215 Bella Riva Dr.
Austin, TX 78734
Neighborhood: Costa Bella
Square footage: 9,760
Baths: 7 full, 2 partial
The lowdown: Seated on its very own 16-acre, hilltop Lake Travis peninsula, this spectacular Italian neoclassical estate exudes Old World romance and wonder. Inspired by Andrea Palladio's famous Villa Rotonda, with ivory colored walls and a beautifully landscaped stone and grass drive, the property has a staggering 270-degree panorama view of the lake. Exceptionally private, with its own additional gate within the elite Costa Bella gated community, this villa boasts 1,200 feet of water frontage complete with a yacht-sized boathouse, immaculate pool, and private hot tub.
Timeless style and grace emanates throughout the main home, which is accented with rich mahogany, Carrara marble, imported tile, exquisite Venetian moldings, four hand-crafted stone fireplaces, and solid-stone columns. A jaw-dropping domed rotunda at the heart of this expansive estate leads to its eight spacious living areas, including a home theater, game room, three-story mahogany library, study, and 320-bottle wine bar.
The open-beam Italian farmhouse kitchen features Murano fixtures, reclaimed Italian tile floors, a Carrara center island, country-style custom mahogany cabinetry, custom-made mahogany windows and doors, and SubZero and Wolf appliances. Inside the master suite is an enormous Roman Empire tub and "rain room" shower, with two his-and-hers bathrooms and double walk-in closets.
Connected by a covered walkway, two detached garages frame either side of the main home, each with a two-car capacity. On top of one garage is a pristine gym or dance studio space with sauna, and above the other is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest home with a full kitchen. Sprawling lawns accented by lemon trees, towering Italian cypress, and manicured hedges complete the idyllic, Italian-countryside landscape. Enjoy a quick, dock-to-dock boat ride to all Lake Travis' restaurants and attractions, plus fantastic fishing, water skiing, and sailing.
This home is on the market with Kumara Wilcoxon of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Click here to see more photos, details, and to contact the agent.