HISTORY OF THE MOORINGS
The community of The Moorings dates back to the early 1900’s when the property consisted of just 2 large waterfront estates owned by Frank Church and Jessie Moore. These owners were very active in the Coconut Grove community and were well known Groveites. They founded the Church of Christian Science which is located on the opposite side of the street. In the early 1920’s, they sold their waterfront land to a developer who wanted to create an elite subdivision named The Moorings (an adaptation of Jessie Moore’s name).
At this time there was a movement to establish a sense of order and dignity in urban planning. This was known as the City Beautiful Movement which may sound familiar as the city of Coral Gables was developed entirely upon this philosophy. The 1920 Bright Plan was Coconut Grove’s attempt to implement these ideas. The plan called for wide boulevards, grand civic spaces and fountains all done in Mediterranean style architecture. The Moorings was the only subdivision in Coconut Grove that adopted the Bright Plan. This included a 100′ wide boulevard with a landscaped median, an elaborate entrance fountain, curving roads and shared access to dock space for residents. Had “The Bright Plan” been fully adopted by the rest of Coconut Grove, our village would closely resemble the style of Coral Gables or Palm Beach.
THE MOORINGS TODAY
Today, The Moorings is comprised of 43 exceptional estates designed in a variety of architectural styles including modern, classical, Mediterranean, Key West and transitional. It is ideally located along the Commodore Bike Trail and Main Highway, which is just steps from the village center, Ransom Everglades High School and Carrollton. There are two streets that make up the contiguous loop through the community, North Moorings Way and South Moorings Way..
A recent description of a home listed for sale in The Moorings reads: Stunning classic estate in the coveted, guard gated community of The Moorings. El Jasmin has been impeccably restored with the finest materials & finishes while maintaining the original character & architectural details of the home. Spectacular & grand living spaces with volume ceilings open to vine-covered terraces & the oversized quatrefoil shaped pool. Expansive formal living & dining rooms for elegant entertaining. Riparian/dockage rights & walking distance to the Grove village center.
If you are interested in learning more about this community, please feel free to reach out to me at 305-342-1623, [email protected]