Follow the Sun: Our Favorite Luxury Homes in South Florida

November 22, 2021
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Boston and South Florida’s luxury real estate are like peas in a pod. Our clients love the warmer seasons in the Northeast and look forward to basking in the sun in the colder months.

From Florida’s beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and world-class dining, it’s no surprise that our Boston real estate clients are just as enamored with the Sunshine State as I am. 

As a member of the International Luxury Alliance I get to call friends some of the best luxury real estate agents in the world. From some of these amazing agents, here are some of my favorite South Florida luxury properties that will undoubtedly catch your eye and have you dreaming of paradise.

5681 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach - $11,999,000

From the legendary Jills Zeder Group, this extravagant historic waterfront estate, located on prestigious Pine Tree Drive, entices guests with its garden courtyard as you enter this expansive eight-bedroom, six-bathrooms, and two half-bathroom home. Large flow-through windows bring in rays of glimmering natural light with high ceilings and breathtaking bay views. This grand 8,758 square foot estate offers 76 feet of prime waterfront, pristine wood floors, and coffered ceilings. A remarkable Victorian spiral staircase with towering ceilings and balconies off the bedrooms overlooks the water. Additional interior features include a formal dining room, an upper-level master bedroom, and built-in amenities. The backyard offers a private dock with a boat lift and a large swimming pool. A brand-new roof with handmade Spanish tiles, bronze hurricane impact windows/doors, hurricane impact French doors, and a top-tier kitchen with high-end appliances are all in process.

4478 Wayside Drive, Naples - $4,750,000 

From the Dawn McKenna Group, the mesmerizing estate at 4478 Wayside Drive in Naples is located at the exclusive golf and country club Quail West. Built in 2019 by the Seagate Development Group, this contemporary masterpiece boasts marble flooring throughout, and combined with vaulted ceilings and ample natural light, this home is bright and airy. With four en-suite bedrooms and two dens, you’ll find this spacious estate comfortable and welcoming. Thoughtfully designed, this property also features a Control 4 system, Lutron lighting, retractable lanai screens, and a Honeywell humidification and sanitization system.

Trust me — when you live in paradise, you won’t want to spend all of your time indoors. This property’s seamless indoor/outdoor living space makes it simple to soak up the Florida sunshine when you’re entertaining in the outdoor kitchen, practicing your swing on the putting green, relaxing in the pool and spa, or gathering around the outdoor fireplace. The four-and-a-half car garage provides ample space to store vehicles and golf carts as you make the most of this brilliant location.

3731 Indian Beach Place, Sarasota FL - $6,945,000

When I think about lavish waterfront living, this home comes to mind. As you pull up to 3731 Indian Beach Place in Sarasota, marketed by the amazing Roger Pettingell, you are welcomed with lush landscaping and a winding, curved driveway with a private gated entry. This truly luxurious home was built in 2006 by Triangle Construction and designed with energy-efficient, sustainable materials. Believe me when I tell you that you can see sublime sunsets from nearly every corner of the expansive 6,000+ square foot living space. The home’s design was carefully conceptualized, with glass sliders that open up to a plethora of bayfront terraces on each floor, ensuring that inhabitants never miss an opportunity to glimpse the ocean. 

The interior scheme features naturally-stained wood accents, intricate moldings, custom light fixtures, cathedral ceilings, streamlined stone surfaces, and storm impact glass throughout. If you’re a wine lover, you’ll adore the temperature-controlled wine room with storage for over 300 bottles. The first floor boasts an open floor plan, with the gourmet kitchen stealing the show. Carefully positioned in a sunny spot, the kitchen features granite countertops, hidden appliances covered with custom cabinetry, gas cooktop, butler’s and walk-in pantries, breakfast bar, island, and wet bar. The chef’s kitchen overlooks the informal dining area and family room with a double-sided gas fireplace. A spacious guest suite with access to two balconies completes the first floor. 

Why take the stairs when you could take the three-stop elevator? The secluded master wing on the second floor boasts his/her walk-in closets, spa-inspired marble bathrooms, a morning kitchen, and its own study and pocketing sliders that lead to the master terrace, bridging the indoors and outdoors seamlessly. Two additional guest suites and a bonus flex space round out the second floor. Everything you could desire in a resort-style estate is included. This luxury home is truly one-of-a-kind, from the elaborate outdoor living spaces with a sundeck and heated swimming pool to its many balconies and lavish amenities.

5275 Hammock Drive, Coral Gables - $13,995,000

It’s not always about the Ocean, we love lake-view as well. Recently listed by the Jills Zeder Group, 5275 Hammock Drive is the epitome of resort-style living. A phenomenal 9,482 square-foot estate boasting six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths on nearly an acre within the guard-gated community of Hammock Lakes. We are enamored by its panoramic lake views, lush landscaping, arched hallways, and vine-covered porticoes. The home offers light-filled living areas with high ceilings, two family rooms, two offices, and a bar. If you like to cook, the chef-inspired kitchen features a marble center island, wood cabinetry, and stainless steel Miele and Viking appliances. The master suite has two custom walk-in closets, a spa-like bathroom with double vanities, an expansive shower, and a sizable bathtub perfect for melting away stress. Outdoors offers covered decks ideal for hosting cocktail parties and birthday bashes, complete with a barbecue area, pool, fire pit, half basketball court, and sandy beach. The air-conditioned three-car garage houses a gym, and the driveway provides abundant parking.

