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Bella Vita Custom Homes presents 7107 Royal Lane!

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, News | Posted: July 18, 2014

 

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FOR SALE: One gently used château, only two years old! It was built for one of our most astute and knowledgeable clients, who absolutely loaded it with luxury features, statuary niches, four fireplaces, secret rooms, rooftop sunning terrace, and other imaginative touches. It reposes on a huge, nearly half-acre double lot in super-exclusive Preston Hollow. With 4,908 square feet, listing for $1,349,000, the home contains 4 bedrooms plus a separate-entrance guest house with kitchenette and bath, so your house guests can come and go at their leisure.

The heart of the house is an open, informal family area consisting of a great room with fireplace, a dining room, and huge kitchen with island bar, all with vaulted and/or beamed 12-foot ceilings, each area defined by massive brick-and-stone arches nearly the width of the room. Further arches from the dining room lead into the walk-in wine cellar. This magnificent entertaining area opens out through French windows onto a covered porch, and beyond that a terraced courtyard with outdoor fireplace.

Beyond the Great Room, a corridor leads past a home planning office to the master suite with its beamed, vaulted ceiling, and luxurious bath with his and hers bays in the walk-in closet. The show-stopper here is the romantic two-way fireplace between the bedroom and the sunken Roman bath.

Heading another direction from the grand foyer, a groin-vaulted corridor leads to a breathtaking, two-story library with a carved stone Renaissance fireplace mantel, and spiral staircase up to a wrap-around bookshelf balcony. But that’s only half the story. One of the upstairs bookshelves swings aside to reveal a hidden retreat, a cognac lounge with French windows out to a private balcony.

Also upstairs is the multi-purpose leisure room, with its own secret door to the cognac lounge, and French windows out to the roomy 2nd story veranda, thence to a curving, outdoor stair up to the roof terrace. Three family bedrooms, each with bath, share the remainder of the 2nd story space with a media room/theatre.

The address on Royal Lane is fitting, for this monumental château with its enormous sculptured trees reigns over its neighborhood.
For further information regarding 7107 Royal Lane, please call 214.750.8482.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes presents 4007 Lively!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, New Home Efficiency and Performance, News, Recent Events | Posted: July 11, 2014

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Within an exclusive enclave such as Midway Hollow, a generous quarter-acre corner lot deserves a special house. With 4 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths within nearly 4,500 square feet, this classic tile-roofed Mediterranean villa is at once vibrant and serene.

The house is designed for entertaining, but its most distinguishing feature is that the different aspects of hosting are brilliantly defined and connected. Guests are welcomed into a dramatic two-story entry foyer, with a staircase visible past the formal dining room to the right.

The heart of the house beyond the foyer, however, invites informal entertaining in an open living area with fireplace, a roomy kitchen with island bar and Viking appliances, an arch to the breakfast room, and French windows onto a large covered terrace that is virtually a fourth room to spread into. The terrace opens onto a generous side-yard, which is preserved by having the triple garage accessed from the alley.

The boundary between formal and informal living is defined by a butler’s serving pantry that connects the kitchen to the dining room, and to the left of the foyer, bartender’s access to the fully appointed wet bar with pass-through to the living room. The stairs lead up to the most fun space of all, a spacious game room, with double doors leading into the home theatre.

Within the home’s nearly 4,500 square feet, of course, there remain areas for reflection and rest. To the left of the entry, a colossal window floods the study with light, and the sleeping areas are all about privacy. The luxurious master suite occupies the whole west wing, reached through a corridor past the bartender station and powder room. It features his and her walk-in closets, and a relaxing bath with twin basins and both shower and garden bathtub. Upstairs three family bedrooms, each with full bath and walk-in closet, cluster about a private corridor that extends north from the game and media suite.

This is a home for all seasons, a family seat to be inherited for generations, and lists for $974,900.

For more information, please call our exceptional Sales Professionals at 214-750-8482.

