Sinuous lines characterize the pool and hot tub in this luxurious and lushly landscaped backyard. The 7,200-square-foot home features castle-like styling with turrets and Gothic details. Multiple outdoor seating areas turn the outdoor living spaces into a resort-like retreat.
Cape Cod-style architecture, complete with gables, columned porches and wood shingle siding, gives this home a stately, traditional presence. Meanwhile, the red front door turns the entry into a focal point.
A pond with a lighted water feature greets guests as they arrive at this luxurious two-acre retreat in Colleyville, Texas. The home features Gothic details and castle-inspired turrets, as well as a circular drive with carefully manicured landscaping.
The client wanted to incorporate the feel of an Italian grotto fountain into the design. In this location, Harold Leidner Landscape Architects was able to take advantage of the natural grade change of the site and the finished grade of the house. The difference between these two grades allowed for a retaining wall to become the fountain wall.
One of the garden's greatest strengths is its intuitive layout: guests enter off the kitchen, arrive at an outdoor dining table, then shift to a nearby sitting area for drinks before they end the night by the fire pit.
An uber-functional outdoor living room makes the most of this covered patio. The stone fireplace offers a cozy spot for conversation and TV viewing, while a spiral staircase provides fun access to the upstairs balcony.
To the left of the circular drive, a nymphaeum hides a Gentilitiaò chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. The feature, which was a stone monument consecrated to the nymphs in ancient Greece and Rome, is at home in the garden.
With eight acres bordering the water, beautiful greenery and multiple buildings, this luxury property is ready to house guests. The 4,700-square-foot main house is accompanied by a guest house, barn, chicken coop, apartment and original owner's house. The Camano Island, Washington, estate is 90 minutes from Seattle.