Feast your eyes on this, Homes of the Rich readers. Our top commentator, Daniel Biczyk, has found 121 pictures of this magnificent estate. I think we’ve all been wanting to see what this home would like upon completion. So, take a look!! The home was built by Dorlom Construction and is owned by Mike Fernandez, the owner and CEO of CarePlus Medical Centers.

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  • Daniel

    My quest of trying to find photos of this home has finally come to an end! However, pardon me while I drive to Coral Gables and shake the interior designer like a pair of maracas.

    I’ll start with the exterior. STUNNING. GORGEOUS. AWE-INSPIRING. ETC. The home reminds me a lot of Il Palmetto in Palm Beach. Perhaps it could have been inspired by it? The lot, the views, the colors, materials, landscaping, EVERYTHING is top notch.

    Interior: I went through all 121 photos multiple times, and found myself shaking my head. HOW INCREDIBLY UNDERWHELMING AND UNINSPIRED. How is it possible to have such a perfect exterior and a ho-hum interior. THIS IS A $75 MILLION+ house. Every single room would need to be re-done. It is so plain that it almost hurts. Did they run out of money? I get that its Coral Gables and not Palm Beach and the lifestyle is more casual…but come on. That office would look right at home in a $500,000 4,000 square-foot home. The only rooms that look like they belong are the kitchen and library. The rest need to be finished! A lot of rooms also look quite small

    Architecturally, the home is exquisite, aside from some very small rooms, but the ALL furnishings leave so much to be desired. Give me Bunny Williams, give me Marjorie Shushan, hell give me Juan Pablo Molyneaux. But do not give me this interior designer.

    A few more links:

    Interior Designer with about 40 different pictures:

    http://www.ivettearango.com/Interiors/Pages/Gables_Estates_Residence.html#grid

    Architect:

    portuondo-perotti.com/




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    • Iemand

      I agree with you. The exterior is great (I like this style; this type of roof with white walls (as you may know; I’m Dutch so I don’t know all the right English terms)), but I’ve doubts about all the painted decorations (murals?).

      The interior is good in the basis form, but the furnishing is not. I agree that the kitchen and library are the best rooms. Only the thing over the stove is way to big; that thing needs to be smaller.
      The walls in most rooms are way to crowded. (Like the powder room, way to much for a ‘room’ like this).

      So in general I like it, it just has to be decorated/furnished a bit more neutral.




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      • Daniel

        I think the home is considered a Renaissance Revival or Mediterranean Revival. An expert on architectural styles I’m not, but those two terms seem to apply to most if not all homes similar to this one.

        Either way, I think it is my favorite style of architecture as well.




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    • Nick

      Great job Daniel!!!

      The exterior, the views, the landscaping are very beautiful -no doubt-, but the interior is not what I expected for a home of this calibre…The decoration is hideous in most of the rooms; the furnishings seem extremely cheap; moreover the colors in some rooms are ugly (baby blue bedroom???).I have to confess that the interior seems to belong to some other mansion… “The only rooms that look like they belong are the kitchen and library”. I totally agree: these rooms are very beautiful, but I consider FAILURE in a house of 30.000 sq.foot only 2 rooms to be considered great…No, he didn’t run out of money…He hired a bad interior designer, that’s all…After David Siegel’s big flop another one added…

      After that, I wonder:What the interior of Philip Frost’s 30.000 sq.foot mansion will look like????

      Remember Pierre Omidyar’s 48.000 sq.foot mega mansion in NV?Remember it’s perfection?THIS IS A UNIQUE MEGA MANSION.He hired the best architecture in order to design his dream mega mansion.He has more money than Fernandez, I know that.I’m pretty sure that the decoration will cost tons of money.That’s a thousand times better mansion than this.Not to mention Richard Kurtz’s NJ same sq.foot perfection…

      Ultimately, the interior destroys the excellent exterior,landscaping impressions…

      Thanks again for founding the pics!




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      • Daniel

        Welcome!

