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Florida's Designer-Owned 'Palace of the Eagles' Wants $7.85M

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Named for a family of Bald Eagles that still nested on its grounds as of an Architectural Digest write-up in 2001 (in an issue that also devoted pages to the home of actor Paul Hogan, of Crocodile Dundee fame) Winter Park's Palazzo delle Aquile is owned by Marc Thee and Michael Abbott, partners at Marc-Michaels Interior Design, a full-service Boca Raton firm that boasts on its website a "thorough understanding of the luxury buyer's needs and desires." Marc and Michael should know; they were luxury buyers themselves (at least) once, back when they commissioned the home from architect Carlos Martin for a lakeside lot on a brick-lined, oak-flanked street in the part of Winter Park that still wears proud its resort community roots. Apparently done with their five-bedroom Venetian-style villa, the two-time AD 100 designers listed the place last week for $7.85M.

At least in their 13-year-old interview, Thee and Abbot chalk the home's 10,000 square feet of opulent and largely traditional designer decor up to Abbot's "long-standing antique collecting habit." As the better than average listing photos show, the home—which we're assured is "not for the Sesame Street set"—completely lends itself to being decked out that way. Tour the "Venetian plasterwork walls" and the "old-fashioned southernstyle pecky cypress ceilings" below, and keep an eye out for the "custommade commode":

· 700 North Interlachen Ave [Zillow]
· Venetian Influences Define the Designers' Winter Park, Florida Mansion [Arch Digest via Marc-Michaels Interior Design]