|Tuscany II Estate Model Home In TwinEagles Connects With Outdoors, Views
02/15/07 The newest custom estate single-family home model in The Estates at TwinEagles, the Tuscany II, is designed to show off its outdoor setting, using large windows, zero-corner sliding glass doors, intimate courtyards and an expansive outdoor area to create a constant sense of interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces. Built by A.R.B.C. Corp./Arthur Rutenberg Homes, the four-bedroom, five-and-one-half-bath Tuscany II also offers sweeping views of The Club at TwinEagles’ ninth hole of the Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-designed golf course.
The model is now open in Inverness, a neighborhood of just nine homesites in TwinEagles, the 1,115-acre master-planned community being developed by Bonita Bay Group. It has a living room, dining room, large wet bar, den, a room specially designed for the lady of the house and a multi-room master suite. Outdoor areas include a covered lanai, a cabana with summer kitchen and three courtyards.
The floor plan abandons the traditional square or rectangular room configuration, opting for octagonal in the master suite retreat, leisure room and den, and a dramatic curve in the living room, heightened by a curving wall of four floor-to-ceiling mitered windows, where water from a raised circular spa seems to reach to the glass. The Tuscany’s 4,539-square-foot floor plan balances areas for entertaining with personal family space. Its dual two-car garages and covered areas push the model’s total square feet to 6,703.
A touch of the formal is introduced outside. Stone rope columns, precast stone quatrefoil window surrounds and arches accent the model’s architecture and formal garden planting include Italian cypress and bougainvillea trees, which flank each side of an opening in the low wall of the entry courtyard. Inside the Tuscany’s double glass doors, each embellished with a decorative iron overlay, the raised foyer reveals the home’s formal areas including a living room and the large walk-in wet bar. Walk down the foyer’s staircase and the view to the left takes in the dining room, where a large window overlooks a private walled-in courtyard.
The foyer’s formal introduction to the home begins with crown molding in the ceiling and a decorative floor treatment featuring mosaic marble and a star inset of tumbled marble. The home’s main floor begins at the bottom of the steps – random-set stone with a chiseled edge and unfilled surface.
The raised foyer provides a grand elevated view to the living room and through its 12-foot windows to the spa, which becomes a water feature with its reflecting pool. Water also splashes from a tiered spillover in a curving wall that separates the pool from the lap lane behind it. The pool also has a sun shelf and built-in benches.
A vestibule between the foyer and living room is accented with a recessed ceiling with floating crown molding and a dark leather-like faux finish. An art niche accents a wall and is finished with mother-of-pearl glass mosaic tiles. Doors to the right open into the den and the master suite and both are topped by glass transoms.
The first of the Tuscany’s two gas fireplaces is found in the living room. It has a light wood mantel and surround, a mosaic marble front and glass doors and is flanked on each side by built-in bookcases with glass shelves. Multiple beveled mirrors rise above the fireplace to the room’s beamed ceiling which repeats the leather-like faux finish.
The wet bar has stone countertops, a wine refrigerator, stainless steel icemaker and round bar sink. Its U-shaped configuration provides ample cabinetry, including an upper section with glass doors, glass shelves and a glass back that continues the view into the nook and family room behind.
Columns support a large archway into the dining room. The floor has a reddish slate-like tile border inset with stone installed on the diagonal to create a harlequin checkerboard. The reddish tone is repeated on the walls – torn paper below wood chair rail molding, then a painted red finish above. The barrel vaulted ceiling is reminiscent of grand manors with a series of recessed paneling covering its surface and floating crown molding. Two panels of fused glass create an 8-foot window overlooking a courtyard. Red draperies frame the arched opening into the kitchen.
The formal side of the Tuscany II continues into the large vestibule serving the dining room and wet bar. A niche facing the dining room repeats the mother-of-pearl glass mosaic tile and the floor gets a decorative treatment at the entry to the powder room.
Shimmering mosaic accent dots in the powder room floor are continued partially up the wall and repeated in a staggered pattern above the marble vanity, which appears to float from the wall. The vanity’s wood drawers are adorned with mesh wire overlays, and its glass vessel sink has a disc-like shape. The wall covering has an interior design motif.
