Near Mythical in its historical wealth, San Antonio also offers a trove of residential treasure.
Among the most fabulous is Eldon Manor in Terrell Hills, an area rich with homes of extraordinary architectural prominence -- leavened with a hefty dose of Texascharm.
Rising behind iron gates and set on 1.8 acres of palms, fountains and manicured lawns, at more than 14,000 square feet the home is ten times the size of the Alamo, just five miles away.
Built in 1927, and completely reconstructed in the early part of this century, the residence reflects the extraordinary adventures of its worldtraveling owner.
The floors are inlaid Italian marble and hand-distressed hardwoods, the seven fireplaces are carved limestone, and the 14-foot entry doors were hand-carved by a Polishartisan.
A hand-painted replica of an Italian opera house ceiling caps the two-story great room. Columns came from the Far East, eighteenthcentury Italian chandeliers dazzle ceilings.
For storing the 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam, the "lavish wine cellar holds up to 3,000 bottles" says Elizabeth Priest, who is marketing the property along-side Jason Glast, of Keller Williams Luxury International, the city's top luxury brokerage.
Timelessly elegant yet absolutely contemporary, Priest calls the home with its media room, Lutron lighting, indoor/outdoor sound, and state-of-the-art gym, "a brilliant merger of old world with modern amenities and security."
This home was designed as a family home, but with entertaining on a grand scale in mind. The prohibition-era ballroom on the third floor has been transformed into a game room, and media room, with a bar.
"Schools here are among the best," says Priest. "Terrell Hills is within the highly acclaimed Alamo Heights public school district and a short drive to several exceptional private schools."
"It is an ideal location," she says. "Eldon Manor is within minutes of the the finest, upscale restaurants, shopping and the San Antonio Country Club…And should you wish to hand-pick your own Bordeaux,the airport is just five minutes away."
For more information about this property, contact Jason Glast at 210-386-1833.