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Florida Waterfront Estate, Corporate Retreat, Production Studio, Wellness Center

Barbara Jenness | Barbara B. Jenness | | 904-823-0027
Lake Kerr, Salt Springs, FL
Florida Waterfront Retreat - Private, gated, 7+ acre estate with guest home on Lake Kerr in Ocala National Forest
6BR/6.5BA Single Family House
offered at $3,499,000
Year Built Unspecified
Sq Footage 7,843
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 6 full, 2 partial
Floors 1
Parking 4 Car garage
Lot Size 7.28 acres
HOA/Maint $0 per month


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Nestled in the pristine beauty of the Ocala National Forest, this magnificent waterfront estate is one of the finest examples of quality craftsmanship and architectural design available in all of Central Florida. Built in authentic Southwestern style with attention to every detail imaginable, the remarkable retreat sits on the pristine spring-fed waters of the over 2800 acres of Lake Kerr. With more than seven acres of land and over 540 feet of white sand beach, one can find a natural peacefulness and solitude rarely available and still be located within an easy drive of fine dining, shopping and all the cultural venues offered by the nearby city of Ocala, considered the capital of America’s thoroughbred horse farming.

Built as a family retreat, this home offers something for everyone in the family. The gourmet kitchen will inspire your culinary muse with its Wolf range, SubZero refrigerator, three convection ovens, ceramic cooktop, custom paneled refrigerator drawers and so much more. The courtyard beckons to those who have a “lazy bone” to spare. If the stacked stone hot tub doesn’t relax you too much, maybe the sound of the water flowing gently into the blue-bottomed swimming pool will work its magic to relax you. This courtyard was designed to blend seamlessly with the estate’s Southwestern idealism. Its varied quarried tiles, hand-picked accent boulders, summer kitchen, pergolas and ceiling fans provide the perfect tone for a hard day of rest. If adventure and exercise is your cup of tea, take a stroll on the impeccably naturally landscaped grounds or explore the hidden sitting garden and let nature take center stage.

Tennis anyone? The court is waiting to make you work to fall in “love/love” again. If your thumb is green enough, the fenced and irrigated farmers garden will fill your tummy with organic fruit, vegetables and herbs year round! And wait, look over your shoulder and you will see the most inviting thing of all, the sparkling waters of Lake Kerr. Jump on the jet ski, take a spin in the jet boat or simply take a ride on the Islandia and get a little good ole Florida sunshine. The early morning is the best time to kayak or canoe, explore the lake and island while watching the egrets, ospreys and sand hill cranes in their (as well as your) own back yard.

Magnificent gated, Southwestern-style estate on 7.28 acres on Lake Kerr, Marion county's second largest lake. Main house is 7843 sq. ft. and furnished 3 bedrooms and 2 baths guest house with fireplace is 1368 sq. ft. plus an attached 1-car garage. Enjoy 7506 sq. ft. private courtyard with heated pool and spa, tennis court, barn, seawall, boat dock with lifts and Seadoo boat. Main home has 3 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 half baths, 2 fireplaces, top of line kitchen appliances, huge great room, custom lights and chandeliers throughout home, attached 3-car garage, study, formal dining room, formal living room, family dining room, Florida room, huge craft room and large wetbar entertainment area complete with dishwasher, TV, and refrigerator with icemaker. Seadoo boat, piano and pool table included with the sale.

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• Central A/C • Central heat • Fireplace
• High/Vaulted ceiling • Walk-in closet • Tile floor
• Family room • Living room • Office/Den
• Dining room • Dishwasher • Refrigerator
• Stove/Oven • Microwave • Washer
• Dryer • Laundry area - inside • Balcony, Deck, or Patio
• Yard • Swimming pool


• Garage parking • Tennis court(s) • Lake
• Gated property • Secured entry


• Furnished 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Guest House w/ 1-car garage
• 3-car Garage in main house
• Tennis Court
• 3-Stall Barn with Tack Room
• Dock with boat lifts and boat house
• Seadoo Boat included
• Piano & Pool table included
• Summer Kitchen
• Large courtyard with heate pool, spa & waterfall
• Gated, fenced 7.28 acres
• Gourmet Kitchen
• Wet Bar
• 4 full baths + 2 half baths in main house
• Generator
• Garden & potting shed
• Over 540' on Lake Kerr
• Seawall
• Featured in Ocala Magazine:
• Total of 6 bedrooms; 3 in main home and 3 in guest home



Tennis Court


View from Water

Guest House
Contact info:
Barbara Jenness
Barbara B. Jenness
For sale by agent/broker

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Posted: Jul 4, 2009, 7:17am PDT

Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBarbara Jenness • July 07 2009 08:51AM



   Wow what an estate.  The amenities are overwhelming.  Good Luck and hope you find a buyer soon.

Connie Lou

Posted by Connie Lou Barnett, GRI,CRS,CRB,SRMM,ARA,PRS,SFR,QSC (Real Living/Home Realty) over 10 years ago

Congratulations on the newest listing here.  Great on line presentation as well.  Good luck!



Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 over 10 years ago

Thanks Connie Lou. I hope you find a buyer soon (smile).  It is a such a wonderful get-a-way.

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) over 10 years ago

Don, Thanks for the encouraging words. I am about to do a mailing to Nashville production studios. Anyone have any great contacts at production studios, wellness centers, retreats, etc.?

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) over 10 years ago