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Condos for Sale Park Grove Coconut Grove



When Miami’s first settlers set foot on the pristine

shores of Coconut Grove, they knew they’d found

the ultimate homestead. Here, they’d discovered a

landscape that was abundant in natural resources (freshwater

springs, arable land) and astounding in its lush tropical

beauty. Coconut Grove offered an unrivaled trifecta: a wild

and verdant landscape, the clear-blue waters of Biscayne

Bay, and year-round sunlight and warmth. In 1825, Coconut

Grove became Florida’s first official settlement, and the area

has been considered the soul of Miami ever since.

During the nineteenth century, the population of

Coconut Grove slowly grew. In 1882, English immigrants

Isabella and Charles Peacock opened the area’s first hotel,

the Bay View Inn (later renamed the Peacock Inn). With

this institution firmly established, Coconut Grove became

a destination for visitors, and it soon gained a reputation as

an idyllic haven where life was both dynamic and relaxed,

prosperous and simple. In 1887, yacht designer Ralph

Middleton Munroe founded the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club,

naming himself Commodore. Though it had long been a hub

for mariners, Coconut Grove was now a center of recreational

yachting and a known epicenter of the nautical life.




Around this time, Coconut Grove’s first families were

also planning and building grand waterfront estates, some of

which still exist to this day. Munroe’s house, for example, was

built in 1891 and still stands in Barnacle Historic State Park,

a five-acre park in the heart of Coconut Grove. In 1896, the

Florida East Coast Railway was extended to Miami, bringing

with it new resources and unprecedented wealth. The gilded

age saw the arrival of new residents, many of whom built

impressive homes around the bay. One such estate is Vizcaya

(now known as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens), which

was the home of businessman James Deering. Originally set

on 180 acres, the villa was primarily built between 1914 and

1922 although its stunning Italian Renaissance gardens

were not completed until 1923.

During this age of prosperity, Coconut Grove entered

the national spotlight for an entirely different reason.

With the United States’ entry into World War I in 1917,

Dinner Key (located in the bay off Coconut Grove) became

the site of one of the country’s first naval air stations. A

significant portion of American aviators were trained here,

and suddenly, ever-serene Coconut Grove became a center

of technology and progress. In the years following the war,

the station at Dinner Key became a seaplane hub for

Pan American Airways, the world’s most important airline

at the time.

In 1925, Miami officially annexed Coconut Grove, a

controversial decision that was opposed by many longtime

residents of the Grove. But despite this official annexation,

Coconut Grove retained its relaxed culture and “separatist”

spirit. Though it was and still is one of Miami’s most

recognizable and cherished neighborhoods, the Grove has

always had a culture unto itself, distinct from that of the

fast-growing metropolis to the north.

It was precisely this spirit and mindset relaxed, open-

minded, creative that attracted some of the world’s most

lauded artists, writers, and creators during the middle part

of the twentieth century. Though the Grove was well-

established as a retreat for wealthy tycoons, it was also a

welcoming hideaway for creative people who wished to

inhabit a leafy, private world where they could work and

live at their own pace. Dozens of American legends took

up residence here at some point. Among them were painter

John Singer Sargent, poet Robert Frost, playwright

Tennessee Williams, and singer Joni Mitchell. This influx

of talent left an indelible mark on Coconut Grove. To

this day, it remains a place where tolerance, creativity, and

free-thinking are hallmarks of the community. Each year,

myriad parades, art festivals, and parties are held here,

keeping the celebratory spirit of the Grove alive.

Today, nearly 200 years since it was first settled,

Coconut Grove remains an idyllic homestead, a place

where diverse residents have found their paradise amidst

leafy palms and turquoise waters. The Grove is a place

of rare balance, where the highest of luxury living

commingles with a relaxed, bohemian attitude. Given

this inimitable legacy and the area’s unrivaled beauty, the

Grove is undeniably the soul of Miami.





Coconut Grove has long been known as Miami’s most

idyllic, dynamic, and historic neighborhood one

that generations of cultural icons have called home.

Today, residents of Park Grove are the inheritors of this

rich legacy. Here, the best of upscale living—yachting, high

culture, a vibrant society—meets an easy artistic sensibility.

Though it’s located just seven miles from downtown Miami,

Coconut Grove represents a peaceful retreat from what has

become the country’s most cosmopolitan city.

