Mediterranean estate

Forget the coffee this morning. Mix up a pitcher of Sangria. Then sit down and have a long look at this gorgeous Modern Mediterranean estate in Preston Hollow, designed by architect Larry E. Boerder.

Although the Mediterranean architectural style has been popular since the 14th century, America only got around to fully embracing it in the 1920s. Better late than never.

The ‘20s were a time of luxury, travel, and leisure for the upper classes. Enterprising businessmen took advantage of the economic boom and created the first resorts for the rich and famous, building them in coastal climates like California and Florida. They turned to the Mediterranean style because it captured the exotic and laid back ambiance of Italy and Spain. The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Miami-Biltmore in Coral Gables are classic examples. Naturally, this commercial popularity led to prominent architects like Addison Mizner in Florida and Bertram Goodhue in California adapting the style for residences. Mizner was one of the first architects to create grand resort-style Mediterranean estates for wealthy individuals.

The Mediterranean style has been made even more desirable by magazines featuring Hollywood movie stars and their homes. From Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant, to Ellen Pompeo, Eddie Murphy, and Gloria Estefan, more stars than I can count have chosen to live in Mediterranean-style homes.

It’s not just the look to love, but this style is also extraordinarily practical for warm climates.

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Find Exclusive Lakeside Living Just 1.5 Hours from DFW at the Links of Lake Athens | CandysDirt.com

An hour and 15 minutes east of Dallas, I’ve found a private waterfront golf resort on one of the most pristine lakes in Texas. Three parcels at the Links of Lake Athens have hit the market, offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind living for the right buyer or buyers. 

The Links of Lake Athens is a 52-acre, gated development subdivided into five separate parcels. Ownership of three of the parcels is being offered exclusively by Ashley and Malcolm Ross of The Ross Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The price for all three is $7.5 million, and includes a 7,200-square-foot, seven-bedroom home, plus two guest houses. The three parcels can also be purchased individually (details below). 

What’s so wonderful about the Links of Lake Athens? Privacy tops the list. This is the place you can get away from it all and enjoy total relaxation and peace. Amenities are another thing owners enjoy: think 2,500 feet of lake frontage, an eight-stable equestrian center, two grass tennis courts, and a lush four-hole golf course that plays like an 18-hole, par-72 course and practice area.

“The Links at Lake Athens is for the person or family who seek privacy, exclusivity, and is passionate about the outdoors,” said Malcolm Ross. “The gated property offers unparalleled lakefront views, an incredible golf course with practice area, stables, water sports, and so much more.” 

I’ve got a video and photos after the jump — so beautiful!

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