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One-of-a-kind ‘Java Head’ a majestic and historic estate in Coral Gables

Sitting on three sumptuous acres, this sprawling estate is bursting with verdant life. Lush foliage and flowering gardens embrace the landscape, where the tropical merges with the bucolic, to create a timeless and tranquil refuge.

Its moniker, “Java Head,” is actually an area at the western end of the island of Java. A head of land that is visible from a long distance at sea is considered a place of safe harbor. Constructed in 1936 on the highest elevation of land in Miami-Dade County, 22 feet above sea level, this “Java Head” also qualifies as a safe harbor.

To enter this property is to step back in time. Art Moderne architecture, with touches of Art Deco, encompasses the exterior of the home.

The interior is equally as enchanting with its seamless merging of Oriental, Indonesian and European influences. Seven bedrooms and five-and-one-half baths in the main house combine with a myriad of other rooms, plus two-bedroom, one-bath staff quarters and a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment adjoining the four-car garage to create spacious and comfortable living. Other enticing features are a tennis court, solar-heated pool and pool house.

The gardens themselves summon images of the flowering English estates while the layout and the garden accompaniments have an Italian Renaissance identity. A series of courtyards, gazebos, fish ponds, fountains and a waterfall that quietly spills into a pond at the water’s edge — all constructed of Coral rock — create a palatial and tropical paradise in perfect harmony with the property’s lush environment. A 15-foot-wide, deep-water boat mooring is also cut out of solid coral.

This majestic and historic home offers more than just a place to live while the resplendent outdoors and accompanying amenities can serve as a venue for superlative entertaining and recreation or peaceful and private living in a natural oasis. This residence is truly one-of-a-kind.

This property is being offered at $13,900,000.

For a private showing, please contact “The Jills,” Jill Eber or Jill Hertzberg, broker associates at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Miami Beach office, at 305-672-6300 or on their mobile phones, 305-788-5455 or 305-915-2556.To view more photos, visit