Waterside Retreat: Lakeside Villa With Tiered Pools

With wide balconies, an expansive backyard and a hidden boathouse, this Tuscan-style villa is proof that everything really is bigger in Texas. Best of all, the huge waterfront home boasts a unique series of tiered swimming pools, with a spa that feeds into one pool that feeds into another below. The infinity-edge helps blur the lines between the owners' backyard and the bay in the distance.

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Photo By: Brian Cole Photography

Waterfront Mediterranean Villa

A waterfront location makes this Texas villa feel even more luxurious. There's a hidden boathouse under the patio and all three of the home's levels look out over the lake.

Mediterranean Patio With Split-Level Pool

Like the house, the pool is also split into levels. The top one includes a hot tub. At the corners between levels sit two fire bowls.

Mediterranean Villa Exterior and Patio

Three levels of terraces and balconies look down onto this home's swimming pool. The outdoor area is skillfully broken up into different sections for dining, playing and lounging.

Waterfront Patio and Pool at Sunset

There is a 40-foot drop from this home's main floor to the water below, so architects navigated the drop gracefully via several levels. Wide steps lead down from the back porch to this patio and pool. A lower patio offers more sitting areas.

Mediterranean Stone Patio and Pool

A flagstone patio surrounds the hot tub and pool, meshing harmoniously with the home's stone exterior.

Villa Exterior Overlooking Water

This home sits waterfront on an inlet, with balconies and patios all open to the view. The patio's red-orange umbrellas cheerily connect with the villa's red tile roof.

Waterfront Patio With Orange Chairs

Bold orange looks just right on this dreamy patio, perking up the horizon with color. A seat on the lounge chair is treated to views of the infinity pool, the boats and waterway.

Mediterranean Porch With Lake View

A series of arches perfectly frame lake views for anyone seated at this outdoor dining table.

Mediterranean Bar With Planter

Stone walls and arches give this bar an Old World quality. A large urn becomes a stately divider between the bar and a nearby walkway.

Mediterranean Balcony With Dining Table

Outdoor dining options are aplenty at this Mediterranean style villa. This one is on a balcony with room for 10 in big, plush chairs.

Mediterranean Covered Dining Area and Water View

The setting gives instant grandeur to this outdoor dining area, with pool and water views framed by a wide arched opening.

Mediterranean Porch and Sliding Door

The kitchen and indoor dining room are instantly joined to this outdoor table via a sliding glass door. Stone walls are used in both spaces for a strong sense of continuity.

Mediterranean Bar With Zebra Rug

It feels like Leonardo or Michelangelo might sidle up for a cocktail at this Old World bar.

Mediterranean Dining Room and Stairs

The round room at the base of these stairs is cleverly used as another dining area, with a circular dining table and plenty of chairs.

Mediterranean Stairs With Brown Tiles

A delicate scroll pattern decorates the front of these curving stairs, echoing the swoop of the wrought iron railing.

Mediterranean Living Room With Stone Walls

The ceiling of this huge living room floats up and away, two stories high. The height helps to balance out the heavy materials (wrought iron, stone) without diminishing the room's elegance.

Mediterranean Living Room With Stone Wall

The interior of this vast home feels as sweeping and open as the outdoor areas. Wide arches separate rooms, ceilings soar and sliding glass doors instantly join rooms to patios and balconies.

Mediterranean Chef Kitchen With Chandelier

This kitchen is open and bright, with dark wood details providing a just-right amount of gravitas. A sparkling chandelier echoes the curves of the room's many arches.

Mediterranean Open Plan Kitchen With Stone Wall

Dark wood cabinetry brings a sense of gravitas to the open plan kitchen. At the end of the island, a built-in bookshelf conveniently stores cookbooks.

Mediterranean Kitchen With Range Hood

This Texas home uses the look of a Tuscan villa as its aesthetic inspiration. In the kitchen, stone walls give way to arches and a grand range hood.

Wine Cellar With Ladder

No Tuscan-style villa would be complete without an ample wine cellar!

Neutral Powder Room With Antler Mirror

A mirror framed in antlers cuts a dramatic figure in this bathroom.

Mediterranean Living Room With Brown Sofa

A fireplace, long sofa, tv and a bar wait to pamper guests and residents at the end of the day.

Mediterranean Brown Home Office With Ladder

This home office is ever so handsome in dark tones, wood and brown leather. Fresh air inspiration is only steps away, via a sliding door.

Blue Mediterranean Bedroom With Leather Chairs

Large-scale furniture in decadent materials (leather, faux fur) gives a imposing personality to this bedroom. The walls take a textured approach, a blend of stone, wood beams and metallic blue.

Mediterranean Spa Bathroom With Column

This bathroom is ready to pamper with luxurious details not often found in the bathroom, like stone columns and a crystal chandelier.

Mediterranean Spa Bathroom With Column

Stone walls, even columns enclose this spa bathroom in luxury. A detailed rug is a pretty detail that softens the many hard surfaces.

Mediterranean Hall With Wood Doors

Wrought iron detailing and nail head trim gives this home's wood doors the Mediterranean elegance found throughout the rooms.

Mediterranean Villa Driveway

Arriving at this home, it's easy to imagine you're pulling up to a house in the heart of Tuscany. The driveway echoes Old World elegance with red brick and roof tiles, a stone exterior and sculptural trees.

Mediterranean Courtyard and Entry

This home's main entrance is accessed through an Old World-esque courtyard that feels like it could be worlds away and ages ago.

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