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Donnley Residence

Dallas, Texas

May 2004

The Donnelly Residence is designed as a magnificent Italianate Palazzo on a premier lot of the Lake of Legacy Frisco Texas. With expansive water views on 3 sides, the exterior is of mottled plaster accented with limestone columns, architraves and balustrades. Exquisite iron and glass entry doors are set beneath a columned loggia atop a raised limestone plinth surrounded by shallow steps with stone fountain patios and wood pergolas flanking the entrance loggia. The elliptical entrance hall with its granite floors, and iron chandelier is dominated by a sweeping grand double staircase with an art deco iron balustrade curving up to the second floor columned gallery. A doorway centered between the 2 staircases leads to the Living Room with its stone fireplace and expansive water views looks out through 3 stone arched windows to the arcaded Loggia with its stone floor and flanking fireplaces that overlooks the pool below. The Family Room Den has a fireplace and looks directly out for 2 water views. With the bar and Kitchen directly behind the Family Room. This State of the art Kitchen has honed granite countertops and floors, built in chopping block, double oven, range, warming bins, sink, built in microwave, dishwasher and plenty of storage and pantry space. The Morning Room is situated adjacent to the Kitchen that captures morning sun through French doors opening onto a stone patio covered with a pergola and accented with a fountain. The Dining Room is of finely stained wood paneling also overlooking the stone patio. The Media Room is a mini theatre containing a full bar and powder room. The Master Suite is entered through double wood doors, with fireplace and stone arched widows have 2 water views. The Master Closet is wood paneled with glass and wood doors, built in chests of drawers and cedar closet also serves as a tornado shelter. The Master bath has marble and granite features, built in vanities, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower and toilet room. All other bedrooms are on the second floor with private bathrooms and closets. A secret staircase located under the grand entry stair leads to a subterranean Grotto with rustic stone walls and Neptune bronze sculpture. Double iron gates open to the brick groin vaulted Wine Cellar lined with mellow wood wine racks. The far end wall has 3 stone arched windows with 6” glass looking directly into the swimming pool. The turquoise glow sends shimmers of light and patterns all within the Cellar. Making the Donnelly Residence a Family showpiece.