This Florida mansion gives a whole new meaning to the words “living on water.”
Remember when Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade had a file secret wedding In a moat castle in Florida? Well, this much-talked-about mansion – and it just hit the market for $19.7 million. Built over a sparkling freshwater lake, the royal residence was created by famous Miami architect Charles Seeger, who occupied the private residence for more than a decade with his wife. artisan castleAs it’s referred to, it has eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, five shower rooms and a sprawling living space of 20,000 square feet.
Although Sieger built the palatial dwelling for himself, the engineering needed to make it happen wasn’t an easy feat – it actually took him six years to complete. Inspired by the way the Cher River runs under the Château de Chenonceau in France, the architect had to extract the foundation of the stately home from the coral rocks in which it currently stands, allowing the structure to sit in the middle of a landlocked moat.
Set on a 14-acre plot, Château Artisan offers all the amenities of a private oasis – with an extra dose of European charm and medieval-style security. Like any self-respecting castle, there is only one way to get in and out of this house and that is through a single path, through a set of heavy metal gates. At the beginning or end of the tree-lined trail, depending on which direction you’re traveling, is a drawbridge that runs over the lake. Two diamond-shaped patios, one with a black granite pool, are located to the east and west. Stepped stones lead to two gazebos to the north and south, designed either for al fresco dining or for sleeping under the stars.
Inside, ornate interiors abound, starting with an impressive double foyer. Château Artisan comprises across its three levels a formal dining room, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen and a sumptuous music room. In the north wing is the master bedroom with 23-foot ceilings, an en-suite bathroom with dressing room island, a “midnight” kitchen, and a large Roman bathtub.
In a fun twist, the third deck is designed to resemble the interior of a luxury yacht, with linen panels, mahogany accents and leather coverings. Here you will also find guest bedrooms and a loft for children’s play. Elsewhere, wine lovers will appreciate the 3,000-bottle wine room. There is also a home theater dedicated to movie evenings.
The grounds are just as decorated as the house is, filled with fountains, statues, topiaries, two canals, and a lake. There is even an intricate maze that leads to a meditation garden with ruins made of coral rocks and a gushing waterfall. You can expect to see some wild animals as well, as there is a Japanese koi pond on site. “This is truly a gem of Miami,” says Carlos Justo, eXp Realty’s listing agent.
A gem with its drawbridge no less.
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