The 5,462-square-foot home on 1.23 gated acres is described as a modern villa, a term that suits it. The formal grounds play with the villa concept, but they also suit Austin architect Brian Dillard's contemporary home design, which strategically incorporates bold color in a way that brings to mind such Mexican modernists as Luis Barragán and Ricardo Legorreta.
Organizing the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house around a courtyard, meanwhile, echoes traditional Mexican architecture—though putting an infinity pool there is a very West Lake touch (the listing calls it a “negative-edge, green-tiled pool reminiscent of ‘La Colombe D’or’ pool in St Paul de Vence, South of France,” however)—and terrazzo floors and Murano light fixtures pick up the feel, adding an Italianate twist (as well as being beautiful).
The property also features a guest house with a wall of retractable glass, wet bar, and full bathroom.
While this time around, the listing seems intent on focusing on the Gallic pool and its surrounds, the interior of the home is also quite stunning, with a sleek modern kitchen featuring a La Cornue range, what must surely be several metric tons of terrazzo and marble, and walls of windows and modernist touches on both floors.
The thoroughly landscaped grounds show off a nice mix of relatively wild native foliage and precise topiary.
• 513 Konstanty Circle [Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty]