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Indian Creek Residence

With a price tag of $60 million, the recently completed 30,000-square-foot mansion may be the area's most expensive ever.

Indian Creek Residence

With a price tag of $60 million, the recently completed 30,000-square-foot mansion may be the area's most expensive ever.

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    Luis Travieso

    Located on a private island, the Indian Creek Residence offers the ultimate in luxury living, including lush landscaping.

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    Michael Stavaridis

    The home’s entry sequence offers unobstructed views to the water.

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    Luis Travieso

    Large openings permits ventilation and create a dramatic indoor/outdoor experience.

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    Michael Stavaridis

    The house was conceived as a series of pavilions connected by outdoor spaces, gardens, and courtyards. Mocha Creme limestone planks in various lengths are used throughout the home.

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    Michael Stavaridis

    In addition to the private courtyards, the home features three “green walls” covered with over 17,000 tropical salt-tolerant plants.

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    Michael Stavaridis

    Like the home itself, the large kitchen is marked by a minimalist design aesthetic.

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    Michael Stavaridis

    An alternate view of the green wall.

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    Claudine Camilo

    The home is built with stone walls that create a sense of luxury, but they also make the structures resistant to winds of up to 150 miles per hour.

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    Luis Travieso

    Seen from the rear, the home features laminated mahogany windows and door frames, water elements, and a glass-fronted second level. The metal brise-soleil, canopies, and louvered walls feature a powder-coated paint in a woodgrain texture. 

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    Michael Stavaridis

    The home’s backyard offers access to the beach.

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    Michael Stavaridis

    The outdoor kitchen provides dramatic views to the Miami skyline.

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After years of increases, the average American home is coming down in size, from a peak of 2,268 square feet in 2006 to 2,100 in 2009. And NAHB says the downward trend is likely to last significantly into the future.

The truth, however, is that as long as there are wealthy individuals there will always be a market for large luxury homes—such as the Indian Creek Residence, a 30,000-square-foot home situated on a small island between mainland Miami and North Miami Beach.

Designed by Rene Gonzalez Architect for developers Felix Cohen and Shlomi Alexander, the sprawling home was conceived as a series of pavilions connected by outdoor spaces, lush gardens, courtyards, water elements, and shaded pathways.

The firm designed the spec home to take advantage of the Miami weather, so large sliding glass doors, sliding wooden louvers, and plenty of glass capture, filter, and reflect the surrounding water and the tropical sun.

“Stone walls create a sense of permanence, luxury, and timeless modernity,” the architecture firm says. “As these walls direct you through the project, they dissolve gently into the ever-present gardens. As a result of this layering of materials, both porous and opaque, the light is controlled by the architecture, thereby delivering orchestrated compositions of vivid light and shadow patterns.”

Sited on almost two acres, the home consists of 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and four half baths. It also includes ample outdoor spaces, including a 1,475-square-foot “green wall” that is planted with more than 17,000 tropical salt-tolerant plants in six wall sections.

The developers say this is the most expensive home in Miami’s history. As such, it includes five kitchens (including an entertainment kitchen and a catering kitchen), a rooftop lawn, an elevator, a 100-foot resort pool, a garage that can hold seven limos, and a private pier.

The home is currently listed for $60 million with The Jills real estate agency.