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Coconut Grove Townhouse – A Walker’s Dream

Debra Wellins Townhomes are the hottest properties in Coconut Grove.  I just listed a walker's dream on spectacular Gifford Lane,  just a short walk to the center of town. No need to drive around looking for parking when shopping, dining, tennis, parks and recreation can be reached on foot. This lovely Coconut Grove townhouse, build in 2005, has an open floor plan with living and dining rooms that flow to a private, shaded and fenced patio surrounded by palms.  Filtered light casts a lovely glow throughout the living spaces. The common areas have gorgeous marble... Continue Reading >

Washington’s Regatta Weekend Festivities

It's Regatta time at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Last year's regatta was a sailors delight - a gusty, gutsy and wild ride that provided for great tales at the after party. Check out the two events hosted by The Barnacle Society this Friday and Saturday. Regatta Moonlight Concert: Ethan Parker Band Description: Enjoy an evening of rhythm island music under the moonlight. Gates open at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. No pets, please. Cost: $10 Future members. $8 Members. $3... Continue Reading >

In Demand – The Walkable Neighborhood

I'm flooded with buyers looking for homes in walkable communities.  Millennials, downsizing couples and people with disabilities are all in search of a unicorn - town homes, single-family homes and apartments within walking distance to a city center. Homeowners of all ages don't want to drive.  They want to walk into town, grab a bite to eat, throw back a few and shop or catch a movie.  It's a beautiful thing...log in a few walking miles and avoid parking hassles, costs and driving under the influence. But buyers also want... Continue Reading >

33 – New Peruvian Restaurant in Coconut Grove

Tuesday night, I had the honor of being included in a sneak preview of 33, the new Peruvian influenced restaurant in Coconut Grove. Chef Sebastian Fernandez, former food and beverage director of Coral Reef Yacht Club, served up beautiful plates of Causa Limena, Seared Scallops and Ceviche de corvina. Chef's philosophy centers on incorporating no more than five ingredients in any dish so that flavors are distinct, recognizable and not masked by overwhelming sauces. It's a small plate concept with a changing menu based on the availability of fresh ingredients. My favorite... Continue Reading >

The Dead Return to Haunt The Barnacle

A haunting feast for the eyes, ears and soul...this show is not to be missed.  It's not exactly the Dead, as in Grateful.  Rather it's the spirits of fictional characters from historic Coconut Grove who come to life in dance as they jete and pirouette across The Barnacle Historic State Park. Watch as they dance their stories beneath the moonlit sky and try to escape their tragic endings. When and Where October 28 and 29 at 8:30pm Pay what you can - between $10 and $20.   Just keep in mind that the... Continue Reading >

May Events at The Barnacle

May has some terrific family events at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Bring your pets to Woofstock, your curiosity to Theater Night and your music appreciation to The Barnacle Under Moonlight. Woofstock Description: The Barnacle goes to the dogs with pet tricks, a look-alike contest, K-9 demonstration, animal blessing, adoptions and more. Leashed pets welcome. Cost: Event Included with regular $2 park admission. Kids under 6 free. When: 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday, May 3 https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/The-Barnacle The Cherry Orchard Description: What if Works in association with Roxy Theatre... Continue Reading >

Champagne Bash at The Barnacle

Save the date for the Commodore's Party March 29 at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. This is the first year we are hosting a twilight tour of the historic house with complimentary champagne and hor d'oeuvres on the front porch overlooking the bay.  If you have never seen Ralph Munroe's home, this is a fantastic opportunity for a private tour and an early look at the silent auction items that are absolutely phenomenal. Great band too! Cuban Pete and the Hialeah Hooligans is playing... Continue Reading >

Barnacle Visions – Special Art Exhibit in Coconut Grove

Ralph Middleton Monroe, one of the founders of Coconut Grove and the builder of The Barnacle, had a daughter-in-law who was a talented frugal seamstress.  (Nowadays we would refer to her as a forward thinking recycler.) Mary Poore Monroe never threw anything away. Whenever the sheets and pillowcases tore, she finely stitched them back to life, turning them into smaller versions of themselves. When The Barnacle became a state park in 1973, Mary moved out and took the sheets with her. Years later, sons Bill and... Continue Reading >

Hitchcock Film Festival at The Barnacle

Good Evening! Come on down to the waterfront tonight and enjoy two Hitchcock thrillers on the front lawn of The Barnacle, Friday, January 23, 2015. The Rope @ 7 pm The Birds @ 9 pm See one or see both.  Picnics are welcome and encouraged.  No alcohol served so BYOB.  Gates close 15 minutes after each movie begins.  No pets please. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Hwy in Coconut Grove. Contact: (305) 442-6866 I'm an estate specialist in Pinecrest, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.  If you would like to schedule... Continue Reading >

Lofty Plan to Bring Back the Coconut Grove Theater

Debra Wellins I attended a meeting last night at City Hall in Coconut Grove that pitched an alternative $45 million proposal to rebuild the Coconut Grove Playhouse. This version of a theater center would be operated by the Adrienne Arsht Trust under the current agreement with the county.  If not governed by the Arsht Trust, a 501c3 trust board could be formed with arrangements similar to the public-private partnership of the Adrienne Arsht Center. The group of civic leaders supporting this version is spearheaded by Mike Eidson, Chairman... Continue Reading >