A love for time-honored interiors and exquisite European details have nurtured this rare offering at BIGHORN
Timeless treasures discovered and collected from every corner of Europe’s classic enclaves create an unrivalled ambiance throughout BIGHORN’s 916 Andreas Canyon Drive estate. Encompassing an exceptional 1.44 acres on two homesites, this singular example of Mediterranean architecture pairs with lakeside views that touch the Canyons 4th green out to the Santa Rosa Mountains. Seasoned travelers and global explorers will appreciate its curated interiors and worldly mystique. The celebrated romance of Paris and Provence meet the comfortable ease of the English countryside in this estate like none other across the globe.
Situated to bask in the splendor of BIGHORN’s fairway setting and pristine views, this hand-crafted residence artfully blends the privacy of a fortress with the open-hearted welcome of Europe’s most gracious estates.
Two sets of private gates on either end of an arched pebble driveway open to reveal a sprawling domain known to all who have entered as a masterpiece for the ages. Architect Bob Ray Offenhauser’s distinctively timeless lines, elegant arches, and Spanish tile roof complement world-class designer touches by Jeffrey Hitchcock. Together they capture the eye and spark the imagination from the moment you step onto the property.
A transportive experience for both owner and guest, the home speaks to both the fantasy and reality for those who believe in indulging in the finer points of the European lifestyle wherever they may go. Whether sitting down to a feast with regal flair in the dining room, entertaining loved ones and new friends on the patio around a sea-blue pool, or pursuing the joys of fresh botanicals in the greenhouse or at the flower-cutting station, those who call this multi-faceted gem their home will enjoy the vast richness of authenticity that surrounds them, prompting the urge to savor every moment they spend within this distinguished BIGHORN address.
The home’s captivating story begins as a Parisian-imported tile “rug” defines an atmospheric entry and complements the path of real Jerusalem stone restored from original streets. Past a pair of extraordinary gas lanterns that flank the doors, the walkways invite a picnic seating area that takes in the splashing show from an antique Parisian fountain. Lush landscaping, the tranquil sound of flowing water, and the magical sight of mature fish thriving in the sparkling reflection pond greet the senses. Two antique pots stand tall on either side of the handmade beveled glass entry doors inviting guests to come inside where luxurious details and picturesque views await.
Inside the foyer, sunlight filters down from the iron-accented skylight, capturing the essence of a spectacular interior that enchants at every turn. Arched walkways, hand-painted custom wall treatments, intricate ceiling work, and authentic Jerusalem stone flooring warmed by radiant heat guide your journey through the main home.
The living room’s rich black walnut wood floors, ethereal blue Venetian plaster walls, and coffered ceiling with finial accents complement graceful furnishings and the one-of-a-kind antique stone fireplace with antique fireback from London. Multiple seating areas make this space perfect for entertaining while wood-framed pocketing glass doors open seamlessly to an outdoor living room with an antique masonry fireplace, cozy conversation area and lakeside views. A retracting ceiling that unveils the bright blue sky is easily and electronically controlled – an homage to one similar that beguiles guests at an esteemed Parian restaurant.
Off the dining and living rooms, a traditional bar provides modern functionality for effortless entertaining while maintaining its Euro-styled appearance, quietly tucked away. Gorgeous caramel-veined marble countertops, hand-tooled leather ceiling, designer sink and faucet and a separate icemaker and refrigerator join a full wall lined with dazzling glass shelving layered atop a panel of antique glass. An artistic masonry floral inset over the window filters in just the right amount of light.
The dining room offers itself as both dramatic backdrop and stage for exquisite parties and gatherings. Beautifully upholstered jacquard chairs wait expectantly for guests. Delicate china is displayed in the carved wood cabinet and buffet, an original monastery treasure complete with chiming clock. The multi-armed bronze chandelier glows like candlelight throughout the room while the antique fountain beckons outside the multi-pane bay window and doors. A butler’s pantry sits adjacent with preparation area and artfully tiled walk-in refrigerator.
In the comfortable family room, wood framed pocketing glass doors give way to picturesque fairway, mountain, and lakeside views. One can’t help but to pause, breathe deeply, and soak in all the colors from here to the horizon. Vaulted ceilings with reclaimed beam accents, carved media cabinet, antique French fireplace, plush seating, dining options and French doors, leading to both the outdoor living room and the gardens. Deliciously relaxing aromas from the kitchen are sure to waft in, tempting your appetite for savory meals and decadent desserts.
