In the Land of Tuscan Giants: Another One of Those Legends of Augusta Pines

You’d probably heard that the whole Tuscan thing was big up in the northern burbs, but did you imagine it this big? This “Outstanding 15 Century Tuscan Custom Home” in the gated Legends of Augusta Pines development — with garage space for 5 cars — was listed last week for $1,499,000. It’s hard to imagine any size person that wouldn’t fit in this home — though actual Tuscan giants might want to upsize the furniture and bathroom fixtures:


The Wine Grotto features brick walls and a floor ripped from wine barrels:

The home does include a few cozy nooks too:

Included in 7,841 sq. ft.: 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and room to roam outdoors.

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  • You are right! Enormous.
    Pre-photos, someone did an admirable job of setting the table and arranging pillows, but the barren pool deck, empty wine vault, mix-n-match stones (1st pic,) which must have depleted the faux-stone quarry, and lenai furniture scattered like autumn leaves all totally belie it’s crazy size.
    This place would make an awesome executive heliport & club – there’s already a control tower.
    My biggest issue is too mundane to even mention. Well okay I’ll tell you. Heavy ceiling beams which don’t connect to any, expressed or implied, column or structure. Makes me crazy!

  • movocelot, my issue in this house is the brick + stone. I find the mixing of textures in most new homes/remodels (ie, granite+tumbled stone) to be quite jarring. Was it Coco Chanel that advised to take one piece of jewelry off before going out? These builders need to edit some “flair.”

  • This place is so huge, nothing about it seems cozy. Guess for someone with that much money, cozy is where you want it to be.

    Would there be echos in that room with the sofa and rug?

  • Interesting how the listing agent describes the “living room” and the “dining room” in the photo captions when in fact they are one room. And for $1,499,000 most probably would like to have an actual dining room.

    As for the “Tuscan Look” it might help if the people building these monstrosities actually went to Tuscany and saw for themselves what a Tuscan farmhouse really looks like. Rough beams, plastered walls, dark wood, and sometimes Italian tile, very similar to Mexican tile, floors and very little of this “Tuscan stone” inside most of them.

    But of course they know the people who buy these monstrosities probably will never go to Tuscany, so what the hell?

    What disturbs me most are those who call them Tuscan villas. These are NOT in any way reflective of Tuscan villas.

  • Sure isn’t pretty.

  • Everyone seems to like Texan Tuscan at Stella Sola – but are more purist when it comes to mcmansions, huh? Anyway, I think the tile and wood stairs are preeeety. Meh to the rest of it.

  • Jessica1, have you been inside Stella Sola?

  • Well, at least it’s out in the boonies and on a huge lot so the size doesn’t look completely ridiculous. Not only that, but in this case the Tuscanage isn’t completely hurl-worthy.

  • At that price and no diving board?

  • One day I’ll live in a pricey hotel too!

  • Sick gym. Needs floor to ceiling mirrors though so I can see my lats

  • Justguessin – I agree. It’s all too much. My eyes are tired dealing with all the texture, though the master looks soothing enough. Hopefully the next owners will invest $100K in landscaping around that poor sad swimming pool or at least enough for a wee bit of privacy from the neighbors.

  • The smeared mortar on brick (wine rack) seems to be a new fad. Reminds me the previous fad from decades ago when mortar was allowed to stick out and drip over between the brick courses and not troweled up and cleaned. Yuck.

  • That master bath looks like a dungeon.

  • This home is beautiful and has great features to it. It has a very modern flair to such a tuscan feel. If you have the money to buy it, you can decorate it to your liking.