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Laguna Bay Estates Grand Opening!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, New Home Efficiency and Performance, News, Recent Events | Posted: June 27, 2014

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Bella Vita Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury custom home builder, is excited to present Laguna Bay Estates: the ultimate lakefront custom home community. The exclusive 50-lot waterfront development is just 20 miles northwest from downtown Fort Worth and resides on the outskirts of Azle, on the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake. This secluded waterfront development is ideal for the accomplished who crave the serenity of waterfront living while remaining close to the city.

In celebration of this spectacular development, Bella Vita is hosting an event and providing special lot pricing this weekend only! Bella Vita Custom Homes will unveil the conceptual rendering of their first Hill Country, German Farmhouse Show Home, providing visitors an example of the quality Bella Vita envisions for the Laguna Bay Estates community.

Mimosas and pastries will be served from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 28th and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 29th. Those who can attend later in the day will be treated to wine and cheese from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on both days. Bella Vita’s exceptional Sales Professionals will be on hand to answer questions about the development and their distinguished building program. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the special lot price offerings as they enjoy Laguna Bays‘ breathtaking lake views.

To attend the event & visit Laguna Bay Estates, take Highway 199 in Azle, go north on FM 730. Turn right on Sandy Beach Road. Then turn right on Power Squadron Road. Follow Power Squadron to the entrance of Laguna Bay Estates located at 1504 Laguna Bay N, Azle, TX 76020.

For more information regarding the event and Laguna Bay Estates, contact Nick Avila at 682-808-3972 or visit www.livingbellavita.com/lbe.

Bella Vita Custom Homes Reveals the History Behind 5407 Belmont

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 23, 2014

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The Texas Hill Country west of Austin and San Antonio boasts a fascinating cultural heritage: It was first settled not by American pioneers, but by Germans who were fleeing poverty and political oppression in the Fatherland. Americans had avoided the Hill Country because Comanche Indians lived there, but the Germans moved in and made a treaty with the Comanches–which became the only agreement with Indians in our history that was never broken.

The great landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, long before he designed Central Park in New York, visited the area as a travel writer, and he found tens of thousands of Germans in the Hill Country living full, hard-working, productive lives. Olmsted was astonished to find building quality limestone everywhere lying on the ground, waiting to be picked up and used. And indeed the Hill Country Germans created a unique architecture based on the abundant limestone.

Bella Vita Custom Homes new offering at 5407 Belmont pays tribute to this culture, with its limestone front and substantial, almost fortress-like front portal. Beyond the hand-selected antique door knocker and dramatic, two-story foyer, lie 3,550 square feet of thoughtful luxury, listing for $809,999.

Inside, the floor plan is innovative and functional, yet echoes the Germans’ lives in ways more subtle than copying old floor-plans. German botanists discovered and named many of Texas’s famous plant species; here the dramatic entry features a second-story arboretum lit from the upper level. The German culture produced Texas’s first world-class artists, and here the first-floor family spaces are faced by a thirty-three foot long, ten-foot tall gallery wall to show off treasured paintings. Many of those early Germans were “naturists;” colony founder Johann Meusebach built a stone “Roman” bath on his farm at Loyal Valley; he would feel perfectly at ease in the master suite’s generous oval garden tub. And while they worked famously hard, those early Texas Germans treasured their exercise and entertainment; they would appreciate the upstairs game and media suite opposite two more family bedrooms.

This thoughtful evocation of old German Texas is located in the sought-after M Streets, only three miles from downtown Dallas and all its amenities.

For further information, please contact our Sales Professionals at 214-750-VITA (8482).

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Bella Vita Custom Homes reveals newest Craftsman home!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 6, 2014

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When the Industrial Revolution reached its height in Britain in the 1830s and ’40s, the dramatic improvements in manufacturing came at a large social cost, such as falling wages and use of child labor. Most workers lived in squalor. In reaction against this, the English architect William Morris and others began what became known as the Arts and Crafts Movement, whose philosophy was that houses and even everyday furnishings should respect the dignity of the labor that went into them. The irony was that only the very rich could afford such craftsmanship.

When the movement reached the United States, American architects scaled down the style to be affordable for the middle class. Thus was born the American Craftsman bungalow, a style that in a century has never surrendered its tremendous popularity.

