This unassuming cottage, with its raw, unifinished wood siding and unkempt jungle of a yard in South Miami, looks practically abandoned. Yet, the property, located at 6401 SW 42nd Terrace, hit the market four days ago for a not-immoddest $515,000. A lot of that asking price can be blamed on the 9,000 square foot corner lot, as well as the extremely frothy housing market we're living in right now. But, inside this little 728 square foot house, you'll find a swinging, subtropical bachelor pad.
The 1980 roared in Miami. Not only was the city's image and identity transformed in ways both good and bad, mixing global glamour with global intrigue, but the city itself changed physically. In that decade Greater Miami saw a building boom, blending luxury condo towers with avant-garde architecture, new public amenities and institutions, and a flood of stylish, luxury hotels catering to different kinds of travelers than the old beachside hostelries of earlier.
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.
The Anglin's Fishing Pier, in the small oceanfront town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea way up in the northern reaches of Broward County, is the only ocean fishing pier in South Florida that anybody can own. It's 900 feet long, super rare, and totally one-of-a-kind because every single other pier like it in South Florida is off-limits to, well, being owned. They're all in public parks or owned by municipalities or those sorts of things. This is it, and for the glory of owning such a thing, the pier is currently on the market for a whopping $45 million.
A fully built-out train depot, including ticket counters, a waiting room, dedicated bathrooms, various other such spaces tailor-made for Amtrak's use, and direct links to a bevy of other transportation options, neglected to collect mothballs by Amtrak for an incredible seven years, may finally be put to use. When the Miami Intermodal Center, also known as the Miami Airport Station (even though technically it's a depot) was completed back in 2015, Amtrak realized a little late that the platforms were too short. Due to what was basically just a mammoth screw-up, the rear end of an Amtrak train would have to stick way out into traffic going along NW 25th Street like a one-thousand-one-hundred-foot-long, metal Kim Kardashian.
Acclaimed Miami-based architect Rene Gonzalez's Prairie Residence, completed in 2017 on a landlocked residential street in the heart of Miami Beach just off sunny and somewhat hostile Dade Boulevard, is one of his most extraordinary designs to date and a really masterful yet particularly unusual home. The 3,312-square-foot contemporary luxury residence was designed for its environment and its future environment, impacted by forces such as sea-level rise. Priced at a precise $15,151,000 apparently, the house has been on the market since last November, and, well, it's still here.
Miami's Dezer family is famous for their obsession with cars. Developers Michael and Gil Dezer built the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, a cylindrical black monolith with a trio of car elevators that bring your prized ride straight up to your very, very expensive condo in the sky, and they're currently working on the Bentley Residences Miami, which is basically the same thing but, you guessed it, branded by another luxury car company.
Here's a rather pretty space, on the top floor of the Bank, a small condo tower near the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 79th Street that, as the name suggests, used to be a bank. Listed for $750,000 and the biggest penthouse in the building, it was probably once a normal 1,600-foot apartment... you know, with bedrooms and stuff, but at some point converted into just one big room. It's a huge studio.
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.
Onda Residences, a high-end luxury condominium being developed by CMC Group and Morabito Properties, had its ceremonial groundbreaking today, as one of the few in-person real estate events that are finally starting to happen these days. The building, which features 41 residences beginning at $1.8 million a pop, is on the former site of the Bay Harbour Continental, a MiMo residential building that was a gem of midcentury flair and which preservationists fought, unsuccessfully, to preserve.