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The most incredible Venetian glass chandelier greets you in to this fantastical home and gives you only a taste of what you’re about to find. Above you, this chandelier looks like melting fiery icicles from some forgotten corner of The Persistence of Memory painting by artist Salvador Dalí. Then, the big blue water from the canal and pool peeking through the plantation shutters far ahead through the living room draw you in to another fantasy land – The Island. It was this view and location that drew the couple to this home.
After living on the island for two years, the Krischkes realized their current home was not meeting their needs. These needs included location on a wide canal that faced the right direction for heat purposes. They also wanted a pool and a spectacular view. Their agent, Tara Gallaspy, searched high and low - and this was the one. The four bedrooms and four bathrooms were another huge plus as they love to have friends and family visit. The house has a great flow and an oversized garage, which meets Dave’s needs.
“We made a list of specifics we wanted in the next home and wanted one that we could make improvements to,” says Pam. The major improvements included renovating and updating the kitchen including all appliances, gutting and renovating the master bath (yes, the tile is from Spain!), additional lighting added, all interior and exterior lights and ceiling fan upgrades throughout, entire home painted inside and out, and, their favorite, the modern Flor carpet squares installed. These squares come in more patterns than you can imagine. They are so fun to mix and match, and the best part is, if there is a spill, all you have to do is replace the one or two squares and not the entire floor!
The spacious entertainer’s kitchen is one of two of their favorite rooms. It is the heart of the home where they all gather and can handle several cooks. Their second favorite room is the spa like master bath, “which is our relaxing retreat,” Pam reveals. And whether you’re in the kitchen or taking a bubble bath, wine is a must! The Krischke’s have a secret wine cellar underneath their stairs. It’s something out of an adult’s fairytale book.
The cellar is an art form, just like the rest of the home. It’s meant to showcase their special and eclectic art collection. “We have been collecting unique pieces for many years, and each item on the wall has a special meaning and story to us. The large pieces were painted over a number of years by the father of a dear friend. We personally were intrigued by his style of texture and layering with natural elements. The lady in the coliseum is another favorite. She was in the private suite of Judge Roy Hofheinz in the Astrodome. My mother-in-law acquired it and has been in the family since,” explains Pam.
But the carousel horse perhaps has the most meaning. Pam recalls, “It was our first find 42 years ago. We have moved it all over the country. My husband was a college coach, so that carousal and has been many collegiate colors. Most recently, we handed it over to our artist nephew to create a unique look for this home.”
Because of their travels and experiences, their style of décor tends to lean toward a mixture of contemporary and eclectic with heirloom pieces thrown into the mix. If a piece calls to them, they find a way to incorporate it into the space. “Our home makes us feel happy when we walk in and that is our inspiration. I believe any style would work great in this home though as it has great bones,” says Pam.
The large glass windows really let the outside in. The high ceilings give the home an open and airy feeling. “We love our party pool and spacious covered patios both up and down with views all the way to the intracoastal. Lower the boat and you are fishing in minutes. Location, location, location!” Pam boasts. “Our best memories are sharing our home with children, grandchildren, relatives and great friends.”
Think you could live here? You’re in luck, it’s for sale!
Contact: Coastline Properties, Tara Gallaspy (361) 949-0101