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.
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.
There are currently 53 Keystone Point homes for sale: (compared to 52 in May)
Highest priced listing: $5,290,000 (open bay Mediterranean estate located at 12485 Keystone Island Dr)
Lowest priced listing: $469,040 – 3/2 with 1,562 sq.ft. at 12630 Ixora Rd.
Pending Sales (properties under contract): 6
Closed sales in June 2016: 3 (compared to 3 in May)
Median Sales Price in June: $1,099,000
The 3 Keystone Point homes sold in June were the following:
12409 N Bayshore Dr – 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms, 2,050 SF on 11,916 SF lot – this property sold for $450,000 on June 27th, 2016 and was relisted for $585,000 on July 13th without updates.($220/SF selling price and $285/SF relist price)
2360 N Magnolia Dr – 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms, 3,083 SF on 9,375 SF lot – this waterfront property was listed for $1,299,000 on February, reduced to $1,199,000 in April and sold for $980,000 ($318/SF)
12990 Biscayne Island Ter – 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms, 4,305 SF on 12,500 SF lot – this waterfront property was first listed in November of 2015 for $2,150,000, was reduced, cancelled and relisted at same price in March of 2016 and finally sold for $1,587,500 ($369/SF)
The average price per square foot for Keystone Point Homes on the water in June was $344 compared to previous months:
Keystone Points inventory remains unchanged and June’s average price per square foot reflects an increase from 2015’s average. Because inventory is slow, homes priced well will sell quickly and here’s where it gets tricky. How exactly do you price a home well? What does that mean? It means that as a seller, you need to be objective and not think your house is superior – listen to your REALTOR and work with someone that knows the market and knows what sellers are looking for. If the average price is $452 for canal-front homes, that means that an average house that needs work, should be priced at that number. If your house is completely remodeled, to today’s standards, that’s when you can go higher.
The reason you hire a REALTOR is because you need a third, disconnected party that can put emotional factors of selling a home aside. That professional will let you know what your upgrades are worth to a buyer and will guide you through the pricing process. We here at Miamism.com, use a few automated pricing models that give an idea of pricing, but ALWAYS need to be tweaked and corrected. Please go to miamismVALUE.com and request your automated CMA, and then call us to verify the figure.
Call us if you are thinking about buying or selling in Keystone or know of someone that can benefit from an Architecture REALTOR – we’ll be happy to provide a no obligation consultation.
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I need to tell you about this amazing opportunity in Miami Shores, to buy sophistication and elegance for an amazing price. This Miami Shores home, when purchased by current owners, was gutted and stripped to the core and re-built almost from scratch. We are talking new everything!! From air conditioning and ducts, to walls, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, impact windows and doors, security system, sprinkler system and more (see list below).
Here’s your chance to buy a custom home in Miami Shores for under $331/SF when comparable properties are selling for high $300k’s and even over $400 per square foot. This house defines luxury living and for way under $1 million.
REDUCED to $775,000
9959 Biscayne Blvd – Property Description
Completely remodeled home with fantastic attention to detail, across from Miami Shores Country Club & Golf course.
No expense spared in this custom designed smart home with 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, all en-suite.
Features include: open floor plan, hand-crafted cabinetry, quartz counters, luxurious spa-inspired master bathroom, LED lighting, security system, remote gated private entry through back, new fence, new a/c and duct work, new plumbing, new electrical, impact windows, big back-yard with plenty of room for pool, big exterior patio with pergola & more … Everything is new!
Don’t miss this opportunity to own a brand new, custom home.
And of course you ask, what’s the catch? It’s evident that the house sits on Biscayne Blvd but it was designed away from it with even an automated gated entrance through the back. The house is perfect for those that want to be across from the Miami Shores Golf Course, tennis courts, pool and country club. Imagine waking up Saturday morning and just walking across the street with your clubs! It’s an executive home at its best and the level of renovation will impress you.
9959 Biscayne Blvd – Property Features
fully renovated, custom home
3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms (all en-suite)
2,343 SF of living space
2-car garage with new, modern steel flat panel / Miami-Dade Hurricane approved garage door
front and rear driveways
automated gate in rear of property
10,973 SF lot
Built in 1981 and completely renovated in 2016
open floor plan
custom design with finishes imported from Brazil, Italy and Spain
9′ Brazilian Quarts kitchen island with stainless steel appliances; featuring ultra modern double oven and modern hood vent
custom crafted European designed kitchen cabinets
custom designed bathroom vanities
energy saving LED lighting throughout with 3 choices of white lights to flip through
All bedrooms equipped with USB outlets
custom made barn doors
state-of-the-art security alarm with cameras, controlled from smart phone
4th and 5th bedroom options with approved architectural plans
plenty of room for pool
beautifully landscaped backyard with new sprinkler system
remote gated private parking pad behind home with enough parking for additional 4 cars
exterior LED lights
New roof – 6 years old
New modern, horizontal paneled fence in front and back
New impact windows and doors
New air conditioning system and new duct work
New water heater
New Electrical with 200 AMP electrical panel box and main disconnect
custom built pergola on exterior patio perfect for entertaining
Please don’t take my word for it, call us to schedule an appointment and see for yourself. It’s easy to show and ready for move-in immediately!
“They’re multilingual, beautiful, and wealthy,” said the Florida-based travel blogger Christine Austin. “For regular folks, visiting here can feel like stumbling into a nightclub full of supermodels while you’re wearing yoga pants.”
It’s hard to imagine how anyone could be in a bad mood here, what with the city’s perennial tropical weather and pristine beachfront real estate. After all, it ranked as one of the best cities in the country for a Beach Getaway. But maybe it’s Miami’s display of luxury, from gleaming new condos to couture boutiques, that turned off travelers. In addition to rudeness, the city had a pretty high snob score.
I personally don’t think snobby is a bad thing at all, but then again, I am a true local. Who doesn’t like good things? I guess good taste makes us rude. Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful! The second rudest was Phoenix (guess that perfect year-round weather makes people really mean); and number 3 was New York City ….enough said.
That one really cracked me up, maybe we are a third world country where there is no middle class and the disparity between rich and poor is astronomical. But then again, maybe that’s why I feel right at home and would not change Miami for any other city.
No city in the United States is worse to live in than Miami. The city’s median home value of $245,000 is well above the national median of $181,200. However, with a median household income of only $31,917 a year, well below the national median of $53,657, most of these homes are either out of reach or a financial burden on most Miami residents
The second worst was Detroit, Michigan – let’s blame Motown for that. And third was Paterson, New Jersey…I feel a trip coming on.
But my favorite Worst List has to be from The New Tropic which makes sense of all the nonsense.
We’ve been hearing how terrible Miami is since the ’80s. It’s fine. Keep it up if it makes you feel better. It’s just so, so played.
Haters will hate. But if you need to hear the counterpart, which includes Financial Hub, Tech Hub, lower taxes, art, culture, gastronomy, wealth, infrastructure, starchitects, and beaches…then I suggest you read: WHY MIAMI IS THE BEST (drop mic)