Gorgeous Country French Estate on 2.2 Acres!
4,400 sq ft(per appraiser)/ built in 2004
4 Bedroom/ 4 Full Baths/ 1 Half Bath/ 2 Living Areas/ 2 Dining Areas
Study/ Media Suite/ 3 Car Garage/ Pool
Old World European Ambiance in a True Custom Energy Efficient Home!
Be transported to the French countryside upon driving up to 1450 Snider Ct. an impressive home set on beautifully landscaped grounds. True to the European design the home has cast stone balustrade, turret, Juliette balcony, steep pitched slate roof, and softly arched doors and windows accented with brickwork and keystone detailing. All of these iconic French country accents add to the warm and impressive nature of this home, but the true beauty is in the behind the scenes detailing. Built with 2×6 exterior framing, radiant barrier, and closed cell insulation, this home is a dream in our Texas climate. The solid slate tile roof is gorgeous and is fire and wind rated beyond comparison. Full copper gutters add to the feel and make a beautiful statement as well. Much of the body of the home’s brick is skimmed with mortar to continue the old world feel with a cast stone coping detail chair rail inset for another layer of lavish design element.
Upon entering through the impressive 2 inch solid wood door you’ll see that the interior accents continue the French theme with high ceilings, arched openings, exposed beams, intricate stone work, and warm woods. The home is an elegant lady in warm tones and natural elements of travertine stone, richly stained hardwoods, antiqued washed warm white woodwork, and textured walls. Stand for a moment and appreciate the views to the classically designed pool garden with imposing Italian cypress, statuary, and the centerpiece three tier bronze fountain that complete the image.
Look to your feet in the entry to see a beautifully intricate mosaic inset into the travertine floor. The floor extends both left and right with offset cut randomly placed accent tiles in walnut on a warm cream field. Above is a 22 ft high soaring ceiling with substantial 8 inch double stack crown molding. An impressive acanthus leaf detailed bronze and crystal chandelier is centered over the entry and lights the way for a gracefully curved wood and iron railed stairway. The entry is open and airy feeling with sidelights lining the door and a high transom above. The space beside the stair is roomy enough for a grand piano or quiet sitting area. Through double doors enter into a lovely study with large floor to ceiling windows that overlook the backyard and pool garden. Hand scraped hardwood floors, warm creamy walls, and double stack crown treatment make this a lovely quiet room to visit or work. Off the study is the home’s half bath with travertine floors accented in a black granite, old world vanity with black stone top and gorgeous copper sink and bronze fixtures. The mirror compliments the finish detailing perfectly with a black finished heavy frame with baroque embellished corners of gold.
Opposite the stair and study is the formal dining. Two massive cast stone Corinthian carved columns define the space and create an impressive entry to the open dining room. A pair of French doors fill the room with light. The warm neutral wall color and light travertine stone floor set off the dark finish chandelier ornate with bronze and crystal drops and wall sconce bowls that illuminate either side of the French doors. Trim paint sets off the room in a soft creamy white on the high beaded baseboard and door frame. Conveniently adjacent to the dining room is a pretty display butler pantry. Antique glazing over a creamy white on the cabinetry exudes the rustic charm and warmth of French country. Upper cabinets have glass doors to allow stemware to sparkle and lower cabinets with granite counter top are within easy reach for serving. Open the door to a walk in pantry that is fully shelved for easy access and loads of storage.
The transition from the front entry formal and family spaces is defined by the floor transition and the lines of indoor and out are cleverly blurred with use of massive views and repetition of design elements. Warm and inviting hand scraped hardwood floors unify the space that the living area, kitchen, and breakfast nook share. The main living area opens up before you with floor to ceiling windows allowing views to the stately gardens, fountain, and the impressive Corinthian columns that are repeated as a pair outside. Exposed beams accent the high ceilings and a crown wrap adds formality to the expansive room. Two arched alcoves flank an impressive cast stone fireplace that extends from floor to ceiling that adds weight, warmth, and drama.
Open to the living area and casually elegant enough to hold its own the kitchen area is defined by a large bar island. One of two large islands in this kitchen that gives plenty of work space for helping hands or visiting in this wonderfully furniture finished kitchen; the bar island has tile detail of unpolished travertine tile that is set on point. It is a beautiful accent and a smart addition to protect the cabinetry from scuffs as people sit at the island bar. The sides of the raised bar are accented with turned leg details and heavy trim work that is visible from the living space. The kitchen side of this workhorse is fitted with a double sink and bronze period faucet, cabinet faced dishwasher, and trash receptacle. The cabinetry is painted in a warm creamy white washed with antique glazing. The custom cabinetry is elegant and functional with fully integrated appliances behind raised panel doors with carved relief accents, heavy stacked crown trim, furniture feet, and turned barley twist corners. The center island has a copper prep sink and is convenient to keep the cooks prep area moving along. Along the far wall is a beautifully trimmed hood cover that reaches the ceiling and balances the fireplace at the opposite end of the room. The backsplash on this wall is a showpiece of custom artisan tile work and an inset painting is framed with stone for display over the ranges. Set into a field of tumbled travertine set on point and detailed with a 1/2″ marble mosaic tile lining the joints the artwork is a lovely addition to the room and adds to the formality of this beautifully finished kitchen. Double ovens and a massive range area with four burners and two double burner grills give plenty of room for the chef to shine. A built in hutch with glass door upper cabinets and offset depths to add interest to the cabinet finished refrigerator area is on an adjacent wall and opposite of the breakfast nook that sits at the end of the kitchen. All clad in a neutral light colored granite this kitchen is timeless.
