November Featured Home: Unique Equestrian Living in Ocala, Fla.

Ocala, Fla., is a prestigious area for equestrian families or a unique opportunity to own acreage in a desirable location of rolling hills and Southern Oaks. With large metropolitan cities in driving distance, Ocala offers the privacy of your very own estate with conveniences just minutes away. Boasting a variety of golf courses, horseback riding trails and deeply rooted Live Oaks to provide scenery while hiking, biking or riding, Ocala is truly a nature lover's paradise.

This exquisite estate home is listed by Joan Pletcher of Joan Pletcher, Realtor. The nearly 11,000 square foot home exudes casual elegance and is the perfect home for many lifestyles, from those who cherish their privacy to those who want an expansive home for family or entertaining friends. Joan notes its location adds value to the property. It feels extremely exclusive, yet it's close to shopping, the movies and other popular attractions. 

No expense was spared when choosing materials to construct this spacious home.  The master wing overlooks the outdoor infinity pool and spa, and provides his and her closets and bathing areas for added convenience. The home features a theater room with a projection system, both a casual and formal dining room, a butler's pantry, family room with a beverage bar and chef's kitchen with a large seating area.

Views of the lush property can be seen from every room in the house thanks to windows that let in the natural light. This property is also ideal for those who have horses or cattle. Exterior bonuses include a lighted, clay tennis court, a fully equipped guesthouse nestled on a hill in the woods, a secluded bird sanctuary, an equipment building for extra storage, plus an expansive building for parking your motor coach and toys. You can even enjoy fishing at the private crystal clear lakes.

The estate can suit a variety of individuals, and with 49 to 150 acres, the value is unparalleled for its location. Consider a lifestyle of ease and understated luxury in Ocala, and discover what makes this historically equestrian town so desirable.   This is only one of the many fine selections presented by Joan Pletcher.

 

Visit the listing page for full agent information: http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1852173


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Posted by: Caitlin
Posted on: 10/9/2013 at 3:14 PM
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Hillsboro Beach Estate

Imagine yourself spending the day relaxing by the pool of a Mediterranean resort. Well, thanks to this magnificent estate, a little piece of Mediterranean heaven might be closer than you think. Located in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, this residence was built in 2005 and finished with only the best Mediterranean inspiration and design. It's may not boast views of Greece or Sicily, but this stunning home has panoramic views of the majestic Atlantic ocean. Each room is just as decadent as the next, dripping with chandeliers, marble, and hand painted ceilings. Calling this home luxurious would be an understatement. Residents live in 12,500 square feet of pure opulence. When you're done enjoying the Florida sunshine and unmatched water front views, you can sit back and relax in the home theater or even take the elevator up to the master bedroom. This estate seamlessly combines the Mediterranean style with the Florida way of life; giving residents only the best in sophistication and entertainment. The current asking price  for this 5 bedroom 7.5 bathroom estate is $17,950,000, if you would like to make this home yours contact Tony Huang of Fine Homes of Florida at (954) 752-5100 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1337018.


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Posted by: Lauryn Howell
Posted on: 7/19/2013 at 8:58 AM
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Mineral Branch Ranch

Zolfo Springs, Florida gives residents with the unique opportunity to enjoy the naturally perfect Florida weather while experiencing a more Midwestern way of life.  A spectacular all inclusive ranch/resort, Mineral Branch Ranch calls this city home. The main residence encompasses 6,659 square feet of living space, but its size is far from its best quality. Included with this spectacular property is a seemingly endless list of amenities consisting of; a landing strip, a 300 yard catwalk through the woods leading to the 9-hole golf course, a 200 yard shooting range, 2 person Jacuzzi overlooking a 2.5 acre pond with dock, a 70+ acre citrus grove, a 10 foot waterfall cascading over the pond, and 100+ acres of pasture for cattle. There's literally something for everyone. This little slice of heaven is listed for $6,500,000. If you would like to request more information contact Marty Wohl at (863)381-2179 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1854617.


