Coconut Grove-based private school Ransom Everglades announced it entered into an agreement to purchase the 6.9-acre La Brisa property. The school intends to add greenspace and improve its facilities following the deal. Ransom closed the deal for the property June 21 for $34.6 million, the highest sale price ever paid for a single family home in Coconut Grove.
La Brisa sits at 3551 Main Highway and borders Ransom’s Upper School. The property is what Forbes once called ” Miami’s most expensive listing.” The La Brisa property has previously been listed for as much as $65 million and sits on land that originally belonged to Kirk Monroe, a founding member of the Florida Audubon society.
The bayfront property’s lines have not changed since the late 1800s, and is home to a renovated 1920s mansion.
The pending deal is made possible through donations, Ransom said in a statement.
Students grades 9 through 12 attend Ransom’s Upper School at 3575 Main Highway. Students grades 6 through 8 attend Ransom’s Middle School at 2045 S. Bayshore Drive.
Ransom Everglades has existed in its current capacity since 1974, when the Ransom School for Boys merged with the Everglades School for Girls to form the Ransom Everglades School. Ransom was founded 113 years ago by Paul Ransom.
“We can’t pass up the opportunity to buy this beautiful property,” said Ransom Everglades Head of School Penny Townsend in a statement. “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.”