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

Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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It’s Raining Photos (Best Coral Gables Photos Updated)

So if you have not been living under a rock lately in South Florida, then you are probably soaking wet.  One Coral Gables resident described the rain this way,”I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t raining.”  In reality it has only been raining for about 6 days, but for the Sunshine State it is a strange phenomenon.  Normally a major rain event is some form of tropical storm or wave, or one of them there ole hairicanes.  But this time this low pressure system has just been planted here for about 6 days, but don’t worry tomorrow is supposed to be gorgeous dry and cool finally!

So the moral of the story is I had some time while avoiding the unsafe driving conditions to check out the stats for The Coral Gables Blog and I was not surprised to see that the most visited page is the Best Coral Gables Photos page.  This makes me feel better because it means my readers are like me and much prefer pictures to reading…with that said I’ll shut up now and give you the news that I have added a ton of photos to the page to satisfy your rabid demand, so Click Here to Check Out the New Photos (they are at the bottom under the old photos).

What may happen to you if you pour concrete in the rain

Stay dry!

Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
/Max Advance Realty
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Published in: on October 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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.
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
/Max Advance Realty

Published in: on September 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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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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