I found Fabienne's lovely townhome here on homeaway and thought it couldn't be as perfect in person as it appears in photos. I work for a company in the Chicago area that rents out similar townhomes and I know it's hard to tell from pictures - things can be old and worn out but look just fine in pics. In this case though the pics truly reflect the beautiful condition of this home. After seeing it in person while in town to help my daughter move back home for the summer from her college dorm we reserved it on the spot for our winter in Miami!
We had wintered the previous year in downtown Coconut Grove in the midst of the action (super loud- hard to get any sleep with the 4am bar crowd) and were seeking a quieter location - but still close to everything. The location is perfect. Walk to the metro at Douglas in just a few blocks if you don't have a car. If you do, park it inside on the brick driveway using the remote controlled iron gate.
We had friends and relatives visit while we were there - perfect set up for company. Powder room off a true foyer, you don't enter directly into the living room. Kitchen has granite counters and everything you need to prepare meals. Adjacent laundry room leads from kitchen to attached garage. Large combined living/dining room has a sliding door to a deck shaded by mature mango trees and fenced in yard.
Upstairs, the master bedroom faces the front yard/street but is recessed, positioned above the garage, so it feels private - especially with its own balcony with solid stucco walls and furnished with a little table and two chairs. You can enjoy breakfast here in complete privacy but still be technically outdoors. The en suite bathroom is GORGEOUS with double sinks, a huge walk in shower, plus a jacuzzi jetted tub. The hall bathroom separates the master bedroom from the middle bedroom - no shared wall - so well thought out. Middle bedroom has a trundle bed that converts from a twin to a king plus a desk. Back bedroom has two twins that can be pushed together to make a twin if you prefer. Like the master, it has an attached balcony that overlooks the back yard, but with a railing instead to allow you to enjoy all the greenery in the lush back yard.
All bedrooms have walk in closets. All floors are ceramic tile. This property lacks for nothing. The couple next door is so friendly and helpful! The owner is a gem - the kind of person who will bend over backward to make your stay perfect. You'll want to stay forever!