4725 Tuscan Way | Riverfront Real Estate
Tuscan Place Subdivision in Calallen | South Texas
4725 Tuscan Way – Corpus Christi, Texas Luxury Real Estate
This furnished, Tuscan style, Designer’s personal home is located on approximately 1.3 acres, inside the Tuscan Place gated community. The lot has roughly 45’ of relief with land sloping from street level to the high bank of the Nueces River. All structures are at least 15’ above the 100-year flood contour. The lot includes approximately 280’ of river frontage. Immediately across the river are many square miles of low bank floodplain, effectively virgin wilderness and consequently can never be developed. Wildlife is abundant with deer, hogs, javelina, occasional cougars and many desirable birds. Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half baths along with bonus rooms, multiple living areas, and open entertaining floorplan round out the living space. Any car collector would be proud to house their collection in the nine-car garage.
The home sits over 125’ back from the street with the front accessed by a circular driveway. One observes the Tuscan display of intricate and unique combinations of stucco, stone, brick, and wood capped by a stunning cement tile roof. The front door sits well back from the terminus of the circular driveway, creating an anticipatory sense of entrance which is repeated in the progression through the home. There is additional parking on the west side which accesses the “Friends Entrance”. A second driveway is located to the left on the northwest edge of the property. It provides access to the rear of the home.
Upon entering the massive 8’ custom wood door, guests are greeted in a spacious rectangular entry. Soft sunlight graces the combination of horizontal 8’ painted, wood-slatted walls and sheetrock. The 11’ entry ceiling features rustic, wood accent beams. To the right, an 8’ alder door provides occasional access to the Master Bedroom. Alder constitutes the door and trim material featured throughout the home. All doors are oversized at eight feet tall. To the immediate left, guests note a double door entry into a guest bedroom with queen bed, two trundle beds and dual closets with plantation shutters accenting the three windows. All bedrooms (excluding the master) include the stacked trundle beds for additional sleeping capacity. A full bath with warm colors and intricate textures (faux painting) compliment the custom mesquite counter and large 5-nozzle shower.
Exiting the guest bedroom and bath, guests are greeted by a dramatically lit, three-story turret. The eye follows the unique lighting up about twenty feet to eight accent windows at turret top; a wood stained circular staircase spiraling twelve feet down to the lower level.
Moving deeper into the house, the home continues to unfold and reveal with entry into the multi-room living areas. Tuscan earth tones abound as textures, soft furnishings and upscale lighting delight the senses. To the right perusing the kitchen, one is drawn to the faux painted walls with stone accents, the one-off Brazilian granite, the expansive commercial gas range/electric oven with stately copper hood, the custom cabinetry and the massive wooden bar with dual chandeliers; a multi-wall expanse of nine large wood framed windows and two French doors revealing a large two-sided deck with nature beyond.
The invitee recognizes music is everywhere. The extensive stereo system gently provides a musical backdrop as this unique home continues to reveal.
Guests are now often in a quandary. One wants to continue the tour of the home but…one is tempted, no drawn, to confirm the exterior magnificence hinted by the expansive glass across the rear and southeast perimeters.
Twenty-five steps, the twist of a knob and one of the French double doors swings open. A walk onto the flagstone deck suspended some 15 feet above the driveway and gardens, effectively cantilevered over the river’s edge some 30’ below. The perception is “tree house like” with a view extraordinaire. One can see 180 degrees, actually a bit more from the gardens to the river, to the trees and then beyond the far riverbank to the vista extending miles in the distance. A combination of the ambient music and songbirds greets the ear while a soft breeze gently cools. Green abounds with abundant multi-color floral accents. The trees and shrubs flow listlessly with the wind. A small stone, rock, and stucco building sits above the water’s edge contains the pumps for drawing irrigation water from the river, though it is reminiscent of a 20’s style service station replete with a period gas pump.
