$7,500,000 | Built 2006 | 15,675 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 9 Baths | 12.5 Acres
Set amidst manicured lawns and impeccable landscaping in The Hills of Rosemont, one of North Carolina’s most prestigious gated enclaves, this spectacular country manor house stands out among the Triangle’s most impressive residences. A home perfect for both family and entertaining, it offers an indoor-outdoor lifestyle as it exudes an ambiance of relaxed sophistication. It has been recently transformed by the skilled craftspeople at acclaimed Rufty Homes, utilizing the finest materials and custom elements. The magic begins at the wrought iron-gated driveway leading to two large motor courts. Lush flora and a cascading wall fountain near the entry portico balance the home’s striking façade of heavy Pennsylvania stone, Vermont slate roof and porte cochère.
The interior is a celebration of spaciousness and light bestowed by an abundance of windows and French doors, high ceilings, sizeable rooms, recessed lighting, and Italian antique and Murano chandeliers, as well as those by Serip Bijoit and Jonathon Browning, among others. As it is in any home of this stature, the culinary center is not only essential, but serves as a frequent hub of camaraderie. Here, the kitchen opens to the family room and breakfast bay, which, in turn, allows access to an expansive veranda overlooking the grounds. The kitchen’s top-of-the-line Miele appliances are integral to preparation of every meal — from a child’s snack, to a personal chef’s or caterer’s most sumptuous repast. There are dramatic Italian Breccia marble countertops and backsplashes, a custom-designed chandelier over the center island, and Dornbracht faucets serve the galley sink. Both the kitchen and adjacent butler’s pantry feature new Woodmode cabinetry. The pantry also hosts Miele appliances, as well as a wine refrigerator and pass-through window to the pool area.
An entire wing of the home’s entry level is devoted to the primary suite. This marvellous sanctuary features an antique Italian glass chandelier in the bedroom, an office, and a private screened porch. The bathroom and dual walk-in closets are, however, the suite’s pièce de résistance. The bath features Himalayan white marble flooring and showers, Aphrodite granite countertops, and electronically heated floors.
The second level has three comfortable guest suites as well as sitting and exercise rooms – all off of a gallery hallway. An additional guest suite offers a private retreat on the lower level. While most of the lower level is devoted to a 900 square foot recreation room, you’ll also find a wine cellar with an adjacent tasting room, billiards room, and wet bar. Visual delights transcend video in the state-of-the-art home theatre, where an 1,100-gallon saltwater aquarium promises mesmerizing enjoyment.
The fantastical aquarium shares its enchantment with more than just the theatre room, however. It is visible through the beguiling waterfall grotto resting at the end of the indoor heated saltwater lap pool. The room itself, comprising a stone and glass wing of this remarkable residence, features a soaring Douglas Fir truss system and vaulted ceiling, and an observation terrace with a floor window into the aquarium.
A wealth of new technology is present throughout the estate including motorized UV protection screens, Lutron-controlled LED lighting, two generators, four HVAC units, security system, and Sonos A/V system. Perfection is obvious as well on the estate grounds. While the property is bounded on three sides by heavily forested federal land, its perimeter is also secured by a 7′ deer fence. Landscaping includes both terraced and raised bed gardens, stone pathways, and a crepe myrtle allée. There is a saltwater Jacuzzi, an outdoor fireplace, built-in grill, and a pair of two-bay garages. Though seemingly far from the madding crowd, this world-class estate is just down the road from the American Tobacco Trail, Old Chatham Golf Club, and minutes from Research Triangle Park, RDU airport, and prestigious universities. This unique 12.5 acre estate is on the market for $7.5 million with Mollie Owen of Sotheby’s International Realty.