Chateau in the Sand: A Piece of Provence – Atlantic Beach, Florida


A rare opportunity to own and live in a work of art, this authentic Provence style home is located in the northern most frontier of residential oceanfront property in Florida, called “Old Atlantic Beach.” Initially settled many decades ago by old guard Florida families seeking a summer escape, the homes are nestled among high dunes and Oak hammocks that provide a quiet and luxurious atmosphere for people who value their privacy.

Perched on the edge of a dune on Atlantic Beach, this home is a lifelong dream of the owners. The home has Palladian roots with the timeless architecture of symmetry, elegance and simplicity, as well as an interior that displays a collection of art and antiques. All the doors are unique, all the light fixtures are careful reproductions or antiques, and finishing touches such as a Turkish marble sink and copper footbath filled with black river rock. 

The kitchen is a Chef’s dream. With an expanse of marble laid atop a worktable and a one-of-a-kind double sink carved out of stone by French sculptor Marie-line Foussier. The Library is another jewel – an entire room, seamlessly installed from a turn of the century New York home.

There is approximately 12,000 square feet of museum-quality construction with 7,000 square feet heated and cooled. Five bedrooms, five baths, two powder rooms, 1000+ bottle wine cellar, and massive hand-hewn heart cypress timber beams and rafters on terraces and in the kitchen.

The cabana level offers a luxurious 2-bedroom apartment with its own garage, private entrance and access to a private boardwalk to the beach.


Vail’s Home of Homes

“Only the finest materials were selected for this astonishing 4,000+ square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home,” says Tye Stockton, owner/broker with Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty. “No photo or single view can fully describe the splendor of 54 Beaver Dam Road.” This architectural masterpiece in Vail, Colorado, was painstakingly designed by its owners and master architect, Michael Suman, to incorporate luxurious finishes and details inside and out. The property boasts indigenous Colorado Buff stone and copper accents on the façade, Douglas-fir ceilings, a “Telluride Gold” stone-clad fireplace, European ash flooring, and rich cherry-wood walls and custom cabinetry throughout. 

The prestigious residence also features a dramatic outdoor living space, overlooking Gore Creek with panoramic views of the majestic Gore Range in the Rocky Mountains. One of the county’s quintessential mountain resort towns, Vail offers exception skiing and riding, thanks to the average winter snowfall of more than 360 inches annually. The warmer seasons are equally beautiful with average summertime temperatures in the 70s and low 80s and little to no humidity. The fall brings amazing opportunities for watching the leaves change colors with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop.

“With over $1.5 billion in public and private upgrades in Vail in the past six years, we offer the best combination of on-mountain and off-mountain options and amenities,” explains Tye. “A new sit-down option at Mid-Vail Dining Court, Elway’s steak house, Matsuhisha and Sweet Basil, gives residents and visitors a range of fine dining options.

Impressive are the finely crafted details, such as the in-floor lighting beneath the stone entryway, backlit green onyx in the main-level bathroom and “book-matched” lava granite backsplash in the kitchen. “ The rare combination of the home’s in-town location, creek-side setting, spectacular mountain views, outdoor space with fire pit and plunge pool, and some of the best finishes and technology available today,” says Tye, “make this home one of the most coveted addresses in Vail.” 

54 Beaver Dam Road – Vail, Colorado


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Featured Property: Hill Country Magnificence

Near San Antonio, Texas

 

Rarely does a luxury property become available that you can develop exactly as you wish-without having to start from the ground up. Such is the case for 533 U.S. Highway 87, a ranch near Boerne, Texas. With five dwellings-a main house, a lodge, a guesthouse, a cabin, and a lake house-located on more than 255 acres, this ranch can become whatever you want it to be.

“533 U.S. Highway 87 is everything you could imagine,” says Debra James of KW Luxury International. “The diversity of use is incredible. It could so easily work as a family compound, a corporate or religious retreat, an exclusive high-end hunting lease, a sports camp, or an equestrian property.” 

