When Coral Gables' Riviera Section - which almost doubled the size of the city - was being planned in the 20s, developer George Merrick laid out a series architecturally themed villages that went far beyond the Mediterranean Revival look of the city so far, to fill it up. Probably bored with endless Mediterranean everywhere, George wanted variety. One of those is the Dutch South African Village modeled after homes built by Dutch settlers to South Africa during the 17th century, on Lejeune Road and Maya Avenue, by Marion Sims Wyeth. Homes on the market in one of the villages are rare, but when they list they are both beautiful and expensive.
This little place, although coming in at only 2,000 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, is a cool $1.175 Million, but it's absolutely dripping in architectural glory and details. The living room has a vaulted ceiling, the back yard is a symmetrical courtyard with central fountain and built-in benches, and there's an oh-so-charming-you-could-die dutch door leading to the kitchen.
· 6704 S Lejeune Road [Zillow]