Jan152013

New Coral Gables Home For Sale in Chinese Village

I am so excited about Laura Mullaney’s new listing in the Chinese Village.  I cannot wait to show it.  It is just a stone’s throw from my office at EWM and from the photos, it looks fabulous.  One of George Merrick’s Villages, which I have written about in the past, the Chinese Village has always enticed the most adventuresome buyers…

Chinese Village in Coral Gables

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Nov172012

Historic Coconut Grove Home on the Market

Cape Coral Lighthouse, 1883

Cape Coral Lighthouse in Cocont Grove, 1883

In the late 1870s, John Peacock visited Coconut Grove and was enraptured by the waterfront city. So much so, that he built a home and enticed his brother Charles to visit. His brother and wife would go on to build the Peacock Inn, credited with luring winter tourists and Bahamian workers to the area. This new influx of visitors lured Henry Flagler to bring his railroad to Southern Florida.

Amazing what one smitten man can set in motion!

Today, the grand Mediterranean estate built in 1910 for John Peacock, the founder of Coconut Grove, is listed by my colleague, Audrey Ross of EWM for $4,500,000.  The updated residence with its original Florida charm consists of 5 bedrooms, 5 and half baths, a pool, wine cellar, and tennis court. Situated on over an acre of lush vegetation this 100 plus year old home is must see for anyone interested in purchaing a slice of Coconut Grove history! To view details click here.

Oct152012

Demand for Historic 1920s Grove Homes

Part of the allure of Coconut Grove is its history and unparalleled charm. Much of this is derived from its historic architecture and colorful cast of residents (myself included). I often receive specific requests from Coconut Grove buyers who are only interested in homes built in the 1920s. I love to peruse these homes and enjoy seeing the detail of that period just as much as the buyers. Even when the homes are remodeled, as many obviously are, there are usually signature elements that denote 1920s craftsmanship including handsome fireplaces, authentic Mediterranean details or charming courtyards.

This weekend I pulled all the homes in Coconut Grove built between 1920 and 1930 for a client. The majority boast Spanish architecture and have retained their original charm laced with modern updates. Here some of my favorites:

The Mediterranean details found in these three Coconut Grove homes can also be found in my own 1920s listing, 3301 Crystal Court.  If you recall, Royalty Slept Here.

Oh the tales these homes could tell..

Aug212012

Proposal to Make Coral Way a Historic District

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia.com

The City of Coral Gables is proposing to make a specific area along Coral Way between Anderson Road and Alhambra Circle a historic district. Dona Spain, the city’s historic preservation officer, was quoted on MiamiHerald.com as saying, ” It just stands to reason it would be a historic district because there are such a large number of historically significant homes on that street.”

Arva Moore Parks, author, historian and local preservationist agrees. “It’s really where Coral Gables was born.”  Presently working on completing an autobiography of Coral Gables’ city founder, George Merrick, Parks states that this street’s importance reflects Merrick’s “original plan that a lot of people don’t realize, to build everything in rock and really build for the middle class.”

Two public meetings to discuss the designation will be held but remain unscheduled. What do you think of the idea?