• 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.
My wife and my son spent 3 nights at Erik's place when they visited Miami for a concert, earlier in April. This is what they had to say about it:
We really enjoyed the stay at Erik's place, a comfortable little clean house in an amazing and safe neighborhood. Late night walks were a pleasure around there!
As a suggestion, Erik should indeed follow the idea of renting bikes and should probably include something in the rooms for visitors to keep their clothes. Other than that, Erik was a really welcoming host, and didn't seem to be mad when we arrived at almost midnight on our arrival day. Thanks for the great chats Erik, and you should definitely include the Marley family story into your Airbnb description! Hope everything is going well for you. Cheers!
Excellent first experience with an AirBnb accommodation! Erik was very friendly and hospitable, he helped during the final day of my stay in Miami keeping my luggages for the day. The house is wonderful, clean and in a quiet neighbourhood. I had a really good time.
Erik's place was awesome. A super convenient location in a very safe neighborhood right on a golf course. The house was very well-kept and comfortable. Parking was easy.
As a host Erik was excellent. He responded to my request and questions very quickly and made our stay easy and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend a stay with him if you're in Miami!
Mango Haus is a very cozy house on idyllic Normandy Isle. We've stayed there for six nights and really liked and enjoyed it! Everything was clean and nicely done up. We felt comfortable at Mango Haus and met very nice other guests there! We would definitely recommend staying at Eric's place!
Although we only stayed in Erik's house for one night, we enjoyed it very much! The house was very neat and clean and at a great location. It is very close to the north beach and is not far from the south beach. Although we didn't have too much time to talk to Erik (we arrived late and left in a hurry the next morning), we could feel that Erik was a very nice and warmhearted host.
It was a nice time at the Mango Haus. We stay there for two nights with our two children. The rooms was clean and we have a big bathroom. The house is also very cool and i love the Triumph bike ;)
We have nice conversation with Erik at lunch. We think we comming back! Good Bye Erik :)
Erik provided a great place for us to stay. The location is amazing, just a short drive to the beach. Unfortunately we were in and out so much that we didn't get to spend much time talking with him. But in the short time that I did, it was great. He's quick to respond to requests and is very easy to work with and knows the are very well. We look forward to returning someday!
Erik was a great host, the house was clean and comfortable.
Mangohaus was a great choice. A very warm and inviting home with a gracious host. I was only there for a couple of nights but it was quiet and comfortable. Highly recommend this home.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.