This rare balance between access and escape is one

of the many factors that distinguish modern life in the Grove.

Coconut Grove is indeed a serene hideaway, but it’s also

a welcoming home. The area is known for its world-class

schools: There are seven private schools in the neighborhood,

the oldest of which dates back to 1903. In addition

to having access to elite education, residents of Coconut Grove

are surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The enclave boasts

16 picturesque parks. Among these is the Kampong,

an 11- acre tropical garden that was originally the home

of famed horticulturalist Dr. David Fairchild in the early

twentieth century. Other cultural destinations include the charming

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Barnacle Historic State

Park, and the famed Coconut Grove Playhouse.

The storied enclave of Coconut Grove also has a rich

tradition of hosting cultural and artistic events. Each year,

the larger Miami community comes together for an array

of outdoor festivals and celebrations that take place here.

The most prominent of these is the Coconut Grove Arts

Festival, but the Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine

Festival and the Goombay Festival (a Bahamian carnival) are

highly anticipated events as well.

Within the village of Coconut Grove, outdoor cafés and

restaurants line the streets, and residents have access to some

of Miami’s best shopping. In addition to numerous local

boutiques, the neighborhood is home to two open-air malls,

CocoWalk and Streets of Mayfair. Given its diverse

cultural offerings, unmatched natural beauty, and unique

lifestyle balance, Coconut Grove provides an ideal environment for

families to put down lasting roots and take their place in the

area’s evolving story.







Residents of Coconut Grove have long enjoyed a deep

and enduring connection to the seascape around

them. In this community, residences overlook the

water, children grow up on the decks of sailboats, and the

most memorable parties take place at sea. In Coconut Grove,

spending time on the water is not merely an activity it’s

a way of life. Given Park Grove’s privileged position just steps from

Biscayne Bay, life here represents the ultimate nexus of the

city and the sea. The nearby Coconut Grove Sailing Club,

the Coral Reef Yacht Club, and the Dinner Key Marina all

offer access to the water and to the area’s vibrant boating

culture. In Coconut Grove, the pace of life moves with the

tides, and everything from the décor of homes to the way

people entertain is informed by the surrounding seascape.

Even Miami’s City Hall is an homage to the area’s nautical

past: It’s located in the old Pan Am terminal building,

a former seaplane hub located on Dinner Key.

From the Park Grove towers, a short walk through a

verdant park leads directly to the bay, where residents can

access their boats or simply stake out a spot on the dock

to watch the ships come and go. And in addition to direct

access to the bay and its picturesque marinas, Park Grove’s

residences offer expansive views of the ocean and the

horizon beyond. So even from the privacy of home,

residents can enjoy an abiding connection to the

impressive landscape thatsurrounds them. In addition, an in-house

concierge is avail able to facilitate all maritime-related activities,

from booking yachts for private parties to coordinating sailing lessons

and chartering boats. When it comes to entertaining in the towers,

Park Grove offers a bay-view dining room, where residents

can treat their private guests to fresh seasonal fare

and spectacular views of the water. Since it was first settled,

Coconut Grove has been a haven, inhabited by those who

see the land as a refuge and the sea as their home. Today,

this tradition is very much alive at Park Grove a community

that is always looking towardsthe water.




Given that life and art have always been inextricably

linked in Coconut Grove, it follows that Park

Grove, the area’s most dynamic project to date,

would be conceived by some of the world’s foremost

artistic thinkers. Led by Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam-

based architectural and design practice OMA (the Office

for Metropolitan Architecture) has been shaping the

global conversation around architecture and urbanism

since its founding in 1975. Today, Koolhaas and partners

like Shohei Shigematsu who oversaw the project at

Park Grove continue to shift the very paradigms they

helped create.

Park Grove represents a singular opportunity to own

a home in the finest and final building in Coconut

Grove. In addition to its unrivaled location just off

Biscayne Bay, Park Grove constitutes a unique artistic

achievement, rendered by some of the world’s greatest

living architects. Koolhaas and Shigematsu, both active

faculty members at the Harvard Graduate School of

Design, are known for their unique ability to rethink

architectural norms and re-imagine the boundaries of the

possible. As the author of the hugely influential

Delirious New York and S,M,L,XL,

Koolhaas is a Pritzker prize

winner who has changed the face of architecture with

iconoclastic projects like his Prada Transformer in Seoul,

South Korea. His trailblazing CCTV Headquarters in

Beijing, China, re-wrote the rules for what a skyscraper

could and should be.

