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Ann Barrow

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

VILLA ON SUNSET - MIAMI/CORAL GABLES/THE GROVE

53 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

South Miami House Rental Photos and Description

Spacious and Tranquil Home, 3 Br, 2.5 Bath, Sleeps 6-8 Guests

This elegant, modern and sun-infused home draws its charm from the rich history that precedes it. Built in 1929 of the coral rock typical of early Florida structures, it was the original caretaker's home for the vast mango plantations that are now South Miami and Pinecrest. Its generous great room with wood burning fireplace, its coral rock dining room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows (formerly the mango plantation caretaker’s front porch), and its huge eat-in kitchen comprise the original home – and all preserve the Florida pine and mosaic tile floors that graced it in 1929. A 1995 addition seamlessly expanded the living space to 2400 square feet, incorporating only the finest quality elements: mahogany kitchen cabinets topped with honed black granite countertops, high end stainless steel appliances, volume ceilings and crown molding, Florida pine hardwood floors, travertine marble baths, intelligent and creative interior lighting, and high impact windows and doors that bathe the interior in light and showcase the lavish gardens – which of course include mango trees. Set well back on a huge gated and fenced lot, Villa on Sunset is a quiet haven from the mayhem of the workaday world. In addition to the expansive great room, dining room, and kitchen, this home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a restful study, a music room, a brick-paved patio for outdoor entertaining, and a child’s outdoor playground. Eight guests sleep very comfortably and peacefully here, secure within a state-of-the-art security system. And when you wake up, all of Miami’s many wonderful attractions await you – just minutes away. Owners speak English, French and Spanish.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ann Barrow (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Ann Barrow

We are diplomats with the U.S. Department of State and have lived all over the world, always looking for the perfect home to buy. It took us many years, but we finally found it in South Miami.

Ann Barrow purchased this house in 2013

Why Ann Barrow chose Miami-Dade County

Villa on Sunset blends architectural and historical charm with the comfort, design and convenience of a newly-built luxury home. This house has a unique place in South Florida's history, but it is also reminiscent of the original settlers' homes we always admired when working many years in Kenya.

What makes this house unique

Villa on Sunset is a haven for rest and relaxation and at the same time a great location for enjoying all the fun, exciting and memorable elements that are Miami. Brilliant restaurants, the best shopping, nightlife, golf, tennis, watersports, top universities and hospitals, Miami Int'l Airport -- just everything is very nearby -- often within walking distance. And if you prefer to just curl up and relax, you will enjoy the Villa's high speed internet and cable TV.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just stayed here over the week while attending a wedding in Miami and everything about our stay here was perfect! My wife spoke to ann (the owner) and said that she was very nice and very accomodating. At one point, my wife even made a comment that ann was so nice that it almost seemed to good to be true, so we were very pleased when we arrived at the home and found it to be even better than we had hoped! The home has everything you will possibly need and the grounds are simply gorgeous. The entire property is surrounded by lush tropical plants and the front of the property is secured with gate access. We felt completely safe to let our kids run around the property and they loved the playground in the back. The beds were very comfortable and the linens were soft and clean. The entire house was spotless and all the amenities/appliances were brand new and beautiful. The home itself is a beatifully restored, mediteranean style that eminates Miami lifestyle. Since we were down for a wedding and had all of our days planned out, we didn't get to see much of the surrounding area, but while driving home, there seemed to be a pretty active night life that we intend to come back again to enjoy. Can't wait to stay here again!...I also want to add that on the last day, we met the house cleaner and grounds keeper and they were also very nice.



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"Absolutely, I would recommend this accommodation to my best friend!"
Feb 2014
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5
based on 53 traveler reviews

VILLA ON SUNSET - MIAMI/CORAL GABLES/THE GROVE
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews
5

A wonderful experience in every way.

  • 5 of 5

The Villa on Sunset is a bit of old Florida updated for modern needs. The glowing reviews for this home are true! Wonderful place and the owner was very responsive to our emails. The neighborhood is quiet, but you have quick access to all of South Florida. The house is laid out so people can enjoy being together or have personal time without disturbing anyone. It is one of the rare homes which consider allowing pets, but keep them on a leash when they are outside as the yard is not totally fenced. The Villa on Sunset was perfect for us and we deeply appreciate the opportunity to experience it.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Turks and Caicos Islands
5

Amazing stay..

  • 5 of 5

Honestly do not know where to start. This home is fabulous. Beautiful spacious home with all the mod cons yet full of character. Three beautiful bedrooms, and wonderful living room, loved the kitchen and had breakfast every morning in the light filled dining area. Huge outdoor space with beautiful landscaping and mango trees! We were two couples and one 8 yr old and the layout of the house is so good that we all really had our own space. I love the area, peaceful and quiet yet super close to Dadeland Mall and Sunset Place for shopping/dining etc. Highly recommend this beautiful home. I use VRBO a lot, in the US and Europe and this home is in my top ten of accommodations I have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Droitwich, Wors
5

Simply a great property

  • 5 of 5

Ann's emails with all the details prior to arrival makes it all a breeze. Very concise instructions. The house? Immaculate, with a distinctly "home away from home" feel. Flawless decorations , great bedrooms for our family of five. The AC was on when we arrived so already it was nice and cool as we all discovered the nooks and crannies of the house. Located on a main road - not that you would know as there was complete silence inside the house. Kitchen appliances all extremely modern.

