7131 S Tropical Trail

Merritt Island, FL 32952

SOLD for $1,900,000

Quick Facts

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4.5 Baths

  • 5,238± Square Feet

  • 3 Car Garage + Boat/RV Garage

  • Indian River Frontage

  • Fireplace

  • Heated Pool & Spa

  • 2 Boat Lifts (10k lbs + 6k lbs)

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Represented by Dewayne Carpenter, Kirk Kessel & Shane Burgman of The Carpenter | Kessel Homeselling Team

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Most people in Brevard County associate South Tropical Trail with incredible riverfront property and the most scenic views of the river. The real estate along South Tropical Trail in Merritt Island is some of the most expensive in the County and for good reason. Most of the property on “The Trail” features large estate lots along the Intracoastal and Banana River, substantial homes (some might say “mansions”) and some of the only “deep water” available for boaters.

Selling property on The Trail is something that most real estate agents in our area dream of, but only a few have the capability, knowledge, and confidence to pull it off.

When Don approached me last year with the opportunity to market his property that just so happens to be located on South Tropical Trail, 3 thoughts immediately crossed my mind:

1.) Holy smokes!
2.) This is going to be fun!
3.) Holy smokes!!!

If you remember a few weeks back we posted a video about an event we hosted at the property, “Top Chef on the Trail”. This was our take on a traditional open house, but we wanted to spice things up a bit. So, we partnered with an executive chef, a musician, had plenty of drinks and sent out some invites. And of course, documented it all.

We ended up with around 60 people at the property and yeah, we definitely had some fun.

Shortly after the event, we went under contract.

Coincidence? Maybe.

Fun party? ABSOLUTELY.

Well, I’m proud to say that we ARE CLOSED and set some records for the $1M and up category on South Merritt Island:

• Highest sale in the last 12 months
• Highest Sold Price/SqFt in the last 12 months
• 2nd quickest sale at 66 days on the market (DOM) in the last 12 months
• Represented the coolest seller in the county in the last 12 hundred years…

If you know Don, you know he’s one of the most genuine and trustworthy guys out there. He’s the type that would give you the shirt off his back, but he’s also the type to tell you exactly how it is.

Don is one of the most accomplished men I have ever had the opportunity to form a relationship with and learn valuable lessons from, something I am extremely grateful for.

He and I were both prior enlisted military men, in different decades, but ultimately cut from the same cloth. We come from a culture where trust and loyalty are earned, friendships are bound by honor, and hard work is the only way things get done.

When Don asked me to help him, to me this was more than a RE transaction. This was a test of my self-worth and an opportunity to demonstrate my capability.

Fortunately, 2 years ago I was offered an opportunity to align myself with the most successful team in the county and work with some of the most outstanding individuals in the business; Working with the best and learning from the best. Carpenter / Kessel Homeselling Team at DSRE Inc.

I was ready.

This was my first $1M+ real estate deal. Don gave me a chance, something I will never forget.


~Shane Burgman, Sales Partner

Property Video


Approximately 1.5 miles north of the Pineda Causeway on esteemed South Tropical Trail, lies this elegant riverfront estate. Reminiscent of the sugar plantations of St. Croix, this French-inspired home is a beautiful marriage of solid, sturdy construction and stylish design. Featuring 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and over 5,200 sqft, a 3 car garage, bonus room, wine cellar and a secret “hidden” room on the interior, with a remarkable backyard that includes a heated pool and spa and breathtaking panoramic views of the river. An additional outbuilding houses a large RV/boat storage, workshop and full bath.

Property Video

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As you pull up to the stone edifice, you immediately sense the welcoming grandeur of this home. The solid stone facade enhances the beauty of the sturdy concrete block construction while the tile roof, classic chimney, and delicate spires further accentuate the heritage feel. The 3 car side entry garage is showcased by stunning solid wood arched bay doors flanked by elegant sconces, and a charming Juliet balcony above with iron scrollwork doors.

Arched impact rated glass windows and doors beckon you toward the warm interior. As you climb the steps you are greeted by custom made entry doors outlined with coquina rock with more handcrafted iron scrollwork and enchanting hardware. Once inside, you sense that the old-world aesthetic is simply that – as you can instantly see the modern comfort of a newly built home.

