About this listing
LittleHaus and MangoHaus (see my Miami Beach listing) are both unique structures that offer sweet examples of Miami's vernacular architectural styles. LittleHaus is an iconic example of a Florida Keys and Bahamian bungalo. LittleHaus was built in the 1930s from virgin Dade County Pine, a wood famous for its strength and resistance to termites and moisture. Nearly all of Coconut Grove's original structures were built of this special wood. Sadly, all but a few remain. I offer LittleHaus to the public as a way to keep developers from tearing her down and building yet another gated duplex compound. When you book LittleHaus, you keep something special alive.
Guests have 100% private use of LittleHaus and its amenities. The cabin has new air-conditioning, a very cool audio system that includes a few hundred great vinyl records that guests are encouraged to enjoy and play. I've made many improvements to LittleHaus over the years and think you'll find her to a very comfortable refuge.
I welcome pets so feel free to bring your dogs or cats as long as they are house trained and clean. There is safe, free parking. And LittleHaus is a 5 minute walk to the center of Coconut Grove's restaurants and shopping, as well as the Coconut Grove's waterfront along Biscayne Bay.
The whole house is 100% private for guests.
I'm available to help guests get oriented and to help with any issues guests may have during their stay.
Coconut Grove is quiet with beautiful hardwood trees and spanish moss. The Grove is nestled in an ecosystem known as a Hammock. Hammocks are cooled by bay breezes and offer wonderful shade which makes them 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the rest of Miami and Miami Beach so the location is very pleasant of relaxing. The Grove is also very accessible by foot, bicycle, and public transport. And it is easy to get to Miami Beach, the Airport, and Downtown Miami from the Grove.
There is very accessible public transport from LittleHaus as well as ample safe parking.
Felt very welcomed in the cute house. Neighborhood was friendly and close to many attractions. We really enjoyed our stay.
This cottage was a great opportunity for me as a temporary home while moving house, and where I could also have the dogs. The great location near downtown Coconut Grove was a plus. The house, however, has several problems. Firstly, the yard has two abandoned cars and lots of trash. The dogs picked up seeds from the weeds, so I couldn’t let them back there. Secondly, the house is old and run down. The supports have sunk so the house has separated from the front steps, the whole house slopes and none of the doors fit. There is an inch wide gap in the front door, plus gaps around the improperly installed AC units, not good for mosquitoes. Very noisy window AC units, no insulation. Ugly curtains, ugly shower, dirty windows, no cups or glasses, no TV. We only got one key. Erik advised me to turn off the gas tank after use, but didn’t tell me that this was because there was a leak - a potentially life-threatening problem.
I applaud people for wanting to maintain our older houses, but this shack is not worth preserving. Erik is trying to fix it up, but it’s not worth it. He needs to do a favor to this neighborhood and rebuild.
Adrew was an excellent guest and left the property in very good condition. I would rent to him again and recommend him to others. However, I disagree with his assessment and his opinion that older structures should simply be torn down. When the pressures to tear down and rebuild win, folks such as Andrew will have no where to go when they need exactly this type of accommodation that welcomes dogs and is so reasonably priced that a neighbor can rent the property while doing maintenance on their own home. If this cabin is torn down, a concrete gated duplex will replace it. Each unit of the duplex will sell for $800,000 and will no longer be available to middle class residents such as Andrew. It will be both an aesthetic and economic loss, in my opinion. To answer Andrew's specific complaints: there are no longer my parked (not abandoned) cars in the gated yard; the pilot light on the stove is now repaired (but I still recommend turning gas off at the main valve); the front door jam has been replaced and there is no longer a 'gap'. There is no TV and that's how I prefer it. There is internet and a really high quality audiophile system. Most folks that rent from me like audio and like streaming from their computers. Bottom line...this is a 100 year old cabin. I love it and continue loving it for over ten years now. Other people either love it or not. I'll continue to improve it and keep it fairly priced as the prices rise around the Grove. And I continue welcoming animals and audiophiles. Those seeking a brand new antiseptic experience should look elsewhere.
Our host was very nice. The neighborhood and location of the house is perfect, walking distance from Coco Walk, too bad there was a construction going on right next door, reason why we couldn't stay :( The picture of the facade of LittleHaus in the website must have been taken a long time ago, because in person it looks older with less foliage and no cute lightning hanging from the ceiling. One thing owner can do to improve the experience is raising up the bar a bit in the cleanliness of the place.
Unfair review. My check-in time is 4PM. I reminded Lore Trevino of this multiple times prior to arrival and it is clearly stated in the listing. Lore arrived 2 hours early and interrupted my cleaning. I do the cleaning myself and do a thorough job. One must keep in mind that this is a 100 year old structure and that it is a great value at the asking rate/price. When Lore arrived two hours early by cab, I made the decision to not send them away and make them return after 4PM as a favor to them. But their disregard for my need to clean meant that I had to do my work in 30 minutes with them in the cabin hovering rather than my usual hour and a half to two hour cleaning process. So to fault me for that is frustrating. I've been doing this now for four years and I knew immediately that when they saw the cabin they did not like it. It wasn't fancy enough or luxurious enough and no amount of cleaning can address matters of taste and economics. What they were seeking would have cost them a multiple of at least 6 times above my very reasonable rate for a stand alone house in the Grove. So what guests such as Lore do, is put the onus on me, and bend me over the barrel for a significant loss to me. I would not cater to Lore Trevino in the future. I suggest guests such as Lore find and pay for the more luxurious accommodations they are seeking next time.
I felt very welcome here. All good! This is a cozy little cottage just a short walk from the center of Coconut Grove. It was just as advertised with privacy and convenience.
This is a great private house in Miami with parking. Easy cab ride to airport,downtown, and South Beach. Walking distance to a grocery store. The two beds were both comfortable. This house was exactly what we were looking for. Thanks Erik!
I didn´t have the chance to meet Erik personally but he seemed like a very nice person and guest. He gave us all kinds of details about our stay weeks in advance, which helped us for planning. He also texted me a few days before our stay to make sure that everything was OK.
When we got there the lights were on which made the apartment very welcoming. It was also very clean and in a great neighborhood (Coconut Grove). Its location was perfect since we had to drive to the MIA airport very early in the morning.
Also great place for 3 people. We split in 2 beds.
I wish we could have enjoyed Erik´s place and neighborhood for more than just 1 night.
Would definitely come back and recommend his place.
hope he did enjoy his stay.
Erik is a great guy. There was a mix-up with the arrival time but it all worked out in the end. This is a minimalist place to stay. it does not look like the picture as that must have been taken years ago It's not necessarily a "destination," it's more of a roof over your head and not a bad one, just a tired one. Bring shampoo, etc. We only stayed one night because we were leaving the next day to go to the airport. We didn't have a problem with anything because we didn't have high expectations. It was fine and it was private which was great. The house next door is still under construction.
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About the Host, Erik
I love sharing good design. I think of my home as having warm, open living spaces that offer both privacy and community. I've been a university teacher of writing, literature, and philosophy for most of my working life. I geek out around old british motorcycles, sailboats, and Miami's modernist houses. And, I'm a lover of Miami off-the-beaten-path from sailing on Biscayne Bay to fresh seafood on the Miami River to fresh pastelitos across the street. If you need it, I've got the hook-up for you!!
I have a relaxed but engaged personality and have a knack for taking good care of my friends. My home is a go-to destination for friends and family who need to recharge, and I'm excited to offer a home away from home to new airbnb friends.