The stately entrance to The Bimini gives a hint of what to expect from this 2015 Parade of Homes Award Winning house. John Fleming, of The Model Home Division, created the contemporary coastal elevation and interior design, while landscape artist David Young worked closely with Medallion Signature Homes to develop an entrance perfectly suited to this one of a kind setting along the Manatee River. The Bimini is a rare find, with deep water dockage and a private view of the thriving manatee and porpoise habitat.
From the impeccable driveway of STABIL Grand Bahama Antique bricks intermixed with sod, to the impressive Eden Coast custom dogwood style garage doors, the classic elements of West Indies architecture are given an update. The Bimini is capped with a champagne metal roof, and limestone lines the lower trim around the exterior of the home. The oversized garage fits three cars, with more storage added through built in shelving and a motorized attic that drops from the ceiling.
“When you enter this house, you feel a combination of electric excitement and simultaneously at peace, like you’re being restored,” explains realtor Ann Moore of Michael Saunders and Company. That electric excitement is powered through a hidden technology closet which provides the basis for The Bimini’s home automation system which can be easily accessed and controlled remotely by the owners.
The Bimini’s restorative powers can be attributed to the design of each room, all situated for maximum views of water. Through the front doors, the enormous 22-foot tall foyer with a floating staircase is angled towards the water. A unique light fixture hands over a seating arrangement which faces the custom-built hearth which climbs the length of the wall and appears to bubble when the fire is lit.
The dining room has a cleverly placed privacy wall just outside the window which recirculates water over dark river rock which can be light at night for maximum effect. Raised coffered ceiling with cypress wood beams in a driftwood finish continue the West Indies motif. Built in mirrors and cabinets with granite countertops run the length of the wall and give lovely continuity. The limestone tile flooring installed by Manasota Flooring tying the exterior of the home into the interior design.
The bright kitchen is perfectly outfitted by Monark Home for the well-heeled entertainer, equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, two dishwashers, and an island with a subzero beverage center. To ensure natural light from every side there is an additional window behind the Secret model range hood by Best. Beyond the kitchen, aquarium style windows surround the breakfast nook with built in framed seating.
Large double doors open to the ground floor master suite overlooking the pool and Manatee River. “One of the biggest surfaces in a house that gets overlooked, the ceiling, is a focal point in The Bimini house,” says Fleming. The stunning coffered ceiling is accented with a blue paint set against dark tones. The lines of the driftwood finished cypress beams are echoed in the dramatic wooden frame around the dramatic upholstered headboard built into the wall. The Surface Impression carpet by Shaw Floors in beautiful Mink conjures the feel of polished sea glass, while the impressive hanging pendant of ribboned chrome bounces light through the room.
In the master bathroom, opposing walls are wallpapered by York Wallcoverings in a sea grass swirled pattern. A built in vanity, his and her integral sinks, and a freestanding Kohler Reve bath with a Loure tub filler create a resort feel. Frosted glass transom windows and floating doors diffuse the natural light in the shower lined with floor to ceiling marble tiles. The shower also features a wraparound shower head and a separate rain shower head.
Moore explains that “this house works well for daytime living as well as nighttime entertaining,” and the expanse of the upstairs relates well to the downstairs living space of The Bimini. Indeed, according to Gregg Glasser, Sales and Marketing Director of Medallion Signature Homes, “the upstairs is where we got really carried away. It’s what the house is really about.”
The centerpiece of the upstairs is the split faced marble bar. Shimmering embedded crystals complement the Cassini Crystal mini pendants that float above the illuminated Avonite surface. Beside the back-lit frosted glass shelves sits the temperature controlled, glass enclosed wine room which is large enough to comfortably showcase 200 bottles of wine.
Guests will also enjoy the gaming area and three additional bedrooms, each with their own attached bathroom. The catwalk over looking the foyer leads to a quiet bonus room. A covered balcony overlooks the infinity pool and spa onto the Manatee River, ideal for sunset views.
The infinity pool designed by Swim, Incorporated is angled with the lanai of the house. Ivory colored Turkish Travertine tiles the deck and lead directly up to the pool’s edge. There are several entertainment areas around the pool, from the outdoor kitchen area with an ice maker, beverage center, full stainless BBQ grill, solid surface counters and weather resistant cabinets to the Cosmopolitan Square fire table close to the river bank.
The Bimini lives up to it’s name, derived from the mysterious Bahamian island mentioned by Ponce de León as the potential home of the Fountain of Youth. Sophisticated finishes combine with perfect entertaining spaces to create a home that is fun for all ages.
Written by Brooke Parker
Photography by Ryan Gamma
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