Gwinnett County, Georgia

From the booming streets of downtown Atlanta to the lush wilderness of the Chattahoochee National Forest, few states have the ability to cater to the lifestyles of both city dwellers and nature enthusiasts quite like Georgia.

Some desire a combination of these two lifestyles, and nowhere are they so seamlessly united as in Gwinnett County. The area encompasses six cities, all within close proximity of both serene, natural landscapes and the metropolitan city of Atlanta. Thanks to this highly coveted location, Gwinnett County has become known as “Atlanta’s Playground.”

From Duluth to Sewanee, each of Gwinnett County’s cities offers its own unique, small town atmosphere complete with local art, theater and dining. Thanks to the mild seasons and short cold spells, there’s never a bad time to explore the surrounding nature sights as well, with nearby Stone Mountain and Lanier Island ranking among the most popular destinations.

Marcelle Smith, a Gwinnett County resident and Realtor at Better Homes and Gardens Metro Brokers, has spent many years turning visitors into happy residents. Marcelle specializes in distinctive lifestyle communities, offering her clients everything they need from real estate, mortgage and insurance to closing services. If you would like a home on the lake, golf course, close to one of the great parks, along with the great Georgia schools, Marcelle can help you find that perfect home for you.

It’s rare to find one area that makes it so convenient to enjoy these distinct lifestyle options. Whether it’s the small town charm, big city access or Georgia’s stunning natural landscapes, Gwinnett County residents truly do have it all. 

Better Homes and Gardents Metro Brokers

Marcelle Smith

Office: 404.843.2500

Cell: 678.665.4864

marcelle.smith@metrobrokers.com

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Champion Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains- Champion Hills, North Carolina

This extraordinary home is proudly sited on over 6 acres, with captivating long range southern views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Lovingly planned with great attention to detail and built by master craftsmen. Embellished with numerous, one of a kind architectural elements from the Great Gatsby’s of Atlanta.

It has the features you would expect from a home of this caliber including, an in-law suite and elevator that provides easy access to all 3 levels. This home has the feel of an era of elegance, yet has all of the state of the art amenities we’ve come to enjoy today.  The outdoor spaces are equally delightful with several decks, covered porches and a beautiful water feature.  


Champion Hills is an established, memberowned, debt free, friendly community, eight minutes from downtown Hendersonville, NC. We have the proud distinction of being Tom Fazio’s Summer Home golf course, ranked #6 in the state. Conveniently located near Asheville, Charlotte and Greenville, SC. 


Come enjoy mountain living at its finest, and see why Champion Hills is the best kept secret! MLS# HNCM560453   Offered at $4,450,000.


Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Sherry Woods and Mary Kay Buhrke
800.633.5122
championhills@beverly-hanks.com
www.championhills.com


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Florida's Ultimate Gulf Front Home- Rosemary Beach

There are but two homes in the Rosemary Beach® community that occupy lots 115 feet wide and are directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Known as, "Founders Lots"  these are the first properties to be built in this magnificent, neo-traditional planned community, which rose from the sands of the Emerald Coast of Florida twenty years ago.

Of the pair, the extraordinary compound designed by Bobby McAlpine and known as Beluga holds pride of place. "It's the ultimate Gulf front home, setting the standard for future construction," says Linda Miller, broker at Rosemary Beach Realty. "When you walk into this oasis it's like you're on the beach," says Miller. With its rare elevation, there are direct, unobstructed gulf views from the first floor. The beach can be seen from every room. From the second floor gazebo the gulf views are panoramic, a fifty mile vista to the east and west.

Completely renovated in 2011, the 4,520 square foot home has an expansive great room with a gas fireplace, pickled wood floors and robin's egg blue ceilings of Pecky Cypress. This fabulous space opens to a marble dining bar, which seats eight and a gourmet kitchen with appliances from Bosch and Subzero.  Step out from here to a sublimely peaceful and private waterfront courtyard with jetted pool flanked by outdoor relaxation and dining areas.  

