Alex Rodriguez’s Tropical Modern Miami Retreat

Considered one of the best Major League Baseball players of all time, Alex Rodriguez is now a media personality having served as a broadcaster for FOX Sports, a cast member of ABC’s Shark Tank and his recent jaunt as the host of CNBC’s show Back in the Game, where he helps former athletes make a comeback in their personal lives. And he shows no signs of slowing down.

Intrinsically charismatic and surprisingly down to earth, the sports legend known as A-Rod imbues a certain masculine touch to his seamless, 11,877-square-foot “tropical modern” retreat set on 1.5 acres in the exclusive Ponce-Davis enclave of Miami. “Splitting my time between Miami and LA, I really wanted a peaceful, relaxing place to enjoy time with my daughters,” he says.

Enter architects Ralph Choeff and Paul Fischman, who not only designed Rodriguez’ home but also became personal friends with the sports icon. “We designed his residence on North Bay Road in Miami Beach,” Choeff says. “So, when he sold that house and purchased this property, we immediately joined the team … and this process is truly a collaboration of what we call the ‘Team.’” With a game plan to carry on this work to future projects, this design-build dream team — comprised of CLF Architects, interior designer Briggs Edward Solomon, and Newport Property Construction launched by Rodriguez with his friends José Gomez and Jose Moré — has no problem hitting it out of the park.

To experience the home’s wide-open spans is to blur boundaries and find that walls are ephemeral and meant to disappear. “To give warmth to the pod-style architecture, we combined midcentury modern elements with tactile materials — ebonized wood, natural exposed concrete and stone that transverse inside and out,” Fischman says. “One can go from room to room either by the interior of the home or by the exterior.” With its linear planes and striking overhangs, the home’s horizontal exterior expanses only serve to frame the outdoor spaces. “That’s what we wanted,” Choeff says. “A view to wow from the first step inside.”

And having designed several of Rodriguez’ homes, Solomon knew just how to set the stage. “Alex’s desire for this home was to keep the interiors simple, stark and spare … like a gallery really,” the designer says. Indeed, numerous Blue Chip works from the 1980s, Warhols and other contemporary finds add color and drama. “Alex loves art, so the idea was for each room to showcase a painting, a sculpture or an installation,” Moré says. “In fact, the entire home is a work of art, as the team selected all finishes down to the last piece of furniture before the job even started.”   

Step through a blackened steel door with handles covered in black snakeskin, where a monochromatic palette combines concrete expanses with reclaimed barnwood flooring set in a herringbone pattern that moves freely throughout the home and accentuates carefully curated furnishings. The art-filled entry and gallery hall immediately capture the imagination, while the walls of glass lining the entire rear of the house pull the mind’s eye to the outdoors. “We wanted clear views everywhere you look,” Choeff says. “Inside and out, this home’s open spaces put no restrictions on flow.” 

The living and dining areas are combined, with the latter having a higher ceiling that incorporates clerestory glass for optimal light. When glass walls slide open, they disappear completely on two sides, connecting the living room to an outdoor terrace. When fully open, it appears as if the roof is floating and gives the impression that the main living areas are outside. “Those cantilevered roof slabs posed an interesting challenge,” Moré says. “The home has a post tension roof slab in order to achieve these large clear spans.”    

With two young daughters to consider, the design team combined the kitchen with an informal dining area and family media room that strategically opens to a courtyard seamlessly connecting the girls’ private alcove and Alex’s home office. And when it’s time for family and friends to come together, the fun quickly transfers to ideal social spaces that include a screening room and lounge. Although it may take a special person to appreciate the indoor basketball court, when those walls of glass open, the sprawling, manicured grounds — complete with a wet-edge swimming pool, a freestanding bar pavilion and, of course, an in-ground trampoline — appeal to everyone.  

