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.
I hate to be the outlier here, and I don't like leaving generally negative reviews, especially since Erik seemed like a decent fellow. But, I've stayed at more than 40 airbnb places... Check out my profile. I'm a thoughtful resident. Only 3 or 4 negative reviews. So, I've been around the block a few times, and the LittleHaus was underwhelming. Imagine your first apartment, you know, the one you got while in college, at 20. Then, subtract all the creature comforts--rugs, comfy chairs, coffee maker (!!), coffee cups (!!!!), glasses (generally...!!!), ice cube trays (!??!), hand towels... No real blinds on the windows, just nailed-up odds-and-ends that fell off every time you tried to adjust them. Oh, the windows are all broken and won't stay open. And the propane stove leaks and infuses the house with a disarming odor. The table, one of the few furnishings, was broken and I had to hammer it back together. There are lawn chairs in place of real chairs. There was a huge box in the corner with a new AC unit--that's great! Upgrades! But, really, couldn't you have stored it somewhere else in a tiny house??? The toilet ran all night despite my semi-professional plumbing experience. It would be impossible to cook anything more than, say, popcorn. (Alas, no microwave!)
I won't ding the house for the abominable construction site next door, with a compressor running and loud reverse alarms... But, really, the owner ought to have a few words with the construction chief, as they parked their big-arse truck right in front of the house and left an awful mess...
Look, the LittleHaus is clearly a work in progress in a lovely area of Miami. It has potential! Maybe, in the not so distant future, the owner will spend $350 at Target and upgrade, well, everything!
Great location. Walking to Coconut Grove and places like The Barnacle. And, as I said, Erik was an attentive host. He immediately brought a second set of sheets for us. (In all fairness, I did make it abundantly clear that there were four of us, and my kids slept without sheets on the bed the first night...)
What an nasty piece of work. You did not notice, the new floor, new refrigerator, two new air conditioning units, brand new washer and dryer, and brand new bedding. And you're a liar. I set the house up for two because that is what you reserved. A think a thank you might be in order for making a trip to bring you additional bedding. This kind of hostility is uncalled for. I think you are a bit unbalanced and should address you grievances in a more constructive manner.
Erik's cottage was in a great location in a nice neighborhood, easily walkable to restaurants, shopping and parks. For the area, it is an affordable place to stay. Erik was a pleasant and responsive host and check in was very easy. The cottage itself does have some vintage charm, although it is bordering on being run down-the dining room table was broken, the floor was slightly rotted near the entrance, the bathroom fixtures had mold/mildew stains, and there were lots of electrical wires throughout which made me a little nervous, especially as my husband got shocked when he accidentally touched one. It was moderately clean but I did need to wipe up crumbs from the kitchen counter and hairs from the bathroom. There is no heat, which typically wouldn't be a concern, but we were there during an unseasonably chilly couple of days in Miami and it was COLD inside, especially overnight. There is construction going on next door which started around 8am. This was actually a plus for me because my 2-year-old enjoyed watching the workers, but it is something to consider if you like to sleep in.
From the beginning Erik made me feel welcome and was always available to answer questions. I needed a place to stay, with parking, close to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and LittleHaus was perfect. I was up early and back late and felt very safe in the neighborhood. When I was there there was construction going on right next door, so if you want to sleep in during the week past 8am you might want to ask if it has been completed. LittleHaus is not the place to stay if you plan to do a lot of cooking, but with so many restaurants close by why would you want to? It was exactly what I needed for my trip and Erik is a great host.
We had a wonderful stay. The house is small but fitted our family of 4 just fine. Its located on a quite road and we even held a picnic in the front garden, while enjoying talking to by passers.
Both we and the children enjoyed the record collection very much. We got to listened to good old music and the Children heard some songs for the first time. Our 2 girls got so fund of it that the performed a little act of musical for us.
A great stay in a great neighbourhood.
Only little downside if you intend to cook is that the kitchen utensils are quit limited.
The littleHaus is a nice place to stay for a few days. The neighbourhood is great and the apartment is charming. It's quite simple but we enjoyed our stay there. Erik is quick on the responses. I recommend it!
Small house in cute neighborhood. Very walkable area. House misrepresented in photos though. Photos not recent. House run down . Contents of cabinets dirty. Floors dirty. Bathroom not very clean leftover sliver of soap in shower. Toilet flusher did not work. Luckily my husband figured out how to rig it. Sheets stained on bed. Power cords everywhere and no visible smoke detectors. Had to buy my own at Home Depot. I did not want my 2 year old to touch anything and was thankful to leave after only 2 days.
Jodie arrived early while I was cleaning and expressed that she would like to finish the chores so she and her family could settle in early. I obliged her. I am constantly upgrading the property. It is 100 years old and priced accordingly and guests should be aware that the accommodations are basic but comfortable. Over the past two months, I have installed a brand new refrigerator, new air conditioning units, and new washer and dryer, and new water heater. I have stripped the original wood floors and repainted the interior. My renovations will continue. The bathroom needs to be renovated but it is clean and functional. I have replaced the faulty toilet valve and upgraded the smoke alarms. For the price, it's a great value. There is no other stand alone house rental in the Grove available at this price point.
The LittleHaus is on a small, quiet road in the fun neighborhood of Coconut Grove - excellent location. We stayed for just one night - I didn't meet Erik, but he was easy to communicate with. The character of the home is charming, although the house could have been a bit cleaner - there were some spider webs and the kitchen appeared a bit disorganized. Overall, those were minor issues. The only other thing to note is that bed was quite noisy and squeaky to sleep on - if you toss and turn a lot that might be an issue.
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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.