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Tranquil haven, close to all Miami's best and beaches!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Ann Barrow
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

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.



I recommend This For



"Absolutely, I would recommend this accommodation to my best friend!"
Feb 2014
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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.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
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:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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

Reviews

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Tranquil haven, close to all Miami's best and beaches!
average rating of 5.0 based on 70 reviews
East Brunswick, WA
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Great Coral Gables Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Everything was as advertised. It was a perfect setting for the family who traveled to Miami to attend a UM graduation. While the house is on a main street it feels very secluded. The plantings are beautiful.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic, iconic Miami home in great location

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute beauty this home is! Every accommodation, meticulously clean, great neighborhood and wonderful communication and responsiveness from owners. I've rented many vacation properties from VRBO and Homeaway and have pretty high standards, and this is definitely one of my best experiences. This will be my go-to rental when we come down to see family in Miami. Thank you Ann!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here and would definitely return for another vacation. The kitchen was well equipped, the beds were comfortable and the home is very nicely appointed. Great outdoor space and a lovely, quiet location away, but not too far, from downtown Miami and Coconut Grove.

Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A comfortable place to call home for a week

  • 5 of 5

I had to be in Miami for a longer-than-usual trip for a medical treatment and wanted to avoid the cabin fever of being cooked-up in a small hotel room for such a long time. The Villa on Sunset allowed me the space to stretch out, have friends and family stay with me, in the most comfortable of environments. The house is clean, full of character, all appliances work, bathrooms and bedrooms are updated, especially bedrooms 2 and 3. Working with Ann was easy and seamless and she was very accommodating with my changes I needed to make to the reservation. I'm looking forward to my return trip at the end of this month.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice private and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This house is very provate and quiet. The house is exactly the same as the pictures. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends. It's the perfect place for a family vacation

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Beautiful home. Just right for 3 couples.

  • 5 of 5

Property is lush and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Dadeland Mall
Coral Gables
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
University of Miami
Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables
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). Fairchild traveled the world and brought back the mango plant, which has flourished in S. Florida’s plantations for decades.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Cancellation policy: 6. Cancellations and Changes in Reservations: With exception of the Winter Holiday period, (December 15 - January 7), 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. (The Winter Holiday period qualifies for cancellation only if made in writing 60 days prior to scheduled arrival.) 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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