INDULGE asked some well-known Miami residents to open the doors of their out-of-state vacation homes and to tell us what they love about them. After all, these houses have to be pretty great to lure their owners out of Florida.
Rod and Loree Wasserman: Michigan
Who they are: Philanthropists.
Where they live in Miami: South of Fifth.
Where their vacation home is: Birmingham, Michigan.
Describe your second home in three words: “Urban. Sophisticated. Artistic.”
What do you love about it? “We love it because there is a sense of community,” Loree said. “We have family out there. Summer weather is perfect. There are fabulous restaurants, and we are close to downtown Detroit, which is full of culture. We have great neighbors, and we love the super-casual lifestyle. It is the perfect balance for us.”
Randy and Gigi Whitman: Colorado
Who they are: Chair of Whitman Family Development, owners of Bal Harbour Shops.
Where they live in Miami: Sunset Island.
Where their vacation home is: Aspen, Colorado.
Describe your second home in three words: “Victorian. Happy. Laid-back.”
What do you love about it? “The city and the architecture,” Gigi said. “The high ceilings in the kitchen, living room and bedrooms are my favorite part of the home, as is the flooring, which is reclaimed barn wood. We love Aspen because different seasons allow for different activities and lots of family time, especially during Christmas and the Fourth of July. We all head out and take advantage. My husband and I love to explore on his Harley-Davidson. He drives, I sit on the back.”
Stephane Dupoux and Anetta Nowosielska: France
Who they are: Designer/developer and editor.
Where they live in Miami: Normandy Isles.
Where their vacation home is: Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France.
Describe your second home in three words: “Provençal. Humble. Well-lived in.”
What do you love about it? “It’s in the same village where Stephane grew up,” Anetta said. “It’s perfectly located on the Mediterranean Sea, where everyone knows each other. If you fancy fish for supper, you go and fish it from the sea. Time feels like it stands still. It’s a perfect complement to the crazy, hectic life we live here.”
4. Jim Ferraro: Massachusetts
Who he is: Owner of Ferraro Law Firm, P.A., and Kelley and Ferraro LLP.
Where he lives in Miami: Fisher Island.
Where his vacation home is: Martha’s Vineyard.
Describe your second home in three words: “My little sanctuary.”
What do you love about it? “I like being on a little island on the ocean where I can enjoy the sea breeze and the feeling of peace and complacency that seems to embrace everyone on the island.”