Luxurious Living on the Key
February 22, 2013 - Florida
From modern to traditional, cozy to enormous, Key Biscayne
has more than its fair share of incredible homes. This month's residence is no exception, a stellar property, it showcases why living on the Key can be so breathtaking.
The Mediterranean Estate sits on an exclusive private road atthe end of a cul-de-sac on Biscayne Bay. Truly one-of-a-kind, this treasure is the most expensive home on the market today and boasts 10,000 square feet of under-air living space, over 5,000 square feet of patio and over 4,000 square feet of storage underneath the house. Built in 1993 on 28,000 square feet of land uniquely positioned to the bay, only a tiny handful of homes on the Key have more than its 300 feet of bay front.
Resembling famed Vizcaya mansion, the lavish home has ivy growing up its sunny yellow walls. The architecture is reminiscent of Italian and French Renaissance design with its use of stone columns, fleur-de-lis and ornate details. Surrounded by lush landscaping and behind a dazzling, uplit fountain, the majestic entry is flanked by tall Corinthian columns and oversized urns filled with plants. An impressive chandelier illuminates the front doors. Once inside, visitors enter a marble foyer bordered by columns. To the left is a grand marble staircase leading to the upstairs. To the right is a hallway leading to the large family room and kitchen. Straight ahead is the living room with its large picture window and spectacular view of the bay. In fact, the house was built so that each and every room has magnificent views of Biscayne Bay.
In the family room and kitchen the marble floors continue beyond the glass sliding doors, uniting the inside space with the outside covered terrace. The ceiling of the terrace is painted to match the gorgeous blue sky and from it hang ceiling fans to circulate the air. There is a complete outdoor kitchen with wet bar, refrigerator and top-of-the-line gas barbeque grill, making entertaining outside a pleasure. Move down the stairs, beyond the columns that skirt the edge of the terrace, to the brick patio area. Here sits the beautiful blue tiled pool and Jacuzzi, a pergola and, of course, the water's edge. The large patio, framed by lush landscaping, provides stunning panoramic views of the bay.
Returning inside, the family room, which also transforms into a home theater, has enough space for a comfortable seating area around the gas fireplace and an eating area next to the kitchen. The spacious gourmet kitchen is fully appointed with four Miele ovens, multiple Sub-Zero refrigerators, a wine fridge, full gas range with restaurant quality ventilation hood, two dishwashers and a triple stainless steel sink. The countertop's light blue tile brings the color of the sky and ocean inside. The open white cabinets provide ample storage.
The formal dining room also has large windows from which
to enjoy the view and the painted mural ceiling continues
the Renaissance theme. The open plan leads straight into the living room with another gas fireplace with a splendid, ornate mantel and two sets of French doors leading to the terrace.Off the living room is one of the home's five bedrooms with a full bath, large closet and French doors that open onto the terrace.
Up the grand marble staircase, with its intricate metal banister, are the four remaining bedrooms, one of which is the master suite. Each of the roomy bedrooms has its own spacious bath, walk-in closet with built-ins and private balcony with unobstructed bay views. However, it is the master suite that is the most impressive. Pass through an archway supported by columns, and open the large double doors to enter the suite's parlor with another gas fireplace. On one side is the sleeping room, which is completely surrounded by windows, giving the feeling that you are resting in the middle of the calm, blue ocean. Electric shades on all the windows make it easy envelop the room in darkness.
On another side of the parlor a short hallway with his and her closets leads to the master bath which features a Roman Jacuzzi tub, huge steam shower and dual vanities. Large windows and skylight allow natural light to flood in. The third side of the parlor leads to another large room that can be used as a bedroom, exercise room, nursery or upstairs living room. The private balcony runs the entire length of the master suite and has a spiral staircase that leads to the downstairs terrace. If the stairs are too cumbersome, there is also an elevator that connects the master suite to the family room.
This estate is the epitome of luxury. Everything in the house was custom made, with no detail left unnoticed. The doors are solid mahogany each with a matching carved wood relief. Every room has crown molding and recessed lighting. The ceilings and downstairs bathroom are decorated with hand painted murals. The electrical system is brand new and provides multiple mood lighting settings. The intercom system keeps the entire house connected. Every fixture is top-of-the-line. The shades are all electric. The height of the ceilings ranges from eighteen to thirty feet. It also has a workshop, dock, electronic security gates and three-car garage. No home could better exemplify living in luxury, for it is truly Key Biscayne's finest waterfront estate.
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1-305 582 3761
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