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Posted by: Lauryn Howell
Posted on: 7/15/2013 at 9:45 AM
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Bay Colony Estate

This Naples, Florida estate is the ultimate in resort style living. Starting with the exterior, one will find a 50' pool with water lounge and spa, cabanas, bar and BBQ, and stunning lakefront views. Take a step inside and you'll be greeted by the warm elegance of this impressive home. Its 15,247 feet of living space comes equipped with 8 bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, a home theater, a billiards room, a conference room, and an exercise room. The master suite has adhered to modern times with it’s his and her wardrobe and closets. Attached to this stunning residence is a covered lanai with motorized retractable screen. This gives residents and guests alike the chance to experience just the right amount of the great outdoors. This resort style estate is located in the prestigious Naples neighborhood of The Estates at Bay Colony, a neighborhood that boasts of its homes calling them Naples most exclusive luxury estates. This estate is listed for $9,900,000, for more information contact Bill Earls of John R. Wood, INC. Realtors at (239) 777-6622 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1569663


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Posted on: 7/1/2013 at 9:37 AM
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Bayside Villa in Longboat Key, Florida

Imagine yourself in an 18th-century Villa in the middle of Tuscany. Welcome to Bayside Villa, a walled gated estate on just under one acre overlooking Sarasota Bay. As you enter the front gate you see the main house with the antique fountain centerpiece. There is a fabulous custom kitchen and also an outdoor kitchen by the large pool on the bay. There are grand living and family rooms, private library/study, master suite with sitting area and two guest rooms. A separate cabana with two dressing areas and rom to house four cars. The automobile enthusiast will be amazed by the 10-car garage. Deeded beach access directly across Gulf of Mexico Drive and minutes away from shopping and dining on St. Armands Circle. Offered at $5.5 million. Interested buyers can contact Leslie Sharp at 941-685-2229.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/30/2013 at 9:34 AM
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Destination: Naples, Florida

Naples, says Bill Earls, is a garden spot.

Not in the sense of jasmine and swaying palms, though the city on Gulf coast is abundantly floriferous; it's simply idyllic. A place, says the realtor, "where people who are financially successful decide they want to live, not ask “where do I have to live."

Like Carmel, Aspen, Scottsdale, "Absolutely pristine - a safe and easy life," he says. “A real escape."

The top broker/director at John R. Wood Realty for twenty-three years, Earls sells around $150 million a year. He knows this market very well.

Naples, he says, "attracts powerful people: CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs. Many fly in and out, running their businesses on the go. On any given day at our municipal airport the private jets are stacked like cordwood."

Most come for the winter season, when the days and nights are balmy, with little rain. "The only truly subtropical climate in the U.S. is Naples to Palm Beach and south," he says. "And Miami and Palm Beach don't have the features of Naples."

People like its small town character, he says, and "the lowest tax rate in the state of Florida."

"Is there another place in the country with as many gourmet restaurants?" he wonders aloud. "They exist to cater to the type of people who dine out every night and expect the best."

Those who might never ignite the Viking ranges in their half-million dollar kitchens.

Of course there's spectacular golf, he says, and pristine beaches without "t-shirt shops, little coconut bars, and rock bands." Along the waterfront are several five star hotels, private homes and intimately scaled condos, many with docks.

Quietly exclusive. A garden spot.

"Even after 30 years," he says, "when I travel and come home to Naples, I have a new appreciation for this city."


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/29/2013 at 9:30 AM
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7925 Manasota Key

This property has all the essentials for a good time including: dock with lift, 2 jet ski lifts, private beach on the bay, deeded beach easement directly across street, Swiss Family Robinson Tree House for adults and kids, professional audio and visual system that includes – 12 Zones and 26 high quality speakers with 8 flat screen televisions and a movie theater.  The home has a fantastic floor plan with a kitchen/family room combination, giant bonus room with windows galore, office with hardwood floors, separate dining room, master bedroom on main floor with 3 additional bedrooms and 4 full baths.  The family, master bedroom, and bonus room have direct views of the disappearing negative edge pool and the Intra-Coastal.  The home sits on 1.5 lots so you could easily add on living space or more garages.  The property is 176 feet wide which is very unusual along with acres of submerged land.  This home demands a new owner to continue the Good Times! Interested buyers can contact Tom Wagner at 941-685-5890.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/29/2013 at 9:28 AM
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Live Large in Boca Raton, Florida

Nestled on the southeastern coast of the Sunshine State is a beautiful, pristine community engulfed by sun-kissed, white sandy beaches, stunning outdoor parks and luxury real estate. Every square mile of Boca Raton, Fla. is extravagant, from the town center to the Boca Raton Hotel to Atlantic Avenue on Delray Beach to the outdoor concert theatre.

