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VILLA SOGNO AMIR KHAJAVI AND HIS WIFE NAZE HAD A DREAM. THEY WANTED A HOME THAT SUBTLY REFLECTED THEIR HOMELAND CULTURE, WHILE TRULY REPRESENTING AN OLD-WORLD STYLE. WITH THAT IN MIND THEY CREATED VILLA SOGNO - WHICH TRANSLATES TO DREAM HOME. WRITTEN BY DARCY NYBO PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEGEND PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

It took over a year, but when it was complete, the dream was real. The moment you step through the doors of Villa Sogno, you are transported to a place where artisan pride and old world craftsmanship are reflected throughout. Custom-made solid knotty alder doors open to a 26-foot tall domed tower on floors made from custom, jumbo cut Turkish travertine. “This style and size for the travertine was custom cut for this home,” explains Amir Khajavi, who is also the proprietor of Pars Construction in Kelowna. “It may be the only home in Canada with this size of travertine tiles. The brick on the entryway wall was used to give it some of the style that we had back home in Iran. Back there we use a lot of bricks, concrete, steel beams, travertine and other stones. This home reflects the culture of Iran and the Tuscan feel of the Mediterranean.” One of the first things you’ll notice is the light reflected off the copper foiled domed ceiling by the 60-inch wrought iron chandelier. Take a few steps into the foyer and you can turn right down the hallway to the office and guest bathroom, walk up the stairs to the top floor, or step into the Tuscan inspired courtyard. “When we decided to build here, we knew we wanted a proper Tuscan courtyard in our home,” explains Naze Khajavi. “It is very unique, and aside from two of our other projects, I’ve not seen anything like this anywhere else in the Okanagan.” The 300 square foot suspended courtyard can be accessed by 16-foot sliding glass in the living area or from an 8-foot glass and steel French door from the hallway. As the courtyard is open to the elements year-round, they installed in-floor heating. “This way we don’t have to shovel if it snows,” says Amir. “There is a sensor that is triggered when snow falls on the courtyard floor and the heat turns on.” The focal point of the courtyard is the fountain. “Back home, nine out of 10 houses have a fountain in their backyard. It’s an area where the whole family can be outside and have 100% privacy. Often they take their meals in the back courtyard. The fountain is calming and tranquil. We chose the blue tile to enhance the calming water feeling of the space.” Should you be able to tear yourself away from the relaxing courtyard, there’s another 6,000+ square feet to explore. The stair treads leading up to the 1,300 square foot top floor are solid 1.25-inch travertine, with knotty alder used for the railings. The upper floor has a relaxing loft area, a master suite, a full bathroom and two guest rooms. If you get tired of using the stairs, simply press a button and the Hybrid Elevator will take you back down. The great room on the main floor can only be described as magnificent. Oversize solid timber beams, 20-foot ceilings and larger than life fixtures somehow create a cozy feeling in this expansive space. For more room, the sliding glass doors open out onto an outdoor living area, complete with a built-in fire pit and views to take your breath away.

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BEDROOMS

7

B AT H R O O M S

5 & 2 HALF

S Q U A R E F O O TA G E

6,700

L O C AT I O N

UPPER MISSION

BUILD TIMELINE

14 MONTHS

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