This tucked away estate has a fictional feel— movie set, fairy tale or fantasy are all fitting possibilities. When arriving along the winding driveway ensconced by unspoiled woods and branches, the terrain of trees and brush provide a canopy of comfort like a secret hideaway. Turning the corner, the view opens up slowly to reveal lush landscaping — spiral topiaries, winged statues, and brilliant bursts of colored blooms. A hidden garden with a wrought iron gate is sneak-away distance, just barely out-of-sight. The brick facade’s symmetry and sweeping entrance are both imposing and alluring… the mixture of grandeur and calm almost heady.
The beauty and seclusion are however, neither one, imagined. This acreage was chosen with much forethought and consideration, for its privacy and panoramic sound view. Inspired by a love of plantation style homes seen throughout New Orleans, the owners chose French colonial architecture for its pleasing rectangular shape and wrap-around porches, originally built long ago for strolling outdoors to escape the stifling southern heat of Louisiana.
What this home maintains throughout is drama and elegance as well as thoughtful and luxurious details. Step inside the front door onto black-and-white marble checkerboard tile and marvel at the patterns and details… scalloped niches and rich red walls lead you to the centerpiece of the home, the spiral staircase three stories high. Gazing up or down is pure delight, a kaleidoscope of glass and light.
The design of 118 Buena Vista was devised with entertaining in mind both inside and out— for parties and events, on a small scale or large. It’s easy here with floor to ceiling kitchen cabinets, butler’s pantry for extra space and room to set-up, and capacity to sleep as many as 20, the sellers have testified. The ground floor is circuitous, which allows for easy mingling and time together with family.
The glamour and splendor of this home in Newport continues in all respects; the black ceilinged living room adorned with a grand piano is sophisticated and stunning. The gold walls and honey-hued woods complement the space and copious amounts of natural light brighten it all. The office is just as striking with wall-lined mahogany bookcases and leather bound books in bright jewel tones.
The rest of the house is similarly dazzling: the theme throughout is global… palms, exotic birds, 18th century wallpaper and chinoiserie; all eye-catching, timeless classics ripe with color and motifs. The last stop is the widow’s walk which provides a high-rise perspective and glorious vista— 200 feet of water frontage and seclusion — gardens and home to foxes, owls and rabbits, easily visible from this perch, not to mention the wide and wondrous waterscape.
Heading outdoors, the sweep of lawn and the sweet walkway through the marsh are visible and charming. The combination of woods and water a joy; the range of greens from emerald to fern contrasts beautifully with the cerulean sky. The dual kitchens are in keeping with the luxe and leisure theme, as well as the balance and harmony of the home’s aesthetic. They are practical as well when it comes to cookouts and gatherings of any kind. His & hers grills are well-matched and as well-functioning as the double-sided garage and copious workspace able to accommodate any number of chores or hobbies.
This home is incredible in the truest sense of the word… impossible to believe, for its magnificence and space and surreal vibe. It is a fact that this home at 118 Buena Vista Court is located right here in Carteret County and, in fact, only 5 minutes from west Morehead City. It is a genuine coastal oasis.