By Linde Hyder
Approached by a private tree-shaded drive, this sprawling 100-acre estate is ideally suited for the accomplished equestrian or gentleman rancher. Entirely fenced, the property features a 22-stall horse barn with caretaker’s apartment, a 5-furlong track with chute, fenced paddocks, a 600-foot well and a John Deere customized equipment building. Combined with Florida’s temperate climate, “DeVita Ranch” is the premier year-round facility for horse breeders, eventers and equine enthusiasts.
At the heart of it all lies a 19,000-square-foot residence reflecting classic Tuscan stylings and fashioned of the finest materials. A massive mahogany door opens to reveal interiors that are spacious, luxurious and thoroughly welcoming. Thirty-five-foot ceilings and a majestic white marble fireplace set the tone for comfortable family living, as well as gracious entertaining in the Great Room. Intimate gatherings are best hosted in the billiards room, with its handcrafted oak bar, or in the library, where floor-to-ceiling mahogany cabinets and a marble terrace create an impressive, yet relaxed setting.
Facilitating events of any size is the generously proportioned kitchen, outfitted to please the most demanding chef. Complementing a full selection of Viking professional-grade appliances—including two ovens, two dishwashers and two Sub-Zero refrigerators—are a wood burning pizza oven and a walk-in cooler.
Ensuring abundant space and privacy for all family members, the main house offers four en suite bedrooms and an opulent master suite featuring his and hers bathrooms. A fully equipped fitness center and a 10-seat home theater complete the interior layout.
Outside, Rosso Verona tumbled marble flooring surrounds the heated swimming pool with beach entry. The area beckons casual get-togethers with an outdoor kitchen and a charming gazebo dining area as fountains, waterfalls and a hot tub create an ambiance of peaceful comfort. Augmenting the main house are a 2,300-square-foot guest house, tennis court and a four-bay garage.
No detail has been overlooked and no expense has been spared to create the ultimate in luxury living amid a superb equine setting. Conveniently situated within minutes to world-renowned Gulf beaches, fine dining and cultural experiences, DeVita Ranch is also a short drive to prominent equestrian centers in Wellington and Ocala, Florida.
Mark A. Quire, REALTOR, Lieutenant Colonel (USA) Retired
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