Al and Sherna Brody appreciate good things and great art – from Renoir to Picasso, Tiffany to Pollock … but their most prized possession is their own home: a 1961 Alfred Browning Parker estate that sits on a 1.5 acre, bay-front property in Miami’s Morningside Historic District.
I never skip a chance to visit gems like this one and got the usual goosebumps down my spine while touring this architecturally significant home. But much to my surprise, my biggest treat was not the architecture. The big surprise was the passion these 2 home owners feel for their home. Every nook and cranny has a restoration story – their home is a true labor of love evident by the hired craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout.
The meticulous restoration of their Alfred Browning Parker home started in 2002 when they first purchased the property and they admit that not everything is original and they have made changes – but those changes have remained true to the original architecture, which makes this project even more superb.
Make no mistake, this historic property is not for sale, and if it ever was, we hope to be the first to find out in order to find the perfect buyer – one that could appreciate it as much as The Brodys.
Team Miamism specializes in architecturally significant homes in Miami :
Alfred Browning Parker was known as the leader of Miami’s modernist architectural movement. He was known for his green designs which married local materials to suit South Florida’s climate. He built pre-air conditioning, so his homes took advantage of air currents, landscaping and light. ABP’s spaces were organic and managed to seamlessly bring the outdoors in. His architecture was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and his motto was “Make it useful and make it beautiful.” He was way ahead of his time when sustainable design was not even in our vocabulary and will remain an inspiration for years to come.
Happy Thanksgiving from our Miamism family to yours – it doesn’t matter where you are from. Let us kick off this holiday season with good friends and family. We especially thank you, our clients, readers and even our secret stalkers for always keeping us on our toes and making us better professionals and communicators.
A special shout-out to our new Brazilian friends from Curitiba for teaching me a bit of portuguese and teaching me about their side of the world this week.
Obrigada aos nossos novos amigos de Curitiba para me ensinar um pouco sobre o seu mundo e também um pouco de português! Espero visitar você em breve!
Time to bring back an old article from 2008 to remind out about holiday decorations and how these can affect if your house sells before the year is over. Read, learn and call us to list your home for sale – but only call us if you are ready for the truth.
What exactly do you need to do to sell your Miami Beach Home? Is there a secret formula why some houses sell quicker than others – can you, as a seller, be objective about your property and accept constructive criticism without getting offended in order to achieve your goal of selling your Miami Beach Property?
if you can step back from the emotions and memories and pay attention to the important details, the process will be a lot easier and less painful. Selling a home takes a lot of work, and I’m not talking about scheduling showings and writing up contracts. I’m talking about keeping your home in tip-top showing condition at all times and feeling like you have to live in a model home because you may have to show your home at a moment’s notice.
There are 4 factors that affect how quickly
Miami Beach Real Estate sells:
1. Price (this is the most important in today’s market)
2. Location (unfortunately if you are selling, this is out of your control)
3. Showing condition of the home (this is what this article will address)
4. Marketing and exposure of the property (you may have the perfect property at the perfect price, but if no one knows about it…..you know the rest).
Stage – Stage – Stage
You’ve heard about staging and how important it is for your house to show at its best in order to make a good first impression and stand out from the competition. Last year, right before Halloween, I asked Stager Extraordinaire, Craig Schiller to give me his opinion on Holiday Decorations and this is what he had to say:
Typically, I advise sellers to use VERY little or NO decorations for ANY holiday.
WHY? Well, for the simple reason I have said time and time again…
when selling a property the house is to be the “star” not the stuff.
It is a fact that a house holds the greatest appeal when it is neutral.
Neutrality makes it easier for a buyer to map their lives into a house
that is for sale. If a holiday is not a part of the buyers life, then the decorations are no longer neutral and they then become a distraction.
But even if you suspect that most likely the buyers looking at your home do
celebrate the holiday you want to decorate for… the decorations can be
a distraction. Holiday decorations, by design, are made to stand out from the ordinariness of our lives and to be looked at.
The time a buyer allots to look at a home is short and precious… having
it used up looking at decorations is not the best use of it when in
reality the house is what they have come to SEE and are considering
So, if a home seller insists on putting up decorations
for upcoming holidays, I strongly recommend that those decorations then
be taken down immediately (and I do mean immediately) after the holiday.
Unstage – when it comes to Holiday Decorations
If Craig’s words of wisdom are not enough – please think of the diversity of cultures we have here in Miami – think of how there’s a possibility that you may offend a prospective buyer with your decorations. Also think about how holiday decorations can take away from the architecture and features of your home. If you are serious about selling your home, all these factors should come to mind. If you feel like no-one buys real estate during the holidays, think again! Rick and I had a very busy Holiday Season last year and already seeing signs of a very busy season.
I confess I’m not a Kmart shopper and have never worn boxers. But after hearing from Jay Leno during last night’s Late Night Show that this video had offended a few people, I had to check it out, and share it in case you missed it. I just know our audience would never be offended by some pre-holiday fun. CHEERS!
Matt Damon’s Miami Beach home has been reduced from $20,000,000 to $18,999,000 – that’s almost a whoopin’ 6% reduction! Check out our previous article on the hunk’s magnificent Miami Beach Manse.
Thank you Curbed Miami for giving us the scoop on Matt Damon and his Miami Beach home being for sale. I have to admit that I don’t have many crushes on actors, but there’s something about Matt Damon – he won me over with his “Good Will Hunting” performance and I would probably be star struck if I saw him (GASP). So enough about Matt and let’s talk real estate.
This North Bay Road home boasts almost 13,000 sf of living space with 7 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. It has 170? of open bay water frontage and sits on a 43,690 sf lot. It was built in 1935 and obviously remodeled (DUH) and although it has a nice charming 30?s feel to it, it also feels modern.
It is modestly priced at
$20 Million $18.999 Million and could have Chris Bosh as a neighbor close by …and not to mention “Matt Damon appeal.”
Here are some exterior shots:
The marketing description reads (let me know if you need translating):
Your own private retreat in the heart of Miami Beach awaits you on prestigious upper N Bay Rd. Situated on a rare double lot w/170? of water frontage, Maravilla boasts breathtaking, unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay & beyond. The pool house w/full summer kitchen allows for easy entertaining & a rooftop terrace provides panoramic views of the entire property. The 2-stry main house features a theatre rm, wine cellar, custom ofc, oversized living rm overlooking the water, gourmet kitchen. 2BR/2BA guest hse.
And finally, the interior:
If you are interested in this house or any other Miami Beach home, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. No curious onlookers please, just real buyers…and don’t get offended if we ask for proof.
**property information courtesy of South East Florida Multiple Listing Service**