Close to Dadeland Mall and shops and restaurants on Sunset, Coral Gables - to me, a great location, although you DO need a car if you are in doubt.

The only complaint I have is I don't live there!

Would book again in a heartbeat.

Thank you Ann.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED HOME IN A PERFECT LOCATION FOR FAMILY GET TOGETHERS AND UM FUNCTIONS

  • 5 of 5

OUR DAUGHTER WAS GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI IN CORAL GABLES AND WE HAD TO LOCATE A HIGH QUALITY PRIVATE RENTAL HOME IN A CENTRAL AREA THAT INCLUDED MODERN AMENITIES TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF 8 FAMILY MEMBERS TRAVELING FROM THE NORTHEAST AND WEST COAST. WE WERE HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTIES FINDING A PLACE THAT MET ALL OUR DIVERSE REQUIREMENTS UNTIL WE DISCOVERED THE VILLA ON SUNSET. EVERYONE IN OUR GROUP WAS OVERWHELMED YET IMMEDIATELY CHARMED BY THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME. IT SURPASSED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS. ALTHOUGH IT WAS MINUTES TO UM (AND MANY OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDING RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING), THE VILLA WAS VERY PRIVATE. DURING OUR VISIT IT'S CENTRAL LOCATION MADE TRAVELING TO MIAMI BEACH, FORT LAUDERDALE AND KEY LARGO EASY TO ACCOMPLISH. THE 3 BEDROOMS AND BATHS MET ALL OUR FAMILY NEEDS. FRIENDS OF OUR DAUGHTER AND THEIR PARENTS JOINED US FOR A CELEBRATORY DINNER IN THE BEAUTIFUL PATIO AREA. EVERYONE IN THE GROUP LOVED THE HOME AND WISHED THEY HAD FOUND IT FIRST. WE WERE PLEASED THE HOME WAS EXACTLY AS PICTURED AND INCLUDED EVERYTHING WE NEEDED FOR OUR WEEK LONG STAY. THE OWNER (ANN) WAS ALWAYS GRACIOUS AND VERY TIMELY IN RESPONDING TO ANY REQUESTS WE MADE. QUITE SIMPLY, THE BEAUTY AND AMENITIES OF THE VILLA ON SUNSET MAKE IT A "MUST" FOR ANY SMALL GROUP OR FAMILY TRAVELING TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA AREA. WE GIVE IT OUR HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION AS THE HOME EASILY SURPASSED THE AVAILABLE 5 STAR RATING.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David, We are just delighted that you so enjoyed your stay! Congratulations again on your lovely daughter's graduation. We thank you for such a glowing review and hope you will again choose the Villa on Sunset for your next visit to Miami. Sincerely, Ann
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5

We instantly felt at home.

  • 5 of 5

This property is spacious, beautifully appointed and laid out. I walked into the kitchen and felt and immediate sense of, I'm home. There is no detail spared and you feel as if you're staying at a friends home. The only drawback is that while the property is pet friendly, it is not fenced in, so our dogs couldn't run around the spacious yard.

The home has a nostalgic magical charm about it that's not readily put into words, other than to say that it oozes history with its Coral Rock feature and original 1920's windows in part of the home. I would stay here again in a heartbeat if I needed a temporary place to go. It ended up being only myself and my eldest daughter plus our two dogs but there's more than enough room for eight to sleep comfortably. I choose this option over a hotel any day, especially if you need multipl

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, yet central location!

  • 5 of 5

Villa on Sunset is perfectly secluded, yet right in the middle of it all! Our family of 3, along with 4 extended family members, fit comfortably in the three cozy bedrooms. We felt right at home with all of the amenities, and we have already decided that our next trip to the area will be spent staying here!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Dadeland Mall
Coral Gables
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
University of Miami
Miracle Mile
Biltmore Golf Club
Santa's Enchanted Forest
Tropical Park
Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Miami International Airport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Granada Country Club Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
MetroRail
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
SR 826
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Dadeland Mall
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Matheson Hammock Park Beach
Car: recommended