240 Mockingbird Trail, Palm Beach - $15,995,000

I can’t wait to see this beauty, marketed by the iconic Paulette and Dan Koch in Palm Beach. Currently under construction with a completion date of November 2022, this 5,500 square foot, two-story estate is going to be sensational. I love that this property is located on a “beach cabana” street on the island's North End, boasting beach and Lake Trail access. This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath island-style home will sport a spacious open floorplan and an expansive outdoor space fit for entertaining and basking in Palm Beach sunshine.

440 South Hibiscus Drive, Miami Beach - $19,900,000

One last masterpiece from the Jills Zeder Group! For an ultra-modern, stylish retreat, check out this tri-level waterfront estate that sits atop the coveted tip of guard-gated Hibiscus Island. Exquisitely designed with no expenses spared, the masterpiece features elegant porcelain and oak wood floors, a carefully planned open floorplan, and dining and common areas with stunning, unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami’s skyline. The mansion sports six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three half-baths, a gourmet kitchen with world-class appliances, an expansive state-of-the-art movie theater, a fully equipped bayside gym, and a second-story master suite overlooking Biscayne Bay. I am in awe of the endless outdoor offerings, including an infinity-edge lap pool, jacuzzi with a fire pit feature, and an expansive rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the bay and city. Arguably the best feature is the private dock with boat lift and approximately 85 feet of water frontage. If you have an affinity for modern architecture and lavish South Florida living, don’t miss out on this striking property!
Owning a South Florida home, whether as a second home or a vacation home provides an escape from daily life where you and your loved ones can create lasting memories. 

To quote Jill Hertzberg:

“What’s wonderful about owning a second home in Florida is that you get a chance to live another lifestyle. Aside from the financial aspect of being a no-income-tax state, we have great weather all year round. Here you’re surrounded by any and every activity under the sun, from beautiful beaches, golf courses, and verdant parks to world-class dining and shopping. South Florida is one of the best places in the country to buy a vacation home because the lifestyle here includes the ultimate yachting lifestyle, award-winning restaurants such as Joe’s Stone Crab and NY transplants Carbone and ZZ’s, and shopping destinations such as Bal Harbour Shops and the Design District.”
To quote Judy Zeder:
“South Florida offers many common virtues not usually found in other places.  There is sun and water everywhere, beautiful beaches, and the year-round ability to be comfortably outdoors.  Everyone also benefits from Miami’s low state and local taxes, strong financial base, and quality of life.
The “Magic City” of Miami is itself unique in Florida.  A multi-lingual and highly diverse city, Miami has welcomed with open arms generations of people from around the country and world, and helped them make their home here and assimilate into our diverse community.  It is a city where new ideas are welcomed, new residents are embraced, and ideas can last forever.
Blessed with a subtropical geographical location like none other, the temperate eastern trade winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean cool the land in the summer and warm it during winter cold spells.  The beaches stretch for miles,  and the long and wide Biscayne Bay, protected from ocean swells by barrier islands, is considered one of the finest bodies of water in the world for sailing and small boating. Everglades National Park, just to the west, provides abundant supplies of water, through its unique “River of Grass.”
Miami has excellent private and public schools, top colleges and universities, a state-of-the art Performing Arts Center, the renowned Miami City Ballet, and impressive new art and science museums. Miami is also home to world-class health systems, physicians, medical research and treatment centers, and the University of Miami School of Medicine. 
The city is filled with fabulous restaurants from almost every nation or region, and offers pop-up cultural events, a major annual boat show, and music venues everywhere.  All within a walk, bike-ride or drive away. There are five professional sports teams, plus the Miami Open Masters Series professional tennis tournament.
With Miami International Airport, a major national and international hub, just a few miles from downtown, two conveniently located executive airports, and the Port of Miami where cruise ships and freight containers come and go, travel and shipping of goods is easy.  Both the airport and port are among the largest in the country, and are active both day and night. 
Miami is another city that never sleeps, where the sun shines, the moon glows and stars twinkle endlessly. It is a city where you can come for a visit or vacation, or to look for a home, and you will be welcomed.  A city in years past where many people came to retire, and now younger people come to make their home and raise their families.  Truly a city where life is meant to be lived, the fresh air and lifestyle is unique, and the old are young and the young are fun!”
It’s my pleasure to share these incredible properties with you, suitable for those seeking a vacation or second home. For all Boston real estate, or if you’re looking for your new favorite South Florida getaway, contact Ricardo Rodriguez & Associates. We will happily assist you in finding the home of your dreams.

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