Great Gate, Fun Fountain: Selby Lane Residence by Zeterre

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You know this is a special place the moment you see the gate up-lighted at night in all its Art Deco-inspired ambience — and you’re right. It’s a residence on Selby Lane, landscaped with tailored elegance and class by Zeterre Landscape Architecture. Enter through the gate and your eye is caught immediately by a spacious stone driveway in a waving, scalloped pattern; lining it are rows of precisely trimmed boxwood and laurel shrubbery. Interspersed with them are small fruit trees — note the pink blossoms just peeking out on the branches as spring begins — and, in a courtyard, a garden planted with ferns and spiky native grasses. Over them, a massive tree with hanging lanterns lights your way — and provides a wonderful ambience as well in an arrangement that fronts the pool house.

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Next to the fern garden, pause and take in the first water feature: a three-spout fountain with a cascade at one end in a tiny reflecting pool. It breaks up the vast expanse of driveway leading to the three-car garage with an interesting visual pause. The second “water feature” is a little more substantial: a long rectangular pool, a blue oasis in the midst of concrete deck and edged with circular planters holding white blossoms and miniature willow trees, while a white-painted pergola overhead shelters an outdoor lounging area with couch, outdoor stone fireplace, Kamado barbecue, and al fresco dining table and chairs. A comfortable, elegant space with well-placed lighting, well-trained shrubs, and well-appointed entertaining areas: that’s this Selby Lane home’s setting, as presented by Zeterre.

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