Cover Story: The Ultimate Compound

No other property would be better suited for an issue devoted to prestige properties than the palatial waterfront mansion in Coral Gables, Florida, featured on our cover. It’s not often family, Miami and a palatial residence are mentioned in this same sentence, but that’s what makes this property is so spectacular.

The gated community of Gables Estates offers the ultimate in security, including patrols on the water. It’s not unusual to see children out on bikes and neighbors walking dogs here. Nearby are some of the best schools in the Miami. That’s one of many reasons why those who know the area see Gables Estates as one of the best neighborhoods, explains Sandra Fiorenza with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, who is representing the property.

The 14,443 square foot residence itself offers a huge measure of security with concrete construction and windows that exceed hurricane standards. The exterior is clad with marble, and the same stone — all from a single source — is used on covered balconies and lanais that overlook an infi nity pool and the blue of the wide lagoon. Inside, light dances throughout the home. A neutral palate becomes an ideal backdrop to showcase exquisite details such as Venetian plaster and carved plaster moldings, marble columns and stone carvings. The overall effect is elegant and restrained. 

An extensive master suite with his and her bathrooms occupies one wing of the second floor with an additional four en-suite bedrooms in an opposite wing. The home also has two offices, private staff quarters and a wine cellar. The site on the largest lagoon in Gables Estates also offers access to deep water and the ocean. With a new seawall and 140-foot dock, this could be the ultimate Miami home, as well as a perfect family compound. It’s easy to see why those who know the area see Gables Estates as one of the best places to call home. This Ultimate compound is priced at $25.9 million.

This editorial appeared in the Unique Homes Ultimate ’19 Issue.

With the push for wellness-oriented spaces around the globe, interior designers are looking for different ways to incorporate this rapidly-growing industry to their styles. While including more plants and flowers into the home is known to brighten up the atmosphere, some designers are taking this theme to the next level. Here’s how:

Photo courtesy of Maison Valentina

Photo courtesy of VG New Trend

Photo courtesy of VG New Trend

When it comes to lighting, many chandeliers are starting to incorporate elements of nature to bring a more natural, elegant look. Both of these chandeliers are surrounded by vines and flowers, allowing the natural elements to be woven into the design. While critics may argue that the “unrefined” elements of nature decrease the elegance of the chandelier, these rooms prove them wrong. While remaining luxurious, the chandeliers’ design provide a warmer and more relaxed atmosphere.

Natural elements can also be incorporated into the wallpaper of a room, adding a bold yet comfortable piece to the space. Regardless of the individual’s style, nature-oriented wallpaper can be incorporated.

For a more feminine look, a bold, floral wallpaper does just the trick. The bright colors add a fun and relaxed style, while the natural elements of the flowers freshen up the atmosphere of the room.

Photo courtesy of Wallsauce

Photo courtesy of Wallsauce

If you’re looking for a less feminine wallpaper, however, incorporating nature to the room is certainly still possible. The darker wallpaper in this bathroom, although much less feminine than a floral backdrop, still adds natural elements to give the room a fresh look.

Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff just announced an offering in the spirit of their 15th Anniversary. Deemed “A Place to Create Forever Memories,” Montage introduces this $2.75M, 2,900-square-foot residence, decked out for those seeking the ultimate outdoor recreation lifestyle.

 

Situated within Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000-acre residential community and conservation preserve, this property is seated next to 32 miles of riverfront and marsh front coastline, with extensive nature trails, a vibrant Village center complete with river access, boat storage and canoe club. This community embraces its rich history natural rural landscape, and is a historical haven to gain a true sense of the Lowcountry lifestyle.

This home features everything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for, including a personal golf cart, two Pedego electric bikes, a stand up paddleboard, kayak, fishing equipment and tennis gear with an additional six private lessons for two, and a one-year to the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club and The Boat Club at Wilson Landing. Along with these amenities comes four tickets to Music to Your Mouth, a four-day-long event at Palmetto Bluff for biggest names in Southern food, and four tickets to Field and Fire, Palmetto Bluff’s ultimate sportsman’s weekend.

 

The collection of homes features charming, timeless interiors that have spacious living areas, celebrating authentic Southern tradition. The indoor-outdoor spaces flow naturally with breezy entryways, with other highlights including…

  • Residences situated in a waterfront setting in close proximity to the resort
  • Two, three, four and five-bedroom, single-story residences
  • Indoor/outdoor sitting rooms with fireplaces
  • Oversized master suites with his-and-hers walk-in closets
  • State-of-the-art kitchens
  • Antique heart pine floors
  • Driveways and walkways utilizing Old Savannah brick throughout

Photos courtesy of Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff

Located just 30 minutes south of Charleston, the Timbers Kiawah will be the first private residence club on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

 

Developers unveiled the first model residence at this exclusive new property, which is slated to open in October. It will feature 21 residences in 3 oceanfront buildings, every room having a panoramic view of the Atlantic.

 

Each resident will be provided with full access to the club’s many luxury amenities, which will include a private clubhouse with a central lounge area, valet, temperature-controlled wine storage, kids play room and state-of-the-art fitness facility that will serve as the hub of the new resort. The private beach club will offer residents a luxurious oceanfront pool, bar/grill and beach services.

 

Kiawah Island itself boasts a long list of amenities that residents will be able to explore, including an inland waterway with access to the marina, which offers boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, crabbing and fishing, an optional membership to the Kiawah Island Club, offering private golf, tennis, fitness, dining, spa and sporting club, and wildlife viewing, including bottlenose dolphins, river otters, white-tailed deer and loggerhead sea turtles.

 

Residents will be 30 minutes from Downtown Charleston, minutes away from Freshfields Village, a boutique shopping and dining center, and 45 minutes from Charleston International Airport. Kiawah Island is also South Carolina’s prime location for sandy beach, a 10-mile long crescent, with 123 acres of parks and 30 miles of biking trails for those who love adventure.

 

The Ocean Club residences include 18 three-bedroom residences at approximately 2,200 sq. ft., starting at $475,000, and the three penthouse residences, at approximately 3,600 sq. ft., and start at $1,285,000. The architecture and design of the property is by Poss Architecture + Planning.

 

Kiawah Island is a prime travel spot today for those wishing to enjoy golf, luxury beaches and relaxation. Travel + Leisure named Kiawah Island the #2 Island in America in August of 2016.

Photos courtesy of Timbers Kiawah

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