This custom-built 2-story abode was formerly the home of builder/designer Gary Mark! A+ construction features 2×6 wood framing. Double door entry opens up to 4,386 sq ft living space (6,424 total) with a formal dining room and large den. Showstopping gallery-style living room has 18’ ceilings, a wet bar, fireplace, huge windows, and 4 sets of French doors for lots of natural light. Large kitchen has a center island, built-in double ovens, and electric cooktop. Nearly 1,000 sq ft master bedroom with skylight, fireplace, and dual closets is conveniently located downstairs; master bath has dual sink vanity, jetted tub, and walk-in shower with built-in seat. Bonus room with laminate flooring could be an in-law suite. Upstairs loft offers flexible living space, plus sizable guest rooms and a balcony with views of the property. 40’ screen-enclosed lanai overlooks 8’ deep pool, and has a cabana with tile counters, sink, and grill, as well as a full pool bath. 300’ deep well provides water from the aquifer – no utility bill. Watch native wildlife gather around the pond out back. 3.5 car garage is nearly 1,000 sq ft with attic storage. Expand the large AG-zoned lot with purchase of additional 2.5 acres to the rear. Nearby Croom WMA, part of the Withlacoochee State Forest (a 164,000 acre preserve) has tons of recreational opportunities like hunting; fishing; hiking and horseback riding trails; the longest paved bike trail in Florida; 3 boat ramps; campgrounds; an ATV/dirt bike area, and more. Tampa, Orlando, and Gainesville are easily accessible via I-75 or SR 50. Must-see home!