Inspired by glorious Spanish villas and Italian palazzos, this luxurious European-style estate is a sophisticated and luxurious private retreat that reflects that magical merging of architecture...and family. Built in 2007, this special home was designed by the renowned Kevin Gray, with landscape and outdoor lighting design by prominent designer Cynthia Burns.
The current owners fell in love with the home upon entering through the custom wrought iron gates and tall mahogany double-doors leading into a grand Mediterranean central courtyard living area. The parade of arches is immediately reminiscent of classic homes in Seville and along the Amalfi Coast...but perfect for the Florida lifestyle and endless year-round entertaining.
Imagine a home where you and your guests can unwind by the beautiful marble-tiled outdoor fireplace, to the sound of the Italian water fountain and music from built-in speakers in Cypress-wood ceilings, take a dip in the saltwater pool/ heated spa topped by twinkling festival lights, and create a masterpiece in the granite-topped chef's outdoor kitchen and bar area. This home lovingly wraps itself around the central courtyard, offering the best of Florida indoor and outdoor living, with beautiful water views from every room.
Moving seamlessly from the courtyard living area, step through one of 3 sets of French doors, into the most exquisite kitchen in Ponte Vedra Beach. With dark, wide-plank hardwood floors as far as your eye can see, a 5' x 12’ Carrara marble island is the striking centerpiece. Serving is made seamless with your butler's pantry and wine room. The current owners report numerous guests are stunned as they enter this remarkable space, even seasoned world travelers who think they’ve “seen it all.”
An open concept kitchen, with expansive family sitting and eating areas, find endless stainless appliances, such as dual Subzero refrigerators/freezers, 4 Subzero refrigerator drawers, 2 Subzero freezer drawers, 2 ice makers, Miele steam oven and Miele coffee station, 2 Miele dishwashers, 2 Wolf warming drawers and a commercial Viking range hood over the Tesla of ranges...the La Cornue Grand Palais 180-Chateau Series Range, which offers gas and electric options and is well over 6’ long!
Relax at the end of the day before any one of several choices of roaring fires: in the kitchen sitting area, or in the family room/library, in the formal living room, or out in the gorgeous courtyard. In the living and dining room, you’ll love the 12' ceilings with forever unobstructed views of the Intracoastal Waterway and large pond, where the pond grasses are washed by a soft glow of uplighting in the evening.
The serene master retreat offers soaring ceilings, and walls of tall windows so you wake to water views of pool and pond. The spacious sitting area also includes a breakfast/coffee bar, and another French door leads out to a small private courtyard filled with your very own lime orchard.
The spectacular master bath is straight from the most elegant European resort spa, with 1” hand-laid marble tile flooring, custom cabinetry and a freestanding tub, Waterworks sinks and fixtures throughout, and an unforgettable 22' x 13' custom closet...ideal for the most discriminating buyer. See the amazing Waterworks shower with 4 shower heads, a rain shower and a separate area to bathe your pet.
This home also has 4 additional en suite bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths, 2 laundry rooms, a front and back staircase and a bonus room. Upstairs is a spacious second family room - perfect for a kids' hangout area - and the second large laundry room/kitchen. You'll also enjoy the outsized home gym or ballet room.
A lovely guest casita off the courtyard, with a kitchen, Subzero refrigerator, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer, built-in microwave, living room, and separate bedroom, works great for in-laws or guests.
In the evening, finish work in your home office, then settle comfortably on the marble back porch for spectacular sunset views, looking due west out to the Intracoastal Waterway. The fully fenced back yard is ultra-private, with new up-lighting and down-lighting and fresh landscaping plantings throughout the 0.5 acre property. This is truly a one-of-a-kind home
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