By Amy Dobson
There’s an estate in Florida that is as impressive for its physical features as it is for the dignitaries that have visited there — that includes sitting presidents, foreign royalty, and high-profile international guests.
We’re not naming any names, but trust us there are good reasons why this house was long ago dubbed the White House of the South.
But when it comes to the property itself, this place is even more impressive than the regular ol’ White House.
With a main residence that measures nearly 15,000 square feet plus a pool house, guest cottage, and caretakers residence that brings the total living square footage over 22,000 square feet, the Hacienda Del Sol in Merritt Island, Florida, feels like a resort from the minute you step on to the property.
The main house has six bedrooms, six bathrooms and several entertaining rooms for every level of guests you can imagine.
There’s a lighted tennis court, huge saltwater pool, a half acre lake with waterfall (that includes a resident koi population), art studio, and a thousand-bottle wine cellar.
The landscaping throughout the grounds doesn’t just have your typical mature oaks (though it does have that) but it even has banyan and eucalyptus trees, plus a bamboo forest and rose garden.
Once you reach the end of the property you arrive at 500 feet of riverfront, with a private boat dock and ramp.
Take a tour through some of the photos so you can see what we’re talking about.
The living room is more than just your average place for catching up on a few episodes of your favorite show.
A large entertaining space, with dramatic beamed ceilings, the space has enough room for two separate lounging areas, a pool table, and plenty of room left over for guests to mill around without feeling cramped.
Note the Juliette balcony in the top corner that subtly acts as a visual aide to connect the high ceilings with the rest of the room so the space has a cohesive feel.
A cozy living room complements the overall airy feel of the home by using real hardwoods to create a warm vibe. But there are still large bay windows to let all the light in.
A formal sitting room still has a playful vibe with bright colors and the same checkerboard floor as seen in the dining room. The decorative molding just beneath the ceiling adds an extra layer of classy.
Here’s a peek at one the 11 bedrooms that are throughout the property. Check out those ornate valances that instantly make the room feel like a regal retreat.
The formal dining room has ornate woodwork which adds a decorative touch to the functional built-ins.The checkerboard floor pattern brings in a subtle classic touch which sets the dining room apart from the casual vibe of the rest of the house.
The full-service bar could be straight out of a sleepy taqueria on the side streets of Mexico. An ornate mosaic seamlessly blends the bar with the lower half of the wall, while original in situ artwork adorns the upper half.
The back of the house has covered seating area adjacent to the pool that provides a bit of privacy and shade from the Florida sun while still making it feel like you are outdoors. Inside the entertaining area, there are all the necessary cooking appliances.
There’s even more glamour and grandeur to take in, so meander through these photos for the rest.