European influences dominate facade of Picardie Villa

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The estate-size Picardie Villa’s chateau exterior is a treat for the eye. Behind the fascinating facade, it’s a luxurious, two-story spread designed for living large, both indoors and out.

Distinctly European influences are seen in the iron balcony railing, eyebrow arches, half-timbered entry detailing and elaborate chimneys capped with decorative chimney pots. Inside, the home is totally contemporary.

To enter, you pass through a lofty vaulted porch before stepping inside a grand foyer with a 24-foot ceiling. An opening on the right leads into a dining room with an attached wine room, while the opening on the left links with a vaulted den, complete with gas fireplace.

Straight ahead, the foyer opens out into a vast vaulted living room, with open beam trusses above. Stacked windows flank a wide-hearthed, two-sided fireplace. The upper stack of windows culminates in a Gothic arch. Near the windows, another opening leads into the sun-washed nook and gourmet kitchen.

A second two-sided fireplace brightens the nook. This one is flanked by two arched openings that flow into a high-ceilinged game room with its own wet bar. Fireplace flames can be enjoyed from either room.

The vaulted owners’ suite boasts two bathrooms, each with a skylight and its own walk-in closet. An exercise room is down the hall, and the suite has two doors that access the covered patio and spa. This patio flows into two more outdoor living areas.

A porte-cochere links the Picardie Villa to a side patio and a garage complex that can shelter six cars. Two more bedrooms, a bathroom and a sky-lit loft are upstairs, along with a catwalk and two large unfinished attics. One of the bedrooms has a balcony and the other has a deck.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Picardie Villa 30-676. For more information or to view other designs, visit or call 800-634-0123.

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