If you love excentric and extraordinary residential architecture, Villa Vizcaya should be on top of our to-do list when visiting Miami.The 20th century estate lies in the beautiful neighbourhood of Coconut Grove and is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Miami by car. Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya was intentionally constructed for harvesting tycoon William Deering´s son James Deering.
The villa´s design is highly influenced by Italian Renaissance style with Baroque elements, literally exploding in opulence and attention to detail.
The beautifully appointed gardens around the estate invite for extensive strolls and day dreaming in the shadows of the palm trees. It is like a fairy tale getaway from the hustle and bustle of Miami and South Beach. Be astonished by the luxury and decadence of the thoughtfully designed interiors or watch the iguanas pose outside in the sun.
Vizcaya is a secret garden of tranquility and peace. You can almost sense the presence of its former residents. Everything is so well-preserved and in exceptional shape.
I am not going to write anything more, I will let the pictures speak for themselves. As always, I have been very sneaky since photography is normally not allowed inside the building. But I carefully selected the images in this slideshow in order to pass on the feeling that I was able to experience while visiting this amazing place. I hope, I can inspire you to do the same to preserve exceptional places like this one for the future! Enjoy!
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