Draper Lake Gulf View Home in the Retreat
Posted by Destin Real Estate Sales on Thursday, December 9th, 2021 at 8:45am.
This spectacular manor home located at 243 W Bermuda Drive in Blue Mountain Beach belongs on the popular TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. It has a prominent setting high up on a sandy bluff overlooking the pristine shores of Draper Lake. It sits beside the glorious gulf in a highly prestigious and exclusively gated residential paradise known as the Retreat.
Coastal Dune Lakes of this kind are precious natural treasures and are found hardly anywhere else on the planet. It has a creek-like tributary that crosses over the dunes and connects to 3,000 linear feet of this community's pure white quartz crystal beach. This connection creates a magical mixture of salted artisan spring-fed water with ever-changing tides that supports abundant wildlife, waterfowl, and a wide variety of fish.
This outstanding 6,080 square foot home takes full advantage of this setting with stunning panoramic views of the lovely lake, sand dunes, the bright white beach, and the glowing jewel-toned waters of the gulf. It includes five opulent bedrooms, all with luxurious ensuite private baths. An additional full hall bath serves as a recreational dressing room, and there are two more half bath powder rooms. This waterfront home was recently custom-created by the renowned architectural group of Archiscapes and is a true masterpiece of design.
Besides the 6,000+ square footage within, it was also built to entertain large groups outside with nearly 2,000 square feet of covered porch space among two levels that showcase the heavenly views. One balcony is on the raised second level featuring an amazing infinity swimming pool, an adjoining spa, cascading waterfalls, and a Pentair automated control system. It spans sixty linear feet overlooking the sensational seascape through regal open arch portal openings.
Beside it, a handsome den with a fireplace features fully retractable weather shield doors that provide direct open access to the pool deck. It is adorned with gleaming mahogany paneling and includes a fireplace and a large custom-built vintage-styled bar topped with marble and flanked by thick columns. It is centered upon a large wine rack framed with glass front cabinets, open shelving, and drawers.
The main open living area includes a fireplace and multiple windows providing lots of natural light and views. The heart of this home for entertaining is the open state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen. It features creamy white custom cabinetry that houses dual Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezers. The counters and an extra-wide pedestal-sided kitchen island are lavished with Taj Mahal quartzite tops. This incredible kitchen also features dual Bosch dishwashers, a Wolf six-burner gourmet range, a double oven, and a 100-bottle Sub-Zero Wine Cooler.
A covered balcony on the third floor level off the open living area spans across the top with commanding views of the incredible outdoor surroundings. It includes a comfortable seating area, a dining table, two raised cocktail tables, an outdoor kitchen, a Green Egg smoker, and a 42" DCS barbeque grill. A pavilion with a gas fireplace and flatscreen TV is also provided for lavish entertainment.
The spacious Master Bedroom off the living area is adorned by a shimmering crystal chandelier. It includes a three-sided sunroom seating area with vivid views of the seascape. A glass door provides direct access to the covered balcony.
The ensuite Master Bath has heated floors, a long dresser with double vanities, windows providing gulf views, a jetted spa tub, and a large steam shower.
All bedrooms include luxury ensuite baths, and each one has its own personality. A second Master Suite is on the first level with a wall of windows and glass doors that lead out directly to the pool.
One Guest Bedroom is decidedly nautical with porthole reading lights, a bed area with a unique ship-like mahogany hull ceiling along with a coffee bar and mini-fridge.
Another guest suite features a vaulted ceiling, custom cabinetry, and a window seat, all accented with inlaid mahogany detailing.
A custom Bunk Room includes four twin beds and sunny windows overlooking the glistening gulf.
The entry foyer includes an elegant, mahogany brass-inlaid staircase around a custom-made grand hotel vintage-style elevator. A handsome library office off to the side features pecky cypress accents, built-in cabinetry, and shelving.
This home also includes a sizeable residential gym with mirrored walls, a large fan, cork flooring, and access to a pair of open balconies.
A bright art studio has lots of natural light, a long seat beneath a row of gulf view windows, two walls of cabinetry for crafts, double counters, and a sink. The home is filled with superlatives that include laundry facilities on two floors, lighting and sound system controls, Newport brass plumbing fixtures, four gas fireplaces, masterful millwork, a life safety sprinkler, fire, and smoke detection system, and a central vacuum system on each floor.
One neighborhood beach walk is right beside the home, leading down to a pedestrian bridge that crosses the lake over to the island-like sand dune beside the beach. This allows you to go from taking a refreshing pool plunge to luxuriating in glowing jeweled waters of the gulf in no time at all.
The Retreat Beach Club is a short distance away should you decide to leave the idyllic lifestyle provided by this opulent manor. It resembles a classically columned Greek temple high atop another dune overlooking the shimmering white shoreline and gorgeous gulf. The two-story pool clubhouse includes locker rooms, restrooms, and showers facing a crescent-shaped stone patio that wraps around a large swimming pool. Seemingly infinite views extend across the glittering gulf to the southern horizon. A lovely fountain beside the pool is centered upon a decorative arbor arch leading to a staircase that takes you to the private beach below. The Beach Club House is currently receiving renovations and will have a grand reopening on Memorial Day 2022.
This Blue Mountain Beach locale is also close to some charming locally-owned restaurants, a bakery, an ice cream shop, and Walton County's first Health Food Store. Many other dining establishments, friendly beach bars, unique shopping destinations, open-air amphitheater concerts, fun festivals, and vibrant seasonal firework celebrations are minutes away at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, along with iconic Seaside.
This incredible one-of-a-kind magnificent manor home is listed at $12,900,000, coming in at $2,121.71 per square foot. Currently, only one other home is available for sale in the Retreat. It is also listed at $12,900,000. It includes 5,523 square feet with five bedrooms, six and one-half baths and comes in at $2,335.69 per square foot.
If you are ready to take advantage of this rare buying opportunity, contact our Ocean Reef Real Estate office today at 877-392-6085. We will provide you with complete details and a comparative market analysis. It will list details on other homes for sale, pending contracts, and homes sold within the past twelve months. These details will give you additional information to select which properties you want to see. From there, we will be happy to arrange your private tour.