June 15, 2017
By Marcelle Sussman Fischler | February 10, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
British developer Brett Palos and Florida luxury homebuilder Bart Reines team up to blend European flair with tropical modern design in an ultra-sophisticated waterfront home.
The striking waterfront mansion on North Bay Road is on the market for $25.5 million.
Details abound at the 12,000-square-foot, $25.5 million, seven-bedroom, eight-full- and two-half-bath bayfront mansion Bart Reines and Brett Palos recently completed on Miami Beach’s stylish North Bay Road. Cascading waterfalls flank the entrance, glass walls slide open, and exotic stones and rare woods are seamlessly layered. A dock accommodates a 90-foot yacht. Ocean Drive takes an exclusive peek.
How did this project come about?
Bart Reines: I like to use the word collaboration between Kobi Karp (the architect), Brett, and the interior design team Argent. We bring out the best in each other.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Brett Palos: We generally take the concept, interior designs, and layouts from the historically European experience. We then add our vibe and feeling and make [the designs] stand out [so it’s not] another white-box experience. There is also a bit of Asian in the vibe, like an Aman resort.
Exotic stones, rare woods, bronze inlays, shagreen, and blackened steel create a bespoke feeling throughout the living room.
What was most important when designing and building this luxury spec home?
BP: We are creating an environment that will suit the buyer. We are seeing more Americans moving to Miami. Not everyone wants to live in a tower, especially the kind of individuals who like their space and having their own pool. They have their own staffs and don’t need the services that a condo provides.
BR: When we talk about design, what we are trying to bring to this world-class home is a bespoke nature. Everything is purposely built; you are looking at unique details designed just for this home, unique color schemes that you don’t typically find in Miami, exotic materials, exotic stones, rare woods, bronze inlays, shagreen, a lot of parchment, and blackened steel.
Natural light floods one of the home’s eight full bathrooms.
Does green technology play a role in the design?
BR: I pride myself in having a very smart home. We use 99 percent LED lighting; the glass has special UV-limiting properties. We use the mechanical units and appliances to lower our energy footprint.
What are some of the home’s fun features?
BR: You can seat 15 people at the breakfast bar. All the televisions are recessed or extend out from under the bed. A freshwater koi pond abuts the living room and kitchen. We have a spectacular mid-level terrace and rooftop terrace, [and there’s also] a flush level pool with an integrated spa with a glass window. It’s about indoor and outdoor living and multiple living spaces outside the home. It is not just the backyard and the front yard—it is the morning garden; it is the sunset cocktail area, the nighttime fire-pit experience. EWM Realty, 419 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami Beach, 305-674-4022
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL STOPPI