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A Weird Balcony Situation; The Miami Bungalow Project

EDGEWATER - In our travails through the city, we spotted this apartment building with a totally weird balcony situation under construction at about NE 23rd Street and Fourth Avenue, east of Biscayne Boulevard, in Edgewater. It was buzzing with construction activity on an otherwise rather quiet residential street. Putting aside the funky balconies and oddly view-blocking elevator core, the street level of the building seems quite nice, and pedestrian friendly, with big windows, and perhaps even some retail space. The garage entrance is discretely placed towards the back of the site, and a row of mature palm trees has been saved. [Curbedwire]

OLD MIAMI - Before mediterranean revival architecture came into vogue in South Florida in the 1920s, what characterized the majority of Miami's residential construction? Bungalows, that's what! The Miami Bungalow Project is an effort to document and save as many of these fantastic structures as possible, even though surprisingly few of them have been given any official historical protections. They're almost always built of local materials like coral rock and Dade County Pine, and are often amazingly sturdy. Our oldest residential neighborhoods, like East Little Havana, Edgewater, Coconut Grove, and even some of Wynwood, are chock full of these gorgeous, and sometimes quite elaborate, houses from Miami's first two decades. [Curbedwire]