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Casa Arboles in Coral Gables hits the market for $14.9 million

by Kerrie Kennedy

Casa Arboles in Coral Gables hits the market for $14.9 million

A Coral Gables Mediterranean estate known as “Casa Arboles” (the house of trees) that’s been showcased on the cover of Architectural Digest, featured on the telenovela “Santa Diabla” and once served as the host venue for an event with President Clinton has been listed for $14.9 million.

Located at 11501 Old Cutler Road, the classic Mediterranean Revival estate, renovated by Ramon Pacheco, encompasses an entire block.

Currently owned by husband and wife R. Donahue “Don” Peebles and Katrina Peebles of The Peebles Corporation, a privately held national real estate investment and development company based in New York City, Casa Arboles is situated on a 2.87-acre compound and has no visible neighboring structures.

 Jill Eber and Judy Zeder of The Jills Zeder Group are representing the seller.

Featuring 10 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, the 15,688-square-foot gated estate welcomes with a Chicago brick driveway winding under the canopy of 88 orchid-laden oak trees, and leads to a circular fountain and entryway boasting ivy-covered walls and dual second-story balconies.

Features include two spacious home offices, a “board room” with full sound-proof movie theater and leather recliners, home gym and private tower guest suite with separate entry. 

 The estate’s outdoor resort-style areas include a new limestone pool deck, resort-style salt water pool with a hot tub and full lighted tennis court with retractable net and regulation basketball posts at both ends. 

Additional features include a commercial-sized generator that can power the entire home, with enough fuel to sustain the house for extended periods of time. 

The purchase of the home includes membership to The Bath Club, with elaborate social and beach club privileges. Founded in 1926 as a members-only gathering place where wealthy scions, celebrities and other influentials could meet over lunch, swimming and tennis, The Bath Club was the first private social club in the Southeast, developed on the site of a one-time avocado plantation.

Casa Arboles owner Don Peebles became the club’s first African American member in 1996. 

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