Approaching the 1-acre 5 Rabbits Run house with its sloping Mexican tile roof, antique Chicago brick circular drive and exotic dense landscaping, you are filled with a sense of anticipation as to what lies inside. Opening the massive front doors reveals a home steeped in tradition, an ode to two great architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Meis van der Rode.
Wright, whose prairie-style architecture culminated in his supreme home in Pennsylvania, ‘Falling Water’, can be seen as one walks through the structure, his trademark stone and wainscot paneling, his geometric rectangular windows and inviting bathrooms.
Meis, whose glass-clad architectural style complements Wright, brings the outdoor landscaping and foliage intimately inside and the two styles become greater than the sum of their parts.
Unexpected in south Florida, where Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean architectural influence can be seen at every street corner, this tropically-styled retreat is an oasis for the professional couple who had this architectural masterpiece built.
The very large screened pool/entertainment area was tropically landscaped by the leading landscape architect, Keith Weiland, and can be accessed from the 3 largest rooms in the house, the open great room, which houses the spacious kitchen and recreation area with its stone fireplace, the living room with its award-winning stone work done by master craftsman Jacko Carballo, and the eclectic master bedroom with its Asian influence and a 3rd fireplace and sitting area. The outdoor stone-clad cooking area is perfect for a family style BBQ or entertaining friends.
The master bath and shower, together with the steam room, provide the ultimate in luxury. The shower itself, with 3 adjustable heads and 9 control knobs, is an engineer’s delight. Adjacent to the master is both an office and a massive exercise room with floor-to-ceiling windows and more beautiful landscaping.
The 6 bedrooms and 7 baths sprawl over 1 acre, with room for both children, grandchildren and dogs to play. A 4-car garage and carpenter’s work area gives the handyman of the house space to tinker and his wife an art studio to fashion her best work.
The two wings of the house, designed in the swept-back shape of a bird in flight, meet at the center of the nearly olympic-sized pool, with the center of the house the living area, the left wing the adult area, and the right wing the children’s.
All in all, this is a dream home!