The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables

Hello again famous readers!

Today I passed by the excellent Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.  In case you have been living under a rock and did not know, this pool was originally a rock quarry “from which limestone was taken for the construction of early Coral Gables Homes.”  These days if you give the lifeguard $50 he will let you take home some of the pool for your own house… please note that the previous statement has been deemed false upon further investigation.

You can read more about the pool in the first picture but I wanted to give you my impression as a man on the street with a front row view.  I loved it, you feel as if you have been transported to a bygone era where even the public pools were grand and impressive.  The building was ultra-Coral Gables with the same great architecture and attention to detail found in the city’s other landmarks.

It was a very calm atmosphere (of course it was a Tuesday) and there were a few groups of people scattered about the property and some sun-bathing by themselves.  There is actually a very nice little sandy beach area but there were a lot of people sunbathing so in my ever present overabundance of caution I decided to avoid snapping the pics directly at any people.  You cannot be too careful these days!  But the overall experience was very nice and I look forward to going back again.

Here are some of shots of the pool hope you enjoy!

The entry sign

Walking in...

This nice fountain welcomes you inside

Get some perspective

The obligatory pergola

The courtyard

Twas a gorgeous day to look at cool old buildings

Finally the pool!

A nice shot of the tower

One of the only natural waterfalls in Florida 😉

One of my favorite shots

An old cave that is unfortunately no longer in use

Thanks for reading!

Best regards,

Joshua T. Reich

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Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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1st Ever Video of Coral Gables Country Club Prado Entrance*

Hello Fearless Reader,

Have you ever heard of video?  Well it is sweeping the nation and I have the FIRST EVER VIDEO of the Coral Gables Country Club Prado Entrance (*on The Coral Gables Blog).

So the quality is not great and I am looking to already upgrade my recently purchased Sony Handycam that was engineered by Carl Zeiss.  Unfortunately, it feels like it was engineered by Carl Sagan, meaning back in the 70’s, no disrespect to Mr. Sagan who was a star (get it?).  In any case I think you get a much better feel for the beautiful architecture and landscaping of this Coral Gables and South Florida landmark with video.

If you are looking for a fabulous location to take pictures, whether they be for a wedding, a quinces, a sweet 16, graduation pictures or even pictures of your dog in a costume, this is the place to be.  For those of you who are geographically challenged go to the intersection of SW 8 ST and SW 57th Ave, honk your horn and start waiving your hands outside your car and I am sure one of our fellow South Floridians will point you a finger in the right direction.  Enjoy and please don’t give me the thumbs down on YouTube I’m not sure my ego can take it.

 

Thanks for watching…more to come!

 

Best regards,

Joshua Reich

Published in: on December 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Historic Coral Gables Home of the Week

This week we have decided to go to the top of the food chain.  This $4.75 Million Mansion sits on the famous Biltmore Golf Course and features numerous modern updates to combine the old with the new for a gorgeous home built in 1925.  Just imagine George Merrick duffing a shot off the pool deck when this property was first built!

The master bedroom has a private balcony that overlooks the expansive views of the Biltmore Golf Course.  The property sits on a half acre, which is a nice piece of land for Coral Gables, and is a must see.  Take a look at the pictures and let me know maybe I can arrange for you to hit your Callaway Big Birtha off the balcony!  Well probably not but this beautiful Coral Gables home was recently listed by Maria Gonzalez of Engel & Volkers and basically has everything you could want in a prime Coral Gables location.

I have a couple of my clients interested already but if you buy me a round of golf at the Biltmore you might be able to get the inside track!

Welcome home...

 

Love the Biltmore Hotel in the distance...

 

Plenty of space to the top and sides...

 

A gorgeous and relaxing pool

 

Fore!

Click Here for even more pictures, if you have any questions give me a call my wedge game is finally on track so lets play a round!

Thanks for Reading!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
Broker-Associate
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
RE
/Max Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
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Published in: on November 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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Secrets of the Granada Sisterhood

This past week I was visiting a few fantastic Coral Gables Broker’s Opens by fellow RE/MAX agents and I passed by an unassuming little park called Granada Park.   The park is much more important than one might first guess as it is a representation of the relationship between the City of Coral Gables and the City of Granada in Spain.  These two Sister Cities have a special relationship as half the things in Coral Gables are named after Granada so every time someone drives through the Granada Entrance, the City of Coral Gables has to send  a Big Mac to the Mayor of Granada, Spain.

Ok so not really, but it’s my blog so I can say whatever I want.  In reality the relationship is very cool and has resulted in this beautiful While Marble Pomengranate, which was a gift from Jose Torres Hurtado, Mayor of Granada, Spain.  The statue was created in Spain and just to make it perfect, it is surrounded by Antique Cobblestones donated by Emma Dolores Broad and Sara Marlee Broad in May of 2008.

Here are the pictures, enjoy!  As always click for the bigger pic!

Where else besides Coral Gables?

Sisters

I want one

Just in case you thought they took your antique cobblestones…

Said cobblestones…

Through the trees

Wide view

Wider view

Widest view

 

Thanks for Reading!

Joshua T. Reich

I hired a bird to take some Aerial Pictures of The Biltmore

The problem is that when you deal with a species that cannot communicate effectively and does not understand the concept of money it is very hard to get your deposit back.