Next gazing right, guests note a huge nineteenth century, cast iron, European Streetlight (now converted to electricity) a Purple Martin House complete with the wonderful sounds of nesting birds, and the casual bend in the river as it flows lazily downstream. The wrought iron railing is present but effectively neutered with mounting two steps down allowing an unimpeded view of the wonder. Guests can actually sit and view from the deck simultaneously.
Around the corner, one finds arguably the most beautiful courtyard in all of South Texas. From left to right the treats include the Nueces River Grill, a stained deck with a granite countertop and cooking “Egg”, a second Nineteenth Century European Streetlight, a waterfall and a large Wisteria laden Arbor. One learns that beneath the Wisteria is a woodburning Pizza Oven conceived for parties. The courtyard is backed by an extensive Tuscan Style retaining wall graced by two gargoyles atop. The wall has the appearance of an extension of the home. The backdrop is complemented by the many types of trees and vegetation including a special Italian Ivy; all flowing with gentle movement with the wind. In the evening the courtyard has extensive, yet soft lighting to compliment entertainment.
With another twenty steps or so along the side deck, past an exterior dining area with enclosed gas grill one can proceed down the brick and stone steps to explore the courtyard and pizza oven below or re-enter to the yet unexperienced balance of the home. The doors open to a large four-sided dining table situated under a candled chandelier with beautiful terracotta colored, faux painted walls. As now understood and expected, the view is spectacular. A quick pivot left and with half dozen steps, one enters the kitchen. The cabinet to the left houses a coffee bar, one each of the two sinks and dishwashers and a refrigerator. Above the sink, three casement windows provide a view to the side deck and the courtyard below; beyond the courtyard the bend in the river beyond is visible. Little known fact: This enchanting home was consciously planned and designed around this view; the view from the sink came first.
Continuing through the kitchen, the eye is drawn to the commercial gas/electric stove and the massive wooden counter, housing the second sink and dishwasher. Facing the sink and across the wooden counter sit four chairs – great for casual dining. Gazing to the left, one now is tempted by what is known as the “Wine Room”. The 15’ cathedral ceiling beacons with a series of oversized rustic beams. The far wall hosts the “Friends Entrance” door, a stone wall and a large stone and faux painted recess. Inside the recess hangs a large vintage neon sign providing soft ambient light (neon sign does not convey.) Below the sign, one notes a shuffleboard table complimented by an adjacent pool table positioned in the center of the room. To the left, is a large insulated sink for cold beverages, a generous cabinet for glassware and a wet bar. To the right, three pub tables, chairs and two very large picture windows overlooking the Pump House and the Nueces River. But why is this room known as the “Wine Room”? Striding toward the “Friends Entrance” and to the left one finds the answer to the riddle; a stunning walk-in, glass and alder stocked Wine Room, chilled to 58 degrees. Beyond the chiller is a closet housing a commercial icemaker.
Moving back through the kitchen and right to the “Pantry” which includes the utility area replete with washer/dryer, sink, mop sink, and storage. To the left, a desk is positioned with an exceptional view out the door to the deck, courtyard, and river below. Behind the desk is a large cabinet with seasonal dishes displayed and others housed below. An additional refrigerator and a single double hung window, round out the room.
Beyond the cabinet, guests enter the Master Bedroom. First impressions note the 14’ sculpted ceilings with alder trim, vertical 8” painted slat wood walls and peaceful ambiance. The eye focuses on a king-sized bed and two nightstands, then the entry into the Master Bath. Beyond, the far right wall houses the second entrance, a writing desk, and an accent window. The left wall features two large double hung windows with 4” plantation shutters and exterior Italian Ivy partially screening and softening the gentle infusion of sunlight. Eight strides across the bedroom lead to the Master Bath. To the left, a ladies vanity with two double-hung windows overlooking the courtyard. To the right, a bathtub and a separate large 5-head shower. Ahead, the entrance to the closet and two freestanding sinks. Colors are soft, soothing neutrals.