As the poolside parties wind down and the outdoor kitchen and bar closes, it is  in the tranquility of the master suite, with its hot spa and private courtyard, that one might rejuvenate. It seems a place of the mind and spirit, where active bodies take a break. But not for long, as Alex lives to entertain.      

“Architecture should provide a series of moments and varying experiences,” Choeff says. And this design coup achieves many moments that are all different and very interesting … in an art-filled dream home that A-Rod built to enjoy with family.

Story Credits: 

Architecture by Ralph Choeff and Paul Fischman, Choeff Levy Fischman, Miami, FL

Interior Design by Briggs Edward Solomon, Miami, FL

Builder Jose Gomez and Jose Moré, Newport Property Construction, Coral Gables, FL

Landscape Architecture by Christopher Cawley, Christopher Cawley Landscape Architecture, Miami, FL

Text by Kim Mosley

Photography Jerry Rabinowitz, Green Acres, FL

Art Beckons in Modern South Palm Beach Home

A love affair with the sun and the sea, a geometric “tropical modern” home, faced in glass and Ipe wood at the ocean’s edge in South Palm Beach, captures the senses. At its entry, a cascading waterfall flows into a glass-lined pond where “floating” wood platforms lead past the glass and porcelain three-story stairway to the mahogany front door. “I’m a real estate artist … I create 3D art on a sundrenched canvas,” developer Frank McKinney says. “The waterfall is a piece of art. It’s like a movie screen, constantly moving, and the tiles are almost iridescent. Walking to the front door over the pond, I want guests to be in a bit of
sensory overload.”

Of course, the dramatic vista provides a backdrop for the 7,850-total-square-foot home, designed by architect Ralph Choeff. Every room is oriented toward the Atlantic Ocean, a spectacular canvas of nature. Huge expanses of glass completely retract and disappear, creating the feeling of tropical indoor-outdoor living. “When my husband described his intent for this home to me, he said he wants people driving up to be instantly curious, to be completely  infatuated by the time they reach the front door,” interior designer Nilsa McKinney says. “Frank wants them to fall in love in the living room, be in love in the master bedroom and blissfully married by the time they return downstairs.”

Inside, the home echoes the elemental power of its environment with its contemporary vibe softened through the combination of transitional-style furniture, a seaside-inspired color palette and exotic materials, always in keeping with an artistic flair. To capture the imagination (yet provide a Zenlike experience) in the living room, Frank designed what he calls a “Jellyfish Sphere,” a huge globe-like aquarium that holds dozens of slowly undulating jellyfish that change color with the LED lighting as they move through a gentle current of water. “Why not have the first impression when walking into the home be about art?” he says. “Guests are greeted by the ocean before they even look through the glass doors at the Atlantic beyond.”

Smart home technology allows the lighting within the sphere to be changed, modulated and synchronized, casting similar hues over the glass stones in the ribbon fireplace, as well as the surfaces in the glass-fronted wine room and bar. With the romantic mood set, an intimate seating area comprises comfy custom sofas, upholstered in a silky cotton textile the color of soft silver, placed around a marble-topped cocktail table with a nickel base. Echoing the ocean in a muted tone, large porcelain-tile flooring the color of seafoam with a subtle leather texture flows throughout the main living areas.

Beyond a glass-enclosed wine room housing an expansive curated collection, the dining area impresses with a mahogany dining table surrounded by chairs varnished in a darker ebony stain for contrast. And the highlight, so to speak, is a Schonbek chrome and crystal chandelier. “It’s soft and playful with a personality of its own, something you don’t usually see in a dining room,” Nilsa says. In ode to the ocean, the family room’s statement sofa is covered in a posh blue blend of velvet and cotton and circles a stainless-and-glass cocktail table. “I wanted to get away from hard edges to create softness,” Nilsa says. “Customized to fit the room, it mimics a breaking wave.” Nearby. the kitchen is sleek and angular in champagne-hued Neff cabinetry, multi-layered with a glossy varnish to reflect the ocean. While eye-catching as well as functional and high tech, the countertops steal the show. “They are slabs of 11,000-year-old natural lava from Auvergne, France. Because they were glazed and fired in a giant kiln, they have this rich blue color that pulls the eye through to the ocean beyond,” Frank says.

