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Mar
28

What is the right type of window for a Mediterranean house?

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on March 28, 2015

Miami Shores Historic Home by miamism.com

I often get asked what the right type of window is for a Mediterranean Revival home.  Remember that I am a REALTOR and specialize in historic homes because of my architecture background.  I hope this next explanation answers your window questions.

Windows are a key element in a building’s architecture, and the incorrect use of a window can ruin a building’s facade.  The first windows ever used were vertical in nature made to represent the human body, or better yet, were designed according to human proportions.  Mediterranean homes use windows that are vertical in proportion.

I have sketched a common window to show what proportions are about – notice the vertical nature of the window.  Different styles of architecture call for different window proportions.

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The correct use for a Mediterranean Revival home is the casement window.  If we want to go into detail, the proportion of the window lights and the placement of the muntins is also very important.  But I would much rather see a plain casement without muntins, than the wrong type of window used like an awning or colonial.

We don’t recommend that you ask window companies for their opinion either, most of them will not care what you use and which window type is appropriate; when in doubt, ask a professional.  There are plenty of architects that do consulting and would be glad to answer questions.  There are also historic boards throughout that may be able to help you.

If you have the ability to find the original plans of your home, those will show in facade drawings, what windows were intended.  You may see some single-hung in smaller openings, but guarantee that most of them will be casement.

As for finishes, original windows were wood-casement and those are difficult to maintain in our climate and will not be hurricane resistant. Window companies can make windows that looks exactly like the originals, with modern materials that are weather resistant.

I drew the pen and ink drawing above for a Miami Shores historic home – more specifically, a Miami Shores Mediterranean Revival home.  I love doing these drawings for marketing purposes when we are selling historic homes in Miami.

Keep sending those historic home questions!

 

 

Mar
26

Throwback Thursday – 10 Basic Tips to Drive in Miami #TBT

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday brings back some humor from a post that has been picked up my major media channels around the country.  Let’s just say that Miami drivers have a really bad reputation.

10 Basic Tips to Drive in Miami

One of the main complaints we hear from people relocating to Miami is that they can’t deal with Miami drivers so Rick and I came up with the perfect solution……If you can’t beat them, join them!

Miamism Car

Here are some basics you’ll need to learn to be able to drive in Miami without loosing your mind. These should make the transition  much easier and once you start practicing, you will feel right at home.

1.   Never, under any circumstance, drive with both hands on the wheel.  (2 hands on the wheel mean “weakness” and they will spot you a mile away).

2.   Make sure you have a cell phone on one ear.  (hands-free devices are for wimps)

3.   Use the other hand to do either of the following:  women can apply make-up or pluck eyebrows and men can shave or pick their nose.

4.   Never, under any circumstance use your blinker (turn signal) – we like surprises here in Miami, just change lanes without notice and the other drivers will respond with friendly signs.

5.   If you are on the highway and cars are passing you on the left, make sure you move over to the furthest left lane to slow traffic down……this should upset plenty of drivers, just smirk and wave if you dare.

6.   Sign language not only is acceptable but it is expected, only keep in mind that some drivers do pack heat, you may find yourself chasing bullets.

7.   Don’t ever turn right from the right lane, add excitement to your life – being in the wrong lane to turn is more acceptable.

8.   Yellow light means PUNCH IT!! Slow down and you WILL cause an accident!

9.   If you see a police car, don’t drive patiently behind them, speed up and pass them as quickly as you can while waving with the hand holding the cell phone.

10.   If you ever get stopped by the police, don’t start making excuses.  Miami police love the truth – just tell them to hurry up with the ticket, you have places to go and people to meet.

So stop complaining, be a little more assertive with your driving and soon enough you will not understand how you were able to drive anywhere else.  Driving in Miami will feel like home.

Mar
24

Miami Historic Homes – DeGarmo in Coconut Grove

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on March 24, 2015

There is currently a spectacular Walter DeGarmo home for sale in Coconut Grove on the water.  We are talking one of DeGarmo’s masterpieces with all of his signature details including grand tower entrance that is often imitated by modern Mediterranean architecture.

Walter DeGarmo, was a prolific architect in the early 20th Century – an architecture graduate from Cornell University, DeGarmo moved to Coconut Grove in 1903 and was responsible for the design of many residences and public buildings in South Florida.  He was the first registered architect in Miami and a protegé of John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

DeGarmo was a classicist with an interest in tropical architecture and always challenged by the marriage of these 2 concepts.  His homes always boast open loggias and/or beautiful court yards. DeGarmo became one of the early masters of the Mediterranean Revival Style.  His most prolific years were from 1906-1926, during the Miami Boom times.

3467 Moorings Way – Coconut Grove

priced at $8,550,000

Walter DeGarmo home for Sale in Coconut Grove

This is perfect example of a beautifully restored historic home that doesn’t butcher the original design, that respects the architecture details while at the same time modernizing the space and bringing it to today’s standards.  Not all details are original, and home owners did take some creative liberties during restoration, but they were able to marry their vision and the original home with incredible grace.  Kudos to the sellers for featuring a beautiful piece of art.

