THIS HOUSE IS BRAVO’S “BEST ROOM WINS” WINNER AND AWARDED DESIGNER, ALEX ALONSO’S, COMPLETED ART DECO PROJECT, WHICH HAS BEEN LISTED FOR $1,390,000.
Built in 1936 by architect Harry O. Nelson, the historic Miami Beach home is listed in the National Historic Register and is a prime example of the “Med-Deco” style—a fusion of Mediterranean and Art Deco—found primarily in the historic area of Española Way. Original Art Deco architecture was preserved including original tile floors, ceiling beams and art deco fire place. Mixing the old with a new elevated style, Alonso added a Bertazonni Italian Kitchen, Phillippe Starck and Porcelanosa bathrooms, custom Italian-style cabinetry and wardrobes, and wood herringbone floors throughout.
The furniture seen throughout the upgraded Med-Deco home is actually from the Art Deco and Mediterranean periods, and customized pieces with upholstery were placed to make things feel more modern and whimsical. The 3-bedroom 2.5 bath charming home also features an added saline modern pool that rivals Miami’s best boutique hotels and sits on a ¼ acre lot.
During the Florida land boom of the 1920s, Miami Beach was quickly becoming a scene for the rich and famous. Española Way was the brainchild of real estate developers N.B.T. Roney and William Whitman who envisioned a place with Barcelona’s flair and the luxury of the French Riviera. This area of Miami Beach was built in 1925 as a “Historic Spanish Village,” and no detail was left untouched. Like much of South Beach, Española Way lost a bit of its charm by the mid-20th century due to crime, gangsters, and neglect. It wasn’t until the ‘80s when developer Linda Polansky worked to revive the city and specifically Española Way. By the mid-’80s the area had become one of the backdrops on Miami Vice. The listing agents for this property are Sam Gaita and Frank Navarro of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.