All about outdoor living and sheer enjoyment of the ocean, as well as gracious entertaining, an alfresco kitchen and grill are on a large deck that stretches along the exterior of the main floor. Here, the 50-foot-long infinity edge lap pool runs the expanse in soothing complement to the ocean.

And finally, a word about the elevator, a moving piece of art which also has an ocean view as it ascends three floors. Frank tells its story: “Fifty years ago in July 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon. So, in the elevator, I had an artist depict the inside of the module, with buttons, levers, controls  and screens.” Frank, ever the showman, is painted in prominently as the astronaut manning the controls, specifically pushing a button labeled “Buy.” The bottom of the elevator is a faux-painted cosmic black hole, overlooking earth and pinpointing Florida. “I’m also flying outside the capsule. The Milky Way is here and Nilsa has her own galaxy,” Frank says. “I don’t know why they would, but the new owners can paint in a face of their own,” he quips about his image, adding that the “Buy” button can be changed at that point to read “Sold.”

Story Credits: 

Developer Frank McKinney, South Palm Beach, FL

Interior Designer Nilsa McKinney, Nilsa Design Services, Inc., Delray Beach, FL

Architecture by Ralph Choeff, Choeff, Levy, Fischman, Architecture + Design, Miami, FL

Builder Robert Burrage, RWB Construction Management, Boynton Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture by Mark Valant, Green Edge Landscaping, Loxahatchee, FL,
and Fay Landscape Architect, Hope Sound, FL

Text by Christine Davis

Photography by Randy Tanner, Green Acres, FL

Natural Elements Temper Modern Miami Beach Home

When homeowner Mathieu Massa began to build his dream home, he wanted to integrate the structure into the natural landscape. Since the property is located directly on a wide canal in Miami Beach with western exposure and beautiful sunsets, he made sure the residence would have open views of both the water and natural Florida greenery.

He hired architect Ralph Choeff, and designers Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio to create the 6,875-square-foot interior because he admired their modernist work. “I picked this team because of their attention to detail and modern vision,” says Massa, who is newly married and co-owns restaurants in Miami. “I wanted to differentiate from other homes and I needed to create a warm feeling which is a challenge with modern architecture.”

Up to the challenge, Choeff accepted Massa’s invitation to design his home, which would be his primary residence. The builder-owner spends his summers in the South of France where he was raised. “We experienced some frustration because this is a two-property site used as one and we needed to do a tear-down,” Choeff says. “The lot for this house was narrow, making it more difficult to design an interesting home.”

But Choeff and the designers know the genius of good architecture and design is to identify the dreams of the client and then to bring them to reality. This was achieved through open communication and experience. “Mathieu is hands on yet he gave us a good reign,” Choeff says. “I created his home like a Caribbean hotel where it is designed under one roof but partially outside.”

Massa also worked closely with the designers Dunagan and Diverio to select the furnishings throughout. The designers used neutral tones like taupe, pale gray, cream and off white along with light Italian porcelain flooring that resembles limestone. Innovative Apure halogen lighting from Porsche Design Studio was selected for its clean and streamlined look. “Together, the home’s clean lines, stone, wood and louvered panels create a tropical modern style,” Dunagan says. The designers brought in layers of texture with grasscloth wall covering and other neutral tones, and let the furnishings and accessories, mostly all from Anima Domus, provide the pops of color. “It is always fascinating working with Charlotte and seeing how she can convert the vision of each unique client into a beautiful reality,” says Marconi Naziazeni, President and co-founder of Anima Domus with his wife Silvia.

