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This Luxurious Italian Villa Hits the Market in Sugar Land — Get a Look Inside a Real NextGen Dwelling

Old World Elegance Meets All-Modern Luxury at 1309 N. Horseshoe Drive

BY // 07.25.22

Julia Wang and her team at NextGen Real Estate have done it again with a new luxurious listing that has us daydreaming about handcrafted hardwoods, oak trees and Icelandic volcanic stone. This time, it’s the dream house at 1309 N. Horseshoe Drive in Sugar Land, currently offered for $4.5 million, that has our undivided attention.

Designed by renowned Houston architect Robert Dame and built by Hahnfeld Witmer Davis in 2007, this fully gated and extremely private 9,226-square-foot expansive Italian villa boasts four bedrooms, and five bathrooms — and is located on Alkire Lake. With modern flex spaces, there’s plenty of room to craft your perfect home theater, wine cellar, pilates studio and more.

With its grand and perfectly manicured circle drive, there is no shortage of curb appeal to this property. In an auspicious neighborhood of stately manors, the home stands out with its more than two acres (the largest subdivision lot in the county) of Old World elegance and all-modern luxury. Here, centuries-old European luxury meets contemporary all-American convenience.

“This home is really unlike any home I’ve listed or even seen in Houston with its beautiful lakefront backyard and absolute privacy with the gate,” Wang says. “You can kayak in the lake — it’s a dream home.

“This home would be perfect for someone who truly values their privacy — athletes and celebrities live in the neighborhood.”

An Italian manor fit for a modern life.

Let’s talk details about this Italian manor home fit for modern life. The property has a plethora of thoughtful, elevated details spanning the entire home, including 12-foot to 14-foot ceilings, handcrafted walnut and cherry herringbone hardwoods, artisanal wall dressings, stenciled ceilings and traditional crown moldings adorning every room. Enjoy water views from the primary wing, exercise in the fitness suite, and move about via the elevator. 

The luxury continues with high-end Sub-Zero, Thermador and Bosch appliances, Circa and Lutron designer lighting, Isokern indoor/outdoor fireplaces made from Hekla volcanic stone imported from Iceland volcanic stone inside/outside fireplaces and more. Marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones and teak doors with inset mother of pearl are among the many stately features that make this Sugar Land dream home truly one-of-a-kind.

The house, of course, must be suitable for Texas summers. Energy efficiencies include Pella double-glazed windows, Icynene foam insulation, two tankless water heaters, four Lenox AC units and a lake-sourced sprinkler system. With a privately-gated secure perimeter, peace of mind is paramount. This home has never flooded and even comes with a lightning protection system.

From fishing to kayaking, a private dock completes this oasis.

As Wang notes, the home’s outside is just as stunning as its inside. The property features a 100-foot lakeside terrace, a private dock perfect for fishing and an abundance of oak trees that perfectly filter the sunlight. From fishing to kayaking to bird watching (and even horseback riding), the grounds of this expansive villa are a people’s, and nature’s paradise. For botanists, the property has a potting room and installed raised beds. End the night with a game of bocce on the lawn or a stroll through the historic citrus grove.

If the Sugar Land home’s design, amenities and outdoor oasis weren’t enough, 1309 N. Horseshoe Drive is in the perfect location. Its future owners will enjoy the luxuries of secluded living, while also taking advantage of the area’s attractive tax rates and being only 20 miles away from downtown Houston. When its owners want to add a splash of socialization to their seclusion, the home is close to the nearby country club.

This Sugar Land dream house is truly the embodiment of what the Italians call “la Bella vita.” This is a space for relaxing, entertaining and sharing in what makes life beautiful. Welcome home to the sweet life.