So after multiple phone calls to We Fly U Bye Inc. that resulted in nothing but incoherent squawking I decided to just “borrow” some aerial pictures from Bing (aka Microsoft) and 1 street view from the all knowing Google (all hail).

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is one of the most beautiful and charismatic hotels in the world, in my opinion, and I wanted to give another view of it from the air.  For those of you who don’t know you can get some really great “Bird’s Eye” views by using Maps.Bing.com.  Often when I am working with someone who is looking for a home in Coral Gables I will send them a link to the Bird’s Eye view so that they can get a better idea of what the neighborhood looks like and what the property is close to.  The Bird’s Eye view is better than the Aerial view in most cases because you can see at an angle rather than from straight overheard.  But in this case I am just using it to give you a nice view of one of Coral Gables most famous buildings.

Ok so that should be enough promotion of Bing.com AKA the former Live.com AKA we should just give up and let Google (all hail) have the Search Engine market because now we are a 2nd class OS to a company that we once bailed out.  Sorry you had to read all of that just to get to the pictures…

What a very cool and stately hotel

The bird that took this shot was flying south for the winter

The Famous Biltmore Pool

This shot of the entire Biltmore Golf Course was taken by a top-notch spy bird

This bird landed and gave up flying for a life of luxury

The Coral Gables Blog is your eye in the sky!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
Broker-Associate
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
RE
/Max Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.TheCoralGablesBlog.com

 

Published in: on October 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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Coral Gables City Hall Part 2 – Scary Face of a Stormy Day

This post wraps up our visit to Coral Gables city hall, the pictures were taken on a less then perfect day but oddly enough seemed to fit the architecture nicely.  I will start with my favorites here which are definitely the strange face on the wall and then the storm shots of Mr. Merrick.  At the end are some other shots of the exceptional features of this building.  Enjoy and remember to click for the mas grande view!

A foul wind doth blow!

A step back but not out of fear

Merrick surveys the scene

Keeping his head out of the clouds

Sorry for the repeat just really like the light on this one

Feels like Ghostbusters

Could it be?

Yes! Another cool lantern!

Thanks for reading and viewing!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
Broker-Associate
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
RE
/Max Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.TheCoralGablesBlog.com

Published in: on September 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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Coral Gables Granada Entrance Part 2 (The Legend of the Wooden Snakes)

Welcome back to the much anticipated conclusion of the photo tour of the Coral Gables Granada Entrance.

In this edition we will be focusing on the Details and on the West side.  Another way to say this is that these are all the photos that I didn’t have time to upload in Part 1.

And so…Zee Photos!!!

Down to Earth

Coral Gables Specializes in Cool Lamps

I should see if they are looking to sell...

I tried to get the listing but nobody was home

What is the West side's story?

The story is that these wooden snakes were once real snakes and they were friendly snakes so they helped George Merrick build the Granada Entrance but when they fell behind schedule and went over budget he had them turned to wood to help support the parts of the Entrance that they did not finish...I think.

Thanks for reading!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
Broker-Associate
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
RE
/Max Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.TheCoralGablesBlog.com

Published in: on August 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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Coral Gables Granada Entrance Part 1

The Granada Entrance to Coral Gables is one of the most beautiful and historic entrances in Coral Gables.  The entrance is situated at the intersection of SW 8 ST and Granada Blvd (click here for Google Street View) and it is made of coral rock probably quarried around the time of the city’s founding in the 1920’s from the nearby Venetian Pool.  The city’s founder, George Merrick, offered this rock for free to be used in the construction of homes and major landmarks.  Mr. Merrick actually originally envisioned similarly designed entrances at the 7 main entry ways to the city but the Great Depression put those plans on hold and only a few of the entrances were completed.  Much later (as in only in the last couple of decades) another wonderful Coral Gables resident, and president of The Coral Gables Garden Club, made it her mission to complete a few more of the entrances and The Coral Gables Blog will be featuring more information on these in an upcoming blog post.

This entrance is one of the original that was finished and when you walk up to it you feel as though you are going back in time to a more enchanted era.  Thousands of people drive past and through this entrance every day but most or maybe none of them take the time to stop and actually walk through this fabulous piece of history.  So without further polluting this article with my writing here is Part 1 of Coral Gables Granada Entrance….enjoy!

And as always click the images for larger view…tomorrow Part 2, the West Side and Detail Pics!

I decided not to play Chicken with this car

Even the sign is cool

Love the keyhole perspective

Work it you sexy arch!

What is that to the left?

Wooden snakes are common in these parts

Patented Sky Shot - Don't Try This at Home!

What can I say I love this shot I think I'll edit out the car...

Much better

Coral Gables is Awesome

Coral Gables is Awesome 2

You have reached the end of Part 1 please flip the cassette over...

Think…work with Joshua… and Grow Rich!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
Broker-Associate
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
RE
/Max Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.TheCoralGablesBlog.com

 

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm  Comments (1)  
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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…. http://www.youtube.com/user/coralgablestv

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.
Broker-Associate
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
RE
/Max Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.GreatCoralGablesHomes.com
www.TheCoralGablesBlog.com

Published in: on July 27, 2011 at 9:02 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.
Broker-Associate
RE/MAX Advance Realty
305-283-4470
Josh@GreatCoralGablesHomes.com

Published in: on July 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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