In the exterior entry, a large window lends a view of the living room fashioned with a custom rift cut oak media center. Inside, a contemporary stairway with brushed stainless steel railings and matching oak handrails is elegant yet practical. Close by, a quaint sitting alcove is perfect for reading or listening to music.

Beyond, in the living area, a large white sofa from Anima Domus accessorized with neutral accent pillows lends a great view of the garden courtyard through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Above, silver trough lighting is unique and functional. Just steps into the dining area, is a versatile glass-topped table that rests on a sculptural powder-coated metal base. “This table can be used either for dining or as a space to display flowers,” Diverio says.

The kitchen area is a favorite of Massa’s because he loves to cook and entertain. In the breakfast area, swivel chairs wrapped in linen and finished with walnut circle a porcelain-topped table. The kitchen’s breakfast bar, comprised of wood slab oak, mirrors the look of the other furnishings, while leather-clad barstools with a dark-chocolate frame match the color of the window frames. “We like the consistent look and feel of the flooring, furnishings and millwork,” Diverio says. “We try not to use the same materials but we do repeat the tone.”

Since the owner entertains as many as 100 guests per month, he wanted a kitchen extension that would spill outside. Through glass sliding doors, a dining ensemble and a tranquil seating vignette arranged with loveseats and chaise lounges overlook the pool and tropical vegetation. “This winter kitchen is a large extension of the indoor living area which Mathieu uses a great deal,” Diverio says.

The architect and design team agree that Massa’s dream home is not over the top. Modern but not cold, the design is cozy, elegant and built for entertaining. “They are a young couple who want a space that is warm, welcoming and simple, yet tastefully designed,” Dunagan says.

Best Custom Single- Family Home: Winner

To Ralph Choeff, 224 Bal Bay Drive was a standout property. That was proven when it sold for what the designer said was a record-breaking $24 million – less than five months after it hit the market.

The home’s design is architecturally unique and much different from most other “traditional” residences in Bal Harbour, he said.

224 Bal Bay was designed for Michael Polsky, CEO of Invenergy, one of the world’s leading sustainable energy solutions corporations. This significantly influenced Choeff’s design. In addition to the visual appeal of the home’s architecture and design, the team incorporated green features to improve energy consumption. The home features a solar panel-ready roof with designated equipment areas. Choeff also incorporated a reflective white roof for diminished heat gain, as well as extensive roof overhangs for minimal solar heat gain.

To Choeff, success comes by listening to clients’ needs. They come to his firm because they appreciate the tropical modern elements of the firm’s style, combined with indoor-outdoor living, he said.

The proof is in the design. The cantilevered elements add to the structure’s edgy design. The use of natural materials such as wood and stone, combined with the contemporary architecture give the residence a warm, yet modern, look. The use of sustainable architecture was also incorporated into the design.

This design promotes indoor-outdoor living connecting one with the setting.

“Our team is focused on the same design goals,” Choeff said. “We run our office like a workshop, where everyone gets input and the client gets the benefit of many minds and complete collaboration. We took great advantage of the views, as well as mixed in the outdoor elements to be in harmony with the indoor elements. The final result keeps with the client’s program.”

Looking for sizzle?

This $23.5 million mansion is loaded with hot features such as a custom kitchen by Fendi. Completed in 2019, the 9,556-square-foot gated home at 19 Palm Ave. in Miami Beach has six bedrooms, nine baths, a wine bar, theater, elevator and a 1,500-square-foot master wing with his-and-hers Ornare closets, a midnight kitchen, sitting lounge and fireplace.

The futuristic appearance of this $23.5 million mansion in Miami Beach is made for admirers of modern architecture. It will also catch the fancy of auto enthusiasts and gourmet cooks.

The home’s many stunning features include flush retractable windows, marbled bathrooms and a motor court with car turntable.

And there’s a state-of-the-art, $500,000 kitchen.

The home, at 19 Palm Ave., is on Palm Island, in Biscayne Bay just south of Hibiscus Island.

