Ultra Luxury Custom Homes, Villas and Estates by design
Original sketch design above, first front elevation revision
Alternative Design with Double Staircase and main features of original project
retained at 9,000 SF below. See 6,800 SF version bottom of this page:
First rear elevation design above. See as-built photos which
Villa Serena, classically inspired architecture, by John Henry ,
Nestled behind pines and
oak trees on a secluded road and sited on a gradually sloped crest with
a spectacular view to pristine Lake Butler, lies a magnificent estate
designed along Renaissance sensibilities but containing all of the
latest contemporary amenities.
Villa Serena was designed to offer
privacy, security, and a sublime spirit. A decorative gate yields to a
winding road that passes a tennis court with viewing gazebo and small
The magnificent classical elevation
of the main house is hidden from view until you break from the trees.
There you are greeted by a turnabout drive and double elliptical stone
stairways ascending to the main entrance door under a Baroque covered
porch. You can feel the warmth of the cream colored hand-wrought
natural stone columns and stone window and door surrounds.
The house is sited on the cardinal compass points. The long axis
faces east-west. Pella windows and doors can be opened during the
cooler months to allow free-flowing breezes to waft through the house
from the lake. The sun permeates the elevated entry on the south
year round. One arrives on the mid-level, which is most apparent
when walking through the highly decorative double height sky-lit Foyer
with twin curving stairways, through the formal Ball Room and onto the
breathtaking 29 foot high north porch overlooking the green lawn, which
drops gracefully towards the blue waters of Pocket Lake.
Featured on MSN.com as one of the "most opulent party pads"
Formal Living and Dining Rooms through framed doorways from the Foyer face
the South. The cool north side has rooms on three levels. Master Suite and
Children’s Bedrooms; Family Room (at Pool level), Guest Suites; Library,
BallRoom, Kitchen and Breakfast with Verandah and Balconies face the lake view.
Stone and plaster details abound; the classical theme permeates the
structure. Beautiful wood floors contrast with the marble and stone.
Breathtaking crown moldings and vaulted ceilings arrest the eye. An up-to-date
contemporary Kitchen with Butler Pantry is conveniently accessible from the East
Garage by stair and hydraulic elevator. This elevator also connects privately
to the Master Suite. The West Garage offers a two-car bay and a half-flight
connection up and below.
Other highlights: a Trophy Room on the mid-level, a complete Exercise Room and
Billiard/ Dart Rooms on the ground floor with 2 Guest Suites each with bath; and
oversize Dressing/ Closets and Steam shower in the Master Suite/ Bath on the
third floor. There is also a Maid’s Quarter’s close to the two Secondary
Bedroom Suites on the West side opposite the Bridge to the Master Suite.
Storage closets, Powder Room, Laundry, etc. generously serve the main areas.
The total air-conditioned square footage is over 12,000 while the area under
roof total exceeds 14,000 SF.
John Henry Architect with new Owner, discussing
details of construction
Villa Serena is one of acclaimed Architect John C. Henry’s unknown treasures
(respecting the client’s requests for privacy) imaginatively conceived after
Italianate precedent and Old World charm. Greco-Roman detail abounds and
Renaissance proportion is evident. Originally inspired by Palm Beach mansions,
this jewel of stucco and stone detail and ceramic tile roof (not concrete)
satisfied the many activities and interests of the Owner and became an
investment prized for its beauty and grandeur.
[ and wood frame, Stucco and stone with Ceramic Tile Roof, Computerized
Security/ Lighting/ Communications, 6 Bedrooms with 6 full Baths, Foyer, Living,
Dining, Ball Room, Kitchen w/ Pantry, Family Room, Antiques Room, Billiard Room,
Dart Room, Exercise Room, 2 Powder Rooms, 4-Car Garage, Hydraulic Elevator,
multiple large Storage Rooms, Tennis Court w/ Gazebo, Playhouse, Contemporary
See 6,600 SF version, Palm Beach II
Mediterranean Revival Style
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See 6,900 SF version of Villa Serena below,
additional description here.