A Tropical Cottage in Coconut Grove

Have you ever been to Coconut Grove? It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, Florida.  Wasn’t there a song that mentioned Coconut Grove or am I imagining that?

Today we’re touring a wonderful, historic, 1910, Coconut Grove  cottage that’s been fully renovated/restored.  It had me at the screened-in porch! I know you’re surprised! 😉

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Do you feel the breezes from Biscayne Bay?

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Notice the floors…love a porch with porch-gray painted floors. I almost did this when I added on my screened porch…came so close but my contractor talked me out of it. In the end, I stained them close to the same color as the hardwood flooring inside my home.

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The interiors are light and bright, much needed in the hot, balmy summer weather of south Florida! I love the color of the hardwood floors. I know darker hardwood flooring is very popular right now but I think this color is perfect for a cottage located in a tropical beach area. Love the coral rock fireplace, too! Have you ever seen coral rock?

Coconut Gove Cottage


Just imagine the breezes that must come in through these windows in the evening. I would never want to close them unless there were mosquitoes around. What a perfect place for entertaining or just enjoying with family.

Beach Cottage Dining Room


Love the white paneled walls and the plank ceiling, definitely adds to the beach cottage design/feel of this home.

Cottage Bedroom with Paneled Walls


But here’s my favorite part of the bedroom. Sooo perfect with the doors thrown open to the porch! I could live like this! How about you? 🙂

Cottage Bedroom


Another wonderful porch! You can never have too many porches, and you can quote me on that!

Cottage Porch


I love the back view of this home! Isn’t it amazing how a pergola can take a home from great to WOW! Pergolas are not that expensive to add and Oh. My. Gosh. Just look how much they add to the look of a home! I love how they create a “room” of sorts, an area for entertaining or dining. This one even has an outdoor fan. Just beautiful!

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Have you ever been to Coconut Grove? Was there a popular song that mentioned Coconut Grove or am I dreaming that? Update: Check out the comments for the songs! 🙂

You’ll find additional photos of this home HERE where I found the photos shared in this post.

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  1. Jan Ferris says

    You have a great memory, Susan! There was a song in the late ’70’s or early ’80’s called “An American Dream” sung by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Linda Ronstadt. The first verse and chorus went something like this:
    I beg your pardon, mama, what did you say?
    My mind was drifting off on Martinique Bay.
    It’s not that I’m not interested, you see;
    Augusta, Georgia is just no place to be.
    I think Jamaican in the moonlight.
    Sandy beaches, drinking rum every night.
    We got no money, mama, but we can go;
    We’ll split the difference, go to Coconut Grove.

  2. Carol Henry says

    Loving spoonful” Coconut Grove”

  3. Peggy Thal says

    Susan, I think you mean the song Coconut Grove by the Lovin Spoonful. That was from the 60’s! I lived there for a little while in the 60’s. Cubby Checker and the Twist , Kennedy Assasination, Beatles Tour to Miami and the Cuban Crisis. Crazy time ! I believe I was 15 years old. Pretty house. They did a great renovation and still kept the beautiful bones of the house. Wish I was in Miami now! Expecting another storm and a cool down.

  4. Loved it all Susan…inside and out!!

  5. I just love visiting here, Susan. Ah yes, takin’ us back to the late 70s’. I had to open two windows (no, not the house windows, silly, the winds are howling and it’s snowing outside, fergawdsake!) on my desktop so I could reminisce, listening to the tune while reading the post. But wait! I switched over to see Linda on the video and what?? she’s not there! How can that be?? I can hear her singing, and yet the Dirt Band is just singin’ away – how DO they make those instruments just fade away, lol. Oh, the early days of lip-syncing and how they somehow fooled us way back when….love this cottage, though I’ve not been to CG, just Miami, Key West and a few stops in between. Have a great week ending, Susan. 🙂

  6. Oh, I do love me a porch (or two…or three…) Our little place in Lauderdale is Coconut Bay…we sing “Lime in the Coconut” all the way…..franki

  7. Not familiar with the house you featured. However, have spent a good bit of time in Coconut Grove and sailing in Biscayne Bay – many years ago.

  8. Ohhhhhh…..how I love that house! The open floor plan. The bright white planked walls. The porches!!! LOVE!!!

    xoxo laurie

  9. What a beautiful place but I have my doubts about opening the windows, doors, at night for those
    breezes often die off at night and what you have is humidity you can do the side stroke in as well
    as mosquitoes big as bats! Not to burst you bubble ’cause clearly this is a beautiful do over!
    As for Coconut Grove, wasn’t that the name of a famous night club in which there occurred a
    horrific fire, many lives lost? Think in Boston, Ma? My, I am sorry to sound like such a downer
    today but we are expecting still another snow/ice storm with blizzard like conditions here in the
    Northeast! This storms name begins with a V! Only four more letters to go in the alphabet and
    then what? Twenty six storms significant enough to name is wayyyy too much! Daffodils and
    green grass no where near the horizon! I do enjoy all these tours of southern homes you have
    given us to enjoy! Might just have to trade my igloo here in the North for one!

