Deering Bay is probably the best kept secret on Biscayne Bay. Two hundred and twenty acres of land at the southern point of Coral Gables invite those who are seeking both privacy and harmony with nature. The entrance to the club is lined with rows of tropical palms leading to an Arnold Palmer 18 -hole championship designed golf course nestled among canals, lagoons and picturesque landscapes. Ibis and egrets roam freely and manatees can be spotted swimming in the waterways. Three deep water marinas allow direct access to the Atlantic and Biscayne Bay and the endless pleasures of boating in this region.
Deering Bay has been designed for only two hundred and eighty six residents leaving plentiful open spaces between residences. The distinct Mediterranean style reminiscent of fourteenth century Tuscany adds a certain warmth and charm to the apartments, club villas and custom built luxury estates. The new Tower Residences with the most breathtaking vistas imaginable have private elevators and guest suites. The Club House at Deering Bay offers chic surroundings and impeccable service; fine dining ,full concierge service and a wine cellar where your own vintages can be stored !
Mornings can be started with a visit to the Fitness Center or a game of tennis on one the seven Hr-tru courts at the club. Deering Bay is a hidden gem , far from the madding crowd but just half an hour away from Miami International Airport. Many of the best schools in South Miami are just minutes around the corner. If you are looking for lush tropical landscape and fine country club living Deering Bay is a place for you!
By: Beverly Mendoza
The hidden gem of South Florida, Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club offers all the amenities one demands of a world class, private club in an uncrowded and relaxed setting. Located in scenic and historic Coral Gables, Florida, Deering Bay’s Mediterranean architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds and superior service add splendor to an area that has been dubbed by locals as, “The City Beautiful” for its mature trees and established landscape. Whether you reside within the gated community or not, the Club offers a peaceful and private retreat from the workaday rigors and distractions for both golfers and non-golfers.
Deering Bay’s world-class amenities include an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course that is widely considered to be the top private club in the area and which was recently named one of the top 20 golf courses in South Florida by “Florida Golf News.” Meandering through 6740 yards of beautiful Florida landscape including mangroves, awe inspiring wildlife and calm waterways, this par 71 course is challenging for golf aficionados, enjoyable for casual golfers and breath-taking for all. Members and their guests also enjoy perhaps the finest service and food in the area in a relaxed setting where dedicated staff members are delighted to welcome them by name.
The Club also offers a fitness center, private wine cellar with dining, Junior Olympic sized pool for swimming and diving, and seven Har Tru tennis courts. Within walking distance from the clubhouse are three private, deep-water marinas with direct access to Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, Inc. is a member owned and operated private club that does not base membership decisions on race, creed, color or religion. Deering Bay offers several categories of membership. Initiation fees in some categories take the form of refundable “membership deposits.” All applicants are not necessarily invited for membership. For those who seek exclusivity and privacy amidst natural surroundings, there is Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club. A world all its own set within an idyllic paradise on the shores of Biscayne Bay, Deering Bay residents and guests are greeted by a regal row of graceful palm trees. Beauty that only nature could create is plentiful among Deering Bay open spaces, lush foliage and surrounding waters where dolphin, roseate spoonbills and manatees play. Gracing the Deering Bay shoreline is the 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf course, sensitively designed among protected mangroves and waterways.
The new 13-story, Mediterranean-inspired Milano at Deering Bay building consists of 43 luxury residences each designed with a private elevator opening to an entry vestibule, volume ceilings, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and sunrise and sunset terraces. The standard features at the Milano at Deering Bay include marble appointed bathrooms, top-of-the-line gourmet kitchens complete with Siematic imported cabinets, Thermador cooking appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer and Sub-Zero under-counter wine coolers. Milano at Deering Bay residences of 2,800 to 6,000 square feet. Every Milano at Deering Bay residence includes two parking spaces in the building’s ground-level garage, and there also is guest, service and golf-cart parking.
THE LEGACY OF DEERING BAY
Cutler was famous for its high ground, its hardwood hammock, its lush vegetation and its accessibility to Biscayne Bay. Although settlers cut a road through the hammock to Coconut Grove, Cutler remained a place apart. Dr. S. H. Richmond opened the Richmond Inn that catered to the kind of people who were attracted to Cutler’s natural beauty and seclusion. One of those people was Charles Deering.
