McMansions...would you like fries with that?

By
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC BK 3126272

The Redland area of Miami is a great place for real estate.  It's intermingled with single family residences and nurseries growing and selling all kinds of beautiful plants.  Most homes are on at least one acre.  Considering that most new construction in other areas of Miami is being built on lots of about 6,000 SF, an acre, at 43,560 Square Feet, provides plenty of elbow room.  But said elbow room doesn't come cheap in Miami.  I've seen one acre homesites for sale at $289K in the area, while 5 acres are listed at about $700KLand only.

I've noticed some interesting construction going up in the Redland area.  These homes are interesting because they're HUGE!  There are two in particular that have always caught my eye.  They've been under construction for about 2 years now.  The first one is situated on just a little less than 5 acres.  I can only guess that the main house is about 9,000 square feet.  That's a lot of dusting!  I can barely keep up with my 3 bedrooms, 2 baths.  Behind the main home is a guest house.  I would venture a guess that the guest house is as big as my home, if not bigger.  Here's a picture of the front of the main house.  You can get a pretty good feel for the size of the house itself fom the many windows.

The second home is being constructed on over 14 acres.  Hooo-weeee, that's a lot of land!  The main home is being built in the back part of the parcel.  Imagine having to drive through 7 acres to get to your doorstep.  The front gate and entrance are reminiscent of a luxurious hotel/spa.  When I first drove past the construction site 2 years ago, I thought that's what they were building for sure.   I now think it's just a lavish family residence.  Here's a picture of the work in progress.  This is a picture of the front gate.  Notice the long drive with a traffic circle and interesting architecture in the middle of the driveway.  I can only venture a guess that the main home will end up being gorgeous.  I wasn't about to venture past the gates and risk being arrested for trespassing.  Ines, with your architecture training, I would love your input as to the style of this one.  From what I can see, there are rooms in the front gate/structure! 

I really wasn't serious about the McMansions label for these homes.  Locally, we (real estate agents and consumers alike) have been referring to homes that are about 4000SF+ (2 stories) and sitting on postage stamp size lots as McMansions.  The 2 homes highlighted here definitely do not fall into that category.  These are truly mansions!  I can't wait 'til they're finished.  The fact that they've pulled out all the stops in the construction tells me their landscaping will probably be breathtaking.  It's interesting to note, however, that most of the surrounding homes are modest, single family residences.  A small percentage of them are higher end homes.  It makes me wonder what these homes will do to property values in the area.  Hmmm....stay tuned for updates.

Posted by

Maggie Dokic - Broker/Owner - Special Miami Homes

What's My Home Worth? Instant Response!       Search All Miami Homes - Updated from MLS Daily!

For more information on our local real estate market, or to see or sell a home in Miami, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Coral Gables or the Redland, visit our Miami Real Estate site or contact us at Team (at) SpecialMiamiHomes (dot) com.

The opinions expressed herein, are those of the author, and not necessarily of  Special Miami Homes.

None of this information is to be deemed legal or financial advice.  Please contact your attorney or accountant for same.

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
Florida Miami-Dade County Redland
Tags:
palmetto bay redland agents real estate information

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainer
62,624
Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser
no elbow roomHi Maggie. elbow room? that's cute. you want to McFries with that? :))  all that comes to mind is 'overimprovement' and EGO problem!! :))   i would say that in my professional opinion the room in the front of the 7 acre driveway is the mother in law suite on one side and security on the other! :)) forgive me, its late. :)  no elbow room-->
Mar 06, 2007 03:21 PM #1
Rainmaker
223,300
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
I am so glad you corrected the McMansion statement at the end.  I always wonder what the thinking is behind things like these.  As Nick said, talk about overimprovement!  I am sure they are not concerned with the "white elephant syndrome", nor for getting their money back, ever!  The second thought is, if you have that type of money to build such a place, why the Redlands? (no beach, no golf, no country club). Are they trying to find a peaceful, quiet environment to live?  You are the Redlands expert, maybe you can enlighten me.  I am very familiar with the modest construction around, it's very strange to see this....and PLEASE keep us informed.
Mar 06, 2007 03:37 PM #2
Rainer
229,396
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
WOW, Maggie!  HUGE!!!!  (And I love Nick's idea of MIL suite in the gatehouse!!!)  We have one BIG house like that around here, it's commonly called "the castle" because it really is compared to the rest of our homes.  It is AMAZING.  I've been in it and yes, my mouth dropped open, and I was rude enough to ask if I could take a picture of their foyer.  She was caught off guard and said yes.  :o)  I loooove houses, big houses, little houses, whatever!  But it is fun to see the big ones, isn't it?
Mar 06, 2007 08:25 PM #3
Rainmaker
559,162
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Good morning friends =)  This is the 3rd time I am typing this comment.  What is up with AR today??

Nick - I can always count on you to "lighten" things up.  Your MIL comment was, as Sarah said, muy hysterical.  I'm wondering whether we'll see more of these "overimprovements" popping up.  There are a few others.  I just didn't have pictures of them. 

Ines - I hope you'll stop in again and comment on the architecture.  I really was hoping for some input from you on that.  =) And while we don't have the beach in our backyard, we do have a country club and golf course.  One of each is probably enough in these parts.  The marina as well as Biscayne Bay are only 20 minutes away for when we want to go boating.  The local residents love living here precisely for the reasons you mention.  It's peaceful and quiet.  But it's also roomy!  I personally love that we have chickens, horses and peacocks for neighbors. 

