Finding an Elegant, Serene Home in South Florida
A lot of visitors to Miami are looking for the glitz and fast-paced, glamorous lifestyle of South Beach – and there’s plenty to be had! For those looking for something other than dancing ’til dawn, South Florida also offers deeply shaded streets, quiet cul-de-sacs and lovely, quiet, secluded neighborhoods that are still minutes from all the action anyone could want.
Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are, in Miami terms, two of the oldest areas in Miami-Dade County. While Coconut Grove is part of the city of Miami, Coral Gables is a separate municipality, founded in the mid-1920s and one of the first planned communities in the United States. Part of Coconut Grove has a vibrant nightlife, with art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, but just blocks from there are beautiful, lush residential areas, some of which are gated, and all of which feel miles from the city, while being less than 15 minutes from the Brickell area and Downtown Miami. Homes for sale in these areas provide peace, quiet and the ultimate in privacy.
One fantastic example of an available Coconut Grove home that is the epitome of serenity is at 4040 Kaiora Street. This spectacular gated home is located on one of the Grove’s most beautiful streets. Sliding glass doors and three skylights fill this house with brilliant light all day! A 66 foot heated lap pool and large, lush trees make the yard as enjoyable as the house. Enjoy the formal living room with a wood burning fireplace, formal dining room, and large family room. This home features Dade County pine and marble floors throughout, a huge eat-in kitchen, large master and bath with two walk-in closets, plus a three-room guest cottage.
Not far away, on Ingraham Highway, is a magnificent Mediterranean home for sale, built in 1951, and fully renovated with all the modern conveniences, but tucked away on a 3,590 square foot lot that affords quiet and privacy. Located at 4395 Ingraham Highway, the home features exposed coral walls, a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances, a formal living and dining room, three spacious master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and large closets. The home is filled with natural light from all the windows and French doors, which open to the lushly landscaped back yard and patio – perfect for entertaining family and friends.
In one of the quietest parts of Coral Gables, close to the gorgeous Matheson Hammock Park, is a house that was built in 1990 but has an old-world elegance and feel to it. Located at 11055 Girasol Avenue, in the Fairchild Oaks subdivision, this home is a designer’s dream, with no detail left unfinished. From the private courtyard entrance to the large main foyer filled with natural sunlight, this home is one of a kind. Featuring molding throughout, tucked away archways to display artwork, a chef’s dream kitchen with an antique hutch built- in and a beautiful staircase leading to the large bedrooms upstairs, the home is matchless. It also has a second story balcony overlooking the private gardens and the spectacular pool and patio area.
Don’t think moving to Miami requires a commitment to constant hustle and bustle! In addition to the examples above, there are plenty of available homes that provide elegance and peace and quiet.