By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
In which room do you spend the most time at home? If you’re like most Americans, it’s the kitchen, a place for not only preparing and enjoying meals but also for socializing, doing homework, playing games and sharing time with family.
And, since kitchens are so central to our lifestyle these days, a fabulous kitchen is also tops on the must-have list of most homebuyers.
“The kitchen is where you start your day and end your day,” says Jill Hertzberg, a real estate agent with The Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker Realty. “It’s an essential space in any home and a very important, if not the most important, selling feature for homebuyers because through food, people connect with each other and come closer together.”
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the top five most-wanted kitchen features in a new home are a double sink (desired by 81 percent of buyers), a walk-in pantry (81 percent), table space for eating (78 percent), a central island (77 percent) and drinking-water filtration (76 percent). But the luxury kitchens below offer so much more.
Photo courtesy The Jills Zeder Group/photography by Lifestyle Production Group.
Bal Harbour Beauty
Located in the gated Bal Harbour Village community and listed for $35 million, this 12,879-square-foot Neoclassical estate, known as Villa Magnolia, has eight bedrooms, 11 baths, a second-floor balcony with waterfront views, a movie theater and a billiard room. The kitchen features a large granite-topped center island, Macassar Ebony cabinetry – all from the same tree so the grains match up – black lacquer crown molding, stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner Wolf gas stove, and a butler’s pantry. One wall of the kitchen boasts a 750-gallon saltwater aquarium, surrounded by Macassar Ebony – and there’s an 850-bottle wine room nearby to quench the thirst of residents and guests.
Contact: Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber at The Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker, 305-341-7447, jillszeder.com.
Photo courtesy Lifestyle Production Group for Dina Goldentayer
Single-Family South of Fifth
In Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, there are plenty of condominiums to call home. Rarer, however, are single-family homes in this neighborhood coveted for its walkability, fine dining and family-friendly ambience. This 5,749-square-foot Tropical Modern home, at 819 Second St., was designed by Miami architecture firm Choeff Levy Fischman, with interiors by Amy Herman. Priced at $6.999 million, it has three bedrooms, five baths and a 1,250-square-foot rooftop deck. The kitchen is a sleek modern design, with polished marble countertops and walnut cabinets. A limestone backsplash extends to the ceiling, while lighting over the kitchen island serves as a focal point. “I don’t consider this lighting,” says designer Amy Herman. “I think of this as art.”
Contact: Dina Goldentayer at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 786-277-7539, dinagoldentayermiami.com.
Photo courtesy ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
This 6,387-square-foot oceanfront home, at 733 N. Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach, has something you’ve likely not seen in another South Florida mansion: a pink kitchen. Sure, the kitchen of this $16.5 million home boasts all the usual accoutrements: top-of-the-line Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, custom cabinetry and an oversized island perfect for entertaining. But those cabinets – a clean shaker style that give the kitchen a timeless look – do draw the eye, which is exactly what the owner wanted. Since the home is primarily comprised of neutral tones and organic materials, the owner thought it would be fun to make the kitchen a focal point, and it’s the only space with a vibrant pastel color. The cabinets were hand-painted.
Contact: Natalie Poletto with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, 561-445-8218, onesothebysrealty.com.
Photo courtesy the Nicolas Group
Walls of Wood and Marble
Surrounded by lush gardens and set behind a custom coral rock wall and gate, this home, at 3525 Royal Palm Ave. in Coconut Grove, has seven bedrooms and 10 baths. Recently sold for $6.1 million, the home has custom cabinets by Tizzoni Cucine, countertops and a wall slab crafted from Calacatta d’Oro marble, appliances by Sub-Zero and Miele, and Philips LED pendant lights. Charles Treister, the architect, designed the kitchen with 12-foot ceilings to create a greater sense of openness.
Contact: Angel Nicolas with Compass Florida, 305-336-0916, compass.com.
Photo courtesy ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Located at 9310 Balada St. in Coral Gables, this classic contemporary home is listed for $17.5 million. It has seven bedrooms, nine baths, outdoor entertaining areas and a double-height foyer that leads you inside, where you’ll find a state-of-the-art kitchen by Mia Cucina. Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances complement a Bertazzoni gas stove with double ovens and two Asko dishwashers. For the oenophile, there’s a 150-bottle wine cooler in the kitchen and an additional wine cellar that holds 300 bottles. There’s also a full summer kitchen outside, with an Argentinian grill, Sub-Zero refrigerator and icemaker, sink – and a 14-person outside dining room.
Contact: Saddy Abaunza with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, 305-632-4256, onesothebysrealty.com.
MAIN PHOTO: Villa Magnolia in Bal Harbour Village courtesy The Jills Zeder Group/photography by Lifestyle Production Group.