5645 Willoughby Drive, Melbourne

The DeWayne Carpenter / Kirk Kessel Homeselling Team just listed the property at 5645 Willoughby Drive, Melbourne for $1,425,000 (Appraised Value)


An outstanding showcase of unique architectural design, prestigious craftsmanship and fine finishes hallmark one of the most significant equestrian estates in Brevard County.  5645 Willoughby Drive is located in the exclusive, gated subdivision, Willows.  Willows is a 650-acre, Eco-friendly gated development bordering Lake Washington, zoned for horses and complete with riding trails.  Built in 2002, this Antebellum Neoclassical Architectural style estate sits majestically at the end of a meandering drive on beautifully maintained grounds featuring Southern Magnolias and Live Oak Trees protected by remotely operated custom forged gates.  Designed by The Kendust Group, Inc. and built by L.F. Custom Homes, Inc., the residence boast a spacious but welcoming 5,366 sq. ft., a 5 car garage, and striking Old Chicago Brick. The gated 12 acre home site features a custom designed horse barn and property completely surrounded by classic white horse country fencing encompassing Willows Lots 13, 14 and part of lot 20.  The grounds and pastures are professionally irrigated with a deep well injection and filled and graded to ensure good footing for the horses and storm water runoff.  The estate is bordered to the west by a conservation area adjacent to the St. John’s River, also known as Lake Washington. The estate has unlimited direct navigational access to Lake Washington, where undisturbed nature and wildlife are abundant. The Marsh lands, Mangroves and Cypress Swamps, are a migration path for birds, fish, turtles, otters, hawks and deer, creating heaven on earth for the nature enthusiast and fisherman.



As you approach the house along the brick sidewalk you appreciate the impressive detailing of this 5 bedroom 3.5 bath estate, replete with unmatched custom finishes both inside and out.  Six grand Doric columns greet you as you ascend the steps to the landing and enter the foyer through the impressive patina double doors, constructed of copper clad over solid steel. Inside the foyer, a stunning custom, thirty candle, five foot crystal chandelier sets the stage for this amazing and gracious homestead.  Distinctive crown moldings, square columns and a custom designed floating curved cherry staircase fuse function and glamor.   To your left, the formal dining room boasts beautiful custom crown molding and wainscoting showcased by a crystal waterfall chandelier centered on a medallion with matching wall sconces and is the perfect venue for family holidays or large scale entertaining.

The warm and inviting family room features a custom built-in cherry entertainment center, plantation shutters and a complete surround sound.  Enjoy cool evenings as you cozy up by the large brick wood burning fireplace and free standing cut leaded glass screen. The hearth laid with Old Chicago Brick and a custom wood mantle accents the columns and millwork throughout.    On either side of the fireplace French doors lead you to the tasteful and fun outdoor living area and pool deck, both overlooking the magnificent grounds.  The glistening pool and spa is the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing day lounging in the warm Florida sunshine. The speaker system extends outdoors for your poolside enjoyment.

The kitchen is an impressive showcase of design from  the cherry archway opening to a bar height breakfast bar,  flanked by carved cherry wood horse head corbels to the beautiful granite counters and  brushed stainless steel  state of the art  appliances. Old Chicago Brick is the backdrop for the ceramic cooktop hearth.  The furniture grade custom wood cabinetry is designed by  The Goldblatt Group, Inc.  The breakfast nook opening off the kitchen is entered by a prominent cased opening complete with square columns and are contrasted with Old Chicago Brick walls and picture windows with views of the pool. Centered in the nook a Tiffany style pewter chandelier illuminates the brick walls. Blue Pearl granite graces the floor elegantly coordinating the breakfast nook with the kitchen.

The library is accessed through custom cherry wood French doors with beveled glass and is perfectly detailed with in a stately manner with  custom cherry wood plantation shutters, built in book cases and  molding. Authentic abalone wall sconces and chandelier illuminate the library’s character.

A ground floor guest bedroom is perfectly located and spectacularly adorned with a custom walk in closet an en suite bathroom, corner whirlpool spa, walk in shower, custom cherry wood built in dual porcelain sinks, and granite counters with a tower for toiletries.

Other fabulous features of the first floor include a large craft room or multipurpose room with custom built in cabinetry and a purposefully located mud room.    Across the way, laundry becomes less mundane in the generously sized laundry room, with pull down ironing board, featuring built in cabinetry.  Porcelain sink and Kohler Brushed Nickel fixtures, built in state of the art, Bosch front load washer and dryer situated under the counter gives generous counter space. A floor drain will protect the home’ custom wood interior from water damage in case of an appliance failure

A spacious powder room accommodates guests with custom cherry wood cabinetry and granite countertop. The room is illuminated by Tiffany style pewter wall lighting atop the custom cherry wood mirror. Two sets of doors reveal shelving for storing non-essentials and supplies.


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2nd Floor

A spectacular retreat greets you in this one of a kind Master Suite. Boasting fabulous views of the lush green pastures from the plantation shuttered windows and western sunsets from the French doors leading to the balcony, this suite includes a bonus room perfect as a nursery, reading room, or exercise room.  Custom designed walk in closets, and a delightful bathroom features custom oak wood cabinetry with dual porcelain sink vanities, granite counters, Kohler Brushed Nickel fixtures, and two large oak wood mirrors illuminated by Tiffany style pewter light fixture, private water closet, corner whirlpool spa and spacious walk in shower and walls covered in gorgeous Italian porcelain.

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The second master suite opens through double doors, to a spacious and comfortable bedroom with his and hers custom walk-in closets. An arched doorway leads to a private multi-use sitting room, nursery, entertainment or workout room.  The bathroom suite is stunning in custom cherry wood cabinets, a corner whirlpool spa, his and her spacious vanities with porcelain sinks and Kohler Brushed Nickel fixtures, granite counters, cherry wood mirrors illuminated with Tiffany style pewter lighting.  The spacious walk in shower boasts brushed stainless steel Kohler Shower Tower, sure to be relaxing. The distinctive Italian porcelain tile completely covers the walls, floor to ceiling, in a composite pattern, including the separate water closet complete with Kohler fixtures. This bedroom also offers amazing views and access to the spacious balcony accessed thru French doors.

Nestled on both sides by the two upstairs master bedroom suites, is a multipurpose room, or office centered on the upstairs landing. Enter thru the double doors, and exit thru the French doors onto the two story balcony for fabulous sunsets.

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The self-contained, hurricane rated, raised center aisle horse barn was custom designed by M.D. Barnmaster Building Systems of Florida, Inc., totaling 2,916 sq. ft., including porches. No expense was spared or detail overlooked in designing this safe and environmentally friendly barn. The best materials were used and unmatched attention to the needs of your equine friends has been graciously considered.   Serving also as a “multi-purpose” building, this barn has three oversized stalls, warm water shower stall, kitchen, half bath, garage with work shop, club house, climate controlled tack and hay room, and automatic waterers on city water make this a true equestrian’s dream facility.