Completed in 2019, the 9,556-square-foot gated home has six bedrooms, nine baths, a wine bar, theater, elevator and a 1,500-square-foot master wing with his-and-hers Ornare closets, a midnight kitchen, sitting lounge and fireplace.

Two separate bathrooms in the master bedroom feature floor-to-ceiling marble, and each comes with a glass zero-edge spa shower with steam and scent ventilation. One of the bathrooms also has a standalone Boffi tub.

And then there’s that $500,000 custom kitchen by Fendi, boasting chocolate lacquer floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and champagne-leather paneling, as well as top-of-the-line appliances. There’s a separate catering kitchen as well.

The Tropical Modern house, by Miami-based architecture firm Choeff Levy Fischman, was designed for seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living and features flush retractable glass windows that are the first of their kind in Miami Beach, according to Dina Goldentayer, executive director of sales at Douglas Elliman in Miami Beach, who holds the listing.

Outside, there’s an infinity-edge pool, a sunken living room surrounding a fire pit and a cabana with summer kitchen and rooftop lounge. The property has 110 linear feet on Biscayne Bay.

Additional features of the home include a British-made rotating automobile turntable in the motor court, a 460-foot, open-air atrium with floating steps that span a pool of water and a second-floor pajama lounge where the family can relax in a private setting away from the traffic of the ground floor.

There’s also Savant home-automation technology and, for those concerned about security, infrared technology and 19 cameras on the property.

“Palm Island is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in all of Miami,” said Goldentayer. “It’s a gated location, and it’s central — five minutes from both South of Fifth and downtown Miami.”

“Other homes on Palm and Hibiscus Islands that are priced in the $20 millions are all older,” Goldentayer said. “Miami is a town that is obsessed with youth, and that applies to houses as well.”

The current owners, Dean and Melissa Carr, bought the 18,000-square-foot property in August 2014 for $6.5 million. They are selling because they have relocated to Monaco.

Miami Beach Manse and Lot Sell For Record $35M

A California buyer purchased a waterfront mansion and lot on North Bay Road for a combined $35.4 million, marking a record sale in Miami Beach this year, The Real Deal has learned.

Ami Shashoua sold the spec mansion at 6360 North Bay Road for $23.85 million. The lot next door at 6342 North Bay Road, owned by spec home developer Peter Fine, sold for $11.55 million, according to Redfin.

The buyer of both bayfront properties is from California, according to a source familiar with the deal. The buyer’s plans for the lot are unclear, but he didn’t want anyone else buying it and building there, the source said.

The properties were on the market for a combined $44.5 million, and sold at 20 percent below ask. Nelson Gonzalez of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty was the listing agent for both properties. Jill Hertzberg of the Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Bank brought the buyer, according to Redfin.

Gonzalez confirmed that the properties sold, but declined to disclose the prices or identify the buyer. The 13,381-square-foot mansion, with a guest house, has a total of 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and three half-baths. It sits on a 27,600-square-foot lot and has 112 feet of water frontage. Todd Michael Glaser built the home. Choeff Levy Fischman designed it.

The property also features 3,000 square feet of rooftop decks, a three-car garage, cabana house with kitchenette, summer kitchen, mosaic glass pool with spa, new seawall and pier dock. It was on the market for $32 million, according to the listing.

Next door, the 24,407-square-foot lot has another 100 feet of water frontage. It was priced at $12.5 million. Fine’s 6342 NBR LLC purchased the property for $9.5 million in 2015, records show.

Among other recent waterfront sales on North Bay Road, Yext founder and CEO Howard Lerman paid $17 million in February for a 10,665-square-foot spec mansion at 6010 North Bay Road. That same month, spec home developer Philippe Harari of the Aquablue Group sold the waterfront Palm Island at 73 Palm Avenue for $24.5 million.

And last month, architect Kobi Karp and his wife Nancy paid $8.5 million for 4750 North Bay Road.

