Notwithstanding an interior floor plan of roughly 22,000 square feet and ceilings that soar to airy 14-foot heights, this spectacular home in the Bear’s Club community of Jupiter, Florida, is filled with a sense of comfortable luxury. The 16th-century villas of Andrea Palladio, with their dignified presence and timeless dimensions, served as inspiration for architect Manuel J. Diaz, who created a home that is easily livable—a refuge fostering true relaxation—yet also ideal for grand entertaining and displaying works of art. Every space exhibits an exceptional attention to detail and a dedication to intriguing patterns and textures, ranging from a basket-weave bronze entry doors, hammered-bronze hardware, walnut doors and bookshelves, linen-upholstered and lava rock walls, custom moldings, and marble and hardwood floors to walls covered in parchment and other uncommon eye-catching materials.
Generous proportions and sophisticated style are hallmarks here, beneath terra-cotta-tiled roofs. The formal foyer gives way to the handsome living room, which in a gracious flow opens to the breezy loggia, a dining room with custom bronze cabinets, and a library or game room with marble fireplace, built-in shelves, and a bar. Further facilitating large-scale celebrations is an impressively outfitted chef’s kitchen with a six-burner Viking range, two Viking wall ovens, two Miele dishwashers, a Miele warming oven, and a refrigerator and freezer from Sub-Zero. Nearby, the more casual family room includes a sitting and media room, a stylish breakfast area, a walk-in pantry, and a second kitchen with Thermador, Wolf, and Miele appliances; custom quarter-sawn walnut cabinetry; and Tom Dixon pendant lights over the island.
The estate offers a total of seven bedrooms, including a dazzling master suite. This private haven occupies the eastern wing of the home and encompasses a tranquil bedroom, a dressing room with an Ochre chandelier and two walk-in closets, a spacious office with ebony-stained Japanese ash bookshelves, and access to the loggia. In the spa-like master bath and sitting room are a breakfast bar, a shower, two water closets, and a soaking tub that sits beside a swath of glass opening to a discreet garden with a fountain and an outdoor shower. A classical cloister leads to a secluded second office with a walk-in closet, a bath, and a gym enveloped in floor-to-ceiling windows. On the second level of the main residence are four guest suites, a media room, and two terraces—one cool, covered, and overlooking the golf course.
The home’s inspiring expanse of loggias takes the total square footage of the estate to just over 33,700. Linked to the main home by a stately breezeway is a separate pool house, where the alluring swimming pool and spa follow the angles of the terrace, creating a nearly seamless link with the water, and a summer kitchen encourages alfresco meals with its grill, refrigerator, and ice maker. Tucked behind the pool house is the guesthouse, which enjoys its own two-car garage, an office, two bedroom suites with walk-in closets, and a great room with a kitchenette.
The home’s three-acre estate site includes gorgeously lush lawn that are an ideal setting for sculpture. The property overlooks a pond and an emerald fairway of the prestigious Bear’s Club community, founded by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. The club offers members and their guests a wealth of superior services, programs, and amenities, furthering the sense that this is a truly restful oasis
ArArticle originally appeared in the Extraordinary Living Blog, Sotheby's International Realty