(NOTE: click with left mouse button on any underlined words in the text and you will see pictures or additional information; just use the back arrow in the upper left of your screen to return to the main page)
Just to the west of Stuart and the St. Lucie River, lies Palm City (see Map). This exclusive town in Martin County is home to a few select families residing on lush 5 acre ranchettes with all the amenities of more urban settings. Palm City Farms is only minutes from I-95 and Florida Turnpike exits, dozens of shopping malls, schools, hospitals and the county seat in Stuart yet honors the traditional peace and tranquility offered by its exclusive equestrian and country 5 acre ranchettes.
Occasionally, a property is found with the discerning owner of an elegant country estate, convenient to urban centers, beaches and major highways while assuring the owner of total privacy, modern conveniences, super comforts and space for horses or other hobbies.
Yardley Farms is just such a jewel. The property is owned by the Lord and Lady of Yardley and reflects the traditional elegance of English aristocracy in a decidedly tropical setting. The 5 acre estate is situated on a private, asphalted street just 4 miles from Martin Downs shopping, I-95, and the Florida Turnpike. The entire property is fenced and the road front stockade fence stretches 330 feet with two entrance gates. The distinctive main entrance with its two columns and curved walls, has dual electric gates, intercom and giant brass lanterns. The secondary entrance with manually operated gates, leads to the stables and rear part of the estate.
The brick paved driveway leading to the main house is lighted by turn of the century lamps on either side and the visitor is awed by the luxurious plantings extending the length of the drive. There are huge Bismarck , coconut, queen, royal, Christmas and other exotic palm trees evident throughout the estate. The property is a veritable botanical garden that complements the rock waterfall at the pool, the golf pitch and putting green complete with both sand bunkers and water trap, the 4 stall stable or the guest cottage nestled alongside the rock lined 1/2 acre pond fully stocked with 18" Koi, albino catfish, tilapia and 5 fully licensed grass carp. Both ponds have lighted fountains that serve as aerators and a means to maintain water levels from a dedicated well which also supplies the 14 zone remote controlled sprinkler system with over 100 heads and nearly 1 mile of underground supply tubing extending throughout the 5 acre estate.
The home, newly painted in autumn gold and white trim, is constructed of solid concrete block, providing its owner with over 7,000 square feet of living space of which just under 5,000 is climate controlled by a new dual system with a 3 ton Trane Heat Pump (11 SEER) and a Carrier 3.5 ton (14 SEER). There are tiled floors throughout with marble in the 4 1/2 bathrooms and double thick pile carpeting in the 3 bedrooms. The kitchen granite counters and solid wood cabinetry are complemented by the stunning field-stone floor to ceiling fireplace in the huge living room. The granite countertops in the bathrooms continue the elegant touches found in this unique home. The house has satellite TV and internet connections in every room and video cameras around the property can be seen on any television. The Smarthouse concept extends to on-line control of the irrigation system, lighting and even video surveillance. Continuing the high tech approach, hot water is supplied by an on demand Envirotech Tankless Water Heater, fresh water from one of two wells on the property is softened and treated by a dual Kinetico System and a PEET weather monitor system tells the owner about current and past weather trends including wind, rain and humidity readings. In addition to the UV whole house water filtration system, there are additional water filters for kitchen use. Finally, a full, monitored security system provides the owner with a high degree of tranquility when both at home or away on extended trips.
The freeform, in-ground gunite swimming pool with Diamond Brite finish is surrounded by a flagstone deck and is fully screened. From its Hayward self cleaning system and PoolPilot Chlorinator to the Aqualink Automated Pool and Spa control, this pool exudes the epitomy of beauty and functionality. The heated spa behind the all natural rock waterfall is fully controlled from the remote control unit located in the family room. The screened pool enclosure has a 16 foot section of sliding panels which allows the entire pool area to be opened up to the 400 square foot brick terrace shaded by a huge live oak tree. Since the hurricanes of 2004, most of the pool area has been walled in to enhance privacy and security and giving the entertainment area a Mexican Terrace look. The current owners have located their extensive Macaw collection in elegant cedar aviaries around this terrace area which leads to the lighted boat dock and only a short walk from the 900 square foot guest cottage complete with bathroom, kitchenette, living room and bedroom. .
Beyond the pond and the extensive lawn can be found the area reserved for equestrian pleasures. The large 58 x 36 foot stable has been divided into 6 large stalls with sliding doors and feeders. The concrete center aisle has rubber mats and drains and there is one air-conditioned feed/tack room. The hayloft above the stalls can serve as storage space for hay or other supplies if desired. The stable has both water and electricity and the water lines extend to the dry paddock areas in the nearly 3 acres planted with Bahia grass have numerous live oaks for shading. There is also a 60 foot diameter training ring. An additional 3 car garage and workshop, several huge bird flight cages, a greenhouse and herb garden, and sewage treatment plant complete the facilities of this luxury estate. The entire area is serviced by its own entrance and security gate to the street which leads to miles of trails throughout the neighborhood.
This property combines location, quality and breathtaking beauty. There are no other properties like Yardley Farms . If interested to learn more, contact the owners directly at email@example.com