Set on silver sands and turquoise seas like a jewel in a crown, Mandalay lies on an unspoiled barrier island with spectacular sunset vistas of the Gulf of Mexico. Some 700 feet of private beachfront (with a boat dock) lead to Mandalay's tranquil, secluded grounds. The centerpiece of the estate is an exquisite 10,960-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired villa surrounded by lush, classically inspired gardens, elegant terraces and balconies, all shielded by a 25-foot-deep seawall that runs the entire length of the house. The main residence, gardens, and seawall are offered at $22,095,000. The adjourning 380 foot beachfront lot may be purchased for an additional $5,500,000 completing the 700 feet.
Completed in 2009, Mandalay was crafted with the finest materials and artisanal detail, evoking the villas of Tuscany: Archways, balconies, terraces, and sweeping staircases beckon to the warm living spaces within.
Framed by floor-to-ceiling Tischler windows that reveal breathtaking views of the sea, the interiors' wood-beamed ceilings and barnwood floors add to the warmth, while frescoed ceilings, mosaic tile, stone accents, antique fireplaces, and rotundas provide a sense of drama and grandeur.
The heart of the house is, of course, its kitchen: A welcoming space with seating for eight, granite countertops, a walk-in refrigerator, top-of-the-line appliances—and a sea view—it opens to an alfresco dining terrace overlooking the gardens. Formal dinners can convene under the chandelier in the 14-seat dining room. A fully equipped bar and lounge is just off the great room, which features floor-to-ceiling windows facing the beach.
The master wing is a luxurious private retreat with an office, walk-in closets, and a spa-like bathroom with a dramatic vista of sea and sky. The guest wing provides every comfort, with three bedroom suites, a sitting room, breakfast bar, porch, and four car garage.Mandalay's grounds are graced with lush foliage, stone fountains, and an oversized saltwater pool with a magnificent spillover waterfall. A shady lanai is a relaxing retreat after a day at the beach. A secluded path leads from the pool terrace down to the beach. Other superb amenities include a motor court which can accommodate up to 40 vehicles.
Mandalay enjoys a prized location on Sanibel Island—a low-key, beautiful barrier island connected to the mainland by a three-mile causeway on Florida's Gulf Coast—residents may enjoy the island's world-renowned fishing and wildlife, with more than 15 miles of unspoiled beach and 22 miles of scenic bike trails. Additionally, Sanibel Island features a speaker's forum of nationally recognized speakers sharing insights into current topics and issues. Sanibel Island offers the utmost safety for residents and a top-rated school, as well as a local Playhouse, private five-star golf course, spa, and country club for complete enjoyment. Barron's selected the island as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes in 2010 and, with no traffic lights and careful land conservation, the picturesque town enjoys a low-key, atmosphere.