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October 23, 2014 / Maggie Mercer / 0 Comments / Luxury Home Market

Coconut Grove Mansion Most Expensive in Miami

***UPDATED: June 23, 2016*** The Coconut Grove mansion known as La Brisa, has been sold. Ransom Everglades just closed on the deal at $34.6 million, making it the most expensive single-family home sold in the neighborhood’s history, and among the top 10 highest sales in Miami-Dade. The buyer had been looking at the property for quite some time. The addition of the 6.9-acre estate increases its holding to nearly 17 acres. According to a recent article from Curbed Miami, listing agent Nelson Gonzalez, Vice President of EWM, said that “the demand for acres of land — especially of this scope and location — is extremely high in South Florida, so this listing has been a rarity on the market and a prime opportunity for investment.

The title of most expensive luxury property in Miami has recently been awarded to a new Coconut Grove listing. The nearly 14,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion sits on 6.9 acres of naturally landscaped, waterfront land and is listed at $65 million. The home was designed by Miami architects Kiehnel and Elliott to emphasize the outdoors, with most rooms having direct access to fresh air via balcony, walkway, or direct access to the patio and pool. The architects are well known for designing El Jardin, a house on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Originally built in the 1920’s, the mansion sits on top of an ancient coral reef, about 23 feet above seal level.

The listing, through real estate broker, Coldwell Banker, describes the estate as “a rare opportunity to own Miami history and travel back in time on a 6.9 acre oceanfront hammock in the heart of Miami in Coconut Grove on a private gated estate.” The first deed of ownership to the land was awarded to author and Florida native, Kirk Munroe and his wife, Mary Barr Munroe. Mr. Munroe is very well known in the area as the founder of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and the first to build a tennis court in South Florida. He is also credited for introducing Florida’s first legislation to protect manatees, after an injured cow washed up on his shore. Water from a spring on the estate, known as La Brisa, was sent to American troops in Key West during the Spanish-American War, and according to news sources, a box of Florida orange blossoms from the Munroe property that was sent to Standard Oil’s, Henry Flagler, helped convince the tycoon to bring his railroad to Miami. This luxury listing is certainly not short on historical significance.

La Brisa recently underwent major restoration, saving the original woodwork, hardwood, tiled, and marble flooring, exposed beam ceilings and large French doors and windows. The mansion boasts nine bedrooms and eleven bathrooms, several seating and dining areas, a modern eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, an office, billiards room, and wine cellar. The breathtaking master suite has a large ensuite marble bathroom and balconies opening out to the grounds. There is a guest cottage, a pool with lounging areas, a spring pond, a 4-car garage, a 536-square-foot protected canal, 207 feet of waterfront and a dock area suitable for a 70 ft yacht. This luxury Miami home has it all; desirable location, amenities galore, and historical prestige. It’s no wonder that it’s on top of the Miami real estate market.

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