By James Frierson :: Photography by Doug Gaidry with DG Imaging
The Di Lusso Villas “lock and leave” homes marry the consistency of a European-style community with the individuality of their owners, allowing everyone to experiment with interior layouts and materials to accomplish a look that’s unique to each property. Landscape maintenance is managed by Di Lusso POA selected team members, so owners can rest assured knowing their homes are in good hands. When homeowners are away, they can even access their HVAC, lighting and security systems remotely through the Di Lusso technology package.
“Pasadera Builders produces authentic architecture,” says partner Gabriel R. Garcia, “meaning our work is indeed true to style.” After thriving in the competitive market of Houston luxury construction for 15 years, the team never “takes shortcuts with techniques, styles or products,” he says. It’s this expertise combined with the masterful design of architect Kirk Thomas that guarantees a quality and genuine custom home build every time.
Starting with an exterior inspired by luxury Italian living, Di Lusso Villas’ interiors are then “adapted to the homeowner’s unique needs and personality,” says Garcia, and carefully constructed and designed to optimize the “beautiful views of the Hill Country while being nestled up against the Signature Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus.” Not only are these homes uncompromising, but the building process is also remarkably efficient; the average time from purchase to move in is generally within a year.
Di Lusso Villa homes are the products of expert craftsmanship and are all “architecturally correct and true to what you would find in a true Tuscan villa,” says Garcia. Pasadera Builders employs hand-made stucco that mottles over time into unique and beautiful patterns, cut limestone from Texas quarriers, wooden accents over windows, paver driveways and classic European roofs crafted from Italian-made clay tiles to create a cohesive and authentic edifice.
Homeowners are given the opportunity to extend their personal tastes to the outdoor living spaces as well; whether it be alluring infinity pools, multi-level putting greens, bird fountains, anterior courtyards to welcome guests or terraced backyard entertainment spaces complete with outdoor kitchens and dining, waterfalls for their beauty and ambient sounds, fire pits for gathering and conversation areas overlooking the spectacular landscape of Cordillera Ranch. “We don’t believe that any one of our homeowners should give up anything to have a beautiful view,” says Garcia, thanks to the years of experience and a wonderful amount of talent on the building team. According to Garcia, each one-of-a-kind lot in Di Lusso Villas can bring something spectacular: “While some sites have an elevated view of the Hill Country and others an up-close view of the golf course, the variety of each living space is completely different from its neighbor.”
The late and talented Roy Braswell was a key architect behind Di Lusso Villas, and took great care and pride to make sure a high level of privacy was maintained without sacrificing expansive views. The team at Pasadera Builders continues this legacy, ensuring owners feel comfortable in every square inch of their space. Whether it be an entertainment space or a more intimate spot for relaxation, each outdoor feature works with the surrounding landscape to create natural barriers between neighbors. These gentle touches can make all the difference in how owners experience their expertly groomed backyards and cozy moments of respite.
“Pasadera believes that lighting is an essential design element and should be a top priority in the design and construction process,” says Garcia. Outdoor lighting should present the home just as artwork would be properly lit and displayed, but with careful attention so as not to disturb neighbors or unlit spaces. In fact, Cordillera Ranch institutes a Night Sky Compliance to govern the villas’ exterior lighting design, minimizing light pollution and keeping the stars bright. Down lighting is encouraged with a 45-watt maximum and mounting lamp housings shield and direct lamp bulbs to cut down on excess beams without sacrificing safety. All exterior and landscape lighting is subject to prior written approval and night time inspections, giving everyone a front row seat to the stunning views of outer space only possible in the Texas Hill Country.
The residences in Di Lusso Villas offer the security and pleasure of near-endless home customization with the added amenities of resort-living. By developing these luxury homes in the Texas Hill Country, Pasadera Builders takes the best of both worlds and creates something truly special. The work brings on unique challenges and meaningful relationships, strengthening this Boerne community just a short drive from San Antonio. “Taking the inspiration from an Italian hillside village and blending that into the magnificent views we have at Cordillera Ranch is so rewarding for us,” says Garcia, adding, “To be able to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or spend an evening outside with friends with a view we are blessed with is where true living happens.”