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Historic French-inspired house asks $4M

Designed by Philip Goodwin, one of the architects of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art

A French-style building sits behind large trees. The building is cream with windows and a tall door. Courtesy of the Jills Zeder Group

Historic homes are always more fun with a dash of glamor, and today’s listing has elegance to spare. The four-bedroom, six-bath home is located in French City Village, one of seven historic themed villages in Coral Gables, Florida. Now a registered historic landmark, the home was built in 1925 by George Merrick, the planner of Coral Gables, and designed by architect Philip L. Goodwin—the architect of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Known for his Beaux Arts style, Goodwin designed half of the homes in the French City Village, while architect Mott B. Schmidt was responsible for the others.

Measuring 5,716 square feet, the neoclassical building boasts a distinguished former owners list, including Florida Governor LeRoy Collins. Guests are welcomed through a front door that features 125-year-old reclaimed black and white Spanish marble, and the chandelier-filled formal sitting rooms feature original pine floors and solid wood doors. Each bedroom has its own private balcony, and other perks include reclaimed French limestone floors and a master with a separate dressing area.

A careful restoration in 2000 preserved these historic features while providing for modern updates. Three original fireplaces include updated gas insets, while an expanded kitchen features Carrara marble countertops, an original Tiffany window, limestone floors, and an oversized breakfast area. Outside, the home shines with fruit and rose gardens, an orchid house, and a lagoon-style heated pool.

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A formal sitting room features wood floors, a striped cream and light green rug, fireplace, and two arm chairs and a velvet couch.
The home features original pine floors and three fireplaces.
A spacious cream kitchen has a table for breakfasts, built-in storage, and large windows that look outside onto the gardens.
The expanded kitchen includes Carrara marble countertops, an original Tiffany window, limestone floors, and an oversized breakfast area
A hallway features dark wood built-in cabinetry for china and plates, with a sink in the middle.
The built-in cabinetry was done by a fifth generation millworker in Miami.
A second-story patio features white columns, arches, teal walls, with rattan furniture and a lamp.
The upstairs patio looks out onto the pool below.
An enclosed orchid house with a rattan dining room set, greenery, fans, and plants.
The orchid house is a lovely place for entertaining.
An octagonal pool is surrounding by plants and palm trees, with the two-story house in the background.
The lagoon-style pool provides a place to relax and cool off.