Never again will anyone have this opportunity. Available now are the last 15 acres of unspoiled nature along the shores of Rocky Bayou. The Ruckel homestead, Casa del Sol, sits on the 1.7 acres of this land, shaded on the south and west by legacy water oaks and magnolias, and open to the north and east to sparkling bayou views. The original 1969 brick structure was renovated in the 1990's, keeping the best of the original features and adding some imaginative, rich detail. In the entrance hall the gently curved staircase and the Venetian glass chandelier set a sophisticated scene. The expansive living room, with walls painted like watered silk, offers space for multiple seating areas, perhaps a grand piano, and panoramic views of the bayou. The artist who hand painted woodland scenes on all 4 walls of the 24x16 dining room left a treasure for future owners. With 12' artistically painted ceilings, and elegant lighting, these two rooms are ready for gala entertaining. You can cook for a crowd or a couple in the roomy eat-in kitchen. Well-equipped with a 6-burner, double oven professional grade gas stove, Fisher-Paykel dish drawers, and a huge work island, meal prep and cleaning up won't be such a chore. The huge laundry room (with bayou view) is lined with cabinets to supplement those in the kitchen. The Fisher Paykel washer and dryer stay if you want them, as well as a clothes steamer, and a large refrigerator. Turning to the other end of the house, you'll find a lower, cozier ceiling height and a warm, welcoming family room with a gas fireplace, wet bar, and dark wood paneling. The bayou-view home office, with its rich-looking built-in cabinets and file drawers, has French doors opening out onto the back patio. There is also a downstairs bedroom/bath suite for your guests who enjoy their privacy and who may no longer do stairs. Upstairs are the master suite and two additional, spacious bed-bath suites. In 2000, Randy Wise Construction added an 2200 SF (or so) sports wing. Inside, walls painted with classical themes & accented by 3 lion's head fountains surround the 39x9 lap pool. The sunny gathering room features a kitchenette and plenty of space to snack, doze, or just relax. Then there is a sauna, steam room, a room for weights or other exercise equipment, plus 3 full baths. The solarium (with an electric fireplace) whose clear glass greenhouse-style roof and walls wrap around the end of the sports wing and afford stunning views of the bayou. In addition to the lap pool, there is an outdoor pool in the courtyard at the rear of the house. The octagonal 348 SF heated and cooled summer kitchen has a beautifully crafted beamed ceiling and a fully equipped kitchen. As you walk across the wide lawn and along the bayou, you'll find a 990 SF guest cottage, a tool shed, dock with lift, and a lovely gazebo. All of these structures are located on parcel A (please refer to the map behind the photos). You'll also find Turkey Crk, a clear running stream which flows thru the 5 acres of wetlands & into Rocky Bayou. High grasses and wild flowers grow along its banks until you get to the woods. If you decide to walk thru the woods, make sure you are wearing practical clothes and boots because the wildlife (like snakes) there is not accustomed to being disturbed. Zoning for the 1.7 acre homesite is single family. Zoning for the remaining area (Parcel A) is improved agricultural. When deciding how to use this property, think creatively. Although it makes a stunning personal estate, it could be used as a bed & breakfast, a 3-stage community for seniors, a woodland preserve, park, etc. ( Practical facts: The house, cottage, outbuildings, pools, seawall, and all other equipment convey in "as is" condition. The two car garage also houses a large workshop. And there is a full basement with storage shelves and sump pump to help keep it dry.) A once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase unspoiled waterfront awaits. Carpe diem.