OFFERED $100,000.00 BELOW RECENT APPRAISAL! One of Destin's finest estates, meticulously upgraded by its current owner! The ornate main house combines the grace of a traditional Southern plantation home with elaborate interiors inspired by the grand estates of Europe. The magnificent private lot, mostly hidden behind a custom entrance gate, enjoys 200 feet on the Choctawhatchee Bay, beautifully shaded by mature live oaks. Both the exterior and interior incorporate the finest materials, exquisite fixtures and museum-quality artifacts from around the world. With original construction spanning four years and a recent two-year upgrade, the home is built like a fortress, including solid poured concrete columns, 2' thick exterior walls, sound proofing, and concrete roof.The grand front entry.. leads past the sweeping double staircase and 8' Baccarat crystal chandelier to the soaring stained-glass ceiling and gleaming Brazilian cherry/South African black Walnut floors of the great room. A large wine closet and full wall of china cabinets grace the formal dining area, which is adjacent to the upgraded kitchen. The gorgeous mahogany library/study features leaded beveled glass doors, a leather-inset coffered ceiling, and a cabinet from one of J.P. Morgan's personal estates. A traditional pub bar is both elegant and fun. Truly a showpiece, the grand scale and style is perfect for formal entertaining. The main home includes an enormous, first-floor master suite with a carved 18th century walnut mantle, two separate bathrooms, and a huge custom closet, as well as two large bedroom suites on the second floor (accessible via the grand staircase or elevator) each with its own fireplace and sumptuous bath. There's even a walk-in cedar closet which doubles as a "safe" room. The expansive second floor balcony overlooking the pool is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the breeze. The estate's guest house makes a perfect more casual party area, or it can be a self-contained home. It features a large living/family room, eat-in kitchen and two apartment-like suites on the second level under the eaves. Behind the 3-car garage is a gym, which could also be used as a business office. By day, enjoy sunning by the beautiful pool, soaking in the hot tub, or watersports on the bay. Or enjoy some tennis rivalry on the upgraded tennis court with official grade synthetic turf, full wind screen, lights for night-time play, and a solid concrete lighted gazebo for fans to follow the action. The two-story dock provides covered boat parking, a 10,000 lb. boat lift, and a large sun deck. As dusk approaches, the setting becomes magical as the sun goes down over the bay, the Spanish moss beneath the huge Live Oaks waves gently in the breeze, and the antique lanterns begin to glow. Yard structures include a pool bath and sauna, a grilling station, and a lovely gazebo over the water that enjoys breezes year-round. The extensive renovation included an all-new HVAC-system with 12 zones and clean air systems to kill viruses, smart-home technology, LED lighting, new flooring in many rooms, new appliances in both kitchens, new hot water heaters, chandeliers, window treatments, pool pumps, and so much more! Enjoy the best of both the old and new worlds! This beautiful estate offers a magnificent backdrop for entertaining or a luxurious, private hideaway--just a short drive from the Destin airport and the great dining and activities of the Emerald Coast!