Nestled at the very end of prestigious Palatine is this spectacular Mediterranean villa amidst a setting akin to a private resort. Offering the final buildable lot in this storied subdivision, it was designed by and custom built for the late visionary painter Howard Behrens, every bit equalling one of his great works of art. Encompassing carefully curated finishes and painstaking craftsmanship, this is a truly one-of-a-kind estate. Stepping through the double entry doors reveals the grand foyer with a sweeping circular staircase gracefully terminating on the upper level mezzanine. The gorgeous travertine floors are laid in a Versailles pattern throughout, and establish a warm ambiance radiating throughout the substantial square footage. Custom details abound, such as arched stone entryways, floor-to-ceiling casement windows, and unique spaces such as the light-filled octagonal conservatory. Yet, the thoughtfully laid out floor plan creates a familiarity in this world of unique finishes, with elegantly proportioned room sizes and unbroken flow between formal and informal areas. At the heart of said informal area is a brand new chef’s kitchen, with custom cabinetry, all new appliances, and luxurious quartzite countertops. The true jaw-dropper is the soaring two-story great room. A private office is found on the main level as is a full bedroom suite enabling multigenerational flexibility. Upstairs, sumptuous is a term which immediately comes to mind when describing the primary suite, whose sleeping area rests under a podium suspended from the lighted, vaulted ceiling. The adjoining bath resembles some of the finest spas in the world and offers direct access to the private terrace. Along the upper level gallery, three additional bedrooms are each ample in scale and boast their own ensuite baths, all renovated along with every other bathroom in the home. Descending the grand staircase reveals a lower level equally apt at displaying artwork or hosting large scale gatherings. Warm Spanish tile floors carry through while a multitude of custom niches and accent lighting create a spectacular treat for the eye. Every single conceivable amenity is offered, from a private fitness center to a media room, additional bedroom suite, full kitchen, and wine cellar — making this the ultimate home for entertaining. Outside, the impeccable attention to detail continues. Extensive hardscaping, gas lanterns, specimen plantings, and uplighting has established a natural wonderland which, when combined with the lush setting adjacent to a creek, creates a sensation of total privacy. Two deep koi ponds, are a rare find, as is a full sports court. The single greatest opportunity with this property lies within the adjacent parcel, number 11709, whose two usable acres combine with the existing home’s lot to result in four full acres — twice the size of any other lot in the neighborhood. Palatine is truly one of Potomac’s hidden gems, with approximately 150 luxury estate homes dotted amongst rolling hills and meandering streams, yet still convenient to all of the area’s major attractions. Offering the final opportunity to build in such an incomparable location, in addition to one of the most spectacular homes in the area, 11705 Centurion Way is in a rarified air of its own.
Courtesy of TTR Sotheby's International Realty
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