This Mediterranean-style villa was based on the concept of a home built on this same property in the 1920s, which the owner loved, but was unable to save. The design combines both Spanish and Italian details and proportions. A central tower housing a three-story stair foyer references the ‘tower culture’ of San Gimignano and many of the homes in the villages of Tuscany. The stone pediment and entry surround are reminiscent of those commonly seen on the streets of Florence. The timber cornice work and simple window surrounds are seen throughout Andalusian villages in the Spanish province of Malaga.
This team collaboration between owner and architect, featured in Southern Accents Magazine, highlights a three-story center foyer with wrap-around staircase supported on fir timbers. The key to distinguishing the Mediterranean style is the tile roof and restrained ornamentation. Warm Tuscan yellow stucco contrasts brightly colored roof tiles. Other characteristic features are asymmetry, the use of an exterior vaulted arcade, casement windows, and small second story balconies called balconets.