Standing proud watch over a storybook setting at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina sentinel masterminded by a constellation of renowned architects, designers and builders represents a unique American interpretation of the Tuscan villa. Displaying what principal architect Bobby McAlpine calls “gorgeous math,” the indoor-outdoor marriage is based on rhythm, repetition, and good alignment. Like its?Italian counterparts of centuries past, it presides from a hilltop surrounded by gardens with commanding views. Drawing from historic precedents, roofs are of antique terra-cotta tiles, walls of Venetian plaster, and floors of Italian travertine and limestone. The villa is laid out on a series of axes, beginning at iron gates to an extraordinary poolside entrance loggia supported by limestone columns. The 51-foot-long pool reflects the four different aspects of the architecture: the pool pavilion, the curved staircase to the elevated Spring Garden, the entry loggia, and the westerly elevation of the main residence. Both the monumental public reception rooms and the private bedroom areas resonate with the same serene livability. Among the cherished settings are the view-filled great room with massive limestone fireplace, the extraordinary chef’s kitchen, and the resplendent ultrasuede-walled master bedroom suite with Roman bath. But whether you are enjoying the welcome of the wine room, library or guest apartment, or the drama of the view-filled tower, when you enter the villa at Chapel Hill, you enter another realm entirely.