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Living Victoriously

Reputation is oftentimes the underlying factor that provides a certain edge. It was a great reputation and her skills in luxury real estate that led Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate agent Donna Miller to list the new-to-market property, the grand Victory Mansion. With a name like that, this home carries its
own reputation of grandiose elegance.

The estate sits on its own private peninsula with unobstructed views of the Tampa Bay area, including both downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg. Though the parcel is zoned for more homes than the one, the seller of this mansion loves the peaceful
serenity of just having the one and only Victory Mansion along this section of Tampa Bay, Miller says. This serenity is further enhanced by the stunning natural views from the property, with colorful Florida sunsets every evening. Nature plays a key role in the property’s charm, as Miller notes that the surrounding land and water often play host to beautiful natural wildlife, particularly in the winter with the bird migrations.

“These beautiful birds sit together right in the backyard. In addition, we have fancy flamingos and playful dolphins that come to eat from the plentiful ocean in the backyard. [They] come so close you can touch them!” Miller says. All creatures, as
well as visiting manatees, are easily seen from the dock as well as the balconies on the rear side of the property.

This “backyard” is more than just a little slice of grass, as the property also boasts adjacent lots, two tennis courts, wetlands and private sanctuary islands, which roughly amounts to about 160 acres along the water. “There is also enough room for a
helipad or a sea airplane for those who want the ultimate privacy with the proximity to be at an international
airport in 25 minutes,” she adds.

The perfect island retreat only gets better as the gated entry and tree-lined driveway lead you inside the Victory estate, showcasing classic and modern design and unparalleled craftsmanship, all encompassed within 15,000 square feet under roof. So much of the designed interior, completed by Valerie Kimura, exudes uncompromised luxury. For example, Miller mentions how the custom gold leaf ceilings took three months to complete, and that the marble flooring was extracted from an entire side of a Turkish mountain to ensure the flooring was consistent throughout the home. Other customized features include the kitchen, which has a hand-laid brick ceiling to mimic the old world Tuscan style found in Italy, as well Swarovski knobs in the butler’s pantry. Throughout the home there is a strong sense of timelessness in its style, but with fun modern enhancements that bring it into the 21st century. The spacious movie theater and large kitchen can accommodate any number of guests, making it perfect for entertaining. This extends to the exterior as well, with the infinity-edge pool and hot tub. The estate’s internal architecture, finished by interior architectural
designer Nisreen Ayad, is truly what makes this home unique, according to Miller. “Every ceiling is custom and the view of Tampa Bay is seen from every window. The natural light shines throughout the house and always gives you an uplifting feeling as you walk through,” she says.

Though only 20 minutes from Downtown Tampa in the heart of the city, the surrounding community is known for its recreational activities, as well as its seafood, which is easily attainable from the backyard. A peaceful slice of oasis near the downtown area, but with the privacy of a nature sanctuary…
It would be remarkable to find fault in such a reputable estate.

The Victory Mansion
Tampa Bay, FL
6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 partial baths
Represented by: Donna Miller
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
T. 727.520.2737
T. 727.381.2345

Story by Kristen Ordonez

Article originally appeared in Homes & Estates.

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