The pebble stone entryway grounds you as you take in the awe-inspiring design of the entry hall. Instantly your eye is caught by the grand staircase that rises above and culminates at a small landing on the second floor. The skilled millwork of the arched doorways that lead to the adjacent rooms is mimicked in the trim work along the stair risers and the iron scrollwork from the entryway doors is continued in a spectacular fashion up the banister and across the landing of the second floor. The industrial chandelier that lights the grand entry hall has delicate crystals in a dripping form, adding whimsy to this classic space.

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Main Floor

To the left of the entry, through a large arched doorway is the formal living room. The focal point of this room is the stone gas and wood-burning fireplace with substantial mantel. Across the entry hall to the right is the delightful formal dining room. The gorgeous hardwood floors are continued into the dining room but are offset by a pebble stone inlay in the center of the room providing a spotlight for a dining table to host a bountiful feast for gatherings and holiday meals. The walls are adorned with classical molding and chair rail and the attractive chandelier is highlighted by a delicately scrolled ceiling medallion.

From the dining room, you continue through the pocket door to the magnificent kitchen – the true showpiece of the main floor. The chef-caliber kitchen is a feast for the eyes, with stunning white custom Crystal cabinetry with marble counters along with perimeter and a t-shaped center island in a soft sage topped with a polished almond wood countertop. The island houses the 6 burner gas cooktop and provides a seating area for casual meals or comfortable meal prep. A bank of windows flanks the far side, allowing plentiful light to pour through the plantation shutters, while two delicate chandeliers and recessed lighting provide illumination for evening meals.

From the dining room, you continue through the pocket door to the magnificent kitchen – the true showpiece of the main floor. The chef-caliber kitchen is a feast for the eyes, with stunning white custom Crystal cabinetry with marble counters along with perimeter and a t-shaped center island in a soft sage topped with a polished almond wood countertop. The island houses the 6 burner gas cooktop and provides a seating area for casual meals or comfortable meal prep. A bank of windows flanks the far side, allowing plentiful light to pour through the plantation shutters, while two delicate chandeliers and recessed lighting provide illumination for evening meals.

An integrated refrigerator and freezer blend into the stunning cabinetry, allowing the stainless steel Decor double oven and microwave, glass door under-counter wine refrigerator and the exquisite hammered copper farm sink to take center stage. The tumbled stone backsplash provides a coordinating backdrop and the lighted glass-front cabinets that are peppered throughout provide interesting focal points to showcase your most treasured glassware or serving ware. Every detail was considered, with intricate millwork along the ceiling to carry your eye upward, making this room a delight to behold.

The kitchen culminates at a framed opening onto the gracious family room where a stunning classicly-styled wet bar commands the space. This room has been lovingly dubbed the “pub room”. Dual TV receivers allow you to watch two different games at once, ensuring you never miss your favorite team – or provide varied entertainment to please everyone in the family. The large seating area in the center is the hub of conversation. Above is an intricately designed coffered ceiling, accented by a contrasting color palette, giving the room a subtle richness. Through the large bank of windows covered by plantation shutters, you can gaze out to the pool and river beyond.

The family room is also accessible through the main entryway hall and formal living room at the front of the home. The hallway between the family room and the entry is flanked on either side by a powder bath featuring a distinctive tree stump sink that will surely be a conversation piece, and a captivating wine cellar on the opposite side. Secured by a handmade iron gate, your wine collection is showcased in a large wooden rack at the back of the stone cave cellar. Designed to resemble the wine cellars found in the castles of Europe, your collection will be proudly displayed in this one-of-a-kind vault.

Off the kitchen on the North side of the home is a hallway that leads to the office, laundry room, and master suite. The cozy office is outfitted with built-in cabinets creating two large working surfaces with space for desk chairs and a wall unit along the far wall providing closed storage and open bookshelves. The secluded space provides the perfect amount of privacy for working on your projects – with the ability to close the pocket door at the end of the day and provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of running a business or managing the home. An intercom system that runs throughout the house makes communicating with family members and houseguests a breeze.

Down the hallway is a large linen closet with built-in shelving and drawers, making a perfect place for pool towels or mudroom storage. The adjacent full-size laundry room is home to plentiful cabinets, a sink, washer and dryer, and more built-in storage. The end of the hallway leads out to the 3 car garage.

