Thalatta Estate Park
About Thalatta Estate Park
Approximately four acres in size with vast green areas and unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, Thalatta Estate offers direct access to the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay. Its proximity to the water allows for a habitat of herons, pelicans, marine iguanas, and other plant and wildlife to thrive in and around the mangroves, which adorn the northeast portion of the property.
Whether you are planning an intimate wedding ceremony or a grand gala, personalize your affair with a wide array of features and amenities that only Thalatta Estate Park can offer.
For Your Park Visit:
- Historical museum
- Historically-significant home built in 1926 featuring original Mediterrean Revival architecture with a maritime theme
- Bicycle racks
- Walking trail to the water's edge with connection to the Old Cutler Bicycle Trail
- Unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay
- Ceremonial staging area (near water's edge)
- Manicured gardens with bench seating and water fountains throughout
- Covered outdoor terrace (25' X 40')
- Open outdoor terrace (40' X 60')
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- Bridal suite
- Groomsmen suite
- Prep catering kitchen (requires catering permit)
- Security services (during events)
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Thalatta Estate Park; A Park with A History
Do you know where the name "Thalatta" comes from and why the Village of Palmetto Bay chose that name for the park.? Scroll down to learn a little bit more about this gem in our Village.
The site houses a beautiful two story vintage residence designed and built by the Connett family, who named it "Thalatta," a Latin variation on the Greek word "thalassa" meaning "the sea." On June 11, 2007, the Village Council honored the original name by naming the property "Thalatta Park."
The structure represents a modest interpretation of the Mediterranean-Revival style, similar to that of the historic Charles Deering Estate located immediately to the north. This style was prevalent at the conclusion of the boom era and typical of the area's construction style. A tower located on the third story adds an element of uniqueness for this type of style and period.
Contributing to the architectural significance of the residence are such features as a red clay-tiled roof, stuccoed walls, symmetrical facade, round-arched openings, varied window sizes with broad expanses of wall between them, doorways emphasized with pilasters, random examples of carved and cast ornament and wrought iron elements, decorative original Cuban tile floors and insets, ornamental mantle, carved wood entry doors and moldings, wood ceiling beams, and decorative cast plaster brackets.
Acquisition of Property
The property was acquired by the Village in 2005 in an unprecedented effort to preserve an important landmark in South Miami-Dade County. At the time, the Village dedicated a third of its entire municipal budget to purchase the property for fear that a private developer would demolish the 1926 residence and carriage house to make way for a mini-mansion on the bay. Most of the funding was recuperated through grant funds awarded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection through its Florida Communities Trust Program, the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program, the Land and Water Conservation program, and local county programs such as the General Obligation Bond and the Safe Neighborhood Program. Out of the $3.6 million price tag, Palmetto Bay successfully garnered $3.2 million in grant funds to purchase the property.