The five bedroom, six bath retreat offers first floor guest suites with private entrances onto the courtyard. Additionally, the home offers a completely separate carriage house with two-car parking below and a fully equipped one-bedroom apartment above. 

On the quieter, eastern side of town, you can walk to Main Street for dinner, but once inside the gates it's private. "Urban living -- but not," says Miller. "You can enjoy the convenience and synergy of downtown life, with total seclusion a few blocks away." 

"It was named Beluga for the finest caviar," says Miller. One might also call it a whale of a wonderful retreat.

Rosemary Beach Realty

Linda Miller

850.974.8885

linda@thesmileof30a.com

www.rosemarybeachrealty.com


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The Top 10 Waterfront Properties- June 2016

We love waterfront properties and this month, we featured some of the best. Check out our Top 10 Waterfront Properties for the month of June. 

10. Ocala, Florida

 

Joan Pletcher Realtor

Joan Pletcher 352-347-1777

www.joanpletcher.com

joanpletcher@aol.com

 

9. Naples, Florida

 

Gulf Coast International Properties

Timothy P. Savage, P.A. 239-821-7576

www.gcipnaples.com

 

 

8. Chatham, Massachusettes  

Pine Acres Realty

508-945-1186

www.pineacresrealty.com

 

7. Boca Raton, Florida

Mizner Grande Realty

Ari Albinder 561-393-7000

www.MiznerGrandeRealty.com

6. Marco Island, Florida

Gulfshore Realty, Inc

Kris Bareis & Jeff Gilman 239-860-8177

gulfshoremarco@aol.com

www.gulfshorerealtymarco.com

 

5. Dartmouth, Massachusettes

Robert Paul Properties

Robert Kinlin 508-648-2739

www.robertpaul.com

 

4. Bluffton, South Carolina

Carson Realty

Matt Rowe 843-384-6925

www.dylanspointe.com

mrowe@carsonrealtysc.com

 

3. Fort Myers, Florida

Barclays Real Estate Group

Nils Richter 239-851-3141

nils@BCGRE.com

www.Barclaysrealestategroup.com

 

2. Boca Raton, Florida

Mizner Grande Realty

Rusty Hanna 954-444-8686

www.MiznerRealtyGroup.com

 

1. Davis Islands, Florida

Keller Williams Tampa Central

Darren White 813-629-0320

cobalt@KW.com

luxurypropertys.com


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True California Living- Beverly Hills, CA

 

Spanning more than 5,500 square feet, this Cape-Cod style home features modern accents including a striking, three-story tower that brings dramatic height and sophistication to its serene setting. The home offers expansive windows that open to views of the Pacific Ocean and Wilshire corridor along with ample outdoor entertaining space.

Spanning more than 5,500 square feet, this Cape-Cod style home features modern accents including a striking, three-story tower that brings dramatic height and sophistication to its serene setting. The home offers expansive windows that open to views of the Pacific Ocean and Wilshire corridor along with ample outdoor entertaining space.

“This house is the essence of California living, ushering in year-round sunlight through expansive windows and grand ceilings,” said Adam Rosenfeld, founding partner at Mercer Vine and one of the property’s listing agents. “Prestigious beyond its views of Los Angeles and the coast, the home brings with it a sense of privacy, tucked away from the bustle of the city in the tranquility of Beverly Hills.”

Quietly situated on nearly a half acre, cul-de-sac lot with exquisite adjacent estates, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom house was originally built in 1989 and is flanked by a stunningly landscaped yard, complete with a pool and spa.

On the home’s main floor, the sun-filled kitchen opens into the dining room, and the living room guides guests out to private patios and a viewing deck, creating a flow that is seamless from one room to the next. Entertainment options continue downstairs, with a large media theater, wet bar and gym. Luxurious accommodations await the future homeowner, including a full master suite with a custom bathroom and two walk-in closets. An in-home elevator finishes the space and allows ease of travel throughout the three-story home.

The Beverly Hills region is famed for some of Southern California’s grandest estates, meaning the property’s surrounding neighborhoods are not only a part of one of the world’s most famous zip codes, but they also are uncompromising in their commitment to maintaining beauty and exclusivity at every turn. Showings of the home are by appointment only through Mercer Vine.

