Archive for November, 2011

125 Thornton Drive | Preston at PGA National

November 29th, 2011

Maison de Verre (House of Glass)
What makes 125 Thornton Drive in Preston at PGA National so special are not only the number of luxurious items and the heavenly views, but the beauty and versatility of the glass that was used. Renowned custom builder, Jimmy Casto, had the best lot choice in all of PGA National to construct this 6000+ square-foot masterpiece, situated on ½ an acre with unobstructed views of the famed 7th fairway on Arnold Palmer’s PGA National golf course with sparkling lake views on the opposite side. The home has a dream-bucket list of everything one could desire; huge, double master suites, exercise room, hardwood paneled office, open kitchen, soaring ceilings, and incredible outdoor living. 7 bedrooms, multiple family rooms, and entertainment areas make this home perfect for entertaining and enjoying friends and family in the most comfortable of settings.

The use of glass is what sets this estate apart. Glass has been used in modern architectural styling since the early 1900s in France and more recently by Pierre Chareau, Bernard Vijovoet and Louis Dalbet in Chicago’s Crown Fountain at Millennium Park. The front staircase has an extraordinary, glass-block, 2-story front making it an aesthetically pleasing façade, inside the home and also from the exterior. The glass allows in natural southern Florida light to make this home open & light filled, but without the direct, glaring sunlight. The centerpiece of the home is the glass elevator. Glass elevators have been used in movies from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the famed Water Tower Place in Chicago. Casto utilizes glass in the home to make an utilitarian elevator into an art form and conversation piece. High arched windows, leaded glass, bay windows, and French doors blend outdoor living into your home in a most stylistic way.

The home is filled with luxury throughout. Timeless marble floors, crown molding, wood, and detailing can be seen at every turn.

The living room has volume ceilings, wall molding, and views to the outdoors. The dining room is framed by arched niches and the glass-block staircase and elevator. The family room is off the open gourmet kitchen and has a transitional desk & wine cooler to make this a wonderful spot to spend the day.  2 split bedrooms, one as an exercise room and the other with window seating, are great for guests and getting in that morning exercise routine in.
The downstairs master suite has 2 master baths, large closets, and opens onto the loggia. A herringbone wood-paneled ceiling makes this room warm and comfortable. Across the master foyer is the wood-paneled library, complete with fireplace. The perfect place to gather one’s thoughts.

Upstairs is the ultimate master suite; huge, with its own reading room and balcony. The dressing area, closet space and master bath are a dream oasis.

A separate family room with built-ins and 2 spacious VIP suites will give company that resort-style vacation feel.

Outdoor living is divine. A giant covered area and separate marble floor lounging area highlight the loggia. Wet bar, waterfall spillover, and separate spa underneath the covered screen enclosure extend the outdoors. Perfect for social gatherings and “the spot” to entertain.

Extras include Jacuzzi tubs, wet-bars, a 3-car garage, giant driveway, and meticulous tropical landscaping.

125 Thornton Drive

125 Thornton Drive - Swimming Pool

49 St. Thomas Drive |Estates of St. Thomas in BallenIsles

November 28th, 2011

BallenIsles Country Club is a premier, gated, residential community of prestige and privacy in the heart of Florida’s Palm Beaches. On entering the secure community, one cannot help but notice the impeccable landscaping throughout. The Estates of St. Thomas, at the southern end of the community, is one of the most prestigious and secluded neighborhoods, with its own security gate.

49 St. Thomas Drive is a two-story traditional home of 5487 square feet of living area, custom built in 1999 by Mustapik Construction, who has an excellent reputation for building fine homes in the Palm Beaches.

The open floorplan of 49 St. Thomas Drive has become the standard for fine Florida architecture. With Saturnia marble floors and granite countertops throughout, this well-appointed home has all of the materials and finishes you would find in today’s high-end construction.

Its southwest exposure is the most desirable for any home in Florida, as it affords a light & bright feeling throughout the entire house.

