Tuscan Idyll

Attention to detail sets apart Summerlin luxury home inspired by Renaissance Europe

In many ways, it is like stepping into another world. Standing on the fastidiously manicured and formally landscaped 1.4-acre property, one is provided few clues that Downtown Summerlin is only minutes away.
The Tuscany-inspired estate on Enclave Court in Country Club Hills Community Association stretches across the width of the grounds, its ochre walls glowing in the afternoon sun. Beyond the backyard Roman-style fountain and sculpted hedges lies the La Madre range and still snowcapped Charleston Peak.
“When you think of Vegas luxury homes, everything is modern, but you see the same things in every house,” said Dino Satallante of Queensridge Realty, the home’s broker. “With this property, everything was commissioned, and you see truly one-of-a-kind pieces. It is really a European-style, Beverly Hills-type home.”
The nearly 13,000-square-foot home features six bedrooms, nine baths and garage space to accommodate four cars. It originally was built in 1991, but a renovation by later owners transformed the property into what it is today.
To evaluate it by scale and architectural features alone gives the impression of stately beauty — symmetrical and opulent. But it is the attention to detail that defines the home as a genuinely extraordinary space.
Columns of solid Italian marble frame the entrance to the formal parlor. The gilded rococo chandeliers throughout the home were custom designed for the spaces. Floors of luminous Italian marble stretch throughout the house, and the door hinges were imported from Portugal.
Many of the walls display the polished finish of Venetian plaster. The labor-intensive technique of applying a slaked lime and marble dust mixture to walls in multiple layers was popular in the Venetian city-state during the Renaissance, and its origin is traced to the Roman Empire.
“There are speakers in here you cannot even see,” said Satallante as he stood in the library. “They are specially designed speakers that you can hear through the drywall. It is that attention to aesthetics. Look how minimalist the light switches are. You will see very few light switches in this house, and you hardly see any plugs on the floor or the walls because they are recessed. The family was very meticulous.”
The oversized his and hers closets are reminiscent of luxury boutiques with their lighted shelving, built-in vanities and images of iconic fashion house logos designed into marble floors. The master bath features a deep, solid marble tub and a gilded washbasin featuring a late-Baroque style..
“The home was really designed to be a space for an art collection,” explained Satallante.
Contemporary works, including a large Dale Chihuly glass sculpture that hung from the home’s central ceiling, once graced the now austere rooms.
An interesting interplay exists between an environment deeply rooted in an imagined, idyllic past and the most state-of-the-art home technology. Sensors in each room maintain constant desired temperatures in every area of the home. An ornately framed mirror in the cherrywood-paneled study transforms with the touch of a button into an 85-inch television.
“The theater is one of my favorite rooms,” said Satallante. “The sofas were custom-made, $25,000 apiece. You will not see a cleaner space — even the projector is concealed behind the wall. The only thing that you can see is its light.”
The open kitchen includes solid walnut cabinets and a large eating area in front of a bank of windows overlooking the rear patio and adjacent pool.
The guest or employee quarters are set near the kitchen, just across the hallway from the bright and expansive laundry corridor. The space is inviting, clean and open, consistent with every other room in the house. A sink is recessed into a marble counter, with a backsplash behind it in the same material.
If one pays close attention, the eye is drawn to a slight inconsistency in the surface: a recessed electrical outlet covered by a typical switch plate. It is rendered nearly invisible by a masterful faux finish that mirrors the intricate pattern of the surrounding marble.
It is a minute detail easily overlooked among hundreds of others that dwarf it in size, function and grandeur. But it is representative of the essence of this space, which features rigorous attention to every element within it, from the most visible to the least.

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