By Ruth Doherty
Ever wondered what being one of the world's bestselling music stars can get you? Now you don't have to imagine because The King of Country, George Strait, has listed his spectacular San Antonio hilltop mansion for £7.5 million.
Designed by sculptor-turned-architect, Bill Tull, the adobe mansion took two years to build, and sits on 12.2 acres of hilltop land boasting expansive 360-degree views.
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Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He holds the record for the most number one albums and singles, gold albums, platinum albums and multi-platinum albums in the history of country music. He is also the only performer to have the largest number of number one songs and top five songs in music history and is the only one in any music genre to have songs in the top 10 for 30 years in a row.
In 2006, Strait was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, he turned it down, knowing that continuing to live in Texas, instead of Nashville, wouldn’t be fair to the Opry. Choosing his own path paid dividends, and he has sold 70,000,000 albums in the US alone.
Strait is also known for his touring career, reportedly once earning a cool $99 million in three years. His concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014 drew 104,793 people, creating a new record for largest indoor concert in North America.
As well as being an astute businessman, he's also got an eye for property. Strait and his wife, Norma, bought the land in the upscale Dominion Country Club neighbourhood of San Antonio in the mid-1990s.
The epic views over San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country can be soaked up from the infinity-edged, glass-tile pool and spa for the ultimate outdoor experience.
Architect Bill Tull moved his staff to San Antonio where they resided for the two years the home was under construction.
And what a house it turned out to be; a masterclass in modern rustic style, with character-rich wooden beams running throughout the property. The 7,925-square-foot mansion has fabulous views, a beautiful swimming pool, 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces, four bedrooms and seven baths.
Each main house bedroom is ensuite with its own fireplace, while the master suite has separate his-and-hers bathrooms and closets and two fireplaces.
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There's a dreamy chef’s kitchen, gym with separate bath and sauna and multiple venues for dining and entertaining large groups, both inside and outside on paved terraces.
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And when you want to relax, those 14 handcrafted fireplaces offer plenty of options to cosy up for a snuggly evening on the sofa. A muted colour palette throughout adds to the tranquil, earthy ambience.
Where does George Strait live?
The King of Country reportedly has multiple properties in Texas. The family ranch he was raised on in Pearsall, Texas, has been in the Strait family for over 100 years, while he spends a lot of time at another ranch near Cotulla.
Pictures courtesy of Top Ten Real Estate Deals
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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