7 Elements of Great Living - Asheville, North Carolina


In life we seek certain ‘elements' to enhance our lives and create balance. 7 Walnut Grove Lane has seven intriguing elements: nature, relaxation, breath, happiness, love, creativity and energy of life. One can spend summers or winters here with family or entertaining guests and sharing all its wonderful qualities.



This beautiful private estate built on 10 acres of land is the largest of nine residences within the gated community of Walnut Grove Plantation. Skillfully positioned to provide unobstructed breathtaking views of the Great Smokey Mountains coined by the region as ‘Land of Sky’. This impressive home features 10,743.50 square feet under air with an additional 4,000 plus square feet of outdoor sundeck and porch area between three floors all accessible via an elevator. Additional features include six natural stone appointed gas fireplaces, theatre room and wet bar.



“Personally having spent summers and winters at this home I have found it to be utterly enjoyable to experience the comfort and serenity of sitting on the sundeck- relaxing, enjoying company, watching the sunset, wild turkeys and deer roaming the property - absolutely stunning. All of the privacy one could want yet 10 minutes from downtown Asheville.

Asheville is known for its exquisite dining with locally grown foods, breweries, wineries, creameries with beautiful waterfalls abound & plenty of outdoor activities to partake in. Everyone that visits, wants to return- this is a wonderful place to live.” says luxury broker Tiara Saint. For additional information please visit website for video and floor plan. Call for price.

Tiara Saint | Broker
United Luxury Properties | Asheville


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Belize Penthouse - Marco Island Florida

Marco Island’s most elegant beachfront penthouse with astounding views of the Gulf of Mexico and its 10,000 Islands!  Top-of-the-line throughout!  Millions spent on build out and decor and it shows. Great sunlight drenches this residence with southern exposure lanais allowing warm days every day. It features exquisite art throughout, including crystal and original paintings, four lanais, electric shades on the windows and a lighting system with at least 2 moods for each room. Guest bedrooms have their own touch pad for music, television or DVD.  This most opulent setting features five bedrooms plus study, five baths and two half baths with 7,165 square feet under A/C (8,327 total sq ft). You will enjoy living and entertaining in a “Voted duPont Registry’s Top 10” Dining Room!



RE/MAX Affinity Plus
Pat Wilkins

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Luxurious Makena Estate - Maui, Hawaii

Located at the southern part of the south resort district of Maui, adjacent to Wailea, is Makena, “a very special place that is hard to describe unless you’ve been there,” says Tom Tezak, Maui real estate specialist and co-owner/broker with Wailea Realty.

Situated in Makena Place -- a gated enclave containing 10 luxurious homes -- is an exquisite 4 bedroom with 2 en-suites upstairs including the master and two downstairs, 4.5 bath, 4,000-square-foot oceanfront retreat recently renovated with stunning detail. The .28-acre lot is the most sought out location within the community with a secluded side yard and easy access to the ocean where you can launch your kayak or paddleboard.

From the moment you walk through the impressive glass front door into the gracious open entry, you're enveloped by the feeling of the warmth and luxury of this island oasis. Travertine floors are throughout the open lower level, expect for carpet in the bedrooms.  Your gaze is immediately directed to an expansive wall of sliding glass pocket doors. Cool ocean breezes sweep through the home when these doors are open, creating an indoor/outdoor space between the living room and covered deck. Here you can captivate your days poolside and watching turtles and whales just off the shore.

A gorgeous wrought iron and wood staircase wraps around to the upper level where you'll find the spacious guest ensuites and master retreat. The master bedroom is a grand island bungalow with grass cloth ceiling and doors that open across the front of the room to a balcony overlooking the picturesque ocean. The master bathroom also has a private, floor-to-ceiling view of the water from the soaking tub.

"I love the home, property and location," says current homeowner of 4950 Makena Place. "But the best thing about this property is the onsite property manager." Having been on site since the beginning, the property manager understands the nuances of Makena Place and meticulously handles all the details of your home.


Entertain guests at either the complex's private sport court with a game of tennis or basketball or the beautiful, hidden crescent beach. Although the community elicits the feeling of living on a remote part of the island, you are a 6-minute drive from some of the best shopping, dining and activities in all of Hawaii.


