Lot Splitting in the Grove – Preserving our Neighborhood while Encouraging Sustainable Development

by Marcelo Fernandes

Recently the City of Miami denied two lot splitting applications for properties located at 3901 Loquat Ave & 3600 Hibiscus Ave. Both I was involved in trying to purchase before they were listed with a realtor. In both cases my offer to purchase was less than what the Seller was willing to accept. My offer was based on the value of the land to build one home on the site and not subdividing.

In both cases I… Continue reading

Owner of Oxford Universal Joins Panel at Upcoming Sustainable Architecture Event

Be a part of the upcoming discussion on sustainability architecture and discover how this important topic is impacting the Miami area—and the rest of world.

The panel discussion and cocktail reception, “Grounded: Sustainable Architecture – Design in Harmony with Nature,” will be presented by ARC+ and Workbench—and Oxford Universal’s very own Marcelo Fernandes will join the event as a panelist.

“Personally, I am a huge proponent of trying to implement sustainability in every aspect of our lives,”… Continue reading

Top Chef Jeremy Ford and Whole Foods Market Host a Sustainable Evening for Miami Waterkeeper

Enjoy a 3-course sustainable dinner prepared in person by Top Chef Jeremy Ford in a new, steel-construction, LEED-certified sustainable home by Grove Properties, with food and wine provided by Whole Foods Market to support Miami Waterkeeper and our efforts to protect clean water in South Florida.

April 3rd | 7pm-10pm | 4045 Bonita Ave (Coconut Grove)

Then visit any South Florida Whole Foods Market on April 4th — Whole Foods Market will be donating 5% of the day’s sales to… Continue reading

5 Advantages to Owning a Green Home

It’s not always easy being green—especially when it comes to building a green home. There are a ton of details that go into the building process, and keeping a keen eye on quality, durability, and sustainability is necessary to even consider applying for LEED certification.

Once the initial build is complete, however, it’s then quite easy for the home owners to enjoy being green. Here are just a few of the advantages to owning a green home.

LOWER… Continue reading

Slow Food Miami’s “Freshest Night Out”, the most dynamic event of the year!

Like the idea of sampling good, clean, fair food that’s locally sourced, and created with passion by the city’s best chefs and producers? … then you don’t want to miss 

Miami’s 6th Annual Snail of Approval Tasting Party

The “Freshest Night Out” March 24th

Slow Foodies will join over 30 renowned Miami chefs, purveyors, producers, and artisans, as well as our farmers & growers in South Florida. Sip on cocktails by local, small batch producers,… Continue reading

17 Green Features in Our Latest LEED-Certified Project

There’s a reason why building a green home goes above and beyond the standard building codes. Every detail of the environmentally-friendly construction is analyzed and catered to—from building materials to site location.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, there are (at least) 17 features that make up a green home.

As we worked on 4045 Bonita Avenue—our first Steel Structure LEED-certified home built from scratch here in the Grove—we made sure to incorporate every single green feature.… Continue reading

What Makes a Building Green or Environmentally Friendly?

There are many benefits to building green. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED-certified buildings have 34 percent lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 percent less energy and 11 percent less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.” There’s also the added bonus that most green buildings live in harmony with their surroundings, are close to urban settings and parks, and can save their owners money over time. But what goes into making… Continue reading



The importance of LEED certification and preserving the Grove “Unfortunately, there are many builders out there who are trying to pass final inspection by minimally meeting the local building codes. They have no interest in building a green structure to reduce waste or increase the efficiency of the home. Building practices that comply with LEED standards, however, go above and beyond the current city and county building codes—and… Continue reading


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