Even though Palm Beach is a bastion of old money and old-world wealth, its oldest buildings are barely over a hundred years in age, when Henry Flagler brought his railroad to the undeveloped barrier island and built the Royal Poinciana Hotel in 1894. But not long after that, this house was built.
The historic Morningside house known locally as the home where Laura Cushman, the founder of the nearby private Cushman School, lived just hit the market six days ago for a very nice six million dollars, having last sold way back in 2007 for a comparatively modest two million.
The historic Villa Paula, used off and on by its owners as an art gallery over the years, appears to have been turned into an event venue, with a brand-spankin' new website, and even had somewhat of a debut, hosting an industry night about a week ago, with various hospitality and event industry vendors who had booths and everything.
In the heart of New Port Richey, FL's quaint little downtown, a historic hotel built in the 1920s in the Spanish Mediterranean style has been renovated and reopened. On the west coast of Florida, north of St. Petersberg, the Hacienda Hotel survived the recent Hurricane Ian largely unscathed.
Built in 1924, this historic Tudor Revival family home in Miami's Shorecrest survived almost a hundred years of people moving in and out, neighborhood highs and neighborhood lows, renovations, new kitchens, changing tastes, and whatever the '70s threw at it, always being the kind of house that everyone always says has "charm." Designed to be an old English fantasy that you lived in, it would have had interiors that evoked ye old past just as seductively as its exteriors still do.
Often called the most beautiful horse race track in the world, Miami's Hialeah Park has had a long and storied history. Famous for its setting, its prestigious races, the many famous horses that won there, and of course the flock of bright pink flamingos that nested in its infield, Hialeah Park was, and still is a legend. Opening for thoroughbred horse racing in 1925, Hialeah Park by now is almost one hundred years old. A faded grand dame that no longer holds thoroughbred racing, but stays alive as much as it can through its newer casino, Hialeah's track, grandstands, clubhouse, and paddock areas all still exist and could easily be brought back to their glory days. Hialeah really comes alive, however, in many vintage newsreels recorded there, some of which are still available online.
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.