• private suites/rooms (there may be other guests in either of the two other suites)
• shared kitchen and common areas (with myself and other guests)
• up to six people
• solo and group travelers
• executive, management, and business teams
• writers and writing teams
• film and modeling crews
• sailing teams
• celebrities traveling anon
• Art Basel exhibitors, clients, artists
• Boat Show exhibitors, staff, clients
I call my home MangoHaus. I've lived here since 1999 when I bought the house as a fixer-upper. MangoHaus was originally architect designed and built in 1949, and had never been renovated. She was pretty sad when I found her in 1999. Yet, because she was never renovated, she hadn't been butchered with shoddy work. The essence of the MiMo (Miami Modernism) interior space remained in tact and still oozed that brat-pack cool. So my goal when I began renovating Mango-Haus in 2004 was to preserve her design essence while bringing her up to date. Although MangoHaus now has large new hurricane proof windows, central A/C, new roof, new doors, new bathrooms, and kitchen, the house still evokes the clean geometry of modernist spaces (think Bauhaus) set within Miami's tropical color, light, and coastal topography. It's sweet like a mango, but pure like a Corbusier building or a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house.
Mango-Haus is located on Miami Beach's Normandy Shores Golf Course. The house faces the course so all you see from the large living room window is green space. Most people are surprised how quiet and peaceful the home and Normandy Island neighborhood are. Quiet and peaceful are not normally virtues associated with Miami, yet here it is! Off the island you have cosmopolitan Miami; on the island, bird song and ocean breezes.
Layout is 3 bedroom/2 full bath. MangoHaus has wi-fi and internet and an audiophile sound system. I'm an audio freak so records, cds, and internet audio played through quality equipment are a key ingredient of the MangoHaus vibe. I'd rather be listening to well-recorded flamenco than watching the tube. (I make an exception for Miami Heat basketball and World Cup soccer matches!)
Art is central in the house and includes original paintings, photographs, textiles, and a 1968 Triumph motorcycle. I'm pretty much a geek over anything machine-age and modern.
Mango-Haus is in walking and bike riding distance to the beach. I walk to the beach most mornings where we have a new beachwalk that attracts joggers, bladers, bikers, etc. A lot of people also walk/jog/ride the golf course cart paths where you see lots of parrots, egrets, ducks, geese, and an occasional turtle, frog, or iguana. MangoHaus is on the northern end of Miami Beach which - relative to South Beach - is quiet, uncongested, less expensive, yet within short bus/car reach (or nice bike ride) of South Beach. In short, you are in the best location possible to explore all of Miami including Coconut Grove, South Beach, Aventura, The Design District, etc. while having the luxury of returning to a quiet, safe, comfy home.
Safe. Normandy Island is gated and visitors pass a guard on their way onto the island. We have the lowest crime rate on Miami Beach. The house has an ADT security system and new doors, windows, and locks.
Other amenities. In addition to the golf course, our island also has tennis courts that look out onto a bay in the inter-coastal waterway; a golf-course clubhouse with full bar and restaurant; a large children's playground, soccer field, and basketball court.
Bus, rental bikes, Walgreen's, restaurants, and grocery stores are all in walking/biking distance. We also have the best juice bar in the world in walking distance - family owned for over 60 years! If you like fresh mango, pineapple, oranges, coconut milk, papaya...you name it, they have it.
The surrounding neighborhoods are somewhat undiscovered modernist gems. Most people are aware that South Beach has great MiMo neighborhoods, but for most of Miami Beach's history, it was just one place -- Miami Beach was Miami Beach rather than North and South Beach. Thus, all of Miami Beach - including North Miami Beach - was built in the MiMo era and exudes the same tropical modernist vibe. So you can stroll among our cool buildings and shops on your way to the beach with the benefits of actually being able to park or get a meal and a drink without breaking the bank!
The MangoHaus welcomes all creeds, colors, nationalities, ethnicities, orientations, and family configurations including solo travelers!
Whether you are retreating to unplug, or need a base camp for clubbing, I'm here to support your tropical turn inward or outward and make your getting what you need possible in the least obtrusive way.
I am also here to support the creative professional who is producing work in Miami and needs an appropriate home atmosphere to nourish that work. Film, music, modeling, festival professionals welcome. Gallery staff, visiting orchestra and show professionals, and boat show vendors welcome. U.S. Sailing Center clients welcome including U.S. Olympic and visiting athletes. Flamenco troops participating in Flamenco week, more than welcome! In short, if you are contributing to Miami's creative life, I offer you my home and my support.
I look forward to sharing the MangoHaus with you.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Weekly Price:||$500 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1200 /month|
|Check In:||1:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Erik was a wonderful host. His house was clean and comfortable. It was a short cab ride to plenty of restaurants and the beach. It was a safe, affordable, homey alternative to a hotel.
Erik’s house is located at a wonderful location near Miami beach (20 min). The house provides the opportunity to enjoy the busy life in Miami and retreat to sleep in a quiet a safe neighbourhood. We really enjoyed our stay.
Thank you Erik
Really nice and confortable house in north Miami Beach, the house is in a golf court.
Although we only came for a short stay, Erik hosted all 9 of us comfortably in his amazing home. Simple yet refined, everything in the house is a work of art ! Eriks kindness and helpful suggestions for visiting Miami Beach were greatly appreciated, Don't think twice about staying here...its perfect !!
Ottima esperienza, la casa è bella, spaziosa e dotata di tutti i confort. Le camere sono comode e pulite, come tutto il resto della casa. La cucina è ben attrezzata di tutto. Consigliatissimo! Il padrone di casa molto gentile e discreto.
Hola !! Eric es un anfitrion y una persona magnifica lo recomendamos a todos que quieran conocer mongohaus el lugar es hermoso con una paz increible la pasamos muy bien un saludo muy grande a david una gran persona un gran abrazo a los dos saludos samanta y diego
We did not have so much time to spend at the house, since we were in a different kind of trip this time, but Erik's place is really nice and charming. He also seems to be a great person, being always available when needed. We enjoyed the environment and certainly recommend other people to stay there! Thank you Erik! If you intend to come to São Paulo anytime, you will be very welcome at our place as well!
Nice and cosy place to stay at
Erik was a great host providing information and hints
He can both be a great person to talk to as to giving you the space when needed.
If you need something just ask him and he'll do his best to meet to your wishes!
The house is not as described neither like on the photos. It is messy. Though I paid two nights for a double bed room (total 80$), I was hosted in a room transformed in garage with motorcykles, tools, gas smell and with a single bed put in the midle of the room. I stayed only one night out of the two, because I could not stand the smell and did not feel well in that awkward situation Expensive and weird experience. I do not recommend this place while the owner is "in transition"; should wait and ask if the house is settled again.
Erik is definetely welcoming and his single bed was confortable but it did not feel right for me, felt as lie, that he gave me the other room and did not mention all this.