The Exterior: Nestled in an exclusive gated community, framed by a beautiful tropical Florida setting and embraced by towering Oaks graced with Spanish Moss, is one of Orlando’s most warm and inviting waterfront estates – “Casa de Enamorados”.
This charming estate was custom built by the current owner to reflect the charming, mission-style architecture of Santa Barbara and is architecturally crafted with authentic Spanish elements specifically selected for this estate, such as hand-carved doors, stone floors and an exhibition of hand-painted tiles in floor and wall areas, as well as special “niches” in the house. The open floor plan is designed to capture waterfront vistas throughout the home through large expanses of arched, glass window-walls, and beamed ceilings which accent voluminous living areas, defined by arched entries. The owner has a decided reference for the style and design and the interior reflects a painstaking attention to detail in order to authenticate this magnificent, lakefront environment.
Large expanses of glass walls are an integral part of the open floor plan and allow panoramic views of the beautiful grounds and of course the waterfront. To make the setting even more perfect there is a large swimming pool and heated spa, framed by tropical gardens, and terraced gardens leading to your private putting green, an inviting sandy beach, a boat house and a fabulous waterside deck where you will spend many hours overlooking a sparkling waterfront and relaxing with a glass of wine or morning coffee.
The Interior: A winding stone path leads from the circular drive to an oversized hand-carved, cathedral style front entry door and then into a raised foyer - and immediately upon entering you are looking through the house and out to tropical waterfront! Such a fabulous entrance! Step down to the right and you have a charming formal dining room overlooking a lush front landscape through a bay window under a domed brick-lined ceiling. Straight ahead is the formal living room with a massive stone fireplace and an elaborate glass and wrought iron door system leading to the outdoor-living entertainment area. A wide hallway leads to the kitchen which boasts rich wood cabinets, “miles” of granite countertops, large work spaces and a grand “island” with veggie sink for serving and food preparation, and an arched entry into a walk-in pantry. The kitchen extends into a very generous eating area where as many as 8 – 12 people can be seated.
The kitchen area flows seamlessly into an enormous lakefront gathering/family room where glass walls span the rear of the room and provide panoramic water vistas. The room boasts a built-in entertainment center nestled in a recessed area, and last of all a charming stone-carved fireplace. This gorgeous room offers a series of arched windows on three sides overlooking the lake. A refreshment bar conveniently adjoins the kitchen and family room. Rich beamed ceilings hover over the entire kitchen and gathering/family room areas.
Leading from the kitchen and the gathering/family room - and perfectly suited for a Florida lifestyle – is the grand screen-enclosed lakefront outdoor living-dining area with stone carved fireplace, Summer kitchen, refreshment/serving bar and a recessed grilling area accented with imported tiles. Doors lead down to the terraced gardens, lake, boat house, pool and putting green.
The First Floor: The first floor offers a lakefront master bedroom suite with rich wood flooring, stone fireplace and adjoining lakefront lounge and a series of cathedral windows on three sides! Wait until you see these views! Tucked into a private place within the floor plan is a handsome working office with custom built shelving, desk/planning area and computer station. There is also a second bedroom on the first floor.
The Second Floor: A charming curved staircase, accented with imported tiles, gracefully ascends to secondary bedrooms, a large studio room currently used as an exercise room with adjoining sleeping area and a professionally designed home theater.
The Exterior: Among the sprawling grounds of this magnificent waterfront estate you will find terraced gardens accented with mature tropical plants and landscaping, a long pool (perfect for swimming laps) with refreshing fountains and a grand waterfront terrace all framed in stone, as well as the boat house with adjoining waterfront deck. In addition to all this is your own private putting green!
“Casa de Enamorados” is a resort unto itself – positioned on the famed Butler Chain of lakes (11 lakes connected by navigable canals) – in an exclusive gated community – and yet only 15 minutes to Disney attractions, several shopping malls, medical facilities and many fine restaurants. Live in this romantic setting on your own resort – Enjoy Florida living at its best! Furnishings available – but not included in price.
Web #: 913301
Carol Ann Hewitt, CIPS, CLHMS, Broker
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