This riverfront estate in Merritt Island, Florida sits on nearly 1.5-acres. An impressive private gate opens to a meandering pavered driveway that circles the front and is lush with oak trees, palms, flowering bushes, mango and Meyer lemon trees, and lush green lawn.
Beautiful white washed oak hardwood flooring connects the living room and dining room areas with the kitchen.
The kitchen features a custom cabinet beverage area with a copper bar sink, Marvel undercounter beverage refrigerator, an undercounter wine refrigerator, and an icemaker. The furniture grade cabinetry is outfitted with pull outs and shelving, a designated dish cabinet, open shelves for décor, and a bar section for wine and crystal. An oversized center island has a separate quartz sink and garbage disposal for a second food prep area, and underneath storage on three sides.
Entertaining is a breeze with an outdoor patio living and dining area with a vaulted tongue and groove wood ceiling and multiple fans. This room also features a wood burning stack stone fireplace adorned with a one of a kind pecky cypress mantle.
A summer kitchen has a matching stack stone encased Forno Bravo pizza oven, marine grade cabinetry topped by a beautiful coordinating granite, and a Blanco stone sink. The grill area is connected to the propane line and features a commercial stainless vent hood. Close the electronic shutters and enjoy the heat radiating off the fireplace on winter nights.
The first-floor master bedroom suite overlooks the river and has sliding doors that open to a large private patio. The master bathroom suite has a walk in closet, garden tub, and a large walk in marble and stone shower.
In the center of this glorious residence is a secluded pool and spa courtyard surrounded with a pavered deck and backdropped by a cabana. For convenience, there are also two outside showers. A tanning ledge in the pool allows for taking in the rays while still ensconced in the crisp blue water and the spa waterfalls into the pool. Palm trees and intricate landscaping display throughout the courtyard for a high-end resort and spa-like atmosphere and privacy.
There are speakers in the cabana and pool area that connect to the house music system. Control all the landscape and exterior lighting, and the music system from the convenience of a mobile app.
With over 8,600 square feet of luxury living space, the home has five bedrooms.
A large custom designed media room has a curved theatre screen for optimal viewing, seating for 12, and is equipped with a dual access closet dedicated for the electronics.
A butler’s pantry with custom cabinetry and a granite top is located near the dining area.
The breakfast room is open to the dining room and living room beyond with floor to ceiling windows with an incredible view of the grounds and far reaching river scenery. Sunsets are spectacular.
Upstairs a second master suite and bathroom have expansive river views.
In the East wing, pocket doors open to a large study with Spanish inspired tile floors and sliding glass doors leading to a covered front patio making this an optimal room for a pool table, man-cave, cigar lounge or library. A cabana bathroom and dressing room with direct access to the pool courtyard complete this unique floor plan. A door separates the main house to an upstairs apartment where in-laws or a caretaker could reside in absolute comfort and privacy.
This Florida estate is listed for $3.7 million with Dale Sorenson Real Estate, an affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International.
Deidre Woollard served as the lead editor on Luxist.com for six years writing about real estate, auctions, jewelry and luxury goods. Her love for luxury real estate led her to work at realtor.com and two of the top real estate brokerages in Los Angeles as well as doing publicity for properties around the world.