This river-to-river estate was built to capture the essence of old-world New Orleans while relishing in the unsurpassed tropical setting that is only found on the East Coast of Florida. Located on the barrier land of Merritt Island, this incredible home is like no other. This one-owner estate was built and designed to create the image of an iconic 1700 French Quarter home. Built on an elevation the foundation is a sturdy Coquina rock shelf (not in a flood zone) and the home sits up and away from the water while maintaining incredible views of the rivers on both sides. The ornate wrought iron scrolling rails adorn the front of the dual-layered wrap-around balconies. Aged brick reminiscent of the old world extends from the walkway and leads to the grand steto the stately glass-paned double doors. Stupendous brick columns bolster the elevation across the front and back of the home. In keeping with the eclectic architectural style, four Spanish garage doors are arranged on the main level and embellished with green weaving ivy giving a sense of history and maturity. Nestled amidst intricate landscaping, an impressive private gate opens to the walkway and large parking area. Across from the gated entrance is a meandering path that takes you to the newly built covered dock in deep water on the Indian River featuring a 10,000 lbs. rated boat lift and sundeck with unobstructed views of the vast waterway. The backyard is full of exquisite amenities that center around family gatherings or luxury entertainment. Feeling more like a resort than a private residence, the Tiki swim-up bar in the glistening saltwater pool is ready for your next soiree. Rich wood in tongue-in-groove pattern covers the stone summer kitchen and a wide patio. A step-up spa is surrounded by a rock waterfall and Chicago brick and travertine pavers. Beyond the pool deck, sprawling Gumbo Limbo trees found in the islands, shade the covered dock with two lifts on the Banana River which is on the east side of the home. Coconut palms, Royal Poinsettia palms, Mango trees, banana trees, and florals can be found mixed into the landscape. On the side of the home, an active chicken coop and herb garden are there to indulge your conscience and global sustainability. Outdoor stairs lead from the pool deck to the 4800 square foot rooftop patio that has ample room for a future summer kitchen, sun loungers, hot tub, and incredible vast water views circle all around, where you can watch every local fireworks display, every rocket launch, boats, yachts, this vantage point is like no other.
Old World New Orleans architecture and design aesthetic were mirrored in the craftsmanship and details of this quality constructed home. Superior appointments throughout including gleaming hardwood floors, wood spiral staircase, brick facade wall treatments, extended crown molding, and marble tile. Over 8,000+ square feet of living space with approximately 14,000 square feet under roof is all centered around a comfortable lifestyle surrounded by tropical water views. This 6-bedroom, 7 bath home including guest casita is made to honor the old and relish the modern conveniences of today's amenities. Built in 2013, this designer was ahead of the times in their choices and layout. This open concept living area is now in trend and the designer was able to achieve the concept without diminishing the charm of the architect. Front French doors open to a welcoming foyer, where a winding staircase gives the impression of a Grand Southern plantation, a luxurious elevator is on the left done in an elegant pattern of black and grey Carrara marble that will be repeated in different bathrooms of the home. A study or bedroom is on the right of the foyer with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bath. A second bedroom and ensuite bath are positioned on the rear of the right wing. Across the back of the home, palatial windows and French doors reveal stunning water and tropical views of the Banana River. A generous-sized balcony is outfitted with an entertainment area with a gas fireplace where residents can take in a game on the TV while taking in the sights and sounds of the water. Inside the Kitchen/Dining space is slightly separated by a dual-sided gas fireplace. The Kitchen is made to be a pristine palate of white, gray, with green accents. Planned out by a chef, this kitchen is equipped for large-scale entertaining or intimate dinners with loved ones. Featuring Wolf appliances, including 2 ovens, gas stove/cooktop, 2 subzero refrigerators, microwave, 2 dishwashers, warming drawer, instant-steamer, 2 Farmhouse sinks, Stainless Steel covered center island for gourmet dinner preparations and Carrara marble countertops cover the breakfast bar and other counters. A walk-in pantry with custom shelving comes equipped with a recycle and garbage chute that is directly routed to the cans in the garage. One of two laundry rooms features Electrolux appliances and marble counters and white cabinetry. The dining space seats 12 easily and was made to give a casual and inviting atmosphere. The living room is massive with room for dual conversation all with windows and sliders across the back overlooking the Banana River.
