Home is where the Art is

Nothing brings a home together quite like the pieces of art waiting to be discovered inside. From extraordinary display shelves built specifically for showing off your art, to breathtaking wall pieces, you won’t see anything quite like these artistically unique homes.

216 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota, Florida

This architecturally significant and beautifully designed contemporary home in the highly desirable Bird Key on Little Sarasota Bay, is perfectly positioned for extraordinary views and breathtaking sunsets. As you enter through a unique set of eight-foot custom design entryway doors, you are immediately taken by the soaring, vaulted ceilings with dramatic decorative exposed beams and a wall of windows meant to capture your senses. The exceptional design of this two-story home incorporates extra-large room sizes, five bedrooms, six baths, custom built-in cabinets and display shelves. This waterfront home showcases both stunning and functional interior redesigns.

2211 South Winds Drive, Naples, Florida

This South Winds estate breaks all boundaries and has become one of the area’s most recognized iconic European-inspired architectural homes. Under the leadership and design of Lime International Décor, the three year project, from conception to completion, encompasses groundbreaking products sourced from around the globe. Meticulous attention to every detail makes this residence truly one to set all standards. Completed in 2017 and engineered to cantilever over its own private lake, the home feels like it floats with water views glistening from every room through the huge walls of glass.

16612 Johns Lake Road, Clermont, Florida

Situated on seven, elevated and landscaped acres, just northwest of Orlando this three-level modern estate home was architecturally designed to showcase private lakefront views from almost every room. The main home boasts approximately 7,500 square feet of living space and has five bedroom en suites, a two-and-a-half-story formal living room with full-height glass window walls showcasing serene scenic sunrise views over Johns Lake, a formal office, large workout room and six-person home theater. The home’s façade amazes with a stunning porte-cochere and brilliant double entry door with custom designed glass artwork.

298 Lodge Ridge Trail, Banner Elk, North Carolina

The South Beech Summit, located on the ridge top of The Lodges at Eagles Nest, is one of the jewels of The High Country. The four season inspired mountain retreat offers residents a unique lifestyle all its own. Boasting 180-degree southern exposure at 5,200 feet of elevation and over 100-mile-long range views, the home provides sunrises and sunsets looking over numerous rolling mountain ranges. Offering four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths on over three expansive acres, the decor is best described as Miami meets the mountains and finds the perfect balance between simple mountain elegance and sleek contemporary sophistication.

Whether you enjoy subtle reflections of art or statues that make a bold statement, art will always have a place in your home.

Property Feature | Impressive Manatee River Home

Prepare to be blown away! Located on the protected inlet of the Manatee River, this impressive four-bedroom, five full and two-half-bath, 5,688-square-foot Arthur Rutenberg home provides the perfect mixture of elegance, luxury and natural beauty. Enter through etched glass double front doors to the stunning foyer opening to the gracious living room with 17-foot coffered ceilings, fireplace, beautifully painted murals and direct views of the infinity pool and river.

The home has ample entertaining opportunities with four wet bars throughout, a formal dining room, wood paneled office, gourmet kitchen and multiple outdoor lanai and patio features including an infinity pool and a gas-heated hot tub.

The downstairs owner’s suite is spacious with a private entry to the lanai, tray ceilings, two walk-in closets and a wet bar. The bathroom has a jetted tub flanked by dual sinks and a spacious shower with a tropical mural view.

The graceful wood stairs take you to a second master suite, media room and bonus room that opens to a large balcony with great views and plenty of room to relax. There is also a wood paneled elevator for your convenience.

This home is finished with a multitude of fine touches that are hard to beat and located on over 1 acre. This is a special opportunity!

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Historic Property: The Fairfield House

Winnsboro House

7430 Landis Road, Winnsboro, South Carolina

Listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1974 as the Kincaid-Anderson House, this historic property is known today as the Fairfield House. The Georgian mansion was constructed circa 1774 by James Kincaid, a captain in the American Revolution under Generals Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter. An agricultural innovator and religious leader, Kincaid was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

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Land Fit For a King

The estate was built on land granted by King George III, which contained the famous 10-acre rock that later became the Anderson Quarry. The main house is constructed of brick in Flemish bond on a fieldstone foundation. The interior and exterior walls are solid brick. The hip roof has unboxed common rafters. Dual chimneys service large fireplaces in five of the ten rooms. Small side wings of brick with roof balustrades were added in a 1920s restoration. The wide halls are connected by a sweeping staircase and the massive rooms have large fireplaces and fine moldings.

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A Compound Complete With a Hunt Club

Surrounding the main house are terraced gardens and numerous outbuildings, which epitomize landscaping refinement during the Revolutionary period. The original kitchen has been renovated into a guest house. The pool is flanked by beautiful stone buildings that contain a bath house and entertaining space with a patio.  The grounds are enclosed by a serpentine wall of blue granite from the nearby quarry. A two-story brick work house has been converted into another guest house. The surrounding acreage is heavily wooded with abundant wildlife including deer and turkey. The estate includes a hunt club, which is fully outfitted for overnight guests.

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The Creation of the Cotton Gin

Historians revere Captain James Kincaid as an entrepreneur of the first order, known for introducing cotton farming to the South Carolina upcountry. He was also a private banker, watermill builder, canal developer, and avid traveler. During a trip to the Caribbean he noted the natives using a machine made of revolving saws for husking coconuts. He brought the idea back home and adapted it to make a machine for carding wool. This machine was then developed into a very early version of a working cotton gin. Hudgens Holmes was living at Kincaid’s estate at the time, and was engaged in perfecting this invention. Local legend states that Eli Whitney, who worked for and was discharged by Kincaid, later came back to the estate and patented his own version of the gin based on Kincaid’s original creation. What is known for certain is that Whitney patented his gin in 1794, and that Kincaid already had a working saw gin at his grist mill on Mill Creek in Fairfield County as early as 1795.

 

 

Green House, Blue Waters

Constructed and maintained with water and energy conservation in focus, this gorgeous Gulf-front estate epitomizes green living — while overlooking blue waters.

16660 Captiva Drive, Captiva, Florida

This stunning beachfront estate is the ultimate retreat. Situated on 2 pristine acres, the Caribbean-style home offers over 200 feet of Gulf frontage. With over 14,000 square feet of custom-designed living space, the luxury is truly in the details. Its exquisite features are complemented by a green, environmentally-friendly footprint that has been thoughtfully executed inside and out. From the day construction began, energy conservation has been a top priority. The recent installation of new, high-efficiency zone air handlers and outdoor units save significant resources. The landscape has been customized with salt-tolerant plantings and turf, which are watered primarily with unusable saline ground water. The serene, Gulf-front pond requires non-potable water, and any needed additions during the dry season can be filled 100% by saline ground water. In addition, two, 100-watt air pumps provide most of the circulation needed — the output being equivalent to the use of  just two light bulbs.