In weather that you can enjoy year round, residents and visitors of Boca Raton can indulge themselves in activities like sail boating, fishing and sunbathing in uninterrupted sunshine. Many people in the Boca Raton area also enjoy sauntering through elite luxury shopping malls and delight in world class dining experiences at premier restaurants.

The luxury real estate market in Boca Raton is rising, according to Mizner Grande real estate broker Ari Albinder, who has 20 years of specialty experience with luxury real estate. “People are seeking sleek, modern, lighter Mediterranean, contemporary Bermuda-style Florida homes,” says Albinder. “They’re looking to make an investment in an asset that they can enjoy and experience.”

If you choose to invest in property in the Boca Raton area, then you are someone who has a love for the finer qualities of life; someone who chooses to live large… and we ask, is there any other way?

One of the most exceptional properties on the Boca Raton market by Mizner Grande Realty is at 978 Fern Drive in Delray Beach, Fla. This unique three-story gated estate is on a double southeast point lot and 215-feet of waterfront with approximately 10,000-square-feet under air. On the main floor you will find a gourmet custom kitchen with wet bar and next to it an open dining area with a walk-in wine room. There are six bedroom suites, seven full baths and 3 half baths. A beautiful sitting loft is found outside the master suite and the library has an incredible view of the Intracoastal Waterway. An elevator takes you to the third floor, which is approximately 1,100-square-feet complete with bar area and outdoor patio. Conveniently located outside the main kitchen is the outdoor summer kitchen, which is accompanied by a resort-style custom heated beach pool with a large overspill spa. This jaw dropping South Florida home is one-of-a-kind, offered furnished.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/26/2013 at 8:56 AM
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Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch boast some of the most luxurious equestrian and ranch properties on the Florida market. “These properties are ideal for someone with a young family and a strong interest in the outdoors or an early retiree who has a dream to live in a place where they can have privacy and stretch their legs,” says Ronnie Dewitt, licensed realtor and founder of Ronnie Dewitt and Associates, Inc. who is also an accomplished equestrian competitor.

A gorgeous 9.61-acre estate is on the market in the elite equestrian community, Panther Ridge. This majestic gated two-story estate has 6,338-square-feet of living area nestled in the heart of 9.61 acres, and the driveway meanders past sparkling blue lakes on the right and left and exquisitely manicured lawns. Inside you will discover 22-foot ceilings, a romantic fireplace in the sitting room and a spacious kitchen with top of the line appliances, a wine room, disappearing sliders in family room that leads to the salt-water lap pool and waterfall spa, and an outdoor living area with full kitchen and fireplace, plus a fire pit and charming gazebo. This luxurious property backs up to the Concession Golf & Country Club.

Another custom equestrian estate for sale is a stunning two-story home on 15 acres inside Panther Ridge. This gated estate features 5,090-square-feet of living area, 22-foot ceilings in the great room, a wet bar, media room, fireplace and chef’s kitchen. The home is manicured with mature landscaping and is equipped with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, heated salt-water pool and spa. On property is a workshop with enough space to host a variety of cars, boats, or other toys, and above the workshop a full guest apartment can be found. Your four legged children will be prancing with delight in their custom built barn, complete with tack room & ceiling fans & lights in every stall.

If you are in need of more land, consider a working ranch property that rests on over 55 acres of land and includes an original 1920s 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home as well as the original barn. The main home is an enormous 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath estate built in 2007 with top of the line finishes. A new barn complete with electricity, water, and tack room is included, and the entire property is gated, fenced and cross-fenced. Perfect riding and hiking trails wind through the 55-plus acre property.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/17/2013 at 4:19 PM
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Ocala and Marion County, Florida

Located in the heart of Florida, the Ocala/Marion County region has made a name for itself as the Horse Capital of the World, and with good reason. Boasting a warm climate, friendly residents, rolling hills, and year-round outdoor activities, Ocala is a city with a unique mixture of rural and urban lifestyles quite unlike any other area in Florida.

