Welcome to LOST REEF COTTAGE.
1737 SW 12 Street, Miami, FL 33135
Featured on www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p173947
Located adjacent to “the Mission” :
web log: www.welcometothemission.net/
The “Compound:” the long, straight driveway between the two properties leads to the unlikely urban lushness of Lost Reef Cottage Gardens. The Mission sits next door watchfully and in quiet dignity, as it has since the construction of its “newcomer” neighbor, in 1937.
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Devoted to the Playful Pursuit and Passionate Refinement of the
Great ‘Florida Dream.’ ”
This salvaged Yellow Gate below sits at the end of the driveway reserved for your use (and that of your guests) during your stay. It is your private entrance, and a portal to a more soothing, delightful, and greener, world.
Life can seem just a a bit more sweet once you’ve stepped through the yellow door. There are abundant (and most unlikely!) mysteries to explore in that lush green place, by night and by day.
Chief among them is the ancient reef we unearthed after removing the field of thick grey pavement that had since its placement in the late 1930′s smothered the Earth so completely, and lain upon it so heavily. It felt as if the Earth might have been rejoicing at finding itself finally able to breathe again!
How wonderful a thing, we felt (as we do still) to encounter such a marvel not only on the property, but situated exactly where it might have been placed for maximum effect, garden-wise. There it sits, this reminder of the ancient origins of all life on this planet in the sea, and an unlikely remnant of the great primal wilderness the for millenia uncounted kept the Earth and sea here wrapped tight in its ancient embrace, a place so rich with all kinds of life, that we can no longer even begin to imagine what it might have really been like..
Its waters might have long since taken a different course, leaving it stranded and dry, but it is still here, and proud. (The more years any of us have gathered under our belts, it seems to me,the greater our appreciation of those most basic qualities.)
The “Lost Reef,” I believe, is of the same altitude, and part of the same ancient formation shown here around the turn of the century, at the place known by Miami’s earliest settlers as the Miami River Rapids.. It was just here, a site that would today be called NW 27th Avenue, that the great Glades reached their Eastern edge,draining into (among others) a pristine Miami River, flowing four miles out into to Biscayne Bay. Hard to imagine, is it not, that only a century ago the Everglades lay only blocks from where the Cottage now sits? Yet it is true, and here we have proof!
Upon walking into the garden, you will likely hear the sound of gently falling water from here and there, and the gentle song of wind chimes hung in the branches high above.. You may pause for a moment to look upward, which never hurts!
IF you are considering the Cottage as a possible “home away from home” while in Miami, we are honored, and offer heartfelt thanks for your interest. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns with which we might be able to help you, in any way. We genuinely want you to be happy, so it is our practice to try to really listen, to answer all questions as fully and honestly as we are able, and to happily share whatever thoughts we might have on a question important to you.
Our focus is not as much necessarily “selling” the house; the reviews and the place itself seem to take care of that themselves. This seems to work for us.
View of the ultra-cool and comfortable sleeping loft, the “second bedroom.” There’s something about it that kids, and many grown-up people that are actually willing to cop to once having been kids themselves, just love.
Our intention is more to be truly of service; to help you evaluate for yourselves whether this unique property might meet your unique needs.We understand that travel involves some measure of stress, generally, and also realize that although lodging is only one component of planning out your trip, it is certainly among the most critical and important. We also recognize that renting a home you’ve not actually seen from people you don’t yet know, involves a leap of faith. We honor that confidence as a sacred trust, and act accordingly, in every way.
We are here to help. Period. We are big fans of the “Golden Rule,” and hope that you are, too.
In that spirit, we can offer our assurances that if you do come, you will quite likely be very glad that you did.
AS soon as you’ve arrived and had a chance to look around, it will become immediately obvious that you are in a “different kind of place,” in a most fortunate way. You will have found a true oasis for good rest and refreshment during your time in Miami, right in the center of it all, and your stay will be the richer and better for it.
At a minimum you will find a clean, comfortable, and thoughtfully designed place, surrounded on all sides by the unique wonders of Florida’s lavish natural bounty, to discover together and to share, and (we profoundly hope!) to enjoy.
Your happy hosts: Paul Hampton Crockett, Alan Langdon