The Tuscany’s kitchen caters to formal and casual entertaining, with a large center island that provides in-room dining as well as a large prep station. It has Wolf, Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances, including a stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, a six-burner stove, dishwasher, warming drawer, oven tower and wine refrigerator. Dark wood cabinetry is accented with glass doors on each side of the archway into the dining room and has granite countertops and a built-in desk.
The kitchen also offers two sinks – one with a view of the dining room courtyard – and a harlequin backsplash, a wood stove hood and a wood ceiling with inserts resembling copper in various stages of patina.
The morning room is located just behind the wet bar and looks through a two-panel mitered window to the spa.
The family room is dominated by its zero-corner sliding glass doors, which open to a covered lanai that wraps around the space and offers an outdoor fireplace. The room has a beamed ceiling and a wall of built-ins that provide room for display and options for TV placement.
The outdoor fireplace has a mosaic marble front and wood mantel, and the living area around it enjoys views of the ninth tee box. A storage room is located behind the fireplace. A trio of stepping stones behind the spa lead to a large open sun deck and the covered cabana, which has solid surface countertops, a raised bar, beadboard wood cabinetry, a wood ceiling, tile backsplash, a stainless steel Wolf grill and hood, a refrigerator, sink and bar. Next to it is the full pool bath, offering a shower, linen closet and tiled floor.
The den’s wood plank floor is installed to mimic the octagonals of the tray ceiling and the shape of the room. Two walls of built-in cabinetry offer a desk, shelves and storage with a design that resembles large pieces of furniture. Two windows overlook the front courtyard, a wet bar with granite countertops and a square stainless steel sink, and a door that leads outside to a covered portico connecting to one of the garages.
The doors open into the master suite’s vestibule, which repeats elements seen elsewhere in the home. A niche is accented with a torn paper look reminiscent of the living room ceiling and mother-of-pearl glass mosaic tile creates a border in the floor.
The deep tray ceiling above the carpeted master bedroom has a parquet wood treatment and a wood soffit above the bed provides reading lights. Double glass doors showcase the pool and lead to an intimate covered patio. An archway connects to the separate retreat, which has an octagonal pyramid ceiling with floating crown molding. A built-in provides a desk, bookcases and a TV hidden behind solid wood doors.
Double doors with a transom above open into the dressing area en route to the master bath. Light also floods the space through a large window overlooking a private walled courtyard. A built-in under the window has a marble countertop and serves as a dresser; his-and-her walk-in closets provide additional storage space.
A second set of double doors open into the bathroom, where a valet with marble counter provides more storage. The room’s two vanities are connected by a dressing table and have marble countertops and creamy off-white cabinetry. The glass-enclosed shower offers dual heads and controls, marble walls and floor, a built-in bench and a hand-held sprayer. A mitered window overlooks a private garden area. The 6-foot jetted tub has a wooden surface, a marble deck and a high window that provides natural sunlight. A built-in furniture piece accommodates a TV.
The Tuscany’s three guest rooms, garage and utility room are found off of a hallway leading from the vestibule between the dining room and powder room. Each guest suite has a walk-in closet and private bathroom. The first is shown as a ladies sitting room and has corner windows overlooking the entry courtyard. Built-in cabinetry flanks a free-standing desk and provides storage and craft areas. The ceiling treatment is a combination of reed and grass cloth, a tropical theme that is repeated in the bamboo crown molding. The full bathroom has dark cabinetry, a marble countertop and shower.
The second suite boasts a nautical theme that includes a burlap wall treatment set into wood moldings. The bathroom cabinetry has bead board fronts and a tile countertop bordered by rock-like tile that’s repeated in the wall above the tub/shower. The third bedroom offers a glass-enclosed shower and yellowish tile that frames the mirror and accents the shower.
Cabinetry is built into a niche in the hallway and has a granite countertop. The laundry room has built-in cabinetry and a round window overlooking the motor court.
The Tuscany, which has been sold and is available for viewing through June 2008, features interior design by Arthur Rutenberg Homes’ design studio. It can be duplicated, unfurnished, on a customer’s improved homesite for a base price of $2.1 million.
For information or to request an escorted tour, visit the TwinEagles Information and Sales Center located inside the community’s entrance on Immokalee Road seven miles east of I-75.