The home “spa” tub includes seven jets and convenient controls at the left hand; relaxing and enjoying the sensations of the water, soft lighting from the Lutron System and the gentle sounds from the stereo speakers above. Across the bath, you enter the master closet with the man’s section to the left and larger lady’s to the right including many built-in, walnut stained cabinets with drawers and doored shelves. Of particular note, shoe drawers to “de feet” the irritating clutter of shoes and slippers.
Returning to the entry, guests are next escorted down the circular stairs to the lower level. All the floors on the lower level including garages are appointed with beautifully etched and stained concrete. At the base of the stairs, guests enter Grandma’s “Grandkid” Area. The lower vestibule has been transformed into an indoor play area for the current owner’s young grandchildren. The vestibule also serves as a wide hallway to a half bath, two additional bedrooms and one full bath. The rearmost bedroom includes an exterior door that opens to the courtyard and pizza oven area. Both bedrooms include the stacking trundle beds and dual closets designed for visits or permanent living.
To the right, at the base of the stairs, guests note a large room that was designed to house an exercise facility. This area could also be a media room or an additional massive bedroom.
To the left of the stairs, one finds a short hallway that leads to an additional very large room that currently serves as an office and sometimes an additional single car garage. This room could also be an additional massive bedroom, media room, craft room or workshop featuring an 18’ series of folding glass panels that can be opened to the adjacent garage.
Returning to the vestibule, a final glass door leads to the nine-car garage. The garage includes a shelved closet, built-in cabinets, a urinal and a separate lawn and garden area with exterior overhead access. The 18’ garage doors are insulated and open to 9’. The garage is plumbed for compressed air and includes the compressor. 220-volt power is also available. The automotive lift and abundant signage within the garage does not convey.
Outside, in addition to the courtyard area, the home includes an expansive lower driveway with brick accents and a grand brick and stone staircase to the lower level from near the Friends Entrance. Adjacent to the staircase is a protected pad, housing four A/C compressors, the wine chiller compressor and a large 25 KW automatic generator in the event of power outages. The Pump House beyond the driveway, in addition to containing the pumps, also houses the bug system (which virtually eliminates mosquitoes) and the controls for the irrigation system. The river side of the Pump House also features a generous sitting area appropriate for casual conversation near water’s edge.
One last consideration is that this exceptional home is remarkably versatile and was specifically designed for entertaining. In addition to all the virtues reviewed above, this home has and can comfortably host large gatherings. The property has hosted several couple’s showers with 80-100 guests and one wedding.
Candidly, the biggest issue with this lovely home is “Friends just don’t want to leave”.
- Specifications and Special Features:
- Designer’s personal home offered furnished.
- Lot Size: Approximately 1.3 Acres, 280’ of river frontage.
- 5 bedrooms/3 full baths/2 half baths
- Exercise/Media Room
- Office/Craft Room
- Nine Car Garage with exterior covered area
- Lawn and Garden Room with storage above.
- Gated community
- Underground utilities
- City sewer system
- ICF Concrete Construction, 13” thick walls.
- Concrete roof
- All windows and doors “hurricane proof”. “Built to withstand a 2×4 shot at 175 MPH.” No need to board up.
- Personnel Doors include 5 point security hardware.
- Insulated 9’ high garage doors, hurricane rated
- Tuscan combination of stone, brick stucco and wood
- Icynene Insulation throughout and in attic
- Pump House for irrigation water pumped from river (no cost for water).
- Complete irrigation system
- Bug spray system
- Extensive professional landscaping
- Exceptional side courtyard with extensive landscape lighting.
- Nineteenth Century European Cast Iron Streetlamps (real), kerosene converted to electricity
- Covered grill area in courtyard
- Granite topped cabinet with “Egg” in courtyard
- Water fall
- Arbor covered pizza oven in courtyard
- Elevated flagstone deck with 180+ degree view of wilderness. Birdwatcher’s paradise.
- “Disappearing” deck railing.
