3 Bedrooms + Studio | 3 Bathrooms | 4,632 Square feet | Corner Lot: 33,715 Square feet 25’ Volume Ceilings | Rare exotic Tropical Botanical Garden
“ Now more than ever, in today’s world, a home should be a Sanctuary Paradise" Architect Chayo Frank
Inspired by the “Organic American Style” of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, Chayo Frank designed a home and garden that is a “Sanctuary Paradise” unique and extraordinary in every aspect. Located in the coveted neighborhood of Ponce-Davis, in Miami, Florida, the home was created to facilitate a tropical living style, rather than an aesthetic design, per se. Surrounded by a sunken private garden, it boasts an extensive collection of over 200 of some of the world’s rarest exotic tropical plants, including a Weeping Ficus brought from Indonesia by Dr. David Fairchild in 1940.
A juxtaposed structure of steel beams and columns encased in California Redwood, with large expanses of sliding glass walls, 25’ foot volume ceilings, and 10' foot high curving natural coral rock walls that delineate interior and exterior atmospheres, it allows for connection and flow between the inviting interior spaces and the extraordinary landscape of the surrounding gardens. Part of the design style is the use of natural building materialsto aesthetically relate to the home’s natural surroundings. Steel beams and columns make up the home’s structural skeleton which gives the sloping roofline its functional and distinctive aesthetic and render the home an absolute fortress. The design and use of superior materials and forms found in the natural landscape transcend the norms of traditional architecture. The exquisite craftsmanship in the interior and exterior woodwork of this home far exceeds any seen in most residences today.
The house was designed to be visual and open in all directions, to the exterior gardens and spatial flows. A two-story open-space floor plan is airy, comfortable, and unrestricted. Rather than dividing it into rooms, the main central living space is open and surrounded with extra-large floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass and sliding glass doors. While it was not designed to be a work of art, per se, it facilitates an atmosphere of free-flowing space and balance. The 25' foot volume ceiling also creates this sense of space. The essential aspect of the design of this home is its various interior atmospheres within an expansive open space. This open concept feels inviting and unrestricted. It enhances a joyful and almost playful style. Each space provides an ambient Zen like environment. Serene and secluded, the harmonious environment created by the design of the home and gardens envelops and transports you into a “Private world” that resonates with an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility. Indeed, a Sanctuary Paradise!
At just under 5,000 square feet, and uniquely below street level, this home sits on a verdant corner lot that is surrounded by natural limestone rock ledges that create an inescapable outdoor space which resonates with design and nature lovers. it integrates natural locally sourced limestone rock in a structural wall that snakes from the exterior thru the interior spaces.
This unique attribute along with the home and garden’s design create a Tropical Paradise in a very Private World.
The main dining room overlooking the pool area highlights the uniqueness and privacy afforded by the property’s perimeter rock ledges. The room’s magnificent walls of glass exhibit the flow of the interior spaces to the exterior gardens.
The extraordinary Master Suite is a sanctuary all its own. Offering spatial openness with exceptionally high, sloping 20’ foot ceilings and large sliding glass doors, it overlooks the very private enclosed gardens created by the solid natural coral rock wall that curves outside the Master Suite and Master Bath.
An ample guest suite's rich wood tones, high ceilings and private balcony overlooking the gardens are among it's most welcoming features.
A second-floor bedroom overlooks the garden and serves as a tranquil working space which is tastefully decorated with custom bookcases.
The Studio is set by itself as a quiet and cozy space that overlooks the open living area and gardens.
The garden, a rare and beautiful tropical atmosphere totally enclosed and private, resembles a glowing Emerald City with its brilliant hues of green. Comprised of some of the rarest exotic tropical plants, planted as individual specimens in a series of elevated planting beds that were used to delineate pathways, the botanical garden is a living example of the greatest collection of over 200 carefully curated historical species of plants.
The seven different species of Heliconias, along with Hawaiian Red Gingers, and other flowering species planted throughout the verdant garden add vibrant color and richness with their exotic blooms.
