Lakefront Luxury

Designed in functional Frank Lloyd Wright style, this smart home in Windmill Ranch Estates surprises at every turn.

By Linda Marx | Photography by Jason Juliano

After four years of planning and three years of construction, this 11,843-square-foot home in Weston’s Windmill Ranch Estates tuned out to be exactly what the owners desired: a space that was light, airy and perfect for entertaining and raising their four daughters. Coming from Plantation, the couple wanted views of the lake and an indoor-outdoor lifestyle using Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of organic architecture. They chose Weston because of the city’s reputation for wholesome family life. “We moved to Weston because we had researched and found it was a great place to raise a family;” says the husband of his six-bedroom, nine-bath home with a two-story master suite, wine cellar and covered outdoor living area with a second kitchen. “We wanted a house made of granite, marble, glass and metal that was designed with the indoor-outdoor flow for perfect South Florida living.”

The formal entryway is stunning with a mixture of natural and recessed lighting and travertine marble alongside white stone.

The owners hired the late Fort Lauderdale architect Don Zim­mer, who was an expert in Frank Lloyd Wright-style architecture, and the late great Fort Lauderdale designer Keith Conrad to create the interiors. Working with the owners, this pair of talented experts had many modern and creative ideas for integrating the interior with the natural landscape. (f he Con­struction Association of South Florida awarded this home its Craftsmanship Award a few years after it was completed, and the house has won additional quality awards.)

The formal living room has a pair of Donghia couches, a glass coffee table and colorful art to pull it together.

The floors are made of travertine stone, the walls are block on the first floor and 2’x’8′ wood on the second, and lighting is ledge-reflected with an abundant use of natural daylight. Since the house is a total smart home, there is computerized lighting, air conditioning, entertainment, etc.

The large residence is being offered at $2,675,000 by ONE Sotheby’s International Re­alty through agents Kimberly Knausz, Elizabeth Ford and Benjamin Westby. Since the couple’s children are grown, they want to find a smaller space.

A view through the door of the foyer of two bronze sculptures flanking a contemporary painting by Pakistani-born artist Jamali

The stunning home overlooking a lake is distinguished, with long overhangs and a tiled pattern both inside and out.

Many of the materials used to design the home are locally sourced. “The waterfall is natu­ral, made from real rocks,” says the husband. “The entire space mirrors local nature. And the main house has a drop center section which offers constant natural light.”

This multistory residence is interesting and dynamic at every turn. With a parlor in front and a drop down to large, stylized dining and living spaces, the minimalist vibe is reminiscent of a contemporary hotel.


The family members also like to entertain at the pool and around the deck.

The family members enter the home through a solid wood front door with bank vault-like locks and metal handles that don’t corrode. This is the highest level in the house. Custom aluminum rails run in a horizontal line around the entryway. “The house has many sitting and relaxing spaces, yet was designed not to overwhelm,” the husband says.

The outdoor living and sitting space is equally as chic with wicker furniture and mesmerizing views of the lake and patio where a gaze at charming lawns, spreading trees and lingering clouds is quite relaxing as the light of the afternoon dims ever so slowly.

Among the many seating areas that meld the indoors and outdoors is a huge space surrounded by windows and designed with Ralph Lauren wicker furniture.

The formal living room with a pair of Angelo Donghia couches showcases a beautiful wood-burning glass fireplace, glass coffee table and eggplant chair. The space mixes sophistication with easy living and a colorful use of wall art.

This space is varied with many dining, sitting and living spaces. One large area is designed with a custom glass table and teak chairs where the kids like to sit. Blue pillows on the furniture reflect outdoor colors. “We like to entertain outside, maybe for 180 people who enjoy sitting at the deck and by the pool,” says the husband.

The dining space is serene and special with a custom teak table and chairs.

The inside formal dining area is stunning with tile floor highlighted by a marble inset. Cream leather chairs and a wood table, both from Dakotajackson, can seat 24 for meals and wine tastings. “We love to have large holiday parties in this room,” says the husband. “Part of the mahogany cabinet matches the dining table.”

The inside formal dining area is stunning with tile floor highlighted by a marble inset. Cream leather chairs and a wood table, both from Dakota Jackson, can seat 24 for meals and wine tastings. “We love to have large holiday parties in this room,” says the husband. “Part of the mahogany cabinet matches the dining table.”

The temperature-controlled wine cellar holds 2,000 bottles and is attached to a generator.

The 2,000-bottle wine cellar is located in the living area near the kitchen. Air conditioned and tem­perature controlled, it is attached to a backup generator to avoid power outages. The team also created a media room made of hospitable dark mahogany with a JOO-inch roll down screen for small gatherings or larger fetes.

The couple’s multiple sitting scenes in and around the house emulate the genius and curiosity of Frank Lloyd Wright. They include sunlight flooding into the house through floor-to-ceiling windows, expert craftsmanship and technology dictating how the house runs, and there is no clutter to confuse the brilliance of the architecture and design.

The kitchen offers lots of space and is outfitted with oak cabinetry, a granite island and modern appliances.

The minimalist kitchen (there is a smaller one within the larger space) is another work of art, with vast wall spaces of rich-looking oak cabinetry; a granite island and colorful oil paintings of fruit created by a Miami artist.

There is a TV nestled in the cabinets and an appliance garage to house the toaster, coffeemaker, etc., so they don’t show. A breakfast nook with a glass dining table made of stainless and granite legs, and a set of black Bau­haus (form follows function) chairs completes this section of the space with the wall highlighted by eight Thomas McKnight prints collectively called Venice Suite which provide color, texture and movement. “This is a big room with lots of natural light,” says the husband. “We all like to cook, although it’s mostly my wife who prepares our meals.”

The two-level master bedroom suite features an award­winning spiral staircase. The second-floor loft has a private gym, double office and superb views of the pool, waterfall and lake.

The master bedroom is another amazing space, with a second-floor loft (via an award-winning spiral staircase) offering beautiful views of the waterfall, pool and lake. The loft includes a double office and exercise area. Again, lots of light runs throughout the large space via high motorized windows. A three-foot Birdseye Maple cabinet is perched in the middle of the floor of the bedroom portion to conceal the television. “The sitting area has access to the TV with turn speakers,” says the husband. “You just press a button and nothing mars the view.”

The master bath is a symphony of peach-colored marble with a command position makeup counter and huge mirror, underlit cabinets, double sinks with custom lighting and more large windows that allow the natural light to stream through like a scene from a Paul Bowles novel. The outdoor reflection from the shower and tub adds more earthly delight.

The master bath, created in peach marble, is a Frank Lloyd Wright special, with a wonderful use of natural light and the ability to enjoy the outside from within.

The entire home is warm and welcoming, with open walkways for constant flow to new environments while showcasing nature, light and outdoor living. The grottoesque, 40-foot-long pool and spa area is very private offering the family the marvels of subtropical seclusion. (The spa sits atop a rock feature leading into the pool.) There are swim lanes for family members to exercise, and a recreational area with a massive playground, plus a convenient outdoor shower.

This residence is perfect for a young family seeking a safe, bright and energetic atmosphere with exciting nooks, crannies and sitting vignettes to keep daily life intriguing. “We loved raising our kids here in such a beauti­ful place,” says the husband. “In the end, this space is not a house-it is definitely a home.”

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