In the heart of Miami Shores, this roomy midcentury modern (a.k.a. “Miami Modern” here) house sprawls over a half-acre lot, and includes a unique breezeway or loggia that encloses a courtyard-like lawn area in the back yard, offering plenty of protected outdoor living space, all for $2.599 million. Located at 500 NE 96th St, and listed a few days ago, the house was built in 1950, and has quite a few original details intact, including terrazzo floors and even the brightly colored tile bathrooms that are so emblematic of the era yet very often torn out.
Known as the Panorama House, it was designed by noted architect Joseph De Brita, who worked out of New York where he was employed by architect John Russell Pope, but De Brita also designed a number of hotels on Miami Beach, including the Coral Reef, the Georgian, and the Ocean Walk, as well as this house. According to present-day Miami architect and architectural historian Allan Shulman, “De Brita’s Panorama House epitomizes the elements of these post-war houses. Miami’s Mid-Century Modern houses are a distinctive feature of Miami’s identity. The houses reflect a poignant sense of place, a keenness for modern living arrangements and the possibilities of indoor-outdoor living.”