Ransom Everglades High School right here in Coconut Grove is one of the top 10 high schools in the country. They have recently placed under contract the adjacent 6.9 acre waterfront property located at 3551 Main Highway known as La Brisa. La Brisa is steeped in history, it was originally deeded to Kirk Munroe back in 1886 who was a noted conservationist and founding member of the Florida Audubon Society. The home sold in 2008 for $11,500,000 and came on the market in 2014 for $65,000,000. It was the most expensive home for sale in Miami at that time. Over the past few years they reduced the price to $39,500,000. The school is scheduled to close on the purchase June 21.
A note on Ransom Everglades’ website reads:
“We can’t pass up the opportunity to buy this beautiful property,” said Ransom Everglades Head of School Penny Townsend. “The purchase will allow us to improve our facilities, add vital greenspace and continue our long tradition of respecting, protecting and learning from the treasures of Old Florida and Miami’s precious coastal ecosystems.”
“Paul Ransom founded our school 113 years ago with a forward-thinking focus on taking care of the natural world,” said Eric Mendelson, chairman of the school’s board of trustees. “The current trustees are strongly committed to ensuring the vitality of the school for the next century, and the prudent addition of this neighboring property fits squarely into our long-term educational goals while also honoring Paul Ransom’s legacy.”