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125 Thornton Drive | Preston at PGA National

By Jeff Lichtenstein

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

Posted in PGA National, PGA National homes, PGA National homes for sale on November 29, 2011 at 5:18 am.


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