- Built in gas grill
- Wood floors
- Stained concrete floors
- Alder doors and trim
- Plantation Shutters
- Varied ceiling heights and styles with wood beams
- Faux painting
- Alder doors and trim
- Lutron lightening system: Hardwired Homeworks System
- Extensive custom lighting
- Extensive indoor/outdoor stereo system
- Chilled wine room
- 25 KW Automatic Generator
- Reverse Osmosis (RO) System
- Culligan Water Softener System
- Easy staircase access insulated attic
- Adjacent Lot: Approximately 5.25 Acres, 490’ of river frontage with private pond. Potentially available to buyer.
- Final Comments:
- 4725 Tuscan Way was conceived and designed to be as hurricane proof/resistant as possible. Utilities are buried and consist of both electricity and gas. The home is built on the high bank of the Nueces River many miles inland from the bay and 15’ above the 100 year flood contour. The walls are 13” ICF (Integrated Concrete Form) construction. The windows are designed to withstand a 2X4 shot at 175 MPH. It is not necessary to board up windows for storms. The doors are similarly rated, many with 5 point hardware for strength and security. Garage doors are insulated and hurricane rated. A 25KW Natural Gas Generator automatically starts in the event of a power outage. To summarize, if you lock the doors, the home is virtually impenetrable by storm or burglar.
- 4725 Tuscan Way was designed to be as energy efficient and economical as possible. The ICF construction, windows and doors previously mentioned provide exceptional insulation. The attic is insulated with foamed Icynene which maintains the area only a few degrees above ambient home temperature. Four separate A/C units provide zoned cooling throughout the home. Gas provides heat but is almost never used due to the construction design. The home seems and is remarkably tight and quiet such that a nighttime storm or even a hurricane can blow through without being recognized.
- The Stereo System is “State of the Art” and provides music throughout most of the house, in the garage, on the decks and around the Pizza Oven.
Prospective purchasers are encouraged to visit after dark to experience the exceptional custom (mood) lighting both inside and out. The 19th Century European Street Lights are magnificent as is the lighting on the retaining walls and above the Pizza Oven. It must be seen and experienced.
- During all four seasons meals can be cooked outside in and around the Nueces River Grill. During the cooler months (October –April) the Pizza Oven provides an unbelievable treat. Pizza parties can be conducted for as few as 3‐4 couples or as many as 30‐35 guests or more.
- The nine car garage is great for a “car guy” or equally appropriate for other vocations and avocations. The two large doors provide 9’X18’ openings. There is one single car door that measures 10’X9”. Lawn equipment is housed in a separate room with a smaller overhead door.
- The wrap around deck provides the opportunity to sit and relax in virtually any weather, day and night. Coffee in the morning, a meal at lunch and a glass of wine or a cocktail in the evening are all appropriate.
- The opportunity to observe ambient wildlife is amazing. From the deck, you experience literally a 180+ degree ”bird’s eye view”. While the different species of birds commonly seen are too numerous to mention, they include: Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Herons, Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbills, Eastern Towhees, Owls, Buzzards, Say’s Phoebe, Caracara, Red Shouldered Hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Egrets , Night Hawks,
Great Kiskadees, Osprey, Couch’s Kingbirds, Doves, Belted Kingfishers, Wild Turkey, Scissor Tails, Hummingbirds, an occasional pelican and from March to July: Purple Martins in the Martin House behind the Nueces River Grill. Four legged critters include deer, javalina, armadillo, hogs, skunk, raccoons and very occasionally black cougars.
- The pond on the adjacent approximately 5.25 acre lot next door attracts many of the above species of birds. On a typical morning birds begin arriving with sun rise gathering for breakfast on the pond. At this writing, the pond hosted perhaps 20 Egrets ranging from smaller Cow Birds to the Giant variety, various ducks, three Rosette Spoonbills and a lone Brown Pelican.
- Square Footage 6,003
- Bedrooms 5
- Bathrooms 3 Full / 2 Half
- Acreage ~1.3 acres