Picturesque waters stretch to distant wooded parklands as the outlook of this sprawling estate fronting 134+/- feet on serene Lake Ida, the visual and recreational centerpiece of a desirable community only a couple miles from downtown Delray Beach. Set behind entrance gates framed by lantern-lit stanchions, the sweeping motor court circles around to the porte cochere entrance of this stately eight-bedroom showplace perfect for a large family and those who love to entertain. Timeless traditional design balances the sizeable overall scale of the house, making each room wonderfully inviting, while banks of windows and glass doors place the attention on Lake Ida's enchanting beauty.
Past the foyer's grand staircase, the soaring living room and adjacent club room open their doors to the fabulous outdoor oasis where the magnificent lake view and the soothing sounds of the waterfall pool add to the feel of an idyllic coastal resort. Here, guests can dine alfresco, play a game of water volleyball in the pool, or just relax, enjoy the scenery, and watch the sunset over the lake. Benefiting from the substantial 330+/- -foot depth of the property, allowing private set-backs on both the front and back, the lakefront lawns provide even more space for outdoor entertaining or children's play areas.
Planned to anticipate every desire, the home also features a professional-style wine room with tasting area, plus a luxurious master suite which has two baths and opens to a wraparound balcony terrace giving an elevated perspective on the lake. Rounding out the resort lifestyle with its own dock for boating and fishing on the 670+/- acres of lake waters plus many miles of navigable canals, the property also has the park's extensive facilities right at hand in this waterfront paradise, one of Lake Ida's largest and most impressive estates.
Lake Drive, Delray Beach, Florida. A peaceful oasis, the popular Lake Ida community offers the best of both worlds, just minutes from the beach and all the shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment of vibrant downtown Delray Beach, called one of America's "Most Fun Small Towns" by Rand McNally and USA Today. The scenic Lake Ida neighborhood is named for its freshwater lake which offers boating and fishing, and also has two lakefront parks, one home to the Delray Beach Playhouse. Park facilities include walking/biking paths, a dog park, and children's playground.
Looking west on 134+/- feet of Lake Ida shoreline, this impressive gated estate captures a magnificent viewpoint on the wide waters, distant wooded shores, and South Florida sunset. By the lakefront lawns, the sprawling 1+/- -acre grounds feature a fabulous outdoor entertainment space on tiered marble terraces, centered on the saltwater pool with spillover spa, served by a summer kitchen in addition to a cabana with wet bar and powder room. The shady full-length verandah offers multiple sitting/dining areas. A walkway leads to the covered boat dock discreetly placed on the side of the shoreline.
Eight bedrooms, eight full baths, two powder rooms, and walk-in closets are provided in this stately traditional-style residence totaling 14,014+/- square feet also including a three-bay garage with workshop. Handsome Brazilian cherry floors, and classic moldings are featured finishes. Amenities include five-zone air conditioning, a built-in sound system, a sophisticated security system, and LED landscape lighting.
First Floor: Inside the custom mahogany entry to the soaring foyer, the lakefront view opens through the window wall of the lofty 2+/- -foot-high living room where a massive brick fireplace adds an inviting focal point between custom built-ins. Another versatile gathering space, the adjacent lakefront family/club room is served by a large professional-style wet bar and a media center. Setting a warmly elegant tone, the classic dining room is across the gallery, near the powder room. Lake views backdrop the sizeable gourmet kitchen which includes a breakfast area, granite counters, a Dynasty gas range with dual ovens and commercial-grade hood, and a Miele dishwasher. Off the kitchen are a walk-in pantry, laundry room, office, and staff suite. Another wing contains a custom-fitted library/office plus two bedroom suites, one opening to the lakefront verandah and the other currently serving as a fitness studio.
Second Floor: Ascending the front and back staircases leads to a bridge hallway overlooking the living room and foyer below. A great feature for entertaining, the handsome wine room is complete with a tasting area, custom-designed racks for 1,800+/- bottles, and its own climate controls. Through a double-door entry, the large master suite invites rest and relaxation, capturing serene lake views from inside and out on the wraparound balcony terrace above the pool patio. Having walk-in closets adjacent, the suite's two luxurious marble baths include a jetted tub and a connecting double shower. This level also provides four more bedroom suites, two facing the lake and one opening to the balcony.