The Mansion on Coconut Drive

A House to Take Your Breath Away

Article by Aubrey Sewell

Photography by Submitted by McMurray & Members of Royal Shell Real Estate

Originally published in Fort Myers Lifestyle

As you roll down a driveway paved of granite imported from China, you will be mesmerized by the fountain erected of white Macedonian marble from Mexico and BISAZZA Mosaic from Italy, enthralled with the lush landscaping by Kirby Kirwin Design including 42 mature palm trees and more than 200 various species of flora from all over the world, and in awe of the massive architectural beauty that rises before you. Michelangelo Custom Designs and John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects joined forces to construct this masterpiece at 1240 Coconut Drive in Fort Myers in 2013.

Entering the foyer through 2-ton heavy custom design iron doors from Cantera, you will set your feet upon 1 ½ inch thick Perlino Bianco Marble floors imported from Viareggio, Italy. An old French lamp from 1980, bought in New Orleans, converted from candles to electric will light the 24-foot-high ceilings that soar above. The concrete staircase will lead you upstairs once you have completed your tour of the first floor which includes three panties, a wine room, his and her offices, and a vestibule that leads to an additional remodeled 3 Bedroom Guest or Caretaker House.

Interior designer Birgit Schnasse of Hamburg, Germany, didn’t miss a single detail as she touched every room. From custom made silk curtains to Swarowski light fixtures, this home is the definition of sophistication and wealth as no expense was spared. Interior doors, arches, and hardware of highest German quality were custom made in addition to the lighting design, built-ins and loose furniture crafted by ARVE DESIGN out of Munich.

This home comes fully furnished with all its original, custom furniture designed purposely for and proportionately to each room, valuing over two million dollars, plus a variety of wall art and paintings from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The top-of-the-art kitchen is one for the ages! It consists of 2 ½ inch thick Perlino Bianco marble countertops, Miele Appliances, aspecial CERAN stovetop from Germany, Teppanyak hot stone to grill, a built in induction wok, 2 ovens, a walk-in cooler refrigerator, a ventilated towel cabinet next to the raised dishwasher and a large center isle for gathering & socializing.

Storage space is found in abundance with the 1st butler’s pantry only for glasses, the second butler’s pantry containing a massive deep freezer, and a walk-in dry pantry. Plus, the dehumidified, climatized, electronically controlled wine room is a dream right out of Napa Valley. It holds over 2000 bottles, with crates below for potatoes, onions, and garlic; it’s also the exact climate to be used for a humidor. With a herringbone design floor made from old Chicago clay bricks, tinted glass windows into the dining room/great room area, and illuminated with 1-watt LEDs, it’s quite eye-catching, especially at night. Both the living and family room are outfitted with top of the line lighting and technology and the living room houses a gas fireplace replica of that of an antique from Pompeii, Italy.

The dining room and breakfast nook both seat guests on chairs from POLTRONA FRAU and light the room with Swarovski crystal light fixtures from Austria. His and her offices contain built-ins from Germany and gorgeous mahogany and walnut tables; and an “archive room” with hard copy file storage, a BROWN brand fire grade safe from L.A, and a sliding library style ladder to reach higher shelves is protected by 12 foot chrome magnetic close doors.

Along with four luxurious bedrooms, six bathrooms, and three and a half bathrooms, come a specialty game room and indoor cinema. The game room contains a billiards table, a bar with a fridge, a real zebra rug, a storage room, and controls to all the TV/music throughout the house. A Swarovski crystal chandelier hangs over the pool table and liquid marble covers the walls. The elevator with marble floors and German wallpaper opens into this room, and a large West-facing terrace directly off it rounds out this room. The cinema is a contrast to the rest of the house with it’s completely black, specially insulated walls-which are actually loud speakers- for sound control. With a star ceiling including a shooting star, strip lights to illuminate the stairs and large seating pieces instead of individual seats, and a private cinema bathroom, there is no need to visit mainstream movie theaters. Strolling outdoors is a treat in itself as you enter a private island retreat.

There is a fully size jacuzzi that fits up to 16 people and overflows into the infinity edge pool, both of which are surrounded by Date Palms. The infinity pool has a uniquely designed BISAZZA Mosaic Hibiscus flower on the bottom and looks out to the sandy beach spotted with FIJI Island palms containing edible coconuts. On the beach there are two docks, one of which has a 35,000lb lift for at max a 42-foot boat, the other for sitting on the water watching ocean life, and two gas fired pits. The pool cabana has a specially designed patterned ceiling, floors of Perlino Bianco and Rosso Verona marble, a fire table, speakers for entertainment, and a huge screen that can be rolled down for outdoor movies. The outdoor kitchen sports all Viking appliances, electric mosquito screens, electric roll down hurricane grade shutters, and a room for storage. The breezeway is a feature all its own with hand painted tiles from Portugal, massive shell stone columns from Mexico and a water table made of four different stones.

Completing this property are a guest house, a hobby garage, at least 5 other garage spaces (three are climatized and air conditioned) and an 1100 sq. ft. gym room. It is furnished with Technogym and Life Fitness equipment, a bar and fridge, and a full bathroom. It has cherry wood floors sewn from Canada, custom lemon wood cabinets made in Lebenon, a sliding glass spider web door, and a TV. It can easily be converted into an apartment, in-law suite, or music studio. Fully gated, this estate has total privacy, even with two separate private access roads.

Listing realtor of this home is none other than our own Mike McMurray. McMurry and Members of Royal Shell Real Estate is Southwest Florida’s most accomplished, knowledgeable, ethical, and respected real estate group. They go the extra mile to surpass their client’s expectations, and with this property they have done just that! Mike McMurray 239-850-7888 Mike@McMurrayandmembers.com @McMurrayandMembers for all social media McMurrayandMembers.com

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