Friday, May 7, 2004
Luxury Living: Tarpon Pointe Estate
If you've got 16 and a half million bucks lying around, then have we got the house for you. It's a Fort Lauderdale mansion that's not only breathtaking but also homey. Shireen Sandoval takes us on a tour of this fabulous estate in tonight's Luxury Living.
(WSVN) -- It's tucked into an oak tree-covered cul de sac along Fort Lauderdale's new river.
From the outside you can't even tell how big it is...
"Welcome to Tarpon Pointe," says Kelly Drum of Drum Realty.
But step inside this seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom, New Orleans-style estate and experience Luxury Living at its finest.
"Originally, a very small portion of the home was built in the 1920's," says Kelly. "It's been totally renovated and then added onto in the 1990's."
Part of the addition includes the conservatory or, as the family calls it, the monkey room -- you see why?
The hurricane and bulletproof glass room is a replica of one of the owners' favorite places in the world.
Kelly says, "The architect was commissioned to go to Europe, to France. The owners have a favorite inn in France that he sketched on a little paper napkin, and he brought it back and produced it here."
Also impressive, the great room, where everything from the Tiffany lamps to the woodwork are special.
"The wood was taken out of old tobacco farms in Virginia and, in some cases, again, it's 150 to 200-year-old first cut pine," says Kelly.
The house has not just one but two full kitchens.
It also has a huge family room... and a 16-seat dining room table, which looks out to a fabulous view.
In fact, the house wraps around the New River, so no matter if you're in the master suite or the artist studio, you'll be able to see the water.
And the ocean's not far either... check out the one-thousand gallon fish tank which is built right into the wall.
Kelly says, "One of the things you can certainly point to is the amount of money that went into building this house is somewhere north of a thousand dollars a square foot."
Step outside, you can't miss the bell tower.
Here you can get a bird's eye view of the infinity edge pool, the sprawling lawn, and the dock which can accommodate a 145-foot yacht.
Now, this is what Luxury Living is all about.
"It's really one of Fort Lauderdale's finest," says Kelly.
Did we mention there's another wing to the house, which is not for sale.
If you're interested, the house is a mere 16-and-a-half million dollars.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
1900 SE 15th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316