Charles Deering, and his brother James came to Coconut Grove to visit their father William Deering, founder of International Harvester, at his winter home. Both brothers fell in love with South Florida and soon built their own homes on the Bay. James chose a site near his father in the Brickell Hammock and built a magnificent home he called Viscaya. Charles chose a more remote site in Buena Vista (later became Bay Point).
By 1915, however, Charles became discontent with the intrusion of civilization – the noise of the new automobiles, the sound of the locomotive. He sold his Buena Vista property and moved to Cutler, eventually buying up and walling in the entire town, including the Richmond Inn. He hired Phineas Paist, the supervising architect of Coral Gables, who had also worked on Villa Viscaya, to design an Italian-style mansion for him. Deering also restored the Richmond Inn and made it part of his new home, now known as the Deering Estate.
Although Villa Viscaya has been opened to the public for more than thirty years, until very recently, when Dade County acquired the property, the Charles Deering Estate remained hidden from public view – a mysterious world of its own. The Deering brothers left South Florida a legacy of unsurpassed dedication to excellence. Viscaya is considered to be one of the grandest homes in America and the Charles Deering Estate is equally unique, containing natural, archaeological, architectural and historical treasures. Both estates are living proof of a family’s ability to live well while respecting and protecting the natural environment.
For those who search for the kind of elegant, tasteful seclusion that the Deerings enjoyed, there is only one place left. Deering Bay offers the last chance to experience both privacy and luxury on glorious Biscayne Bay.
Historical Research by: Arva Moore Parks
Deering Bay Rare and Getting Rarer
Is the Deering Bay golf and marina community on Biscayne Bay a truly great example of the best in coastal boating lifestyles? It all comes down to who you want to believe: the companies that build the finest private real estate developments in the world or a cantankerous two hundred pound American crocodile they call Snaggletooth. Recently the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) Best Awards were presented for this year’s selection of the finest residential properties in South Florida. Watermark Communities, Inc. (WCI), the current developers of Deering Bay won a bushel of awards at the high end of the market including platinum and gold medals for the new 12 story, Verona and Siena buildings at Deering Bay.
With so many high-class residential buildings in South Florida, two at one property speaks volumes about the appeal of the residences, which stand above this lush waterfront community. Add in the three marinas, the amazing Arnold Palmer golf course, carefully carved from the mangrove shoreline. Add the unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay’s pristine and protected waters and you suspect that this is something special in coastal living.
Then there is the Snaggletooth point of view. Since the developers have carefully preserved the natural setting of Deering Bay, the very rare and endangered American crocodiles have found a home in the nearby mangroves. Occasionally they sun on their own little island. Snaggletooth got so comfortable she would occasionally visit the golfers at the driving range. As her visits became more frequent, it was decided to relocate her, hundreds of miles away on Florida’s Southwest Coast where she would be less likely to confuse a golf ball with one of her eggs.
Once you have lived at Deering Bay, Naples Florida just doesn’t cut it. Or, at least that is what Snaggletooth decided. It took her almost a year, but she swam and walked the several hundred miles around the tip of Florida, across Florida Bay and the Everglades then up through the Biscayne National Wildlife Preserve and down the Cutler Channel that leads to Deering Bay. One morning, to everyone’s surprise, her distinctive Snaggletooth smile was again seen on her sunny little island. She had found her way home.
We invite you to Deering Bay now for two simple reasons. WCI and the current residents have decided that there will be only 286 residences at Deering Bay and if we waited a few months, the new residences and the spaces at the new marina would be gone. Those who are familiar with Florida sport fishing and boating know already that South Biscayne Bay is one of the finest fisheries in America, rich with bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish. They know the reefs are robust with grouper, snapper and kingfish. They know that just beyond the reef, sailfish are abundant in the fall, winter and spring while dolphin, tuna, and wahoo can be taken in substantial number almost year-round.
Those from the Mid-Atlantic states who are happy to run 50 miles on their way to reach the fishing ground will be dazzled when they can stand on their huge Deering Bay patio and see the edge of the Gulf stream, 15 miles off in the distance. Between them and The Stream is a grand shallow water sport fishery that is minutes away. Why beat yourself up when you can live so close to the sports you love? And then there is the golf.
Arnold Palmer created 18 holes of exhilarating beauty set against a natural backdrop of protected mangroves that separate this course from breathtaking Biscayne Bay. This par-71 championship course winds gently around the expansive Lago di Verona, Lago di Garda and a myriad of other waterways. Named one of Florida’s top 20 courses, expect a challenging experience for every skill level. The WCI, developers have just begun to take orders for the final residential tower in the community, fulfilling their promise to maintain an ultra-luxury, low-density, exclusive community.
