This extraordinary stone villa, nestled on magical ocean view Mediterranean gardens,captured designer John Saladino’s attention in 2001. Transforming the property involved new construction, reconstruction and restoration, interior and landscape design which was completed in 2004. The home was highlighted in the book VILLA by Saladino.
Part of the immediate appeal of the house was its mix of grandeur and modesty. Saladino bought the place out of pure emotion, knowing its restoration would be an enormous undertaking.
In addition to the new roof, with the installation of fourteen thousand eighteen-century Italian tiles, the house has new mechanical systems: electrical, plumbing and heating.
Amenities include a motor court with antique Venetian statuary, a guest apartment or staff quarters with outside entrance, nine fireplaces, 18th century Spanish gates and exquisite attention to every architectural and landscape detail.
A covered entrance loggia welcomes visitors, with magnificent terraced garden and Roman statuary. The entrance foyer connects a spacious and inviting drawing room with a giant fireplace as well as large windows and French doors.
A master bedroom with its leather detailed bath and dressing area opens to an ocean view gravel garden of artfully arranged grey-green plants. The second bedroom on this wing has a private entrance to a garden terrace. The bath features an antique Roman soaking tub. Three additional bedrooms are located on an upper level with ensuite baths.
A media room provides a secluded space for relaxing and reading.
A formal dining room with tapestries that adorn the stone walls.
The gourmet kitchen and breakfast room with arched stone surrounding iron doors that lead to a European-style garden. The modern amenities in this part of the house allows staff or family the enjoyment of creating meals in a sensual environment next to the gardens and lower office suite.
Thirteen acres of park-like grounds feature spectacular gardens including the north atrium, east terrace, agave garden, the south oriental carpet terrace and olive allee, and the ocean view pool, pergola and lawn terrace, which is highlighted with a classical Roman column.
A true masterpiece and an entertainment paradise, as best evoked in Saladino’s words, “Entertaining lies at the very heart of life at the villa.”
Saladino took the best of architecture in the Golden Age of the 1920’s and infused the villa’s structure, furnishings and gardens with the comfort and technology of the 21st century. That accomplishment is a mark of the genius of John Saladino.
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