Those who take pleasure in the regional ingredients, signature dishes, and culinary traditions of old Europe understand that a well-equipped kitchen shines as the heart of the home. This gourmet showplace is a chef’s muse adorned in Damascus red marble countertops detailed with a zinc reveal. Pecan wood flooring provides a warm, rustic foundation for a center island made of solid wood with farmhouse-style cabinetry, surrounded by integrated high-performance amenities including a Wolf microwave and oven, warming drawer, cabinet-faced refrigerator, dual Miele dishwashers, a La Cornue rotisserie oven, silver farmhouse sink, and hand-pounded preparation sink. The La Cornue double gas oven features a 4-gas burner, barbecue grill, two electric pot ranges, plaque and pot filler faucet, all topped by an expertly hand-handcrafted travertine hood.
An enviable collection of shining copper pans hang from a crafted metal display beneath the large custom skylight. Handcrafted windows soften the room with natural light as they peer out to the peaceful garden. Dual morning bars beckon with seating for others to enjoy preparation of the feast.
A walk-in refrigerator, inspired by the lifestyle of a daily walk to an open-air European market, delights even the most accomplished cook. Custom forged door handles mounted outside, while ornamental hand-painted tiles, bearing the names of most beloved ingredients are featured inside. Every last provision finds their proper place while enticing any foodie’s gastronomic creativity. An additional dry-goods pantry ensures staples are orderly and well-stocked.
Buds and blooms have never been so lucky as to be arranged with care at a custom flower-cutting station, fashioned in copper and hand-carved wood. A deep copper farmhouse sink with two vintage faucets complements the custom carved cabinets, offering ample storage for vases and supplies. The large laundry just adjacent houses a washer with two dryers and additional storage. Housekeeping in this abode, designed meticulously with love, could never feel like a chore.
One of two stunning powder baths, the one near Her office features floor-to-ceiling specialty tile treatments, iron sconces, copper tile accent, and a sculpted ceramic basin tucked into a wood vanity, reminiscent of an old world treasure.
Her office exudes feminine refinement, from its warm pecan wood floors to its hand-embellished reclaimed wood ceiling, painted skillfully with fanciful scrollwork. Period furnishings inspire both reflection and focus. Through the French doors, the verdant gardens invite a stroll and fresh air. Open them any time to bring the outside in.
The home’s exterior Venetian plaster walls add warmth while meandering pathways lined with Jerusalem stone lead one to explore the gardens, pool, and fastidious grounds. A citrus grove encircles the property along the northeast and southeast boundaries, where grapefruit, Meyer lemon, blood oranges, kumquat, oranges, lemons, limes and pomelo are ripe with the bounty of each season. Few can resist the fragrant gardens where roses and camellias bloom through the winter and into the springtime.
A hanging floral trellis drapes over the outdoor kitchen as a light-dappling canopy. Casual entertaining around the chip-edged antique stone table is made effortless by a wood-burning pizza oven and fireplace, refrigerator, icemaker, and sink. An expansive woodblock workspace and stone sink enables al fresco preparation.
Straight from a European fairytale, a quintessential English greenhouse calls out nearby. Gardening dreams come true under the cool sanctuary of its shaded ceiling. The neighboring herb garden produces lettuce, lemongrass, scented geraniums, strawberries, mint, tarragon, basil, sage, rosemary and more. A private rose garden mimics the famous public gardens of France, and an avocado tree yields a flavorful enhancement for any meal.
Lined with red, purple and white florals, the weeping mulberry trees are an artistic statement in themselves. These amazing ornamental trees can grow in a wide arc that sweeps to the ground and, without leaves in winter, take on a more architectural appearance. Paths of rosemary, corners of lavender and trailing rosemary hang from their potted roots, adding another layer of storybook wonder. In the center, a centuries-old wishing well holds a thriving grapevine that teems seasonally with sweet fruit. The fairway and mountains beyond seem to stand in awe at sharing the land with gardens so scrupulously designed and thoughtfully tended.
The west end of the main house is ideally placed to savor these panoramic surroundings, and is perfect for live-in staff or extended family. This self-contained “corner” of the estate offers a fully furnished bedroom with walk-in closet, a garden-view room (which can be a massage room or furnished as an additional bedroom), a family room, and fully appointed kitchen with refrigerator, 4-burner gas stove with oven, microwave, sink, dishwasher and storage.
The eastern wing of the main home presents the opulent master wing and guest suites. These tranquil enclaves surround an atrium where a traditional European-styled water feature lends its gently splashing song for all to enjoy.
The master wing is a quiet retreat, including an executive office and library. Rich wood paneling, handcrafted carved-wood ceilings, and an antique masonry stone fireplace envelop the space. Bookshelves wait for books and keepsakes from exotic escapades. An intricately carved wood desk inspires productivity or simply gazing out at the placid blue pool and perfectly manicured green fairway. An intimate morning bar provides refreshment by featuring a metallic hammered sink, refrigerator with icemaker, and glass display shelving where cut crystal barware catches the light.
