Miami has been synonymous with modernism ever since architects like Morris Lapidus and L. Murray Dixon descended upon South Beach during the art deco era. Current-day Miami is home to numerous equally talented architects, including a handful—such as Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Kobi Karp and Rene Gonzalez—whom the Magic City can proudly call homegrown.
Yet, as this stunning property suggests, few have a flair for blending modernism with monumentalism quite like Chad Oppenheim. Set in the exclusive estates section of Bal Harbour, 252 Bal Bay Drive is a new-build, eight-bedroom waterfront estate sprawling over 14,000 square feet. Along with a private dock and translucent infinity-edge pool, the home comes with a pair of indoor tropical gardens, as well as a second-floor art gallery, all for a purchase price of $36 million.
The entire space is almost as beautiful as the woman occupying it on these pages, model Inés Rivero—who was born in Argentina and now calls Miami home. She's an avid art admirer—and founding member of the Collectors Council at the Pérez Art Museum Miami—who will be making appearances at numerous Art Basel events this week. Rivero says comfortable shoes and patience for traffic are the best ways to survive Miami's Basel-week mayhem—along with, perhaps, an elegant retreat like this Bal Harbour manse to rest in while waiting for the next show.