Coral Gables Television Searching for Historic Homes

Coral Gables Television recently announced that they are searching for Historic Coral Gables Homes to include in the next edition of Historic Homes of Coral Gables, a very nice video look at some of the most important homes in Coral Gables.  Coral Gables Television does some really cool episodes covering a wide variety of topics involving The City Beautiful, but my (very biased) favorite is the Historic Homes series.  One of my favorite episodes is a look at one of the homes in the Chinese Village.  If you are not familiar with the Chinese Village, check the video out here, you might be surprised with what you see.  As the owner of the house explains, “This is probably the only fully authentic Chinese Village in the entire country”.

Another one of my favorites is the third house to have a building permit ever in the history of the City of Coral Gables, and also believed to have been built or designed by George Merrick himself.  A few of the owners of the historic homes actually had their homes on the market for sale at the time of the filming, which makes great sense as a way to educate the buyer on what a unique property they can own.  If you have  a historic home that you are thinking of selling, contact me and I can help you get it posted on the show, or at the very least we can make a professional video highlighting the historic aspects of the home.

But even if you don’t have a historic home to sell, I strongly recommend checking out the Historic Homes of Coral Gables series, you can find all the episodes and many other great topics, by searching at the Coral Gables Television You Tube Channel….

Here is an image of the Chinese Village just to wet your appetite…

I took this pic while riding a flying dragon!

Think and Grow Rich!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
/Max Advance Realty

Published in: on July 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Visit to Phillips Park

I was showing a few homes in the area on an overcast and somewhat rainy day in Coral Gables and I happened upon Phillips Park, one  of the many little public parks scattered around the city.  It is quite a useful park with tennis courts, basketball courts a multi-purpose field that includes a backstop for baseball, softball or even kickball if you want to really get crazy!

It also has covered area for parties and a playground for kids that was marked off with yellow tape… the caution type not the crime scene type thankfully.  As I arrived there were a couple of kids playing basketball and some little girls and their moms were arriving to meet the soccer coach for practice.  It’s just another day in the park in Coral Gables, here are some pics enjoy!

Remember to click for larger views…

"I got the city to buy the Biltmore Hotel and all they gave me was this plaque"

Sheika is not happy about this sign

It seems perfectly fine I think I'll get on...

My safe zone from the rain

A field of dreams

Nice curving path

Not a day for tennis

Where LeBron met DWade

Thanks for Reading!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
/Max Advance Realty

Published in: on July 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

From the Future: New Office Building

In a sign of continuing good things to come, a brand new state-of-the-art office building has just broken ground in Coral Gables.  According to the 58,000 sf. development will be situated at 2990 Ponce de Leon Blvd, which is just south of the Ponce Circle Park.  The building will house the headquarters of the joint venture partners that are building it (Mas Group of Companies and TAZ Partners LLC) as well as several other tenants.

The fact that the project received financing is a clear sign that the City of Coral Gables is seen as a great place to invest even in a difficult economy.

A new development is always good news for the city, but this one in particular looks to be a great project that will add not only square footage but aesthetic value as well.  We at  The Coral Gables Blog will check on the project from time to time and post updates.  The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Check out this picture from the future, I took it at dusk on October 5th, 2012 and photoshopped the other buildings out…
If you subscribe to The Coral Gables Blog we will send you instructions on how to travel to the future to take pictures…worth a shot!

The Future is Awesome

Thanks for Reading!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
/Max Advance Realty

Published in: on July 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Inside The Alhambra Water Tower! Part 2…Outside

In part 2 we are going to explore the outside of the Alhambra Water Tower.  Only The Coral Gables Blog gets you this exclusive access to the outside of this famous landmark.  Ok enough shameless promotion.

The tower is honestly one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.  If you did not read the sign on Part 1, you did not learn that the edifice of the building was actually constructed to resemble a lighthouse so as to hide the horribly hideous sight of a water tower.  It is one of the earliest examples of Coral Gables taking it a cut above the rest, enjoy the pics and remember to click for larger views!

The Alhambra Water Tower / Lighthouse

Note The Original Port-a-Potty Circa 1929

Cool Windows and Detail Work

You Can Cycle at Night Thanks to the Lighthouse

Cute Spot for The Garden Club Plaque

Close Up of The Coral Gables Garden Club Plaque

The Royal Poinciana Planted by The Coral Gables Garden Club

Thanks for reading!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
RE/MAX Advance Realty

Published in: on July 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Inside The Alhambra Water Tower! Part 1

The Coral Gables Blog was able to obtain (through coercive measures) exclusive access to the famous Alhambra Water Tower in Coral Gables.  This type of inside access is what you can expect from The Coral Gables Blog.  We will not “name names” but lets just say that we negotiated with high standing individuals who were tasked with guarding (and working on) the tower.  In the end we prevailed and now proudly bring you Part 1 of our feature on the “Lighthouse” which has never seen the sea…

(please click images for larger views)

Welcome to The Famous Alhambra Water Tower

The Coral Gables Blog Opens Doors!

You Need 3 Giant Keys To Open That Door

Very Cool Copper Lantern

Only The Coral Gables Blog Gets You Inside!

Inside and Up North View

Inside and Up East View

Check Back Tomorrow For Part 2!

Published in: on July 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Upcoming Events in Coral Gables

There are so many fun things to do in Coral Gables this month, here are some of the best events…

July 7-The End of Time
Join the famous and enigmatic founder  of, Joshua T. Reich, at anytime day or night for an in-depth discussion of what your property is worth.  Tickets are only $0.00 and all you need is a special code to access Joshua’s worldwide network.  Simply hold up your phone and push the following secret code…3052834470.  Now place the phone to your ear, soon you will be in touch with one of the premier real estate brokers in all of the country.  Josh will amaze you with tales of a giant boom in real estate followed by a huge fall, but don’t fret (unless you’re playing guitar) the story has a happy ending, the market is recovering and your home is soon going to be worth more.

