This refined Mediterranean villa overlooking the beach is one of a kind. The house was originally meant to be a weekend home to Antiques impresario Richard Shapiro, but has now grown to be a world-renowned residence. Here are some of the features that make this house so unique and refined.
When it comes to mixing the old with the new and blending them together perfectly, nothing gets close to this house. In every corner you look at; there is something rustic in appearance with something that is modern. This creates a delightful contrast that makes this house unique.
Right from the courtyard, the tiles form a zigzag with Arabic patterns on the wall where there is a tap for cooling yourself during the hot days. There is also a perfect blend of concrete and nature making the house more natural looking and it even feels like it is a part of the beach around it.
The staircase is something else that brings out beauty and elegance in this house. The handrails are grey which forms a direct contrast with the colors of the stairs, walls and floor beneath. The beams at the roof and underneath the staircase have an old yet sturdy look to them providing for an interesting contrast.
There is a lot of Arabic inspiration in the design of the house with dome-shaped windows all over the home. The bedroom has a simplistic touch to it with minimal furniture and plenty of space. The chair by the bedside provides for sweet contract in the bedroom in addition to the art on the walls.
The home has a 17th-century Italian door and tall shrubs everywhere. The green all around provides for a nice ambience with the home as well as keeping the neighbors invisible. This way, the design of the home is kept intact in addition to brightening up the place. The 200-year-old pine trees lining the road to the beach also provide a homely feel to the place making it look like a castle in the jungle
There is a massive stone fireplace on the terrace, and the living room has massive windows that provide an amazing view of the ocean. The windows also allow for plenty of sunlight to get in thus brightening up the place throughout the day. Shapiro has indeed created a dream life for himself after many months of construction. This house is an amazing design and a dream home to own or visit.
Photographs: Lisa Romerein