Other high-profile homeowners on upper North Bay Road include JDS Development’s Michael Stern, singer-songwriter Phil Collins, and basketball stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.


Invenergy CEO Michael Polsky Sells Miami Beach Home for $24 Million

A gated house in Miami Beach, Florida, owned by Michael Polsky, founder and chief executive of Chicago-based clean energy company Invenergy LLC, has changed hands for $24 million.

The sale is the most expensive ever for a single-family home in Bal Harbour—a small village in the northern tip of Miami Beach—according to listing records. The previous record was set in 2013 when another home on the same street, Bal Bay Drive, was sold for $17.5 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

The sale closed Tuesday. The buyer was listed as US PLO 224 LLC, an entity registered in Delaware, according to public records.

Dina Goldentayer of Douglas Elliman listed the property in February for $24.95 million. Sandra Debuire of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer. Both declined to disclose the identities of their clients.

Mr. Polsky, 68, used a limited liability company to buy the property for $7.5 million in 2013, per property records. He then commissioned architectural firm

Choeff Levy Fischman and interior designer Deborah Wecselman to design the modern home, according to the Douglas Elliman listing.

The 11,700-square-foot home, sitting along 100 feet of water frontage, features an open-concept floor plan and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to complete the indoor-outdoor living experience. It has eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a media room, a lounge, a multi-purpose room and a large indoor gym. The master bedroom suite comes with two large terraces, one of which has an outdoor shower, according to the listing.

Unique to this home is its 1,433-square-foot rooftop space that is solar-panel ready. The roof has an elevated wooden deck, a custom built-in bar with tropical wood finish and custom built-in seating, according to the listing.

Outdoors, there is a pool, a reflective pond, a motor court, a dining area with a full kitchen and a covered terrace with a firepit.

Mr. Polsky, an alumnus of the University of Chicago who donated $7 million to help establish the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, did not respond to a request for comment sent to his company, Invenergy LLC.

Renovation Innovation

Whether your agenda is finishing a few laps or simply cooling off in the water with friends and family, a swimming pool has a lot to offer. Which is why it’s such good news that advancements in technology and aesthetic design have made renovating your pool—rather than investing in a new one—much more accessible.

Renovations often develop when a client purchases a property with an existing pool that has been neglected, doesn’t meet current safety regulations, or just doesn’t crank up enough joy, says Scott Payne, owner of Scott Payne Custom Pools, headquartered in Pennsylvania. Payne is a third-generation pool builder who maintains certification through Genesis, a think tank of pool professionals.

“A typical client has purchased a property with an existing pool and the styles don’t match or the project is dated or unsafe,” Payne says. “Sometimes it’s a cosmetic facelift, sometimes it’s a technological issue.” The last decade has seen a rush of dramatic developments, he explains, including automation, LED lights, and variable-speed pumps. “Customers can easily upgrade and dramatically change the look of the pool without a lot of money.”

On a recent site visit to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Payne assessed an existing 700-square-foot pool. It required a major renovation, including updates to the mechanics and drain function, plus new tile and interior finish. Glass tile is high on Payne’s list: “The choices are great. Glass can change a pool’s look and feel complete.” Proper landscaping is critical as well (Payne credits his longtime collaborator Roger Gerhard of Landscaping by Roger in Allentown, Pennsylvania).

Payne renovated one pool (pictured) after it was damaged by a house fire. He and his crew removed a funky boulder waterfall that clashed with the rustic stone house; extended the wall of the pool by about 30 feet; redid the decking; and added laminar deck jets and a quartz interior finish. He estimates that if the homeowners had started a new pool from scratch, including excavation, the cost would have increased by about 40 percent.

Depending on budget and landscape, pool renovations can reach the lofty heights of intricacy. Frank Hines, manager of renovation sales at Year-Round Pool Company, Inc., recalls a full-scale pool and deck renovation that he and his colleagues recently completed in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The pool, a classic cookie-cutter design built in the mid-1990s, had a bland looking quartz finish and a typical textured and painted deck surface.

