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Astoundingly beautiful Romanesque villa perched above the Pacific Ocean

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This gorgeous romanesque villa boasting 270-degree ocean views was designed by Oatman Architects, located at The Strand, Dana Point, California. A sanctuary of comfort and a triumph of lifestyle, this opulent dwelling is a reimagined medieval cloister, built with a collection of sculptured stone as a celebration of grand Roman architecture. 

A carved limestone pediment marks the entry into a covered breezeway where a procession of vaults supported by nearly seamless stone columns, leads toward the true entry of this 9,946 square foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Oatman Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Modus Operandi BUILDER Corbin Reeves Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Daniel Stewart & Associates

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The use of Dover Shell limestone on both the exterior and interior of the residence creates a sense of permanence and continuity between spaces, which is further enhanced by the thin profile steel doors, and windows.

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A lavish infinity-edge pool is carved into the landscape to energize the courtyard and secret garden.

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Maltese limestone floors from the eastern Mediterranean, already worn by decades of prior use compliments the exterior paving incorporated Corsican limestone and the driveway composed of reclaimed granite cobbles. 

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What We Love: This Romanesque villa offers its inhabitants opulent living spaces, both indoors and out. Exquisite architectural details make this impressive home an experience from the moment of entry. From the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean to the beautiful landscaping, this has everything one could want in a dream house… including a fabulous swimming pool!

Tell Us: What do you think of the architectural style of this home? Are there any details in the design you would change if this were your home? Please share your feedback in the Comments!

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The entire design process was interpreted to reconstruct traditional European architectural styles onto the coastal Orange County landscape with a zest for authentic detail.

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When describing this project, the architect quotes Frances Mayes, author of the book Under the Tuscan Sun, “The house is a metaphor for the self,” sublimely suited to its owner.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Jim Doyle – Applied Photography

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