Ficus trees and their exposed intertwining root systems, as well as grottos cut into the ground as subterranean sculptures further enhance the quality of a tropical paradise. Essential to this type of garden design is the need to allow for the garden to be left somewhat wild, rather than manicured in any formal manner. Thereby creating a garden “designed by nature”.
Meandering pathways and a pool overlooking tropical waterfalls that mimic those found in an exotic rain forest create a private Sanctuary Paradise that is great for entertaining or a serene lifestyle retreat. This "Private World" resonates with an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility.
The pool area is designed first and foremost with a spacious pool patio that is great for entertaining, outdoor dining, or just simply relaxing under the sun. It was designed around this patio with perimeter plantings to create an aesthetic bonding with the garden. Essential to the pool design is an aptly hidden waterfall mimicking one found in an exotic rain forest in a faraway land and surrounded by giant Philodendrons.
These unique attributes create a living environment unlike any other home – A one of a kind living experience.
This unique and extraordinary home is located in the coveted and exclusive enclave known as Ponce Davis in Miami, Florida. It is surrounded by the grandeur and beauty of Old Cutler Road and the neighboring communities of Coral Gables and Gables Estates, Coco Plum, Tahiti Beach, Pinecrest and South Miami.
Ponce Davis is known for some of the oldest and most beautiful architecture in the area.
Located just down the road is Matheson Hammock Park, with its natural Atoll Pools it offers beautiful beaches, water sports, picnic areas, walking and riding paths as well as a full service marina. Fairchild Botanical Tropical Garden, Pinecrest Gardens, and The Kampong are also nearby. Shops, Restaurants and Entertainment venues are just minutes away.
This exceptional residential masterpiece, which has been aptly named “Sanctuary Paradise” was the vision of its owner and architect Chayo Frank. In 1971 Mr. Frank discovered this hidden plot of land, which was a rock pit, and at just under an acre, had the exceptional qualities he required to design and build the ethereal living environment he had envisioned. With the intent to create a tropical style living experience, Chayo designed a residence and garden environment that is unique and extraordinary in every aspect.
As a young architecture student, I studied the “Organic Architecture” philosophy of the prolific and renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the University of Oklahoma under the guidance of the very distinguished American architect, Bruce Goff, known for his eclectic and often flamboyant designs.
My career began in the 1960’s when I designed what came to be known as one of Miami’s highly creative architectural landmarks, the AMERTEC BUILDING.
The aesthetics have been compared to the styles of world renowned architects Antonio Gaudi, surrealist artist, Max Ernst and symbolist artist Gustav Klimt.
From 1967, immediately after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, to roughly 1970, I experienced the cre-ation of what was to become my unique, Artistic Self-expression of original aesthetics and concepts. Because I had been ingrained with the concept that personal individuality was sacrosanct, I did not question their validity, and they became the essence of my design approach to architecture, drawing and sculpting. Chayo Frank.
THE EXQUISITE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Both the interior and exterior of the home exhibits an unusually high degree of expert craftsmanship, far exceeding that of typical residential workmanship. The intricate design incorporated large, unheard of sizes of redwood beam and column covers to enclose the steel members, minimizing unsightly joints, which required that they be precision cut to size and angle.
This work was done at the Amertec-Granada factory and installed on site with absolute precision as designed by the architect. Amertec-Granada, Inc. supplied custom design and installation of beam and column covers, wood paneling, built-in cabinets and bathroom vanities. Starting in the late 1940’s, Amertec-Granada, Inc. worked with Miami’s most renowned architect Morris Lapidus providing the woodwork for the lobbies of Miami Beach’s most prestigious hotels such as The Fontainebleau Hilton, The Eden Roc, The Shelbourne, The Deauville, and The Americana.
- Verdant Corner Lot
- Rare Exotic Botanical Tropical Garden
- Private and Secluded
- Open Floor Plan
- Volume Ceilings
- Oversized Floor to Ceiling Windows
- 2 Story
- Parking for 10+ Cars
- Walk-In Closets
- Side-by-Side Washer and Dryer
- Quiet and Private