This Santa Barbara-Style Stunner Offers the Ultimate in Luxe Living

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This Preston Hollow manse is listed by Mark Cain Properties Group.

The first thing that comes to mind pulling up to this Preston Hollow manse is the Southwest Airlines slogan: “Wanna Get Away?”

This off-the-charts, Santa Barbara-style stunner is the next best thing to your own private Mediterranean getaway. Situated on a 100- by 170-foot lot, the property sports drive-up appeal in spades. A red barrel-tiled roof ideally accents the house’s white stone exterior walls.

“It’s definitely got a California vibe,” says Compass Realtor Ace Lahli. Listed by the Mark Cain Properties Group, the 6,440-square-foot abode is the handiwork of homebuilder Martin Raymond.

The winding wood and tile stairway makes for a dramatic entrance.

Once inside the iron-embellished front door, your eye goes right to the majestic winding staircase. Soaring ceilings and an open, spacious floorplan provide an innate elegance.

“Full attention was paid to every detail,” says Cain.

Think meticulous oak hardwood floors, arched entryways, wooden beams, and crisply painted white walls. Intricate tiling details throughout add to the home’s global flavor.

First stop on our tour is the formal living room, complete with statement-making fireplace—a custom, hand-carved Roman Angel mantle imported from Italy. Large windows provide an abundance of natural light. Adjacent, the large study, features rich wood walls, flooring, ceiling, and built-ins.

Across the hall, the dining room has a distinctive curved mosaic-tiled ceiling. We also love the walk-in wine cellar and Moroccan-inspired chandelier.

Not-to-be-missed details: decorative lighting, walk-in wine cellar and carved marble sink.

Make a detour into the half bath. You won’t want to miss the lion’s share (literally): an unusual, over-the-top, carved inlaid marble sink.

Wander back to the great room, a huge family space perfect for entertaining. Noteworthy accents include a towering stone fireplace and unique ironwork railings.

The chef-quality kitchen has Taj Mahal countertops, wood cabinetry, tiled range hood, and center island. A cozy breakfast area has views of the backyard.

Downstairs also sports a spacious, light-filled primary suite. Along with two walk-in closets, elaborate tiling gives the bath a spa-like feel. A guest bedroom with direct access to a full bath is also located on the main level.

The pièce de résistance of the first floor is an exotic, straight-out-of-Casablanca media room. (Come to think of it, that would be the perfect film to watch in here.)

“The ceiling is made of reclaimed wood imported from India,” Ace informs us.

Entertainment abounds, indoors and out.

When we’re not being entertained indoors, the breath-taking backyard offers amenities reminiscent of an uber-luxe resort. A sparkling pool and spa, lush landscaping, and a white stone perimeter wall transport us to places far away. There’s also a covered patio, outdoor kitchen and fireplace.

The “I-don’t-ever-need-to-leave-this-house” factor doesn’t stop there.

Upstairs, there’s a game room with fully-equipped bar area. Three additional bedrooms each have en-suite tiled baths.

Other selling point include the fully-turfed back yard, gated motor court, three-car garage, and Lutron lighting system.

“There’s something special around every corner,” says Mark. “It’s the perfect combination of entertaining and living.”

Located at 6441 Northport Drive, the five-bedroom, five-full-and-two-half-bath property is listed at $2.195 million.

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Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

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