Frank McKinney's masterpiece Acqua Liana recently sold for a record price.
Unequivocally, Acqua Liana represents the most magnificent oceanfront estate home created by Frank McKinney during his stellar 25-year career as a real estate "artist."
Acqua Liana, the Tahitian and Fijian word for “water flower,” was bestowed with its unique name resulting from the home’s calming and soothing inclusion of many forms of liquid serenity.
From its water floors and water walls, to its water gardens and waterfalls, to its pools, reflecting ponds and fire spa, to the ocean beside and the Intracoastal waterway behind, each is found intertwined in a magical and eternal blossom at Acqua Liana.
Acqua Liana was the latest oceanfront masterpiece created by Frank McKinney, renowned for his oceanfront artistry, www.frank-mckinney.com
Take a short, soothing video tour of Acqua Liana:
View a recent Travel Channel feature:
"Sui Generis" is a phrase economists use to characterize ultra-luxury real estate at the upper-most echelon. Nothing could be more fitting when describing Acqua Liana - sui generis means "class by itself" or "only example of its kind."
Acqua Liana is set upon 1.6+/- acres, and 23+/- feet above sea level, with 150+ breathtaking feet fronting direct Atlantic Ocean-to-Intracoastal Waterway property.
The home offers the unique combination of enjoying a private stroll on the estate's white sandy beach and the ability to keep a yacht up to 120’ at your private dock on the Intracoastal Waterway immediately across from the residence. The property is also protected by a formidable concrete and steel beachfront seawall.
Acqua Liana features a first ever glass “water floor” with hand-painted tiles in a Monet-inspired Lotus garden motif brilliantly illuminated below the shimmering surface
2,000 gallon arched aquarium wet bar (walk below with over 100 exotic fish swimming above!)
24-foot oceanfront sheeting water walls
9-foot hand-blown multi-color glass chandelier (672 individual pieces) that "melts" into the reflecting pool below
10-foot kitchen and dining water wall
double helix glass staircase
magnificent oceanfront Hawaiian Koa-wood kitchen and catering kitchen
exotic tropical hardwood floors (coconut, bamboo, palmwood, reclaimed teak, etc.)
15,071+/- total square feet
oceanfront master bedroom suite with sitting room and his/hers oceanview baths – hers with mahogany soaking tub and his with steam shower with door to the beach
oceanfront glass office
glass wine room
oceanfront grand salon that opens to the beach
dining room that opens to the pool
Hollywood-like movie theater
air-conditioned and oversize garage with sub-surface windows peering into pool
2 glass elevators
3 laundry rooms
ultra hi-tech home automation with biofeedback
outdoor cocktails bale'
oceanfront summer kitchen
meandering and swimable water gardens
classical lounge and lap pool
serene reflecting pools
waterfall 16-person spa w/ fire feature
floating sun terrace
special golf course grass driveway
mature specimen vegetation
2-bedroom 2-bath guesthouse adorned in bamboo with private lagoon plunge pool
and so much more…
"This innovative "green" home featuring solar panels and numerous other energy saving products, is truly a home of the future." - Warren Buffet
The above was excerpted from Berkshire Hathaway's annual letter to shareholders where Mr. Buffet refers to a "green" home built by Clayton Homes, one of his holdings. While he is certainly not referring directly to Acqua Liana, he is speaking to the importance of green building as being the wave of the future.
One of the most impressive elements reflected in Acqua Liana is that it is the first ultra-luxury home to obtain triple “green” certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, the Florida Green Building Coalition and Energy Star for Homes.
By adhering to rigorous green applications, Acqua Liana now sets the standard for environmentally responsible, luxury construction practices around the globe.
The USGBC’s LEED-H (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes) program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green homes.
Mr. McKinney and LEED-H promote a whole home approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in eight key areas of human and environmental health: innovation in design, sustainable site development, energy efficiency, water savings, superior indoor air quality, environmentally preferable materials, location and ease of use/homeowner education.
A few of Acqua Liana’s green features include:
- Solar panels, insulative characteristics, environmentally conscious lighting, ultra-high efficient appliances and air-conditioning that cut down on electrical consumption by nearly 60%. On certain days the home will be energy neutral, and will generate enough electricity to run two average size homes.
- A system that collects runoff water from the roof and fills the water garden. The system collects enough reusable water to fill the average size swimming pool every 20 days.
- Ultra-high efficient air-conditioning and purification systems that make the home's indoor air quality 2x cleaner than a hospital’s operating room.
- Use of enough reclaimed and renewable wood to save over 10.5 acres of rain forest. Renewable woods used regenerate at an average rate of every 5 years vs. every 50 years for many hardwoods (one species of Columbian guada bamboo used regenerates by growing 90 feet in a single year!).
- During construction over 340,000 pounds of debris and trash was recycled. Over 75% of all debris was diverted, and will never reach a landfill.
- An automated “bio-feedback” system that allows the owner to monitor resource consumption in real time.
Acqua Liana's significance is receiving acclaimed international media attention.
About Frank McKinney
For 25 years Frank McKinney has been creating art in the form of the world's most magnificent oceanfront estate homes, each set on a sun drenched canvas known as the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr. McKinney is also a five-time international bestselling author in three different genres.
Mr. McKinney and his team travel the world seeking to enhance the creative vision that is brought to designing each beautiful mansion. Exotic locales such as the Italian Riviera, Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Milan, South of France, Loire Valley, Bali, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawai'i and others are seen reflected in his homes.
The design team also travels the globe to secure the most unique appointments, including rare stones of gem quality, exotic and reclaimed woods, brilliant illuminations, carved carpets, ornate metal and glass work, artistic paintings, fine upholstery and wall coverings, aquatics and aquariums, architectural ceilings, home automation, theater treatments, custom built furniture, priceless accessories and dazzling flora and fauna.
Widely recognized as the industry leader building on the direct oceanfront, Mr. McKinney and his team apply the most rigid construction standards and technologies, including solid poured concrete and steel wall and floor systems, concrete pilings, hurricane rated doors, windows and roof systems, ultra-high efficiency mechanical and plumbing equipment, corrosive resistant metals and salt tolerant landscaping.
In bringing the vision to reality, each McKinney masterpiece is passionately created without receiving direction via a specific commission. Like a priceless piece of art, vivid imagination and painstaking detail are reflected in each residence.
The process does not stop with the completion of the home. Each is fully furnished and accessorized by well known interior designer Nilsa Design Services, down to the European linens on the beds and pillow-soft towels in the closets.
Often a qualified buyer will visit a McKinney creation one day, and be sleeping there as the proud new owner only days from the initial query.
Here is where the fortunate are privileged to "live the art," each time enjoying the rare combination of experiencing an emotional and financial return from their investment.
Offering quiet surroundings in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast, the prestigious oceanfront enclave of Manalapan Beach lies between Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Manalapan is convenient to international/executive airports as well as world class sporting clubs, shops and restaurants.
Acqua Liana is situated in Manalapan Beach's estate section, consisting of just 28 estate homes, each spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Acqua Liana enjoys deeded club privileges at the nearby Palm Beach Ritz Carlton Hotel, with its new 42,000 sq. ft. spa, at no cost to the owner.