Italian Villa in Buckhead

Jim Warwick and Jo Ellen Bradley  listed this beautiful Italian Villa at 1111 Crest Valley Drive here in Atlanta.

The home is actually turned away from the road, so the view above is the front of the house...

... but this is what you see from the street.

According to, "This architectural tour de force was designed by Bill Harrison and influenced by the timeless appeal of a 16th century Palladian villa in Verona, Italy. There are four remarkable finished levels. Wide-plank flooring, soaring groin vault ceilings, five over scale fireplaces, numerous out-door terraces and porches and pool. Formerly the estate of artist Athos Menaboni."

This beautiful fountain is located in the courtyard in front of the home.

Here is a beautiful archway leading to...

... this area located to the left of the front door at the side of the home.  It is a perfectly flat yard for children to play, and there is also a pool and veranda.  You can see the beautiful portico leading to the guest house.

Here is another view from the pool on the side of the home.  It's all so Italian!  Couldn't you imagine sipping wine out here on a summer afternoon?  The porch above the veranda is located off the master suite, which we will see later.

This is a better view of the back veranda.  Isn't it lovely?

I love this photo because it shows the fireplace.  Wouldn't this be perfect for this time of year?

Here is the view as you walk through the front door.  The curved staircase, the stone floors, and the high ceilings set the "Italian villa" mood.

This is the view from the opposite direction.  Can you see the glass front door?  I love the feel of the heavy wood and the niches on either side of the door.

The central hallway of this home is amazing!  The groin vaulting is so elegant, and the archways allow light in from the front and back of the home.

Here it is from the opposite direction.  Simply beautiful!

The living room has this beautiful 2-story window that overlooks the yard and allows for tremendous natural light.  The fireplace really anchors the room.

This straight on picture gives you a better idea of the scale of the windows.

Here is the view from the window through the hallway and into the dining room.  Isn't the light pretty?

The dining room overlooks the front patio and has those same beautiful wooden doors.

Here is a view looking back toward the foyer.  Be sure to notice the ceilings.

I got so excited about this kitchen!  It's one of the best ones I've seen in a really long time.  The island is huge!  It's perfect for a family gathering.  Don't you love the beamed ceilings?

The view into the breakfast and keeping room.  I just noticed that they used the same wood they used for the cabinets above the kitchen window.  I have never seen this before, have you?

This view of the breakfast room really showcases the three doors that lead out to the back porch.

Isn't this family room unbelievable?  I really like the light fixture and the fact that the curved windows mirror the doors from the above breakfast room.

This study is also located on the main level.  It's through the foyer from the front door.  You can see those three arched windows again.  I love the color of the wood, the coffered ceilings, and the herringbone pattern of the brick in the fireplace.  They all come together to form quite a handsome study!

This is the master, which is located upstairs.  I enjoy seeing hardwood floors in masters.  I recently took the carpet out of my master and replaced it with hardwoods and couldn't be happier.

Between the master and the master bath there is this beautiful private porch.  This would be so great at night!

And of course the master bath is beautiful!  I liked the tile in the shower a lot (if you can peek into it).  It looks to me like the cabinets are made from the same material as the ones in the kitchen and the wood in the study.  What do you think?

The coolest part about the upstairs is this secret passageway.  I've only seen a handful of these in real life, and it always makes me so excited.  I'm such a little kid!

The secret passageway leads to this third level loft type area, which is perfect for kids.

The terrace offers this beautiful groin vaulted stone wine cellar...

a kitchen and dining area...

and a huge gym!

What do you guys think? Isn't this home fantastic?  If it were yours, where do you think you would spend most of your time?

It's the perfect Italian getaway here in Atlanta!