 

Mercer Vine

Adam Rosenfeld

310-595-5915

adam@mercervine.com

Kyle Giese

310-975-5838

kyle@mercervine.com


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The Preserve at Lasalle Ranch- Calhoun County, TX

 

Seize this rare opportunity to purchase property on the Texas Intracoastal Waterway. Nestled in nature, these exceptional, 2,200 acres shelter a lush array of plants and animals on land and in water. This is your chance to purchase one of the last remaining large, unencumbered pieces of land in the area. With a diverse population of wildlife ranging from deer, turkey, dove, quail, hogs and 400+ species of birds, this property is ideal for the hunter or conservationist. Known for fishing, hunting, birding and kayaking, this peaceful area is a sportsman’s delight, with some of the best duck hunting on the Texas coast.  

Port O’Connor offers a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere and numerous boating venues. With the largest and deepest bay on the Texas Gulf Coast, Port O’Connor offers many opportunities for the avid fisherman. Close proximity to the Gulf provides excellent fishing for red snapper, king, ling and jack fish, and the opportunity for deep-water fishing for sailfish, mahi-mahi and Wahoo. A short ride across Madagorda Bay lays Madagorda Island, which is now a national preserve for a large variety of endangered migratory birds. This entire are is rich in both wildlife and recreation—perfect for the outdoor enthusiast.

Just a few hours from the major metropolitan areas of Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, The Preserve at Lasalle Ranch is often touted as the “Best Kept Secret on the Gulf Coast.” The ranch is conveniently located within hours of big-city amenities like fine dining and shopping, major medical centers and airports, as well as numerous art, sports and cultural events. The property includes plentiful native pasture grass, a fresh water well, electricity recently installed, great access from the highway on an all-weather road and a newly installed private gated entrance for better access. The nearby development offers many amenities to the owners. Call today to reserve your time for a full property tour. Call for Price.

 

Superior Farm and Ranch Realty LLC
Rick Doak
361-243-1040
jrdoak@me.com

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New Icon in Old Preston Hollow- Dallas, TX

 

Cross the threshold into the expansive elegance of this blended European original.  The masterful builder of this estate has woven soft renaissance flare, Mediterranean classicism, and modern artistry to ensure a timeless environment that will always be a 21st Century masterpiece.

Amenities abound in the 13,000 square feet of luxury living. The Master is 2,400 square feet with dynamic dual closets and dressing areas. 3 additional suites with 5.3 baths, 2-story theatre, Game Room overlooking the Great Room, wine enthusiasts cellar with inlaid wooden mosaic humidor as a bonus. The hand-tiled pool and fountains with Cabana round out the entertainment aspects of this home. You’ll also discover within the open floor plan, crafted spaces for seclusion. The Executive Office features a discrete entrance through the side courtyard with a spiral staircase accessing the second story library. The sanctuary-style enclave just off the Collector’s Car garage also has a separate entrance. 

Hand-built interior features were produced on the premises, reflecting the heart and hard work of the visionary designer picturing you in this Preston Hollow manor. From the front exquisite entry to the backyard escape, exterior factors have been meticulously researched to insure the home's one-of-a-kind originality and distinct identity. 

The exclusive neighborhood of Preston Hollow is more than a destination on your GPS, 9818 Hathaway is the address indicating you’ve arrived at the home of your dreams!

 

Rogers Healy & Associates

Greyson Johns

469-867-6437

greyson@rogershealy.com


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Exclusive Riverfront Estate- Bluffton, SC

Just minutes from the beaches of Hilton Head Island, 12 Dylans Pointe is a 10 plus acre riverfront estate with over 800 feet of frontage on the Okatie River with access to the Intracoastal waterway and Atlantic Ocean.  Improvements include a half-mile private road and a private dock with two lifts (one with 25,000 lb capacity) and a permit to build a second dock.  The estate homes contains over 13,000 square feet of heated and cooled space with seven bedrooms and nine full baths including a separate twobedroom, two-bath apartment.  

