Showcase on a Modern Mansion
Modern style homes and architecture are characterized by clean lines, open floor plans, abundant windows and use of industrial building materials: concrete, steel, stucco and glass. Although modern architecture can be found in almost every major city, the style is perhaps best recognized in locations such as Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.
This month’s Showcase of Homes features a stunning Modern Mansion in The Palisades community. The owners’ vision for the home was inspired by their travels to destinations including Italy, Spain and Sweden. Furniture was selected from visits to New York, Atlanta and Dallas.
The goal was to create a very contemporary, very high-end feel. At the same time, the home evokes an inviting resort-like ambiance. The result is a truly magnificent Modern Mansion near Lake Wylie.
At a Glance
- Year Built – 2016
- Location – The Palisades, Charlotte
- Significance – While popular in most major international cities, Modern architecture is unique to the Lake Wylie area.
- Details – 4beds, 4.5baths, 4,800+ sqft includes guest suite with separate kitchen, laundry and private access. Sophisticated security including fingerprint entry. An entertainer’s dream home: multiple gathering areas indoors and outside with features such as 5 refrigerators, hidden storage and more.
Interview with the Owner
Why did you decide to build in The Palisades?
“To build a million dollar, contemporary home you need it to ‘comp-out’, and there are only so many locations around Charlotte it can be done. The Palisades was one of them. We also wanted to be in an established neighborhood. We didn’t want to be in a transitioning area of Charlotte. Our friend found this gated location in The Palisades. We came out here and loved the big corner lot. We knew the house would look great up on the hill. We just loved The Palisades. Driving around the area – it’s gorgeous. So it just worked out perfectly.”
[For financing purposes a house must ‘comp-out’ or compare favorably/adequately to other homes within the immediate surroundings. This is especially true of million dollar custom builds such as this home.]
In which room or area of the house do you spend the most time?
“We thought it would be the Master Bedroom, but it’s not. We are constantly in the Living Room because it opens onto the pool and backyard. We have the pool jets and waterfall programmed to come on every afternoon once we get home from work. With the sound of the waterfall, it feels like living at a resort. We also love the cabana. During football season, when the weather is nice, we’ll sit in the cabana and watch games and even fall asleep out there.”
How was your experience with the building process?
“We met with Persis-Nova who has built a few homes in The Palisades, and their personality fit with our personality really, really well. So we started working with them. This was the first contemporary home they’ve ever built, but it was something they wanted to do. The challenge was there for them. Their mindset and the things we all talked about worked perfectly together.”
“You hear a lot of couples say they don’t know what they want, or the couples have different tastes. Building can sometimes be a nightmare. But with us it’s a little different. We work together so our tastes are almost identical. We know what we want. When we were designing with the architect, we knew what our vision was and what we wanted in a house having traveled the world and seen different things.”
“The Cantoni Furniture designer visited while the house was completely empty and there were only studs. She drew everything up and placed furniture. It took four or five months just to get the furniture because a lot of it was custom made.”
If you could go back and make one change to the house what would it be?
“The windows in my office. The windows are not big enough to see outside [to enjoy the view of the pool and backyard]. I’ve literally never sat in my office but one time. I would have gone back and changed the window size in my office. That’s it.”
One feature of the house that guests or visitors may not immediately notice?
“The hidden pantry in the kitchen is definitely one feature guests don’t recognize. The outside changing room at the cabana is probably another.”
The furniture and artwork are such an essential part of the home’s overall feel. When you sell the house sometime in the future, will you considering selling it fully furnished?
“Absolutely. I’ve sold three houses that way. When we build again we will start over brand new. This furniture was designed for the house and custom ordered for the house. It belongs to the house.”