|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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!"
Beautiful, spacious and very practical home in a great location! The house is full of charm and character and very nicely decorated. Ann was always prompt and courteous in all our exchanges. I would highly recommend the Villa on Sunset!
We stayed here for a few nights with a group of friends for a wedding. The house was perfect! Very clean, a secure gate gave us privacy from the road and the location made it very easy to get around!
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning Fee||$225 + Tax|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.