Tom Tezak
Wailea Realty Corp

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Magnificent Property with Views of the Gulf of Mexico

Magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico are a spectacular feature of this custom-built waterfront estate. The Tierra Verde residence has 12,601 square feet of living space that fully embraces the island lifestyle. It’s perfect for enjoying the great outdoors while offering an elegant setting for entertaining family and friends.

Craftsmanship is evident in the distinctive woodwork of the coffered ceilings, sweeping staircases, two-story wood paneled library and executive office.

From the gourmet kitchen outfitted with commercial appliances, dual master suites, two-story glass walls showcasing breathtaking views, fitness center and media room, every need has been anticipated. The home is designed to enjoy the outdoors with expansive terraces overlooking the Gulf and a pool with a hidden grotto and waterfall.

The crystal Lalique chandeliers and marble finishes, such as the Italian Travertine that covers the entire exterior, and the exquisite marble floors and bathrooms throughout the interior are features that make this five-bedroom, eight-bath home a truly distinctive retreat. Offered at $6,400,000

Judith Holland and Caryn Rightmyer 



RE/MAX METRO, Holland & Rightmyer

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Pristine, Private Luxury at Montecito Beach VIllage in Huatulco, Mexico

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

Located in the Green Globe and Earth Check award-winning Bahías of Huatulco, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Mexico, Montecito Beach Village embodies the best Mexico has to offer. Building off the regions incredible natural beauty this sustainable development integrates elegant architecture and style with cultural flavor.

Montecito’s commitment to sustainable development and the rich local culture of the region seamlessly blend with their Villa’s open air architecture and hand crafted interiors. With salt-water pools, LED lighting and over 100 solar panels, this unique community offers a low density, low impact approach to luxurious coastal living.

“What’s most important for people to understand is that our philosophy is about integrating the human experience with the natural environment,” says Greg Glassman, Director of Montecito Beach Village. “We harmonize the natural characteristics of the land and the culture.” Local craftsmen demonstrate and explain their art to residents in the community amphitheater. The community’s restaurants and activities reflect the local flavor.

With the original master plan and prototypes designed by the famed Mexican architect, Diego Villasen᷉or, Montecito Beach Village envelopes residents in an experiential living environment. Each Villa recognizes and respects natural water runoffs, the sun tracks and cross ventilation, making the appointments a luxurious haven within a tropical paradise. This boutique and private community resides on twelve breathtaking oceanfront acres and will accommodate 28 full ownership Villas of which 11 have already been sold and completed. The property encompasses two pristine beaches, a fitness center, an open air amphitheater, a beach club, a welcome center and a Hilltop Lagoon & Lounge.

The spirit of Montecito is felt in its many details. Palapa roofs are woven on-site and carpentry is handcrafted from the highest quality of local tropical woods. The community is professionally managed and boasts a variety of services and amenities ranging from concierge service and home maintenances to private chefs and housekeeping.

“It’s very difficult to transmit the quality and essence of Montecito with pictures,” states Glassman. “The pictures look great but the sensory reality is so much better.” With both sale and rental opportunities available to contemplate Montecito is worth a first hand experience. Many proclaim it to have no equal.

Stephan Seidel



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Belize Seaside Tropical Paradise

Turn your Dreams into Realty. Purchase this property and you can enjoy estate’s luxurious seaside, and privacy. This unique property, on two sea front lots. The current owner envisions this property as a family compound, but it might just as well be a main house and two rental units – each with its own garage.  

The property consists of a main house, guest cottage, oversized 4-plus-car garage, apartment over garage, greenhouse, and boathouse for a total of 6,800 square feet. on a 36,900 square foot double lot.  Property taxes are $29 per year. An old Banyan tree (sacred in many cultures) spreads its 80' canopy at the seaside, dwarfing the large stone table that sits beneath. Fortified stone wall at the 183' seaside means this property sits higher than other sites in this area.

Come to English-speaking Belize, two hours from Dallas or Miami, and yet it is the land of Mayan ruins, six marine eco-systems, unexplored regions, wildlife galore, with low taxes and stable government.


