Hi there, welcome to Orange Home Design and Renovation.  In this series of blogs, I’m going to share the progress of design and renovation of a 1400 SF cottage in the High Pines neighborhood of Miami.  It’s Orange Home’s 5th renovation in the neighborhood, but the first time I’m documenting the process, and my first blog.  I know, I know, behind the times.  Bear with me.  


A little background on High Pines…it’s a small square of unincorporated Miami-Dade County surrounded by the cities of Coral Gables and South Miami.  The neighborhood dates from the 30’s, with most of the original houses built in the 40’s and 50’s.  It’s characterized by quiet streets, mature live oaks, good public and private schools nearby, walking distance to downtown South Miami, and close to Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami. 

It’s a popular place to live for families and empty nesters alike, and land values have increased significantly.  The result is most projects in the neighborhood are tear-downs replaced by 4000+ SF modern and transitional new homes, like this one and this one.  As you can see, they’re impressive (kudos to Mocca Construction) and, as you can imagine, expensive. 

This has created two distinct markets in High Pines:  smaller, original houses — lightly renovated or not at all — selling for land value in the $800K – $1M range, and new large homes selling for $2M and up.  In between, there is a broad and unsatisfied gap in the market for fully renovated, modest sized homes — 1250 to 2500 SF, 3 to 5 bedrooms, 2 to 4 baths —  with values in the range of $900K to $1.5M.  This is the opportunity Orange Homes has focused our investments on.  You can see some of our projects in the neighborhood here, here and here

Tropical Cottage Design and Renovation

Our latest project is Tropical Cottage, a small 1400 SF 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a pool in a tropical setting.  We need to do significant work — the kitchen and bathrooms are outdated, closet space is limited, and there are some structural problems — but there is a demand for smaller houses in High Pines which makes the investment worth it.  We’re going to be posting a lot more detail with photos and experiences as we go along.

Meanwhile, if you’re thinking about renovating your house, or looking for a house to renovate, give us a call on (305) 903-5158 or send us an email.  We can help you find and polish your diamond in the rough!

Thanks for visiting.