The living room, together with built-in wet bar and marble fireplace, and the family room, both have soaring detailed ceilings with 2-story glass windows, taking advantage of the spectacular outdoor views. Adjacent is a formal dining room with coffered ceiling.

The family room is large and spacious and is a perfect gathering place for friends, and family, with 3 sets of French doors, and opens onto the rear patio and pool area. Adjoining the family room is a breakfast room with expansive butted glass.

The library, with double door entry, is extensively wood paneled, including parts of the  coffered wood ceiling.

The kitchen has a 6-burner gas range, a granite island, a picture window, and is open to the family room. It is a gourmet cook’s delight as well as a mother’s opportunity to watch her children or grandchildren play while working in the kitchen.

The master suite and bathroom, with 8’ high double-door entry, includes 14’ coffered ceilings, sitting room overlooking the pool & patio, separate His & Hers baths and walk-in closets, master whirlpool tub, and a bidet in her bath.

3 additional bedrooms, 1 on the ground level and 2 adjacent to the spacious upstairs loft, keep family and friends comfortable while maintaining both the homeowner and their guest’s privacy.

The patio has an extensive covered porch and double gas grill, sink and refrigerator. The rectangular pool and separate waterfall spa are well landscaped, in the sunlight nearly all day, and look onto the 15th hole of the south golf course.

The true 4-car garage is a dream for any automobile aficionado.

49 St. Thomas Drive

49 St. Thomas Drive - Swimming Pool & View

16846 Mellen Lane N | Jupiter Farms

November 28th, 2011

16846 Mellen Lane N in Jupiter Farms has beautiful Victorian styling with new construction in 2005 on over an acre of land. Maple floors, crown molding, marble columns & exquisite detailing are noticed through the French door entry. The living room opens onto a 32×23 air-conditioned solarium. Perfect for feeling part of the outdoors & large enough to mix a game room & eating area. The open kitchen has granite & overlooks family room with a marble fireplace. The master is spacious with an oasis marble bath & 12-foot Jacuzzi claw-foot tub. Plantation shutters highlight the den. 2 split rooms for company. Throughout are silk drapes, old-fashioned sinks, cast-stone fleur-de-lis, antique mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. Meticulous landscaping, picturesque wrought-iron gazebo, and a 5-car garage complete the outdoors. 30kw full-house generator.

16846 Mellen Lane N

16846 Mellen Lane N - Patio

13 Marlwood Lane | Marlwood Estates at PGA National

November 25th, 2011

This fabulously remodeled CBS pool home at 13 Marlwood Lane in Marlwood Estates at PGA National has beautiful golf views and is located on a cul-de-sac. The floorplan has great flow. A picturesque bay window, walnut floors, crown molding, and stylish drapes give ambiance to the living & dining rooms. A WOW! kitchen opens onto the family room. High-end colonial cream granite, antique cabinets, and stainless steel appliances are perfect for a kitchen gourmet. The kitchen bar is wonderful for social gatherings or kids doing homework. The spacious master & remodeled marble bath are the perfect oases. 3 guest rooms are split. Enjoy outdoor living by the pool with a fenced yard overlooking the triple fairway views. The office makes working out of the house a breeze. A ½-bath can easily be added if desired. The roof was replaced in 2002.

13 Marlwood Lane

13 Marlwood Lane - Swimming Pool

222 Woodsmuir Court | Preston Courts at PGA National

November 11th, 2011

This rarely available 3BR with guest house is situated in the prestigious manned gated subdivision of Preston in PGA National. The paver courtyard has wonderful ambiance & privacy. A centerpiece spa is perfect for relaxing. The main home features 2 bedrooms. Volume ceilings & an open plan overlooking the courtyard bring in great light. 18“ porcelain floors on the diagonal give perfect flow & transitions. The gourmet kitchen has tons of counter & cabinet space. The family room is off the kitchen & has a built-in entertainment center. The master suite is a spacious oasis. The guest house is perfect for an office or guests. The community has its own pool & handles landscaping. New 2007 HVAC & newer appliances will keep costs at a minimum. Available furnished.

222 Woodsmuir Court