The home was constructed to the highest standards of quality including 12-foot ceilings on the first floor, two full baths in the master suite, mahogany walls and ceilings throughout the 1,000 square foot office suite (including office, conference room, workroom and reception area and outside entrance), two three-car garages with heated and cooled storage and 2,500 square feet of covered porches.  Private club memberships are available nearby. 

Carson Realty


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A Perfect Port in Naples

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

Naples, Florida has been named the happiest, healthiest place to live in the country. It is also among the wealthiest.  This sun-kissed, palm-fringed paradise on the Gulf of Mexico boasts more millionaires per capita than all but one city in America.

Of the stellar places to hang your yachting cap, Port Royal holds pride of place. Just a mile from downtown boutique shopping and divine dining, "the 600 homes here range in price from $5 million dollars to $60 million dollars, and 90 percent of them have deep water yachting and boating in their backyards," says Frank Sajtar, an Exceptional  Properties Specialist with William Raveis Real Estate.

Residents also have exclusive access to The Port Royal Club, a fabulous beach and tennis facility, sitting majestically along the waters of the Gulf of Florida with a full-service spa and multi-award winning restaurant. So exceptional is this club that "homes here enjoy a 30-35 percent difference in property values from neighboring communities," says the realtor.

Sajtar has just the place to park your yacht. An extraordinary 9200 square foot, two-story, gated palazzo, with a hint of Mediterranean panache, tropical landscaping and 140 feet of waterfront. 

A sensational foyer with marble stairway opens to glorious formal living and dining rooms. The magnificent kitchen and great room combo has a glass wall opening to the terrace for seamless entertaining. Upstairs, an entertainment lounge features a theater, bar, and pool table plus fabulous panoramic water views. 

There are five bedrooms, all en suite. The magnificent master includes a hand-carved travertine tub imported from Europe. 

Surrounding the house is a virtual resort, with 13,600 square feet of terrace and pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living area with fireplace, plus lift-equipped garage parking for six cars.

And for the boater? A 70-foot floating concrete dock with a lift for jet skis and another for a 30-foot boat.

William Raveis

www.raveis.com


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St. Augustine's Southern Comfort

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

The nation's oldest city is awash with charm, history, and water. 

It's also the rumored site of Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth. "I'm actually 85," laughs visibly younger looking Broker/Associate, Stefanie Bernsteinof Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FNR.

Settled by Spain in 1565, and developed as a playground for the rich by Henry Flagler in the late 19th century, St. Augustine is unlike any other Florida city.  Downtown's historic district is a visual feast of terra cotta and moss, grand hotels, galleries, shops, and charming byways -- delightfully toured by horse and buggy or bike-and all overshadowed by Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the U.S., dating to 1695.

Scratch a top ten list and St Augustine hits the top. It's also a quick trip along Dixie Highway to the big city attractions of Jacksonville.  

An added benefit.  St. Augustine is surround by water from the Intracoastal to marshes, rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. Just minutes from downtown are the broad sands of St. Augustine Beach, tranquil Crescent Beach and the wildlife sanctuary of Anastasia State Park. 

If downtown has a wealth of Victorian and Spanish Colonial dwellings and architecture, "the island has cottages and more contemporary homes," says Bernstein.  "You can live in a community that has a harbor for your boat and be surrounded by ocean."

She currently has a listing on Lands End Drive that sits at the base of the Vilano Bridge near downtown. The home occupies, "just shy of four acres of marsh and Intracoastal. It's completely private, with no neighbors, and no one can build near you," she says.  

Within a community that features a full service marina for your boat, the 3,500 square foot contemporary has "ocean and water views from every room." Yet, you can easily bike to downtown, and the ocean is just a two minute drive -- maybe three, if there's traffic.

Berkshire Hatahway HomeServices Florida Network Realty



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Lake Tahoe Living

By Natalie Friedman

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, a picturesque lakefront destination, offers a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy. At 6,200-feet elevation, you'll experience beauty in every season from beautiful fall colors to majestic white winters and lush green spring and summers. With seasonal changes comes opportunity to indulge in numerous outdoor recreations  including hiking, biking, boating, kayaking or paddle boarding in the warmer months and skiing or snowboarding in winter. The area also boasts outdoor events like concerts and art walks in idyllic summer months. Endless area amenities combined with breathtaking natural views and the feeling of calm that mountain living evokes sets a precedent for a high quality of life.

