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Bachelor retreat home is a first for annual Peek tour

February 12, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently introduced the second home to be featured on its tour, 18th annual A Peek at the Unique, and it is a first for the event - a home designed for and by a bachelor.

Built by American Gallery Homes for entrepreneur and car enthusiast Mark Litzsinger and his dogs, Bentley, Sanibel and Aston, the brand-new residence will become their permanent home. Steps from a Sanibel beach, and named "Double Eagle" for works by New Mexico sculptor Eddie Shorty, the home pays tribute to Litzsinger's wide-ranging interests, especially - as he tells it - boats, dogs and cars.

Neutral tones provide a backdrop for framed art of sailboats and vintage automobiles, and shelves display collections of unique items shipped from all over the world. Design consultant Edie Gleason described it as "like Christmas every day" as boxes arrived and she was challenged to find the perfect spot for each treasure.

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Comfortable bedroom with art depicting mountains and sailboats.

From the 20-foot, vaulted ceiling in the living room and the luxurious master suite with deep navy walls, to the practical, wood-tone tile floors and the classic kitchen, the home has a distinctly masculine vibe while also serving as the definitive beach home, planned for easy living. The home is sponsored by American Gallery Homes, a first-time sponsor of Peek.

Set for March 16, the tour raises funds to be awarded, through the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, in grants to local non-profits whose mission mirrors Zonta's own: empowering women and girls. Every year, four distinct and normally inaccessible island homes are opened to "Peekers," who ride in air-conditioned luxury buses, with a guide providing special insights into each of the homes.

Before boarding, guests are treated to "light bites" from Sanibel's finest restaurants, caterers and supermarkets. Tickets for the tour are $100 per person, plus a small service fee to EventBrite.

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For more information about the Zonta, visit



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