Sunrise to Sunset

This spectacular guest room occupies the sunrise wing of the Silby home. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Boone.

Getting away to the lake has never been more spectacular or better planned than the accommodations of the sunrise to sunset estate at the end of Ridgeview Point. The $5.75 million, 12,000 square foot home makes the most of big water views and luxurious amenities while holding squarely to the core values of Lake Martin living – family, friends and good times at the lake. The floor plan lends itself as easily to the intimacy of a cottage for two as it does to entertaining several hundred in three stories with porches, patios and exquisitely landscaped grounds.

In addition to six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms in the main house – along with a warm and inviting home theater, a game room library and guestrooms to rival the master – the property includes a spacious guest apartment with front and back lake views and grounds designed for relaxation.

The second owners of this incredible home renovated the original Bill Farshee design to complete the symmetry of glass-fronted wings on the sides of the house, affording exceptional views while preserving privacy. The remodel added the glass office wing on the home’s west side with views of the double waterfall, infinity pool and white sandy beach. The home is sited on the open water of Lake Martin off The North Ridge point, and the view stretches nearly 2 miles to Wicker Point.

Originally, the Shaker shingle and stone home occupied one lot, half of the northernmost point on The Ridge peninsula, but when they purchased the home, the current owners also procured the adjacent empty lot for a rock garden that Eric Brown of Hilltop Landscaping crafted around the full northern point.

From the top of the driveway to the two piers on 1,000 feet of waterfront, the owners clearly focused their renovation on enhancing the quality of lake living. The cascading waterfall and exquisite landscaping, the beautifully appointed living areas, guestrooms and entertainment spaces – all showcases on their own – singularly serve an essential character that is unique to Lake Martin living.

To make that happen from the first glance to the last, Brown gave his imagination full reign.

Two pumps operate the falls that descend from just below street level to the private lakeside beach. Drawing water from the lake, the falls spill over boulders and even driftwood stumps so artfully arranged that they leave the impression the garden was designed around these natural features, a specialty skill at Hilltop.

Brown incorporated stone benches into the infinity pool design; cool lake water spills over the edge of a rock retaining wall and into a catch basin behind the beach.

Throughout the garden above, Brown arranged conversation corners with Adirondack seating, stone benches and even two trees perfectly spaced for a hammock.

Such deliberate and thoughtful planning is typical of every facet of this exclusive Lake Martin estate, with warmth and comfort as the priorities that have dictated style decisions.

The home makes that statement with the first step into the entry.

A great room, accented with 18-inch timber posts and exposed truss work in a 24-foot vaulted ceiling, easily accommodates a small dinner party or a cozy evening for two amongst the leather furnishings and stacked stone gas-log fireplace. For quiet conversation, the living room includes an alcove seating arrangement opposite a formal dining room that opens to the living room.

And when it’s just family, a breakfast table off the kitchen can handle the overflow from stools at the granite counter and 5-foot by 8-foot island.

A user-friendly master electronics panel in the kitchen controls lights, televisions, heating and cooling systems with a simple touch. The multi-user system will even accommodate his and hers settings on the televisions.

Electronics also operate sliding glass doors in the great room and the master bedroom to extend entertainment spaces onto the broad lakeside veranda. So with one touch, the space converts from the intimacy of a quiet evening at home to a garden party for several hundred.

And the kitchen makes the transition just as easily. Gourmet Wolf appliances include two subzero refrigerators, duel fuel ovens and six-burner gas stoves with filling faucet, warming tray, an espresso machine and two dishwashers, along with double copper sinks, situated in front of a bank of windows on the big water view.

Off the kitchen are two bedrooms, a half bath and one of the home’s three laundry rooms.

One of these guestrooms occupies the home’s poolside sunrise wing with a three-sided oval glass wall so spectacular that the home’s price tag seems a bargain.

The simple guestroom furnishings include a high queen bed, nightstands, two upholstered chairs with a narrow table and slim floor lamp, so as not to distract from or block the exceptional view: Open water on the north side with Midway Island – an undeveloped Russell Lands property – straight ahead and around the point to southeastern lake views. Transoms make the most of the view, but guests can customize the flow of natural light with blinds that disappear into the window casings.

Behind the bedroom lies a spacious guest bath ­­­in creamy tones of ceramic tile and subtle Mediterranean style with a private water closet, double sinks and jetted bathing.

And this is merely the guest suite.

In the opposite glass wing on the west side, the owners fashioned an impeccable master with sitting areas and a television that rises from a custom cabinet. Electronic glass doors lead to the lakeside veranda, where a spiral stair will take them for a morning stroll along the seawall boardwalk that lines the water frontage.

The master bath includes a mosaic waterfall, jetted tub and steam shower and separate his and hers vanities on opposite sides of the room, as well as separate walk-in closets.

On this sunset side of the house, an office occupies the glass oval, but it would be difficult to work in such a well-appointed space. The south view takes in the garden waterfall, infinity pool and beach. Across a quarter mile of lake to the west lies Windermere, another Russell Lands neighborhood that blends construction into the natural environment.

Upstairs, a single spacious bedroom, bath and library game room allow family space for grown children with their own children.

The library features built-in shelving with curved corner units for the unique display of collector’s items. Gaming options include billiards, electronic shuffleboard and video game console with a Midway Island view. Shutter doors offer gamers a view into the downstairs great room when the occasion is wide-open family or entertainment time.

And this home includes so much more.

Taking the elevator or the stairs to the daylight ground floor leads to football-viewing perfection, with a long granite counter at a full kitchen where Wolf appliances serve guests, a home theater and bar, another living area with fireplace and three bedrooms that each include a bath and outside access. This level also includes an aesthetic pantry that could easily convert to a wine cellar, a laundry room and a safe room – a reassuring feature for those that remember the April 2011 tornado that cut across Lake Martin.

The collector’s cases behind the counters are just right for a row of autographed helmets from the favored college team, a display of famous jerseys or photos with the coach.

And the electronic glass doors slide open to the grilling patio and an outdoor bar bench that overlooks the lake.

Two of the downstairs bedrooms access screened porches beneath the glass wings. On the west side of the house, the porch offers the solitude of the garden while the eastern porch leads to the swimming pool and deck area below the glass guest suite.

The third downstairs bedroom includes glass doors to the flagstone patio beside the lake.

The amenities go on and on, as the estate also includes an apartment above the three-car garage, where natural light floods the vaulted living space with both sunrise and sunset lake views. The apartment’s galley kitchen is more than adequate for morning coffee and a midnight snack – even the preparation of an intimate dinner. Casual but certainly comfortable furnishings make this the perfect accommodation for a young couple or college kids and friends visiting for a long weekend break.

This beautiful sunrise to sunset estate offers lakeside luxury that never loses sight of its all-too-important singular purpose: To gather friends and family for celebrations, relaxation and good times uniquely found nowhere else.

The owners of this remarkable estate recently listed the furnished home for sale with Lake Martin Realty. Inquiries for purchase are invited by Becky Haynie at 334-312-0928.