Santolina is a remarkably fine country estate in Central Florida located minutes from Orlando in Longwood on the exclusive Markham Woods Road. A perfect blend of outdoor amenities with indoor luxury, Santolina graciously combines Old World charm with contemporary conveniences in a lush forest environment. This high-end executive recreational manor offers a complete living concept that is secure, private, and totally yours.
Less than a mile to State Road 434 and a mere mile and a half to the entrance ramp on Interstate 4 (through just two stoplights), Santolina offers bucolic living with expedient access to Central Florida's most popular attractions. (Click HERE for expressway map.) This house was designed to be a home for a family, and has great potential for expansion into a multi-million dollar home on a huge lot of more than 3.26 acres. More than 20 varieties of trees (over 100 trees on the property) give depth to the richly appointed landscaping and lawns. The dwelling's location (which is zoned agricultural / residential) will surprise you with its serenity and silence, and is fortunate to be nestled in a community with a high standard of living and exceptional schools.
Across from the property, a 20-mile county-maintained fitness trail extends in both directions, a mere 50 foot walk from the front gate. The feeling of being home and safe begins upon entering the mansion property, protected by a wrought iron fence through a wide brick entry framed by large concrete pillars. The driveway is U-shaped and provides for 2 separate entrances secured by 16-ft. wrought iron gates, both with separate hydraulic electrical openers with videophones which allow control and access from within the residence.
As you approach the manor, a fountain inspired by one in Lugano, Switzerland, will greet you. The fountain's mainstream rises 18 feet with 3 separate side streams and lighting around the planted area. The water display is visible from the formal dining room and living room.
The double oak front door sets in an entraceway outlined by Georgia Stone and 8x8 ft. beams with a slate-tiled porch. Inside you walk into a foyer with two sets of French doors leading into the living room or into the great room. The home's rooms are arranged such that sound does not easily travel through the house, providing independent areas of activity that do not interfere with each other.
An updated gourmet kitchen is well-placed off the great room with a cooking island and room for multiple cooks. The cook has a clear view to the great room which features a home theatre and video projection system, and can accommodate a large number of guests.
Immediately noticeable is that every room in the house has its own view of the property, the rooms on the back side of the manor mostly featuring floor-to-ceiling window views of the opulent grounds. From the entry fountain, to the organic free-form swimming pool with rock waterfall, diving board, slide, and multi-level deck, the outdoors surround and infuse the indoor environment with a natural energy. It is not unusual to spy on the grounds almost daily an abundance of Florida wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys, foxes, bobcats, possums, armadillos, raccoons, and an occasional black bear. Birds, squirrels, and butterflies constantly chatter and flutter overhead.
Hidden in a small garden area next to the master bedroom is an outside spa 4 ft. deep and 8 ft. in diameter. Parents can enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors easily accessing the spa from the door out from the master bath. The master bedroom includes an attached sitting room overlooking the pool with a door that exits to the patio.
Two additional bedrooms and a library that has been utilized as a bedroom are also included in the home's footprint. One of the mansion's three bathrooms is connected to an exercise room with an outer door to the pool/patio area. Another bathroom is placed close to the kitchen, laundry room, and garage for easy access without tramping through the carpeted areas of the house. The floors throughout the mansion are a mixture of travertine, wood, marble, and carpet.
Located at 350 Markham Woods Road, Longwood, Florida 32779 (in Seminole County), Santolina is a multi-million dollar property
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