With property in Wellington a premium, the architectural firm Cotleur & Hearing has teamed up with Ward Real Estate to convert a long-abandoned golf course along Aero Club Drive into nine unique estates called “Winding Trails.”
But these are not going to be just any estates. Each home will be on its own nearly 5-acre lot in a development enhanced with the shade, privacy and aesthetics of oak trees, palms, bougainvillea and clusia. Each home will enjoy its own lakeside view.
There will be room for stables, paddocks, practice rings and whatever else each owner dreams up. An equestrian-friendly trail around the perimeter will run alongside bright, fresh fencing. Separate points of entry utilizing private driveways and private gates will ensure the safety of both Winding Trails and adjacent Lakefield South residents alike. The grounds will all be under the protection of the Winding Trails Homeowners’ Association.
“These nine boutique properties are not for the person who has 20 horses,” Tricia Ward Holloway explained. “These are more for the horse owner who lives in Boca or Palm Beach. It’s a place they can come to on weekends or seasonally with all their needs consolidated into one property. Or maybe for an owner who wants to downsize from a huge barn.”
A Winding Trails model has just been completed that will give prospective buyers a good idea of what can be done. It features a three-bedroom, two-bath luxury owner’s apartment located on the second floor with a 10-stall barn and grooms’ quarters beneath.
The primary upstairs residence has vaulted and tray ceilings and a convenient entertainment center built-in, all of which add interest to a spacious, open floor plan. Banks of French doors with roll-down screens open onto an airy porch, making the porch a bit of a bonus room.
The model is decorator-furnished with high-end pieces. The kitchen features state-of-the-art Wolf appliances and the bathrooms boast imported marble with quartzite countertops in both baths and in the kitchen.
An elevator takes the owner down to the barn. Also located below is a one-bedroom, one-bath grooms’ quarters. Plans are also available to build homes and barns as separate buildings. Each property has been approved for up to 10 stalls, which is what is on display at the model.