Coconut Grove Real Estate For Sale

History of Coconut Grove and Area Information

Coconut Grove has a long history. It is actually the oldest of the communities in Miami, and it is one of the most popular and desirable places to live in all of South Florida. Coconut Grove, often simply referred to as The Grove by locals, really started to boom in the late 1800s as a community of adventurous and creative people. In 1825, the first large groups of people began moving to the area. This was right after the implementation of the Cape Florida lighthouse. It did not get the name Coconut Grove until 1873 though. That was when a man named Dr. Horace P. Porter named a post office Coconut Grove, and the name stuck for the town too.

The City Starts to Grow

Many writers and artists, along with musicians, made their home in the area during the latter part of the 1800s, and still do today. It became an incorporated city in 1919. The city of Miami actually annexed two areas in 1925, making one of them the community of Silver Bluff and the other the community known today as Coconut Grove.

Many things make Coconut Grove a desirable community. It has a lush tropical setting, and it is right on Biscayne Bay. The community lies just south of Brickell and east of Coral Gables. The wonderful location, along with it being such a pedestrian friendly community, help to make it as popular as it is today.

Over the years, more and more people have decided to make Coconut Grove their home, including a number of notable people. William Jennings Bryan, the politician lived there, as did his daughter, Ruth Bryan Owens, who became the first congresswoman from Florida. The poet Robert Frost lived there, and so did Alexander Graham Bell and even Tennessee Williams, the playwright. The Grove has a wonderful historical past, and you can see many of the original buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s still standing today.

The Modern Era

Today, The Grove offers everything a young couple, a family, or even a single person would want or need from a community. The people are friendly, it is easy to walk or ride a bike to many areas, and the weather is generally nice, if a bit warm. Thanks to the proximity of the ocean, and the trees that line so many of the streets, providing a canopy, it is a little cooler than it might be in some of the other areas around Miami.

The area is still growing, just as much of Miami is doing, and more and more people are moving to the area all the time. While there was a bit of a slowdown in the growth and the construction projects between 2008 and 2010, things have started to pick up in the past few years.

Coconut Grove Real Estate

Homes in Coconut Grove are in high demand today, and the number of houses currently on the market is not as great as it was a couple of years ago during the economic downturn and real estate debacle. With the number of homes available down a bit and the number of buyers on the rise, it is quickly becoming a seller’s market, and it will not stay in this “neutral” area for long. When a luxury home goes up on the market in Coconut Grove, it does not tend to stay on the market long if the price is good.

Those who want to move to Coconut Grove can find properties available in several different areas, including the northern and southern portions of the community, as well as beautiful waterfront homes. Some of the properties will even have direct access to the open bay, which could be a great option for boat owners. Gated communities are very popular in the area.

Whether a buyer wants to choose a Coconut Grove condo, a large luxury condominium, a single family home, or something else entirely such as a distressed short sale, they can often find it somewhere in The Grove. Finding gorgeous properties in the area will not be a problem with very desirable gated communities along with luxury condos such as Residences at Viscaya, L’Hermitage, Grovernor House, Grove at Grand Bay and Grove Isles. However, it is imperative for homebuyers to act quickly when they do find a property they love, since homes in the area are selling faster than they have in years.

While many of the homes in Coconut Grove are high-end expensive properties, some of the areas around The Grove have homes with lower values. Those who want to live in the area but who do not have a large budget may still find some properties that will work for them.

Places to Dine in the Grove

Residents of The Grove might not always feel like staying home and cooking. They might want to head out to a nice restaurant with some friends and family. The Grove has a plethora of different options when it comes to dining out, and it should be easy to find something to satisfy any taste. Those craving Greek food can head to the Acropolis Greek Taverna. Barracuda Raw Bar & Grill is a favorite with locals thanks to the tasty and fresh seafood along with craft beers, wine, sake, and more.

If locals are craving a great burger, many of them will head to Johnny Rockets, an eatery that’s been a fixture in the community of Coconut Grove for more than twenty years. The inside of the restaurant has the look and feel of a diner right out of the 1940s or 50s. Sandbar & Grill is a fun place to grab a bite to eat and a cold drink. They’ve been in the area for more than a decade, and they serve up dancing along with burgers, wings, and fish tacos. Residents often like to hang out at Sandbar to watch their favorite sports teams too. The establishment has two big screen televisions, as well as twenty-two smaller flat screen TVs.

Of course, residents can also find some of their favorite chain eateries in the area, such as Subway, the Cheesecake Factory, and Chili’s. The city offers just about everything you or your family could possibly want to eat!

Shopping in Coconut Grove

Residents of The Grove need to do their shopping too. Whether they are looking for a grocery store or a drug store, such as CVS, it will never be more than a short drive away. The area is home to quite a few other types of stores and shops as well. Residents enjoy shopping at clothing stores such as Brenda’s Boutique, Bazaar, Maui Nix Surf Shop, AvanGarde Boutique, Ever After, Gimoni, Silverado Boutique, and the Maya Hatcha. The Bookstore in the Grove is a popular local and independently owned bookstore that has a wide range of books along with a café.

One of the most popular destinations for the locals is CocoWalk, which offers shops, eateries, and even some great entertainment options. Residents can shop or dine at GAP, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Chili’s, and more. They can also check out First Flight Out, which is a historical exhibit and retail shop. The open-air mall takes advantage of the great weather, and the locals really love it. This is just a sampling of the many different places locals, and visitors alike, can shop when they are in Coconut Grove.

Museums, Galleries, and Things to See in Coconut Grove

Residents can find quite a few things to keep them busy when they aren’t working or relaxing at home. They can get out of the house, head down to the water, and enjoy the beaches or some boating. They can go for a walk or a bike ride. They also have a number of different sights and attractions to visit.

Barnacle Historic State Park is a popular place for the locals. Barnacle happens to be the oldest house in the city of Miami that is still standing on the original foundation. It is an interesting old house, and the park can be a nice place to spend some time and relax. Each month, they hold Moonlight Concerts, which can be well worth attending.

The Kampong is a lovely place to visit. It offers close to eleven acres of trees and gardens that are truly beautiful. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Many locals like to visit the Kampong at least once or twice a year, just to take some time to enjoy the serenity the garden provides.

The Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium might be small, but it packs a lot of fun into that small space. They house snakes, birds, and other animals native to the state. They also have a planetarium and an observatory. Many also enjoy the laser light shows the planetarium puts on each night.

Art is very popular in The Grove as well, and there are quite a few galleries set up around the community. Some of the popular places to visit and check out some incredible artwork include Blu Moon Studio of Art, Coconut Grove Arts Festival Galleries, and Via Gallery. Residents that are art lovers, or artists themselves, will want to explore the artistic side of the city.

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