“The first of two luxury lakefront condominiums on the market in Tahoe City, California is a spacious condominium with a front row seat steps from the beach,” says Trinkie Watson, Regional Lake Tahoe Broker with Chase International. Recently updated, it is offered fully furnished.

The second furnished condominium is a two-story residence offering lake views from nearly every room. Entertaining is easy in the living/dining area or on the patio, which adjoins the manicured lawn and clear blue lake.

“Another gracious, easy access Lake Tahoe lakefront home for sale is in Carnelian Bay,” says Watson. “With over 4,000 square feet, it was built by the owner as a family and friends gathering spot.” Catch panoramic lake views from most rooms; get cozy by the living room’s wood burning fireplace.  Lakefront amenities include 100-feet of shoreline with pier and one buoy. 

The North Shore offers another custom home of 2,800-square-feet with 100 feet of lake frontage, two private boat lifts, two buoys and half-interest in a boat house and pier. Updated throughout, it’s move-in ready for the next generation of family enjoyment of all that Lake Tahoe has to offer. 

Trinkie Watson

Chase International

800.783.0722

twatson@chaseinternational.com


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Featured Property: Port Royal in Naples, Florida

 

The architectural philosophy of “organic architecture” where structures are built in harmony with humanity and its environment is a perfect description of this two-story home overlooking Galleon Cove. This brilliantly planned home with inside and outside spaces flowing into one another to create one living space, with no discernable differences, is built at a very comforting and welcoming scale.

The first floor offers 2 bedrooms + study, 3.5 baths and separate 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest quarters. Four additional bedrooms suites and lounge area are on the second floor. Interiors feature Mahogany ceiling treatments and solid mahogany/glass interior doors, heated master bedroom floor, American Walnut flooring, Allikriste cabinetry throughout, Savant Smarthome system, Lutron Homeworks lighting system with LED lights, thumbprint entry for wine room, commercial size elevator, Evo and Viking grills, and Earthstone wood burning pizza oven. 

Mexican lava rock decking (heat resistant) was thoughtfully placed around the twin-lane lap pool, spa and outdoor dining area with gas/wood burning fireplace. Notable features of construction include; concrete roof, block walls, poured/formed floors, veneer plaster wall finish in lieu of standard drywall, custom Tischler windows and doors, 1,000 gallon propane tank and climate controlled parking for 5 cars. 

Thoughtfully designed by Stofft Cooney Architects and meticulously brought to life by BCB Homes. Unique. Quality. Timeless. Immediate Port Royal Club eligibility property. Price available upon request. 

 

Gulf Coast International Properties

Timothy P Savage, PA

239.821.7576

tim@gcinaples.com

www.gcinaples.com

www.gcinaples_portroyal.com

 


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An Eye for Detail: Perla Lichi Luxury Design

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

Perla Lichi believes in the magic of destiny, and with a thriving, worldwide luxury interior design business, it’s easy to see why. Perla Lichi LUXURY designs for the elite in Africa, India, Dubai, the Middle East and the United States. But this thriving design business stems from humble beginnings—a true “American Dream” story. 

As a young woman, Lichi knew she wanted to design. “I wanted to be a fashion designer,” she stated. “I was always an artist.” A scholarship to the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale led her to a career in interior design. In 1990, Lichi opened her own company in South Florida. “It was a small showroom in a shopping center,” she recalled. “It was just everyday design when we started.”

Lichi has many talents, but one in particular made her stand out and turned her single showroom into the global success that Perla Lichi LUXURY is today. “I believe detail is everything.” 

The company focuses on a well-rounded, holistic approach to design, by taking into account the space, the personality of the people living in the space, the location of the property and cultural elements. “I want to design exactly what fits the personality and lifestyle of the people living in the space.” Through this process, she’s able to create completely customized, luxurious designs for her clients. 

