Thursday, March 7, 2013

Top Five Homes In Coconut Grove

As beautiful as Coral Gables is, much of the real estate emphasis is placed on condominium living.  Because it is such a “resort-style” area, Coral Gables attracts many vacation home owners and investors.  But, in a part of the city lies one of the most elite areas in all of Miami-Dade County – we are talking about Coconut Grove.
There is a lot of history behind Coconut Grove as it is the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami in all of Miami-Dade County.  Many notable professional athletes and other celebrities make their homes or have owned homes in the exclusive communities within Coconut Grove because of the atmosphere and the fact that while it is as luxurious and affluent as many affluent areas of the city of Miami, it is kind off the beaten path and offers privacy and a quieter lifestyle.

Coconut Grove real estate reflects this atmosphere and lifestyle with elegant and beautiful estates in some of the most elite neighborhoods in all of Miami-Dade County.  While the homes are architecturally different, their common attributes are the exclusivity of the neighborhoods, the privacy, and the absolute magnificence of the homes.  To highlight this level of real estate, following are the top five single family homes on the market in Coconut Grove. 

Hughes Cove is, without a doubt, one of Florida’s most elite communities.  Its draw for decadent living is obvious in the size and detail of each home in the small neighborhood.  With such a small number of homes set on multiple lots, the neighborhood features its own park, private dock and tennis courts secured with a gated entry and perimeter security wall.

3310 Devon Court, Hughes Cove, List Price:  $12,900,000
Built in 2003, this estate home exudes perfection.  The contemporary Italian-style architecture of the home showcases very unique finishes and details.  Situated on three lots, it offers five bedrooms, SMART home capabilities and the added extra of a rooftop haven.   Owners who enjoy entertaining will be enthralled with this home as the formal dining room accommodates 14+ with the outdoor dining area over 20.  On the Bay, the home features a gorgeous pool that overlooks the Bay and is close to the best public and private schools in the area as well as the quaint business district in Coconut Grove.

3316 Devon Court, Hughes Cove, List Price:  $12,000,000
Newly built in 2010, this home exudes privacy sitting on two walled lots and only 250’ off the Bay.  It features detailed finishes, an amazing kitchen with custom cabinetry and high-end appliances, mahogany doors, a gas fireplace, private library and an elaborate floating staircase that exposes all floors.  Along with elevator that goes to every floor, there is also a beautiful rooftop patio with cook area and unbelievable views of the Bay.  Additionally, there is a saltwater pool and deeded boat slip that is just a few steps away from the home.  No detail is left out in this magnificent work of architecture.

The Moorings is a gated community filled with large multi-million dollar estates many of which have private docks as well as the most stunning landscaping throughout the entire community.  Homes are extravagant in their appearance and amenities.  Situated near the home to the renowned CoCo Walk, The Moorings is a very relaxed community where residents buy here and stay here.  Be aware that when a home comes on the market in The Moorings, it is gobbled up quickly so it is necessary to be ready to move when this happens.  Close to top schools as well as Coconut Grove shops and dining, this is an ideal neighborhood for families and those seeking a generous amount of privacy.

3467 North Moorings Way, The Moorings, List Price:  $11,900,000
Built in 1929, this classic old Florida estate with a Mediterranean feel was remodeled and restored in 2002 to showcase updated fixtures and finishes while still maintaining the quality and uniqueness that only a home of that era has.  From the beautiful, intricate wood beamed ceilings to the custom made staircase to the handsome arches in interior doorways and entries, this home is a sight to behold.  On the grounds, perfect landscaping surrounds a beautiful lily pond as well as a multitude of gardens, a gorgeous pool, loggias and courtyards that offer a tropical oasis unlike any other.  Multiple large patios offer amazing Bay views.

Inside this tiny enclave of only eight homes, residents in The Anchorage enjoy living in a very exclusive community that is far away from the rest of the world but still close enough to walk into Historic Coconut Grove and its quaint shops and restaurants.  With estate style homes topping 10,000 square feet, this 24-hour, guard-gated community is home to the most discerning and affluent residents in all of Miami-Dade County.

3501 Anchorage Way, The Anchorage, List Price:  $7,490,000
This unbelievable tri-level home is situated on the water and features beautiful Bay view.  With over 10,000 square feet of living space, there are seven bedrooms and eight and a half baths as well as large rooms ideal for entertaining and large terraces that offer the ultimate in relaxation.  An outdoor living area with bar and kitchen leads out to a crystal pool that overlooks a private dock and the bay.  An amazing kitchen with tons of counter space, high-end appliances and more awaits anyone with a love for cooking.  Other amenities that can only be found in a home of this caliber are a massage room, elegant bedrooms and spa-like baths, media room and large dining room that accommodates large parties.
The next featured neighborhood is Crystal Bluff.  Not only is it gated but also walled and offers neighborhood patrol for maximum privacy and security.  Homes in Crystal Bluff are priced at levels starting at about $1 million and vary in size from modest 3,000+ square foot homes to larger homes that top 8,000 square feet.  This is a lovely neighborhood that features a nice walkway to an area that overlooks the Bay as well as Grove Isle.  With waterfront homes as well as interior lot homes, there are lots of styles of homes that appeal to different buyers. 

1872 South Bayshore Lane, Crystal Bluff Addition, List Price:  $6,749,000
This beautiful Mediterranean home faces Biscayne Bay and features an inviting patio area surrounding an infinity pool that seems to spill into the bay.  A chef’s dream kitchen with cooking island, tons of cabinets and high-end appliances as well as an elegant master bedroom and unbelievable bath make this a home in which potential buyers take notice.  In addition to the main home, there is a small, two-bedroom guest house or along with staff quarters and garage. 

The Elite of the Elite
The gated Coconut Grove neighborhoods cater to the elite of the elite.  With these grand estates tucked away in quiet secure neighborhoods, it is no wonder that the most affluent residents in Miami-Dade County choose to live in Coconut Grove. 

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