A rare-to-market Pine Tree Drive Circle home is pre-war perfection with 21st-century amenities.
By Michelle F. Solomon
Rarely is there a home that blends eras so seamlessly. Making it even more desirable is that opportunities for such classic beauties come to market infrequently.
“There are only a handful of homes such as this that we all know and admire,” says Jill Hertzberg — part of the well known The Jills’ Coldwell Banker sales team, along with Jill Eber.
6385 Pine Tree Drive Circle is one of these meticulous gems. Painstakingly remodeled and expanded, the 1937 classic Mediterranean mansion has “smart house” integration throughout, yet retains its old-world Miami grandeur.
“In time, it has been modernized and made for today’s living,” says Hertzberg. “The owners were very respectful of the history of the house, but have brought it very much into today.”
With a main house of more than 8,000 square feet — 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and 2 half baths — there are more than 4,000 additional square feet devoted to two stand-alone guest staff quarters and separate over-garage apartment suites, which are accommodations meant for guests who are invited to stay for long visits because of the grandness of the interiors and layouts of the guest suites.
“When you restore these classic homes, it must be done with tremendous care and patience, as well as knowledge,” says the luxury-real-estate expert, who points out that “this kind of restoration is a whole different process than directing the building of a brand-new estate.”
Entrance to the home immediately offers a glimpse into this architectural treasure. The private palm-lined, large inner courtyard glimmers with its Honduran-crafted Dominican-quarried coral stone. Hand-cut Chicago brick driveways and walkway beckon visitors to stroll through its outdoor artistry — a 22,000-gallon pool, a 7,000-gallon Koi pond overlooking Indian Creek, and sculpture gardens by Miami’s most sought after landscape designer Fernando Wong.
Hertzberg says that the Pine Tree Drive home is doubly one-of-a-kind and a collector’s item, which a preservationist will delight in through and through. With 175 feet of direct waterfront overlooking scenic Indian Creek, it is ideally situated on a rarely offered 1.1-acre lot. “Most of the lots in the area on the Venetians have typically 60 feet of waterfront. Maybe on some of the islands, it might be 100, but there are very few that have 175 feet and in protected water.” The water frontage is also “no bridges to bay,” which is quite desirable for the yachting enthusiast who can’t wait to go full throttle onto the water.
The auto collector will find satisfaction, too, with the modern addition of six, fully air-conditioned garage bays on site. “Anyone who cherishes their cars will be pleased that each chamber is like an apartment for your automobiles,” says Hertzberg. The garage complex features custom-designed auto collectors’ lighting.
To complete the house made for a collector, there’s a 1,000-bottle capacity, stone-clad wine cellar. A media room, complete with wet bar, is made for entertaining — as is the expansive outdoor barbeque and bar cabana.
The home interior has been impeccably furnished and designed. “Beautiful finishes and the artwork come together to complement both the traditional and modern atmosphere of the house,” says Hertzberg.
The elegant foyer entrance is customized with “old-world” crafted iron staircase railings and beautifully finished wood banisters. A formal dining room, with a raised custom-designed wood ceiling, has modernity built in with programmable indirect lighting. The smart house integration throughout is the latest 2015 Crestron and Lutron state-of-the-art technology.
“The owners have been very respectful of the tradition of the house, while creating something that is very much of today.”
Priced at $19,800,000.