  10. I loved this house the long porch calls to me and the clean lines inside the house. However,
    I must say I enjoy all you postings!


  11. I love the cool feel of the house and yet you can still feel the history when you move from room to room. I’m with you Susan – the lighter floors are an almost airy touch in a balmy locale and they bounce perfectly off the deeper accent wall behind the fireplace as well as the khaki Roman shades. The little carved wood table in front of the sofa is gorgeous. Nothing overdone, all just understated tropical plantation style. Ah, perfection…thanks for the tour!

  12. Comment ne pas aimer cette merveilleuse demeure ? Elle est sublime et j’aime particulièrement la lumière qui semble s’accaparer les lieux… Gros bisous

  13. Susan,
    Yes quite lovely, but I am with Alyce. I am sure it is hot and sticky a lot of the time, not for me, I hate to sweat! Also, bugs love the hot weather, so outside time would not be a good time for me in those conditions. I can not enjoy my screened in porch in the Indiana summers due to the heat and humidity, so I am sure I would not enjoy Florida year round. 🙂 I like it 70 degrees year round, darn pre-menopause!


  14. Ooooo, love that porch!!!! and the others!!! Lovely house, such a light feel. Those screens will fight those dreaded mosquitoes.
    We are going to Florida next week, although further up at Orlando and then a cruise to Nassau. Problem is, we are flying via Toronto and they have just had a major storm and cancelled flights. Cross your fingers for us, I am a chicken flyer at the best of times.

  15. Hi Susan, Another lovely house tour. This time in my back yard. I live about 100 miles north of Miami. Southern FLorida is lovely this time of year. BUT, after Easter the Humidity comes back and Hurricane season starts in June thru November. The house is nice but very PRICEY = paying for the Grove Neighborhood and History. The Groto pool looks like a nightmare to keep clean but makes a lovely to just look at .. I wont swim where I cannot see the bottom…..we have water critters down here……….sigh. Love the wrap around porch, screened in a MUST because we have BUGS BUGS BUGS down here………will eat you alive in some seasons.
    Still this posting is a lovely respite for everyone up North still in the throws of Winter……..Spring is coming and when it Pops Open…..nothing in South Florida is quite as beautiful as all the trees and bulbs blooming and bees buzzing and birds singing………….
    But, in the meantime, Come on down and we’ll “do the Keys”………..Much more relaxing than the big, bustling city of Miami and its burbs……..

  16. That’s a gorgeous house! We’re about 2 hours from Miama but have only been once (well, twice but the 2nd time was only buy a sofa from Ikea!). We went to South Beach and the old hotels there are absolutely fabulous, all built in the 30’s…so glad they preserved them.

    I know you have a wonderful knack for finding out about movie houses, do you take requests for that? I was watching “Rosemary’s Baby” for the millionth time and the apartment they move into is amazing, especially after Rosemary fixes it up and paints stuff white:) It got me curious about where it was filmed and if it’s a real apartment!

  17. Hi Susan,
    I loved the house! And when it gets hot outside, just turn up the air conditioner! And that porch is fabulous….all of them. I remember watching I Love Lucy, and I think that Ricky played at the Coconut Grove maybe in some of the episodes…………or maybe the same one but just on reruns.

  18. I also think that Hollywood had a nightclub called Coconut Grove in the 1940’s where all the then, movie stars went. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOHF5fAUkN4 It was in the Ambassador Hotel where the Coconut Grove was.

  19. We live near an hour north of here and visit The Grove, as locals call it, frequently. The gardens, mature live oaks and coral rock walls are wonderful. My dad used to live there and the sidewalk cafés are fab.

  20. Hi Susan: I loved this beautiful beach house! And you might find it interesting that there was a film starring Fred MacMurray called Cocoanut Grove, which was produced in 1938 by Paramount Pictures. I believe that film also featured a great song called Says My Heart, which many singers covered over the years, including Billie Holliday.

  21. Thank you for taking us on a bit of a tropical, warm weather get-away. All the outdoor living spaces are lovely and inviting. As a native of So Cal I took outdoor living for granted but now that I’m living in the Pacific Northwest, I so miss being able to spend a good portion of the year outside.
    Your post has encouraged me to create a more inviting outdoor space on my two tiny decks so that I can thoroughly enjoy the warm weather months when they arrive.
    All the best,

  22. I needed this little bit of tropical today!! This is absolutely beautiful. I love every square inch of it!! Thank you for sharing!!

  23. Hi Susan,
    You just reminded me of China Grove by the Doobie Brothers. I know it has nothing to do with your post, but my mind was wandering. I just stopped by to say hi.

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