“We love to entertain and have people over,” Ken laughs, “One of my favorite things to do is stop by the outdoor kitchen, in the pool area, for a cold draft beer with the group of guys I’m playing golf with that day. They love it when we make it to the 12th hole!”
Ken and Wanda Hall built and moved into their dream home nearly a decade ago, positioned on the 12th hole of the Council Fire Golf Course. After 30 months of construction, the Halls moved into their opulent Italian Villa that perfectly caters to entertaining, outdoor living, family visits, and their numerous hobbies.
The entrance of this home sets expectations high with beautifully arched and windowed, 10-foot wide French doors. The additional transom window above the door increases sightlines, and immediately upon entrance you can see through to massive, curved back windows at the opposite wall. Views abound as the grand room opens into a 26-foot coffered ceiling. If the lush scenes of endless green from the golf course or tranquil pool area out back don’t hold your attention, your eyes can focus on the 900-pound, custom designed chandelier.
“It’s a work of art. There’s no question about it,” Ken says admiring the fireplace in the great room. Its mantle extends the entire 26 feet to the ceiling and is made of synthetic marble, which allowed it to be moldable upon construction. “We chose all the materials in this house because we wanted it to feel sturdy and last for a long time,” says Ken.
In the formal dining room, the round table seats eight and is lighted with a delicate crystal chandelier. Pearlized cream chairs mimic the luster of the ceiling’s faux-leaf finish, creating an elevated atmosphere for family gatherings. “We’ve hosted so many parties and we’ve had several holidays here as well,” Ken reminisces. Their now grown children have come to Thanksgivings, Christmases, and other holidays in this home, but with a combined five children and several grandchildren, birthday celebrations tend to be one of the most popular reasons for gathering.
As you make your way to the kitchen, past the staircase, there is a wet bar and butler’s pantry, both highly utilized due to the Hall’s affinity for entertaining. The kitchen boasts custom, carved cabinetry, gourmet appliances, and granite counter tops.
Another nearby, frequently used room is the wine room. “A lot of times when it’s nice weather, we like to cook our dinner in the kitchen, go pick a bottle of wine to pair with whatever we made, and then we’ll take it out on the back patio to eat dinner,” Ken says.
Also on the main floor is the master suite. In this room, muted neutrals partner with soft accents of sage green, brown, and gold to create a restorative atmosphere. The tray ceiling with roman corners is finished with a faux-leaf luster similar to the dining room’s ceiling. With a chandelier in a separate windowed seating nook and the faintest sheen to all of the room’s textiles, a polished peacefulness is cultivated that continues into the adjoining master bath.
The master bath carries on the same pearlized ceiling, window treatments, and freshly varied neutral hues from the bedroom. With a backdrop of light tones, beautiful, ceiling-high cherry cabinetry becomes a dramatic focal point. However, the most stunning feature is the walk-through shower with custom subway tiling that plays off the lustrous ceiling and vanity treatments. Ken says, “That shower might be Wanda’s favorite part of the house. She had a lot of input into the design, and it turned out really nice.”
The phenomenal grand staircase curves gradually as it carries you upstairs. Made from the same moldable marble as the fireplace in the great room and complemented by custom ironwork railing, it’s a striking element in the home.
Upstairs is another one of Ken’s favorite places to relax – the bonus room. With a pool table, theater seating, enormous screen, and projector, this room is an entertainer’s dream escape. “We like to watch movies there, and I’ve also watched a lot of football and basketball games up there. If I ever have the guys over or when the kids visit, it gets used a lot for games and movies,” Ken smiles.
Continuing to the third floor, the Halls have a fully independent studio apartment. Completely equipped with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom area, and bathroom, this sweet retreat has played host to many family members during visits.
Guests can always expect to be well- accommodated when visiting Wanda and Ken. “We love to entertain and have people over,” Ken laughs, “One of my favorite things to do is stop by the outdoor kitchen, in the pool area, for a cold draft beer with the group of guys I’m playing golf with that day. They love it when we make it to the 12th hole!” Of course, if they have to shoot a couple more holes and walk back for a second drink, that’s okay too.