The House That Wu Built 8

Waterfront Property Three Years in the Making

Stunning. Breathtaking. Luxurious. All words that perfectly capture a gorgeous home showcasing a picturesque location created with the touch of a gifted architect and an accomplished builder. Located at 2700 SW 130th Court in the exclusive Rivendell community, this five-bedroom French Country-inspired residence features a stamped circle driveway, three full bathrooms, two half-baths, a gourmet kitchen, mirrored fitness room, home theatre, outdoor kitchen and sparkling saltwater pool.

“If you want to talk about the ‘wow’ factor, this home has it,” explains Kathy Griffith of Prime Realty. “It exceeds expectations the moment that you walk through the front door. From the saltwater pool and spa, to the views of the crystal blue lake and shooting water fountain, this home was designed to capture your heart.”

Built in 2005 and crafted by master architect Wister Wu, this 5,216-square-foot waterfront property was more than three years in the making. Highlighted by the stunning views captured by the two-story windows in the foyer, this home includes a stone fireplace that opens to formal dining, a Tuscan wine room, Honduran mahogany doors, hand-carved accents in the kitchen, decorative metal tiles on the curving staircase, bubbling spa adjacent to the in-ground pool, open-air balconies, game area and indoor storm shelter.

Homeowners Rich and Margaret Schwab selected Wu to build their home on the recommendation of their trusted builder, Rocky Turnage. “We spent about a year and a half looking through different homes and magazines and making note of things that caught our eye,” Margaret explains. “We took all our design ideas to Wister and asked him to find a way to fit them all in the space. We loved what he created.”

An accomplished architect, Wu has won numerous design awards from China’s national construction ministry, national education ministry and others. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou in the People’s Republic of China and a master’s of architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma, Wu says his initial inspiration came from the Schwabs’, love of Old English country style, which he mixed with other classic styles to create a new, enriched quality home.

“America is a melting pot of cultures, and the design of this house continues this theme,” Wu explains. “Contemporary open space flows to create interesting combinations, like massive yet delicate, heavy yet soaring, grand yet cozy, all designed to enhance each other.”

“It’s the rich combinations of different elements coming together in an orderly, dynamic and balanced way that escalate a strong sense of dramatic living,” Wu adds. “The architectural elements were merged with the beautiful landscape of the lake in the back of the house, with all major rooms facing the lake and fountain. The massive volume and fully expressed architecturally hybrid style, together with its great setting, make it a truly luxurious house.”

This home, situated at the end of a cul-de-dac and surrounded by a gated motor court, is as welcoming as it is impressive.

“There are intimate spaces like the master bedroom with access to the pool and spa, the chin-deep jetted tub for two, and the massive shower,” Griffith adds. “Other intimate areas are the cozy step-down living room just off the kitchen. The fitness room and steam sauna encourage a healthy lifestyle and the outdoor kitchen and dining area brings family, friends and food together harmoniously.”

Designed to accommodate entertaining with the utmost of relaxation, the residence is elegant, yet homey. “What we truly like most is the character and the warmth,” Richard says. “It is a home, as opposed to a house. We love having social gatherings and entertaining our friends and family in this welcoming space.”

“In the front, the home spreads out and suggests a strong sense of warm welcome, stability, safety, and dignity. And yet, it’s very peaceful,” Wu adds. “Interior spaces, exterior landscape and outdoor living interact with each other to help the inside and outside flow together visually and functionally, thus providing joyful indoor and outdoor living.”

The charm of this unforgettable home is designed to leave a lasting impression. “The house hopefully will reflect the owner’s lifestyle, their love of the past, their passion in the present, and their dream for the future,” Wu concludes.