Location: US, Manalapan, 2000 Ocean

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2000 Ocean, Manalapan, US
Rooms33
Surface of living area7895.00 m²

Laden with boughs of tropical trees, a long gated drive unfurls a dramatic vista high above the Intracoastal Waterway, inspiring a sense of wonder as it begins the experience of discovering this expansive Ocean-to-Intracoastal haven on Manalapan's prestigious barrier island, just 20± minutes south of Palm Beach.  This 15.65±-acre walled compound is a park-like botanical oasis joining two sublime Old Florida settings on South Ocean Boulevard - one on a 1,200±-foot stretch of dune-fringed Atlantic Ocean beachfront, the other spanning 1,300± feet on the Intracoastal Waterway at a bay-like expanse of the water, approximately half a mile wide.  The centerpiece of the property is a large, elegant yet invitingly informal coral-clad main residence that brings the subtropical climate in through a series of loggias, open stairways, and balconies.While the main features of the estate are undeniably breathtaking, the property's most mesmerizing quality is that of an Ocean-to-Intracoastal "private island" paradise in which the bisecting road magically disappears.  This enchanting effect is the result of the residence comprising large wings on both the ocean and Intracoastal sides, joined by a unique and irreproducible 15±-foot-wide residential gallery that begins at ground level near the pool on the Intracoastal side and passes imperceptibly to a skylit foyer on the ocean side, denying the presence of the road above. This feature seamlessly "twins" the two sides of the compound, inspiring the original owners to name the property Gemini.  Furthering the "roadless" effect, South Ocean Boulevard sits high on an elevated dune ridge above both sides of the estate, screened from the property below by both hidden walls and dense vegetation. Finally, completing the unique sense of seclusion, the ocean wing and guest cottages are the only oceanfront residential structures on this still-pristine stretch of the Atlantic Coast. There is nothing else remotely similar in all of Southeast Florida. The story of this extraordinary property begins with the original home designed by architect Marion Sims Wyeth that was built in the 1940's for the Lambert pharmaceutical family and later became the winter retreat of Loel and Gloria Guinness. Now after a painstaking four-year collaboration of the current owners with noted Palm Beach architect Edson E. Dailey, completed in 2003, along with a total transformation of the property, the entire residence has been reconstructed and expanded to create a home as exquisite as it is well-engineered to withstand the elements. The centerpiece of the extensive compound, the 12-bedroom main residence includes separate guest quarters called the Ficus Wing. Also privately placed on the grounds are two four-bedroom beachside cottages, the seven-bedroom Mango House, the manager's house with four apartments, and manager's offices. Outfitted with commercial-grade systems, the main house also provides vast subterranean storage space with submarine-grade pneumatic doors.Elegant with an effortless feel, the generously scaled residence has a warm tropical wood motif that blends with stone finishes such as the natural shell-stone columns and the coral stone that sheathes the entire façade as well as the walls in numerous rooms. Bringing the outdoors in is also a theme of the design. Many rooms open to lushly secluded oceanside loggias, while others, such as the indoor/outdoor pool room, lead to the stunning orchid loggia and grotto-like pool terrace, where tasteful fountains add to the spellbinding mood amid walls of tropical jungle greenery that reach toward the sky.Created as a labor of love, Gemini's breathtaking grounds are a world-class Caribbean-themed botanical garden that seems decades old and provides the setting for outdoor recreation. On the oceanfront,

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