A legend in American architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright once wrote “The fireplace? The heart of the home itself.” According to a report by the National Association of Home Builders, 60% of new homes have at least one fireplace, compared with the 36% of homes built in the early 1970’s. Whether you choose to use it to dispel the cold, set a mood, or just use it as an accent to a room, the fireplace still endures as a sought-after fixture in today’s homes.
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While Central Florida isn’t exactly known for freezing cold winters or an abundance of snow, we do in fact experience an extended period of cooler weather that has residents donning additional layers, getting comfortable under blankets, and turning on the ‘heat’ setting in their homes. The possible benefits of having access to a fireplace, however, are not just limited to the cooler months:
• Cozy fires – Whether you own a gas fireplace or a wood burning one, there’s nothing quite as cozy as relaxing near a crackling fire. Put your feet up, open up a good book, and enjoy! Plus, if you’re looking to dial-up the romance, a fireplace is the perfect accent to any romantic dinner, drinks for two, or soft ambient lighting for a movie night.
• Warmth when the electricity is out– For those who rely on electric heating in the cooler months, a fireplace is a wonderful back-up option if the electricity happens to go out!
• Fire for cooking– Especially here in Florida, where we are often prone to Hurricane-related power-outages, having a fireplace in the home could be the difference between a cold or warm meal in a pinch. While not all fireplaces are made equal when it comes to cooking, an open-hearth fireplace can still offer you the chance to roast marshmallows or hotdogs.
• Eco-Friendly Heating – Wood burning fireplaces can produce plenty of heat to warm the home in the cooler months, meaning you can reduce your use of electric or gas-fueled heating. This helps to reduce energy costs during the cooler months, and ultimately gives you more flexibility in making decisions about how your heat your home.
If the perfect fireplace is on your must-have list, we have plenty of options currently on the market. You can browse our luxurious listings that feature fireplaces below! Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact one of our expert REALTORS® to help you find the perfect home, farm, or land that you have in mind!
On over an acre, at the heart of Ocala, this elegant custom Cape-Cod style estate has been carefully restored with thoughtful updates. This one-of-a-kind property is surrounded by flowering shrubs, old oaks, and a well maintained yard for a park-like setting and plenty of curb appeal. Fireplaces are located throughout the home, including the library, great room, and master bedroom; to add a cozy element during cooler winter nights. If hosting is a passion, this home is ready for it– the pool area includes a covered summer kitchen and wet bar overlooking the sparkling pool, spa, and large pool deck. Located close to a variety of shopping, dining, schools, medical options, and much more, this unique property is a must-see opportunity!
English Country Estate Farm, New to the Market! 25+ acres in NW Marion County, This farm is the pinnacle of equestrian excellence. Peace and privacy are assured by the long driveway leading from the gated entrance, past the front pond with fountain and up to the 5-bedroom, 4-full and 2-half bath multi-story residence. A portico-covered main entrance leads through grand french doors into a tiled foyer with a soaring ceiling and staircase to the second floor. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining with extensive polished-granite countertops, ample storage space, a flat-top range on the island, stainless steel appliances, and two walk-in pantries. The lanai overlooks a stunning pool area, complete with salt-water pool, sun-shelf, and grotto with a waterfall, the pool is heated by passive solar panels during the cooler months. Equestrians have ample space to train year-round, as the property offers an 11-stall CBS barn with steel roof, wash stall, two enclosed utility rooms, and one open stall-sized bay for storage or equipment.
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