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In South Beach, an Historic Home is Being Adapted to Retail With a New ‘Vitrine’ Facade

A small single-family home at 909 Collins Avenue, right in the thick of South Beach, is being adaptively reused as a retail space with the addition of a glassy, vitrine-like space in the house’s front yard — literally encasing the old facade in glass almost like an historic reliquary and creating a vaulted front space — and a two story retail addition in the back yard. 

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Anthony Shriver, JFK’s Nephew, Lists Miami Beach House for $1.699 Million

Anthony Shriver, that’s Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver, JFK’s nephew and the noted activist for people with intellectual disabilities (he founded Best Buddies International), has just placed his rather sunny little house at 6145 La Gorce Drive on the market for $1.699 million.

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Join the Gridics Flickr Pool and Document Miami, Beautiful and Raw

Gridics is all about exploring, examining, and analyzing the urban environment, and that includes extraordinary photography of our home city, Miami. This is where the Gridics Miami Reader Photo Pool comes in, and we’d like your help to make it great. In addition to professional photography, renderings, plans, and other imagery, Gridics will frequently feature the photographic work of talented locals who add their images to the pool, on Flickr. Some early highlights of that work are above and below. We’d love to have you join.

Photo via Gridics Miami Flickr Pool/ Adam Mizrahi

Photo via Gridics Miami Flickr Pool/ Winston Tinubu

Photo via Gridics Miami Flickr Pool/ Reuben Harper

Gridics Wants Writers, Photographers, and Interns Who Love Real Estate, Architecture & Miami

Now that we’ve launched, Gridics is growing and looking for a few good people to write, photograph, and intern for us. Writers and photographers should love local real estate, architecture, neighborhoods, and everything that makes Miami great, and should know a thing or two about what they’re writing or how they’re photographing. Both will work on a freelance basis with competitive compensation. Interns should be eager, ambitious, willing to learn, and to do all the odd, and sometimes boring things required at a young company. Internships are paid.

If interested please submit a little bit about yourself, your resume, writing or photography samples for writers or photographers, and whatever else you like, to  We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Architect Mark Hampton’s Loquat House is On the Market

A quaint little wooden house on Loquat Avenue in Coconut Grove was listed on the market this year for $1.775 million. The house is old Floridiana at its most darling with with a few subtle but transformative modernist touches, including a big black gate out front that somehow almost disappears even though it’s the only part of the house that solidly proclaims ‘a very modernist architect once lived here.’

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