In 2004, Henry Franky began work on the architectural design of ”Villa Capri“, an 8000 sq/ft majestic stone-clad transitional estate overlooking the water and golf course on the most coveted private street in Mirasol. Franky worked with the team of Bob Martin, owner/lead artistic director of Decorators Unlimited & KW Landscape Architects, to design/furnish an 8000 sq/ft, all/suite 5 bedrooms, 7–1/2 bath estate with an exercise/fitness room, loft with pool table, elevator, theater, library, and an extraordinary reflective pool with exquisite water features. The house is a sophisticated example of a distinguished blending of English Old/New World architecture in which the interior and exterior integral design, artisan work, and construction details are in a refined landmark quality.
details are in a refined landmark quality. The rich building materials were chosen with the greatest of care and painstakingly employed to make the finished building appear timeless. The imported materials are museum-quality, with extensive and quite numerous decorative arts elements, and furnishings which are of particular beauty, value, and interest. The 2-story, cherry-paneled library/office with its rich Ralph Lauren paisley fabric inserts has an upstairs library with open shelving for well over 1000 books. The wrought-iron circular staircase which leads to the delightful loft area has room for a 2nd story creative writing office and expansive room for the future owner's art collection. As you walk through the hallway leading to the master, you pass through a series of 3 archways, each with its own ceiling and fixture, each revealing another room. The oversized master bedroom fits proportionately with the size and expansiveness of the house. There are also separate His/Hers baths. While the formal lady's is what you might expect in size and grandeur, the husband's is masculine, with rich wall coverings and an extra-large marble-clad shower. The shared master closet is totally equipped with built-ins for shirts, sweaters, slanted shoe shelves, and a tremendous amount of storage. The master bedroom and its sitting area overlook its own private patio, water, and the golf course. The ceiling detail is architecturally significant, with recessed rectangles bifurcated by an octagonal center and a wrought-iron and smoked-glass hanging fixture. The new chef will love the open kitchen/great room with its half-barrel brick ceiling, Wolf and SubZero ovens are of top-of-the-line appliances, with an expansive island and worktop in granite. There is also a sit-down desk, walk-in pantry, and a butler's panty leading to the adjacent dining room. The first floor has all neutral marble floors, a breakfast nook which seats 6 with a circular table, and French doors that lead to the patio through the family room with its wood-beamed ceiling. The cabana bath serves as both a powder room and shower, with slate floors and walls and stone top with glass-top sink. The first floor powder room is elegant in rich, old-world colors and fixtures. The ceiling detail throughout the house shows the brilliant architectural genius of the architect and the interior designer's thought process, as there are more than a dozen different ceilings and details. Bars: there are actually 3 different bars and a wine cellar; 2 bars downstairs and 1 adjacent to the loft which is an open-air area just outside the 100 ”screen, acoustically-sound theater which seats 8 to 12 comfortably. French doors in the loft lead to a Romeo and Juliet balcony with an expansive view of the lake below. The sun-filled 2nd-floor master suite perhaps has the best views filtered through the windswept palm leaves. More than a dozen fixtures and numerous built-ins stay with the house.