Winter Park / Real Estate: Some homes are meant to impress
May 20, 2008
When you open the door to 1504 Arrow Trail at Lakota, the first thing that strikes you is the extraordinary glass sculpture suspended over the great room ” a bold, animated piece molded by the same artist who created the hand-blown glass flowers inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Dale Chihuly.
Then your eyes take in the tongue and groove ceilings and log beams of finished hickory and pine, the view of Winter Park Resort framed inside the massive glass windows, and the four-sided, see-through fireplace that separates the great room from a smaller sitting area and the entrance to the master bedroom.
The thought that flashes inside your head is a natural one: “Wow. I wouldn’t mind living here.”
Dan Harper, who represents Real Estate of Winter Park, mentions a few highlights as he walks through the different rooms ” the hickory wood inlay throughout the house, the Vietnamese furniture. But mostly he lets the home speak for itself. The main feeling he gets when viewing the home is its openness, he said.
“You don’t get a sense of being confined,” Harper said. “It has a great sense of arrival.”
The kitchen is one of his favorite rooms, Harper admitted. It was designed by Black Diamond Kitchens, and has won multiple awards for its architectural design. All of its appliances have cabinet faces, so that they blend into the knotty alder. The island in the center allows for convenient storage and food preparation, and the counters are covered in dark slab granite. It’s the kind of kitchen where you can easily see yourself preparing a meal for friends, setting out hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine.
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The master bedroom, which is on the opposite end from the room, contains a master bath with in-floor radiant heat, an oversized glass enclosed shower and an all-cedar steam room. A sliding door from the bedroom looks on to the resort and a Cal Spa hot tub, a perfect way to end the evening.
From the main entrance of the home one can walk down the custom log staircase and into the spacious recreation room, which currently contains a foosball table and a gym. A see-through fireplace looks into an office, and the floor also contains a Jack and Jill bedroom with a full bath, and an additional bedroom and bath with a walk-in shower.
The highlight, of course, is the home theater with a 61-inch Panasonic flat screen TV. Oh, the friends you could make.
The two-story home was built by Chillcoots Construction in 2003. It is a four-bedroom home with three and a half bathrooms that spreads over roughly 8,000 square feet of living space. The home sits one just over an acre directly across from the ski resort, and is priced at $1.9 million.
The location is key, Harper pointed out. Lakota is one of the higher end subdivisions in the Winter Park area, he said, and the fact that someone could just walk across the highway to get to the ski area is a big incentive.
But what makes the home unique is its ability to blend a rustic, mountain home feel with a modern flair. The copper colors, the rustic log beams and exposed trusses are accented with modern pieces of furniture and art, such as the Frederic Remington statues at the main entrance, and the modern bathrooms and counter-tops.
“It’s definitely a home for entertaining friends and family,” Harper said.