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Inside Three of Miami’s Most Luxurious Condo Spas

This month is Miami Spa Month 2018, when spas all over the city offer deals on their swankiest services. Residents of most of Miami's plushest condo towers, however have luxury spas and bathing facilities at their beckoning all year. From Turkish hammams to brain-fitness sessions (whatever those are), here are three of the sweetest spreads for luxuriating any time you want... if you live there.

Check Out the Atrium in this 1910 Coconut Grove House, Listed for $16M

This classic Coconut Grove house was built in 1910 for an original Grove family the Peacocks, according to the brokerbabble. It looks like it's had quite the swanky re-do that will guarantee its preservation. Sure, it's missing its old bathrooms and some of the original details, but many of the others have been saved, including that sensational atrium.

Iconic Camp Biscayne Lodge is on the Market for $3.1M

Camp Biscayne is the kind of Miami, in the heart of Coconut Grove, that just screams "Miami." This house, a grown-up's tropical tree house, was built in the swinging '80s and has been on the market since 2016, slowly trickling down in price from $5 million to $3.1M now.

The Subtropical Modernist Houses of Max Strang

Architect Max Strang recently released a monumental monograph of his work in Florida, and particularly Southern Florida, where he has developed a contemporary architectural style adapted to the local climate. 'Environmental Modernism: the Architecture of [Strang]' is rich with photography, floor plans, and renderings of his work. Although mostly luxurious houses, the book also contains some of his urban planning, high-end condominium buildings, and his pavilion at the Kampong.

Walter De Garmo’s 3467 N Moorings Way, at the Head of a Grand Canal, is on the Market for $8.75 Million

3467 Moorings Way, designed by the classic Miami architect Walter De Garmo in 1929, is back on the market for a very nice $8.75 million. In addition to a fantastic restoration, some sublime historical details, a grand living room, a louche and luxuriant pool, and some fantastic gardens, the house sits at arguably the grandest spot in the exclusive enclave of The Moorings in Coconut Grove.

Vizcaya & The Fabulous Sunshine Fashions of ’58, ’59, and ’60

Vizcaya has always been fabulous. The architecturally and horticulturally spectacular bayfront villa built by International Harvester Company tycoon James Deering in the 1910s is preserved today as a museum of his time.

The King Mango Strut Skewered Hugh Hefner, Developers, and Arquitectonica

The annual King Mango Strut parade, which was held yesterday in Coconut Grove, was Miami at its sarcastic best. Check out pictures here.

Iconic Miami Architect Kenneth Treister’s New Book Examines Many of His Greatest Local Works

Architect Kenneth Treister, whose distinctive subtropical style flourished in Miami during the fabulous heydays of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and even later recently released a book exploring many of his most significant local buildings. These include some fantastic courtyard houses, the sublime Mayfair in the Grove shopping center and hotel, and a building whose current limbo has been covered at length here on the Big Bubble, the Office in the Grove.

Coconut Grove’s Organic Mod Chart House Restaurant Was Just Demolished

A few years ago at Curbed Miami, I wrote about the Chart House, a waterfront restaurant in Coconut Grove that had been around for years but was up for demolition along with the longtime local hangout Scotty's Landing, in the wake of the redevelopment of the Coconut Grove Waterfront.