Miami Art Deco Homes
The Miami Art Deco District is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments, and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943. Art Deco, Miami Modern, Mediterranean Revival and Streamline Moderne are all represented in the Miami Art Deco District.
Most Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach have undergone some kind of renovation — some more recently than others, and some to a higher degree of quality. Realtor Josh Stein has vast experience with Miami Beach’s Art Deco scene and counts these structures among his favorite architecturally. (He even lives in one.)
Josh Has Been an Expert in Art Deco Properties For More Than 20 Years! From Art Deco homes for sale to the latest art deco property listings, Josh is always available to offer his expert advice. There are three predominant architectural styles found in the Art Deco District: Art Deco, Miami Modern, and Mediterranean Revival.
Tropical Art Deco
Art Deco is known for the extravagant buildings that sprang up in every big city in the 1920s. Miami Beach’s boom came during the 2nd phase of Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, which began with the stock market crash and ended in most cases with the outbreak of World War II. It was less decorative and relied more on machine-inspired forms and American ideas in industrial design.
Miami Beach architects used local imagery to create “Tropical Deco.” These art deco homes feature relief ornamentation with flora, fauna, and ocean-liner motifs to reinforce the image of Miami Beach as a seaside resort. Look for symmetry, ziggurat rooflines, decorative panels, eyebrows, porthole windows, terrazzo, curves, elements in groups of 3, & neon.
Miami Modern (MiMo)
The MiMo (Miami Modern) Style of design became popular in the 1950s and was heavily influenced by the International Style taught in most architecture schools. These Miami Beach architects carried on the whimsical tropical tradition using new materials and forms. Eyebrows gave way to metal louvers and sunshades, tiled mosaic walls became a popular feature as did open balconies and catwalks. A Miami Beach FL variant, the Garden Style, features apartments that are accessed through open-air walkways built around a central garden.
Look for asymmetry and rakish angles, cheese hole cutouts, kidney and amoeba shapes, futuristic jet and space age forms, mosaic murals, anodized aluminum in gold and copper. Most predominant is the nautical influence that can be seen in the Lincoln Cinema, Publix on the Bay, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Miami City Ballet buildings.
Mediterranean Revival buildings evoke an Old World image, featuring decorative columns, arched windows, clay barrel tile roofs, rough stucco walls, wrought iron, and spindle gates guarding picturesque courtyards. These Miami Beach buildings are a whimsical interpretation of the old world, combining elements from differing Mediterranean styles resulting in a “fantasy” architecture adopted by early 1920s Miami Beach FL developers, as well as elsewhere in Florida and California.
The Spanish Village between Washington Ave and Pennsylvania Ave is known as Española Way in South Beach is a great place to explore and look at Mediterranean architecture. Look for bell towers, archways, awnings, porches, balconies, carved stonework, rough stucco walls, clay tiles roofs, wrought iron fixtures.
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South Beach Art Deco
Located at the tip of Miami Beach, the South Beach district is home to hundreds of incredible Art Deco examples of architecture. The colorful apartment complexes and commercial buildings that line the streets in the South Beach art deco district are incredible and have been featured on TV, in movies, and on postcards around the world.
Some of the most well known Miami Beach art deco condos are found on Meridian Avenue and Michigan Ave, such as Tribeca and Bali South Beach. Just down the street, you can find Harriet Court on Pennsylvania Ave and San Sabastian on Drexel Ave. All of these are very special art deco properties in Miami Beach FL and each of them has a pool, which is quite rare for a boutique building. The quality of restoration and attention to detail make them among the best in Miami Beach.
If you are looking for an Art Deco house in Miami Beach, you can find single family homes on Michigan Ave across from Flamingo Park as well as on Flamingo Drive. You can also find a beautiful Art Deco house directly on Biscayne Bay, in neighborhoods such as Morningside and the Upper Eastside, although the price of a single family art deco house on the water is much higher than that of a condominium.
Art Deco Condo Buildings in South Beach
Where are the Art Deco buildings in Miami?
The majority of the Art Deco is located in Miami Beach FL although they can be found all over the city, from the Upper Eastside down to Coconut Grove and even Coral Gables. However, Miami Beach is world-famous for its Art Deco concentration and offers the most variety.
Why is Art Deco in Miami?
Miami has the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world and is world-famous for its ice-cream-pastel colored hotels and neon lights. Most of the Art Deco construction in Miami Beach FL was built between 1923 and 1943 and feature ocean-liner motifs and tropical ornamentation such as flora and fauna. These new hotels and condominiums were all built in the Art Deco style and followed the Art Moderne movement that was sweeping across Europe at the time. Famous names such as Henry Hohauser and Lawrence Murray Dixon helped to create the signature Miami Beach style.
What is the Most Expensive House in Miami?
Currently, the most expensive home in Miami FL is found in Coral Gables in the Gables Estates neighborhood and has an asking price of $55 million. The home is located at 41 Arvida Parkway and features nearly 19,000 sq. ft. of interior space on a 54,000 Sq.Ft. lot. The home has an incredible glass mosaic infinity edge pool and truly exquisite outdoor exterior spaces.
While this is the most expensive home for sale in Miami at the moment, there are many other property listings with asking prices above $3o million. Many wealthy New Yorkers and young families from California’s Silicon Valley are relocating to Miami FL and Miami Beach and buying these incredible homes.
What is the Biggest House in Miami?
The largest home in Miami FL by interior square feet is located in Coconut Grove and is an astonishing 28,535 square feet on a lot that totals 510,388 square feet. The property has 8 beds and 11 baths and is the home of Leonard and Jayne Abess, the former owner of the City National Bank of Florida. Most of the other largest homes in Miami are located on islands that are part of Miami Beach, including Star Island, Palm Island, and Indian Creek Island.
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