This unique contemporary estate is located at 9151 Arvida Lane in Coral Gables, FL and is situated on 1.94 acres. It was designed by Chris Fergis and built by Coastal Construction in 1996. The 15,080 square foot home boasts 8 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 half bathrooms, soaring ceilings of clear Cypress, Brazilian Cherry floors, expanses of glass that open to the lush grounds with tropical plantings and specimen trees, spacious formal rooms, home theater, game room, family room, watch making room, dark room, shooting range, handsome 2-story Walnut and Cherry wood library with its own elevator, sewing room and your very own  PRIVATE OBSERVATORY!! How cool is that?! The estate also features a 4-car garage, 2 bedroom/2 bathroom guest house, approximately 900 linear feet of waterfront, 2 docks, heated swimming pool and spa, cabana bath, sauna, multi-level terraces, barbecue and two grottos. It is listed at $18,000,000.

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  • Tony

    So, everyone, what can we find wrong with this one?? …go!




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    • GuestofaGuest

      I lol’d Tony. Well played.




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  • george

    According to the listing, the market value in 2010 was $11,422,024. The asking price is 18 mil. Obama must be right, the economy must be improving. Someone call Fox News and tell them.




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  • Daniel

    Hmm. Not your typical S. Florida mansion, and maybe that’s why I like this more than I usually would. The exterior, even with the piercing blue roof, is interesting. The lot is fantastic. I admit, I was a bit disappointed with the interior. I was expecting it to be much more open, with two-story living and family rooms at the very least. My biggest issue is the bleached wood in the ceilings. The observatory is neat, but wouldn’t the light pollution from Miami seriously jeopardize the view? The pool looks very intriguing.

    I think this will be a hard sell overall. It’s too new and too big to be considered a teardown, yet it does need to be updated. Add in the pretty unique architecture inside and out and its going to be a challenge. The price reflects this middle ground of sorts.




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  • Avi

    I love it! The exterior is clean, classy and very inhabitable. Love the overall design. It’s not bodasheous and “off-showy”.
    The interior architecture makes the house normal, in my opinion. Not too grand and not too shabby.
    Hate the fact that the rooms are so small though. But nothing that a few renovations can’t cure. Just to open up the house a bit.
    But i love it just as it is.

    PS….the furniture and interior design is horrendous! The current owner needs to be ashamed of himself. Spoiling a great house with that interior.

    Great post, great website,,…..keep it up.




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  • Grrrowler

    The location is amazing. 2 acres with protected water on three sides and direct access to Biscayne Bay; it doesn’t get much better than that. I like the exterior too. The blue roof is different enough to be pleasing, and I also like that it’s not yet another mock-Med SoFlo house.

    The interior…meh. Even stripping out the 80s-style furniture, it’s not great. As others have said, it doesn’t look spacious, especially considering the overall square footage. don’t like the ceiling treatments, and in many of the rooms there’s just too much going on. Take the entrance hall for example: the door pattern is supposed to be mirror the herringbone floor, but it’s too busy; the stair treads have a different wood pattern (out of necessity I realize, but still); the triangular window above the door has to compete with the circular niche on the right and with the small windows in the stairwell; and, the stairs themselves introduce another angle. I just want to yell “Enough!” Other rooms, like the library, have the same problem. Oddly, some rooms are very very plain; take the ceiling treatments out and they could be any rooms in any tract house anywhere. This could be beautiful after being gutted and rebuilt/redecorated, but for the money, I’d want it closer to the ultimate goal than it is.




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  • James

    Its verrrrrrrry DATED!!! 😛




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    Very interesting. I know of one house in New Mexico with an observatory – this is the second one that I have heard of with one. Wonder how much light pollution would affect viewing the stars at this location, though, but then if the owner chose this location to build a home with his own observatory, he surely knows much more than I do. Interesting and unique if a little specialized, and meant for someone who has the rare interest in stargazing.




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  • NOVA Ben

    The home is really not my thing, and it certainly isn’t dating gracefully at all.

    The current owners truly intrigue me though…there’s the obvious example of the impressive professional observatory, which absolutely blew me away. Definitely super cool. But then there’s pic 12, which has a loom, of all things, in it. There’s an elaborate-looking drum set in the home theater, and there’s also the mention (though no pic) of a “watch-making room”. These people have some pretty eclectic and interesting hobbies! Unfortunately, none of their hobbies seems to include interior decorating. This is probably one of the more fun homes we’ve seen in a little while, and I appreciate it handsomely for that.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Also, in case anyone is like me and was curious as to how much that observatory telescope costs…the link Kenny provided had two models (not sure which is in this home) and they list for $24,890 and $31,340…kinda thought they’d be more expensive, but then again that’s not counting the enclosure and any other equipment required…I’m not sure what all else you’d need.

    That company makes telescopes that go all the way up to $240,000 though.




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  • Hunter

    I love the outside and overall design. It’s different looking, which I like. I hate houses that look like everybody else’s on the block. That’s just boring and makes you look like a sheep. All the windows are great. It looks like a Florida house, which I love. I love the landscaping, backyard pool area and the observatory. However, 90% of the furniture can go. Its all dated, especially that home theater room. Leave the books in the library, and the globe, and some of the art looks cool..but take the rest.




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  • Kyle

    My dream is to someday build a mansion with an observatory and a huge library, with the observatory at the top of the library. If I have enough $$$, I’ll build two mansions, one on the East coast and one on the West coast, both with a huge library and observatory.




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