Mediterranean-style architecture is the original indoor-outdoor living.
With their terra-cotta-tiled roofs, stucco or stone facades, columns, ironwork, and arched doorways, these residences are designed to let the sea breezes in and bring the Mediterranean to mind.
Extensive gardens, landscaped with native flora and fauna; pools and water features; vaulted ceilings for air circulation; and plenty of terraces, loggias, and balconies are also hallmarks of these houses. Many have the feel and amenities of resorts, but their natural materials and muted colors blend into the surroundings.
“For years architects have been respecting the environment and they build and design their properties by integrating them into the landscape,” says agent Alejandra Vanoli of Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty. “The design of these houses helps control the temperature inside and is focused on spending time in the outdoor areas.”
One classic example of the style can be found at an 18th-century stone villa at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range on the Spanish island of Mallorca.