A home sweet home with charm galore on one of George Merrick’s most quiet, beautiful, tree-lined streets in historical north Coral Gables. It’s one of the very few homes with three bedrooms and two baths under $500,000 in Coral Gables! An impressive double door entry opens to a warm, sunny home with wood floors, an updated kitchen, recent baths, and a one-car garage.
• 3 Bedrooms / 2 Baths
• 1,422 Adj. Square Feet / 5,000 Square Foot Lot
• List Price: $495,000
So Le Palais Royal on Millionaires Mile in Hillsboro Beach has weighed in as the most expensive luxury home in the US at $139 million dollars. There are a lot of things to do at this 4-acre ocean front estate like watch a movie in your Imax Theatre, sip drinks at your bar & lounge, or play some golf on your putting green. The rest of the bells and whistles one might expect; 11 bedrooms, 17 baths, 492-foot private dock, and underground parking for 30 cars.
I would still rather live in the most expensive luxury home in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, or Coconut Grove so I could walk to a cool place for breakfast like the Donut Gallery on the Key (their “Heart Attack” is the best), Greenstreets Café in Coconut Grove, the News Café on South Beach, or brunch at The Biltmore Hotel. Sunday Breakfast is the highlight of my week so I would have to remain local if I were to live in the most expensive home. Hillsboro Beach wouldn’t cut it for me.
This house in South Miami has had nine lives and lots of kids since I first sold it back in January, 2004. Originally built in 1952 with a ‘hacienda’ flair, it had been partially updated when I listed it in 2004 and then again when I sold it in 2010. The current owner waved a magic wand (as well as much time, talent, and money), and the finished product is a sleek, uber cool house. I shouldn’t say the ‘finished’ product because I heard he is getting ready to add a second floor! That is how much we love this wonderful neighborhood behind Dante Fascell Park and adjacent to Epiphany School; no wants to leave. We just modify when needed.
This one definitely got better with age. I sold this home just behind Dante Fascell Park near Epiphany School the first time in 1994 and then sold it again in 2011. The current owners have excellent taste; the interior is as beautiful as the exterior, and the landscaping is simply perfect.
Well, for kicks you might swim with the alligators in the canals at Gables-by-the-Sea; or maybe check out Ray Allen’s house while the wife and kids are sleeping? NOT. It does make for some interesting reading though. This weekend some restless party goers at a home on Lugo Avenue in Gables-by-the-Sea jumped into the canal to swim and apparently ticked off an alligator who bit the two kids (South Miami Hospital ER probably hasn’t seen that in a long time).
That event still doesn’t score as high on the knucklehead richter scale as that of the kids at the Tahiti Beach party who ‘snuck’ into Ray Allen’s house while his wife and kids were sleeping. Could that have sounded remotely like the Sean Taylor event a few years back? Although different circumstances, what if Ray or Shannon Allen had defended their homestead with a shotgun? Would the Coral Gables police still be debating what crime occurred?
Last question: since Ray Allen finally bought the home he had been renting in Tahiti Beach (for $11,000,000), does that mean Miami will be home? T-minus 48 days until game 1 of the Heat season.
This is probably my favorite throwback in South Miami because it goes ALL the way back! Every time I drive or walk by this home I think, “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better”! I love this place (and its owner) and the gorgeous 15,000sf corner lot it sits on. Had developers been able to get their hands on when I listed it in 2003 they would have torn it down; thank goodness the Buyer loved it at first sight, and bought it before a speculator could. This house and the one-of-a-kind neighborhood surrounding it are priceless!
List Price: $1,099,000.00
3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths
The Club Villas are the best kept secret in Deering Bay, maybe in all of Coral Gables! Located midway between the illustrious Milano, Verona, and Siena buildings and the Estates of Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, these very spacious residences offer the comforts of a single family home like a private backyard and 2-car garage, with the all-star amenities and maintenance free lifestyle offered in this world class community. Congratulations to the Buyers!
List Price: $338,000.00
2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths
The Buyer and I were so pleased to have found the Gables Marquis, a gem of a building a couple of blocks east of Miracle Mile. We looked at Ten Aragon, Merrick Place, Villa Isabella, and The Minorca in Coral Gables; and then searched Metropolis and Toscano in the Dadeland area before stumbling upon the Gables Marquis at 3232 Coral Way. It’s a wonderful mid-priced building offering a cache of amenities which include 24-hour guard, 24-hour valet, and a beautiful pool, gym and clubroom. You know what the clincher was? Floor to ceiling glass with stunning, unobstructed views of Coconut Grove, Biscayne Bay and beyond. Congratulations to the Buyer!
List Price: 399,000.00
2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths
We closed on this wonderful loft in Quantum on the Bay earlier this morning. Located in the heart of Miami’s up-and-coming hotspot, Edgewater is booming with activity. There are countless attractions in the area, however, my favorite has to be Margaret Pace Park, located right along the Bay which makes for beautiful views and cool breezes on hot summer days; with basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, barbeques and picnic tables throughout and not to mention the entire park is dog friendly! Congratulations to the Buyer, who was thrilled to be downsizing from house to condo, and really happy to be in the Quantum community.
I love “Throwback Thursday” and find myself completely entertained while scrolling through TBT pictures posted on Facebook. Who doesn’t enjoy looking at old pictures? So I’m taking this concept a step further and posting a “Throwback Thursday” blog each week which will spotlight an older, original style home in South Miami, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove, and fast forward to its present day ‘face’. AKA, a renovation! My favorite part of being a realtor in Miami is seeing a beautiful transformation.
Appropriately, I am starting TBT with pictures of my own home in South Miami, The City of Pleasant Living. Built in 1962 by the original owner and purchased by my husband and me in May, 1990, it has come a long way! ‘Casa Byrne’ has been a work in progress for nearly 25 years, and who knows what it will look like in 20 more.