6916 Hunter's Glen | University Park, Texas

The enchantment of Tuscany, marked by creamy villas and stone walls, manifests the spirit of its people to make the land as beautiful as possible. Here the Renaissance established the importance of man and nature, giving medieval world architecture of Donatello, Botticelli, and da Vinci. From this golden era grew the concept of the villa-setting in which families could be at ease with their thoughts or friends, with the villa including a loggia, which meant a garden inside the city.

At 6916 Hunters Glen Road, in the lush Volk Estate area of University Park, Doris Jacobs presents the artistic pride and quality of the Renaissance, expressed in a remarkable Tuscan villa of 9000 square feet, filled with features most builders or homeowners only read about. The heritage of the exterior is established with remote-operated wood gates and iron trim, stone chimney, hand milled mahogany doors, arched brick entry and auto part, and 300 year old roof tiles from Italy, fashioned in a century when the United States was becoming a nation. Superior craftsmanship abounds throughout, with rich gleaming plank flooring, twelve-foot ceilings, operable casement windows, hand-pulled wall finishes, hand hewn beams and art lighting. The exquisite Tuscan villa is built by David Bellow of Bell-Mann Corporation and designed by architect Ted Lazarides Designs in Houston, Texas. It is a classic floor plan with an oversized grand entry with herringbone-patterned hardwoods leading to all the entertaining rooms. The spacious formal living room has a cross-beamed ceiling and stone fireplace. The unique round dining room is open to the butler's pantry leading to the gourment kitchen for ease of entertaining.

The gourmet kitchen which is a cook's dream, features an oversized island and breakfast bar with fossilized marble and granite countertops, Viking stainless steel appliances and informal eating area opening to the morning garden. The library/game room with wood burning fireplace features a wet bar with granite countertops large wine room with Beezaire cooling system and are open to the loggia with wood-burning fireplace and also access the two story guest house/cabana and three car garage.

The second level is planned for family or guests with five bedrooms and baths, most with balconies, all with high ceilings, spacious closets and accessible by two elegant stairways or elevator. Enter into the imposing master suite with barrel vault ceiling, wet bar and stone fireplace. The beautifully appointed suite consists of a separate spacious sitting room with stone fireplace and separate private bedroom which open to a flagstone-floored balcony with wood burning fireplace. A medallion centers the unique his and hers marble floored master bath, with earthy marble also forming the tub and shower areas.

When considering a major investment in upscale living, it's good to recall the adage about beauty being more than skip deep. From the underground electrical service to the radiant barrier in the attic, technological and practical features blend seamlessly with the timeless Italian country design. The HVAC system for example, uses the highest efficiency and environmentally rated ultra quite units with air cleaners, insulated sheet metal ducting. LLCD thermostats, humidity controlled variable speed furnaces, all enhanced with sub floor, wall and ceiling insulation. Water is supplied by dual 75-gallon quick recovery hot water heaters with circulation cast iron plumbing delivery. For the advances in media, the villa has digital structured wiring, prewriting for HDTV and DVS satellite, sound wiring mind, a Sentricon termite protection system is in place, plus a built in outdoor mosquito control and in-wall pest control, allowing one port access for whole house treatment.

Rulers during the Renaissance enjoyed moving from countryside to the city, introducing the concept of a villa. Now in one of the Park Cities most prestigious and convenient locations, this timeless idea in available is striking modern form, ready for generations yet to come.

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