Storybook Gables Estates property boasts water views front and back



Living on the water is a prerequisite to actually enjoying the boating life. Few Miami waterfront locations can begin to compete with the advantages this incomparable Coral Gables Estates property boasts. Setting it apart are the wide, unimpeded, front-yard lagoon panoramas it commands along tree-lined Leucadendra Drive, and the backyard canal view with a shaded boat dock situated along 167 waterfront feet. Nearby Biscayne Bay is reached in mere minutes along a wide channel with no bridges.

When boating is not in the forecast, a grand open pool beckons. Expansive, multi-tier patios and lush, established gardens studded with mature oaks, native sea grape trees, palms, sculpted Eugenias and other ornamentals complete the enchanting landscape.

The extraordinary storybook residence that crowns this truly unique, elevated builder’s acre offers elegant living in what has long been considered South Florida’s premier gated waterfront community. Its timeless design deftly embodies French influences with classic and modern Florida elements imbuing contemporary style.

Built in the 1960s with water visible to the north, south, east and west, this graciously scaled three-story home with a slate roof and impact doors was significantly expanded in 1987 and completely updated last year.

The welcoming entry foyer is flooded with natural light, which a southern exposure assures year-round. A vaulted double staircase makes an impressive opening statement. High ceilings, blushed oak floors and thoughtful details impart a sense of easy style that reigns throughout the immaculately transformed, château-like residence.

Impeccable first-level living space includes an intimate music room or study, a gorgeous master suite, a linear family room, a formal dining room and a sunny breakfast room, the latter two of which open to outdoor terraces and the heart of the home: a stunning, state-of-the-art ItalKraft flow-through kitchen in contrasting cream and charcoal. Completed only months ago, it features all-new appliances, Magic Corner cabinetry, rare Kozmus metallic granite counters, glittering crystal fixtures, a EuroCave, butler’s pantry and more.

Second-level sleeping quarters and two mosaic marble-accented full baths are accessed via a wide staircase, glass-enclosed elevator or service stairwell. A vaulted playroom, extra bedroom or library provides bonus space. Bedrooms open to a large balcony that is ideal for cocktails, dancing or stargazing.

A spiral staircase ascends to the third level, where a charming two-room suite with full mosaic marble-accented bath can be interpreted as an artist’s loft, expansive guest suite, teen retreat, office “complex” or servant’s quarters.

This enchanting, front/back waterfront estate is magically transformed, move-in ready, and simply without peer in prestigious Coral Gables Estates.

Located at 540 Leucadendra Dr. in Coral Gables and attractively priced at $6.9 million. For more details, call Toni Schrager of Avatar Real Estate Services at 305-338-9000.

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The private island, along with its four-bedroom, three-bath estate, is a rare retreat and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those desiring a Caribbean-like setting and 360-degree water views.

    Ultimate private island retreat in the Florida Keys

    Just off the coast of Marathon in the Florida Keys, the epitome of living an island lifestyle awaits potential home buyers. East Sister Rock Island is being offered by EWM Realty International, the exclusive South Florida affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate. Priced at $11,500,000, the private island, along with its four-bedroom, three-bath estate, is a rare retreat and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those desiring a Caribbean-like setting and 360-degree water views.

This Cape Dutch-style home at 6705 San Vicente St. is one of only five homes built in the 1920s in one of Coral Gables’ unique architecturally themed villages.

    Unique residence in Coral Gables’ historic Dutch South African Village

    This home was last on the market more than 75 years ago attesting to its comfort and livability, having had but one owner in all those years. But its 1920s magic and charm, evocative of that long ago lost era in American architecture when elegance and glamour were de rigueur, clearly captivated its owner as well.

The NEXT GEN suite of the Zinfandel offers two bedrooms of its own, as well as a separate garage, kitchenette, living room and private entry.

    Napa at The Vineyards offers the newest concept in multi-family home

    Prospective buyers can step into the latest home designs at Napa at The Vineyards in Homestead. The Lennar Homes master-planned community offers elegant single-family homes featuring the expansive NEXT GEN - The Home Within a Home design to accommodate multigenerational families. The innovative home designs are like getting two homes in one, says a Lennar spokesperson.

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