Post-renovation, the pool is a sparkling beauty. “This renovation incorporated some of the highest quality, most aesthetically appealing materials being used in our industry for renovations or new construction,” Hines says. The crew applied an exterior stone finish with new water scupper features on the raised walls. After expanding the enclosure area, the crew installed custom Turkish travertine deck tile and deck features crafted from exotic ipe, a Brazilian walnut. A Pebble Tec interior finish and waterline tile also were added. Finally, the original fiber optic lighting system was replaced with LED lights. Every improvement contributes to the dazzling effect.

In another, much simpler renovation, Year-Round Pool resurfaced the pool deck with a new spray-deck textured finish and resurfaced the interior with standard six-inch- square waterline tile and a Pebble Tec “Caribbean Blue” finish. “It shows you can create a nice wow factor without having to upgrade to nonstandard finishes,” Hines says.

Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design in Miami recently transformed an outdated Mediterranean-style Miami home into a modern beauty with elegant Spanish Revival notes. Its outdoor spaces give new meaning to resort-style living, including the stunning L-shaped pool.

The home’s indoor-outdoor focus is key to the project’s success, says Ralph Choeff, founding principal of Choeff Levy Fischman. “The new pool, deck, and cabana bring the built environment, as well as the outdoor environment, up to date with fresh aesthetics and integrated functions,” Choeff says. “It also gives the family a more functional space for relaxing and enjoying the bay views.”

Redesigning the backyard involved a major facelift to the swimming pool and deck. The pool’s new L-shaped infinity-edge design, with a catch pool and “floating” steps, is a visual wonder.

The indoor-outdoor cabana, complete with Carrara marble accents and a custom wet bar, was previously a guest house.

Sometimes an existing pool can be taken to new heights simply by installing one piece of equipment. Hayward Pool Products offers a line of saltwater chlorination generators that create ideal conditions for people who love the feel of salt water.

“The salt concentration needed for saltwater chlorine generators is closer to body chemistry, which results in less of an osmotic gradient compared to traditional chlorine pools,” says Jason Davila, Hayward’s product manager of chemical automation. “It’s about health and comfort.”

The sensual pleasures of saltwater pools are not lost on its fans. “I loved the weightlessness,” says one devotee, who this spring had her first swim in a heated saltwater pool in Florida. “I was even able to do yoga poses in the water,” she says. “It was very freeing. Afterward, my skin felt great; I didn’t have that chlorine smell on my skin and in my hair. Lovely!”

Waterfront stunner in Miami asks $18.8M

Miami is full of over-the-top real estate listings, from celebrity listings to island abodes. The latest to cross our desk is this seven-bedroom, eight-bath stunner situated on Miami Beach’s Di Lido Island. Designed by architects Choeff Levy Fischman and first on the market last October, the 7,828-square-foot house recently took a $1,200,000 price cut.

The unique home uses a post-tension structural system usually found in high-rise developments; the system eliminates the use of structural beams and allows for maximized ceiling heights on multiple levels. It also takes advantage of the home’s best asset: Unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay.

Guests are welcomed to the waterfront home through an 11-foot Cumaru-cladded pivot door and into a 63-foot wide living room. Interiors feature European white oak floors, Brazilian teak wood ceilings, and board-formed concrete. Two bedrooms are located downstairs, while the remaining five bedrooms are housed on the second floor. The master bath boasts a freeform floating tub and large glass-encased shower.

Interior amenities aside, Miami Beach is all about the outdoor space, and this home delivers. An infinity-edge lap pool and spa use a rainwater re-harvesting system, while 106-feet of water frontage, a dock, and outdoor kitchen round out the other features. If this looks like your Florida dream home, 825 E Dilido Drive is on the market now for $18,750,000.