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Friday, February 23, 2007

The Cutest Little House In Miami




Located in the Shenandoah area of Miami, a traditional, middle-class Cuban-American neighbourhood, this little house sticks out like a sore thumb in the sedate, prosperous area.

From its orange ochre paint, to vague but impressive Islamic lines, and a rather stubby palm tree in its tiny lawn, this house is a sweetie, though I have to warn you...

...it probably still costs in the range of $250,000.

Yes, mignon though it is, it is located in precisely the most sought-after middle income area in Miami, which old time Cubans who fled Castro's regime in the 1960s, took up residence because of its safety, and proximity to the many Catholic churches around it.

Speaking of Catholic, I tried to get a photo of a house with one of those outside memorials to the Virgin Mary, or to Our Sacred Heart of Jesus, without success!

My God, they used to be a dime a dozen, in that neighbourhood, but now, I suppose the yuppy YUCAs (Young Urban Cuban Americans), think they're a tad sentimental and perhaps dowdy.

Pshaw!

A Santa Barbara a Caballo statue outside this house would be perfect.

Like icing on top of its orangey velvetness.

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6 Comments:

  • I haven't been to Miami in 30 years though I truly enjoyed myself on that last excursion. What an incredible place! I wonder what will occur once Castro kicks the can.

    As to the house, interesting designs. I'm curious as to when the house was actually built and who might the architect be. Wonderful old world influences!

    It's funny the comment on the statues. When I was growing up, I remember visiting my grandparents in NJ (they were German but lived very near an Italian neighborhood). You knew you'd entered the Italian 'hood by the statues in the front yards, so many of the Virgin Mary and differnt Saints. You just don't see that anymore do you? I miss it as it added such a cultural flavour to the area.

    Thank you for the continued culture you allow me to experience, even if it is vicariously.

    Ciao, Caroline

    By Blogger Caroline, at Fri Feb 23, 08:10:00 am GMT-5  

  • $250,000 may still leave you about 100 grand short in that area.

    Nice photo and post, as usual.

    By Blogger Robert, at Fri Feb 23, 02:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I haven't been to Miami in 30 years though I truly enjoyed myself on that last excursion. What an incredible place!

    Hey Caroline! Welcome back.

    Glad you enjoyed the area, though you wouldn't recognise Miami now.

    I mean, that's true of most places, but it's ESPECIALLY true of Miami. :)

    I wonder what will occur once Castro kicks the can.

    Nuttin' honey.

    Seriously. If the "Anglos" are expecting that the Cubans will bug out of Miami, and leave them be, it's just not going to happen.

    I know that sounds common sensical enough, but you'd be surprised how many people down here have told me, "When Castro dies, these people will leave. He can't die soon enough for me."

    Bigots and fools. Not pretty.

    As to the house, interesting designs. I'm curious as to when the house was actually built and who might the architect be. Wonderful old world influences!

    You're right!

    This area is cheek-by-jowl to what I would consider Coral Gables, though I know CG residents would shudder at me saying that -- Silver Bluff, Shenandoah, The Pines...all these for me are leakage neighbourhoods of Coral Gables.

    My favourite RC church is there too -- St. Peter & Paul, which has a nice little school appended to it.

    As for the architect, short of my going up and ringing the door bell, can't say. ;)

    But you know that George Merrick was ESPECIALLY insistent on Moorish lines being present in his Spanish colonial dreamworld, Coral Gables.

    (Remember the Alhambra Tower?)

    So I'm guessing this architect jumped on the Seville bandwagon.

    It's funny the comment on the statues. When I was growing up, I remember visiting my grandparents in NJ (they were German but lived very near an Italian neighborhood). You knew you'd entered the Italian 'hood by the statues in the front yards, so many of the Virgin Mary and differnt Saints. You just don't see that anymore do you? I miss it as it added such a cultural flavour to the area.

    You bet!

    What a great memory that is, and how much we miss those touches now, despite having perhaps thought them silly or tacky when we were growing up.

    I know every generation thinks this, but it seems that people yesterday were so free, and uncaring about what others thought.

    That's why I never minded pink flamingoes, or jockeys outside.

    Or in Britain, garden gnomes.

    Thank you for the continued culture you allow me to experience, even if it is vicariously.

    Ciao, Caroline


    You couldn't have made me happier with your lovely comments, Caroline.

    Even if we ever disagree in future, I hope you will come back anytime. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 23, 05:11:00 pm GMT-5  

  • $250,000 may still leave you about 100 grand short in that area.

    Right! :)

    In fact, I did type $350,000, but I thought, nah, not for this house.

    It must be a 1 or at the maximum 2 bedroom room home, with 1 bath.

    It's TINY! But you never know. ;)

    Nice photo and post, as usual.

    Thanks, Robertico.

    Being from Guescheste (Cubanazo sp?), I know this isn't your area, but surely you've been around these neighbourhoods before.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 23, 05:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Being from Guescheste (Cubanazo sp?), I know this isn't your area, but surely you've been around these neighbourhoods before.

    Indeed. We always considered it part of the general Sauguesera (SW part of Miami for you non-Cuban speakers out there), or a southern extension of Little Havana.

    My favourite RC church is there too -- St. Peter & Paul, which has a nice little school appended to it.

    Got married there, although I never belonged to the parish. Nice church...pretty but simple, not overly ornate a la Little Flower.

    There are some CG similarities with the homes in Silver Bluff and Shenandoah, but the neighborhoods have different feels. I would consider Schenely Park (west of CG off Coral Way) sort of an arm of Coral Gables proper, with the tree canopy and price of the homes.

    By Blogger Robert, at Sat Feb 24, 06:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Indeed. We always considered it part of the general Sauguesera (SW part of Miami for you non-Cuban speakers out there), or a southern extension of Little Havana.

    Yeah, for me in my mind, it's a TOTAL extension of Little Havana.

    The people certainly drive like it...

    Got married there, although I never belonged to the parish.

    No way! The coincidence is amazing. That's my mum's favourite little church, which until recently IIRC, had services at all hours, and was open until late.

    I think she said now they're closed most of the day...

    I took pictures the other day, and I was thinking to myself -- if the Little Flower is packed for my wedding date, I can choose this one.

    I love the locale, and as you say, it's small, but traditional.

    In the modern megachurches -- well, I just don't feel the presence of God in them. :(

    I also like Gesu, but who would go to downtown to watch me get married?

    Nice church...pretty but simple, not overly ornate a la Little Flower.

    It has the all-important Santa Teresita (the Little Flower) statue as you enter.

    That's good enough for me.

    There are some CG similarities with the homes in Silver Bluff and Shenandoah, but the neighborhoods have different feels.

    I think I prefer Shenandoah, though it can be hit or miss too...

    I would consider Schenely Park (west of CG off Coral Way) sort of an arm of Coral Gables proper, with the tree canopy and price of the homes.

    Oh, is that what it's called?

    Until 3 years ago, though I've been there more times than I care to mention, I didn't realise that "Merry Christmas Park" was that park next to Coral Gables City Hall -- where duh, the Christmas display is at.

    Good one, Vic.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 25, 01:54:00 am GMT-5  

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