My favorite thing about Coral Gables, Florida, has to be the incredible “Villages” which were conceived in the 1920s as “The Village Project” by George Merrick. The Villages were designed to add diversity to the predominantly Mediterranean character of Coral Gables, aka “The City Beautiful,” by showcasing architectural styles from around the world. Only 80 of the 1,000 planned residences were built, as Merrick’s vision was crushed by the Hurricane of 1926 and the ensuing Great Depression, yet today those that remain are highly coveted, carefully guarded jewels within our community. I have shared homes from almost every remaining historic Village in The Gables, including:
- The Florida Pioneer/Colonial Village
- The Chinese Village
- The French City Village
- The Italian Village
- The Dutch South African Village
- Another Dutch South African Village home
Today, I’m thrilled to share a landmark 1920s historic home in the remarkable Chinese Village just listed for sale. It was masterfully updated by designer Alicia Kossick, described by Lucky magazine as a modern day Millicent Rogers, who preserved its original architecture and updated all the systems including the roof, plumbing, wiring, bathrooms, kitchen, and millwork. Alicia also happens to be the sister of the current owner… AND Alicia also purchased and remodeled the Chinese Village home next door, which longtime TGP readers will remember from the virtual renovation series by Beth at Chinoiserie Chic.
There are only a handful of Chinese Village homes remaining (click here for a tour via Curbed), and they rarely come on the market. This one is uniquely desirable as it has a large, beautifully landscaped yard and a spacious, modern master bedroom suite. Let’s take a look inside!
Built in 1926 by Henry K. Murphy and located at 5129 Riviera in Coral Gables, FL, this home features five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and is just under 3,000 square feet. It is priced unfurnished, but it is also available fully furnished, and everything within is for sale. Click here for the listing.
Alicia Kossick will be opening a pop up shop, The Polished Coconut, in Coconut Grove (Miami) from December 20, 2015 – March 20, 2016. Located at 3444 Main Highway, The Polished Coconut will feature retro tropical vintage resort fashion and home decor including handmade and socially responsible items from artisans across the globe.
Here are a few glimpses into Alicia’s home (I have been inside and it is absolutely STUNNING… full tour coming soon!) including items that will be for sale at The Polished Coconut…