The winding staircase to the third floor reveals a gathering place in the center where a family room is set up with a morning bar that was built before it was vogue. The lady of the home said this is something I always wanted but I did not know then how popular it would become white cabinets with marble countertops come equipped with a full glass refrigerator/freezer, Farmhouse sink, dishwasher, and microwave make it convenient for guests. French doors open to the balcony where residents and guests alike can drink their morning coffee and watch the sunrise where the current owner says It feels like a religious experience, the way the landing is positioned there are times when you can see the moon on one side and the sunset on the other. The Owners Suite is an oasis by itself, a wall of windows and glass doors set a backdrop of tropical beauty across the sitting area and bedroom space. The bathroom is charming with a ball & claw freestanding tub, walk-thru shower, unique design marble floors, dual vanities, and custom walk-in closets. Additionally, two large bedrooms are mini master suites with custom arranged closets, ensuite full bath all in elegant finishes. The second laundry room is conveniently located on this level between the bedrooms. On the main level (garage level) extending the length of the home facing the pool deck is a 2,000 square foot guest suite. Ideal for in-laws or caretakers this space is just as luxurious as the rest of the home. It has a full kitchen, dining area, living room, bathroom, and cabana bath. The closet could be converted to a laundry room making this a home unto itself. A massive storage closet and unfinished hobby room with A/C make up one half of the main level while the garage takes up the other half of the 4,800 square foot base level of the home.
The garage is an auto enthusiast's dream come true. Not only is the garage wide, but it is deep as well, with plenty of room to park a vast range of vehicles, water toys, boats, and motorcycles. Equipped with pre-installed conduit available for wiring four electric automobiles. The insulated garage doors are made from durable secure steal with low-maintenance Deco Wood finish which includes a hard-wearing marine-grade powder coating while maintaining the natural aesthetics of real aged timber.
Not to be outdone, not only is the quality of craftsmanship unsurpassed but the attention to detail on the construction is remarkable. The home was built to be highly hurricane resistant featuring insulating concrete forms (ICF) that provide stabilization between the floor joist system that is reinforced with poured concrete. This provides superior wind protection (200+ mph), fire deceleration, and noise resistance. The wall insulation is rated high, and the glass is impact resistant made by Hurd which is a respected window manufacturer. To further contribute to the defense the windows and door trim is the only wood used in the construction making termites uninvited. The walls are framed with corrosion-resistant rebar coated metal studs making this fortress superior. The roof is comprised of a single-ply membrane, Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO), which is typically reserved for commercial buildings and features solar panels for hot water and a solar panel conduit installed. The patio is sealed with a synthetic coating that is made to not degrade, chalk, or crack under harsh UV rays, pounding water, the smooth surface offers excelled resistance to mold, mildew, and staining. When asked, the seasoned builder said, "I don't know of a home in Brevard County that was built to withstand the elements like this one." Assembled to be fire and corrosion resistant, the stairs throughout are made of commercial-grade aluminum and the screws and nails used are stainless steel. The house comes equipped with an app-managed security system, Sono sound with speakers in the main rooms, balconies, porches, and a whole house generator is ready if needed. In a meeting discussing the details of the materials used to build this fortress, the builder and owner discussed that to build this home now would be well over $600.00 per square foot just for the structure then there is the spectacular river-to-river lot on top of that This truly is a one of kind home, estate, resort, waterfront oasis.
Merritt Island is situated on the Intracoastal waterways between the Indian River and the Banana River. Water surrounds this unique barrier island surrounded by dazzling waters making a backdrop for your lifestyle. Tropical Trail is a sought-after iconic street where massive stunning homes line the street that overlooks the tranquil waters of the water. Florida's largest island is home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Nearby is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is over 140,000-acres of nature sanctuary. Ocean access is both to the North or South and just East is the sun-bronzed shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Sports enthusiasts love this area for biking, running, fishing, and paddle boarding. A short drive to charming Cocoa Village where shopping, dining, art, and gift stores are prevalent. Festivals, concerts, and weekly farmers markets are a regular occurrence. Orlando is less than an hour away where you still get the benefits of a large city, theme parks, and International airport while relishing in the coastal lifestyle.
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