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Luxury Victorian Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private home on independent 2 acre land, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths

Villa Banika is a custom built Victorian farm home. It was built in 2008 on an independent 2 ac. land in Wake Forest growing upscale area. It is a 2 story home w/ 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4 car garage, 2 story rotunda and family room, covered deck and private backyard. It has 5,300+ sq ft.

Villa Banika perfectly expresses a luxurious, yet casual lifestyle. The sculptural facade and expansive verandas create an image of comfort and warm welcome. A dramatic 80-foot view axis through the rotunda to the family room fireplace greets you upon entry. The convenient circular floor plan provides easy access to the den and formal living room, while connecting the kitchen and formal dining via the butler’s pantry. The covered outdoor dining and BBQ porch connect the family living areas to the outdoors. The rotundas circular stair leads to the spacious master suite retreat. A guest suite, two other suites sharing the turret and a large media room with popcorn kitchen complete the upper floor.

Villa Banika's traditional beauty highlights a floor plan designed for flexible family living, winning Best of Show honors at the 2003 Seattle Street of Dreams (17 out of 22 awards) and a 2004 Best of American Living (BALA) award.

What makes this home unique from other properties is not just it's design but most specially the ability to stay in the home in complete privacy (with owner not present in the premises), being able to treat it like your own, making you feel at home!

More Details

Maria Judith de la Cruz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Filipino/Tagalog/Waray
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Maria Judith de la Cruz

Villa Banika has given my family a lot of happy memories over the 8 years that we have been in it. I would love to share it with others for fun and for help in maintaining this estate home.

I work in real estate. I have a 27 yr old son who has now a home of his own and with whom I can stay whenever this home is occupied. You will have the home all to yourselves. My sister and her family do live across the street and could assist should the need arises.

The excitement I feel about traveling and discovering new places and meeting new people is just totally amazing. Places like Austria and Hawaii which are places I would love to visit over and over again.

My biggest passion of all is family. I am blessed with a humongous family and I like to keep us close. Your renting the home not only give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty Villa Banika offers and treat it like it were your own, it also allows me the flexibility and freedom to keep and maintain the home for social and family events throughout the year for this family and future generations to come.

My favorite motto of is:

FAMILY - Together, we have it all!

Cheers to a beautiful and wonderful life!

Maria Judith de la Cruz purchased this house in 2008

Why Maria Judith de la Cruz chose Wake Forest

This home design was an entry in the Seattle Street of Dreams which won 17 out of 22 awards. It is a unique design which mixes the old feel with the new home.

What makes this house unique

Owner is not present in the property. You can really feel at home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were lucky enough to have our wedding at Villa Banika. This is truly a beautiful estate! I highly recommend Villa Banika!

Nov 2015
Jan 2017
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Wake Forest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The home is on a septic tank so please flush no other than toilet paper. No baby wipes and other feminine products should be thrown into trash cans.
  • Noise Ordinance. Any loud noise or music stops at 11PM. Neighbors to the left are elderly whose master bedroom is on the garage side of the home.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • There are four full bathrooms on the second floor. There is a one half bath downstairs.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - Full Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bonus room - queen pull out bed.
  • There are 4 bedrooms, master bedroom has a king size bed. One room has a full, the other two bedrooms has queen. The bonus room has a queen pull out bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Luxury Victorian Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Great Time

  • 5 of 5

My wife and our friends had an incredible time. We stayed for a weekend and the owner couldn't have been more helpful. The house is beautiful and I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
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Nearest Train
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Nearest Restaurant
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Nearest Beach
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Car: necessary

Villa Banika is located in a developing area of Wake Forest with high end new construction homes. It is just 5 miles from quaint downtown area of Wake Forest. Several shopping places within 4-5 miles from home. Favorite places to go are Joyner Park which has a 2.1 mile trek going through ponds, pecan groves, old mill buildings, rose garden etc. Nearby is Falls Lake to go fishing or walking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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