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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Don't judge a book by its cover

In August 2006, I wrote about this Moorish house that was being built which is near the bridge to Grove Isle. I called it ugly and not fitting in with the neighborhood. This is the picture I took that day. A seven months later, in March, I ran into a guy at the Gifford Lane Art Stroll, that was 2007, he told me that he was the brother of the guy building the house and he agreed with my assessment, but this week, Curbed Miami ran a bunch of photos of the house and it looks like the brother of the owner and I may have been wrong. Most of it is nice. Below if one of the photos of the kitchen, courtesy of Zillow. See for yourself here, there are lots of photos, one better than the next.


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8 Comments:

Blogger Alan Layng said...

I prefer term tacky....

September 01, 2015 2:12 PM  
Blogger ArthurG said...

I think your first impression was the correct one.

September 01, 2015 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how the outside can look so wonderful and the inside, not so much. One of the best things about Miami is the ability for the plantings around a home to grow so quickly that they look established in no time.

I don't know what those things around the windows in the kitchen are called but the room would be gorgeous without them. There is a lot of other cement things that are unnecessary also but that is a matter of taste. The outside spaces are spectacular. Not too much of anything and spectacular views.

September 01, 2015 5:21 PM  
Blogger Mark Weiser said...

Those concrete things around the windows are mostly pretty awesome & would look so much better without the windows but that's not gonna happen. This place makes a statement & Grove Isle seems to be a good place to make it. This is a nice addition to Miami

September 02, 2015 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A mixture between modern, gothic, roman, etruscan or whatever, the house is at least original. Most houses in big cities look the same, just another number. Much like the mass-produced robots living in them.

Originality and creativity are always a plus.

But don't tell that to the Sarnoffs and developer$$$, they prefer Don Shulas by the water.

September 02, 2015 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Another local leaving just in case the chaos of the Grove Isle development happens. I guess the risk of having +50,000 tons of materials go by your house is quite an inducement.

September 02, 2015 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly, tacky, and kind of pathetic. I do feel bad for people who are that empty.

September 03, 2015 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that home is owned by an attorney who represents architects and builders. The finished version is actually quite attractive and unique. He's smart to sell it now before the new construction begins on Grove Isle. Living through trucks and construction barges will not be fun, not to mention all the new traffic that the new Geove Isle building will bring passing by his front door.

September 03, 2015 10:21 PM  

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