At 4,148 square feet and listing for $869,990, Bella Vita Custom Homes‘ showpiece at 5424 Willis fully evokes that era. A full-width front porch, with stone bases beneath tapered wooden pillars, is classic American craftsman, as are the exposed rafter tails, the layered rooflines and standing-seam metal roof. In the 1920s and ’30s, bungalows often extended deep into their narrow city lots, and Bella Vita has equally chosen to maximize this prime lot, only 3 miles north of the heart of downtown Dallas’ dining and entertainment district.

Inside, the floor plan is as bold and innovative as the exterior is nostalgic. This house is designed for entertaining, and merely opening the front door reveals an unbroken 53-foot vista from the living area through to the rear of the kitchen. The eye, however, returns to the dining area, which is in part separated from the kitchen by a custom-built wine cellar “wall.” Gracious hosting is augmented by the large kitchen with island and bar, and access to the open courtyard which invites an outdoor barbecue.

The secluded master suite beyond the kitchen features a vast walk-in closet with twin bays for his and hers, and a sumptuous bathroom with twin basins, and both shower and garden tub. Upstairs, three bedrooms share the space with a two-room game and media suite.

A perfect combination of traditional Craftsman bungalow on the outside, and a dramatic and innovative traffic flow within.

For further information regarding 5424 Willis, please contact our Sales Professionals at 214-750-VITA (8482).

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Presents 5707 Charlestown!

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, New Home Efficiency and Performance, News, Recent Events | Posted: May 30, 2014

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For years now, millions of television viewers have become devotees of the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” named for the monumental country house where the action takes place. It has become so popular that the filming location has itself become a major tourist destination. Highclere Castle is actually the seat of the Earls of Carnarvon– who were famous in a past generation for bankrolling the discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The source of the name “Highclere” is obscure, but likely has something to do with clerestory windows. The castle is dominated by a high central tower whose great windows illuminate the interior space that would otherwise remain gloomy. Clerestory (pronounced “clear story”) windows were a dramatic element of great houses throughout Europe in previous centuries.

Bella Vita Custom Homes has adapted this feature as a focal point for the sumptuous, tile-roofed Mediterranean villa at 5707 Charlestown, in exclusive Preston Hollow. At 5,180 square feet, listing for $1,550,000, the house is appreciated from multiple angles on its prominent corner lot.

Entering the monumental 3-story round foyer, lit by a rank of clerestory windows, the home beckons as a journey of exploration. Where do you go? Right through double doors into the study with its 11-foot ceiling and fireplace framed by dramatic tall windows? Through the 6-foot wide arch into the formal dining room? Straight ahead, through the groin-vaulted passageway to the family areas beyond? Up the sweeping curved formal staircase to explore the upper reaches? Or past the stairs to the private guest room? In fact for overnight guests, this whole front of the house forms a magnificent suite.

Beyond, in the enormous 25-foot square living area, private family stairs and a regal corner fireplace draw the eye upward to the 18-foot beamed ceiling. Beyond that the master suite looks out a great bow window, and leads to a breathtaking bath floored in travertine marble. On the other side of the family room the breakfast nook connects to an island-style kitchen as elegant as it is spacious–four separate work stations, and twin pantries, one for serving which connects back to the formal dining room.

Upstairs, three more bedrooms, each with private bath, cluster around twin game and media rooms with audiovisual storage and wet bar. Never was a house designed for such gracious entertaining, formal or informal, refined or festive.

For more information, please contact our exceptional Sales Professionals at 214-750-8482.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Presents 7619 Lovers Lane!

Categories: News, Recent Events | Posted: May 23, 2014

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Talk about your blessings in disguise: one hundred years ago, Dallas refused to annex the brand new village of Highland Park, five miles north of the central city. They regretted this immediately and spent the next 45 years trying to undo their mistake. Highland Park, however, preferred to go its independent and exclusive way. Designed with a lavish 20% set-aside for parkland by the famous landscape architect Wilbur David Cook (he also designed Beverly Hills), Highland Park and its slightly newer sibling, University Park, have long hosted the most sought-after addresses in the area.

