Territory As Her Own Backyard
By Victoria Stuart
For more than 25 years Anne Platt has made Coconut Grove her home, the
focus of her career and the center of her civic and charitable activities.
"I love living in the Grove," said Platt, "It's exciting
and progressive, yet it has a wonderful sense of history."
One of the highest producing real estate agents for Coldwell Banker
the largest real estate company in the U.S. and Florida with a large
international network Platt specializes in selling homes in Coconut
Grove and Coral Gables. Originally from Texas, she moved to South Florida
in the mid - 1970s to accept a job as a department manager with Burdines.
"I enjoyed retailing and I had initially planned a career as a
buyer, but I found that I loved living here so much that I didn't want
to commute to other cities," she said. "My father had sold
commercial real estate back home, so I thought I'd give real estate
a try. Besides, as a buyer I enjoyed putting things together and I thought
I'd like matching people up with houses."
Platt enrolled in a real estate course, earned her license and was immediately
hired by Stadler Associates.
"I was impressed by the way Lucille Stadler did business very low
key and honest and genuinely trying to help the buyer find what they
were looking for and I wanted to emulate that," Platt said. "But
the office I was in focused mostly on the Dadeland area and South Miami-Dade,
and I really wanted to sell homes in Coconut Grove. I lived there and
felt a connection and I thought that would be an asset to help me help
About a year later an opportunity came up for Platt to work for the
multi-office Klock Company and she took it.
"Joe Klock was still running the company then (he sold to Coldwell
Banker in 1983) and he let me focus on Coconut Grove and Coral Gables;
I had found my niche," said Platt who has remained with the company
for more than 25 years. Today she is one of the top-producing agents
in Miami-Dade County and a charter member of the prestigious Master
Brokers Forum. Her distinguished sales record has also earned her a
place in the International Diamond Society. She is active in community
service as a volunteer at St. Stephens Church, a member of the coconut
Grove Chamber of commerce and on the board of the Elizabeth Virrick
Park Youth and Community Center.
"Virrick Park was established in the 1960s, but it had fallen into
disrepair," she said. "A few years ago I joined a group of
dedicated community leaders who have worked to build it into a complete
youth center, with an indoor gymnasium, performance stage, counseling
center, computer lab, music room, cooking labs and of course acres of
parks and playground.
More than 60 percent of kids in the west Coconut Grove area live below
poverty level and they need a chance to have an even playing field in
life. The first phase of this park will be completed in January and
then we'll start working on Phase 2. Hopefully this park will give the
kids the helping hand they need for their career and their life."
In her free time, Platt enjoys raising orchids and sailing and has won
several trophies in sailboat races. She is also a frequent author of
historical articles for local newspapers.
Platt added that she has sold many historic homes in both Coconut Grove
and Coral Gables.
"I love working with unique homes in lush settings and I especially
enjoy being able to be of service and to share the treasured moments
when my customers are making exciting changes in their loves,"
she said. "We have strong homes here in Coconut Grove that have
existed since the late 1800's. They have lived through tough times and
will be here for a long time to come, and so will we."
For details, please contact Anne Platt