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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is one of the great architectural and historical jewels of Miami's coastline, situated just moments away from Vita at Grove Isle. Explore its fascinating collections, delight in the subtropical Italianate gardens, and call in on Vizcaya Village for the weekly farmers market.
An entrepreneur, antique lover, and socialite, James Deering built the Vizcaya estate between1914 and 1922, using it as his winter retreat. The house and gardens are in the mold of an18th-century Italian Renaissance villa—so elaborate was Deering's vision that the estate hasbeen called the “Hearst Castle of the East.” The man himself is seen as something of a JayGatsby figure. “Vizcaya,” by the way, is the name of a Spanish province, known in English as“Biscay”—likely where Biscayne Bay got its name.
Deering traveled Europe to source furniture and objects for his Floridian palace, and the finerieson show are something to behold. Admire intricately decorated vases, grand armchairs,mind-blowing murals, as well as personal items belonging to Deering, like his pair of immaculateblack Oxford shoes. Antique technology includes a dumbwaiter and a rotary telephone—quitethe gadgets in Deering's day! One feature that never fails to wow visitors is the pool grotto,lined with marble and studded with seashells.
Vizcaya's gardens, surely the most stunning in Coconut Grove, take their cue from the ItalianRenaissance but throw in countless other influences: there are subtropical plants, ornate Frenchparterre designs, a maze garden, and a theater garden—all ensconced within swathes of nativeforest. The designer of the gardens, Diego Suarez, envisioned them as a collection of rooms,and just like the interiors of Vizcaya, they're festooned with extravagant sculptures andcenterpieces.
The Farmers Market
Every Sunday, the residents of Vita at Grove Isle have the perfect excuse to visit, thanks to theVizcaya Village Farmers Market. Peruse the goods of 30-odd vendors, feast on vegan po boysand guava croissants, take home locally grown fruit and vegetables, buy bouquets ofsunflowers to brighten up your condo, and stock up on hot sauces and fresh spices to bringzing to your kitchen. There's also a free half-hour tour of Vizcaya Village every Sunday.
Vizcaya might not be on the market, but there are stunning Coconut Grove homes for sale atVita at Grove Isle. Contact the sales team today.