Stunning bayfront home hits market primed for record sale (PHOTOS)
DESTIN — The stunning, modern marvel of a home on Choctawhatchee Bay does what it's supposed to do when you walk through the front doors.
It takes your breath away.
From the architecture to the interior design to the sheer craftsmanship needed to create the home located in the exclusive, gated Kelly Plantation community, there is nothing about the residence that's not totally unique in every way.
It's also the reason it's on the market for $11 million, an exclusive listing from local Realtor Chris Abbott's Scenic Sotheby's International Realty.
It would be the most expensive home ever sold on the bay, Abbott said.
"Well, first of all, when you have the type of client we had, you can do something like this," said architect George Small, AIA/NCARB. "And that's the kind of client that only comes along once in a great while."
Small runs Indianapolis-based Design Point Inc., and flew to Destin two to three times per month during the home’s construction.
The home is 7,215 square feet with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two partial bathrooms. It's located on 2.53 acres nestled up to the wetlands, with 278 feet of private waterfront.
It was built by DKM Custom Homes out of Miramar Beach, led by partners Jon Kazek, Steve Dixon and Chris Morrison. Building the home was an epic undertaking that took almost four years from start to finish.
"George’s taste and his vision really fueled the fire," Kazek said. "This is the definition of a custom home ... every inch has been covered to the owner's specific needs. It is unique in every single way.“
How the home eventually came on the market was an unexpected twist.
The owner's family, who have asked to remain anonymous, lived in a condo on the Gulf of Mexico during the home's construction, then moved into the home in Kelly Plantation for approximately six months before contacting DKM for an unexpected upgrade.
Two weeks later, Kazek’s phone rang.
"(The owner) called and said 'Hey, I love you guys and you did a great job,'" Kazek said, smiling. "And right then I just said 'You're going to stay on the Gulf, aren't you?' And I think his answer was something like 'How did you know?'
"I think I just had a feeling that they were really enjoying living on the Gulf ... but I live on the Gulf, so I understand why they feel that way. It does not change the fact that we all, collectively, were able to create a home that is unlike any that has ever been built in this area.“
The home blends seamlessly on one side with the wetlands, and on the other with the neighboring property thanks to subtle, cascading retaining walls with strategically placed planters that create privacy.
Coming off the dock and approaching the back of the home invokes the feeling of being at an exclusive resort, which was intentional.
The pool is 25 feet wide and 88 feet long and has a built-in filtration system. There’s a lane for lap swimming on one side, and on the other there’s a built-in whirlpool framed by sun decks for chairs and umbrellas. Every part of the pool can be isolated and heated individually.
There's an outdoor fireplace and seating area on one end of the pool, and an alcove with an outdoor kitchen and dining area that's all state-of-the-art.
The ceiling for the outdoor alcove, alone, took three months to install, with African mahogany wood that matches the rest of the house.
"We have an emotional connection to all of the homes we build and all of the customers we work with," Morrison said. "And this is the most detailed home we've ever done.“
All five of the bedrooms have views of the bay. Gigantic sliding doors open up an entire wall in the back of the home and leading out to the pool.
The technology in the home is cutting-edge and can be controlled by strategically placed tablets in walls throughout the residence.
"There's nothing you can't program in the home to fit your schedule and your day," Morrison said.
The master bedroom, like the rest of the home, features recessed trusses with automated shades that create a blackout effect. The master bathroom's shower has 15 different ways to distribute water, including nine body sprays and rain shower heads in the ceiling above the shower.
The 24-foot ceilings in the living room feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Also in the living room, a 22-foot long fireplace sits below an awe-inspiring, 20-foot long television made up of two, 10-foot screens melded together.
The home's front doors are glass with wood frames and go all the way up to the ceiling - they're wind-enforced on pivot slides and weigh 750 pounds each.
Outside the front door, there's a breezeway that looks out over the wetlands and an entrance to a man cave, the likes of which would melt the heart of any sports-bar loving human being on the planet. Across the driveway, there's a four-car garage.
"They built something that this market has never seen," said Abbott, a Gulf Coast native and third-generation Realtor. "That's really a credit to George and to DKM and the work they do ... the experience of being here really sticks with you after you leave.
"It's a special place ... so cool and so different from what people in this area are used to."