Home & Decor — 27 November 2019
Designer fireplaces hot even in South Florida

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

With the holidays upon us, do you find yourself missing the fireplace you had up north? The crackle of the flames? The aroma of the woodsmoke? The splitting of the logs and schlepping them inside? OK, maybe not the last part so much.

The good news is that fireplaces are more common in South Florida than you might have realized.

“Fireplaces are pretty common in luxury homes in South Florida, even though we don’t necessarily use them for warmth,” says Steven Solomon, senior director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Boca Raton. “Certainly, people who are coming from the north are used to having fireplaces, and designers also like them because they add to the feeling of the room, whether it’s a modern or traditional fireplace.”

Indeed, local homeowners may not need to use their fireplaces to provide heat, but that doesn’t mean they don’t warm up a room in other ways.

“They’re beautiful to decorate around, and they anchor a room and become a focal point,” Solomon says. “They are a nice detail that most people appreciate.”

According to the National Association of Home Builders, 41 percent of single-family homes started in 2018 included fireplaces. Since 2015, the share of single-family homes with fireplaces has been declining steadily, due primarily to homebuilder efforts to keep prices affordable by eliminating features. Still, fireplaces remain popular in luxury homes, with over 60 percent of homes priced at $500,000 or more having fireplaces.

So, if you’re missing your old fireplace and would love a focal point for your room (that’s also a great spot to hang those stockings!), check out these luxury homes with hot features.

Organic Design

This oceanfront residence, priced at $24.5 million, defines modern design and sophisticated splendor. With over 14,000 square feet of space, and completed in 2018, the property, at 3715 S. Ocean Blvd. in Highland Beach, has seven bedrooms, nine baths and a large rooftop sun deck. Built 17 feet above the sea, the mansion also has air-conditioned parking for up to eight vehicles, a game room, two kitchens, a huge family room, living room, media room and bar. A “living wall” and linear spark-gas fireplace with a floating marble canopy add a peaceful and organic feel to the entertaining areas, which also include a dining room that seats 16 and a wine cellar with a 1,184-bottle capacity.

 Contact: Steven Solomon of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 561-289-3609, Elliman.com.

Architectural Integrity in Miami Beach

This 6,309-square-foot estate, priced at $6.495 million, has seven bedrooms, seven baths and sits on a huge gated lot consisting of four parcels. Located at 5185 N. Bay Road in Miami Beach, this restored home has its own tennis court, as well as a large master suite, cathedral ceilings and a great location close to La Gorce Country Club. It also boasts a spectacular fireplace in the great room that’s from 1933 and original to the house. Essentially a work of art, the period piece functions as a focal point for the room.

 Contact: Albert Justo and Mirce Curkoski at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, 786-326-9613, OneSothebysRealty.com.

Old Miami Beach Glamour

This classic Mediterranean estate on Flamingo Drive in Miami Beach was built in 1936 and imparts the glamour of old Miami Beach. The four-bedroom, four-bath house itself is a work of art, with many original features, including the fireplace located in the great room. The property, priced at $3.95 million, also features 97 feet of water frontage.

 Contact: Albert Justo and Mirce Curkoski at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, 786-326-9613, OneSothebysRealty.com.

PHOTO: Fireplace at a Mediterranean estate in Miami Beach. (Courtesy One Sotheby’s International Realty)

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