Villa on Sunset is five minutes from the Palmetto Expressway – SR826 – an important artery that feeds to the whole of Miami. All of Miami’s attractions are 30 minutes or less from your gate. SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS: Walking distance away are The Shops at Sunset Place and its neighboring “town center,” a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment venue with a European ambiance. Also near is Dadeland Mall– a Miami institution whose upscale stores and restaurants have long attracted visitors from the Americas – now newly expanded to include such popular sites as Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace. Fifteen minutes away by car is another high-end mall, The Falls, where guests stroll one-level, covered walkways surrounded by a million-gallon waterscape and lush tropical foliage. Dixie Highway, a few blocks away, is lined with shopping and restaurants, among them Café Bon Jour, whose French proprietors maintain a glorious bistro menu -- and the best croissant in Miami. Another favorite destination for fine dining is the Coral Gables Miracle Mile area – home of Morton’s Steak House. FOOD SHOPPING: Whole Foods and several Publix supermarkets are five minutes away. Two Fresh Markets are nearby, and one of Miami’s best vendors of fresh seafood, Captain’s Tavern Seafood Market, is ten minutes away. BEACHES: The nearest beach is Matheson Hammock Park Beach, 15 minutes from Villa on Sunset. More beautiful beaches are 25–30 minutes away. In Key Biscayne are Crandon Park Beach and Bill Baggs Cape Florida Beach – rated among the top ten beaches in America. A 30-minute drive south takes you to Bayfront Park and Marina in Homestead, Florida – the same lush setting as the Florida Keys, but close to Miami and less populated by tourists. South Beach, home to ART BASEL MIAMI, one of the most heralded art exhibitions around the world, is less than 30 minutes away. South Beach glitters with nightlife – all day long. In addition to the beach, enjoy its historic Art Deco architecture or its waterfront dining. MIAMI SEAQUARIUM: On Virginia Beach Key, 25 – 30 minutes from Villa on Sunset. THE EVERGLADES: are thirty minutes from Villa on Sunset – either by self-drive car or via a tour from Miami Beach. COCONUT GROVE: 15 minutes from Villa on Sunset, is a waterfront village that features art gallery walks, outdoor dining, sailing regattas and wacky festivals. The Grove's American Water Sports Center features boat and JET-SKI AND YACHT charters. PROFESSIONAL SPORTS: All less than 30 minutes away from Villa on Sunset. March 2014 promises two important tournaments: the SONY ERICSSON OPEN TENNIS Tournament at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne and the PGA Trump National in Doral. Baseball (Marlins Park), football (Sun Life Stadium) and basketball (American Airlines Arena). GOLF COURSES: Miami is covered with golf courses. One of the loveliest is the Granada Golf Course - green and lush – good also for jogging, only 15 minutes away. Killian Greens Golf Club is less than 10 minutes away. TENNIS COURTS/ACADEMIES: Five notable tennis centers are 10 – 15 minutes from Villa on Sunset: The William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center, the University of Miami Neil Schiff Tennis Center, the Salvatore Tennis Center and the Montana Tennis Academy. The Granada Golf Course also contains six courts available for public use. NEW WORLD SYMPHONY: Attend a Friday concert night of this prestigious Miami orchestra at the New World Center. Or enjoy a concert that projects images on a soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall. Bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the New World Symphony with friends and family! These outdoor concerts are free to the public and do not require a ticket. UNIVERSITIES: The University of Miami, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College are three of the many institutions of higher learning very near Villa on Sunset. HOSPITALS: Two of Miami's best hospitals are less than five minutes away: Baptist Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Drive and South Miami Hospital, a few blocks from Villa on Sunset. WEDDINGS: The Biltmore Hotel and the Granada Country Club – both in Coral Gables, host some of Miami’s most beautiful weddings. Both are 15 minutes from the front gate of the Villa on Sunset. METRORAIL: A few blocks from Villa on Sunset, MetroRail connects the Miami International Airport, downtown Miami, and Brickell with Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and South Miami, ending at Dadeland Mall. FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDENS: Twelve minutes away and filled with exotic plants, butterflies and birds, it was named for David Fairchild (1869-1954) who traveled the world and brought back t who traveled the world and brought back the mango plant that flourished in S. Florida’s plantations for decades.

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Rates & Availability

South Miami House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Back to School
Aug 20 2016 - Nov 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,950
$5,000
 
 
Winter holidays
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
$495
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$325
$2,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation policy: 6. Cancellations and Changes in Reservations: Cancellations made in writing (email is acceptable) 30 or more days prior to scheduled arrival date qualify for a full refund minus a $250 cancellation fee. If a reservation is cancelled with less than 30 days notice, GUEST will forfeit all monies paid toward the reservation unless the Property is re- rented for the entire length of the stay and at full price in which case there will be a 10% cancellation fee or a $250 fee, whichever is greater. If GUEST does not show up at Check-In date and time, GUEST will forfeit the full amount of the rental. OWNER will not refund GUEST for early departures or for inclement weather. If a change in reservation is requested, OWNER will make reasonable effort to accommodate the change, and assess the appropriate cancellation fee as stated above.

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Amenities

South Miami House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1, Double Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Travertine marble, separate and private loo with bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Travertine marble
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Extra long twins
  • The music room contains sleeping accommodations for an additional two people..
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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