Gracious Mediterranean

Nature provides a tranquil backdrop for a gracious estate residence within the Osprey neighborhood at Estuary at Grey Oaks. Designed in the Mediterranean tradition, the home’s cobblestone drive and landscaped courtyard lead to beveled glass doors embellished in wrought iron grillwork and framed in mahogany. Situated to take maximum advantage of Estuary’s hallmark views, scenic lake and golf course greens are enjoyed from vantage points throughout the residence.

 
Gallery hallways with columns, barrel-vault, cove-lit, gold-washed ceilings and textured walls guide the way either to the living areas of the home or to an entire wing that hosts the master suite and his-and-her studies. A stairway with a scrolled ironwork railing leads to the spacious second floor. The home embodies a sense of calm that is felt in the public as well as private rooms—no easy feat in a space with 8,322 square feet under air.
 
Beautiful settings within the residence are linked with evocative color and natural materials throughout this 2010 Aurora award-winning home. Immediately upon entry, the grand salon’s azure blue upholstered pieces create a pleasing first impression. A favorite color of the owners and the perfect complement to a luxurious tropical retreat, subtle hints of blue blend with a splendid array of fresh colors used throughout the home.
 
While Sherri DuPont, ASID, will tell you that a primary goal in every interior is to fulfill a client’s wishes, this founding partner of Collins & DuPont Interior Design also shares that she absolutely loves working with the rare adventurer who is not afraid of color. “The soul of this home is conveyed with striking accents and rich surfaces,” says DuPont. “It was so much fun to work with the client because she is not one to shy away from color.”

The entire design team, in fact, was inspired by this home. Architect Jon Moore, of Smith & Moore Architects, is known in Palm Beach for designing Mediterranean estates especially suited to a semi-tropical climate. Similar to the luxury resorts and palatial estates created in an earlier era by visionary architect Addison Mizner, Moore’s design included stone, stucco, and tile with features such as loggias, columns, arches, hearths, and decorative ironwork. The open design is distinguished by all-encompassing spaces such as the kitchen and casually elegant dining and family rooms that encompass an entire wing and open to an inviting outdoor living area. “The challenge in creating these exceptional homes includes preserving privacy for people who entertain,” he says. “The aesthetic considerations and functional requirements are equally important.”

Before being chosen to build the estate, Harwick Homes’ management team had considered buying the property. “Because of its excellent vantage point overlooking the lake and the 8th and 9th holes of the Estuary Golf Course, this custom home enjoys one of the best sites in the entire community,” explains Mark Smith, Vice President, Harwick Homes. “Whether you want to entertain in a welcoming setting or simply to take in a magnificent view, this is a wonderful place.”
 
The home, which includes five bedrooms, six full baths, and two half-baths, has been designed for regular visits by family and friends. The theater features a high-definition projector and electronic reclining leather seats. A temperature-controlled wine cellar has an 800-bottle capacity. The homeowners also enjoy a four-car garage with considerable overhead air-conditioned storage and a separate golf cart entrance.
 
Artistic in every detail, the formal dining room features a coffered ceiling with cove lighting and an Italianate chandelier, elegant sconces and embellished stone flooring. Eight high-back upholstered chairs and tall draperies feature teal accents that complement the room’s wood furnishings. An illuminated, custom-designed stained glass wall feature is a showpiece in the grand salon’s refreshment bar, a fitting counterpart to a massive hand-carved coral stone fireplace.
 
“This really was a labor of love for my client,” says DuPont. “She loves granite and stone, and so we went to every supplier in the area and also to the East coast to find these unusual pieces. We found some of the fabrics in my library, but we also made a few trips to different areas to find others.”
With a hand-carved mahogany column, traditional walnut cabinetry, pewter hardware and multiple preparation areas, the kitchen does not compromise aesthetics or function. Blue-veined granite counters extend around the room, providing multiple preparation areas and bar space for seating. A center island offers additional workspace with cabinetry and a granite countertop. Italianate tile embellishes the backsplash behind an eight-burner natural gas Wolf range that features a ventilation hood faced in stone. A side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and two dishwashers are concealed behind paneled doors.
 
The outdoor living area matches the interior when it comes to attention to detail. With more than 1,700 square feet, the expansive outdoor space includes a cypress wood-beamed ceiling and comfortable seating around a natural gas fireplace. The living and dining areas take full advantage of a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen equipped with a natural gas grill and a fire pit. Additional amenities include pre-cast columns and powered roll-down screens and hurricane shutters. Several of the home’s living spaces open to a second covered loggia that features comfortable seating.
 
The same natural finish, travertine marble flooring used in many of the home’s interior living spaces, contributes to a seamless transition from inside to outdoors. Walnut plank flooring in other rooms speaks to the European charm of an estate home that’s been enhanced over time.
 
The home’s master suite wing is an all-inclusive sanctuary. The master bedroom overlooks the pool pavilion. French doors with sliding screens guarantee enjoyment of the open air on cooler evenings. The bedroom features comfortable seating, a fireplace, and a carefully crafted cabinet concealing a television that rises for viewing.
 
The master baths are guaranteed to transform daily rituals into pleasant interludes. Hers is a calm place with pale salmon walls, a barrel ceiling with concealed lighting, walnut plank flooring, a separate shower, and a roman tub overlooking a garden.  His enjoys a large walk-in shower and walls of marble. A morning bar, next to large his-and-her walk-in closets, adds to the appeal of this intimate getaway.
 
The his-and-her studies adjacent to the master bedroom suite are individually unique and equally striking. In his, muted green tones blend with a serpentine granite-topped desk to lend a touch of formality. With light fabrics, an inviting sofa and armchair and French doors opening to a garden, her study is one of the most welcoming rooms in the home. Both studies contain built-in cabinetry and walnut floors.
 
With four bedrooms, each of which includes a full bath, the second floor offers a fantastic setting for guests. Its central feature is a large sitting room complete with an entertainment bar and built-in cabinetry that opens to a generous balcony overlooking the pool pavilion and gorgeous view beyond. One of the bedrooms has been converted into a fully equipped exercise room.
 
A professionally designed integrated audio/video system provides entertainment throughout the home.  Additional lighting control and security systems offer a measure of flexibility and peace of mind. Deep teal walls pair well with wood paneling and leather upholstery in the state-of-the-art home theater. Other amenities include an elevator and laundries on the first and second floors.
 
In this luxurious residence, each room makes a statement with unique furnishings and fresh details, including extensive custom trim, thoughtfully selected hardware and custom-designed window treatments. While high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows capture natural light and fill this Mediterranean-styled home with views of water and lush foliage, it is the architectural details – columns, arched ceilings, wrought iron balconies, and stone accents — that instill a measured cadence throughout. This majestic home with its comfortable, yet sophisticated, style is the epitome of understated elegance in the spirit of the true Mediterranean villa.