Sarah - it's funny, I was already thinking I'd have to drum up the nerve to ask myself to be invited into these once they're finished.  I guess we think along the same lines.  And yes, I love houses of all kinds/sizes too.  I'd love to see your foyer picture one day.

Mar 06, 2007 10:11 PM #4
Rainer
62,624
Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser

Morning Maggie-zeeene :)  did I mention the obvious tax advantage to employ you mother in law as AS security?! :)) 

Ines, i'm glad to see that the white elephant syndrome has made it into the Realtor® minds. Remember, the 1st you say it to someone, you must quote Nick the Appraiser, the second time.. a wise man once said, the 3rd,..'some dude'. and the 4th it's yours! also. i think they need all that space for 4-wheel driving, target shooting, chicken coops, or 'crops'.  :)

Sarah, we share the love for homes. i go into any open house.. even if my wifey gives me the googly eys @@!  

 ooppss this isn't my blog.. why am i responding to everyone?.. hey! this is good coffeee... thump thump goes the heart!!! sip, sip

 

Mar 06, 2007 10:41 PM #5
Rainmaker
559,162
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA and double HA!

Nick, sweet, dear, comical Nick.  Your first line alone had me laughing like that Muttley dog...you know the one.  I couldn't stop.  Really!  It just got funnier as I went along.  Thanks for bringing your inimitable sense of humor to the Redlands.  Gee, it's good to laugh.

Mar 06, 2007 11:17 PM #6
Rainmaker
223,300
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Maggie -see?  I didn't know The Redlands had Golf and a country club - thanks for letting me know.  As for the architecture, the second photo looks Tudor Inspired, but we'll only know when they are finished.  A lot of contractors tend to overdecorate after they are done with superficial foo foo elements.  We see a lot of the top construction around Miami (minus the land) - and when they're done they stick balustrades and voluted columns and all kinds of over-the-top details that, in my opinion, ruin the house. I know you'll post photos after they are done (I hope it's not another 2 years).
Mar 07, 2007 12:51 AM #7
Rainmaker
559,162
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Ines - thanks for stopping by again.  Nick has taken a penchant to calling me reading material lately.  I think I know why...hmmm

I, too, hope it's not another 2 years.  My best guess says another 9 months - 1 year.  I appreciate your comment, foo foo and all!  lol

Mar 07, 2007 02:22 AM #8
Rainer
229,396
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Nick - YOU ARE TOO FUNNY!  Cut it out, I can't get any work done.  ;o)

Maggie - I'll e-mail pics of "the castle".  I can't post them here, I'm sure the owners wouldn't like that I hope to be dealing with them in the future.  (Sadly, not about their real estate!)

Mar 07, 2007 02:23 AM #9
Rainmaker
559,162
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Sarah - he is funny, isn't he?  I'll have to start asking him to pay my bills soon if he keeps me from doing my work too!

Thanks for the pictures.  That place is gorgeous!

Mar 07, 2007 03:50 AM #10
Rainer
98,203
Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
This last year the city council of Austin passed an ordinance attempting to stop the building of                Mc Mansions. Their criteria was based on three different things,the foot print of the lot, the space above (air) and i think the size of homes in the area. Not sure about the third one. However it looks like the state legislature is going to step forward and state that no community can base regulations against the size of the Mc Mansions on all three criteria. They can only use one of the three! Sounds like someone high up had their toes stepped on and are now trying to get back. Were awaiting to see how this falls out.
Mar 08, 2007 06:14 AM #11
Rainmaker
223,300
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Danny - I truly believe in Zoning and density laws and its up to local governments to not allow monstrosities.  In the case of The Redlands, you have land and it does not impact the community.  I do wish that more thorough urban planning would be done.  It's obvious when you go into a town that has been planned as opposed to allowing anything.  The perfect example is The Town of Seaside in Florida's pan handle.  The urban planning that took place is superb.  I hope Austin gets those ordinances passed.  Sorry Maggie....you know how I get with these issues.
Mar 08, 2007 06:32 AM #12
Rainmaker
559,162
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Ines, no need to apologize whatsoever.  =) I actually appreciate your comment to Danny.  Ines is right Danny!  We do need to keep things from going unchecked.  In the case of the Redlands, where these beautiful homes are being built, there is plenty of land.  <<stretching my arms out and doing jumping jacks without hitting my neighbor's home>>   One of the many reasons I love it here!
Mar 08, 2007 06:48 AM #13
Rainer
2,928
Chris Blackwell
Keys Gate Realty - Homestead, FL

Maggie,

 Great job on this blog. I have driven by these homes many times and have thought the same thing. Is that one home complete yet (the bottom pic)? It has been under construction for at least 5 years. And what is that big sphere thing in the entrance behind the gate? Lol.

Jan 08, 2008 10:53 AM #14
Rainmaker
559,162
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Chris, I drove by a couple of weeks ago and both these properties seem to be finished.  Not sure if they are occupied yet.  I can't imagine how hard finding comps for these would be LOL
Jan 08, 2008 07:25 PM #15
Anonymous
Lily-belle

Hi big sis.  Have you taken any updated photos of the McMansions?  I heard that one of these is being built for the Bacardi family and the other for Shaq.  If true, Shaq will probably end up selling since he was traded from the Heat.

Mar 18, 2008 06:24 AM #16
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
559,162

Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101

GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
FREE list of all foreclosures in Miami-Dade County!
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention