It's hard to believe from the outside that this mansion, right on the beach in Longboat Key, Florida, isn't a historic home somewhere in Europe. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and all the amenities, it's a sight to see.
The exquisite luxury property is situated on over an acre in the gated Stillwater community of Odessa, Fla. Framed by nature and refined landscaping, the estate is built by the famed custom builder, The Fechtel Company.
The inspiration for this Florida driveway's paving pattern was taken from the classic shapes of the parterre gardens of Versailles. The formality has been deconstructed by ArquitectonicaGEO and reassembled into a careful arrangement of salt-treated, poured-in-place concrete pavers that appear to float in a pool of crushed seashells and native coral rock.
Tallahassee is a major college town, with a student population of nearly 70,000. Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and many other colleges are located in the city. FSU, a space-grant and sea-grant research university, ranked as the 43rd top public school in the nation in 2015, tied with University of Alabama, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
FSU is the second largest employer in Tallahassee, just after the State of Florida. The James D. Westscott is a historic building centrally located on campus that houses chief administrative offices and Ruby Diamond Auditorium. In 1969, much of the interior of the building was destroyed by a fire. Renovations to the interior were completed in 1973 and preserved the historic gothic-style exterior.
This Mediterranean home is updated with contemporary front door and and exterior lighting. The updated contemporary fiberglass front door pairs with the Mediterranean style of the exterior for a juxtaposition that is a instant update.
Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture replaces the interior finish, giving the pool a more natural hue of blue. On a $45,000 budget, they replace the patio, line the pool with stones and break up the ho-hum rectangular shape with a stone walkway, creating an attractive square-shaped pool and two smaller decorative pools.
Brown floral wallpaper and a soft mix of contemporary and traditional pieces bridge the gap between this Florida home's contemporary aesthetic and traditional architecture. Berman Rosetti ottomans rest on a rug by Wool and Silk.
A wide front door opens to a soft gray entryway accented by a colorful rug and matching tufted benches upholstered in a soft rose hue. Archways and traditional moldings carry throughout the space, adding architectural interest and traditional flair.
A relaxing side yard is created with a cozy lanai overlooking the swimming pool and ocean. The contemplative space is surrounded by dense native planting to protect from the biting winter winds while maintaining clear views to the water.
Coral paving winds around to a privacy courtyard planted with soft tipped aloe and 'fireball' bromeliads, creating a tropical, yet drought-tolerant secret garden. The low-maintenance design is by Nievera Williams Design of Palm Beach, Fla.