“We’ve saved the best for last,” said Chris Hanlon, commercial development division president for WCI. “Milano will be our final and finest residential tower, a 13-story building that complements Verona and Siena towers and completes our Deering Bay community.” Milano at Deering Bay will be situated on a site that takes full advantage of the area’s spectacular views, and will feature up to 45 luxurious residences including four penthouse suites. Units range from the $800s to over $2.5 million and offer a variety of floor plans, including several three bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, family room, and terrace combinations. Another floor plan offers a four bedroom/4 1/2 bath layout with family room and outdoor terrace. For those homeowners who wish even more space, custom floor plans combining two units are also available. This feature has proven especially popular in Verona and Siena towers.
Three of the penthouse designs will be two-story units, with dramatic views and private outdoor roof terraces. Two lobby-level terrace residences will have expansive private patios with direct access to the pool, spa and deck area, and will feature lush landscaping. Interior amenities throughout the property are of the highest quality, including natural wood finish cabinets, granite and marble countertops, solid wood interior doors, and state-of-the-art appliances such as Thermadore, Sub-Zero and Meilie. Absolute Porche china will be used for the sinks and toilets, with Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs in the Master. Milano at Deering Bay has been designed by architect Robert Swedroe and will be built by Coastal Construction. Both firms were also responsible for creating Verona and Siena towers, and as we said earlier, they have won numerous awards for their work not to mention the approval of Snaggletooth. The idea of building only 286 residences on 220 acres is reminiscent of the teaching of Paolo Solari, the famed architect who preached the wisdom of Arcology. His early work showed soaring buildings surrounded by acres of open space. The residents lived in comfort, if not Deering Bay style luxury, and were enlightened and fulfilled by the natural beauty that surrounded them.
Deering Bay features an array of other amenities, including three private deep-water marinas, Olympic-size pool, South Florida’s only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, an elegant club house, Har-Tru tennis courts and an innovative fitness center.
The towers blend Old World charm, Mediterranean styles and understated luxury. With only 48 residences, there are no more than four units per floor, with penthouse residences occupying the top two floors. Two of the designs provide 2,635 square feet of area, including terraces and balconies. The other two each come with 3,500 square feet. In either case the wrap-around balconies providing breathtaking views of the South Florida coast, the sunrise, sunset and the glimmering City of Miami off in the distance. Deering Bay Milano Residences Deering Bay Siena Tower Residences
The penthouse homes, including the interior and terraces occupy 5,510 square feet that encompasses four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, family room, library/den and a grand salon. Beyond the lobby is a covered veranda offering access to five cabanas as well as heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, sun deck and pool pavilion with barbecue grills, framed in a lush, environmentally appropriate landscaping.
Deering Bay is a phase development begun two decades ago, so its landscaping is verdant, large and mature. It was also carefully selected to reflect native horticulture and to thrive in South Florida phases of dry, wet and heat. Like the architecture, the landscaping has also won several awards for its beauty and environmental responsibility. Deering Bay offers an active social life for those who wish it. The center is the 30,000 square foot, Mediterranean-influenced club house. There the club offers a formal dining room, a classy bar, a sunny lunch spot, its own wine cellar, several fitness centers, a golf pro-shop, tennis shop, showers and a perfect pool. Ladies and gentlemen of leisure gather almost every day for the sumptuous luncheon buffet. Dinner is served ala carte each night. On Sunday the sinful brunch is a tradition.
Deering Bay has two completed and virtually sold-out marinas, both within walking distance of residents’ homes. The main marina has 77 slips accommodating yachts up to 110 feet, while a 16-slip marina is available for boats. Construction of the third marina is underway. Adjacent to the few remaining homesites within the gated community, the new 27 slip marina will have sufficient space and draft for yachts in the 80 to 120 foot class. Captain Grant Haven, an old hand in South Florida and Bahamian waters, is the dockmaster. He and his staff are glad to assist boaters with everything from arranging fresh bait and tackle for their next outing to full maintenance of their vessels.
For those planning a yachting excursion, Captain Haven enjoys coordinating boat trips of all kinds to Key West and the Bahamas. “We’re pleased to assist our boating residents and members with their needs, and to help familiarize new boating and fishing enthusiasts with the surrounding waters,” he said. There are no transient slips available at the marina, but guests of owners can dock at the marina with advance reservations, space permitting. The Yacht Club is currently developing reciprocity arrangements with other clubs. The marina is full service including pump out, cable, and the latest in shore power stations. Access to the marina is 1.5 miles west off the Intracoastal Waterway at the Cutler Channel in South Biscayne Bay. Capt Haven can be reached at – 305- 25652510 and the dockmasters monitor Channel 16.
