Nestled atop Villa Valencia, an ultra-luxe 39-residence boutique building in Miami’s tony Coral Gables neighborhood, is the $14.9 million penthouse nearing completion. It is a beautiful, detailed jewel that exemplifies the essence of estate living with design by A.M. Studio. Unlike another in the marketplace, the penthouse embodies nature, wellness and technology, presented through the Delos DARWIN home intelligence system. The residence showcases consistent interior design that seamlessly transitions from the interior common areas into the home. The driving concept underlying the penthouse design emanates from the location, tropical environment, and unique qualities akin to one-off residential dwellings. The designer studio carefully integrated these attributes along with the architectural craftsmanship of the building into the interior design to arrive at what we call Depurative Luxury. The incorporation of natural materials, a balanced color palette, and harmonious flow constitute key aesthetic values that embody the design. The layout harnesses an abundance of light filtering into the expansive terraces highlighting generous outdoor amenities and a great potential for lush vegetation. The procession of space between rooms is tailored to flow between entertainment and daily use activities. The finish palette, while unpretentious, is accentuated with the use of exotic woods and stones.
Qualities of the Home Location
Coral Gables is one of the most desirable cities in which to reside in all South Florida. The long- lasting history of curated residential buildings along with consistent and measured development is what people are drawn to. Aside from this allure, the area offers its residents an array of local, cultural, entertainment, and shopping activities. Sited in the heart of Coral Gables, Villa Valencia is conveniently located only a short distance away from these attractions as compared to similarly sized single family homes which are mostly on the outskirts of town.
The Coral Gables historic ‘Garden City’ concept exhibits dense native vegetation and 100+ year old Oak trees that line most residential streets. The Penthouse at Villa Valencia overlooks this massive garden city with large terraces appropriated as a canvas for the extension of the lush canopy below.
Craftsmanship and Detail
Craftsmanship and detail are typical differences between condominium and single-family residential projects. Even the higher end condominium projects tend to neglect the individual dwelling unit by relegating the status of ‘decorator ready’. Villa Valencia has turned the page on that trend by applying attention to detail though-out the project. Every attribute of the penthouse has been meticulously curated and well thought out to create a beautiful, durable, and timeless aesthetic.
Continuity and Procession of Space
Because AM Studio was retained to design the common areas as well as the penthouse an opportunity was realized to create continuity in the procession of space and to harmonize the best aspects of single family living with the convenience of the condominium lifestyle. AM Studio sought to create a seamless transition from the common areas into and throughout the unit extending the private experience beyond the unit entry doors.
Layout & Utilization of Space
The layout of the home was conceived with flexibility and utilization of space in mind. The variety of entertainment and private functions are accommodated by allowing for separate entries. Visiting guests may be directed to the West elevator which opens to the family room, summer kitchen, and pool terrace, whereas dinner guests may utilize the Eastern elevator for direct access into the living and dining rooms. The old ‘Florida Room’ concept has been reimagined and integrated into the layout such that various rooms gain direct connections to exterior terraces with large glass doors that can enclose or enlarge the space. More intimate spaces are appointed with private terraces such as the master bedroom suite. The suite is of ample size and includes walk-in closets and changing rooms as well as a master bathroom which includes his and her water closets, a soaking tub, and a glass enclosed steam shower. The master bathroom vanities frame an amazing view over Coral Gables. A home of this size wouldn’t be complete without utility rooms such as a butler’s pantry, office, large storage, and a laundry room.