The Crown Jewel of Lake Norman, Merancas Island, is featured on the Cover of LHM Charlotte | Lake Norman region Issue 11.3

Magnificent Merancas Island Estate
Magnificent Merancas Island Estate

Huntersville, NC – June 19, 2023

Almost like a mirage, this magnificent island estate appears, rising from the shimmering surface of Lake Norman, embraced by natural splendor. The crown jewel of Lake Norman, Merancas Island is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, located on palatial private island. Hidden among some four-and-a-half picturesque acres connected to the shore by a private causeway are a grand main residence, a guesthouse, a doghouse with its own dog run, an ample garden shed, a tennis court, two private docks and a menagerie of what can only be described as five-star resort amenities.

Merancas Island is a unique destination, surrounded by abundant plantings and ravishing water views. The property, located at 14051 Island Drive in Huntersville, North Carolina, is a peaceful enclave all on its own. Its original owners, Anke and Casey Mermans, bought the land in the 1990s and commissioned the construction of the nearly 13,000-square-foot estate home designed by architect Harry Schrader.

For both the Mermans and Schrader, the creation of this incomparable residence was a passion project. It was the first-ever home designed by the now-renowned architectural firm, Schrader Designs and launched his highly acclaimed career. The process took over five years from beginning to end. The architect met and collaborated closely with the Mermans, using details of their day-to-day life to design a custom home truly centered on what they enjoyed most. 

A private gated entrance leads to the gracious home with an extended opening surrounded by a koi pound and sculpture garden of artworks the original owners collected from around the world. The main house boasts three bedrooms, five full baths and one half bath among 12,636 square feet of living space. Its clean lines, open rooms, vaulted ceilings, natural stone and metal finishes as well as expansive glass evoke the architectural flavor of Frank Lloyd Wright. Spaces are flooded with natural light while distinguished artwork complements the tasteful interior.

The ideally oriented footprint of this resplendent retreat, now on the market, affords its residents breathtaking 360-degree views. Notable features include a gourmet kitchen with custom built-ins, elevator, floor-to-ceiling windows, spiral staircase leading to the library (which has a door concealed in a bookcase to the sumptuous owner suite), exercise room and dance studio, music room, recreation room, temperature-controlled wine cellar, multiple terraces and a three-car attached garage. 

A distinctive indoor pool completes the main home with a relaxing waterfall feature, sunroom, steam shower, sauna, outdoor shower and pool courtyard – an expertly curated personal haven that sets the stage for the best of indoor/outdoor living. The two-story guest house includes over 1,700 square feet of living space with a full kitchen, balcony, two bedrooms, one and a half baths, three additional garage bays and boat storage.

All Merancas Island requires are new owners who seek to live their best lives in this idyllic, incomparable bucolic setting. Imagine admiring sunrise views in the morning while enjoying breakfast al fresco. Taking in sunsets from the gazebo pier. Or simply indulging in the comforts of the steam room, sauna and outdoor shower after kayaking or boating on the lake. Immersed in astonishing natural beauty and tranquil lakefront living only 30 minutes away from uptown Charlotte and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Enviable privacy and luxury included.Merancas Island

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About the Listing Agent

A seasoned REALTOR® and multimillion-dollar producer, Ben Bowen is an award-winning broker associate with nearly three decades of experience selling homes in Charlotte’s high-end communities. Licensed in both North and South Carolina, he joins the Lake Norman office of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty after previously founding a boutique area real estate brokerage specializing in the luxury home market.

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