Keller Williams Belize Operating Partner 

Contact: Macarena Rose    


USA - 1.727.565.1507

Belize- 011.501.804.0195 



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ONE Cable Beach: Premier, Modern Luxury- Nassau, Bahamas

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

The white sand beaches and pristine turquoise ocean waters make The Bahamas a true island paradise, and highly desired by tourists and homeowners alike. ONE Cable Beach offers the perfect oceanfront escape on the iconic island of New Providence, well known by its capital city of Nassau. ONE is the last new development on Cable Beach, making it one of the newest and most sought after piece of land on the island. 

“There are very few island nations that offer what the Bahamas offers,” states Matthew Marco of ARISTO Development, the well known development company behind ONE Cable Beach. When it comes to island getaways, The Bahamas offer amenities and attractions like no other. A tax-free jurisdiction with a brand new international airport, US Dollar based currency, a stable democracy, great hospital care and infrastructure, shopping and dining make The Bahamas the perfect place to relocate or have a second residence. 

Additionally, ONE Cable Beach offers the perfect complement of private luxury living and easy access to nightlife, shopping and fine dining thanks to its neighbor, the brand new Baha Mar Resort. Residents also have access to the region’s largest Casino, a Jack Nicholas championship golf course and over 40 amazing restaurants including Nobu and Jean-Georges. An added bonus, residents can make a return on their investment by electing to take part in the exclusive Rental Program, which generates robust returns while the owner is not in residence.

Stunning Amenities

On site amenities include a gorgeous beachfront infinity edge pool, yoga studio, fitness center, full concierge, and more. Stunning views of the ocean abound from every unit, and only the finest materials and finishes were used in the craftsmanship. The breathtaking views and prime location put ONE Cable Beach in a class of its own. “The property overlooks pristine offshore islands, coves, and virgin beaches,” states Marco. 

Featured Penthouse

Of all the residences available, the most stunning is known as The Pinnacle—ONE Cable Beach’s premier penthouse. This incomparable, three bedroom, three and a half bathroom property features 2814-square-feet of indoor living space and 1559-square-feet of patio space to enjoy the tropical landscape. A NanaWall system, in which the windows retract into the walls, provides a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living. The Pinnacle is the utmost in luxury, with 10-foot ceilings, a gourmet Italian kitchen with SubZero and Wolf appliances, LED lighting and state-of-the-art finishes. 

“This is the premier penthouse in the Bahamas” says Marco. Contact ARISTO about how to take advantage of attractive pre-completion pricing and how to make ONE Cable Beach your home away from home.

Pricing starts at $725,000.00 to just under $5,000,000.00

Matthew Marco
Toll Free from USA and Canada: 800-409-1842
Direct: 242-677-3502

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Make Beautiful Music in a House by the Sea- Carlsbad, California

 By Stephanie Cavanaugh

“Nowhere else on earth is there a glass oceanfront recording studio or office like this one,” says listing agent Marc Carpenter of Allison James Estates and Homes Elite. One might add, nowhere else is there a house like this, with every inch custom built of rare and fabulous materials. 

The five-bedroom, six-bath, plus two half-bath home is directly on the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad, California.  Massive glass walls on each of the three levels retract, stepping out to curving balconies bringing the ocean indoors.  

A $2 million renovation of the home’s beach level, completed in 2015, opened the home to the Italian glass pool and champagne glass waterfall spa.  There’s a gorgeous lounge with low slung gas fireplace, a gym, and a gourmet kitchen and barbecue ready for refreshments.  An outdoor heated amphitheater allows oceanfront movie enjoyment, and a private gate leads to a gorgeous stretch of beach just below.

The home also includes the ultimate creative working environment for musicians and executives: an oceanfront glass professional music studio or office that melds an awe-inspiring view of the Pacific coastline with flawless acoustics and complete room-within-room isolation. “When you step into this room it is absolutely silent even if a loud party is going on just feet away. So you can record music or have a conference call and while still being able to see everything going on and not have to worry about any noise disturbing your work, or people on the outside being able to hear what you are doing” says Carpenter.

