Tropical Modern Magic


The Very Best Of Miami Comes Together In This Waterfront Masterpiece Styled With A Mid-Century Modern Footprint, Warm Tropical Touches, The Highest Quality Materials And The Finest Craftsmanship

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Out of nothing other than pure passion and a singular insight to create a unique luxury lifestyle on the shores of the “Magic City,” Casa Clara was born. “We envisioned creating unique, timeless, exquisitely finished and obsessively detailed luxury homes that surprise and delight at every turn,” founder Ahmad Lee Khamsi says. To bring this vision to fruition, he tapped the diverse talents of architect Ralph Choeff with his firm’s project manager Ruben Gomez for architectural direction, Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio for interior design, Bart Reines to build, and Justine Velez for exteriors and landscaping. And after three-and-a half years overseeing the project, the founder and creative director of Casa Clara unveiled the company’s first creation dubbed “Dilido212” ... an 11,500-square-foot home with one of the most idyllic and desirable views imaginable overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway of Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami and the downtown Miami skyline.

In Choeff’s signature tropical modern style, the home’s architecture takes hold with its geometric design, consistent contrasting materials and horizontal concept. From the moment one enters the home, Casa Clara fulfills its promise to “surprise and delight.” A palatial 25-foot-high fireplace and exotic suspended rings of light exude a majesty derived by the perfect melding of scale, proportional volumes and space planning. A dramatic two-story, glass curtain wall slides open and disappears to blur the boundaries between inside and out.

“When you walk in through the main living areas, all you see is the bay,” Choeff says. In the great room, which encompasses a formal living area and dining area, tropical modern takes full effect with dark woods, linear shapes and a playground of textures in neutral tones mixed with strong steely hues. A timeless, creamy linen–clad sofa fronts the fireplace, while two blue-gray suede swivel chairs join the hearthside mix.

Dunagan opted for whimsical light fixtures from Henge that “define the spaces without competing,” she says. Horizontal brass rings hang from above in the living area, keeping the view from the second-story catwalk clear. The ceiling drops down to a more intimate height for the dining area, where another fun light fixture, with vertical brass tubes like organ pipes and bright red wire detail, adds a punch of color above the massive eucalyptus wood table that seats 12. On the opposite side of the fireplace wall, Boffi’s sleek modern kitchen features sharp black and white contrast, stainless steel accents and clean lines.

The crown jewel of the home is undoubtedly the expansive master bedroom with its exquisite, spa-like his-and-her baths. Privately situated in its own wing of the home, the voluminous suite is luxurious and elegant with an abundance of soft supple textures. Exotic Ipe wood grounds the space, where a modern four-poster bed is placed to enjoy the stunning views, and a rich velvety chocolate-brown chaise offers the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset. Outside, Casa Clara takes resort-level entertaining to the max as sliding-glass doors open to wraparound terraces and second-floor balconies with stunning vistas. Nestled beneath cantilevered roofs — a signature Choeff design — an outdoor kitchen pavilion, and living and dining areas allow for entertaining alfresco rain or shine. The heated and chilled infinity edge pool invites family and friends to take a dip year round, while a sandy beach the design team built out to the seawall entices sunning bayside.

Exceptional by design, “Dilido212” is the captivating result of marrying brilliant architecture, inspired interior design and top quality materials. With the passionate clear vision of Casa Clara at the forefront, talented teams continue to design quality luxury homes that bring the magic to Miami.

Created by
Casa Clara, Miami Beach, FL

Photography
Paul Stoppi, North Bay Village, FL

Architecture
Ralph Choeff with project manager Ruben Gomez, Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design, Miami, FL

Interior Design
Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio, Charlotte Dunagan Design Group, Coral Gables, FL

Builder
Bart Reines, Bart Reines Construction, Miami Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture
Justine Velez, Urban Robot Associates, Miami Beach, FL

Text by
Katherine West