Paradise Hills is all about long distant, scenic views of the Wimberley Valley. The scenery in this subdivision of Wimberley is breathtaking and, in addition to the views, those who live in Paradise Hills get to enjoy the Blanco River. Perched on a hillside with wonderful views of Paradise Valley, the Dunbar Home enjoys 180 degree, 20 miles views. The spectacular view alone is a good reason to pick this house as your home, but this house is more than just "a house with a view."
Ron Dunbar owns the two story house, originally built for a retired engineer. This spectacular Tuscan house could be anywhere in the Italian countryside - it would fit there perfectly - and it also fits perfectly in this small piece of Wimberley Ron calls home. When Ron purchased this home, he also acquired some of the furnishing and accessories that went with it; they are lovely and work well with the home; but he is putting his touch and personality on the house. Some changes have been made and others may come with time.
As you reach the house, a pair of rustic chairs on the front porch offers a welcoming vibe and it is tempting to sit, relax, and fill your eyes and soul with the beauty of the Valley. The expansive deck between the main house and the detached guest house is also tempting, especially late in the afternoon when the sun sets over the hills. But there is so much more to see in this home.
Mexican Saltillo tiles cover the floors throughout the lower level. The ceiling of the great room features massive antique beams recovered from an old warehouse in Chicago. An ornate carved side bar balances the large fireplace at the far end of the room. In this comfortable room, leather sofas and ottomans provide ample seating for family and guests. Off the living room, a small patio provides a private area to sit, sip a drink, or have a meal. A table and chairs purchased in Fredericksburg grace the space.
The gourmet kitchen and dining area share an open space that is perfect for entertaining. A long bar with tall stools faces the living room fireplace, allowing for interaction and conversation. Behind the bar, an oxen yoke light fixture hangs over a large island with dark wood countertop and copper sink. The kitchen features soft green custom-made cabinets that contrast with the yellow tile countertops and a Cobalt Kohler sink. An Italian tile backsplash draws attention to an old plank used as a pot rack. The kitchen includes a raised fireplace and a wine cooler, as well as a third oven. In the adjoining butler's pantry, a subzero refrigerator, ample prep space, and blue and white curtained windows make the kitchen a very inviting part of the home.
In the dining area, it is hard to concentrate on the furnishing as the wall of windows draws all eyes to the breathtaking views of Paradise Hills. But, the inside is also worth of attention. A twelve-foot long wooden tabletop mounted on a carved columnar base serves as dining table, long enough to accommodate a large group of guests at Holiday dinner. High-backed wood chairs with rush seats beautifully complement the table. Above the buffet, a mirror reflects the light from the iron chandelier that hangs about the table, creating a warm effect. A curved niche facing the kitchen provides display space.
A rustic double door opens up to the master bedroom suite. The dark wood furniture in this room goes well with the style of the home, including the bed, armoire, and dresser. Shaped cornice boards covered in tapestry and edged with fringe frame the outdoor views while honeycomb shades control light and add privacy. The cornice boards do an encore in the master bath, which features a Jacuzzi tub enclosed in a slate tiled tub surround.
Wood stairs lead to two second-floor and guest bedrooms. At the top of the stairs, the space is efficiently utilized as a small office/retreat complete with comfortable seating offered by a leather lounge chair and an old-fashioned wood rocking chair. The floors are covered with Berber carpet, providing comfort underfoot.
The upstairs bedrooms are simply furnished but are comfortable and welcoming to guests. The spectacular views are the best accessories for these rooms, both in earth tone colors.
As you leave the second floor, do not miss the patio at the back of this house. The views are stunning and make it clear why this beautiful area is called Paradise Hills. From this vantage point, you can see all the way across the Wimberley Valley and beyond. The Blanco River cuts through the Valley like flowing silver, and you linger to take yet another look.
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