Distinctive style that merges with tasteful elegance and a touch of whimsy almost sums up this Greenway Parks eclectic modern masterpiece at 5330 Drane Drive. Almost. There’s a delightful surprise at every turn, extraordinary custom features seldom seen today, and drop-dead-gorgeous color everywhere. It’s one of those homes you expect to find featured in Architectural Digest. That’s why we were not surprised to discover that megawatt interior designer Alexa Hampton, named by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 of the world’s best interior designers, had a hand in this home, guiding the selection of most of the antique furniture. Talk about ready for a close-up!
The house was originally built in 1983 and expanded by the John Eagle family 10 years later (yes that John Eagle of John Eagle Auto Group). Situated on a little over half an acre, it’s secluded in a veritable forest of trees, so privacy is never an issue. That expansion by Bernbaum & Magadini Architects resulted in 7,033 square feet, four large bedrooms, and six full bathrooms, as well as a powder room. Just across the pool is the guest house with a full kitchen and laundry room.
The rich chocolate entry gives you a little hint of what’s to come. While Hampton oversaw antique purchases, it was Louisiana interior designer Ken Farrar who was instrumental in the design process and the overall look of the home. That’s his mastery of color you see throughout the house.
Just around the corner from that chocolate box of an entry is an avant-garde mix of style and architecture that makes this home one of the most distinctive we’ve ever seen. Angled skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow light to wash over every room in the house.
The fireplace is cleverly clad in mirrors reflecting the light and the surrounding rooms. In fact, the use of mirrors in the home is pure genius. The dining room is completely mirrored, and when the mirrored doors to the gentlemen’s lounge (it’s far too nice to be called a man cave!) are closed, you have no idea it even exists.
“It’s like a secret retro lounge,” listing agent Ty Vaughn of The Associates said. You expect George Clooney and Matt Damon to descend the staircase with a cocktail shaker and martini glasses.
We’re frankly glad to see someone taking a risk with color after all the gray we’ve seen lately. This is Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise, and it’s exquisite. When you have rooms with this much natural light it allows you to use dark color advantageously and create true ambience.
A huge saltwater fish tank separates the lounge from the bar area.
Note the stairway ascending to a secret room. We’re not telling, you just have to book an appointment with Ty and see for yourself what, or who, is up there. Probably George Clooney and Matt Damon with your drinks.
Of course the ladies have not been left out. There’s an equally gorgeous ladies lounge (girl cave) dressed in hues of gold, overlooking the pool.
The clean-lined modern kitchen is absolutely perfect for a buyer with keen culinary skills or, of course, a caterer. Enclosed kitchens are making a big comeback, and this one opens into an airy breakfast room while keeping a discreet distance from your dinner guests.
The master bedroom also overlooks the pool and has a tremendous vaulted ceiling. There’s another stairway leading up, up, and away, but we’ll tell you the secret this time. It leads to a sitting area and a deck overlooking the backyard.
The master bathroom is a design dream with the tub surface mounted into the floor, almost like an indoor hot tub. This is unbelievably practical as well. Think about it, the dog can walk right in for a shampoo! There are his-and-her showers and, of course, closets.
Two more bedrooms are on the main floor. Upstairs you’ll find the fourth bedroom, an exercise room, game room, and the study we mentioned.
We’re pretty keen on Google Earth here at CandysDirt.com. Especially when you’re in the market for an extraordinary home. In this case it allows you to see the extreme privacy offered by the landscaping, as well as the inordinate number of skylights in the home. In fact, this house scores a Sun Number of 76. Sun Number scores give you the solar potential of a home and are determined by the number of solar panels that will fit on a roof. And this is a terrific score.
That privacy factor in the landscape was nurtured by Robert Bellamy Design, who always does a magnificent job. This is a great home for entertaining indoors but the outdoor entertainment score is off the charts in our book.
The resort-style pool and hot tub are flanked by expansive patios, sitting areas, and then there’s the cabana with an outdoor fireplace, grilling station and an adjacent private dining space. Seriously, aren’t you ready for a party just looking at this?
At $2.65 million we think it’s a dream come true, and we’re absolutely ready to party with you to celebrate your new home, so do call us!