Dream Above the Ravine

By Mauri Elbel  ::  Photography courtesy of Stadler Custom Homes

Located on the 15th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Cordillera Ranch, a dream-worthy home soaks in stunning Hill Country vistas from every angle.

verlooking the golf course with spectacular views of the Twin Sisters Peaks in the distance, this sprawling 7,300-square-foot Stadler Custom Home takes a grand stance on its expansive corner lot graced with a natural grotto and ravine. From the beginning, making the most out of the property’s natural attributes and creating a floor plan oriented around the spectacular views remained central objectives for this concept Stadler Custom Home designed by award-winning Gustavo Arredondo. “We wanted to create privacy while taking advantage of the beauty of the ravine and views of the golf course and Twin Sisters,” explains Ray Stadler, owner of Stadler Enterprises.

The Tuscan-inspired 4-bedroom, 4.5- bathroom home boasts a media room, study, gym, elevator and 3-car garage with a golf cart garage and golf storage room, featuring a stone- and stucco-clad exterior and an interior rife with first-class finishes and one-of-a-kind elements that set the stage for magnificent views.

The surrounding beauty and convenience to the golf course and amenities presented an ideal spot to build, but the location of the natural grotto and ravine crossing the 1.67-acre property presented both a challenge and an opportunity that required thoughtful solutions. Rather than fighting the natural ravine, it was incorporated into the design of the home which now features a waterfall running out of the pool and into the ravine, explains Stadler. The design decision also spurred the idea for one of the home’s defining features: the three-level covered patio spanning the ravine, which not only facilitates greater privacy along the back side of the home but also provides crucial shading from the harsh sun. “We created the exterior patios so that each critical living space had access to the great views,” explains Stadler. “The patios were designed to be protected from the evening sun and wide open to the huge views.”

Whether taking a plunge in the negative edge pool, or lounging or entertaining on the three-level outdoor patio, Mother Nature is on constant display. Each patio maintains a unique relationship with its surroundings –– the top level features a tongue-and-groove ceiling with rough sawn cedar accent beams, travertine flooring, a fireplace and panoramas of the rolling Hill Country landscape. The mid-level patio overlooks the pool and water features, functioning as an extension of the indoor living space with a spacious entertaining area equipped with ample seating and lounging, a fireplace and an outdoor kitchen. The lower patio is nested in the grotto, yielding a more natural experience which creates the perfect spot to cozy up on one of the hanging beds or hammocks suspended from the rafters.

The home’s interior, designed by Class Covers & Colors Interior Design, Inc., is defined by warm finishes and luxurious furnishings. Rich 6” hand-scraped oak flooring flows through the house and oversized windows flood spacious rooms with natural light, inviting the eye toward the outdoors.

When guests aren’t gazing out of the windows toward the pools and peaks in the backdrop, they’re often caught looking up at the ceilings, admiring the one-of-a-kind arches and rotundas that draw attention throughout the common areas as well as the bedrooms and bathrooms. “In designing our homes, we try to design ceilings that are interesting to look at and unique to each home to not only provide interest to the owner but also to their guests –– they will see ceilings they have never seen before,” says Stadler.

The study’s ceiling, for example, features backlit floating decorative iron panels which tie in nicely with the scrolled iron stair wells and wine cellar doors.

Dual master suites showcase extravagant elements ranging from overhead chandeliers and steam showers to intricate tile work and Crema Marfil marble countertops. Kitchen highlights include detailed decorative tile splashes, custom glazed cabinets with raised panels and a central island with a black antique finish that duals as a kitchen prep space.

But no matter which room you are in, it’s the view outside that grabs you from the first sign of daybreak. “Almost every morning, there’s a beautiful sunrise in full view out of these windows,” Stadler says.

Building Purpose

Stadler Custom Homes is participating in Transformation Tour of Homes which benefits five deserving local charities. All of the profits from the five Vacation Homes Stadler is building at-cost in the luxurious master-plan development, Cascada at Canyon Lake, will be donated to each of the five selected charities: Boysville of Texas, The Arc of San Antonio, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, Military Warriors Support Foundation and SA Food Bank. The Transformation Tour of Homes (April 22-24 and April 29-May 1) not only presents a great way for Stadler to give back to those in need, but the company hopes to help the five charities gain increased awareness and support. “We invite each of you to get involved,” says Ray Stadler. “We hope the tour is something we can do each year, helping rally the community together in supporting those in need.” www.transformationhomes.org

Since 1995 Stadler Custom Homes has been building custom dream homes in San Antonio and Boerne. With a business philosophy centered on responsible and respectful customer interactions as well as professionalism and integrity among suppliers and trade partners, Stadler continues to exceed customer expectations and enhance community good will.

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