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A $3.8 million castle in the sand: Lavish Galveston mansion is all about the beachfront

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The east side of the home with Beachtower walkover. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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Double-louver doors on the ground floor encase a large patio, garage and storage areas. Stroll to the beach or Town Center via the walkway. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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Gorgeous beach views engulf the second level. Modern, brand-name appliances and slate counters offer the chef of the house a professional-style kitchen. Photo by © Alan Kelly
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An antique Belgian crystal chandelier hangs above the custom zinc-top antique table. Custom 100-year-old French oak wide plank flooring is found throughout the house. Photo by © Alan Kelly
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Floor-to-celing marble split-face adorns the modern gas fireplace. The home is being offered furnished, including many designer pieces and antiques, such as the antique lantern lighting fixture. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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New Zealand wool carpet brings warmth underfoot in the third-story master bedroom. At the wall across the end of the bed, glass and marble tile create the fireplace surround. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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The master bath, with double vessel sinks, Restoration Hardware mirrors and built-in drawers. A pedastal tub sits at the far end of the room. The entire bath is floor-to-ceiling Carrera marble tile. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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The master sitting room with wet bar and 55-inch flat screen 3-D television. An adjacent tower room offers more ocean and village views. Photo by © Alan Kelly
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A large private porch with slate flooring, corbels and columns beckons outside the master bedroom. Photo by © Alan Kelly
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This cozy room is currently used a sitting area with antique chairs and French face clock. Photo by © Alan Kelly
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Take a peek into the six-person infrared sauna with sound system. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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Wrap-around porches on three sides of the home keep the sounds of the ocean close by. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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The second-floor guest bedroom features a king-sized bed with antique headboard. Photo by © Alan Kelly
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The third-floor northeast bedroom includes a built-in queen bed and en-suite bathroom.  Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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The third-floor northwest bedroom also features an en-suite bath and easy porch access. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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Another third-floor bedroom, this one with four built-in bunk beds and drawers. Bathroom is en suite. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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A fourth-floor bedroom with west elm futon functions as a library as well. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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Another fourth-floor bedroom includes a queen-sized bed and ladder to... Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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... an adorable loft just the right size for a children's playroom. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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A street view of 1609 Seaside Drive. Photo by © Robert Mihovil
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On the Market 1609 Seaside Drive, Galveston beach house
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A castle in the sand is catching waves of attention as a dream sunny family retreat for generations to come — and just in time for Galveston's yearlong celebration of its 175th birthday.

A majestic house in the Beachtown community offers 5,200 square feet on four levels, with seven bedrooms to comfortably accommodate friends and relatives for the 2014 celebration festivities and, of course, pure relaxation any year and any time of year. With a $3.795 million asking price, the custom home at 1609 Seaside Drive sits on three beachfront lots, allowing for bountiful bay and gulf views. All doors and windows are rated for 150 mph wind impact.

Walk Through
Up the elevator or stairs above the large patio, shower, garage and storage leads guests to the main foyer on the second level. The large kitchen is open to the living/dining area, which is surrounded by beachfront scenery via large windows.

One guest room is located on this floor, while four bedrooms, including the richly-appointed master bedroom and luxurious bath, are on the third level. The remaining bedrooms sit high above on the fourth level for more fantastic vistas.

Seven and one-half baths, media room, study, lounge area, exercise room and children's loft playroom fill the home with plenty of options for all ages.

Step Outside
Wrap-around porches on three sides of the house afford private views from sets of double-French doors. Community space extends the life outdoors with more than 1,700 square feet of deck space. A large private porch with slate floor, corbels and more columns beckons lounging. The lush passage with gazebo provides a short, scenic stroll to the beach or to the town center, where amenities such as a pool, gourmet cafe, ice cream shop and stores await.

Square footage: 5,200

Asking price: $3.795 million

Listing agent: Kelly Kelly, Re/Max

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