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October 9, 2014 / Maggie Mercer / 0 Comments / Architecture & Design

Luxury Real Estate with a Unique Twist

There are so many beautiful homes on the luxury real estate market, but none are quite like this Bonita Springs, Florida estate. Exterior views of the mansion show a briliant white and glass fascade with stunning Gulf views, but it’s the interior that really “WOWS” guests. Built in 1992, the home, which is located in the gated Barefoot Beach neighborhood, is as unique as they come and is currently on the market at a list price of $7.8 million.

Upon entering the home, guests are welcomed in the four story glass atrium foyer, complete with a massive, cobalt blue, Chihuly glass sculpture overhead. The glass elevator awaits near by to show off the many other one-of-a-kind rooms in the home, one of which holds a 1959 Cadillac convertible. It has been converted into a mini bar, including a beer tap above the trunk. The front seats allow the residents to soak in a stunning sunset while enjoying a cocktail. Just beyond the Caddy, one could cozy up to one of the multiple TV screens or a casino slot machine for those with a risky personality. And if ice cream is your pleasure, then you’re in luck. The complete vintage ice cream parlor is fully stocked and 100% authentic, with all fixtures coming from an old Miami establishment. Adjacent to the ice cream parlor sits the game room, complete with pinball machine, pool table and antique Coca Cola dispenser. “You won’t run out of things to do here,” claims Bill Leach, a broker with Barry DeNicola Realty, in a recent News Press article. This is only the beginning, he claims, as there are three more floors above this entertaining level.

The neighborhood sits in a horseshoe shape with this home enjoying an open end, giving the second story living room a breathtaking overlook of the Gulf of Mexico. The house actually has two sides with Gulf views. Just above the two-story, glass-walled living room sits the in-home movie theater that is like no-other. Instead of the typical dark interior, this theater is like a balcony overlooking the living room and its windows. At show time, the windows are blacked out by retractable shutters and a large white screen descends from above. Movie-goers can enjoy their flick from one of the nine rumble seats with refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink near by. And keeping with the nostalgic feel of the home, curtains in front of the theater allow for dramatic framing of the screen for an old fashioned movie theater feel. Rounding off the third floor is the master bedroom, with dramatic glass windows and breathtaking views on three sides.

The top story of the home includes a bonus room for sunset viewing and a Florida room with outdoor decks. There is also a back bedroom with its own kitchen that was originally intended for live-in help. But the pièce de résistance of the home is arguably at the very top, where the observatory dome sits. The entryway is guarded by a spaceman sculpture that opens to a ladder leading up to the computerized telescope. The dome partially opens and rotates 360 degrees giving aspiring astronomers the ultimate night sky view.

“This house is a fun one,” claims Day DeNicola Leach, a broker with Barry DeNicola Realty. Besides being unique, the home features several practical features, like 10 air conditioning units, a full house generator, and double walls for hurricane protection. The home is 8,000 square feet and includes five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, plus a den. Other amenities include beach access, a bike and jog path, community pool and spa, tennis court, exercise room and much much more.

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