In a day when many houses seem to be cut from the same mold, this unique, Tudor Revival manse in prestigious University Park has been constructed with only the finest materials, making it a rare, one-of-a-kind find. Distinguished for its pitched slate roof and copper gutters, its beamed ceilings with heights stretching to 21 feet, its marble and hand-scraped oak floors, its art niches and deep moldings, its sound system and decorative half-timbering throughout, the three-story, 9,137-square-foot home by Lewis-Russel is classy, comfortable, and undeniably warm.
That's evident from the moment you step through the arched embellished entryway, immediately encountering the marble floor, extended wainscoting, and sweeping staircase. To the right there's a spacious parlor, while, to the left, a large, chandeliered dining room that can accommodate 30 for dinner beckons.
The dining area gives way to a gorgeous study with rich, top-to-bottom wood inlays, built-in cabinetry, a limestone fireplace -- one of four in the home -- and two French doors. Not far away, past a guest bedroom with a full bath, the kitchen offers everything the home cook would want. Among its features are a commercial-grade Wolf range, four Wolf ovens, a built-in double subzero refrigerator/freezer, two dishwashers, a walk-in butler's pantry, a built-in hutch and cabinets, and an island with a surface of natural stone and granite. There's also a refrigerated wine grotto with room for 2,000 bottles of your favorite vintage, plus a bar -- one of four in the home -- complete with an icemaker and copper sink.
The walls of the kitchen, like the adjacent family room, are finished with beautiful alder wood. The large family room boasts yet another fireplace, a wood-beamed ceiling with 14-karat-gold paste, and three French doors leading to the magnificent backyard.
Up the dramatic staircase -- or via a second "back" staircase, or the home's working elevator, which accommodates 900 pounds and stops on all three floors -- the second story features a game room big enough for a 9-foot-long billiards table, plus the master suite. The master includes ambient lighting, an exercise room, and his-and-hers walk-in closets, plus a chandeliered master bath complete with jetted tub, steam shower, and another wet bar with wine chiller.
On this floor there's also a "mini-master" with plantation shutters, hardwood floors, and en suite bath, as well as two additional guest bedrooms with full bathrooms and walk-in closets. Completing the floor is one of the largest theater rooms in University Park -- a stunning, over-the-top space with a 12-foot-by-7-foot (166 inches diagonally) projection screen, THX sound, and three rows of comfortable leather chairs.
The third floor, meantime, may be accessed by two staircases from the second story. This top floor sports a sixth bedroom with a three-quarter bath, as well as a generous-sized playroom that could also serve as a seventh bedroom. Skylights allow sunshine to flood into both main rooms.
The grounds are just as impressive as the home's stunning interior, surrounded as they are by an eight-foot-tall stone wall and a wrought-iron, 1,000-pound automatic gate providing access to the three-car garage. The garage opens onto Golf Drive, for easier access. There's also a grassy dog run, mature oak trees, and backyard accessories including a built-in gas grill; a covered, stone-covered veranda; another fireplace; and a large pool with an attached spa and water feature.
Situated at the corner of University Boulevard and Golf Drive, the spectacular estate is within easy walking distance of Goar Park and close to Snyder Plaza and Turtle Creek.