After a century’s reign as the locus of Dallas society, it is astonishing that there should still be anylots left to build on; typically one only comes available after removing an older structure. And of these, 7619 Lovers Lane is a jewel: it lies on the cusp between the two cities, enjoying the convenience of Dallas zoning laws, but belonging to the Highland Park Independent School District–the smallest and smartest in the county: only 6,800 students with SAT scores 50% higher than in surrounding Dallas.

Bella Vita Custom Homes has taken maximum advantage of this lot with a gracious hacienda: 5,500 square feet, listing for $1,720,000. It is replete with Spanish touches outside–stucco exterior, tile roof, stone-pillared balcony overlooking the street–and inside, with a barrel-vaulted passageway between the master suite and the breakfast room (an elegant way to greet the day) and an accent on gracious entertaining, with a formal dining room served from the butler’s pantry.

Functionally the home features all the attention to convenience that one expects from Bella Vita: granite counters in the kitchen, and French windows from the family room onto a 22-foot wide side courtyard. (Where did they find room for that on a town lot? By accessing the double garage from the alley: no boring driveway.) Four upstairs family bedrooms each has its own bath. They lie down the hall from a huge game room, and separately beyond that, a secluded media room/theatre with storeroom for the audiovisual equipment.

All this only 7 blocks from prestigious SMU, and only 1½ miles from some of the world’s best shopping at NorthPark Center.

Contact the exceptional Bella Vita Custom Homes  Sales Professionals at 214-750-8482 for further information!

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Wins D Home Best Builder!!!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, News, Recent Events | Posted: May 3, 2014

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Bella Vita Custom Homes is thrilled to announce their victorious win for D Home Best Builder 2014!!! This award is the result of a peer-based survey, mailed to more than 1,000 area builders, who were asked to select the top builders in the Dallas – Fort Worth community. As a result, Bella Vita Custom Homes is beyond excited to have won such a distinct honor!

Bella Vita’s philosophy to maintain integrity, honesty, and superb quality during every process combined with their commitment to pair open communication with exact deliverables has earned them unmatched respect in the marketplace. This award truly represents and solidifies Bella Vita’s reputation among its customers, peers, and the Dallas – Fort Worth community.

Bella Vita Custom Homes is thrilled to have won such a distinct honor and to be awarded for building some of the most beautiful homes throughout Dallas — Fort Worth.

To experience the quality of Bella Vita Custom Homes, visitors are encouraged to visit the company’s Model Home located on 6830 Waggoner Dr. Dallas, TX 75230. For further information regarding Bella Vita’s “Best Builder” award, pick up D Home’s May/June 2014 issue on newsstands now!

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Presents Newest Custom Home in the M Streets!

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, News, Recent Events | Posted: April 30, 2014

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Bella Vita Custom Homes and Rogers Healy present the newest custom home in the heart of the M Streets! This Hill Country Modern home boasts a game room, media room, and a covered patio for endless entertaining opportunities. This area is located 1.5 miles north of downtown Dallas, world class dining and vibrant nightlife. Weighing in at $789,000, this splendid escape is under construction now and will be ready for move in fall 2014!

Contact: James Thokey & Maritza Voth
Phone: 214-750-8482
 www.LivingBellaVita.com

Bella Vita starts most homes ever in a single month!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, News, Recent Events | Posted: April 25, 2014

 

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Bella Vita Custom Homes is proud to announce yet another success! The leading custom builder of North and Central Texas has started a record thirteen homes in April!

Where are these beautiful custom homes being built you ask? Simply look for the company’s iconic, royal blue signs throughout the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakeway, Southlake, Westlake and the M Streets. The styles include French Chateau, rustic Italian, Spanish Hacienda, and Hill Country modern. The custom homes range in price from $789,000 to $3.5 million.

For more information regarding Bella Vita Custom Homes, please call the DFW office at 214-750-8482 or the Central Texas office located in the Hill Country Galleria at 512-812-2000.

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