Shigematsu has been equally audacious in his projects,

which have included the National Museum of Fine Arts

(Musée National des Beaux-Arts) in Quebec and Milstein

Hall at Cornell University.




When the world’s most discerning tastemakers

wish to create interiors that are truly remarkable,

they turn to acclaimed interior designer

William Sofield. Abiding by the mantra, “Design must

live as well as it looks,” Sofield takes a holistic approach to

interiors, crafting spaces that balance elegance with utility.

Architectural Digest describes him as “a maestro of magical

interiors, an alchemist capable of conjuring sublime,

idiosyncratic spaces that balance opulence and rigor. His

methodology, deeply rooted in the principles of modernism,

relies on exquisite craftsmanship, fine materials, and

adherence to the simple idea that substance and suitability

overrule trendiness.”

From commercial projects to private residences, Sofield

begins every project with a unique point of view and a daring

vision. He often looks to historic precedent, but always

reinterprets tradition to make it feel completely fresh and

modern. Though his designs have a way of subtly building

to an aesthetic crescendo, they are always rooted in practical

comforts and the realities of quotidian living. It’s this rare

balance between provocative beauty and utter

comfort that sets Sofield apart in his field.

An interior design legend and a winner of the prestigious

Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, Sofield has spent

decades creating unforgettable spaces for some of the world’s

most design-forward clients, including Tom Ford, Harry

Winston, Yves Saint Laurent, the Soho Grand Hotel, and

David Barton Gym. In his studio, Sofield oversees a team of

25 designers whose expertise spans architecture, engineering,

and industrial, interior, graphic, and landscape design. As

such, he is able to understand and approach design from

every possible angle, creating coherent spaces that draw on

diverse skill sets and references. Sofield’s work is unique in

that it always feels fresh, yet it endures and seems to improve

with age. He has an uncanny way of designing for both today

and tomorrow, and as a result, his spaces are as timeless as

they are of the moment.

At Park Grove, Sofield has crafted breathtaking interiors

that perfectly complement OMA’s striking towers. In the

same way that these towers represent artistic achievements,

Sofield’s interiors are works of design genius. In this one-

of-a-kind setting, his unique brand of elegant minimalism

is articulated through the use of carefully selected organic

materials that reflect the surrounding landscape and the sea-

oriented community of Coconut Grove. From flooring to

countertops to upholstery, Sofield has made each aesthetic

choice with an eye toward building a luxuriously tactile

landscape in which to live and play.

In the residences at Park Grove, Sofield’s unique vision

comes through via design details like fine Italian cabinetry

and sophisticated stone countertops, but he also lets the

impressive natural context speak for itself. Here, interiors

are designed to frame sweeping sea views, taking full

advantage of outdoor space and glass walls to maximize

light and air. Sofield’s bright, uncluttered common spaces

are clean and breezy. A natural color palette—light woods,

white walls creates a sense of ease and lightness that

exemplifies the Park Grove lifestyle. Here, living rooms

open onto terraces, providing seamless spaces in which to

entertain both indoors and out.

While the public areas of the home provide elegant

backdrops where groups can congregate, the

private spaces bedrooms, bathrooms

serve as serene sanctuaries, with plenty of space to

spread out and relax in comfort. Sofield’s thoughtful layouts,

luxurious materials, and state-of-the-

art appliances (Sub-zero, Wolf ) elevate the residences at Park

Grove to the highest level of luxury in Miami.

Beyond the individual residences, Sofield has also

created elegant lobbies and amenity areas befitting of

the Park Grove lifestyle. Strong minimalist entry areas

and reception desks create a dramatic sense of arrival for

residents and their guests. Spacious, open foyers afford space

where residents can relax, read, entertain, or casually run

into neighbors. Those wishing to entertain large groups can

do so in the boldly designed public dining room, an expansive

space with a view of the bay and access to a private chef ’s

kitchen. For business needs, Sofield has crafted a private

conference room that overlooks the bay. Appointed with

modern, minimalist furniture, it’s a peaceful space that

allows residents to be productive without having to leave

the comforts of home. Park Grove’s rooftop pool and

private cabanas are also designed in Sofield’s signature

minimalist style. From morning until night, residents can

lounge poolside and take in extraordinary views of the bay

and the city beyond.

