duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Homes® April 2019 Uncovered

The luxury real estate market is exploding. Over the last two years, there has been an increase in luxury sales in many major markets and the expectation is that 2019 will be more of the same positive growth. Now is a perfect time to consider making a move – the luxury market is robust in so many areas.

One market that continues to see an increase in popularity is the West Coast of Florida. With its endless supply of warm weather, great beaches, waterfront properties and lack of state income taxes, it’s no wonder that this area is often top on the list for folks looking to purchase second or third homes as well as those looking for a change of lifestyle and, therefore, wanting to call this area home.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus

Featured Properties

Equestrian Estate Minutes Away from World Equestrian Center

“Exquisite French Chateau Estate with Incredible Equestrian Amenities on 91.16+/- acres. Majestic landscaped grounds provide a private and peaceful setting for this estate located at 10270 W. Hwy. 326, Ocala, Florida 34482 and minutes to the World Equestrian Center.”  View Editorial

Clear Creek Equestrian Estate with Olive Mill and Wagyu Cattle Facility

“Clear Creek’s winding approach discloses few hints of the architecturally stunning 8,000+/- square foot, eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath residence at the end of the drive. Incredible views from every location in the home overlook a brook, pond, pool, and vibrantly colored natural landscapes. This rare gem is perfect for entertaining as it is intimate and inviting. This is a unique, warm, contemporary home on an oasis of natural lush landscaping. Clear Creek’s 160-acre property expands into wide open fields, 18-stall barn, level land for jumping, pastures, stable, riding arena and plenty of trails for riding for the equestrian enthusiasts.”  View Editorial

Incomparable Waterfront Showplace

By Linde Hyder

“Built for the discerning yachtsman, this incomparable estate offers 250 feet of frontage on a deep-water canal that can accommodate vessels up to 150 feet. Uniquely positioned on three pointe lots in the exclusive enclave of Rio Vista, the property affords easy access to the Atlantic Ocean in just 10 minutes and the spectacular waters of the Bahamas as close as 60 miles away. Here, seafarers can enjoy a host of activities including sport fishing, scuba diving or a relaxing sunset cruise.”  View Editorial

The Pinnacle of Luxury in Downtown Philadelphia

By Linde Hyder

“Spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline set the stage for a higher standard of living in this two-bedroom condominium located in The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Situated on the 37th floor, the home affords unobstructed views of the city’s landmark clock tower topped by a statue of founder William Penn and surrounded by a dazzling display of architectural sights during the day and twinkling lights at night. This, combined with the legendary amenities of the Ritz-Carlton, creates an unparalleled lifestyle of luxury and enjoyment.”  View Editorial

West Coast of Florida Design Trends

By Alyssa Mammano

“Florida is going light and bright; at least that’s the case according to the top west coast of Florida design studios. Whites, grays and taupes are consistently taking the reins, while darker tones take a back seat. As bright as the Florida sun shines outdoors, that is as bright as full-time and part-time Floridians prefer their indoor décor to be.  View Editorial

Serenity Found

By Linde Hyder

“Just off the coast of Sarasota, FL, lies a peaceful wonderland of pristine beaches, swaying palms, cool white sand and warm salt air. Here, the sun casts a brilliant reflection on the calm sparkling waters of the Gulf while turning the sky into a Technicolor show at sunset. There are no traffic jams or high rises on this stretch of paradise; just a quiet two-lane road that beckons residents and visitors alike to slow down and enjoy life at a more leisurely pace.  View Editorial

Architectural Distinction on Sanibel Island

By Linde Hyder

“Rare is the opportunity to own a piece of history. Rarer still is the chance to purchase property overlooking the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to the Walker Guest House; a landmark of architectural significance offering 209 feet of frontage along the coveted beaches of Florida’s West Coast.  View Editorial

The Top Ten Florida West Coast Properties

Equestrian Disciplines Explained

By Alyssa Mammano

“The most exquisite custom equestrian properties boast specialized outbuildings and equipment intended to train elite riders and their horses in preparation for competition. With Dressage rings and Jumping obstacles at hand, equestrians of the upper echelon have the luxury of boarding and training with their horses from the comforts of their own properties. Top equestrians are able to oversee the diet, exercise, health and discipline of their champion horses around the clock. The convenience of having a property tailored to equestrian housing and training allows the athletes to focus on technique and perfecting their craft. Practicing consistently within structures designed specifically for each discipline gives these fortuitous teams a leg up on the competition.”  View Editorial

Surround Yourself in Unbridled Beauty

By Linde Hyder

“Nestled within the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies an equestrian community unlike any other. It is a place that beckons one to slow down, smell the crisp mountain air and gaze upon blooming spring flowers or colorful fall leaves. Amid these natural surroundings, the soothing calm of the Elk River welcomes an unparalleled mountain lifestyle in Western North Carolina.  View Editorial

Ascend to Equestrian Heaven in Ocala

“Only two hours by car from the Gulf coast, Marion County is the picturesque heart of Florida’s horse country and home to many champion riders, breeders, trainers and owners, as well as multi-generational families. The area is idyllic for raising a family and enjoying family-focused activities. Children, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the hamlet of Ocala—a storybook village lined with oak trees and dangling trellises of Spanish moss.  View Editorial