Two years ago, Lichi decided to share her approach and skills with the world, and she started Perla Lichi Institute, an online interior design tutorial. Most of the Perla Lichi Institute students are young women that wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to learn such a craft because of financial strain or cultural restraints. “I feel like I can make a difference in this world if I can help teach something to someone.”


The Florida-based design company, thanks to its innovative and passionate owner, sets the bar for custom, luxury design. You can learn more about the company at perlalichi.com.

Luxury Home Interiors by Perla Lichi
www.perlalichi.com
info@perlalichi.com
954.726.0899


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Be Inspired by Bella Collina

By Scott Kauffman

Peacefully situated 20 minutes outside of Orlando, Bella Collina is part of a country-like setting locals call South Lake County. Known for its rare rolling hills, lovely chain of lakes and coast-to-coast running and biking trails, this pocket of Florida is recognized worldwide for its endless wellness, fitness and sports-related attractions.

It’s a place where collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes train year round, and the U.S.A. Triathlon Association once used as a base for its national training center. Now, it’s where a limited number of families are calling home in Florida’s newest private golf and lakefront community.

What is so remarkable about Bella Collina is the sense of escape one gets in this 1,900-acre low-density development, yet it is just minutes from one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

Indeed, Bella Collina is more than a place to call home. It is a destination. That explains why more than 150 weddings are held each year at this picturesque resort-style community.

Bella Collina’s owners spared no expense in creating the ultimate private community, and the club’s 75,000-square-foot Italianate clubhouse is indicative of this commitment. Featuring dramatic barrel tile ceilings imported from Italy, intricate stonework custom crafted from Italian experts and a labyrinth of eye-pleasing plazas, fountains, terraces and woodwork, the award-winning clubhouse and its multiple dining venues and event space, spa and salon and private wine cellar, is truly reminiscent of Old-World architecture and charm.


Sitting atop one of Florida’s highest points, the iconic clubhouse gloriously watches over the Tuscan-inspired village below and private spring-fed Lake Siena and massive Lake Apopka. Meanwhile, between sparkling water views and the Orlando skyline in the horizon, a championship course by Hall of Famer Nick Faldo offers an inviting glimpse of golf just below the clubhouse veranda.

Besides Florida’s only course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, Har-Tru tennis courts, Sportivo Centro’s state-of-the-art health and fitness facility and world-class resort-style pool complex round out Bella Collina’s quintessential private club lifestyle.

Bella Collina
www.BellaCollina.com
407.469.4980


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Holding the Key to the Keys

Few places on earth sing a siren song as sweet as the Florida Keys. Just ask Jo Ann Cook who visited from Maine for a week to escape the cold. She then came back to the Keys for a month, and then again for two months and then she decided to stay permanently. "That's how everyone gets here," she said with a laugh. 

Cook, the award-winning broker and owner of RE/MAX All Keys Real Estate has been selling real estate along the one-hundredmile chain for the last sixteen years, and she now has three offices between Key Largo and Key West.

Her home base is "smack in the middle," on Marathon Key, the epicenter of Keys bustle. There's an international airport serving corporate and private aircrafts, a hospital, a jewel of a marina, restaurants, inns and hotels and a true white sand beach, says Cook. Ferry service to Cuba is expected to begin in the near future. 

"People come here for proximity to world class fishing and diving," she says. "I can get home and be diving in half an hour." The dazzling coral reef—the third largest in the world—is just three miles off shore. 

Set on nearly two extraordinary palm-fringed acres, the property features a tranquility garden scented by oranges, limes and lemons, a 45,000 gallon swimming pool, spa, pool bar, cabana, lighted tennis court and a protected boat slip with deep water access to the ocean and the bay. 

The 8,300 square foot contemporary home, studded with cypress porches for a beachy Outer Banks feel, offers sensational entertaining areas, fabulous guest accommodations, gorgeous views and a see-through saltwater aquarium visible from multiple rooms. 

"Twenty people can stay here without seeing each other,” says Cook. She'll be happy to show you. 


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