South Beach, known internationally for its cultural diversity, reflect its eclectic community by having buildings of all shapes and sizes within its condo market. Serving as an agent to this area now for quite a few years has enabled me to familiarize myself with a wide scope of real estate, from ultra-modern highrises along the sand as well as historically significant boutique buildings built many decades ago.
Today, I wanted to take a quick moment between showings to highlight one particular building that belongs to the latter category: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave.
Situated on the NW corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 14th St, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave is a locally and nationally designated condo building originally constructed in 1925 by local South Beach builder J.C Devine and prolific Miami Beach architect Gerard Pitt. With its iron railings, stucco walls, and Spanish influence, it is a property that’s consistent with the early architecture commonly built in Miami Beach during the 1920s known as Mediterranean Revival. Most of the buildings of this style were built before the Art Deco units of the pre-war era and that withstood the Great Miami hurricane of 1926.
From my experience, almost all of the ones I’ve personally shown or seen in person were also constructed in 1925.
The building is today known as the Bristol after becoming a condominium in 1995 with 15 individual units. All of the units, at least based on the declaration of condominium, are 2 bedroom condos split between three different lobby entrances. Its location is in my opinion, one of the most fantastic in South Beach, only moments away from parks and entertainment but also nestled in the peace and tranquility of Pennsylvania Ave, which is strictly residential along this block.
There are currently three active listings in the building ranging from $259,000 – $350,000 (as of 06/04/2020). My last transaction in this building was listing and selling unit #205 for $265,000 in July of 2019. It was one of my favorite sales that summer even though it wasn’t an easy transaction. To be honest, I miss showing this unit and I still think about it from time to time.
Since it was on the southern side of the building, it didn’t have a view/balcony. To make up for it, the floor plan consisted of a tremendously spacious two-story layout that split the living and sleeping areas between both floors. When the owner at the time decided to renovate it, no expense was spared and had the kitchen relocated to open up the unit as much as possible and taking advantage of its rare 10ft tall ceilings. The unit’s only bathroom was expanded and a walk-in shower was included with brand new fixtures and finishes.
Lastly, finishing touches included high-end appliances, new tile flooring, new kitchen cabinetry with quartz countertops, and adding a wine cooler and serving area under the staircase.
At $265,000 it was in my opinion, an incredible bargain for a modernized 2 bedroom just moments away from one of the world’s most famous beaches. Seeing how owners revamp these properties helps these units continue to serve as part of our real estate inventory for years to come and ideal for buyers looking for properties that are rich in heritage and character.
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