Friday, March 12, 2004
Luxury Living: Hibiscus Island Mansion
It reminds visitors of Greece or a luxury cruise ship. But what it is is a South Florida home like you've never seen before. Here's 7's Belkys Nerey with tonight's Luxury Living.
Not so luxurious you say? Well, check this out.
Homeowner and builder, John Turchin of John Turchin Companies, tore down the existing structure and ended up with 13-thousand square feet of luxury on Miami Beach's Hibiscus Island.
John says, "I don't want to leave my house in the morning. I drag myself out of the house, 9:30-10:30 in the morning, go to my office, and I can't wait to come home at the end of the day."
Inside it's all-white interior makes it feel more like a resort. Even more interesting, there are no corners in the home -- every wall is curved.
John and his wife Susan live here with their two children.
And, talk about an open floor plan, the home is six bedrooms and seven baths but half of it is outdoors, including the living and dining areas.
"I wanted to live in a house that I felt was conducive to how we should live in South Florida," says John, "and I wanted to live outside in the openness and open the doors all the time."
And when you open the doors, check out the fabulous view.
The entire home is surrounded by a moat, and the pool is spectacular.
You can enjoy it from the ground or from up above -- on one of the home's three rooftop terraces.
"Since we didn't have any yard, we put all the yard space on top of the roofs, which is normally complete wasted space," John says. "All you see is green tree tops, and you feel like you're on the back of a ship, on top of the roof here."
Real sails overhead make it feel that way.
Also unique... this huge aviary... A terra cotta wine wall...
And this outdoor bathroom, built in the shape of a seashell.
In fact, it's made entirely of stone and seashells, and even includes a real waterfall.
"Everything's designed around water," John says. "The complete theme was designed around sea shells, you'll see a lot of sea shells."
Three floors of luxury, controlled by the push of a button -- now that's something to toast to.
"I would say this is definitely luxury living," says John. "Barefoot luxury living."This house is so big, the Turchins say they've been able to party with 15-hundred of their closest friends. The couple is moving on, though... the house is for sale for just under 20 million dollars, furniture included.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The John Turchin Companies