Majestic tree-lined country roads, lush grass pastures, endless Live Oak trees: Ocala is a verdant city, using its natural resources to full advantage. Each year, there are any number of outdoor festivals, from Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS), to Polo Events for residents and visitors to enjoy. The HITS event is one of the largest hunter/jumper shows in the United States. The five-week event is held just North of Ocala and draws a crowd from across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.   Another world-class event is the Live Oak International with combined driving and show jumping events

Ocala’s equestrian lifestyle can be seen in recent statistics, as well. Marion county was ranked third nationally (just behind two counties in Kentucky) in total value of horses sold annually. Between 40 and 50 breeds are represented in the area, while nearly 29,000 residents are employed in the county’s thoroughbred industry alone.

Joan Pletcher has lived in Ocala since 1985.  While the thoroughbred business is what brought Joan and her husband to the hospitable city, Joan spends her time in the real estate market, specializing in selling equestrian property, ranches and land.

Joan would like to share a spectacular property known as Classic Acres. This equine property situated on 195 acres features lush pastures, a sports courtyard with a pool, English garden and summer kitchen.  The five-bedroom home showcases mahogany walls and ceilings, standing seam metal roof, and unique carved brick wall murals. Farm facilities include brick barns with a total of 21 stalls, offices, and labs, three additional barns with more stalls, three employee homes and a six-unit dormitory.

While an equestrian lifestyle may draw people to Marion County initially, its natural beauty, relaxed pace of life, and Southern hospitality keeps residents happy. Whether you are an avid horse enthusiast or an amateur, there’s never been a better time to discover what makes Ocala so unique.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/16/2013 at 4:16 PM
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Fort Myers, Florida

Tropical temperatures present the perfect climate to train for the next horse show.  If a trophy horse farm or an iconic rural retreat in sunny Southwest Florida is what you’re looking for, look no further.

Historic Fort Myers, made famous by Edison and Ford, hosts many events including an art celebration the first Friday of each month, but that isn’t the only place to find hand-crafted beauty.  Just minutes from downtown resides a piece of luxury art sitting in a gated community.   Once inside the gates, a rearing stallion sculpture guards the grand entrance to this 3 bedroom home with a 4 car garage.

The first floor master suite offers a complete 360 view of the 4-acre Equestrian estate, which the homeowner designed.  In the master suite, a glass fireplace separates the sitting and sleeping areas while the bathroom offers a large walk in shower and soaking tub to decompress after long days of training. Just off the master bath sits the over-sized closets with built-in features.  The second floor offers two en suite bedrooms and a large game room with a balcony to enjoy the peace and tranquility overlooking a living masterpiece of timeless appeal.

The dining room boost a tray ceiling hand painted mural, designed and painted  by a German Artist, sure to be a topic of interest for guests.  A full bar, large fireplace with a sculpted mantle of galloping horses reaching to the second floor ceiling, and the open pool provide you and your guest plenty of room for mingling in the finest southern style.  A guest house with an outdoor kitchen serves as a mother-in-law suite or a pool cabana.

The Olympic size arena is the finest in Lee county for dressage training, a private 6 stall barn is complete with an additional 4 car garage, tack room and 2 bedroom apartment offering the finest facilities for the horse handler.  The wild mare will be tamed in no time with the most elite, personal training in the arena.

For a personal tour or additional information, contact Deborah Smith, Realtor®, at  239-826-3416 or visit www.premiersothebysrealty.com.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 4/15/2013 at 4:15 PM
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"Living the Dream" of Life in Beach Paradise

Linda Miller began "living the dream" of life in beach paradise in 1998. With happy childhood memories of family times at the shore, she fulfilled a youthful prediction that "one day I’m going to live there.”

In 1998, she got her Florida Real Estate license and began selling paradise, also known as Scenic 30A -- the 17 mile, palm-lined stretch of Florida highway that follows the Gulf of Mexico from Destin to Panama City Beach.

