Austin Italian-style palatial residence worth $12.5M

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Nestled on a 16-acre peninsula facing Lake Travis, this 9,760 square-foot luxury compound was built in 2004 in the style of Villa Rotunda in Vicenza, Italy. Noted architect David Shiflet copied the layout of the Italian palazzo, placing in the middle of the home an impressive grand rotunda with domed ceiling and flawless Venetian moldings on the rounded walls.

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Listing details include mahogany filled rooms with hand-cast fireplaces, French doors with arch Palladian windows, a pair of winding stairways leading to the master suite on the second level landing, with large windows and balconies with stone railings overlooking gorgeous Lake Travis. Between his and her bathrooms is a an oversized Roman tub and a majestic ‘rain room’ shower, with Carrera marble vanities/floors and walk-in closets.  The kitchen is designed in the Italian farmhouse style boasting a centre island, beamed ceiling, country-style mahogany cabinetry with Carrera marble tops and high-end appliances. A sun-flooded hallway which links the kitchen to the superb formal dining room is lined by three French doors opening to a massive loggia, backyard and pool and offering breathtaking lakefront views.

Special features include modern plumbing fixtures specially made to look old and modern replicas of turn-of-the-century light switches. Beside the 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, there are special amenities like a game room, a 320-bottle wine room, an office, a gorgeous 3-story mahogany library, a home theater and two 2-car garages at the upper level of which are an over-head apartment and an exercise room respectively.

The stunning stone-and grass drive is lined with ivy-clad walls. The estate is surrounded by lavishly landscaped lawns with manicured hedges and towering cypress. In the foreground of Lake Travis is an extra-large swimming pool but there is also a more private hot tub near the house.