“When I walked in, I had visions of movies I had seen,” says the listing agent, Steve Abbe. “I felt like I was in another world when I walked in there.”
The pictures do the place justice, he says, but walking through the doors into the place, he adds, “You’re just literally mesmerized.”
For a buyer yearning for a swim that is worthy of the silver screen, this 4,152-square-foot home is listed for $5.8 million. With azure waters lapping up against a palazzo, the home’s indoor-outdoor pool area is a sight to behold.
Abbe says the sellers spent two years searching the world for the perfect white and blue stones for the pool, and the right quarry, which could cut them at the same thickness.
The result is an elaborate area that looks like a Roman bath, with multiple archways and pillars surrounding an enormous, 45-foot pool.
“They wanted to have a living area that was inside—yet outside,” Abbe explains. “It’s a courtyard around the pool, and they live out around the pool most of the time, even though it’s not air-conditioned.”
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The space has a bar, a pool table, a TV area, and more, all cooled by fans. Spacious and inviting, the outdoor area adds a few thousand feet of perfectly livable space.
“It just really lives open. You can look right up to the sky,” Abbe says. “The way it’s designed, you get sun on the pool but not on the rest of the area down there. It stays cool. Temperatures are beautiful, and the air flows through.”
As for pesky Florida bugs, they aren’t a problem at this house. Many homes in the Sunshine State are outfitted with glass structures surrounding the pool, to keep critters and insects at bay.
This has no pool cage, the agent notes, but bugs don’t get in, “because they don’t fly in the top, and they don’t come in through the opening archway where the pool goes to the outside.”
The rest of the house surrounds the pool, and most of the rooms on the upper floor have balconies overlooking the courtyard area.
Surrounding views are also worth savoring, because the home sits on almost an acre of land on Hudson Bayou and offers deep-water dockage.
“You’re only about 150 yards to the bay [and the Gulf of Mexico] from this house,” Abbe says.
True to the home’s moniker, the flamingo motif is a great highligh.
The surround of the front door is hand-carved Cantera stone, with male and female flamingos, Abbe notes. The imposing front doors are 10-foot tall mahogany, framed with 24 feet of stone carvings.
Inside, you’ll find four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The kitchen has Blue Azul countertops and professional appliances. A large great room connects to the kitchen.
Opulence is the word in the main bedroom wing, which boasts three chandeliers as well as a huge closet. A large bathroom has an oversized glass shower.
In addition to the fabulous main home, there’s also a welcoming guesthouse.
“When you come into the property, you come underneath the guesthouse. There’s an archway, and the guesthouse is built above that,” Abbe explains.
Guest quarters are outfitted with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living area, making the property perfect for multigenerational living.
With the indoor-outdoor flow and abundance of courtyard space, the home is ready-made for a crowd.
“I think it’s just a real nice entertaining house. It lives so inside/outside. You spill out from the pool to the dock,” says Abbe.
While everything in the house is top-of-the line, the pool at the center of the home shines brightest.
“I want to jump in every time I walk into the house. It’s so inviting. I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” the agent adds.