Grounds & Exterior: Classic Revival in Belvedere, Calif.
This three-level home, with approximately 9,235 square feet of living space, was originally built circa 1904 by C.O. Perry, a wealthy San Francisco banker. The home underwent a $30 million restoration to retain its original architectural detail while bringing the property into the 21st century. Secluded on Belvedere Island's southeastern crest, the Greek Revival-style masterpiece offers unobstructed 270-degree views that encompass the San Francisco city skyline, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Angel Island and the picturesque waters of the bay.
Lighting is everything, even outdoors. A well-lit home at night not only offers gorgeous curb appeal but can also add an element of safety. HGTV fan hcpruitt turned this front walkway into an enchanting, well-lit entry. For a modern and unique look, onyx columns were placed over regular landscape lights for a glowing effect leading to the front door. Accent lights are ideal for showcasing gorgeous landscaping or anything you wish to use as a focal point, such as fountains or towering trees.
The neoclassical or new classical, is an extravagant home style that romanticizes ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Design features often include wrought-iron railings, white columns and grand porches or verandas.
A cheery blue front door and large demilune front porch with Corinthian columns give this Greek Revival-style home in Huntsville, Ala. timeless curb appeal. The home's brick front steps keep the porch from feeling too formal.
Greek revival architecture began in America as a snub to Britain and to pay homage to the spirit of democracy. This style was first seen in Philadelphia, however in later years it became a popular on Southern plantations. Tall columns and pediments, painted plaster exterior, horizontal transoms, symmetrical shape, bold moldings and embellishments are all key to the style.
The extravagant courtyard features a Grecian style pool with water features splashing into the sides and connected to a hot tub. Large shrubs and trees act as privacy walls, while a dining area is covered by the second story patio. Comfortable lounge seating is poolside.
The exterior of this Greek Revival home has a classic pedimented gable and four elegant columns. Architectural detailing can be found in the fascia and eves and a crawl space helps this home stand tall.