This lovely home is private and well hidden from Ortega Blvd plus it sits high above the river on a .87/acre lot. Featuring an expansive panorama of Jacksonville's downtown skyline, the location is both fascinating and beautiful. After merging riverfront land with a piece of Los Cedros, Leland Burpee developed the Apalachee cul-de-sac and then had the home designed and built about 32-33 years ago. Days are picturesque and lively in this incredible location with nesting bald eagles, great blue herons, ospreys, the Ortega barred owls and the little singing birds all over the yard - not to mention the water life. The unreal sunrises and sunsets are ever-present while the City's twinkling skyline makes this home a unique and rare location in Jacksonville. Come see the beauty for yourself!Built for a family who's kids were already out of the home, it was designed for family gatherings during holidays and parties with friends. Large flowing areas throughout the home gives it a sense of grandeur. The backyard is suited for tenting and has hosted 400 people yet at the same time, the home is intimate and designed for 'empty nesters'. With approximate 6144 SF inside, 2 garages for 3 cars & about 10 additional spaces for guests in the paver parking area, parking is thoughtful and works really well for kids home from college and guests.
The grand foyer welcomes you with an approximate 25 foot ceiling featuring an antique iron candelabra that came out of a Scottish castle, now converted to electric - no candles! The tall Pella window bank above the front doors feels majestic. It brings sunlight & moonlight into the entrance hall for spectacular plays of light all hours of the day and night. The wrought iron work on the staircase were hand forged by a local artist famous in the 70s-80s.
The amazing living room with beautiful mahogany beams features a wood burning fireplace with woodwork on the mantle imported from an old-world ship. With 3 sets of mahogany pocket doors, it is about 1000 SF & flows beautifully into the dining room (both with 11 ft ceilings). The dining room table seats 12 with all the leaves in place and looks onto a private courtyard of greenery lit at night for a special touch. Dinners flow from the dining room to the living room to the bar spilling onto the river terrace for the wonderful breezes and dynamic colorful downtown view.
The kitchen is open and large and is the perfect place to gather & cook with family and friends. The sunny room off the kitchen (approx 13 1/2 ft ceiling) is where your family will watch TV while you cook. The custom crafted mahogany library works great as a place to read or listen to music. It has been a TV room and is currently the prettiest office in Jacksonville with the pool and river as a backdrop to the computer.
The owner's suite closes off to the rest of the home for privacy. It has 2 spacious bedrooms but the wall between the bedrooms is designed to be removed if one very large bedroom is preferred. There is a reading room or computer area overlooking the private courtyard below. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and there is a large linen closet in this area. There is an elevator to carry you and your luggage up & down if you don't want to use the stairs. The elevator is a very helpful way to remain in the home forever, even if you can't do the stairs.
The upstairs terrace is a great space for an outdoor living room. There is a charming bedroom outside the owner's suite with its own private bath and walk-in closet.
Back downstairs, there is a very large downstairs guest bedroom with a private bath separated from the bedrooms upstairs. It can fit more than one bed if needed for grandkids! It is a lovely room, tucked away from the living areas.
Closets are abundant in the home. There is a nice laundry room with side by side machines and numerous cabinets. This utility area off the door to the garages has another walk-in closet plus other storage closets. Outside in the garage there are 2 large closets and additional space for storage.
The home is high & dry and Irma proved it. The home didn't move when it hit the house with insanely strong winds at 3 am. Reportedly built with some steel beams, concrete block on the lower level with 2X8's and 2x10's for walls and roofs, it is a sturdy home designed to withstand storms. Perched high above the mighty St. Johns River, this is a safe and beautiful home.
The wide unobstructed view of downtown is not often found in Jacksonville thanks to the greenery of the Los Cedros lawn next door. There are no docks obstructing your view towards downtown. Come discover the special peaceful home in a unique location. Plan to spend a bit of time walking around the grounds. Welcome to a beautiful home in a loved Jacksonville neighborhood built with character and strength and adored by many.
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Listing information last updated on January 21st, 2021 at 4:39pm EST.