When Nook Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.
We recently announced how happy we are to add the Alex & Joe - Miami Luxury Real Estate Team to the Nook Family of real estate experts. You’ll see some more exciting stories about the Miami-Dade area right here on the blog, starting with one of our favorite Nook Neighborhoods, Coconut Grove!
Have you heard of “island time”? That’s how to describe the feeling when you experience Coconut Grove. There’s so much to do and not a big rush to do it. Imagine living there!
Coconut Grove was established in 1825 and is proud to be one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. With such a great variety of historic, tourist and brand new, trendy businesses, whatever you do will find a home here. And if your particular expertise isn’t represented in Coconut Grove yet, there are plenty of entrepreneurial residents who can help you make your vision happen!
Just look at MKTplace, a pop-up market by the University of Miami School of Architecture. They modify shipping containers to create a market out of vacant space. It will allow for creative placemaking, giving smaller vendors who are priced out of larger venues a way to meet their community. They’ll also have open space for social gathering, arts, and cultural events.
Coconut Grove boasts such a culturally diverse tropical paradise that it attracts artists of all kinds, and the Business Improvement District will help anyone along the process to starting their business there. Its waterfront climate brings visitors from all over the world into Coconut Grove year long, which leaves lots of opportunity to grow your business internationally. Plus the schools have great ratings and many options for private school as well, so your family can enjoy a small town feeling with your neighbors while constantly experiencing worldly visitors.
If you’re an architecture lover like we are, then Coconut Grove and the surrounding Miami-Dade area won’t disappoint. Start with the library, which “stands as a testament to the tenacity and individuality of Coconut Grove’s pioneering citizens, who operated their first public library even prior to the city of Miami’s incorporation in 1896” (Thank you, City of Miami’s Historic Preservation Society). When local architect Triplett Russell was commissioned to build a new air conditioned facility in 1957, his main goal was to combine the subtropical homage to Coconut Grove’s ancestors with a futuristic bent to stay relevant in a modern, ever evolving society.
The Vizcaya House and Gardens was originally built as a winter home for James Deering, in the style of a lavish eighteenth-century Italian villa. Merging the Mediterranean sensibilities with a subtropical climate brought its own challenges, beautifully met with a courtyard open to the sky serving as the heart of the home. Its other exteriors match their surroundings, one side with an elaborate view of the house from the sea. Vizcaya itself is a work of art, making history modern with a distinctly Miami flair. It also houses numerous art collections and offers both self guided or social tours so visitors can make the best use of their time there.
Other historic sites include Peacock Park, Women’s Club of Coconut Grove, The Old Bank of Coconut Grove (once home to the study of communication between humans and dolphins), the Mediterranean styled Peacock Plaza and Anthony Arcade, The Barnacle and even The Coconut Grove School holds a long history in its building.
There’s no end to the legacy, events offered or enjoyable things to do in Coconut Grove.