Similarly fashioned to a European Country Estate, this decadent 8,000 square foot residence is a verdant oasis set on 5 acres surrounded by live oaks and beautiful gardens to create one of the most exquisite showplaces in Sarasota. This grand 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath intended to impress with its timeless style and distinctive architectural elements. Anchor Builders’ vision of creating a masterpiece for living your best lifestyle became a reality in 2006 with exquisite touches of charm gracing each room. Featuring 14-ft ceilings throughout, the entry welcomes you with its massive arched door and natural stone floor with glass tile inlay into remarkable interiors rich in artisan craftsmanship and elaborate artful expressions of luxury. The formal living room is magnificent with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and wall of French doors with arched clerestory windows allow for views of the lush grounds beyond. The formal dining room is adorned with handsome stone archway. Nothing quite compares to the one-of-a-kind open kitchen with cathedral ceiling crowned in decorative beams, a 400-bottle wine cellar, two spacious islands, and premium appliances including two dishwashers. The adjoining family room is incredible with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, invisible in-wall speakers, and three sets of French doors opening to an enchanting outdoor living space that’s expansive and extravagant including a covered lanai, a wood burning fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and TV and audio. The wonderful pool/spa with shallow wading area and versatile free-standing pergola for dining alfresco are night-lit to enliven your outdoor experience. Designed as a home theatre, the club room with pool bath is graciously equipped with surround sound, acoustic treatments, stamped tin ceiling, motorized shades, and custom wainscoting and columns. The primary suite lives like a high-end apartment with an attached exercise room and two professionally-designed closets, one with a washer and dryer. Featured in this fabulous space is an intricately designed dome ceiling, sitting area with large windows, built-in cabinetry, audio and television zones, and motorized shades. The bath is highlighted by a jetted soaking tub, furniture grade cabinetry, onyx countertops, stone floors, dual water closets, dual sink areas, and dual shower areas. Two separate offices each offer audio and television zones as does the guest en suite. Located on the upper level is a large living area with surround sound and built-in study niches, full-size laundry room and three divine en suites. For the automotive aficionado, there’s a 5-car garage at the house PLUS a rear garage/outbuilding with central air, centralized air pressure, two RV outlets, septic dump station, concrete pads front and rear, 1.5 baths, and adequately sized for 5 cars without lifts and 9 cars with lifts. This distinguished residence comes well equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as a centralized lighting system, 21 zones of audio, 9 zones of video, extensive security system, over 50 Wi-Fi outlets, 7 zones of independently remote-controlled HVAC, smart home automation, water treatment system, and whole house generator. Abundant beauty, gilded surroundings and a dashing array of amenities will envelope you in a blissful paradise you’ve only imagined could be yours. NO home owner's association or deed restrictions.