Formal living and entertaining is on the mid-level, which offers a splendid space highlighted by a curved stone fireplace, African mahogany floors, and a kitchen with a Wolf professional range, Sub Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, all overlooking that ocean. Also on this level sits a luxurious private guest suite.

Four additional bedrooms including the sumptuous oceanfront master adorn the top level of the home. The spectacular master bath contains custom limestone sinks and counters, a Jacuzzi tub, an Italian soaking tub and a glass shower with waterfall. 

An elevator provides access to the private roof deck.

“It’s a once in a lifetime property,” says Carpenter. “It probably couldn’t be rebuilt today.”


Marc Carpenter
CALBRE# 01080193

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One Traffic Light, Swaying Palms, Surf and Sun- Paia, Maui, Hawaii

By Rusty Gage

These descriptives cover the entire tiny seaside town of Paia, Maui, a place where “live and let live” is the eternal credo. Paia is home to an oceanloving culture, where every day celebrates the big wave, guiding the windsurfing sail, prepping the kite surfing gear or heading out toward the blue horizon for the night’s catch. Home to the Maui Country Club, golf and tennis are inextricably woven into Paia’s fabric. 

Welcome to 22 and 6 Wa’a Place, Paia’s premier oceanfront estate. Nestled in a grove of lush greenery next to the ocean’s edge and anchored by an ages-old banyan tree, this home epitomizes the Maui lifestyle. Fitted with the finest hand carvings and rare materials, both native and from the world over, this 1.3-acre Bali-inspired estate will satisfy even the most discerning investor. Ohia log accents, bronze railing, copper gutters and African mahogany cabinetry speak to the level of detail present throughout the property. 

The 7,384 square feet of interior living space in the main home host three generous oceanview bedrooms and six bathrooms. Throughout the entire home, disappearing pocket doors blur the lines between inside and out. The 936-square-foot guest house is built to the same exacting standards. The state-of-the-art home theater with automated controls sets the tone for a relaxing evening after a day spent on the water. Such respected names as Wolf, Sub-Zero, Dacor, Thermador, Miele and Franke anchor the chef’s kitchen, while the cook will enjoy a similar atmosphere in the covered outdoor kitchen. This is the discerning buyer’s opportunity to own one of the most prestigious homes throughout all of Hawaii. 

Considering the exclusivity of a number of extravagant, high-end real estate properties available on Maui’s north shore, it is important to trust a sensitive, experienced agent like Rhonda Smith-Sanchez of Coldwell Banker Previews International, who specializes in north shore Maui properties with a focus and knowledge of oceanfront properties. Given that Rhonda has sold the majority of oceanside properties on the north shore to date, it requires little effort to entrust your real estate needs to her. Contact Rhonda Smith-Sanchez today to schedule a showing.


Rhonda Smith-Sanchez






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Bijou Bay Harbor Luxury Residencies- Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Once in a while a Boutique property comes along offering luxury amenities for only distinguished fashionable residents that recognize island living is the best place in the world to enjoy the finer things in life.

Casual Meets Elegance – Between where the city stops and the shore begins there is a high fashion atmosphere with a distinctly low key island vibe -An exclusive enclave surrounded by Biscayne Bay, this island community of 41 residences invites you to discover a neighborhood that is one of the best kept secrets in Miami. This rare collection of one, two and three bedroom residences and Penthouses are within walking distance of the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and Bal Harbour beaches. And yet, Bijou is an exclusive connection to cosmopolitan city life made even better by a serene waterfront setting and private island lifestyle.

At only nine stories tall, Bijou is an intimate modern oasis quite unlike any other waterfront residence. Here on the eastern shores of Bay Harbor Island, sleek modern architecture, 150 feet of bay frontage, and a dazzling rooftop lounge are all yours to enjoy. 

Each residence features designer bathrooms and kitchens. Property common areas and residences were designed by renowned Interior Designer Adriana Hoyos. Amenities include Pick Up/Drop off Boat Dock, Wet Deck with Water Sports package of Kayaks and Paddle Boards, Bijou Bay Social Lounge, Entertainment/Media Lounge with full Bar/Kitchen, area. 

