Villa Maria, an exceptional landmark waterfront estate originating from the 1919 vision of shipping magnate Edward P. Morse, has been stunningly transformed without altering the commanding presence of its 15 acres of magnificence. The home and ancillary structures of the estate have been fully restored and modernized with the link to the glory and elegance of its past. The main house of 11 bedrooms, including a six room master suite, a serene light filled atrium, and wonderfully appointed living and recreational spaces, forms a theme and partnership with the ornamental formal gardens, 1,100 bulkhead feet of breathtaking waterfront and endless views of the Mecox Bay.
In 2005 the present owners, world-renowned designers, purchased this one-of-a-kind property and began a six year project to recapture its grandeur and splendidness while molding it into a 21st century estate home with all modern amenities including Carrara marble baths and radiant floor heating for perfect comfort any time of the year; the Mahogany Tischler und Sohn windows and doors allow the splendid light in from every angle and dictates the quality of the spaces. The 20,000 + sq.ft main structure and its four levels of characterful accommodation that provide this enormously comfortable family home, also includes a Carriage House and Guest Cottage/Gate House - each roof covered in Greenstone slate with leaders and gutters lead coated to proclaim each structure an intrinsic part of the whole.
Not to be left out of this splendid environment are the recreational virtues such as the all-weather tennis court, a 68'x30' heated Gunite Pool, and two Pool Pavilions with kitchen and bath. The brilliant artist Edmund D. Hollander, who provided year round beauty and privacy, designed the immaculate eye-catching landscape of seven waterfront acres plus.
The original architect, Frank Freeman, followed by internationally noted architect Andre Tchelistcheff and his craftsmen of John Hummel Custom Builders, transformed the property structures enriching each room, each area, and each building with a modernity befitting the contemporary lifestyle. Nothing has been forgotten - from the sublime to the practical - on this estate. As an example, the Statuary marble in the main kitchen allows focus on the organic quality and feel of the culinary spaces without losing the form and function of their raison d'être.
From a climate controlled wine cellar, Lutron lighting throughout, to a Crestron Home Automation System that does its work quietly and efficiently soothing and personalizing everything into the breathtaking estate and refuge that it is today all working their magic on this... the unforgettable, incomparable Villa Maria.