Miami Real Estate News

Aug. 6, 2019

Alfred Browning Parker Architecture and Homes - Lisa Fox Real Estate

You can’t be a Realtor in the Coral Gables, Coconut Grove or South Miami area for long without hearing the name Alfred Browning Parker.   I recently had the pleasure of learning more about this great Florida architect while selling one of his masterpieces, a modern home built in 1950, located at 5189 Alton Road on Miami Beach. 

A.B. Parker put a mark on South Florida by creating his brand of modernistic architecture to blend in with the characteristics of our tropical area.  He, along with other modern architects of his era, adhered to the principle of "form follows function", and that design should have a purpose, not solely be ornamental. This swayed from the Victorian home design age of the past.

Parker opened his office in Miami in 1946, and designed 500+ projects over 60 years.  He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Institute of Architects, and he was a Living Legends Honoree by the Dade Heritage Trust.   Post retirement, he continued to design a few dozen projects while joining the faculty in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida.  He is still recognized today as “Florida’s best architect ever.”

The majority of Parker’s projects were regional to South Florida, from a complete subdivision for incoming GI’s after WWII in the 1950’s, to middle class and luxury homes in Coral Gables - Gables Estates, Coconut Grove, South Miami, and Miami Beach. He also designed commercial projects, such as the Hope Lutheran Church Sanctuary on Bird Road, the Miami Marine Stadium, and several other important works, including a proposal for a memorial in NYC after 911.  Several of his homes were featured in House Beautiful magazine. I am told that the property on Alton Road is his only remaining build on Miami Beach, and fortunately being cared for by its new owner, a retired architect.

Parker’s philosophy and work have a consistent element still desirable today. He two main influencers were architect Frank Lloyd Wright and ecologist and University of Miami professor of tropical forestry, Dr. John C. Gifford.  Parker developed a strong design viewpoint from his respect for the nature, its power and resources.  Many of his homes utilized cypress wood. His home office in Coconut Grove was said to feel like a treehouse.   Although he still practiced in his later years, in the 1980’s he shifted his attention predominately to the design of renewable and alternative energy systems and his Solar Reactor Corporation.

Here are a few notable reads on A.B. Parker:
The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami’s Maverick Modernist by Randolph C. Henning and Alfred Browning Parker
The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker In Florida, Allan T. Shulman, editor.


Posted in Listings
June 2, 2019

Get in the Game Near Miami Beach Homes

The ultimate golf experience is found at the Miami Beach Golf Club. Conveniently located close to Miami Beach homes at 2301 Alton Road, golfers get in the games that dreams are made of. On the course 18 holes offer challenging par 72 play. Generations have golfed at this Arthur Hills designed club which opened way back in 1923 as the Bayshore Golf Course.

World class instruction is offered at the Miami Beach property in the Jim McLean Golf School. Private instruction provides plenty of one on one time. Weekly clinics teach beginners basic skills and touch up intermediate techniques. Golf schools put it all together. Juniors can get in the game too. Junior lessons are available for kids ages 5 to 14. Utilizing the best in US Kids Golf equipment  youngsters learn all about the sport the right way.

The Florida Sun Shines Brightly on Miami Beach Property Golf Games

In the pro shop the best equipment and gear is expertly presented. From apparel to clubs it’s all found here. State of the art rentals are also stocked for out-of-towners wanting to play a round or two.

Hungry golfers head on over to the Miami Beach Golf Club Restaurant after the game. Plenty of cheers and jeers are heard amongst friends. Holes in one are celebrated and missed shots are commiserated over cold beverages. Dining options are both decadent and casual. Many choose to linger over luncheon on the patio watching players move on by the 18th hole. Open to non-members of the club a crowd often grows for weekend brunch. Box luncheons are great grab and goes for  golf outings.

Beautiful Florida sunshine settles in over glorious greens and sparkling water features presenting a perfect backdrop for golfing. Book a tee time online or call 305.532.3350 for reservations for the Miami Beach Golf Club. Memberships are great for locals living in Miami Beach homes with only a limited number accepted allowing for a feel of exclusivity. 


Posted in News
May 30, 2019

Coconut Grove Real Estate Makes Mouths Water

Coconut Grove real estate is filled with good taste. Residents and visitors explore the landscape one bite at a time. Miami Culinary Tours lead the way through one of the oldest and most disguised Miami neighborhoods. Witty company guides relay history and trivia about the inner workings of the area with the Coconut Grove Food and History Tour. Those with hearty appetites for adventure and good food are easily satisfied with an eclectic menu featuring international delights.

Step by step “the Grove” is traversed. A lively scene sets the backdrop for an exciting three hour experience. Taking place each Saturday at 12:30 p.m. eager groups gather for lunch. Roughly half a mile of easy terrain is covered with pauses made for tastings at multiple restaurants and eateries. Stops occur at popular Coconut Grove real estate establishments as well as those more elusive and off the beaten path.

Walk the Walk on Coconut Grove Property

The menu boasts a diverse flair corresponding with the vivid cultural scene of the historic Miami neighborhood. Tastings are lip smacking good. An array of colorful dishes await diners including Thai, Indian, Cuban, and Latin-American fusion cuisines. Walking about folks soak up the sights, scents and sounds of Coconut Grove property.

Miami Culinary Tours is the best in the business. Additional tours frequent other popular neighborhoods including Little Havana, South Beach, Wynwood and Miami City. Private tours are also available and cater to individual needs. Call 786.942.8856 for more information.

Participants meet up with guides at the Peacock Garden Bistro to check in and get going. Parents are welcome to bring strollers for their youngsters and there is no charge for children who are not eating. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advanced notification. Reservations can be made online. Delve deeply into the Coconut Grove real estate region and discover new food destinations today.


Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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