Master Suite

On the opposite end of the hallway lies the spectacular master suite. The hand-scraped wood floors continue into the master bedroom and ground the space, while the soaring Tommy Bahama ceiling with wood planks and sturdy beams compliment the bright windows covered with the same plantation shutters that encase the main floor. The ceiling fixture is a gorgeous design with two basket weave fans in tones that coordinate with the wood floors. The whole house sound system continues in the master bedroom with two speakers nestled in the ceiling.

French doors lead out onto the pool deck and a pocket door leads to the impressive master bath. A jetted soaking tub is encased in beautiful stone and is adjacent to the spacious glass steam shower. Two sprawling vanities each with sink and mirror are separated by a tall block of cabinets, providing plentiful storage. At the back of the bath is the private water closet and a large walk-in closet with custom built-in cabinetry set off by attractive wallpaper backed shelving to give the space color and energy. The shelves rise to the ceiling with ample space for all your belongings and storage for off-season items.

Second Story

The second story is accessible from the front staircase or through the secondary stairwell at the back of the laundry hall. There are four substantial bedrooms on the second story, along with a large bonus room and an office. On the South side of the home sit two bedrooms. The front bedroom is complemented by the elegant full bath is off the hallway and the back bedroom overlooks the pool and river and has an ensuite bath with a large tiled shower and marble topped vanity.

Across the hall are two more bedrooms, the front bedroom mirrors the South front bedroom and the back bedroom features more incredible views of the river. The ensuite bathroom showcases a matching marble topped vanity and another large shower, with complex tile work and a window that lets the natural light and river views in making the room bright and spacious.

At the end of the hall is a recessed hinged bookshelf that disguises a hidden entrance to the office/secret room. A small hallway takes you into the space, which could easily include a bed for guests. Through another secret door, you can access the bonus room which is situated above the garage. This versatile space has a mansard roof that is highlighted by rustic style beams. On one wall there is a slate tiled area with a wet bar backdropped by a stone wall and a set of doors to match the front entry. The ornate doors open to the Juliet balcony that overlooks the front of the home. This fabulous space is a perfect space for a media/game room as it provides privacy from the rest of the home, ensuring no matter how lively the gathering, you won’t disturb anyone. A back stairwell leads down to the first-floor hallway and garage.

The Grounds

As stunning as the interior is, the real showstopper is the backyard. A glistening freeform heated pool sits just off the home, with a cascading stone waterfall and a bubbling spa tub. Under the protection of the stone arched loggia, a wood planked ceiling is outfitted with ceiling fans to keep you comfortable. A summer kitchen features a gas grill and small refrigerator perfect for keeping those barbeque necessities cool.

With multiple seating and lounging areas, there is no shortage of places to relax. Enjoy lively conversation around the firepit, take a nap in the hammock that swings softly beneath the towering palm trees, or share stories on the patio off the pool. In the evenings, the advanced color-changing LED pool lights to provide the perfect ambiance, while the mosquito misting system takes care of any unwanted pests. The music system that is incorporated inside the residence extends to the outside, making it a breeze to set the mood and continue it indoors and out.

When you’re ready for adventure, stroll down the private dock to embark on a river cruise. With a covered seating area, two boat lifts (6k lbs + 10k lbs) and a Wifi system strong enough to ensure a signal at the end of the dock, every detail has been accounted for.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there is another fabulous feature to mention. When you are coming down the drive toward the property, at the very front is a large garage/workshop. With a bay door tall enough to accommodate an RV or a large watercraft, room for additional cars or vehicles and a workshop. There is a lofted area that would make a perfect hobby area, and industrial lighting and fans provide significant illumination and cooling while you work.

This extraordinary home is a masterpiece of both construction and design. A fantastic home for entertaining, the love and attention to detail are apparent everywhere you look. From the stone encased walls (approx 16” thick) to the modern technological conveniences, this estate is the perfect blend of history and innovation.

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Dewayne Carpenter & Kirk Kessel
Dewayne Carpenter & Kirk KesselTeam Leaders
Dewayne: (321) 693-2593
Kirk: (321) 544-9993
Shane Burgman
Shane BurgmanREALTOR
Cell: (321) 408-0200
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