This magnificent estate features 6,856 sq.ft. of living space with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.  It sits on an oversized 28,577 sq.ft. lot with lush, tropical landscaping, loggias and courtyards.  The home’s axis aligns with canal that has direct ocean access.  The home’s marketing description reads as follows:

Exquisite, turn-key, 1929 DeGarmo, lovingly restored to its original splendor, including the most magnificent finishes and the decor exemplifying the grandeur and old world charm that you would expect of one the most beautiful properties in all of South Florida. A walled and gated masterpiece of Mediterranean inspired architecture, surrounded by the most enchanting courtyard, garden, and loggia lined patios. Located in the most coveted, guard gated Grove neighborhood, The Moorings, overlooking the bay!

Historic Mediterranean Revival Home in The Grove

Details to pay attention to, other than loggias, unusual window shapes and grand fireplace mantle, are the open beamed ceilings with intricate detailing (I can actually imagine the original hand-painted stencils on the beams), the rustic flooring which contrasts beautifully with the hand plastered walls, and the transitions from room to room.  DeGarmo was a master of transitions and his archways are unique and well thought out.

This home was originally listed for $8,950,000 and was reduced by $400,000.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Trulia.com.

Coconut Grove Historic Home

Walter DeGarmo for Sale - 3467 N Moorings Wy

DeGarmo 3467 N Moorings Wy - Coconut Grove

Call us to schedule an appointment to go visit this or any historic home in Miami.  We guarantee you will walk away with knowledge you didn’t even know you would care for. I do warn you that I get a bit emotional, DeGarmo spaces are magical.

 

 

Mar
23

Louver House – South of Fifth – Miami Beach

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on March 23, 2015

Miamism is excited to present an exquisite and private project in the South of Fifth area of Miami Beach.  The concept of Louver House, as per the architect, Rene Gonzalez,

Designed to be a part of its environment, Louver House embraces the tropical qualities of the South of Fifth Neighborhood and reinterprets them for contemporary living.

The project will be 4 stories with 12 total residences with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.  Square foot range will be from 2,088-2,432 and price ranges are from $1.9 to $3.6 Million.  It’s currently in pre-construction with estimated completion date of the third quarter of 2016.

Louver House South Beach by miamism.com

Within this boutique property, 12 spacious residences are accessed by private elevators and feature the finest interior design, with oversized, private terraces and lush gardens extending the living space of every residence to the outdoors.

louver house south beach by miamism.com

The developer’s concept (Camilo Miguel Jr, from Mast Capital),

I wanted to develop a luxury residential building that is elegant, warm and forward thinking.  A design without compromise that reflects the vibrance and charm of Miami’s exclusive South of Fifth Neighborhood.

louver house concept sketch

From the lobby’s original works of contemporary art to the finest finishes and highest quality craftsmanship of the residences, Louver House offers a truly sophisticated ambiance.

louver house renderings

Louver House Amenities

  • Gated entry
  • Secured garage parking
  • 24-hour security video surveillance
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Outdoor yoga studio
  • Rooftop garden infinity-edge pool deck
  • Full-time residential manager
  • Wi-Fi / high-speed Internet access in common areas
  • Electric vehicle charging station in select locations

Louver House Residences

  • Ornare kitchen cabinets with quartz countertops
  • High end designer bathroom fixtures
  • Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances
  • Electrolux washer and dryer
  • Elegant floating designer bathroom vanities
  • Frameless, glass-enclosed showers
  • 13 feed deep by 37 feet wide private terraces with glass railings on select residences (up to 531 sq.ft. of outdoor living)
  • Spacious walk-in closets
  • Smart-technology ready
  • 8 foot solid core doors throughout
  • Sound insulated throughout
  • Spacious flow-through open floor plans with 10 food ceilings
  • Private rooftop terraces and spas for select penthouse residences
  • Floor-to-ceiling energy-efficient windows
  • Private high-speed elevators
  • Two covered parking spaces per residence
  • Pet friendly building

Louver House South Beach

Contact us for more information including property brochure and floor plans.

Condo Name:  Louver House
Architecture:  Rene Gonzalez Architect
Developer:  Mast Capital
Landscape Architect:  Savino & Miller Design Studio
Location:  311 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Area:  South of Fifth area of South Beach
Contact:  louverhouse@miamism.com

**published Jan 22, 2015

 

Mar
18

LeBron James lowers price on Miami Home

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on March 18, 2015

Why would LeBron James lower the price of his Miami home by 2 million dollars?

Simple: it was overpriced

In our opinion, still is.  Celebrity status or not, we’ve heard opinions on why the home hasn’t sold and they vary from location to “slightly overpriced”, to other ridiculous and senseless reasons.  Truth is, everyone was shocked when he chose the location to begin with and now he will have to be more realistic about the selling price.

lebron james miami home for sale via miamism.com

LeBron James’ Miami home for sale for $15,000,000

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LeBron James is selling his Miami Home