        Ugh, don’t even get me started on the Siegel house. If this house was painted olive green, black and pink on the inside and had thrift-shop furnishings, AT LEAST it would still have a gorgeous exterior and one of the best lots in Miami-Dade county. I think it would take only $5 million or so to ‘finish’ this home to what I consider perfection…Siegel’s house is an ugly, empty shell in the middle of a swamp surrounded by homes that will never exceed $10 million.

        As bad as this house is on the inside, it is salvageable. However, in its current state, I can no longer consider it a ‘perfect’ home. Oh well, another 100 or so that I can 😉




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        • Nick

          LOL I’m pretty curious to see your “100 or so” perfect homes…

          Also, I wonder how will look the interior of Manalapan Mayor’s house…




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          • Daniel

            Ha! And those are only in Florida!

            I’m also VERY curious. I’ve been ritualistically checking the website twice a day!




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  • Lane

    wow……thank you!




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  • Grrrowler

    I love the exterior. I’m thrilled to see the design theme and details carried all the way around the house and not just done in the front. The setting, the grounds, the symmetry…everything is beautiful.

    As for the interior, I think the “bones” are wonderful. Sadly it’s been ruined by a bunch of mediocre old lady-looking furniture. The styles in the various rooms are all over the place. I wish the designer had continued the Italian design in the furnishing. It’s there in the interior architecture and briefly here and there in the furnishings, but the theme failed. Continuing the Italian theme of restraint mixed with exuberant details, it could have been stunning. Looking at the designer’s other works, they’re all pretty lackluster, although this house seems to the worst. I can only guess that the owners got exactly what they wanted, and in that I’m happy for them. Sadly, there is nothing timeless about the interior of this house, which is a shame since the house itself is timeless.




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  • Mark Knysh

    couldn’t agree more about the interior being awful! i’ve driven by this palace about a year ago while it was still in construction (I was right next door for work) and the size of this place was incredible. btw alonzo mourning lives 2 houses down from here in what i think is a much more suitable and i’m sure nicer interior.




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  • organbrett

    I agree with you Daniel (& others) that the interiors really leave me vastly underwhelmed. I’m laughing my rear off over the old lady furnishings, Grrrowler, because that is EXACTLY what I thought when I saw them! (Oh, Nana has moved in!) The pics on the designers website are a litttle better, but not what I would choose in a home costing even 6 million or more. Juan Pablo Molyneaux is also my favorite designer, Daniel!

    I was underwhelmed by the library and those weird ‘bleeding watercolor’ paintings. The 2 things I did like: the closet (1 of the best I’ve seen) & the Butler’s Pantry. I’ve seen one that was twice as large, but not nearly this functional. Did you notice the food pass-through with covered doors next to the restaurant style swinging door with window so you don’t crash into another waiter? My grandparents had this kind of door going into their formal dining room when I was just a kid. They also had a room to store china & a cook’s desk off of the breakfast area. A screened in porch served as the larder. They weren’t super-rich, but lived in an old mansion with the upper floor rented out & also bought the mansion next door & it was also split up into rentals. It’s sad now that he died 23 years ago & had no way of knowing she would outlive him to the point of being 92 years old. Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease, she doesn’t even recognize her own home & has to shown where the bathroom is. (Now in a mobile home).




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    • Daniel

      I just threw in Juan Pablo in there because I was tired and coming up short with a list of designers. Sometimes he takes the floral finishes a bit too far, but this home needs ALL the help in the world, and he has done one of my favorite Palm Beach homes (It too started life very uninspired, and he really made it look quite nice, even with the extreme floral decor). I honestly have seen more personal Hilton or Renaissance hotel rooms. Such a terrible waste of a fantastic property and exterior design. I kinda wish I hadn’t found the interior pictures, because my imagination would have been so much more sufficient than what it actually looks like.

      http://www.architecturaldigest.com/architects/100/juan_molyneux/molyneux_slideshow_072008#slide=1




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  • j

    Does anyone know the homes square footage?




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  • j

    Why does every room have the same blinds??? In this home i was expecting nice and exspensive drapes or something other than typical blinds




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  • PPA

    Thanks for all the comments.

    If I may just make one correction…the home was actually built by Coastal Construction (Residential Division). Dorlom Construction’s role was as the client representative on the team. It was a great collaboration and both Coastal and Dorlom did their jobs beautifully!




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