Like many of Miami Beach’s quiet neighborhoods over the years, Flamingo Drive is experiencing a subtle transformation. The signs are easy to detect: The sign of some contractor in more than one house, a vacant lot where another house used to stand.
Behind the well-kept gardens and iron gates, some wealth is driving the metamorphosis of Flamingo Drive from a modest block with mid-century and pre-war homes to a newly built access point.
Douglas Elliman representative, Oren Alexander is building a series of contemporary houses on the street. Another developer Todd Glaser has a house there, and even the richest Family in Turkey – Los Kocs – got a home for $ 10 million.
Flamingo is a quiet, mile-long street in front of Indian Creek. It is a kind of small road off of Pine Drive that culminates in a pedestrian bridge near Collins Park at its southern end, and a major thoroughfare, West 41st Street, to the north.
“You can stand in the middle of the street for an hour and not see a car go by,” EWM senior vice president Nelson Gonzalez told The Real Deal. “Unfortunately, like everything else in Miami Beach, it’s being discovered.”
Gonzalez has owned an oceanfront home with his family on the street since 2004. At that time, he was looking for a large patio – a plot in the 20,000-square-foot range – for his three young children. Something that does not break the bank. He settled in a mid-century Art Deco house less than 5,000 square feet with a large backyard for $ 1.65 million. Compared to similar lots on North Bay Road or Pine Drive, what a bargain.
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