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Own this meticulously updated Art Deco gem on Alton for $5.6M

Once threatened by demolition, the 84-year-old home was restored to its original grandeur—and then some

Photos by Nesti Mendoza

A historic Miami Beach home saved from the brink of destruction is on the market after an extensive three-year renovation that combined the property’s classic architectural details with latest in modern convenience.

Built by architects John and Coulton Skinner of noteworthy firm Skinner & Skinner at the height of Miami Beach’s Art Deco renaissance, the 1934 residence had even been issued a demolition permit prior to an eleventh-hour sale that spared the remarkable home from the wrecking ball.

Now asking $5.6 million, the four-bedroom residence at the northern end of Alton Road boasts old-school details like octagonal windows, exterior dentil molding, and a stunning 24-foot-tall great room flanked on either side by oversized French windows and a cantilevered spiral staircase.

The home’s timeless Art Deco coolness is complimented nicely by numerous upgrades including a designer eat-in kitchen, built-in audiovisual equipment, a security system, and other app-enabled smart home functions. The property also features lush landscaping, a stone driveway, a decorative fountain, and a heated backyard pool.

The 4,800-square-foot, architecturally significant La Garce home is listed by Nancy Batchelor of EWM Realty International. Many of its 20th century designer furnishings are also available for purchase separately.