The water is shallow after you leave the ICW to access the Cutler Channel and is a consistent 7 feet at low tide from the head pin of the channel into the marina. As is the case with any channel access in Biscayne Bay, take no short cuts, approach at right angles, pay attention to the depth sounder and line up the markers. No live aboards are permitted at Deering Bay. The marina rules allow yachts to remain in the substantial shelter of the marina when storm warnings are flown. Yacht slips are purchased separate from residential properties. Non-resident membership are available for the country club and yacht club. Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, 13605 Old Cutler Rd., is reached from S. Dixie Highway south of downtown Miami via Lejeune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) and Old Cutler Road. An information and sales center is outside the 24-hour manned gatehouse entrance.
Deering Bay Condos and Yacht Country Club
Coral Gables, Florida
Nestled on the southern tip of Coral Gables in beautiful South Florida, are pristine shores that will make you feel thousands of miles away from the bright lights and energy of South Beach. It’s a place where nature’s beauty and world-class golf come together to create an unbeatable combination of challenge and relaxation. Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club is home to Coral Gables only Arnold Palmer Signature Course. Thoughtfully designed among the protected mangroves and meandering South Florida waterways, this 18-hole, par-71 layout, considered among the top in Florida, will delight you with its beauty and test you with its design.
In classic Palmer style, each hole offers its own distinctive visual and strategic playing experience. It’s large, subtle greens and beautiful fairways lined with mangroves and palms create a setting you’ll want to return to time and again. And, in fact, you can do just that. Deering Bay offers all the amenities you would want from a country club membership. In addition to the Palmer course, Deering Bay offers a full driving range and putting green complemented by an elaborate 30,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse with three dining rooms. In addition, Deering Bay features seven Har-Tru tennis courts available night and day, an Olympic-sized pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center with personal trainers.
“Membership in the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club entitles participants to all the luxurious amenities that make Deering Bay one of the most exceptional communities in South Florida,” said John Stoltz, golf pro of Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.
Brief History of The Gables:
Just south of downtown Miami lies beautiful Coral Gables, or simply “The Gables” as it’s known to natives. This planned section of town is an oasis of quiet stately homes and upscale shopping and restaurants in the heart of Miami. If you’re tired of South Beach and the downtown scene and are looking for some classy fun, take a trip to the Gables.
Coral Gables is built in the Mediterranean Revival style thanks to the work of James Deering on his estate, Villa Vizcaya. Deering built Vizcaya in 1914 using only authentic materials from Italy and Spain, as well as incorporating large pieces of real European castles that were dissembled, shipped here by boat and reassembled on site. Many of these large murals, ceilings and tapestries from Europe remain at Deering to be seen today. Inspired by Vizcaya, George Merrick wanted to bring the images and architecture of Spain to more of the area. His vast land holdings gave him room to work, but he wanted to be known for more than his wealth; he wanted to create a special suburb of Miami that brought to light the Spanish influence of the area. Along with other master craftsmen, landscape artists and city planners, Coral Gables began to take shape. Within four years of its conception, Coral Gables was incorporated in 1925.
Perhaps the greatest monument to the Mediterranean Revival style stands today- the Biltmore Hotel. Inspired by the Cathedral of Seville in Spain, it’s tower today stands as a recognizable symbol to all Miamians. The hotel was erected in 10 short months and has not changed even its exterior color to this day. As a world-class hotel it brings visitors from the world over; natives flock to the Biltmore to enjoy its spa offerings and beautiful coral pool.
As the recession slowed building and real estate development, so The Gables stopped its growth in its prime. Unfortunately, the Mediterranean Style never regained its full strength and beauty. In the 1950s, Miracle Mile sprang up, a brick-paved section of road on Coral Way between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road. With its upscale boutiques and specialty stores it brought heightened commerce to the area and inspired more of the same kinds of shops to open their doors soon after. Today, special incentives are offered to builders and designers who design with the Mediterranean Revival style in mind.