Bayfront Fountains with Green spaces and outdoor waterfront furnished lounge, Communal Bicycles, Fitness Center, Individual Storage for each residence, 24 Hour Valet, Full Time Concierge, Rooftop Amenities: Swimming Pool, Spa Jacuzzi, Summer Kitchen, Outdoor Bar, Poolside Cabanas, Sunset Garden Lounge, Sunrise Yoga Deck, 

REincentive Concierge Facts: This waterfront property is located on Bay Harbor Islands which is comprised of an eastern and western island on Biscayne Bay. It has a small town feel and all of the high fashion and luxury from its neighbor Bal Harbour. Bijou average $780.00 blended per square foot is considered to be a real value in light of condos selling for between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00 a square foot just over the bridge on Collin Ave.

This project qualifies for several different incentive programs offered exclusively via Regency Realty Services.

Regency Realty Services
561 .307.3110

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Captivating Multi-Generational Masterpiece- Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, FL, home to the world-famous Siesta Key Beach with its white Quartz sand, is often referred to as the “Cultural Gem” of Florida. With an incredibly vibrant arts scene, abundant fine dining and shopping options, gorgeous winter weather (Average high of 73°F/23°C between January and March), world-class hospitals, favorable tax laws, and top-rated schools, it is no wonder Sarasota is regarded as the best retirement destination in the U.S., and a wonderful place to raise a family!

McClellan Park is considered the crème de la crème, one of the most prestigious communities in Sarasota. Referred to as Sarasota’s “Garden Spot,” McClellan Park features uniquely curved streets (named in reference to the area’s Native American history) lined with sidewalks shaded by mature Live Oak trees.  In fact, this historic neighborhood has the distinction of being the first platted community in all of Florida. Homes in McClellan Park and other “West of the Trail” communities in Sarasota are highly sought-after for their rich charm and close proximity to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. Homes located within these communities range from historical structures to modern manors.

The estate at 1744 Seminole Dr. was meticulously designed and built to accommodate multi-generational growth, ensuring family togetherness and timeless memories for years to come. Constructed to the highest of standards over a span of two years and completed in 2000, this home has never before been offered on the market. Four separate structures offer 9 bedrooms, 8.5 baths and over 10,000 square feet of living space comprised of: The 8,100 SF three-tiered main home, a pool cabana with kitchenette and attached potting room, a studio apartment above the detached garage, and a romantic 1940’s guest cottage, complete with full kitchen. Luxurious details and finishes include hand-crafted, solid red oak flooring, coffered and stained Cypress ceilings, honed granite and Italian marble countertops, Hardi-Plank siding, and hand-selected Colorado-stone terraces. The lush gardens and intricate landscaping surrounding the entirety of the estate provide a private sanctuary and retreat.

This one-of-a-kind family compound rests on the largest lot on the “Oval” in McClellan Park, and is a quick stroll from Southside Village— one of Sarasota’s most premier shopping areas with alfresco dining, fashion boutiques, and lively culture. Located just a few blocks north of Southside Village is downtown Sarasota where Saturday mornings can be spent strolling through the expansive farmer’s market and evenings are filled with extravagant dining experiences, live theater, opera, and an abundance of other cultural attractions. 

Offered at $5,000,000.

Keller Williams Luxury Homes International
David: 941 .404.9860 Toni: 941 .404.9845









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Artful Living in The Harbour at Marsh Landing- Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


It is a home like no other. The 8317 square foot contemporary residence  sits in splendor on a private peninsula, within the premier gated community of The Harbour at Marsh Landing. At the beach, just 15 miles from downtown Jacksonville, Florida, the area is often referred to as the Home of “The Player’s Championship” or TPC golf tournament, and the corporate headquarters of the PGA. 

“There are unique and special elements in every room of the home, designed to be intriguing … compelling … to make you want to see what comes next,” Bobi Goes, the current owner, says.  

From the rare white onyx in the main kitchen, to the fossils that are millions of years old embedded in the marble of the 11 foot, two-person shower in the master bath, to the character grade white oak wood floors throughout, you will want to see every “organic” feature of this beach casual yet sophisticated seven bedroom, ten and a half bath home.

