed for both luxury and practicality!
A truly custom design, this home presents an old-world charm with
massive travertine columns supporting wonderful open terraces and
covered patios for large outdoor entertaining areas.
The interior defines quality and understated elegance and was a
collaborative effort of Dallas architect Dan Roper and the
current owners. In the design and planning stages for about two
years prior to breaking ground, and over two years in construction, it
incorporates the finest quality construction materials available. There is
so much attention to detail throughout, it is very difficult in this format to
give you all the details. Trying not to write a book on it, I'll be giving
you some interesting details about each area of the home in the same
order as the pictures in this ad are presented.
Front View of Home: From the street the home is large, but
as you get closer, the size becomes more apparent. This may be the
tallest home in Sunnyvale, rising 50 feet in the air. The two story
brick façade is flanked with carved travertine window and door
surrounds and the corners of the building are accented with
travertine quoins, giving the home an old world feel. The attic
story features full dormer windows adding natural light to that
floor space and balance to the architectural design.
Porte Cochere: This drive court is big enough to park several cars or
can be used as a place to greet guests protected from the rain or weather.
It features 8 large columns of imported travertine
topped with a balustrade of hand turned and hand carved imported
travertine. The whole approach to this home gives the
unmistakable feeling of quality and grandeur.
Entry Hall: A set of custom-made, 8' tall, arched and
hand-forged "iron works" doors lead you into the home.
To the right is the floating (self-supporting) grand stair with
hand finished solid oak treads and oversized oak hand rails
incorporating beautiful wrought-iron decorative balusters
between the railings and the stairs. The stairs have built-in
lighting as a safety feature and decorative element. The entry
hall features the same arched pattern as the roof lines at the
Porte Cochere,with five beautiful arches visible from the front door.
At the floor and ceiling is intricate millwork and imported English egg
and dart with acanthis molding that gives this room a unique
welcome to the home. The walls are a hand-applied Venetian plaster
that gives a rich depth and an elegant touch of quality.
Formal Living Area: Behind two 8' tall, sliding, divided-light, French
pocket doors with solid brass, decorative door hardware is the
formal living room. The coffered ceiling is divided in to nine deep
compartments and features 12" of imported crown molding with an egg
and dart bottom molding and the acanthus top pattern. Your eye is
immediately drawn to the six large 8' tall, full height doors overlooking
the rear patio and pool area with fixed transom windows above each
pair of doors for added interest and light. The walls are finished
with Venetian plaster and this room features integrated "art" lighting
with special UV coating lenses to protect art from over exposure from
ordinary light fixtures. This space has it's own peaceful feeling and is
large enough to accommodate a grand piano and multiple works of art.
Spectacular and inviting by any measure.
Office/Library:This may be one of the most beautiful rooms
in the home. The office features oak molding and paneling
throughout, with wall to wall built-in book cases, file drawers and storage
drawers. This room rises 20 feet above your head to open in to the
library on the 2nd floor. A brass chandelier hangs from the second
story ceiling and illuminates beautiful, imported, custom crown molding.
In the corner of the office is a custom-built, oak, spiral staircase with
wrought iron ornamentation that leads to the second floor library, whose
book cases hold room for 1000 volumes! The chandelier is also equipped
with a motorized lift so it can be raised and lowered for service or
cleaning if required. After viewing this room you can see why it took
ten finish carpenters 36 weeks to complete their work! The office also
has a large tornado room/safe room designed to standards
developed at a major university to withstand a tornado. The
floor is poured concrete with rebar going from the floor slab into the
concrete block walls. The entire block wall cavity is filled with rebar
and poured concrete which also connects directly to the poured
concrete ceiling. There are phone and internet connections in this room
as well. The large door to the shelter is also a special purpose door
designed for blast resistance and wind loading and features 5 latches
to insure a secure closure. The room is also equipped with heat and
Family Room -Family Dining - Kitchen: The family room
is spacious and features a gas equipped fireplace with a hand-carved
imported, custom designed, travertine mantel with a large fire box.
Built-in cabinets with retractable doors supply ample room for a top of
the line entertainment center. This room is wired for Dolby surround
sound and the speakers are recessed in to the ceiling. Eight windows
and a full-glazed door provide wonderful views and access to the back
pool area and covered patio.
