Lakefront Estate


Lakefront, Country Estate Combines Elegance and Ease for an Ideal Lifestyle

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The Oaks Estate is a majestic, multi-faceted manor that caters to a luxurious lifestyle, while also offering resort-style amenities designed to enhance a wellness-oriented way of life. Imagine living well, while also addressing your well-being.

The custom-designed residential property occupies a 36-acre parcel bordering Lake Thonotosassa and is nestled within a scenic countryside setting. Its  central location within the Tampa Bay area offers convenient access to surrounding cities and proximity to international airports, professional sports venues and world-class dining and shopping.

Luxury lakefront estateThe French Normandy-style facade features a variety of surfaces and subtle variations of color created by an artistic blend of brick and limestone. Access to the gated property is exclusively by way of a guard house and a private, brick-lined drive winding alongside lush, rolling lawns, with hundreds of mature trees, fountains and gardens. Guests arriving after dark will be dazzled by more than 1,000 lights illuminating the pristine grounds.


blankWithin the primary residence are four elevator-accessible floors, encompassing six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and seven half baths. Nearby is a two-story guest house with its own living area, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms and one half bath.

Vehicles are equally well accommodated in two garages boasting combined space for seven cars. Overall, the property’s total climate-controlled square footage is 36,361. 

The home’s ground floor hosts areas designated more for family fun than functionality. A retro-themed game room, Brunswick two-lane bowling alley, fitness room filled with exercise equipment, indoor heated saltwater pool, massage and steam rooms and a sauna are located here.



blankRooms commonly used for entertaining are found on the second floor. These include the formal living and dining rooms, a grand salon, a gentlemen’s lounge, chef’s kitchen, cozy family room and more.

blankThe master suite features a lounge area plus his and her master baths and walk-in closets. The third floor also includes two ensuite bedrooms. Three ensuite bedrooms, a craft room and sitting room comprise the floor plan on the fourth floor.


blankExceptional finishes and handcrafted accents incorporated throughout the interior, truly elevate this masterfully designed and meticulously decorated residence from livable to enviable.

“This is one of Florida’s most significant homes to be built within the last century,” said Ed Gunning of Smith & Associates Real Estate. “Every detail was chosen to accommodate the most cordial and comfortable lifestyle.”

Imperial blue granite countertops and backsplash make a bold statement in the chef’s kitchen. Gracie hand painted silk wallpaper highlights the formal dining room. Distinctive flooring choices include pillow edge limestone, and marble and French oak hardwood. While the estate exudes Old World charm, modern technology maintains everything with ease, from interior light settings and pool temperatures to window shade adjustments and security.


blankAdditional structures within the estate’s footprint include a pool pavilion with kitchen, enclosed maintenance/machine workshop, measuring 10,967 square feet and a collectors car garage large enough for 20-plus cars, as well as, office spaces and a conference room. This versatile venue could easily be converted to event space for hosting large group functions.


The Oaks EstateThanks to the Central Florida location that allows for outdoor activities year-round, it is easy to enjoy the waterfront any time. Lake Thonotosassa frontage alone exceeds 1,000 feet, making it ideal for launching watercraft from the double-decker boat dock located along the water’s edge. A horse stable and grazing pasture are just steps away from the main house, and a private jogging path and racetrack suitable for go-carts add to the outdoor options.


blankIf relaxation and restoration are personal priorities, the private massage room, outdoor, or indoor, heated saltwater pools and the steam and sauna facilities are always available.

“This is an ideal place for someone whose lifestyle includes a passion for health and wellness, and who enjoys the natural beauty of the setting and all of the recreational activities that are available,” said Dina Sierra Smith of Smith & Associates.    M


The Oaks Estate is listed by Mary Pond and Ed Gunning, 813-690-7902, and Dina Sierra Smith, 813-760-6354, of Smith & Associates Real Estate. For more information, visit or







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