George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables, was a real estate developer in the 1920s who wrote poetry and hired Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of River of Grass, to write his ad copy.
Today, George Merrick’s city remains a charming, magical place of towering oak trees, pink sidewalks and exuberant Spanish-Moorish architecture. Villa Castile is the progeny of Merrick’s dream and, after a long hiatus from its former glory, will soon be completely restored and perfected with a 2,000-square-foot addition designed by historic preservationist architect Herbert Brito, Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
The home now has 4,103 adjusted square feet, four bedrooms, five full baths, a 12,500-square-foot, walled corner lot, new pool, state-of-the-art kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and granite counters, 16-by-17-foot master bedroom, 25-by-12-foot master bath with double walk-in closets, huge family room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, foyer, entrance hall, original, restored, main living room with cathedral ceilings, impact-glass doors and windows throughout, garage, carport and circular driveway.
The expected completion date is Nov. 16, 2010. The property is being offered at $1,650,000.
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For a private showing, please contact Laura Mullaney, Previews specialist at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Coral Gables Sunset office. She can be reached 305-790-1000 or at 305-666-5922.
To view additional photos, please visit www.VillaCastile.com.