House of the Day: Tuscany on the Beach
There comes a time in every real estate writer's life when she simply can no longer see the forest for the trees. She complains aloud that there should be a lifetime ceiling on just how many Mediterraneans one can reasonably be asked to describe and prays that the one she just wrote about will be her last.
And then along comes a not-so-little charmer
that just has a twinkle in its marble flooring that brings her back home. Yes, I'm back in love and checking my sofa cushions to see if $7,195,000 has fallen out of my pockets.
This Tuscan-inspired estate in Vero Beach, Fla
., has a whopping 10,000 square feet of living space and actually does what other listings only claim to accomplish: combines Old World craftsmanship with state-of-the-art modern construction. The six-bedroom home has a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, separate guest house with elevator and, according to the listing, "a covered loggia with a summer kitchen." (Sorry, but isn't it summer all-year-round in Florida?) There is also a lagoon pool with spa.
The home sits just 20 feet above sea level and has a seawall and gated privacy wall. Zoning in Vero Beach has kept high-rise hotels and large commercial centers at bay, so what remains is a quiet atmosphere of vacation homes and gated communities.
Kimberly Hardin of Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty
in Vero Beach has the listing
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