Think about the perfect escape. For many of us (and for me, especially) it’s always to Italy. This Bluffview villa is what you’d expect to see on the Amalfi Coast, high on a hill in Positano, or in the Tuscan countryside. To have that sort of home in Dallas is a dream. I’m happy to say that dream can now become a reality for you with this exceptional Bluffview villa.
Bluffview is such a lovely neighborhood. During my days as a photography stylist, this was a favorite location for photographers because the houses are large, casually elegant, built with sympathetic respect for the land (no zero-lot-line nonsense), and private.
Within the Bluffview enclave of Sunnybrook Estates lies the best of the best homes. If you look at a map of where this beautiful Italian-inspired Bluffview villa lies, it looks like someone tossed a lasso around a parcel of land to create a gem of a private neighborhood.
The home was christened Villa Girosole, named for the sunflowers you find in Italy in the late spring. It was designed to be a comfortable, casually elegant yet sophisticated family home where dogs and grandkids are an integral part of the scene. I think you can tell from those amusing stone canine statues at the entry that this is the exact opposite of a fussy house. Although it’s 7,064 square feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two powder baths, you never feel overwhelmed or lost.
There are some specific must-haves that were worked into the design of the house. Light was an essential factor, so there are gorgeous floor-to-ceiling arched windows that run across the front and back of the house. This allows for excellent views of the garden, which will undoubtedly make you believe you have escaped to Italy.
“They have the biggest arbor of wisteria I have ever seen in my entire life,” Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Lee Lee Gioia said. Climbing roses scale the back of the house to second-floor terraces. There are olive trees in giant pots. Two 50-foot tall magnolias flank the property, and dozens of specimen trees and plantings blanket the grounds. Of course, there are sunflowers and a lap pool. The grounds are terraced and slope to a small creek on the 1.6-acre property. There is also a working greenhouse. That tells you the owners are serious gardeners!
We don’t just buy a house, we buy a lifestyle, and the lifestyle this Italian-inspired Bluffview villa offers is merviglioso!
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Her love of all dogs, international travel, good chocolate, great champagne, and historic homes knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well!