If your pockets are stuffed with wads of cash, you can own (or at least rent) the hallowed halls of Coconut Grove royalty. The Peacock Family were early settlers of the Grove and John T. Peacock's historic estate is now available for purchase for $4.5 million or for rent for a mere $20,000 a month.
Is this the same John T. (AKA John Thomas and "Jolly Jack") who fell in love with the Grove in the 1870s, built a waterfront home, and bragged about life in the tropics to brother Charles back in England?
Charles and wife Isabella Peacock eventually moved to the Grove and built the Peacock Inn, the establishment credited with luring the first winter visitors and Bahamian workers to South Florida, and credited with enticing Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to the tip of southern Florida.
Yet this Peacock's home on picturesque S. Bayshore Drive was purportedly built in 1910, a whole three years after John T.'s reported death. But no matter the identity of this proud Peacock, the impressive house has been thoroughly renovated from pioneer days, local historian Ava Moore Parks reports.
The updated mansion with early Florida charm sits on over an acre of tropical wonderland and boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 and half baths, a pool, and tennis court.
Feel the 102-year history with the estate's grand football-field-long driveway, original Florida cherry wood floors, and butler's pantry. And indulge in the modern-day updates: an outdoor wet bar to rival any hotel's, a temperature-controlled wine cellar with room for 1,500 bottles, and since this is hurricane country, Honduran mahogany impact windows and a 60KW diesel generator.
Click below for more photos of this historic estate: