Bal Harbour Residence by Choeff Levy Fischman

Bal Harbour Residence by Choeff Levy Fischman

Choeff Levy Fischman recently completed a Bal Harbour residence, featuring a unique geometric façade and lots of visually appealing art. Warm and inviting, once you get past the private gate, you'll notice a stunning shell stone motor court with contrasting grass strips leading one to the door. A monumental Italian travertine stone wall extends from the driveway and also makes an appearance in the backyard pool deck. South-American ipe wood conceals the two-car garage and is again seen near floating steps that lead you over a Zen-like pond adjacent to a cascading water feature set on an oolite stone backdrop. Keeping with modern design elements, the architects created an eye-catching cube-like second-story bedroom balcony wrapped in ipe that floats above a reflecting pond adding a geometric effect the residence.

The eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom dwelling features an open concept floor plan with plenty of room for entertaining and expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with curtain wall windows to complete the indoor-outdoor living experience. In true luxury style, the home is fully integrated with lighting controls, as well as audio-visual and drapery controls.

Downstairs, Choeff Levy Fischman incorporated a media room, lounge, multi-purpose room, and an office adorned with bespoke millwork designed to function as storage, while also concealing private items. A large kitchen designed by Deborah Wecselman Design includes custom walnut cabinetry, high-gloss lacquered island and hood, and quartzite backsplash and countertops. Hidden behind the main kitchen is a catering kitchen, which connects to two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. A large dining room and smaller casual dining area can be found adjacent to the main kitchen separated by vertical walnut beams that swivel. A third bathroom and powder room are also located on the first floor.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite boasts two large terraces - one facing Biscayne Bay and another that opens up from the sprawling master bathroom boasting its own outdoor shower. The master bath is outfitted with a stand-alone tub that sits against a bespoke cherry blossom mosaic wall, glass enclosed steam shower, dual vanities, and adjacent his and hers closets. A second upstairs bedroom also opens up to a private balcony overlooking the home's infinity pool and the bay.

Unique to the area, this Bal Harbour home includes a 1,433 square-foot rooftop that is solar panel-ready. An ideal space for al-fresco entertaining, the home's third level features an elevated wood deck, custom bar with tropical wood finish, additional seating and plenty of space for entertaining under the warm South Florida sun - but don't worry, the roof also features a reflective white finish for diminished heat gain.

Outdoors on the ground level, a partially covered terrace is made possible by extensive roof overhangs for minimal solar heat gain. A 50-foot infinity-edge lap pool with bright blue mosaic tile overflows into a reflective pond and connects to a smaller shallow splash pool. Lush landscape surrounds a covered terrace with firepit, reflecting ponds, floating stepping stones, and an outdoor dining area, with full kitchen and a cabana bath. The lot spans 20, 101 square feet, and also features a large indoor gym, elevator, spiral staircase, and two-car garage.

Photography: Kris Tamburello

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