KITCHEN AND FAMILY LIVING
In Italy, the kitchen is the heart of the home, just as yours will be when you make Armada Court your home. The open, airy floor plan invites friends and family members to lounge before the fireplace as dinner is prepared, to nibble hors d’oeuvres and chat at the bar, or to show off their culinary skills at the spacious 3’ x 7’ island. The Viking Professional appliances and grill surrounded by granite from Finland and Brazil turn even the most mundane meal into a culinary occasion.
The 17-foot ceiling is needed to accommodate the wine loft, accessed by a gorgeous wood and wrought iron spiral staircase. Featuring custom cabinetry, two wine coolers and a custom wine rack, it is every oenophile’s dream. A Fine Art chandelier with custom pendants, rich cypress custom cabinetry, handcrafted Mexican tile and backsplash, and glass and wrought iron windows add warmth and charm to this Tuscany-inspired family area.
The other end of this welcoming kitchen leads to the lanai and family room, which can be completely enclosed by almost magical hidden screens. Disappearing corner sliders open onto the pool and sundeck, doubling the living space. Just off the kitchen are a half-bath and a fully equipped butler’s pantry with kitchen entrance from the garage porte-cocheres.
You can disappear for days in the luxurious main floor master retreat that overlooks the private marina and comes with everything you need to relax and rejuvenate. Work out in the fully equipped fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment and weight machines. Afterward, recline beneath a faux-finished ceiling that accentuates the room’s elegant detail.
Count the stars as you soak beneath open beams in the secluded courtyard spa and private garden nestled in terra cotta Italian tile complemented by a local artist’s custom mural. Enjoy an invigorating shower or a romantic interlude in the master bath with Italian Breccia Pernice marble, a unique indoor/outdoor dual shower, a ball and claw slipper tub and majestic Romanesque arches. Even man’s best friend gets a little R&R in the air-conditioned dog kennel with outdoor dog run. Located on the western side of the main floor, the octagonal master sitting room provides wraparound sunset views of the pool and waterways of beautiful Cape Coral.
Your children or guests will enjoy their own fully appointed living space on the second floor of this plush estate. The gentle curve of the Travertine stairway with iron balusters and railing presents an elegant invitation to ascend. The welcoming landing mirrors Tuscan architecture with high arched ceilings and doorways that lead to bedrooms and communal areas.
You may want to curl up with a page-turner in the unique circular reading nook tucked into the front turret brightened by graceful arched windows. The adjacent book gallery features rich floor-to-ceiling built-ins that overlook the formal living room and family area accented by custom iron work.
The first suite is ideal for guests or teens who want to escape to their own domain. It includes a half kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, granite-topped bar and sink. The attached bathroom features His and Hers granite-topped vanities, wall sconces and pendant lamps imported from France. A claw foot tub, a frameless shower, and a large walk-in closet.
The second guest suite features wood floors and a private bath with a custom wood granite-topped vanity, Stiletto tile, and the soft lighting of wall sconces. A laundry room is easily accessed from either suite.
3RD FLOOR ENTERTAINMENT
When the water isn’t calling, your family and friends will enjoy relaxing in the high-tech media room with a built-in entertainment center. An adjoining control room houses all necessary equipment for this area, as well as the sound system that runs through the entire home. A few steps away is a full bar with marble countertop, icemaker, sink, and dishwasher. An attractive custom wooden wall unit houses barware and supplies, while Mexican tile and natural jute carpeting are both beautiful and practical. A convenient half bath is close by.
The highlight of the third floor is the octagonal observation room that provides spectacular views of Cape Coral’s waterways, the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Multiple sets of French doors lead to a wrap-around balcony where you and your friends will never tire of viewing the stunning Florida sunrises and sunsets. Armada Court provides magnificent scenery whether you are relaxing on the water or in the posh comfort of your estate.
Your Cape Harbour Home is a luxurious retreat you will want to share with your friends. The equally inviting guest cottage was built to give your guests privacy through an extended stay or a long weekend. The Old World feel continues throughout the cottage, especially in the kitchen. Azure Spanish tiles create the counter tops, backsplash and bar, which is accented by hand-painted tile trim. Floor-to-ceiling wood cabinets complement the hand-painted Mexican tile flooring throughout the house.
The main bedroom features a large walk-in closet and a full bath with a hand-painted sink surrounded by the charming Mexican design and blue tile in the kitchen. The great room provides the same indoor-outdoor privacy as the main estate by including surrounding drapery to enclose it from the adjoining lanai. A den offers additional sleeping space for guests or children, and a laundry room completes this exquisite home within a home.
An estate this resplendent deserves the finest care, and the caretaker’s quarters reflect the same attention to comfort and design that are evident in every detail of the estate. Open and airy with double ceiling fans, the dining room and fully-equipped kitchen offer multiple views of the property along with shuttered privacy. Conveniently housed above the three-car garage, the one-bedroom, one-bath apartment is its own welcoming retreat.