Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Classic Coral Gables Home Listings Built in the 1920s

Established in the 1920s during the land boom in Florida, Coral Gables has a claim to fame of being one of the first planned communities in Florida.  The city covered almost 10,000 acres with the architectural design being Mediterranean Revival throughout the city.  Following the boom, the market went bust (sound familiar?) and its founder, George Merrick, lost everything but the ancestral home.

Over the course of several decades, the home, called Merrick Manor, went through several hands and was occupied by different types of occupants.  Since about 1976, it has been in the hands of the City of Coral Gables which restored it to its 1925 style with d├ęcor, fixtures and finishes because it “best represented the Merrick family,” according to a recently featured article in Curbed Miami and is open twice a week for tours.

This got us thinking about Coral Gables real estate and how it has changed over the years.  While there are many new construction homes that have replaced some of the original homes built in the 1920s, there are still those that stand out as original Coral Gables properties with the unique characteristics of the architectural design. Here are five Coral Gables homes listed for sale and built in the early to mid-1920s that reflect the design of properties during that era while featuring modernized upgrades on the interiors that make these homes spectacular and ideal for those who love the uniqueness to original “old Florida” style.

920 Coral Way, List Price:  $2,495,000
This gorgeous home located just very short distance from the Coral Gables Merrick House consists of the best of the old with truly modern updates.  Built by George Merrick in 1922, this historically designated house is constructed with coral rock and still has the original hardwood floors, terracotta tile floors and other classic details along with newer, remodeled upgrades like a fabulous walk-in closet, new kitchen with updated stainless steel appliances and so much more.  A screened-in porch that runs the across the rear of the house features exposed coral rock walls and posts with the terracotta tile floor and the original tongue and groove plank ceiling. On top of this, in addition to four bedrooms and four baths includes a library with a wet bar, large living and dining rooms, and a Florida room just off the kitchen and family room.  One really nice attribute is the pool house (with bath) that accommodates guests. The entire property encompasses three lots and is filled with tropical landscaping and fruit trees.

1046 Almeria Avenue, List Price:  $999,000
This Spanish-style villa, built in 1923, features the epitome of “classic Florida” with a two-bedroom, two-bath main house and a one-bedroom, one-bath guest residence above the garage.  Situated on a 10,000+ square foot corner lot, the home was designed by renowned architect, Walter DeGarmo and features the original Dade County pine and terracotta floors throughout the house as well as modern upgrades and remodels to bring the house to its updated state.  These updates include a fabulous chef style kitchen, a large master bedroom with unbelievable closet space and a master bath, and impact-resistant windows and doors.  In the back is a wonderfully large brick-paver patio perfect for entertaining.  The location is just one block to Salvadore Park and only a short walk (or drive) to the Biltmore Hotel.
1248 Aguila Avenue, List Price:  $568,000
Located in one of Coral Gables most established neighborhoods, this Gables Granada house was built in 1924 and features the best of both worlds in terms of old and new.  The home recently went through a huge remodel to update while still keeping the unique charm of this original Gables home.  It offers two bedrooms, one bath and an artist studio with a wall of arched windows as well as beautiful wood floors, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and a family/sunroom.  The kitchen and bath have been totally remodeled with contemporary fixtures and cabinets and stainless steel appliances.  A loggia opens up to a beautiful courtyard and patio.  This is a truly spectacular home.  Real estate listings in Gables Granada feature list prices starting as low as the mid-$400s and climbing into the millions.  This is a fantastic neighborhood for families.
1232 Palermo Avenue, List Price:  $1,499,000
This is a 3,600+ square foot home built in 1924 and located in the Coral Gables Country Club neighborhood.  It showcases a Spanish-style architectural design with lots of room to house the five bedrooms and four baths.  The main floor has a split floor plan with two master bedrooms one featuring a spa-style master bath with marble walls and floors and a large walk-in closet.  Original hardwood floors have been refinished and other rooms have been modernized and updated.  The rear of the home opens to a beautiful pool area with brick paver deck and lots of lush landscaping that spreads over the entire 12,000+ square foot lot.
1416 Medina Avenue, List Price:  $689,000
This home screams history as it is one of the original homes built by George Merrick in 1925.  It offer three bedrooms and two baths under almost 2,000 square feet as well as a detached garage that easily be transformed into a perfect in-law’s suite or pool house.  Inside, there are travertine and tigerwood floors throughout and a large recently remodeled gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets and granite counter tops not to mention new contemporary baths – the master bath has marble, and a Jacuzzi tub.  The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and pool access. On top of that, there is new central A/C and a new garage roof.
Everything Under One Roof
There is nothing like history kept in its original state even when you want to remodel or update property.  In the neighborhoods within a short radius of The Merrick House showcase so many homes like this that feature everything under one roof.  When considering a home in Coral Gables, be sure to consider the older homes as they have the character of classic Florida combined with newer upgrades in terms of appliances and all the conveniences of modern day.

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