The family dining area is spacious and tucked next to the back stairs
it has a cozy feel, yet it has ample room to seat 12. Behind the family
eating area is a magnificent, lighted breakfront of built-in cabinets with
matching crown molding and rope molding which theme carries over
from the cabinets in the kitchen. Accent lighting, including over and
under counter lighting as well as lighting within the cabinet itself
illuminates glass ware and other collectables.
This fully equipped gourmet kitchen opens up to the family room and
offers a Viking gas cook top with a wall-mounted pot filler, a side by
side high capacity, Sub Zero, built-in refrigerator and freezer. There
is also a built-in microwave and Dacor double oven with both standard
and convection cooking capacity. A warming drawer is located in the
center island along with dual stainless-steel dishwashers. The massive
island is topped with granite and has a vegetable sink with a disposal.
The cabinets are custom designed, solid ash cabinets with full extension
drawers and solid brass door pull hardware. There are many custom
features including extra large drawers for pots, places for trays, pull-out
drawers for appliances and built-in spice racks. The kitchen also
features a deep walk-in pantry, however, just around the corner in
the laundry/mud room, there is an amazing room with floor to ceiling
shelves for extra food/pantry storage!
Music Room:Located on the second floor this
delightful room mirrors the formal living room on the first floor with
it's nine-compartment coffered ceiling and Venetian plaster walls.
Art lighting provides an optimal setting for displaying paintings or
other works of art. At the far end of the music room are two sets of
8 foot French doors leading to the rear patio. This room is large
enough for a grand piano and other instruments or can be used as
another room for gatherings.
Media Room:This media room is one of the most
spectacular rooms in the house. This three-tiered room features 16
reclining, leather theater chairs with built-in cup holders. There are
three overhead trays of lights providing mood lighting. The theater
is wired for Dolby sound and the screen is an amazing 160 inches!
At the rear of the theater is a food preparation area including a
sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave with solid oak cabinets
and marble countertops. The over and under counter lights provide
dramatic lighting effects that will not be a distraction while the movie
is running. Between the food preparation area and the theater is an
additional marble bar which can comfortably seat six.
The theater also has a raised performance stage in the front of the
room for impromptu family performances or more organized
Game Room: Adjacent to the Media room is an
enormous game room! A built-in marble serving area with a sink,
2-drawer refrigerator, icemaker, and microwave insure that
refreshments for this game room are readily available. A gas
fireplace in the corner provides a cozy atmosphere and there is
more than ample room for a pool table, other floor games and
many seating and conversation areas. This room opens out onto
the upstairs back terrace and an amazing view of the estate!
Master Suite: This large room features a cozy
reading area beneath a series of bowed windows with beautiful
views to the outside. The ceiling treatment in this room is coffered
with four deep compartments and beautiful crown molding. The
wall finish is again, Venetian plaster. There is a door offering
access to the back patio and pool area if you decide to sneak out
for a midnight swim!
Master Bath: The master bath includes a large,
glass-enclosed, marble walk-in shower with multiple shower heads
and body sprays. The room is wired for TV so you can watch your
favorite programs while you soak in the jetted tub or prepare for
the work-day. There are two vanities with raised oversize travertine
bowls on marble tops with crystal handles on the brass plumbing
fixtures. The floor is travertine with brown emperador marble inserts
at the corners. The molding carries over from the master suite
and is imported from Europe.
The master closet is very large and features a stained floor to
ceiling custom millwork designed for clothes storage and built-in
racks for shoe storage.
Pool Area: This special pool is 60' long and
includes two water sprays, four built-in fountain features and a
large cast bronze fountain with a cherub and lions shooting water
out of their mouths! The diving end is 9 ft. deep and has an
8 ft. diving board. There is plenty of room for younger
children to play in the shallow water entry area. Pool lights
that change colors at night provide another level of interest
for night-time swimming.
The pool deck is wide and is finished with patterned concrete
which allows lots of room for alfresco dining! Beautifully
landscaped and totally enclosed by a wrought iron fence and
gate for security.
Aerial View: This aerial view gives a better idea
of the acreage associated with the property. It is literally a one
residence subdivision. No HOA dues for these owners! The
land is lush with an open meadow, a large pond, a small
creek and many trees. The home is situated in a beautiful
park-like setting. It deserves someone who will love and
appreciate it's unique and custom features
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