Acqua Liana might just be one of the most breathtaking properties in the world. Located on Manalapan Beach in Florida, it sits on 1.6 acres, 23 feet above sea level and boasts 150 feet fronting direct Atlantic Ocean-to-Intercoastal waterway property. The estate includes its own white sandy beach area with a private dock, and is protected by a concrete and steel beachfront seawall. However, it is the unique design that makes it stand out from other magnificent estates.
“Acqua Liana” is the Tahitian and Fijian word for “water flower” and the estate, designed by renowned “real estate ‘artist’ Frank McKinney,” is true representation of “oceanfront artistry” (Lux Doc). Throughout the home, features such as water walls, water floors, waterfalls, water gardens, pools and reflecting ponds compliment each other and present a kind of “liquid serenity” (Frank McKinney). One of the water features is a glass “water floor” which features hand-painted tiles amongst a Monet-inspired Lotus garden motif highlighted from below the surface. There is also a 2,000 gallon arched aquarium wet bar filled with over 100 exotic fish. 24-foot oceanfront sheeting can transform into water walls, and a 9-foot hand-blown multi-color glass chandelier made of 672 individual pieces seems to “melt” into the reflecting pool below.
Acqua Liana is “certified green” and has solar panels that “generate enough energy for 2-3 average houses” (Lux Doc). Although water is an widely used feature of the home, an advanced water system is employed to collect run-off water to supply the home with a greener way of using the resource, and automatically controlled lighting reduces the electricity consumption by up to 75%. Additionally, because the house is made from reclaimed wood, 11 acres of the Brazilian rain forest were saved.
The house is over 15,000 square feet and includes 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. In addition to all of the beautiful water-incorporating features of design, the home offers an oceanfront Hawaiian Koa-wood kitchen, exotic hardwood floors, and an elaborate ocean front master bedroom suite with sitting room and his/hers oceanview baths. The her bathroom in the master suite includes a mahogany soaking tub. There is also an ocean front glass office in the home, a glass wine room, a grand salon opening to the beach, a dining room opening to the pool, and a Hollywood-like movie theatre. Inside the 4 car garage you can peer through windows looking into the pool.
Outside the property has swimmable water gardens, a classical lounge and lap pool, a waterfall 16-person spa, floating sun terrace, and golf course grass driveway. There is also a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom guesthouse featuring a bamboo design, and private lagoon plunge pool.
There are many features to discover about Acqua Liana, which is said to be the most spectacular of homes created by Frank McKinney in his 25 year career.