July 7
Enjoy an evening of classic music with classical guitarist David Leisner. The co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music is regarded as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Leisner’s concert is part of the Summer Concert Series being held at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 – $45. For more information, click here or call 305-448-7421, ext. 153.

Through July 8
Do you have a little one with aspirations of being an actor or actress one day? The Actors’ Playhouse is now enrolling for their Children’s Summer Theatre Camp. Kids ages 7 to 12 can experience taking a show from concept to the stage. This four-week program conducted by the professional staff at the Actors’ Playhouse will include acting, singing, dance, improvisation, costuming, scenic design, audition techniques and more. Students will work together to create a brand new show to perform for family and friends at Miracle Theatre. The camp takes place Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Allene Mahogany at 305-444-9293, ext. 606.

July 9 – August 7
GableStage presents the southeastern premiere of Masked, an explosive Israeli play about three Palestinian brothers locked in a life-and-death struggle over issues of deception and betrayal. The play by Ilan Hatsor is set in a village on the West Bank in 1990 and depicts the tragedy of one family torn between duty, kinship, principles and survival. Performances take place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 for Thursday and Sunday evening, $42.50 for Friday evening and Sunday matinees and $47.50 for Saturday evenings. GableStage is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, on the northeast corner of the Biltmore Hotel. For more information, call 305-445-1119 or click here.

July 9 – 10
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts its 19th Annual International Mango Festival. The festival will celebrate the mangos of Hawaii. Enjoy mango lectures, view the world’s largest display of mangos, participate in the world’s only mango auction and, of course, sample a wide variety of mangos. The festival is held at Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children ages 5 and younger. Non-Fairchild members pay $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older and $12 for children ages 6 – 17. For more information, click here.

July 10
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
presents a Mango Brunch, a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits. Held in conjunction with The International Mango Festival at Fairchild, this year’s Mango Brunch will bring together some of Miami’s best chefs to create original and amazing mango dishes. Guests can look forward to mouthwatering dishes prepared by great chefs including Chef Sean Bernal of The Delano, Chefs Frank and Andrea Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering, Chef Ralph Pagano of STK Miami, Chef Tom Parlo of the Biltmore Hotel, Chef Allen Susser and Chef Gail Goetch of Essensia at The Palms Hotel. The event takes place at 11 a.m. at Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Tickets are $100 for Fairchild members and $125 for non-members. For more information, call 305-663-3358 or click here.

July 13 – August 14
Actors’ Playhouse presents the world premiere of “See Jane Run!” an edgy musical by actress-singer-writer Maribeth Graham and composer Dana P. Rowe. The musical takes a bold and often surprising look at the 21st Century woman. From secret desires to manic disorders, nothing is sacred in this truly funny and moving glimpse of the female sex. Three women take the audience through a series of revealing songs and scenes, where we meet the contemporary every-woman “Jane” as she tries to decide what makes her run, who she’s running from and where she’s running to. Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For show times and ticket prices call the box office at 305-444-9293 or click here.

Through July 27
The Florida Film Institute in partnership with the Coral Gables Cinemateque is presenting a Film Education Summer Camp to be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue. Middle and high school students can attend the workshops which meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Registration is $495 for six weeks and is available at

Through July 29
The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences Gallery will host the Ceramic League of Miami’s annual “Two in One” exhibition. The League and its members will have the opportunity to showcase a combination of juried works and quality ceramic art produced by talented South Floridians. The exhibition is free and open to the public. UM’s College of Arts and Science Gallery is located at 1210 Stanford Drive. For more information, call 305-284-2543.

Through July 29

The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery, a travelling museum-quality exhibit featuring children in Miami-Dade’s foster care system who are available for adoption, will celebrate its fourth annual exhibit re-launch at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue. The exhibit will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A donation will be requested at the entrance. For more information, click here.

Through August 5
The Actors’ Playhouse is offering a special summer camp program for teens who are interested in theater. The Teen One-Act Showcase offers actors the opportunity to study audition techniques and then audition for, rehearse and perform in a published one-act play. The campers will perform a play in front of a live audience on the final day of class. This camp is for teens ages 13 to 18 and takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Actors’ Playhouse is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For more information, call Allene Mahogany at 305-444-9293, ext. 606.

Through August 6
The Actors’ Playhouse Musical Theatre for Young Audiences presents the story of Madeline and the Gypsies. Madeline and her friend, Pepito, go on quite an adventure when they get lost and carried away by gypsies to a traveling circus. This musical based on the popular Madeline book series by Ludwig Bemelmans will please audiences of all ages. Performances take place Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 305-444-9293.

Published in: on July 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Beautification of Segovia Street in Coral Gables

The City of Coral Gables reports in their E-Newsletter that the Beautification of Segovia Street in Coral Gables in now underway.  According to the article, the street will be transformed into a “beautiful, lush, pedestrian friendly road”.  Check out the city’s website for the full article but basically the street will be going from 4 lanes to 2, there will be a bicycle lane added as well as a median.  The construction is expected to take about 4 months.

I think this is a very nice update to a street that was already in good shape.  It will definitely add to the property values of those houses that are on and around the street.  I’m guessing they are trying to duplicate the feel of the canopy over Coral Way as you enter Coral Gables from Red Rd.  I love driving under that canopy and I will often take that route as opposed to a faster one just to experience the drive.  In my mind it is one of the most iconic images of Coral Gables and it is good to see that the city is planning to add more.

Here are the pics of the before and after…




Published in: on July 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm  Comments (1)  

Happy 235th Birthday America! You don’t look a day over 40!

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Published in: on July 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm  Leave a Comment