The retired race car driver Gil de Ferran is speeding away from his fancy Fort Lauderdale, FL, home. You can now purchase his waterfront domicile for $12.95 million.
De Ferran picked up the parcel in 2010 for $1.6 million and proceeded to build a custom home of his own. Completed in 2015, the contemporary construction is now on the market for the first time.
Designed with the champion in mind, the retreat was crafted as a peaceful oasis where de Ferran could park when he was not racing around.
Evidence of the owner’s illustrious career once filled the place. Instead of traditional home accessories, his many trophies and other memorabilia added unique touches, according to a 2018 story about his home from Haute Residence.
“From helmets, trophies, custom sculptures, and racing car models, this home truly reflects the connection between [de Ferran’s] life in the fast victory lane and the serenity of an escape [that] this home is for him,” said Voytek Faber, principal of Equilibrium Interior Design.
The driver’s personal items are now gone, but the serene spirit of the place remains.
Roadmap to relaxation
Set on a third of an acre, the one-of-a-kind residence offers 110 feet of water frontage, an 80-foot lap pool, and a calming courtyard of orchids and water features at the entryway.
Inside, 8,652 square feet of living space is spread over three stories connected by an open staircase and an elevator.
Warm elements grace the light, bright six-bedroom space, with ipe wood, skylights, and glass doors in the great room. The living space opens to the pool and backyard, creating a natural flow between the interior and the outside.
A casual dining space adjoins the large kitchen. In his down time, the driver loves to cook. So the prep area is equipped with top-of-the-line modern appliances, a gas cooktop, along with a pantry and wine fridge. The island also features a taller bar counter for casual dining.
And the living room, dining room, and bar are all in an open area, for easy entertaining.
Glass doors open to the space outside, which features a wraparound infinity lap pool and pool deck. It’s also easy to whip up feasts from a summer kitchen and enjoy an al fresco meal by the water.
The master bedroom features a built-in bed and side tables, and glass doors that open to a private balcony. The showstopper marble bathroom includes a soaking tub and dual vanities.
Naturally, the home includes a three-car garage—pit crew not included.
The Indy Car driver and team owner was the winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500. He left his position as McLaren Racing’s sporting director earlier this year.
Nicole Holtzheuser with Florida Luxurious Properties holds the listing.
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