'Flower' grows tall

North Idaho home recognized by Wall Street Journal

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SHAWN GUST/Press A 300-year-old stone fireplace, imported from France, anchors the main floor living area of Il Fiore Del Lago, a 7,100-square-foot home overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene. The home, now for sale, was featured on the Wall Street Journal as "House of the Week" in May.

COEUR d'ALENE - One look at II Fiore Del Lago and you know.

This is one heckuva house at Harbor View Estates.

Start with that name, which means "flower of the lake."

Then, note that it has more than 800 tons of natural stone throughout the home. There is no paint in this house.

The walls are a hand-troweled, four-step natural clay process to bring in the "old world" feel, yet the home is complete with a high-tech Questron smart house system.

Consider this, too: The walls are 18-inches deep and the kitchen cabinetry is 1 1/4-inch thick made by a cabinetmaker who had to specifically set and fabricate custom knives to hand carve the wood. The interior doors are 2 1/4-inch solid alder.

Yep, there's much, much, more, that explains the $5.4 million asking price.

Those qualities also explain why II Fiore Del Lago wasn't just chosen House of the Day by the Wall Street Journal and posted on its website, but also, House of the Week by WSJ's readers.

No big surprise, though, to listing agent Marla McWilliams-Lopez, broker/owner of Estate Properties, who brought the home to WSJ's attention.

"The Lake CDA waterfront property is like no other in the Northwest," she wrote.

McWilliams-Lopez is licensed in California, Washington, Montana and Idaho. These days her main focus is North Idaho and Spokane.

"My multi-state licenses help sell my listings as I stay connected with the large national brokerages and keep constant lines of network communications open," she said.

Which comes in handy with a specialty home like II Fiore Del Lago that can be afforded by a select few.

Check out the garage, with its hydraulic turntable so the homeowners don't need to back out of the driveway.

The main fireplace surround is 300 years old from France, and the kitchen includes a true wood fired pizza oven.

"The home is built with a generational feel as though it's been set against the hill for centuries and so well built that it truly will be standing for centuries to come," McWilliams-Lopez wrote.

Another significant point is this property is located in what she has named the "Gold Coast," the west side of the lake, facing east so as to enjoy warm summer evenings with the sun behind the property lighting up the lake.

The Gold Coast is home to several important multi-million dollar waterfront properties all situated in deep water key positions on the lake, McWilliams-Lopez said.

II Fiore Del Lago stands out.

"There is so much more to tell, and one can only appreciate this property by stepping foot inside, and yet the Wall Street Journal noticed its appeal, as they identified it as one that stood out amongst all others worldwide," she wrote.

Recognition, she said, that she's pleased to have.

"The homeowner was thrilled beyond belief to receive such a compliment from the Wall Street Journal," McWilliams-Lopez wrote. "To me, as a real estate broker, it shows the community that my marketing reach' is not only local but national and global as well."

SHAWN GUST/Press Antique windows from France adorn the washroom of a guest bedroom.

 

SHAWN GUST/Press Apart from an airy view of Lake Coeur d'Alene, the master bedroom features its own stone fireplace and belt-driven ceiling fans.

 

SHAWN GUST/Press The entry way to Il Fiore Del Lago is lined with pavers from the streets of France and included unique features such as an antique oversized door from France, a solid piece of a very rare marble from a nearly-exhausted quarry in Italy and hand welded copper window frames, making the home a one-of-a-kind for the area.

 

SHAWN GUST/Press A leaded glass window, purchased from a local antiques dealer, provides a bit of color to one of the washrooms near the front entrance of the home.

 

SHAWN GUST/Press Il Fiore Del Lago, meaning flower of the lake, is perched on a hillside oboe Lake Coeur d'Alene near Kidd Island Bay.

 

SHAWN GUST/Press The bathtub in the master bathroom of Il Fiore Del Lago is carved from a solid piece of green onyx and weighs 2,500 pounds and adds to the more than 800 tons of natural stone that went into the home.

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