The master suite blends the provincial romance of European-style furnishings and antique marble fireplace with the California oasis-style scenery in a rare embodiment of the best of both worlds. Nowhere is more inviting at day’s end than these private quarters where a silk-lined headboard and a royalty drape frame the king-size bed. Relax in the spacious sitting area or page through a fascinating book by the fireplace. Atrium views provide a serene setting to the north while a wall of glass opens to reveal majestic mountains, flawless landscaping, and access to the expansive pool and private spa. Draw the blackout shades for midday’s nap or a lazy Sunday morning.
A boutique-style closet pampers the lady with its own make-up marble vanity and a shapely slipper chair. Traditional cabinetry enhances her vast wardrobe and beloved accessories inside. A second walk-in closet behind closed doors offers the lady additional shelves and hanging storage. The gentleman’s side was not forgotten, with sunny vanity, walk-in closet, separate lav and direct access to pool and spa. No master suite would suffice without a sumptuous master bathroom, and this one rivals those you might see in Europe’s grand city hotels and penthouses. Sleek marble vanities and a spacious glass shower find harmony in the antique marble tub with vintage copper plumbing and faucets, discovered and hand-picked from the English countryside. Towels are always warm and close at hand on the antique copper towel warmer, through which hot water constantly flows, keeping every towel the ideal temperature for drying off in comfort. The bathroom overlooks a succulent garden with Parisian water feature, stone flooring and a whimsical antique 1920s outdoor shower.
Beyond the master suite, a hallway leads past a formal powder room inspired by the sultry glamour of the 1920s. The vaulted mosaic ceiling, decorative ceramic privacy window and hand-patterned Venetian plastered walls provide a lovely background for the unique two-part commode. This unique assembly from London Architecture features an antique tank from London and lav from France. Adding to the atmosphere are the aged glass mirror, antique solid marble carved sink and Fortuny chandelier. Even this modest-sized room is a jewel box of European influence and treasures, each selected for its remarkable beauty and significant nature – just as those found throughout the rest of the home.
Two tasteful interior suites, each with their own atmosphere of elegance, pair a spacious bedroom with a full bath: one with a generous shower and the other with a shower as well as a soaking tub. Through their masterful layout and design, these suites share views and access to a romantic secret garden. Tall trees frame the expertly designed feature wall that incorporates mature plantings, soft lighting, iron scrollwork, classic arches and an antique lion water feature imported from Europe.
An elevator off these suites transports its passengers to the lower level and entertainment lounge. There, a temperature-controlled wine room artfully displays hundreds of your prized bottles. Pour a glass to sip in the expansive theatre room featuring multi-tiered lounge seating, coffered ceiling, and ornately upholstered walls. In the sophisticated game lounge, a striking game table and a back bar with zinc top sit under a hammered tin ceiling and adjoin a private washroom. Four immense storage rooms on this level house holiday and household pieces with room to spare.
Friends, family, and guests are genuinely treated like royalty throughout this glorious estate. Yet the poolside entertainment patio reigns as a favorite gathering place through every season. From morning coffee through evening cocktails, multiple seating and dining options allow visitors for any occasion to relish the extravagant mountain, water and golf course views. The magnificently tiled infinity-edge pool and large spa with a trio of water features offer year-round fun, sunbathing, and aquatic exercise for all ages. A cultivated collection of rosebushes line the property, abundant with other coveted plantings.
A winding walkway of paver stones leads to the home’s two additional guest retreats. The Cottage is completely detached and self-contained. It features two beautiful guest suites, one currently serving as an office with built-in cabinetry, plus a full bath with footed tub and a kitchen with 4-burner Viking range, hood, refrigerator and microwave. Although attached, the separate-entry Guest House makes everyone feel at home. A family room with French limestone fireplace complements a kitchenette with microwave, cooktop, refrigerator, copper sink, and dishwasher, two fully appointed guest suites with full baths, and a covered patio with antique water feature overlooking the gardens and lake.
One might search the world over and never come close to discovering a home of equal thoughtfulness, craftsmanship, and authentic European sensibility. There are few homes so superbly nuanced as to defy description – this one does. Vignettes throughout seem to have been born from a timeless European tale – a place at once familiar and one you long to explore. Promising exclusive privacy, south exposure and lakefront views from a 1.44 acre dual homesite with immaculate landscaping worthy of Europe’s own cherished gardens, this truly magnificent estate boasts one of the most exciting views in the BIGHORN community. Only in such a setting can every pleasurable day feel so timeless, appreciated, and laced with memories in the making.