Chef Michael Cordua talks kitchens in his Hunter's Creek home.
The smaller kitchen where Lucia and Michael Cordua prepare meals for two.
The outdoor kitchen comes into play when all three children, the spouses and grandchildren are in the house.
A view from atrium into the kitchen and across to the pool terrace.
Belly up to the indoor/outdoor kitchen bar.
View from the kitchen to the pool area.
The ambience is that of a villa in Cabo San Lucas.
The interior atrium is air-conditioned and all rooms to open the skylit space.
The 205-inch screen in the atrium makes football games or movies an instant success.
Water trickling from the atrium fountain offers special appeal.
Listing agents Tania Amin and Barbara Josephson, Lucia Cordua, John Daugherty's Cheri Fama.
The exterior of the house belies it 7,100 square foot interiors.
The living room opens to the interior atrium.
Another living room view.
The formal dining room where $1,000 a plate charity dinners are frequent.
The patio by night with the romantic fire pit.
The master bedroom.
Programme Martin closets.
The master bath features a soaking tub with its own televison.
The master bathroom vanity.
The den opens to the master bedroom.
A guest bedroom used as a massage room.
The home office.
The rooftop deck offering tree top views of the verdant neighborhood.
The second floor play room.
When the glass roof of the atrium in the Hunters Creek home is open along with the kitchen windows that lead to the pool terrace, it’s a grand indoor/outdoor feel. As Food & Wine Hall of Fame chef Michael Cordúa says of his home, “It becomes one room and you don’t know where you are. Am I inside? Am I outside?”
And that is one of the charms of the 7,100 square foot dwelling that has Michael and Lucia Cordúa nostalgic about giving up the home where they raised their family. But, alas, their two daughters have married, had children, and moved to distant states. “The family shrunk,” explains Lucia. Now they are more interested in traveling than cocooning.
(Their son, chef David Cordúa, has his own home in Midtown.)
“But I love the house,” Michael tells a host of real estate agents attending a midday open house. “This is like a James Bond or a Batman place. If Batman were a chef he would live here,” he joyfully declares.
In a move to tempt agents to take a look-see at the home in the gated community of Saddlewood Estates, the Cordúas are on hand to welcome them and offer a tempting array of finger foods. The marble kitchen counter is lined with three kinds of empanadas, Americas restaurant’s signature banana chips and dipping sauce, caprese salad bites, and Latin American sweets. A staffer from the Cordúa restaurant family replenishes the dishes throughout the two-hour open house.
Michael explains that this kitchen, one of three, is where he and Lucia prepare their meals. But when the entire family is on hand, the outdoor kitchen comes into play. And what a cooking area. It includes a wood-burning pizza oven, a rotisserie grill, double burners and a refrigerator — all overlooking the pool terrace which resembles that of an elegant villa in Cabo. The third kitchen? It’s a catering kitchen in the garage.
“When we do our charity fundraisers where guests pay $1,000 a person, that’s where we cook,” Michael says. Tables are set in the dining room and in the central atrium, one of several unique features in the house.
Those would include the 205-inch screen which scrolls down from the second floor of the air-conditioned atrium. “In the evening, you can open the roof,” Michael says, “and you are outdoors in your house watching whatever you want to be watching on the big screen.” Monday Night Football comes first to his mind.
To our list of elements we love about this house we add the rooftop sky deck with treetop views, the spa pool with waterfall that echoes the sound of flowing water from the fountain in the atrium, the Programme Martin system in the double master closet, the vast game room on the second floor, and the outdoor bar stool seating at the retractable kitchen window.