For anyone who enjoys a vacation getaway, there’s enough space to create a landing strip for airplanes, and four of five dwellings are already full furnished. For the athlete, it’s an absolute dreamland. On the property you’ll find an indoor sports complex, indoor clay and hard surface tennis courts, an indoor basketball court, three outdoor grass tennis courts, indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, two indoor fitness centers, a batting and pitching cage, a putting green, an archery range, and a diving pool. For avid outdoors enthusiasts, 213 acres are high-fenced for exotic game, while a seven-acre lake, fed by active springs, is stocked with bass, catfish, and hybrid perch.

Multiple water wells, with elaborate water conservation and catchment systems, are notable features of the property. “Having this much land with this much live water is a big deal,” Debra says, noting that water development is crucial for a property of this scale.

 

And if you find yourself wanting a different atmosphere after enjoying the ranch, San Antonio is only 45 minutes away. There you can explore the Riverwalk – the number one tourist attraction in Texas with the finest hotels, renowned restaurants, art galleries and theatre venues, featuring beautiful Moorish and German architecture dating back to the late 18th century.

 


Cover Property: The French Masterpiece at 12 Warewoods Road in Saddle River, New Jersey

Every now and then, a listing comes along that is more than just a home, estate or property. There are few properties that combine classic and modern styles and are perfect for those who appreciate true craftsmanships, ornate details throughout their home, and cutting-edge technology. But one listing is now available for the sophisticated buyer - the French Masterpiece at 12 Warewoods Road in Saddle River, New Jersey.

"This uniquely-crafted French chateau masterpiece is a dream home come true in a very serene-yet-affluent area," says George Kevo, the owner and developer of Kevo Development who represents the property. Saddle River's serene country setting is home to corporate CEOs, foreign dignitaries and a multitude of celebrities while being less than 20 minutes from the heart of New York City.

The estate has over 19,000 square feet with 28 rooms, including seven bedroom suites, nine full baths and three half baths. Upon entering the French estate, you're greeted by a breathtaking two-story coffered ceiling entrance foyer, a bridal marble staircase, hand-forged wrought iron railing and unique polish stone flooring with elaborate borders and ornate medallions. Polished details run throughout the first floor, including into the adjacent ballroom and cherry library, which both feature custom fireplaces, as well as the gourmet kitchen and custome bar that come equipped with Wolf, Miele and Subzero appliances.

Climb the staircase and find yourself on the second floor, where four bedroom suites and master bedroom suite are located. Each bedroom suite has a private bathroom and walk-in closet, but the master bedroom suite is clearly the most luxurious of the bedrooms: You'll find a sitting room with a built-in car and walk-out balcony, a private bathroom featuring an oversized Whirlpool bath with built-in led televisions behind mirrors and a make-up vanity with marble counters, a fireplace, surround sound in the master suite, and oversized walk-in closets. To top it off, the master oversized closet continues on the third floor featuring an oversized closet and a changing room. The third floor also features a playroom with a full marble bathroom, as well as an office.

Though the majority of the estate gives way to a classical style of architecture and design, some features of the estate are on the brink of technology, like the elevator that reaches all four floors of the property. Take it down to the lower level, and you'll find other cutting-edge technology in rooms like the professional theater with 13 powered leather custom seating and top-of-the-line audio and video equipment, and the golf simulator room with top courses around the world. The lower level also features a large gym, a maid's room, a billiard room, a card room, a wine cellar with climate control, a study room, a powder room and four oversized garages floored with skid-free ceramic tiles.

In the backyard of the French estate, amenities are abundant as well. A grand water park includes a pool with a water slide, four waterfalls, and a grotto with a swim out, as well as a changing room and full bath to accommodate swimmers. But, if you just want to enjoy the outdoors, a state-of-the-art kitchen is featured with a large amount of seating to entertain guests.

The French Masterpiece is listed at $12.995 million. Interested buyers can visit www.frenchmasterpiece.com to see more photos and read the specs of this property.


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