Drama In White

Size is no problem for this modern, streamlined house on the water.

By: 

Dale Koppel

Photo By: 

Trisha Hamilton

Published date: 

Jun. 10, 2014

 This 6,300-square-foot home sits majestically on its 130-foot-long by 75-foot-wide lot, a towering ode to contemporary architecture.  
  The living room rises to nearly 30 feet. The terrace on the fourth level, reached by an exterior spiral staircase, is all about fabulous views. Get the picture? Ocean to the east, skyline to the southwest.

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It was the second house the current owner looked at when he was thinking about moving to Fort Lauderdale and being close to the water. Ten days later he closed on the property with its five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. 

JUne 2014 casa living.jpgIt wasn’t just the architecture, or the size. It was the workmanship and craftsmanship. It was the fact that it had been built as a technologically smart home. From laser surveillance outside to music that could be controlled inside each room. Even the fireplace in the living room was ecologically smart. He liked the convenience of the motorized shades in every room. Even the rooms with 30-foot ceilings. He was attracted to the unique water features. 

There’s water, water everywhere. As you walk up to the front door, you’re walking on – or rather over – water. Here, in is out, and out is in. At least that’s the impression you get, thanks to the vision and skills of Boca Raton architect Krsto Stamatovski and Delray Beach designer Michael Brosche, who created the home in 2010 for its original owner, an avid art collector. No wonder massive wall expanses create a gallery-like vibe and cry out for large works of art. Seductive niches beg for life-size – or larger-than-life – sculptures. 

JUne 2014 casa family.jpgThere’s drama, drama everywhere, from the Brazilian ebony wood flooring to the stark, white, linear light fixture that hangs, like a Calder mobile, and can be seen from the entry foyer, the open living room and the floating cantilever staircase in Brazilian ebony with limestone treads, glass panels and stainless steel handrail that leads to the upper floors with multipurpose rooms.

There’s white, white everywhere, including white limestone floors that absolutely shimmer and, of course, all-white walls. Sleek, clean lines give the home an even more streamlined appearance due to the purposeful absence of ceiling or floor moldings.

The open kitchen is a cook’s dream come true with its custom cabinetry, quartz countertops and custom-designed wall wine “cellar.” Strategically positioned between the formal dining room, with an impressive oak table flanked by eight Gervassoni ghost chairs, and the informal family room, it makes all types of entertaining – or just a quiet family evening at home – possible. 

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The cook’s dream continues outside to the custom grill area with its outdoor refrigerator, sink and under-counter stainless steel cabinets. A covered patio closer to the 50-foot by 20-foot pool has a custom bar with sink, refrigerator and ice maker. 

Outdoor space on the second floor is easily accessible from a terrace shared by two bedrooms. The master bedroom boasts its own balcony with its own vistas. The higher you go, the better the views, the more opportunities to entertain, or just, well, chill. 

The third-floor oversized terrace has custom concrete furniture. On those rare, cool nights, a fireplace by Ecosmart Fire provides the necessary warmth. The fourth-floor terrace has it all, including six lipstick chairs and two lipstick tables. All in white, of course.