Miami Modernism at its Sleekest on Biscayne Island

The home at 1142 N. Venetian Drive is all about the easy and seamless blend of indoor-outdoor living that South Florida is all about.

The six man-made Venetian Islands in the heart of Miami’s Biscayne Bay date to the 1920s and one of South Florida’s many land and real estate booms over the last century. Today, they hold some of the most sought-after luxury real estate in Miami-Dade County.

The islands are connected by a series of bridges and a long roadway known as the Venetian Causeway that runs across Biscayne Bay and links the mainland to Miami Beach. It has become something of a neighborhood promenade, just the spot for a dog walk, a romantic stroll, or a quick jaunt into downtown Miami.

At the tip of Biscayne Island, the westernmost (and perhaps most sought-after) of the Venetian Islands, this waterfront contemporary shines bright. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors pocket back into the walls to fully open the indoor spaces to the more than 1,000 square feet of outdoor terraces and patios. Light ocean breezes and low-key sunshine flow easily through the two-story home.

The house is quite substantial — 6,685 square feet of interior space with six bedrooms, five full baths, and a really handsome all-wood powder room. In fact, a $5 million reno and redesign in 2020 brought in lots of warm wood tones to soften the glass and create an overall mod retro look. The low-slung mid-century modern furnishings are the perfect touch.

Among the many things people love about the Venetians are the sterling and unobstructed views of open bay, downtown and then out to Miami Beach. With its positioning at the tip of an island, this home has really big wide-angle views of the open bay and the distant city. Other amenities include a lap pool with a built-in spa, both covered and uncovered outdoor living and dining spaces, a boat dock, easy access to the Venetian Causeway, a flat and impeccably maintained lawn, and lots of tropical plants for privacy screening, including living walls and exotic palm trees.

Architectural and design details include attractive wood paneling and room dividers, lots of built-ins, custom walk-in closets and dressing rooms, and a mix of Italian porcelain and hardwood flooring. The kitchen offers custom teak cabinets, marble-clad islands, and a suite of appliances by Sub-Zero, Miele, and Bosch. The upstairs primary bedroom suite features a spa bathroom with a double glass-walled shower, a soaking tub, and a long vanity with twin sinks. It also boasts an oh-so-inviting and really big covered terrace overlooking the pool and bay. It’s just the spot for sunset cocktails and stargazing.

The Venetians are convenient to everything — downtown, the Design District, Edgewater, the ocean beaches, the Miami airport and Sunset Harbour, which offers gyms and yoga studios as well as shops and restaurants (and the Standard Spa).

And what people in the know will tell you is that living in the Venetians means you have easy access to the vibrant Miami Beach nightlife, but you get to go home at night and sleep in peace and quiet.

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