This incredible Gulf-front residence designed by architect Dawn Thurber and built by John Willis Homes has just been updated with new interior and exterior furniture curated by Harrison Design Atlanta - Karen Ferguson, "Southeast residential Designer of the Year." Located front and center within The Retreat, it is only two lots to the east of the redesigned Gulf-front Beach Club, which features an infinity edge pool and private beach access and will open Memorial Weekend 2022. Very few homes have four complete levels of living space and even fewer have a Gulf Front outdoor entertaining area with unobstructed views of the beach...this home has it all! Entering the home through the second-floor main entrance, your attention is immediately drawn to the rear of the home where the private sugar white sand beach and emerald green waters contrast. This second level has beautiful travertine flooring throughout the formal dining room, breakfast room and adjoining gourmet kitchen creating a light atmosphere that is as chic as it is comfortable. The galley kitchen is designed to accommodate multiple chefs with two sinks, two distinct prep areas and professional grade appliances. A cavernous pantry lends increased capacity to the already ample cabinet storage. The kitchen overlooks a sunken living room and is connected by an elevated bar top. Wood ceiling beams nod to the antique hardwood floors while a limestone fireplace surrounded by built-in cabinetry enhances the sense of permanence. Tall windows and French doors expose a generous outdoor entertaining space with covered porch, built-in grill, outdoor fire pit and four custom lounge chairs each with their own privacy shade. The swimming pool and hot tub are embedded as one with the hot tub acting as the waterfall into the pool. The centerpiece of the home is a custom radial staircase, servicing the first, second and third floors, built on-site to exacting specifications. Its graceful curves are accented by an iron balustrade. A residential elevator is also available to transport you to any of the four levels. Two large guest bedrooms with en suite baths and laundry are on the third floor along with the secluded master retreat all with reclaimed heart pine flooring. This decadent space is optimally positioned to fully capture the unobstructed Gulf views. French doors open onto a deep covered porch, with two hanging swing beds, to be enjoyed by the owners of this private space. The master bedroom hosts a sitting area at one end and a fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry on the other. A glamorous master bath features a towering expanse of mirrors over the long double vanity, walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry, spa tub and walk-in steam shower. Ascend a spiral staircase or take the elevator from the third floor to a secluded fourth floor bedroom retreat with an adjoining office boasting built-in desks and overhead shelving, a full bath and a Gulf-front sitting area. This multi-purpose space can be utilized both as a home office, restful retreat or guest suite. The fourth-floor balcony showcases unprecedented shoreline vistas; to the west toward Destin and to the east toward Panama City Beach. There is a wet bar in the fourth-floor bedroom to help you enjoy the evenings sitting around the fire pit on the deck of one of the highest points on the Gulf of Mexico. A short elevator ride to the ground floor reveals an additional guest bedroom with en suite bath and large bunk room comfortably sleeping up to six on its three sets of bunk beds. A storage room, accessed through the bunk room, can store your pedal-drive kayaks, SUP boards and fishing gear. Adjacent to the bunk room is an additional full bath and huge laundry room with sink and refrigerator. The first floor provides an ideal retreat for adults and children alike. The Retreat is a rental-restricted, gated neighborhood on 90 acres of land along 3,000 feet of Gulf frontage, a third of which will be forever protected and never built upon. The Retreat features 90 exclusive home sites, permanent nature preserve areas, a picnic pavilion and canoe launch on Draper Lake, and three private beach access points in addition to the new Gulf-front Beach Club.
" Home Updates 2020-2021
o New window treatments
o New interior and exterior furniture curated by Harrison Design Atlanta Karen Ferguson "Southeast Residential Designer of Year"
o Full exterior painting including all hand railings, shutters, siding, stucco and more
o Upgraded Copper Roof installed 2020
o New Garage doors and mechanicals
o New light fixtures
o New cabinet handles
o Refinished Hardwood floors and staircase handrails
o All door and window mechanicals serviced, repaired, or replaced
" Updated Smart home with Control 4 System
o Whole Home Automation AC Audio Video Distribution Security Pool Lighting
o New Control 4 light switches
o New living room Bang & Olufsen TV, Center channel speaker and Beolab 18 speakers
o Updated Internet Routers and 1G Fiber Optic Service
o Video and Sound Distribution throughout with in-wall speakers and upgraded amplifiers
o AV Rack located in utility closet for easy access and maintenance
o New exterior wall mount speakers
o New exterior security cameras
Specific Home Differentiators:
" Owner's property extends to the "Mean High Water Line"
" One of only three homes in the Retreat with double beach armoring steel plates and geotubes - providing valuable storm protection and exceptional views.
" Unique Gulf Front Outdoor Entertaining Area - unobstructed Gulf Front views with outdoor beach entertaining space on main level this is the only home to our knowledge with a private sandy beach outside the main level with an unobstructed view of the beach.
" One of the highest points in Florida along the Gulf Coast. Must see to fully appreciate!
" Geothermal HVAC system and water heaters ensures long-term operating efficiency, reduced maintenance, and reduced outside noise. A de-humidifier system was added in 2018 for additional air quality and comfort
" Elevator access to all four levels
" Complete home water filtration system including kitchen ozone filtration and more.
This Gulf Front residence is sold fully furnished. All measurements are estimates and buyer should verify that which they deem important.