An ex­trav­a­gant Vene­tian Gothic-style palazzo ready for pur­chase graces the Lake Austin shore.


Austin Way - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - By Becca Hens­ley

A lux­u­ri­ous Vene­tian manse on Lake Austin melds au­then­tic Ital­ian aes­thet­ics with sleek modern decor. There aren’t usu­ally gon­do­las on Lake Austin. But take one look at a stun­ning Vene­tian Gothic-style palazzo that stretches across 200 feet of prime shore­line and you may think you’ve just climbed out of one of the fa­mous boats on the verge that frames St. Mark’s Square (af­ter all, it does have two boat slips). The pala­tial house, de­signed by Texas-born ar­chi­tect Charles Travis of Chas Ar­chi­tects (based in San Diego and Austin), is an eye-catch­ing mas­ter­piece, em­blem­atic of a style of ar­chi­tec­ture pop­u­lar in the 14th cen­tury in Italy’s city of canals. Com­mis­sioned by a Vene­tian buff, Travis was de­ter­mined to re-cre­ate his client’s fer­vor for the Byzan­tine-in­flu­enced palazzo homes. “We were im­me­di­ately in­spired, not only [by] the vi­sion, but [by] the client’s com­mit­ment to carry this vi­sion to re­al­ity,” says Travis of the five-bed­room, six-bath, 11,774-square-foot man­sion chris­tened Villa Ca’ Isola Ser­ena. On the mar­ket for just shy of $9 mil­lion, the re­gal home deftly in­ter­prets the fu­sion of East-meet­sWest and Moor­ish-shaped el­e­ments. Im­pres­sively bring­ing the genre’s dec­o­ra­tive crafts­man­ship to play—such as grottesca, an adorn­ment style that jux­ta­poses hu­man and an­i­mal forms with scroll­work paint­ing—the res­i­dence in­cludes custom Mu­rano chan­de­liers, hand­painted doors and pan­els, and built-in china clos­ets. Lav­ishly modern flour­ishes such as an in­fin­ity pool, a spa and a sleek out­door kitchen keep things in con­tem­po­rary Austin mode. Buyer be­ware: A singing gon­do­lier is not in­cluded. Stephanie Nick, Ku­per Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty;

its own pri­vate is­land near Mount Bon­nell; a col­or­ful fresco and chan­de­lier seen from the wind­ing stair­case lead­iRg Xo Xhe WeGoRd ¾ooV

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