About this listing
Darling, neat, clean, lovingly decorated and self-contained "little house" (casita) located in Miami's Upper East Side -- right outside the gated community of Belle Meade. Some of you may know the general area better as MiMo, a reference to the Miami Modern style of architecture prevalent along a 20+ block stretch of Biscayne Blvd.
This comfortable casita (it's a small cottage completely detached from the main house) is located in a lush, shaded garden setting -- right behind my renovated 1935 Art Deco/Mediterranean home.
You will have a private entrance to the property, with direct access to the casita and the gate that leads to it.
Upgrades throughout: enjoy the queen-sized bed's comfortable memory foam mattress; high thread count sheets and thick Egyptian or Turkish cotton towels; radio alarm; touch on/touch off bedside lamps
Kitchenette includes toaster/broiler oven, microwave, small fridge, coffeemaker, espresso machine, electric burners, pull-out spray faucet, pots, dishes, glassware and cutlery/other kitchen gadgets. Coffee and tea selection provided.
The bathroom features a shower with good water pressure, upgraded light fixtures, sink/faucet and large mirrored cabinet with space for your toiletries inside.
Also for your comfort and enjoyment: AC, ceiling fan, desk, large closet, TV/cable, DVD player, free WI-FI, books and DVDs. And just outside the casita: a small patio area, electric grill and bistro set are at your disposal too.
Street parking is plentiful and free -- but usually I allow my guests use of the driveway since the gate that leads to the casita is at the bottom of it. And if you are car-less, public transport is cheap and convenient: bus stops are just one block away on Biscayne Boulevard, with easy rides to Aventura Mall, downtown, and Miami Beach.
Access to the community of Belle Meade is right across the street and it's a joy to perambulate -- your walks/runs will be very quiet, very safe, and especially wonderful if you are a fan of art deco period architecture -- this is "Old Miami" -- most homes are from the 1920's/30's, just like mine.
La Bella Casita (by car) is very conveniently located 5 minutes from I-95 and I-195, and just 10 minutes from the beach -- the Kennedy Causeway to get there is a mere three blocks north. Downtown Miami and Miami International Airport are just 10-15 minutes away (taxis each way for Miami Airport usually run $25-30 with one stowed piece of luggage); Fort Lauderdale Airport is about 25 minutes away (taxis each way for FLL run $50-75; airporter vans run $25-30 per person).
The neighborhood is brimming with restaurants (Italian, Argentinian, Thai, Japanese, Vegetarian, Fish etc) mostly along Biscayne Blvd -- most are good to very good and at least one is world class (Michy's is a 2-minute drive away; six short blocks on foot).
Highly recommend you click on the GUIDEBOOK link at the top right hand of this listing to check my recommendations throughout the general area, in the neighborhood and beyond! Another great resource to check out before and during your stay here is the 'Miami on the Cheap' website -- just plug the name into your browser to check it out!
In addition to English....
Je parle Francais couramment
Ich spreche ziemlich gut Deutsch
Io posso parlare un po' d'Italiano
Yo puedo tambien hablar Espanol
Hope to see you soon!
Other Things to Note
My shih tzu Wallace occasionally comes in and out of the main house and into the garden through a doggie door -- please ensure he does not escape when you are entering or leaving through the gate ;) He is a VERY nice boy...
Absolutely no smoking or drugs.
In Florida especially it's just common sense, but it IS very important you keep the casita free of crumbs or sticky substances, and definitely do NOT keep open food out -- all of this WILL attract bugs, especially ants ;( Mosquitoes abound, so keeping windows/doors closed is important too.
My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at Karen's. The location was excellent for seeing the rest of Miami, and in a quite interesting area to walk around in as well. The room was comfortable and private. Highly recommended.
Nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans la bella casita. L'hôte des lieux d'une grande amabilité nous a prodigué de très bons conseils! Nous vous conseillons d'aller y passer du temps.
Es la segunda vez que vamos a La Bella Casita, sinceramente nos sentimos muy cómodos. Karen es una muy buena anfitriona, servicial y siempre esta a disposición. La casa es muy confortable y esta bien distribuida. La zona es super tranquila y hay varios lugares cerca para comer e ir a comprar. Karen te damos las gracias por abrirnos nuevamente las puertas de esta bella casa. Saludos Sabirna y Marcos
I stayed at Karen's casita for 3 nights in March and felt very welcome and comfortable. Although Karen was away, she made sure everything was ready and sent me comprehensive access instruction and info about the house and the area. The casita is lovely, with a big bed, nice bathroom, lovely kitchen area and a book shelf full of info about Miami and Florida which I found extremely helpful. I did not have a car in Miami and depended on the public transport system, but found it quite easy to take a bus to South Beach and downtown (approx. 40min each). I did however find it a bit difficult to entertain myself in the area close to the house, as there was not much to see and all the restaurant were quite empty and I seemed to be the only person walking around while everbody else was driving. Apart from that, I had a brilliant experience in Miami and can only recomment Karen's casita!
- Karen was very communicative and helpful, and made sure we got to the Bella Casita without problems.
She was a very attentive host and after we told her about her barking dog at night, she immediately made sure that it did not happen again.
- very private and clean
- very comfortable bed if you like soft matresses. soft and clean towels.
- quiet neigborhood, felt safe
- air conditioning is awfully loud. Very hot without it.
A descrição do anuncio esta de acordo com o que encontramos. Foi uma estadia tranquila e aproveitamos bem Miami. Gostei da localização e tem um bom custo beneficio. Quando chegamos, a Karen estava nos aguardando e nos recebeu muito bem. Foi bastante simpática e solista, nos explicou tudo que precisávamos saber sobre o lugar além de nos dar algumas dicas do que fazer em Miami. A vizinhança é bem sossegada, é uma região residencial.
Karen ha sido muy amable y cordial, aconsejándonos en los lugares a visitar. Nos sentimos como en casa por la libertad, confianza y trato que nos ha brindado Karen.
La Casita tenia todo lo necesario para una estadía agradable y el barrio era muy tranquilo y pintoresco.
About the Host, Karen
Moved to Miami in 2011 and bought this fab 1935 Art Deco/Mediterranean home with a little house (casita) in the back -- which I've almost completely redone so as to accommodate guests!
I grew up in France and England, with the exception of a couple years each in New Mexico and Texas. As an adult, I have lived in Greece, Austria, Texas, New York, Panama, California, Burma, the DC area (Virginia and Maryland) and the Middle East. I have traveled extensively besides, and love to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. Miami is a vibrant city, a real melting pot of people from different cultures with a widespread affinity for the arts, including the culinary arts! And dancing and music are everywhere... it's a unique destination with a rich history and architectural tradition, and offers so much more than JUST beautiful beaches and spicy nightlife!