Stunning is an understatement! This well-built 3-bed, 2 ½ bath lakefront home includes a perfect-sized office and has been lovingly and meticulously maintained. Designed to withstand the highest winds, it has been engineered to ensure that water is not an issue during storms. For maximum convenience, the property comes with an electric boat lift on the dock. The outdoor deck has been double treated to last through the elements in pristine condition. The covered patio will instantly become your favorite room as it is heated and cooled for year-round enjoyment and the unique fireplace is perfect for cold evenings. 180-degree views of the lake from the house are a dream come true that never get old. The yard even features numerous fruit trees!
The sunsets and sunrises are incredible. Here, away from the city lights, the stars on clear nights are a real show. The Milky Way is often on display along with the stars and planets, and a full moon makes the night almost into the day at times.
Eagles, ospreys, herons, cormorants, egrets and many other birds populate the lake shore. Hawks, cardinals and other birds and butterflies can be seen, some on a daily basis. A flock of twenty or more white pelicans visits every winter, along with ducks and other migratory birds. All the wildlife one might expect on a woodland lakeshore are here.
The house looks across two miles of the lake at the Soapstone inlet, always a place for a peaceful visit sheltered from wind and waves and at times abounding with a variety of birds more at home there than on the open lake. Looking to the left, one can see the dam impounding Lake Talquin, where sunsets as it moves to most directly west in the summer. To the right one looks up the lake stretching back towards the city.
Banana trees (plantains) grow along the bank, reaching well above the bank by the end of summer. The owners harvest eight to ten delicious bunches in good years.
Windows and Glassed-in room:
Picture windows are looking out on beautiful views of the lake in kitchen, great room and both the master bedroom and the secondary master bedroom in the other wing of the house.
The glassed-in room, essentially part of the master bedroom as the most of the bedroom wall is 16 feet of sliding glass doors, offers a lovely view of the lake and the gazebo. The sliding glass doors isolate this room when desired (for weather extremes). This room has skirting with two-inch foam insulation on its backside. The additional protection, coupled with double-pane windows and foam-core roof provide a pleasant and easily temperature controlled environment. Screens allow opening it up for gentle breezes on sunny afternoons.
There is plenty of room for parking, four vehicles under cover, two in the breezeway and two in the detached garage. A circular drive through the breezeway means you may never have to back up! A tangelo tree in front of the breezeway adds color and shade – and the best-tasting oranges!
Fruit trees and garden spots -
Aside from the tangelo in front of the breezeway, there is a satsuma tree that also bears well, a small pear tree plus loquat trees along the lot sides. There are two garden spots with fine soil in the yard, defined by plastic edging. Currently, they are being let go back to grass, but it is the buyer's choice. There are three flower beds in the back as well. And, of course, the bananas.
House construction :
The house is super insulated with SIP (foam-core) panels and post and beam construction. The tpanels use 4 inches of foam in the walls and 6 inches of foam in the roof. The attic becomes a space within the heated and cooled envelope with this construction. In addition to fiberglass batting between the floor joists, the walls of the 4-foot crawl space have insulated thick foam panels.
Being dug into the constant temperature depth here in Florida, the floor insulation doesn't have to work against the outside temperatures, either the heat in summer or the cold in winter, but against this 65 degrees or so constant ground temperature. The whole of the crawl space is lined with a vapor barrier to reduce any moisture entering the house.
Adding to the energy efficiency of the house, the heating and cooling system is a groundwater tempered heat pump, effective both winter and summer.
Generous eves provide shade for the house and protection from normal rains.
All windows are double-pane. The massive chimney provides a thermal storage mass to slow temperature changes in the interior.
The massive chimney also adds strength to the house. The chimney combined with the post and beam and SIP construction make the house extremely wind resistant, said to be capable of 150 mph. The house came through with no structural damage while riding the entire eastern side of the eyewall of the recent hurricane with its record high winds, with winds shifting from easterly to southerly to westerly as the eye passed. The inside of the house was reasonably quiet throughout the hurricane, with never an indication of structural difficulties. Numerous lost shingles (now mended) and considerable downed tree branches were the only damage.
The slightly sloping yards and the skirted large deck and Florida room further add to resistance to high winds by buttressing the building and helping start the winds rising over the building.
In stormy weather, the Florida room can be closed off from the bedroom to offer a buffer from rain and wind noise.
There is excellent potential for a solar installation, particularly on the SW facing garage roof.
Amenities of note:
The kitchen is exceptionally well laid out, with the double sinks between the refrigerator and double ovens and cooktops. A central island supplements the generous counters and eases the food preparation activities. The quantity and quality of the kitchen cabinetry is a must-see.
The “perfect-sized office” is just that; big enough for a reasonably large desk and a side cabinet and storage table behind it. Featuring an open closet with built-in shelving, it makes a compact and efficient space. There is just the right room left to add a swivel chair and have everything within easy reach. A window looking out on the front yard finishes the picture.
Fireplace, Covered Porch, Lake Front, Deck, Gazebo, Boat Dock/Lift