Ten-foot, hand-carved mahogany doors “so heavy they sound like church doors closing,” mark the grand entrance to the open plan living areas, where every room has a fabulous water view.

“Living here is all about outdoor living and bringing the outdoors in,” she says. “The peninsula has almost 300 feet on the water.” 

And just try tearing yourself away from the virtual fivestar resort outside your back doors: the sixty foot lap pool with frothing bubblers under the in-pool umbrella on its sun pad, the twelve person hot tub, the fire pit and outdoor kitchen. There’s even a sixty-foot floating dock in the backyard so you can boat from the Intracoastal to the ocean, at any time of the day or night, on any tide. 

The finest quality materials, the most custom finishes, and state- of- the art technology has been used throughout this spectacular home, and its separate guest suite. 

“It’s the best of beach and boating worlds and perfect for families that love the outdoor, resort lifestyle,” says Goes. “Plus there’s golf, on both private club courses and the PGA’s tournament course, which features the world famous “17th Hole Island Green” that every golfer should play!

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL



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An Unparalleled Retreat on the Range- Hopkins County, Texas

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

This extraordinary 65,000 square foot masterpiece of Old World themed architecture, craftsmanship and quality sits upon a promontory of the highest point in Hopkins County Texas. It commands an uninterrupted view of more than 14,500 acres of serene natural vegetation, farmland, timbers, bucolic pastures and marshlands. Located less than 100 miles from Dallas, Texas, near the historic settlement of Sulphur Bluff, and minutes from a 5,000 foot private jet strip -“The Reserve” is truly, “One of One”

It’s an unparalleled site for outdoor adventure, located in North America’s Central Flyway extending from Canada to Central America, forming the migratory route of North America’s ducks and geese. Quail and pheasant can be found in fields of flowing native prairie grass. Studded with hundreds of acres of lakes and ponds, the property also offers superb bass and crappie fishing as well as an outdoor hunting and sporting lifestyle in an idyllic retreat like setting with all the comforts, communications and security of a world class resort.  

Crafted as a private-use and multifunctional compound, The Reserve is capable of hosting just a few guests, to managing a large membership use or even a world leadership or corporate conference. The luxurious facilities include the 30 guest rooms on three levels, founder's suite, isolated owners suite and presidential suite—built to secret service specifications—with agent/guard quarters off the main apartment. The Reserve features off grid self-sustaining power, redundant internet and communications capabilities as well as a variety of state of the art cutting edge technology, security, communications and management systems. 

There’s also a magnificent spa, fitness center and a pool house with event kitchen, sauna and additional apartments. There’s a 50-yard pistol range, a 200-yard rifle range, a one-mile sporting clay course with 12 stations and a stone-walled 3,000 bottle wine cellar with dinner seating for 35-40 people for après hunt.

Marketing this extraordinary property together with five adjacent and adjoining ranches and productive farmland tracts amounting to more than 40,000 acres is Australian Bernard Uechtritz, International Real Estate advisor to Briggs Freeman International Realty and founder of International Icon Properties in Dallas (www.Icon.Global).  Uechtritz is a specialist in luxury and ranch real estate markets around the world, from cattle stations in Australia to celebrity homes in Malibu and Beverly Hills and iconic ranches across Texas.



Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Real Estate Ranch and Land Division

Bernard Uechtritz




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Sugar Pointe Estate: A Developer's Dream- Yulee, Florida

By Natalie Friedmann

“When the gate closes behind you, you’re engulfed in a peace like you’ve never experienced,” says Mike Bowling, current property owner of Sugar Pointe Estate, a gated, 48-acre private waterfront estate nestled in northeast Florida’s most pristine natural environment. Bowling and his wife have spent the last 10 years cultivating Sugar Pointe Estate into a private oasis with a focus on creatively preserving the natural beauty of Old Florida. 

Unlike the characteristic flat landscape Florida is known for, Sugar Pointe is bordered by beautiful high bluffs. The property is dotted with matured landscaping including 100-year-old ancient oaks, large hardwoods, big pines and palm trees. With a three-and-a-half-mile view across to Georgia, the property sits on 2,500-feet of river and marsh frontage on the Bells River.  

