• 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.
Wood floors, beautiful art, excellent decorative tastes.
Erik's a rad guy. He has an extensive record collection, and is a bit of a motorcycle collector too.
Sadly, I only had a few minutes to interact with him because I was in Miami on business. But Erik was able to accept my booking on short notice, had everything ready for me when I arrived, and even made sure to lay out clean towels for my use.
Also of note - the bed is super comfortable. I slept like a baby.
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Eric was a great host. He gave us good advice on where to explore in Miami. His house is a full of mid-century furniture. Loved the vibe and decor.
Erik's house was in a nice, secure area with parking. The living area was nicely decorated. The price was very reasonable compared to other rooms in Miami that weekend.
The property has 2 gated areas. Erik should specify which entrance to go to as we waited at the one requiring a key fob for quite a while (before receiving a message online to go the other way, as he was not there at the agreed time to meet).
We stayed on the back room which was not quite a nice as the proper rooms shown on the pictures, due to the bed. It would be nice to have towels.
Beautiful house with confortable room. The place is absolutely quiet and calm and the environment is excelent. We would definitely love to come again !
Great experience... An amazing space in a great location. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this beautiful home.
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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.