By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Ask any real estate agent which room is most likely to sell a home buyer, and they’ll probably give you the same answer: the kitchen. That’s because the kitchen has become the heart of a home – the centerpiece not only for cooking but for entertaining, socializing, doing homework and just hanging out.
“A kitchen is the showpiece of a property,” says Jill Eber of The Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami Beach. “Whether a buyer ever intends to cook in that kitchen or not, it is a gathering place and the amenities in the kitchen very often upgrade the value of the property. In a luxury property, the buyer expects a fabulous kitchen.”
Perhaps that’s why in a recent survey conducted by Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, buyers said that the kitchen takes priority when it comes to budgeting for luxurious features. More than half of those surveyed said they would prioritize luxury features in the kitchen over other areas of the home, and 74 percent said they spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Millennials in particular value their kitchens, the survey also found. Kitchens in South Florida are built not only as functional spaces but also to impress. Many homeowners want the latest trends and unique touches to create a showplace and a focal point.
Here are five with features to dazzle more than just the chef:
Sexy and Sophisticated in South Beach (main photo)
This $3.6 million Miami Beach penthouse, at 1200 West Ave., is actually two joined penthouse suites at the Mirador 1200 condominium. The 3,600-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four baths and over 3,500 square feet of private terrace space facing the bay. But let’s not forget the top-of-the-line kitchen. Manufactured by Alno Kitchens and Cabinetry in Miami and designed by Beeck Studio, the kitchen exudes modern elegance, functionality and comfort. The combination of ultra-white glass fronts and dark gray ceramic gives it both softness and sharpness while the island provides comfortable seating for family and friends. Contact: Sandra Debuire, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 305-898-5888, coldwellbankerhomes
Into the Blue
This two-story Mediterranean waterfront villa, at 58 La Gorce Circle in Miami Beach, has six bedrooms, an elevator, double-sided staircase, gym and a second-story master suite with an office and private balcony. The home, originally listed for $8.25 million, also has a pool, cabana, summer kitchen and private dock to enjoy outside. The open gourmet kitchen features top-of-the-line Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, eye-catching blue granite countertops, a center island, custom cabinetry, double sinks, a large butler’s pantry and a separate breakfast area with direct water views. A blue ceiling completes the room. Contact: Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber at The Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker, 305-341-7447, jillszeder.com.
Pops of Pizzazz
This 3,965-square-foot condominium at 1455 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach has three bedrooms, five baths and custom features throughout. The ultra-modern black and white Roma Italian gourmet kitchen has pops of blue, as well as motorized touch-open cabinetry, white quartz countertops, a Wolf induction cooktop with grill and double ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Sicis Italian custom mosaic backsplash. The unit is priced at $6.99 million. Contact: Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber at The Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker, 305-341-7447, jillszeder.com.
This 37,378-square-foot oceanfront estate, known as Bel Viaggio, for “beautiful journey,” sits on nearly three acres and has nine bedrooms and 16 baths. The estate, at 12088 Banyan Road in North Palm Beach, also features an oversized kitchen that allows for easy entertaining and a seamless flow of indoor/outdoor living. The architect and interior designer collaborated to integrate Spanish and Italian architecture of the Palm Beach Fatio and Mizner era into an evolutionary design aesthetic that’s reflected in the kitchen and the entire residence. The kitchen has terracotta flooring, cedar beams in the ceiling, Sub-Zero, Viking, Wolf and Miele appliances; copper sinks, a hand-sculpted hood vent, two dishwashers, a wine cooler and architecturally designed windows and doors to maximize the ocean views. Contact: Elizabeth Zahra and Gary Pohrer at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 561-662-4559, Elliman.com.
This 7,258-square-foot waterfront estate, at 3131 NE 27th Ave. in Lighthouse Point, has five bedrooms, a cinema, bar, air-conditioned garages and a spiral staircase to the roof-top patio. Priced at $4,999,500, it has not one, but three kitchens – one in the garage that functions as a serving kitchen for events, a summer kitchen outside and the main kitchen inside, which features an ornate carved-wood ceiling with 14-kt. gold trim, a huge island and granite countertops. In total, the home has four gas Viking stoves, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, two icemakers and warming drawers – enough to cater almost any event.
Contact: Michael Clouston and Chad Bishop at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty in Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2831, onesothebysrealty.com.