Splurge vs. Steal: Live Large In Coral Gables, Florida, AKA ‘The City Beautiful’

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With a prime location close to the Port of Miami, Miami International Airport, and Miami Beach, Coral Gables is a mecca for the jet set looking to live large. Known for its tree-lined boulevards, ivy-covered mansions, and historical landmarks, “The City Beautiful” is just that – a jaw-dropping place to escape the winter’s chill and soak up the sun in style. Aside from being a shopping and dining paradise, Coral Gables is also home to the world-famous Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool, both built in the 1920s. And it’s the site of this week’s Splurge vs. Steal! Which would you choose, the opulent Leucadendrasplurge or the Villa Rosales steal? Let us know in the comments.

Splurge: Waterfront Mansion With Direct Ocean Access For $29.9M

According to the listing, the property is “The most stunning home in the exclusive guard-gated community of Gables Estates.” It affords a whopping 255 feet of water frontage with 160-foot dock nestled on the widest part of the canal just few a seconds from the bay with direct ocean access.

Built in 2017, the nine-bedroom, nine-full-and-three-half-bathroom estate includes lush and vibrant gardens, exceptional views of the waterway, and an impressive master suite overlooking the water with a spa-like marble bath and outdoor shower.

A home theatre with 14 seats comes complete with optic ceiling lighting, while the oversized game room offers a wet bar and wine cellar.

And nothing compares to the indoor-outdoor lifestyle this home affords! Here you’ll enjoy the luxury of a summer kitchen with gorgeous Teppanaki table, stunning covered terraces, a rooftop deck, and infinity-edge heated pool with fire bowl and fountains.

For those looking to splurge on a private waterfront compound near Miami, this is it!

Adriana De Castro of One Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 90 Leucadendra Drive, Coral Gables, Florida for $29.9 million.

Steal: Islands of Cocoplum Retreat With Head-Turning Upgrades For $4.9M

For far less than our Splurge you could own a Coral Gables retreat in what the listing calls, “The best area in all of Islands of Cocoplum.” Ideally situated around the corner from a community clubhouse and amenities like a gym, basketball courts, playgrounds, beach volleyball, and tennis courts, you’ll have no shortage of things to do.

The six-bedroom, six-full-and-one-half-bathroom estate is known as Villa Rosales, and boasts impeccable architecture, award-winning landscape, and ultra-luxe finishes.

Soaring ceilings, marble and wood floors, and ample natural light define the interior, met by a designer gourmet kitchen, and great room for entertaining. But it is the outdoor entertaining spaces that really steal the show. We love the open-air courtyards, the elegant archways, and sparkling resort pool. And although it’s listed without a ton of photos, we expect this Coral Gables beauty wows in person.

Aurelio Leyva with Leyva International Realty has listed 140 Rosales Court, Coral Gables, Florida for $4.9 million.