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Real Estrange: A gorgeous grotto; hot property

by Cari Zwolinski

A gorgeous grotto

This property in Coconut Grove, Florida, is a water-themed paradise. The windows of the wine cellar, designed by artist Meredith Miller, look directly into the below-ground pool and bottle holders were built directly into stone walls. This $1.95 million home also features a gazebo with a direct view of a self-circulating waterfall. In keeping with the theme, there is also a koi pond, an outdoor shower and a sauna scattered on the quarter-acre property.

Hot property

Built in 1936, this Chicago property was actually an operational firehouse through the 1970s. Renovated for family living in 2013, nearly every inch of this $1.375 million, 3,800-square-foot property reflects its heroic past, with bold, fire-engine red furniture and appliances sprinkled throughout the home. With 10-and-a-half-foot ceilings and radiant heated concrete floors, this hot listing won’t be on the market for long.

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