The Iridescent Opal
Opal is the name of a precious stone, known for its iridescence, its intriguing shift of spectral hues. Opal, fittingly, is also the name of a magnificent condominium development in Orange Beach. It offers an unparalleled interplay of light and color from the ever-changing Gulf of Mexico, the sunrises and sunsets, and the dazzling broad white beach. The unique Opal building consists of just thirteen units, each with private elevator access, a dedicated garage, an impressive array of amenities, and maximum privacy and luxury. Opal is a low-density gated community without any rentals. There are indoor and outdoor pools, poolside entertaining areas complete with grilling spaces, and a fitness room.
Opal #3, marketed for sale to a discerning purchaser, is a 4,330 square foot, five-bedroom, 5 ½ bath home equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and conveniences, and ten-foot ceilings throughout. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the Gulf. The kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances including a gas cooktop, an icemaker, and a wine chiller.
Multiple gathering spots make this the perfect home for entertaining. Wide porches and covered balconies allow for outdoor living without leaving the unit. The expansive windows boast electronically controlled blinds to adjust to changing light conditions throughout the day. Ceiling fans operate on a pulley system. Fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom add a cozy touch, and the master bath provides a soaking tub and walk-in shower as well as ample storage and luxurious finishes.
According to realtor Donna Burns, the out-of-state owner incorporated many pieces of furniture, art, rugs, and accessories reflective of years of travel. “There is a distinct, worldly vibe to much of their collection,” she says, “but overall, it’s very eclectic.” Vintage photographs of Hollywood celebrities and antique Oriental rugs share space with modern furniture and quirky chandeliers. Large framed pieces and open display shelves on the interior walls balance the curving expanse of exterior glass.
This is a unique home that is well-loved and cared for, and one which reflects the personalities and sensibilities of its inhabitants. A striking example is a wall-size painting in a cozy seating area – it depicts a man from the rear as if he just put down the two suitcases on the floor in front of the painting. “This piece is a showstopper,” Burns says. “I can’t imagine not being intrigued by this, not wondering what the story behind it is.”
The four guest bedrooms continue the look and feel of the public areas, with the patina of Oriental rugs softening the spare, clean lines of white walls, light floors, and glass. Each bedroom has its own luxurious bath and private access to the decks and balconies.
Opal is located in the Romar Beach area of Orange Beach. “This seems to be the most desirable part of the beach,” says Burns. “It has a broad and deep expanse of beautiful white sand of any building along the Gulf. It is a great location, an incomparable home in a fabulous, well-appointed development. The absentee owners are not able to use it as much as they’d like, providing a unique opportunity for the right buyer.”
Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty
Donna Burns, Realtor