Architect Max Strang, known for his luxurious subtropical modernist homes, has released the second monograph of his work, this time featuring how many of his designs have been inspired by the Sarasota School of Architecture.
An adorably ancient coral rock house and accompanying guest cottage on Coconut Grove's Oak Avenue, at numbers 3041 and 3041 1/2 practically spitting distance from Main Highway, is the kind of property that could only ever exist in the Grove. Oozing old grove salty sailor vibes from between every stone, the house is historically designated by the City of Miami, making it most certainly not the kind of place one would or even could buy just for the land and "location, location, location" investment potential.
The quaint cottage at 3564 Avocado Ave, in the heart of the South Grove, combines a home originally built in 1936, replete with brick walls, a blue front door, Pecky Cypress paneling, and a gabled roof, along with a breezier section with sliding glass doors and a beamed ceiling that may have been added a few decades later to open out to the pool. Containing four bedrooms and four baths in just under 3,000 square feet, the house feels like a charming melange of old-Miami charm from a few different eras, with a huge price tag that seems appropriate for the maniacal post-pandemic housing market of today. Newly listed at $3.5M, the owners are asking more than twice what the house went for merely four years ago. Check out the photos, below.
In this real estate market, prices keep rising and rising to a point where it's almost embarrassing to write about a property when in the back of your mind you keep thinking "you get THAT for THAT???" This is not one of those houses. Compared to some of the hovels on offer in Miami Beach for literally the exact same price, this rather stately and elegant home in South Coconut Grove doesn't feel like its price, a cool $4 million, is extravagantly out of step with what's on offer.
When the exquisitely wealthy businesswoman and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht listed her magnificent and massive Miami estate for sale in January, spectacularly priced at $150 million, it was a news item significant enough to command splashy spreads on the covers of the Miami Herald and the Wall Street Journal's Mansion section. To put it mildly, it was a major, major news item, not just because it could set a new record for the most expensive residential sale in South Florida, but because of the size, prominence, and history of the property itself.
With just over one acre of land on South Bayshore Drive, the rambling estate of John T. Peacock, a member of Coconut Grove's founding Peacock family, this 111-year-old historic pile is on an unusually large piece of land for a property in the heart of the Grove. Overlooking Kennedy Park, and an old sheltered inlet that practically ends at its front gate, the listing is asking for a healthy $12.9 million.
Condo king Jorge Perez, CEO of the Related Group, has listed his longtime home in Coconut Grove, a waterfront villa with over 10,000 square feet of space, for a whopping $33 million. Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the listing has now officially hit the MLS along with photos of the exterior and interior of the house. Ever wonder how the guy who built half the condos in Miami actually lives? Well, check it out.
This monolithic three-story concrete bunker-like building, jazzed up with a contemporary wedge-shaped entrance and a scattering of random windows along the facade, is actually a luxurious private parking garage designed to hold a collection of fifty cars. Located at 3070 SW 38th Court, the 12,354 square foot structure, which also contains an office, a lounge area, and an expansive roof deck, has recently been sold for $4.7 million.
Built in 1959, this subtropical modern Coconut Grove house at 3571 N Prospect Drive was renovated by a "world renowned" architect in 2008, according to the real estate listing. I wrote about it back in 2018 on the Big Bubble, and have a hunch I also might have done a write-up on Curbed Miami back in the day, although I can't find that old piece. Either way, it's a treat.
Coronavirus may be raging over all our heads, but the world must go on in some way, and interesting properties are still coming on the market, including this adorable--and restored--historic cottage in South Coconut Grove, built in 1915. The wooden house at 4286 S Douglas Road hit the market yesterday, for $1.499 million.