By Renee Chapple
Coral Gables offers plenty to do within short driving distance of downtown Miami. From art and architecture to fine dining and shopping, make a day or weekend of Coral Gables and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re interested in the Mediterranean architecture, make sure to visit Vizcaya. Built in the early 1900s, it stands today much as it did when it was built. Tours are offered daily. The Biltmore is also an unchanged tribute to Merrick’s vision. While you can’t visit the rooms, the grand lobby is truly impressive. Coral Gables City Hall is the city’s most important publicly-owned building; make sure to stop in to see its distinctive portico and beautiful interior wall murals.
One sport is associated with Coral Gables: golf! The Biltmore Golf Course (1210 Anastasia Ave) is world famous and home to several PGA Tour events. This public golf course has the beautiful backdrop of the Biltmore, little water, a liberal walking policy, reasonable greens fees and is challenging enough for pros while being playable for beginners. The Grenada Golf Course (2001 Grenada Blvd) is a 9-hole golf course with no water hazards; it’s not as challenging as the Biltmore, but this par 36 course is a more relaxing round and an exceptional value.
The Venetian Pool (2701 DeSoto Blvd) draws visitors from all over the world. Built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, it is spring-fed and is surrounded by grottos, two waterfalls and coral caves. Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Road) is a beautiful day-long (at least!) retreat from reality. With its collection of tropical plants and flowers, palms, ferns and flowering vines, trails around lakes and through groves, mangrove forests, rainforest display and orchid display (among much else!) you’ll have little time left for the shows, educational programs, bookstore and special events displays. Make sure you bring walking shoes and plenty of water!
The shopping and dining can’t be missed. Miracle Mile (Coral Way, between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road) and the Village of Merrick Park (LeJeune Road and Ponce de Leon Blvd) offer world-class boutiques, antiques, galleries and 5-star dining. The world’s best restaurants can be found here in The Gables, including The Palm (Steakhouse & Seafood), Caffe Abbracci (Northern Italian), Pascal’s on Ponce (New French), Miss Saigon Bistro (Vietnamese), and Norman’s
As you can see, there is plenty for everyone to do in Coral Gables. If you are visiting Miami, make sure you leave time to see the beauty and tranquility of Coral Gables. If you live here, take advantage of all this area has to offer.
Deering Bay welcomes future residents of Verona at Deering Bay Towers
By Sissy De Maria
Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club recently hosted a cocktail reception to welcome future residents of its latest Mediterranean-style luxury jewel — the 14-story mid-rise, Verona Tower. Pictured at Verona owners welcoming party at Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club are (l-r) Don Lebaron, purchasing for Verona Tower; Chris Hanlon, vice president and senior project manager for WCI; Wanda Cross, vice president of sales and marketing for WCI, and Tom Murphy Jr., president of Coastal Construction. More than 100 guests attended the elegant evening featuring a gourmet Italian buffet, live jazz music, hand-rolled Macabi cigars, and presentations on Verona’s construction by Wanda Cross, vice president of sales and marketing at Watermark Communities Inc. (WCI), the developer of Deering Bay. Slated to be completed in January 2000, Verona is Deering Bay’s first luxury tower being developed by WCI, which purchased the property in 1997. Built by Coastal Construction, one of Florida’s leading commercial and residential builders, the new tower will feature 48 residences — four per floor — with penthouse residences occupying the top two floors. Prices range from the $500,000s to just under $2 million. Floor plans range in size from 2,160 to 2,740 square feet of air-conditioned living area, in addition to its oversized terraces and balconies. The spectacular penthouses feature up to 4,475 square feet and offer a den/library in addition to its formal living/dining room, family room, four bedrooms, and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Overlooking Lago di Verona, a scenic lake in the center of the development, Verona’s extraordinary floor plans offer views of Biscayne Bay, Deering’s magnificent natural hammocks setting, and the championship fairways of its legendary 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. Verona at Deering Bay is already 80 percent sold and construction is right on schedule, according to Liz McCormick, director of sales for Deering Bay. The 11th floor has just been poured and the 12th is underway.
“We have received an incredible response from home buyers. Verona’s sales have surpassed our original projections and in keeping with the WCI tradition, we anticipate selling out before we receive our certificate of occupancy. Demand has been spectacular, we only have eight residences left.”
Located on the southern tip of Coral Gables, Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club is a 220-acre private community overlooking Biscayne Bay. Its unique combination of a full country-club lifestyle, championship golf, deep-water marinas and exquisite residences is unprecedented in all of South Florida. Based in Bonita Springs, FL, Watermark Communities Inc. Has enjoyed over 50 years of success in master-planning communities across the nation in growth-driven markets.