Saturday, September 6, 2014

Top Five Coral Gables Country Club Listings

Many of the Miami-Dade communities are undergoing major overhauls whether through the development of planned neighborhoods or the complete destruction of older homes on premium lots.  Coral Gables is one of the area communities where buyers are buying up older homes in need of an overhaul so that they can knock it down to build their dream homes. 
But in the midst of all this new construction, the Coral Gables Country Club neighborhood sits in all its grandeur with some of the most beautiful and unique homes commonly described as “old Florida.”  Surrounding some of the Gables nicest golf courses (Riviera Country Club and Biltmore Golf Course)ost have a Mediterranean influence in their design and no matter the size offer characteristics not found in newly constructed homes today.
The Country Club neighborhood is a carefully thought out and designed neighborhood that features homes in most every price range and size from the coziest bungalows that appeal to buyers who want to update and renovate property to the most impressive estates that entice only discerning buyers who expect a level of excellence.  On top of this, the location is ideal as it is close to some of the area’s best shopping as well as top public and private schools and golf courses (as we mentioned earlier.  Additionally, the University of Miami and Miami International Airport are a short drive from this centrally located neighborhood.
There is a broad spectrum of list prices in Coral Gables Country Club typically ranging from the low-$400s to the millions.  Following are the top five Coral Gables Country Club listings:
3305 Alhambra Circle, List Price:  $12,500,000
WOW!  What else can be said for this grand manor?  Originally designed by Walter De Garmo (Women’s Club of Coconut Grove), this estate, built in 1926, is an architectural masterpiece with eight bedrooms and six and a half baths with a one-bedroom, one bath private apartment.  While the home has been updated, the original finishes radiate throughout the house with wood beam Cathedral ceilings, inlaid marble floors, intricately carved wood doors, and more.  The large chef’s kitchen is amazing as is the open living area with French doors leading out the Mediterranean-revival style pool area and deck.  A large backyard area opens up to the fairway along the Biltmore Hotel’s golf course.  The home is surrounded by a high wall on three sides with private double iron gated entrances to exude privacy as an estate of this caliber should. 

3200 Granada Boulevard, List Price:  $4,850,000
Pulling into the driveway of your new home on Granada Boulevard signifies that you have truly arrived.  Granada Boulevard is a street that stretches across two Coral Gables neighborhoods.  As the street numbers get larger so do the houses along this lovely tree-lined street in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Coral Gables.  The gated, tree-lined entry of this spectacular leads to a beautiful estate is remniscent of a European estate understated in its design yet one of the most gorgeous homes on the street.  Inside, this home showcases vaulted ceilings, wood inlay floors, and so many other intricate features and fixtures.   The kitchen itself is a dream kitchen to anyone who enters with it exposed brick walls, high-end stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.  The master features tons of room with a sitting area as well as a custom designed walk-in closet, enormous bath and terrace.  There is so much to see that it is necessary to tour this grand estate.  Remodeled in 2009, this is the ideal home for entertaining as well as enjoying life in Florida.   
2800 Alhambra Circle, List Price:  $4,395,000
Another home on the highly desirable Alhambra Circle is this showplace built by Legacy Custom Homes.  Under the 7,113 square feet are large rooms that flow from one to the other in a most relaxed manner making the house perfect for entertaining.  Additionally, there is a large chef’s kitchen with beautiful granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances and room for a large kitchen table for family dinners.  There are six bedrooms and seven and a half baths with each bedroom having its own private bath.  Outdoors, the residents and their guests can enjoy the Florida sunshine from the large rear patio and veranda adjacent to a resort-style pool while dining on meals prepared in the outdoor kitchen.  Other fixtures and finishes include a gated entry, automobile courtyard, elevator and exquisite extras throughout the home.  This is truly a showplace without being ostentatious.    
3309 Granada Boulevard, List Price:  $2,995,000
Back over to Granada Boulevard, we have another spectacular home currently under construction by Gregan.  This gated estate with a Transitional European architectural style will feature a fountain courtyard that will lead to a beautiful foyer at the main entrance.  Inside, the plans show a large kitchen and family room that open to a rear yard with beautiful pool and pergola.  On the first floor, there will be a guest suite as well as one for house staff.  Upstairs the master spreads across the entire rear of the house and includes a sitting room, two walk-in closets and an unbelievable master bath.  This is a huge opportunity to live on one of the best streets in Coral Gables in a new home that is as impressive as those around it. 
4209 Santa Maria Street, List Price:  $2,875,000
It is the intricate detail that makes this home an absolute treasure.  Situated in the main section of Merrick’s historic Pioneer Village is this gracious 5,300+ square foot estate with a Mediterranean architectural design.  Situated on Santa Maria Street, this home offers panoramic golf course views across Riviera Country Club.  Inside, the foyer opens to a huge two-story great room with stunning open beamed ceilings, a large fireplace, and upper level bookcases that line the walls.  Additionally, there is a dream kitchen with sleek granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry which opens to a large breakfast area and into a family room.  The bedrooms are large and feature hardwood floors.  Outside, there is a lovely covered loggia with an outdoor living area with a tropical feel.  There is impact glass as well as extra land large enough for a guest house, pool or an addition onto the main house. 
Classic Florida Real Estate
The Country Club neighborhood in the heart of Coral Gables is probably one of the most sought after areas for Coral Gables real estate buyers.  It is in this neighborhood that homes feature the best in classic Florida real estate with a modern twist where inside most properties there are substantial updates so that the idea of a “dream home” is a true reality.  

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