DENVER, N.C. -- What happens when you spend a few years living in Italy? For one woman on Lake Norman, that influence led to her very own lakeside villa that blends old world style with modern amenities.

There is nothing else like it on the lake, nothing else of this style, said Real Estate Broker Kay Davis with Lake Norman Realty.

The owner of the home in Denver s Pebble Bay neighborhood works in textiles. Through her business, she s lived in Italy and California and Davis said the style of both is prevalent here.

You ll see the venetian style plaster, she described, for example.

Completed in 2008, the home has more than 7,000 square feet, but Davis said it doesn t feel like it when you re inside. This is beautiful and within two minutes, it just feels comfortable. A lot of expensive homes feel cold and unlived in, she said.

The main floor has a formal dining room with the first of several items that ll stay with the house.

That fixture (what appears to be an old window with mirrored panes) on that wall probably weighs 6,000 pounds. It stays with the house, said Davis.

There is a two-story living room nearby with seamless curved windows facing the lake.

The beams are all from reclaimed wood from barns in Pennsylvania and Ohio, she explained as she walked into one of two full-sized kitchens. As you stand facing the bar, windows behind the breakfast area offer a straight shot of the lake.

Isn t that awesome, Davis asked. Wouldn t it be a chore to (be) standing here and cooking and having to look at that?

Even the laundry room just down the hall has a lake view, with windows on two sides. On the other side of the first floor, the views continue in the master bedroom. A see-through fireplace connects with the master bath, which has a shower that is the size of a large walk-in closet.

There are four heads to shower with here, Davis said.

Outside the Master suite, a curved staircase connects all three floors. The chandelier hanging above it lowers to make cleaning and changing bulbs easier. Upstairs, there is an office and three guest rooms, two facing the lake. Also featured is a bath with a custom copper tub and built-in stone ledges.

Off that same room is a private balcony with a common theme both inside and outside the home, hand-forged iron rails.

Wouldn t be bad to come out here and wake yourself up first thing in the morning, said Davis overlooking the lake. The home is priced at $2,700,000 which she said is fair, even with a lake market that has seen declines with the housing bust.

Our prices went up so fast for so long we didn t know there was going to be a limit, explained Davis. But when it hit, it hit hard. Because there were people who just bought the year before and paid premium prices and now the house they just bought is not worth it.

But higher end homes like this villa, have so much quality and unique costly features that buyers still see value, she said.

The home has a dock, a pool and three levels of outdoor living. Inside the lake level, there s a wine room, video room, a gym, another living area and the home s second custom kitchen.

The owner works mainly in Los Angeles and New York and wants to sell the place to cut down on so much back and forth travel. The challenge with any multi-million dollar home is finding a buyer who comes in, sees the worth, and wants to stay.

The whole house is a museum, but it is a casual museum. It says come on in, Davis said. She also sees benefit in the home s location in Catawba County with lower taxes and a straight shot down a now four-lane Highway 16 to Charlotte.

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