FRENCH-INSPIRED CHAPEL HILL STUNNER
The home’s original owners fell in love with a house in France. They brought the plans back to North Carolina and entrusted a respected architect and builder to recreate the singular abode on a picturesque lot in Chapel Hill’s quite sought-after Franklin-Rosemary Historic District. Landscaping was after the La Louve garden in Provence, a creation of the Hermès designer Nicole de Vésian.
Today, thanks to impeccable, extensive reimagining, the home combines its classic French soul with exquisite contemporary design elements; its reconceived garden the work of landscape designer Caroline Siverson, and its interior design by Sitzer Spuria Studios.
A PLACE OF RELAXED LUXURY
The joie de vivre of “Paris chic” radiates in the bright and airy marble-floored foyer: one’s introduction to the home’s universal ambiance of spaciousness and light. Across the foyer, the tranquil sitting room opens to an expansive terrace, and beyond to a stream and verdant wood. In addition to the sitting room, the library and formal living and dining rooms also open to the terrace through French doors.
Gallery hallways lead to the beautiful gourmet culinary center, handsome office/library, and the primary suite: a haven comparable to quarters found in the finest world-class hotel or resort. ¬¬The suite features a striking marble fireplace, a sitting area, and a trio of walk-in closets with built-in cabinetry. The lavish bathroom, refined in its simplicity, hosts a freestanding soaking tub resting before a large picture window looking out to trees and a stream.
Nearby, the handsome library, an homage to tradition, celebrates the richness of fine wood, with the darkly stained floor, wall-to-wall bookcases, and elegant fireplace with its carved wood mantel, flanked by French doors to the infinity terrace.
A STYLISH YET SENSIBLE CULINARY CENTER
The heart of the culinary wing, the kitchen, often a home’s most frenzied corner, is here a showcase of welcomed tranquility. Radiant and pristine, it is a sea defined by clean lines, and crisp white on its walls, custom cabinetry, versatile center island, informal dining alcove, and even its high-end gourmet appliances. The room basks in natural light emanating from expansive picture windows. Nearby, the serene formal dining room opens to a terrace via French doors.
COMFORTABLE RETREATS FOR GUESTS AND FAMILY
Upstairs, an intimate and welcoming salon serves family or guests enjoying three adjacent bedrooms: one with bath en suite, and two that share a bath.
Downstairs, a tastefully appointed apartment, with its own private entrance, is perfect for extended family or special guests. Spacious living and bedrooms are complemented by a full kitchen, laundry, and walk-in closets.
AN ENCHANTING SURPRISE
The lower level also hosts perhaps the home’s pièce de résistance: a spectacular indoor swimming pool with a virtual wall of glass doors opening to a terrace overlooking the wood and stream. A changing room and full bath stand ready to accommodate post-swim family and guests. Nearly 2,000 square feet of unfinished space, as well as a sizeable unfinished attic, provide endless possibilities for the creation of recreation and entertainment venues.
This is truly a home for living and entertaining. Its highly desirable location, plus its ease of flow between interior spaces and sprawling upper- and lower-level terraces ensure enjoyment of a relaxed, sophisticated indoor-outdoor lifestyle convenient to shopping, dining, services and schools, including UNC at Chapel Hill.