|Notable Estate in Coveted Monte Vista Historic District
|1 BR/1 Bath/ Kitchen Garage apartment
||Outstanding Chef’s kitchen with Lacanche gas range
|Beautiful modern updates
One of San Antonio’s significant historic estates is a notable achievement of early 20th-Century Italianate style. Beautifully updated and modernized by the current owner, “Villa Amore” was originally completed by the Love family in 1922, after two years of planning, in what is now the celebrated Monte Vista Historic District near downtown.
The current owner restored the classic elements of the estate while adding 21-Century amenities that are hard to find in older homes like a large master closet, ample wine storage, and a media room.
World-class landscape design provides privacy, beauty, and order here. Reminiscent of popular parks in European capitals, these well-planned exterior areas include patios, plazas, fountains, courtyards, and lawns. This harmonious plan offers myriad spaces for quiet reflection and casual areas that invite social interaction. Massive, sheltering oaks and lush plantings complete the gorgeous setting.
Flexibility is an asset at Villa Amore. Detached from the main house, you find a Pool cabana/guest house, large storage building, and a 3-car garage with a one-bedroom, one-bath guest apartment with kitchen above it.
Outdoor amenities abound with a pool, spa, outdoor fireplace, and an impressive marble fountain, quarried and handcrafted in Italy, specifically for its current location on the grounds.
Elevated high above the lot, the interior offers the best of the past and the present. On the main level, the cream-colored walls, hardwood floors, hand-painted wood beams, and groin vault ceilings appear nearly identical to how the Loves imagined it 100 years ago.
The current owner brilliantly incorporated a small bedroom into the master suite, which now serves as a spectacular master closet and dressing room. In the master bath, modern touches like sea-foam green glass tile compliment a vintage stand-alone bathtub and marble shower.
Nowhere is the juxtaposition of historic and modern more cleverly integrated than in the spectacular kitchen. Painted, glazed cabinets, glazed brick tile by Dunis Studios, a porcelain farmhouse sink, and an impressive suite of suite of GE Monogram appliances are a triumph of form and function. But, the true superstar is the Lacanche range, imported from France. Its dramatic, golden color is the perfect contrast to the more muted tones in the space but its top-of-class reputation for quality will impress the most demanding chef.
The reception and dining rooms offer arched French doors that bring in natural light and open up to the entry terrace. Gorgeous, original Baccarat chandeliers adorn these rooms.
Upstairs offers a sunny bedroom and bath with lovely views. Downstairs is a world of fun with modern spaces not often found in historic homes including 1,000 bottle wine storage and tasting area, game room, media room/home theater, and wet bar.
Villa Amore is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t let it pass you by. Contact me today for a private tour. Jason (210) 386-1833