New listings hit the market – sometimes daily – but there is one that really stands out: 8565 Old Cutler Road. The property was gifted to the University of Miami in 1974 . It has been home to every UM President since that date, and currently is home to Donna E. Shalala. It’s listed for sale by EWM Realtors.
The waterfront home sits on 4.6 acres of lush gardens and tropical plants and is located in Gables Estates. The Colonial style residence was built in 1965 and has since been renovated. The three-story house boasts 8 bedrooms, gym, wine cellar and pretty deck overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. An elegant place to entertain, it has served as the venue for picnics welcoming new freshman and their families, fundraisers and many a dinner party with dignitaries and heads of states.
The updated interior was inspired by Donna Shalala with the help of interior decorator, Phyllis Taylor, who added moldings and reworked lighting to create more light for the home. Phyllis also created a tropical ambiance by covering walls with various types of grasscloth. Together, they created a guest room for the Dalai Lama when he comes to stay on his visits to South Florida.
The new home for the University of Miami President is currently being built within the private gated community of Four Fillies, in Pinecrest. It will be the largest home in the community and will play host to many parties, picnics and activities.
Written and published with Owner’s permission.