This is the epicenter of the Traditional Neighborhood Development, or New Urbanism, where small town life meets the future -- and everyone lives a five minute stroll from downtown.  "You can park your car and leave it while you're on vacation," she says with delight.

Linda was first fascinated by Seaside, the globally famous TND where The Truman Show was filmed. Created thirty years ago, Seaside was followed by Rosemary Beach, WaterColor,  Watersound Beach, and Alys Beach -- each improving on the original model and connected by a 17 mile bike path.

Linda now serves as Broker at Rosemary Beach, just 25 minutes from the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, with it's European-styled town center and wealth of fine restaurants and shops.

"Of course the beach is the main attraction, that sugar white quartz sand and turquoise water," she says. But there's also standing paddle boarding in the coastal barrier lakes that flow in and out of the Gulf with the tide. "YOLO, it's called, for 'you only live once!'"

Blessed with 6 grandchildren, Linda loves the fact that they always want to visit "Mimi" at the beach….and they bring their parents along too. She would love to find you the perfect home for your family to start making memories. Call Linda at 850.974.8885.



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Posted on: 4/11/2013 at 1:58 PM
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Century 21 Jim White & Associates: Dania Perry Racks Up Awards

The recipient of Century 21's prestigious President's Award and the Pinnacle Award for quality and service,  in 2011 she was number one in gross commission sales in the United States, focusing on luxury property in Tampa Bay, Florida.

In 2012 she was number one -- in the world.

Amazingly, she's gained these accolades since 2006, the year she began in real estate. The nadir of the real estate market.

Perry, who received a masters degree in electrical engineering at age twenty, was at the time rising through the ranks of GE and TECO but thought she'd like to try her hand at real estate.   

"I was in a corporate environment looking to sell one or two houses a year," she says with a laugh.  "Everyone told me how bad it is. I just covered my ears!"

How did she come so far so fast? "It was nothing magic, just hard work and dedication.  I knocked on doors," she says.

Her reputation grew quickly, "How many agents have master's degrees and formalized leadership and sales training?" she asks. "The skill sets I give to a buyer or seller are unique -- when they interact with me they tell their friends."

That corporate background proved invaluable. "More than ever, people need accurate data to make decisions," she says. Particularly with luxury homes, where the assets are big, the properties complicated to sell, and value can't be explained without a keen understanding of the market. "Nobody else does that."

She does it "with passion," she says, "and relentless dedication. I wake at 6 a.m. and go to bed at 2 a.m. after doing a market analysis, no matter what. I couldn't do that if I wasn't passionate."

Perry lives at the beach, in Treasure Island, with her husband, four kids and a Chihuahua.

Does she have a hobby, we ask?

"Yes, she replies. "Real Estate!"

To contact Dania, call 727-215-2045.


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Posted on: 4/9/2013 at 1:13 PM
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203 Feet of Pristine Beach in Sarasota, Florida

Nestled behind the gates of the exclusive and prestigious Sanderling Club, this property boasts 203 linear feet of pristine beach that is protected by a hardened shore. The spacious beach home offers two bedrooms and three baths with additional space for an office. The screened lanai, open deck and Jacuzzi bring you the best of outdoor living and provide you with the true Siesta Key lifestyle. The lush and tropical foliage ensures privacy while the western exposure delights you with expansive and breathtaking ocean views and magnificent sunsets. A private inlet enables direct access to the gulf for water sports so bring your kayaks, fishing rods and water toys to soak up this magnificent piece of paradise that you will call home. Community amenities of the Sanderling Club include: 24 hour secured community entry, private beach, Paul Rudolph designed cabanas, 16 dock marina, beach house for entertaining, tennis courts and a playground. Interested buyers should contact Allen Hovis at 941-780-6567.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 3/19/2013 at 1:12 PM
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Direct Oceanfront in Palm Beach, Florida

Rare direct-oceanfront cul-de-sac is now offered for those who choose to design a custom residence. Prime near North-end location with Lake Trail access. Architectural concepts drawn by ADIOO, Richard Landry. Adjacent oceanfront lot available separately. For more information, contact Wally Turner at 561-301-2060.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 3/9/2013 at 9:59 AM
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