Ransom Everglades expanding again in Coconut Grove

Ransom Everglades expanding again in Coconut Grove

1921 South Bayshore Drive, Angel Nicolas and Victor Olaniel

Ransom Everglades School’s Coconut Grove campus is growing – again.

The prominent, private middle and high school is under contract to purchase a home at 1921 South Bayshore Drive for about $3.7 million, according to Engel & Völkers Miami. The deal, set to close Nov. 15, would add about an acre to the 16.7-acre campus.

The property the school is buying includes a three-bedroom, 4,612-square-foot home. Records show Jeffrey Degen and Gary Majka of Degen Majka Interior Design are selling the Coconut Grove lot. It was listed with Victor Olaniel of The Olaniel and Elliott Team and Angel Nicolas of The Nicolas Group at Engel & Völkers. It was previously owned by Maria, Scott and Howard Srebnick, and Howard’s wife, Stacy Robins of the Robins family.

Rendering of the STEM center at Ransom Everglades

The high school, at 3575 Main Highway, plans to use the 40,500-square-foot property to expand its sports and recreation offerings, a spokesperson for Engel & Völkers said. Ransom could not immediately be reached for comment.

It’s not the first time Ransom expands its land holdings in the Grove. In 2016, the school paid nearly $35 million for the adjacent property at 3551 Main Highway. Earlier this year, developer and neighbor Caroline Weiss sued Ransom over its amended special area plan. In addition to increasing the Upper School’s total lot area to 801,319 square feet, the special area plan increases Ransom’s maximum enrollment by 67 for a total of 726 students, increases staff from 140 to 160 and increases the surface parking lot by 31 spaces for a total of 241.

The bayfront school is also renovating its campus and building a new Science Technology Engineering and Math center. Earlier this month, it unveiled a portion of the completed renovations to the Cameron Hall, according to a press release.

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