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RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LISTINGS INSIDE

The 30,000 square-foot resort-style home offers serene waterfront views, visible from every room.

HOUSE OF THE WEEK

Ultra-luxurious Indian Creek Island Home Resort debuts during Art Basel 3 Indian Creek Island is simply like no other residence in Florida. Seemingly floating on water, the 10-bedroom, 14-bathroom home is comprised of a series of pavilions interconnected by beautifully crafted stone walkways and lush garden walls. Serene waterfront views are visible from every room. Residents and guests of the home will be treated to a 100-foot resort-style pool and cabana, six wet bars, a rooftop sky bar and Jacuzzi. A full spa pavilion and a state-of-the-art, glass-encased waterfront gym grace the property. Living spaces, designed by architect Rene Gonzalez, are enclosed by wooden louvers and glass, flooding the home with natural light. Coupled with limestone walls and indoor reflecting pools, the 3 Indian Creek home is

The unit features 1,870 square feet of living space, complemented by two private balconies and sweeping vistas.

HOUSE OF THE WEEK

Harborside at The Waterways condominium is steps from shops and restaurants Living spaces, designed by architect Rene Gonzalez, are enclosed by wooden louvers and glass, flooding the home with natural light.

truly a contemporary masterpiece of architecture and art. Located in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 300acre island includes just 32 luxury waterfront estate homes, granting a

truly unique level of privacy and security and a world-renowned, private, 18-hole golf course and country club. For a private showing, please contact “The Jills,” Jill Eber or Jill Hertzberg, broker associates at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Miami Beach office. They can be reached at either 305-672-6300 or on their mobile phones at 305-915-2556 and 305-788-5455. To view additional photos of this exceptional property, visit www.TheJills.com.

The 10-bedroom, 14-bath home is comprised of a series of pavilions interconnected by beautifully crafted stone walkways and lush garden walls.

This three-bedroom two-bath offering is ample in size and conveniently situated in the desirable Aventura community called The Waterways. Priced at $419,900, Unit 606 at 3640 Yacht Club Dr. features 1,870 square feet of living space, complemented by two private balconies and sweeping vistas. Inside, residents can enjoy an airy, sunlit living space. The kitchen is adjacent to the dining area, where floor-toceiling sliding glass doors give access to one of the spacious balconies. The bedrooms are sizeable, with the master bedroom featuring two large closets, one of them a walk-in closet and both with custom built-ins. The master bath, handsomely designed with marble finishes, has a whirlpool tub, a separate shower and two sinks. Amenities at Harborside are seem-

ingly endless. Located on The Waterways Marina and within walking distance to The Waterways Shoppes, which includes a post office, a coffee shop and an art gallery, it’s part of a charming community that features two heated pools, tennis courts, a gym, concierge and both a 24-hour lobby attendant and a manned security gate. Boat slips are available for purchase or lease. For added convenience, the building is pet friendly. Contact Michael Solovay at 305-332-4260 for more information.

Harborside is on The Waterways Marina and within walking distance to The Waterways Shoppes.

Grow vegetables, herbs in balcony gardens BY JANA SOELDNER DANGER Special to South Florida Home

Vegetables and herbs can easily grow in containers placed on a table or the balcony floor.

While tomatoes are popular, they are not the only vegetable that can succeed in containers.

Fall is the time for South Floridians to plant vegetables and herbs. And homeowners whose only outdoor space is a condominium balcony need not be left out. Both vertical gardens and horizontal container gardens offer options for condominium dwellers, as well as for those with very small yards. “With the economy being what it is, more people are saying they want to try growing some of their own vegetables, and the concept of vertical gardening is getting more attention,” says Laura Tooley, director of horticulture for Flamingo Gardens in Davie. “It uses very little floor space, so it’s great for a balcony or patio.” In addition to saving space, a vertical garden can also add interest to a plain balcony or patio wall. A homeowner can create one by building shelves or purchasing ready-made racks or stacked planters. A trellis is another possibility. There are

Think about how the position of the balcony and the changing shadow of the building during the day will affect how the sun falls.

also hanging planters that allow tomatoes and other vegetables to grow upside down. Those who don’t want to bother with shelving or special planters can grow vegetables and herbs in containers placed on the balcony floor. But whether the garden will be vertical or conventionally horizon-

tal, there are certain things to consider and rules to follow. “First, be sure the balcony will support the weight of whatever you’re planning to put out there,” says John McLaughlin, home gardening advisor for the Miami-Dade County Extension Office. “Planters can get heavy, especially if they get water-

logged, so check with the building manager.” Most vegetables and flowers require plentiful amounts of sunshine and shelter from the wind. “Your balcony’s position on the building will affect sun exposure and prevailing winds,” McLaughlin says. “If your unit is higher up, you’ll get more exposure to the wind, and a trellis is more likely to be caught in it.” If the unit faces north, the garden will get the north winds, and even in Florida, they can be cold. “If temperatures get down into the 40s, north winds can damage tender plants,” McLaughlin says. Think about how the position of the balcony and the changing shadow of the building during the day will affect how the sun falls. “If your balcony is on the south side of the building, you might get blazing sun all day, and if it’s on the north side, you may get very little sun,” McLaughlin says. “If it’s on the • TURN TO BALCONY GARDENS, 4

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