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Historic estate in French Country Village

Affectionately known as the Grande Dame of George Merrick’s historic Coral Gables French Country Village, this regal estate is a rarity on the landscape and one of 11 area properties designed by renowned New York architect Frank Forster. Built in 1926, the two-story residence – a proud recipient of the Historic Landmark designation – has been meticulously maintained and carefully expanded, preserving its classic design while incorporating the conveniences of modern amenities.

Priced at $2,200,000 and located on a corner lot at 536 Hardee Rd., the offering comprises six bedrooms and five and one-half baths, and is complemented by an artful display of authentic French details, inclusive of an iconic turret, fresh wood floors, three wood-burning fireplaces and original French doors.

Frank Forster was widely regarded as one of the best French-style designers of his era when he was selected by Coral Gables’ developer George Merrick to develop the city’s 18th-century French Village, more commonly known today as the French Country Village. Forster, in tandem with two other architects, designed the original 11 homes to reflect European provincial architecture, highlighted by towers, half-timbering and pronounced cross-gabled rooflines. Forster specifically designed the residence to emulate a regal French home.

Inside, natural lighting floods the estate’s open living areas. The newly renovated kitchen is equipped with a butler’s pantry, cooking island, custom lighting and stainless steel appliances. A spacious dining room, living room and sunroom complete the first floor, and a spiral staircase in the foyer leads to a spacious master suite and five expanded bedrooms upstairs.

The exterior of the home is marked by lush tropical landscaping. The pool pavilion boasts a summer kitchen and a tropical resort-style pool and spa, designed by Raymond Jungles. All this, plus a cozy casita for visiting guests, offers the essence of true South Florida living. The litany of distinct amenities and details found within 536 Hardee Rd. not only make it a residence of special historical significance and unmistakable charm, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for interested buyers.

For additional information, contact Carole Smith at 305-710-1010 or visit