I just stepped back in time … into the oldest standing house in Coral Gables. Built in 1899, this Gables house at 6810 Maynada Street in Coral Gables Florida literally catapults you “back into history”. (My daughter said it felt like being shot back into the Civil War… The history of this house goes back to just before the turn of the century). The main house gained historical designation in 1978 . As the oldest standing house in Coral Gables (with two bedrooms and one bath) it was ‘added to’ in 1966… by way of a separate, detached carriage house … (added with permits). The carriage house serves as both a garage, and as a separate ‘guest house’ …above the garage, on the second floor… a one bedroom and one bath apartment. I remember when the carriage house had no doors on the front… and magnificent antique cars visible from the curb that the owner tinkered with passionately… tools and treasures in full display, the doors never (to my knowledge) locked or even closed.
Unquestionably, this is a house for someone enamored of, and devoted to historic preservation. It’s listed for sale by Javier Gonzalez of Remax at $999,000, and is quite a find… offering substance and character… and plenty of renovation projects for whomever the buyer might be. It was featured in Gables Living Magazine, featured on TV, and written about in books… and the house has a rich history in many realms… and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. In 2007, 6810 Maynada Street was showcased on the Villager’s Tour of Homes… decorated for the holidays.
The house is made from Dade County pine (which is termite resistant) and reason enought for the house standing today… You’ll find Dade Country pine in it’s frame, wood floors and front porch. There’s a period fireplace (working wood burning fireplace) downstairs, and a pedistal footed tub upstairs.
As an historic house, 6810 Maynada Street is, for the most part, in very much it’s original condition … unaltered, unadulterated… other than a new roof which was installed in 2007. This is definitely a house for a buyer looking for historic preservation. The house is designated ” historic”, and as such it cannot be torn down. Improvements will qualify the buyer for an ad-valorem tax exemption.
I have a particularly soft spot for historic homes… and this one is a gem! From the brick walk-way… from the street to the front porch…. the Dade County Pine… and the antiquity that’s (for Miami) major history… you can taste and smell and feel the history… the moment you drive up … and even more once you step inside.
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