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, and a brick-paved patio for outdoor entertaining. 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.
- House2400 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay3 - 30 nights
Spacious and Tranquil Home, 3 Br, 2.5 Bath, Sleeps 6-8 Guests
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, French, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Jul 2018
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 South Miami
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.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Stunning home and property inside and out. Private, quiet, and very well appointed.
This home is one of the finest you will find in the Miami area. It is on a large piece of property well off the road. Private and gated. The layout of the home is unique and very spacious with high ceilings and modern fixtures throughout. The owner is excellent with communication and response times with any questions. I highly suggest this home for a family getaway from all the hustle and bustle that can consume on in Miami. It is near many great shops and restaurants. 5 stars PLUS!
Thank you for such a marvelous review! Ever since we opened 2013 we've had five star reviews, but yours is absolutely outstanding. I thank you so much! Awesome!
I hope you will come again to the Villa. Take great care.
That was awesome! We are glad to stay in this magical place - peaceful and quiet. Everything just beautiful. Thank you for everything, especially for a pack of coffee:) which is very important to me.
This home is even better than the photos.
We are quite picky, a little OCD, and we thought it was wonderful! The space was great for gathering all together, there was enough privacy and room to get a way if needed. Loved the landscaping. We love orchids and have never seen them growing out of trees before. Everything was perfect. Thank you for sharing your home.
a lovely, inviting, cozy space that my entire family enjoyed
Beautifully decorated, warm, inviting, quiet and cozy space for my family. We enjoyed cooking and having our meals in the indoor dining area as well as outdoor garden area.
Consistently great, year after year!
We have stayed at the Villa on Sunset several years in a row now, and it is just as great as ever! The property is beautiful, ideally located, and maintained in a pristine way. The Villa is so comfortable - we truly feel at home there! We will return every chance we get!
How terrific it is that you still find the Villa as pleasing a getaway as always! It is our pleasure to receive you every year, and we always look forward to your next stay! We know you are discerning guests, so we appreciate immensely your positive remarks! Thank you so much!
Ann and Michael
Great house especially if you have kids at U of Miami
Everything worked well.
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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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.