Welcome to "The Sugar Mill," an exquisite gated bayfront estate of authentic Dutch Colonial West Indies design by renowned and published architect David Wearne Johnson. Enter this private property through the 9 ft. wood automatic gate and Old Chicago brick paver driveway cocooned by lush tropical landscaping by landscape architect Carmen Mendez-Mackey. This magnificent home offers two separate double-car garages split by a courtyard featuring a spectacular 35 ft. koi pond. The main entryway of this home is marked by double arched solid mahogany doors leading to a spectacular nautilus shell-style entryway. The walls of the stairway are double thick concrete with applied fossil Keystone quarried in Big Pine Key and certified to be 250 thousand years old. At the top of the stairs are the great room, gourmet kitchen, formal dining and a screened veranda with panoramic views of the Florida Bay beyond. The spacious main living area offers a Keystone coral gas or wood-burning fireplace with a Cuban mahogany mantle, adorned by an antique triton shell for a Florida Keys island feel. The kitchen is truly a chef's delight with granite and marble surfaces, solid mahogany cabinets, pewter and copper bin pulls, and top-of-the-line appliances including Sub Zero side by side 6 ft. refrigerator, Viking Professional 6-burner gas range with dual fuel and griddle, Viking warming drawer, Viking microwave, built-in icemaker, and counter top beer tap. In addition, this custom kitchen features a spacious butler's pantry, coffee bar, extra large center island and a semicircle granite counter top bar with seating for six. In addition, this kitchen offers a spectacular wine cellar with Old Chicago brick barrel ceiling and temperature controls to keep all 1,200 bottles chilled to the perfect 58 degrees. The wine cellar also offers a wet bar with hammered French copper sink. Just off the kitchen is a formal dining room hallmarked by expansive water views, coffered ceilings and a pineapple chandelier. The guest wing is accessed from the 70 ft. by 5 ft. wide grand gallery hallway with an abundance of windows that open to the center courtyard and koi pond for enjoying sounds of the waterfall and prevailing breezes. This gorgeous hallway is home to the homeowners private art collection and is lit by antique smoke bell lanterns creating the perfect ambiance for art gazing. The guest wing encompasses three bedrooms and two baths each with wide plank distressed mahogany floors and the guest baths feature hand-painted Italian tiles, Toto toilets, glass shower doors and Hansgrohe showerheads. The master bedroom wing is located on the opposite side of the center courtyard for the ultimate privacy and features tray ceilings, crown moldings, indirect lighting, and his and her custom walk-in closets. The master bath features green granite surfaces, Bain Ultra Spa tub, separate shower with double showerheads and rain sprays, and a private room for the Toto toilet and bidet. This home was built to enhance island living with an abundance of outdoor living space perfect for enjoying the Florida Keys. The summer kitchen features limestone and brick finishes, gas grill, refrigerator, sink, TV and phone service, and dumb waiter lift to kitchen for easy food preparation and cooking. Old Chicago brick pavers throughout the patio and covered living area provide a continuum from the front property and orchid house to the footpath and waterfront deck. The infinity edge heated plunge pool offers ample seating for viewing the spectacular sunsets over the bay. Just beyond is the protected dockage featuring a 45 ft. by 15 ft. decking, a jet dock, fish cleaning table with water and electric, special underwater lighting, dock lights and a kayak launch area. This prestigious property is only an hour drive from Miami, but a world away.
The Florida Keys have no analogue in the continental U.S. Geographically they are utterly unique—a chain of small, semi-tropical islands arching 100 miles from Miami to Key West connected by a series of bridges along US 1. For avid fishers and divers, there may be no place like it anywhere. Read more about luxury homes in Florida Keys