The river cottage is situated high on the bluff, offering extensive water views which compliment the calm of this quaint, quiet retreat. Warmth and charm abound in the architectural design of the home, which utilizes reclaimed heart pine and Savannah mud bricks from the original 1860’s farmhouse.

The estate is ideal for corporate or church retreats, with room to build lodges to accommodate as many people as needed. The area is zoned Open Rural, but boasts close proximity to beaches, shopping and the airports. 

Guests have the opportunity to indulge in recreational water activities like boating, jet skiing kayaking, canoeing and spectacular fishing!  The onsite boathouse has been architecturally designed to also protect boats, jet skis, sound systems, and fishing equipment.  The rooftop deck makes you feel like you’re flying and provides astounding views of natural habitats and marine life like manatees and dolphins as well as fun, holiday firework shows.

Sugar Pointe Estate is 48 acres and listed at $4,950,000 The property next door, Sugar Pointe II  is also available.  It is the former Florida Outward Bound property with corporate center, offices, cabins, commercial kitchen and up to date official Outward Bound Challenge Course for team building events.  This additional 20 acres and 560 feet of river frontage with riparian rights is offered at $1,950,000.  

Preserve this one of kind treasure of Amelia Island area just north of Jacksonville.  Both properties together offer a total of 68 aces and 3,000 feet of river and marsh frontage in the heart of one of the fastest growing areas in northeast Florida.  Prime for new upscale development offering homes the most gorgeous water vistas around while preserving the beauty of Old Florida.



Carey Dresser | 904-415-6268




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Hacienda-Style Hilltop Retreat- Austin, Texas

Approximately 45 minutes from Austin, Texas is an impressive, multipurpose property boasting numerous amenities and desirable design features. The secluded hilltop ranch retreat is located on over 42 acres of rural residential land between the quaint, historic towns of Bastrop and Smithville.

Of the area’s numerous amenities, the property is just 45 minutes from the Circuit of the America’s complex as well as conveniently situated near the Smithville Municipal Airport which accommodates small, private planes during daylight hours. 

This versatile property has over seven acres devoted to a special event venue, including a private open chapel, an open air, covered pavilion, and a commercial kitchen with bar, restrooms and separate well and septic. Secluded and completely private, it is the perfect location for any kind of private event or gathering. The 5,000-square-foot circular pavilion has stained concrete slab floors with cedar posts and an authentic dried palm-leaf roof, called a palapa. Adjacent to the palapa is a large stone patio seating area. A heavy duty steel bridge connects a private lake to the chapel.  

From the venue space, a professionally engineered 20-footwide concrete driveway with separate gated entrance leads up the hill to the private hacienda-style main residence. Sitting on approximately five acres of the overall property, the 6,000square-foot residence offers beautiful western views of the far off countryside. Beautiful archways and exceptionally high ceilings are featured throughout the design, as well as a mixture of complimentary stone and tile work. Custom made, solid wood doors emanate a sense of warmth and character. Natural light floods the open space, especially in the inner courtyard, a popular feature of traditional Spanish hacienda architecture. 

“Outside the private residence in the center of the driveway is a fire pit, where you can relax on a nice night and look up at the Milky Way,” says Pamela Jones, listing Broker with Austin Prime Realty. “There are no bright city lights to obstruct your view.”

Additionally, the heavily landscaped grounds are a spectacular display with citrus groves, ornamental trees and perennials scattered about. Fishing off the dock of the property’s pond stocked with bass and tilapia makes for a great adventure. There are two separate houses on the property that could be utilized as guest houses. This luxury property also has caretakers’ quarters, and the property is marketed with the current caretaker and housekeeper staying on – a most unique and desirable attribute. 

This splendorous hilltop retreat has an abundance of amenities as-is, and there are still multiple opportunities for future owners. This luxury haven is perfect for a private residence, corporate event retreat, riding stable, special event venue or all of the above. It is whatever you want it to be. 


Pamela Jones, REALTOR',CRS, SRS, ABR Broker




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Posted by: Nicole Slaughter-Graham
Posted on: 8/30/2016 at 4:38 PM
Categories: duPont REGISTRY Featured Properties
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