Just beyond the kitchen workspace the breakfast nook is set into a bay of floor to ceiling windows. The breakfast nook is airy and bright with several large windows and a door for access to the pool and backyard. A lovely space for intimate family meals or a quiet breakfast with views of the pool garden. The breakfast nook is illuminated by a beautiful bowl fixture centered in the space with warm colored glass and bronze accents. Just around the corner is access to a
hall with a side porch entry to the backyard and an elegantly appointed bathroom with a glass doored shower. The vanity mirror is uniquely framed and perfectly embellished. Function and fashion in the truest provincial spirit. The laundry room is nearby and a dream to work in. There is a lot of room in this spacious and well lit room with deep sink, tons of counter space, and full surround of upper and lower storage cabinets. This room is a pleasure to work in with pretty and hard wearing slate floor, creamy cabinets and a neutral countertop.
The feeling of European elegance continues as you step outside the breakfast nook to enter an outdoor patio. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of water while outside. The classically Roman shaped pool and sand set travertine decking are designed to integrate the garden elements and accentuate the gardens serenity and balance. The imposing height of 13 beautiful and classic Italian cypress add formality and privacy for the pool setting. The decking surrounding the pool’s heavy carved travertine coping is a thick travertine stone sand set in a timeless herringbone pattern spanning the decks and garden steps and patio to the home. Stone edged raised gardens and curved walls with steps to the pool deck are all elements keeping with the classic garden where corner statuary adds interest and directs your eye to the showstopper fountain.
The bronze fountain has a three tier fall for dramatic and soothing water sounds. The top finial spout pours down to two levels with figurines holding the over pouring bowls. Made of bronze this piece has stature and patina that only improves with age.
The master suite is set back on the opposite side of the home beyond the entry and study. The large master bedroom has a great wall of bay windows with views into the back yard. The warm hand scraped hardwood floors set the stage for a gorgeous second fireplace in this room. A stone hearth and carved detail cast stone fireplace are a wonderful detail in the master suite. Warm washed creamy hand troweled walls with heavy crown molding adds to the casual elegance of the room. A four light ceiling fan is centered for airflow and the room has access to the pool yard garden through a side door. Entering into the master bath you see a beautiful vanity set atop travertine flooring. Under mount sinks and bronze widespread faucets top a reproduction vanity with curved detailed finish granite counter. Above a gilded French framed mirror jewels this lovely room. The shower is a gorgeous and huge walk in with a top contrast border of walnut against lighter travertine tiled walls. In an adjacent nook a graceful footed slipper tub sits free standing in front of a distortion glass window. The bathroom walkway back to the sleeping area has doors to the separate his and her closets. Each closet has windows for natural light and ample hanging and shelf area. This master retreat is truly a getaway.
Up the wood tread stairs with gracefully ornamented curved iron railing you find yourself in an upper family room. The space is open and comfortable for a family game night with wood floors and flooded with light through the French doors at the back wall. This room is appointed with a built in wet bar with sink with under counter wine chiller. Through the French doors is access to a lovely balcony with cast stone balustrade and views to the backyard. To the left of this upper family room is the first of the secondary bedrooms. It is located on the same side as the master but at the front of the home and upstairs. It is a pleasant and quiet room with Juliette balcony to the front yard, roomy closet, and an on suite bath. The bath has warm neutral porcelain floor tile, roomy shower and plenty of cabinet storage at the vanity.
Up a few steps on the opposite side of the upper family room follow the hall to another bedroom. This bedroom is large and open with a large window and raised alcove with a lovely window seat. A large walk in closet is accessible from the bedroom. Open a door to the on suite bathroom with graceful curved granite topped vanity and large shower. Just a bit further down the hall on the other side of the hall entrance to the full bath and you find yourself in a massive space with a large window to the backyard and step down to a closet. This fourth bedroom is currently being used as a media room. With attic access built in cubby storage and comfy carpeting this is a great flex space. If needed this area has serious growth potential with full decking accessible over the garage area and could be doubled in size and reallocated as additional bedrooms.
Through the homes spacious mud room access an attached garage. This home has 2 separate garages housing three car attached garage spaces. The first garage is a man’s delight with a bay and a half, tall ceilings, and a great workspace area with windows for natural light. The second garage is under separate door and holds two bays.
Other outside amenities include the stone edging surrounds of foundation gardens, established and mature plantings, street side hedgerow of Nelly R Stevens hollies. Other specimen trees include the Italian cypress and gorgeous Japanese maple for color and drama.
Driving up through the curving roads of Winningkoff and Snider Lane area you can easily see why it’s known as one of the prettiest drives in Lucas. The curving roads and canopy of mature trees make a picturesque and pastoral setting for this amazing French Country estate.
|SF||3376 Sq Ft (+/-) Per Tax Rolls|
|Approximate Lot size||2.3 Acres|
|School District||Lovejoy ISD|