Many homes are bold and beautiful on the outside, but save their real “wow” factor for that moment when you walk through the front door.
This Italian-style villa, located at 40135 Cholla Lane in Rancho Mirage, is somewhat deceiving from the street. A circle driveway elegantly leads to a porte-cochere and then the real magic of the property starts to reveal itself.
Hand-carved double doors open into a dramatic entry rotunda with coffered ceilings, moldings, a crystal chandelier, and custom-painted walls. The step-down dining and living rooms are both directly off the entry rotunda and the two spaces flank double-beveled glass French doors that lead out to gardens and a fountain.
A circle driveway leads to a porte-cochere. All of the homes on Cholla Lane — which is located near Eisenhower Medical Center — are custom built. The three-car garage has an attached work room.
Currently on the market for $2,250,000, the 6,600-square-foot house was built in 1992 and sits on just under an acre. It has four en-suite bedrooms and six bathrooms, including an attached casita with its own living room and kitchen. “The home is very elegant and flows very well for everyday living or entertaining,” says realtor Julie Williamson.
The home’s kitchen features granite counters, a center island cooktop with four gas burners and an electric grill, built-in double Gaggenau ovens, and a Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. There’s also a walk-in pantry and a breakfast bar.
The outdoors, which includes a covered octagonal pavilion is equally impressive.
“The pavilion is enhanced with a wonderful kitchen and also serves as a viewing pavilion for the sunken, lighted tennis court,” says Williamson. “The pool was custom designed to tie in with the design of the home and is Pebble Tec finished with a spa.”
Julie Williamson, Julie Williamson and Associates, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 72605 Highway 111, Palm Desert, 760-837-4577
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The dining room is just off the entry rotunda. It connects to a butler’s pantry with cooktop burners, a warming drawer, wine cooler, and its own refrigerator.
You enter the home through massive hand-carved double doors.
The light-filled living room is also just off the entry rotunda. Like the dining room, master suite, and great room, it’s enhanced with hand-selected marble surrounds from Italy.
The huge master bedroom is entered through hand-carved wood doors and includes a seating area with crystal chandeliers and a marble fireplace.
“The master bath is extraordinary with his and her marble vanities, mirror lighting, separate rose-marbled walls and decking on the spa tub, and a separate private rose-marbled walk-in shower,” says realtor Julie Williamson. There are also two very large his and her walk-in closets.