At Park Grove, every element is designed to complement

and enhance the surrounding seascape, and William Sofield’s

interiors are a perfect example of this philosophy. Elegant,

understated, and luxurious, they convey a feeling of serenity

and good taste. Here, Miami’s most thoughtfully conceived

and beautifully executed design is a part of daily life





The lush, subtropical landscape of the Florida coastline

has always had a defining influence on the culture

of Coconut Grove. It was the leafy forests and

palm-shaded shores that first lured mariners from the sea.

Freshwater springs convinced early settlers to stay, and those

living here have prospered ever since. Vibrant landscapes

and abundant resources continue to define life in Coconut

Grove today. Those who live here engage with their natural

surroundings constantly whether they’re picnicking in local

parks, strolling along shaded sidewalks, sitting on docks that

jut into the bay, or setting sail for a day at sea. The natural

environment is a fundamental part of the Coconut Grove

experience. As such, every built environment here must

complement, respect, and enhance what already exists.

Given this sensitive mandate, it was clear that only a

design genius would be able to further beautify the already

breathtaking property at Park Grove. Yet somehow, visionary

landscape designer Enzo Enea has elevated this landscape to a

new level. Trained as both an industrial designer and landscape

architect, Enea has worked in locales around the world. He

gained formal training in Switzerland and London, where

he earned numerous accolades, including multiple gold and

silver awards at the Giardina show in Basel and Zurich, and a

certificate of merit from the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show

in London. Beyond his projects in Europe, Enea has worked

in tropical locales like Brazil and Hawaii, experimenting with

native species and learning the nuances of landscaping in a

range of climates and ecosystems. He brings this incredible

breadth of knowledge to his work at Park Grove.

Known for his unique ability to craft livable outdoor

spaces that blur the boundaries between a structure and

its surrounding landscape, Enea sought to create harmony

between OMA’s soaring towers and the vibrant coastal

landscape that supports them. The result is a series of

landscaped gardens that create a natural conversation between

the built environment and the lush landscape that has always

existed in Coconut Grove. A highlight of the project is the

park that Enea masterminded, which forms a pathway from

the Park Grove towers to the bay. In creating this corridor,

he has designed both a physical and spiritual link from life

in the towers to life on the water.

Enea is also one of the world’s foremost tree specialists

and collectors. In 2010, he opened the Enea Tree Museum

near Upper Lake Zurich in Switzerland. Here, he created a

wonderland that showcases 50 featured trees from around

the world some of which are more than 100 years old

alongside sculptures and designed plots of land.

He took a similar approach to Park Grove. Here, the preservation of

existing trees was a top priority, and many of the property’s

native species have been protected and highlighted in Enea’s

designs. Sustainability, along with beauty, is always at the

forefront of his work.

Park Grove’s impressive sculpture garden is a place

where residents can stroll, read, picnic, and relax amongst

works of art that are seamlessly integrated into the natural

environment. This is a hallmark of Enea’s work the ability

to harmoniously blend landscape, botany, art, architecture,

and design to create an innovative environment that still feels

deeply rooted in place.

In combination with the natural environment, Enea’s

landscapes create a harmonious experience for the residents

of Park Grove. This fluid indoor-outdoor mentality extends

to all areas of life from the airy residences with their private

balconies, to the impressive gardens that frame each of the

towers. Although privacy is paramount at Park Grove, there

is little definitive separation between indoors and out.

In his forward-thinking work, Enea has created spaces

where residents can immerse themselves in nature, while

still enjoying the privacy of home. Residents might entertain

on their own private balconies, or meet for cocktails at the

rooftop pool. They might practice yoga in one of the many

outdoor fitness spaces, or spend time with their families in

the outdoor play areas for children. The gardens themselves

offer endless paths to walk, sculptures to discover, nooks to

uncover, and spaces in which to steal away. But in the end,

all paths lead back home to Park Grove.

All of Enea’s work is defined by an abiding respect for

history, sustainability, and the relationship between the

built environment and the natural world. At Park Grove,

this philosophy manifests itself in myriad ways. Enea has

managed to create a landscape that both builds off of Coconut

Grove’s rich natural history, but also suggests a way forward.

