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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.