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Luxury Rises OUt of the Forest

The Laurel Magazine

Sometimes someone’s misfortune can become someone else’s fortune.

Such is the case with the Big Buck Lodge. When the original owner started building this mountain mansion it was so he and his wife could escape the summer heat of Fort Lauderdale. It took almost three years to build with the finest materials, exceptional craftsmanship and the prettiest millwork I’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately, the wife passed away right after the home was completed. The cost of the land, home, and furnishings topped $8 million dollars and is now on the market for $2.9 million dollars! The current owners have cleared areas to expose the creek and allow for sitting areas such as picnic tables and a gazebo. There are so many choices, whether for a private family compound, a country inn, corporate retreat, or you could sell the guest house that isn’t seen from the manor home. Other sites for building are also an option if you so choose.

The drive along Buck Creek’s legendary trout stream and cascading waterfalls will take you worlds away to one of the finest estates in Highlands. Surrounded by national forest, the private, gated 35-acre manor filled with hardwoods and rushing water welcomes you with automatic street lamps that light the paved driveway leading past a +/-2,500-square-foot three story fully furnished Guest House, capable of sleeping 10 that could be used for a caretaker, family, and guests, or a rental. Continuing up the paved driveway, one will notice a private stream that runs parallel to the road. The Main House that appears to rise up out of the forest welcomes you through the stone lighted columns. The +/-7300-square-foot Main House consists of five bedrooms, five full baths, two half-baths and five fireplaces with the finest high end finishes available!

Entering the Foyer will truly take your breath away with the warmth of rich hardwood walls lit by sconces and a crystal chandelier exposing the mill work and coffered ceiling as you walk over the Brazilian hardwood flooring and numerous oriental and custom made rugs. Advancing to the massive Living Room with 20-foot ceilings and a stunning stone fireplace, outstanding long range views are visible from every window! The Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen capable of catering large gatherings, is equipped with two sub zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, two warming drawers, two sinks and double ovens that lead to a screened porch perfect for morning coffee and afternoon wine. A deck runs the length of the house with an outside fireplace for cool evenings. The formal Dining Room with numerous unique lightning fixtures comfortably seats 10. The Master is on the main floor with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace, large walk in closets, steam shower and window-lined Jacuzzi tub. The upper floor has a second Master Suite, a separate living area with fireplace, an Office and two full Baths. The lower living area welcomes you with two additional Bedroom Suites, large living area with stone fireplace, wine storage and a full second Kitchen, complete with outside deck!

Each floor is accessible by elevator and the Basement is fully encapsulated.

This exceptional home of quality and craftsmanship is incredibly elegant with no expense spared, yet has a warm and comfortable feel throughout.

A charming separate Firewood House, heated marble bathroom floors throughout, security cameras and intercom at gate plus a motorized crystal chandelier are a few examples that showcase the attention to detail of this one-of-a-kind mountain estate.

Private luxury living and lifestyle is attainable at Big Buck Lodge. Call Pat Allen of Pat Allen Realty Group at (828) 200-9179 for your private tour and showing today.

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