Florida’s ‘Floating’ Chateau Artisan Hits the Market for $19.7 Million – Robb Report
This Florida castle gives a whole new meaning to the words “living on the water.”
Remember when Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade had a secret marriage in a moated castle in Florida? Well, it’s this much talked about castle – and it just hit the market for $19.7 million. The royal abode built above a shimmering freshwater lake was created by famed Miami architect Charles Sieger, who has occupied the private residence alongside his wife for more than a decade. Craftsman Castleas it is called, has eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, five powder rooms and an expansive 20,000 square foot living space.
Although Sieger built the opulent dwelling for himself, the engineering required to make it happen was no easy task – it actually took six years to complete. Inspired by the way the River Cher flows beneath the Chateau de Chenonceau in France, the architect had to dig the foundations of the palatial home from the coral rock it currently stands in, allowing the structure to sit at the middle of an enclosed ditch.
Set on its own 14-acre parcel, Chateau Artisan has all the comforts of a private oasis, with an added dose of European charm and medieval-style security. Like any self-respecting fortress, there is only one way to enter and exit this house and that is through a single route, through a set of heavy metal doors. At the beginning or end of the tree-lined driveway, depending on which direction you are traveling, is a drawbridge that crosses the lake. Two diamond-shaped courtyards, one of which houses a black granite basin, are located to the east and west. Stepping stones lead to two gazebos to the north and south, designed for dining alfresco or sleeping under the stars.
Inside, ornate interiors abound, starting with an impressive double-staircase entrance hall. On its three levels, the Chateau Artisan includes a formal dining room, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen and a sumptuous music room. In the north wing is the master bedroom with 23-foot high ceilings and an en-suite bathroom fitted with a dressing island, “midnight” kitchen and walk-in Roman tub.
In a fun twist, the third floor was designed to resemble the interior of a superyacht, with linen paneling, mahogany accents and leather upholstery. Here you will also find guest bedrooms and two children’s play lofts. Elsewhere, oenophiles will appreciate the 3,000-bottle wine cellar. There is also a dedicated home theater for movie night.
The grounds are just as ornate as the interior of the house, replete with fountains, statues, topiaries, two canals, and a lagoon. There’s even an intricate maze that leads to a meditation garden with ruins made of coral rock and a rushing waterfall. You can also expect to see some wildlife, as there is a Japanese koi pond on site. “This is truly the gem of Miami,” says Carlos Justo, listing agent for eXp Realty.
A gem with its own drawbridge, no less.
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