His lush gardens serve to ground OMA’s elegant towers, but

also enhance them. His gardens provide a sense of escape,

but also a profound feeling of intimacy and protection. It’s

these subtle but crucial nuances that set the world’s greatest

properties apart from the rest, and Park Grove can now count

itself among this number.




Though it’s located just a few miles from downtown

Miami, Park Grove feels like a peaceful world unto

itself. And in addition to its unmatched bayside

location, residents here have access to a wealth of services

and amenities that rival those at any of the area’s high-

end hotels or members clubs. Here, residents’ needs are

anticipated, their desires fulfilled, and their expectations

exceeded. From its rooftop pool to its on-call butler service,

Park Grove represents the absolute pinnacle of luxury living.

Being active and staying healthy is a priority for many

living at Park Grove. Within each tower, residents have

access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, private training

rooms (including a pilates room and spinning studio),

indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, and a spa with personal

treatment rooms, steam rooms, and saunas. Personal trainers

are on-call for residents who wish to set up a structured

workout regimen.

When it comes to relaxation, Park Grove boasts a number

of peaceful pools, flanked by private cabanas. Some of these

are overhung with leafy palms, while others are located at

rooftop level and boast panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and

the Miami skyline. Those looking to entertain can do so in

the building’s many indoor or outdoor lounges and bars. A

private dining room, adorned with impressive contemporary

art, can be reserved for private events; and an on-call chef

can be arranged for any catering needs.

Given Park Grove’s dynamic and discerning community,

it follows that it’s a cultural haven of sorts. Here, residents

can attend curated events and lectures, musical performances,

private film screenings, and private tastings all without

leaving home. In quieter moments, they can also take

advantage of a billiards room and state-of-the-art private

screening and media room. For those desiring extra storage

to enhance their lifestyles, there are dedicated areas for

bike and watercraft storage, in addition to a wine cellar and

private wine lockers.

When it comes to services, all residents have access to a

24-hour concierge, valet, and butler, so no need will go unmet.

At Park Grove, every facet of life is attended to with assiduous

attention to detail and the highest level of discretion.



Cuban-American artist Ruben Toledo first visited

Coconut Grove in the 1970s. “It was an artist’s

dream,” he recalls of the bohemian enclave, where

scores of artists were living and collaborating in a tropical

paradise. He and his wife, acclaimed fashion designer Isabel

Toledo, had ventured to Florida to soak

up inspiration from the many artists and

designers who had flocked there. Forty

years after their initial visit, the Toledos’

vivid memories of Coconut Grove continue

to fuel their creative pursuits.

Although the dynamic couple resides

in Manhattan, Ruben’s strong associations

with the Grove have stuck with him over

the years. When the Park Grove team was

seeking an artist to collaborate on the

project, he was the first person who came

to mind. Toledo’s strong but whimsical

artwork seemed a perfect fit for Park Grove,

and he was commissioned to create an eight-foot-high

art fence to surround the property during construction

(slated to begin in 2015). The fence adorned with

Toledo’s lively, playful figures references the area’s

vibrant lifestyle and bohemian past, and will set the tone

as the Park Grove project gets underway.

In this context, Toledo’s fantasy-driven artwork blends

beautifully into the lush landscape and also captures the

spirit of the Grove in a profound way. Although Park Grove

is very much a cutting-edge, forward-thinking project, it is

also inextricably linked to Coconut Grove’s lively, artistic

past. On these streets and in these gardens,

some of the country’s most influential artists

lived, played, and created lasting works. In

this tradition, Toledo’s fence is a symbolic

bridge that connects the present to both the

past and the future.

Toledo is an artist of wide-ranging talents.

He authored the book Style Dictionary,

a collection of drawings and watercolors,

and he and Isabel received the 2005

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for

their work in fashion. But despite his diverse

talents and interests, he seems particularly

at home discussing his work for Park Grove.

Here, he has tapped into memories of decades long past,

but he has also outlined an artistic hope for the future.

In his work for Park Grove, we see the shape of creativity

to come. Coconut Grove is a community underpinned by

art, design and energy, and Toledo’s art fence perfectly

articulates and therefore perpetuates this lasting legacy.

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