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What’s the Ruckus About at Grove Isle?

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Grove Isle is suffering some growing pains – literally! Those beautiful 20 or so acres with the most glorious views include three residential towers (Grove Isle 1, 2, and 3), club and hotel facilities including two restaurants, and recreational facilities.

What many non-residents don’t know is that about seven of those acres, which include the club, spa, and hotel, are privately owned by developer Eduardo Avila and a group of investors. Developer’s plans of course by the very nature of the word “developer” are to redevelop it. Residents of the island naturally are in opposition – especially residents of Grove Isle 3 who are adjacent to the proposed project. Enter Preserve Grove Isle activist group vs. Eduardo Avila. khj

I love Grove Isle! I am a frequent patron at Baleen’s and Gibraltar restaurants, which are in the heart of the brouhaha. Grove Isle has some of the most spectacular views in all of Miami, but I think yes, the facilities are tired. Whether a renovation or a “redevelopment” are in store – an improvement will be an improvement for everyone, residents included (you do not have to be a resident on the island to enjoy some of their facilities). That said, I’m a realtor who often works in Grove Isle and it can be ‘deal kill’ to look out the tall glass window or stand on a balcony with endless views and disclose to Buyer the impending project and its potential effects. Can you imagine being a Seller who’s values could decline over this? Or the Grove Isle residents who frequent the current facilities which could be removed or deflated during construction years (although recent court decisions provide that temporary club facilities and amenities must be made available)?

Grove Isle Residents and Eduardo Avila will need to find mutual ground. He undoubtedly owns the land and will be able to redevelop it so it is imperative that they work to solve each other’s needs. The Miami Herald wrote a great article last week on the project – be sure to read it!

Learn more about real estate in Coconut Grove, High Pines, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, and Palmetto Bay, by contacting Val Byrne & Associates at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates – Working For You!

Just Listed By Valaree Byrne! 3592 Main Highway In the Heart-of-Coconut Grove!

If you missed it the first time you may get lucky second time around! Sellers are sadly relocating and the cool, gated brick house on Main Highway across from the Ransom Everglades School is ready for some lucky Buyer!  Leave your car at home and walk to the very best schools, restaurants, boutiques, movie theater, and parks.  This is urban living under the beautiful Main Highway canopy. In addition to the main house there’s a bonus cottage with living room, kitchen, & bedroom (approximately 500sf). This is a Grovite’s home!

Property Details:

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

2,133 Adj. SF | 7,260 SF Lot

List Price: $929,000

http://www.3592MainHighway.com

Learn more about real estate in Coconut Grove, High Pines, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, and Palmetto Bay, by contacting Val Byrne & Associates at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Just Listed By Val Byrne! 5250 SW 76th Street “High Pines”

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You will love life in this very cool, single-story home in High Pines! Not too big and not too small, it’s just right (3,487 adj. sf per drawings). The current owner lovingly re-constructed, expanded, and customized this year, and now relocates before moving in!  10′ ceilings, walls of glass, and stunning social spaces will ‘wow’ you!  Walking distance to boutiques, restaurants, and the camaraderie of Sunset Drive!

Property Details:

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms

3,487 Adj. SF | 12,500 SF Lot

List Price: $1,499,000

www.5250sw76.com

Learn more about real estate in High Pines, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Palmetto Bay, by contacting Val Byrne & Associates at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

EWM Realty International Is Once Again Dade & Broward Counties’ #1 Brokerage!

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Learn more about real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami,  Ponce/Davis Estates, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay by contacting Val Byrne at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– Working For You!

Bem Vindo…Bienvenida…Welcome to Miami!

For the 12th consecutive month the Miami Association of Realtors notes Brazilians having the highest number of searches for local real estate on their website. During the month of May the heaviest search volume was followed by Colombians, Canadians, Venezuelans, and lastly, Argentinians. I will agree with those statistics, and add one country: Mexico!

The luxury properties I have listed in Coral Gables and the Ponce & Davis Roads neighborhoods have been most frequently visited this summer by families from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Mexico. If you are looking for a luxury home in Miami consider one of my current listings, and stay tuned in the next couple weeks for more!

Learn more about real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami,  Ponce/Davis Estates, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay by contacting Val Byrne at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– Working For You!

The Collection Residences in Coral Gables, FL

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Last week I attended a broker’s brunch and sneak preview of  The Collection Residences, which is a gorgeous residential development on the horizon in Coral Gables. As you would guess The Collection Residences will be adjacent to the world-class Collection automobile showrooms and the Village of Merrick Park. That’s a lot of luxury!

The Collection Residences are the collaborative efforts of Ugo Colombo and Masoud Shojaee (CMC Group and Shoma Group respectively),  with Massimo Iosa Ghini, Duany Plater-Zyberk, and Arquitectonica leading the design team.  The 10-story building will have 126 units that range from 1120sf to 6144sf; prices will begin at $650,000 for one bedroom units, $1,200,000 and $2,000,000ish for two and three bedroom units, and the four bedroom / 6,144sf penthouses residences will begin around $5,700,000.

One of the coolest features of The Collection Residences is that the first floor level will be comprised of 14 beautiful townhomes which have mixed use zoning, so one can operate an office or retail space, have signage if desired, and off-street parking available to clients.   Imagine being a designer, clothier, or professional living and working in the same environment!  That’s genius!

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Plans call for reservations to begin this fall, ground breaking to begin next spring (2016), and completion is expected in the winter of 2017.  Floor plans are attached for you to peruse, and if you would like more information or a tour of the show room please call me!

Learn more about The Collection Residences and other real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami,  Ponce/Davis Estates, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay by contacting Val Byrne at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– Working For You!

“After the game: NBA stars shoot for wins in real estate”

Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Real Deal’s recent article, “After the game: NBA stars shoot for wins in real estate” captured a day in the off-season life of Luol Deng and 10 other NBA players who attended a symposium on real estate investing organized by the National Basketball Players Association (with guest speaker, Miami’s own Don Peebles).

Miami Heat players have traditionally invested in some serious local real estate with those investing in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Pinecrest appreciating the ability to maintain a relatively low-key lifestyle (for local celebrities anyway).

Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Pinecrest have been home to a host of Heat players including Dwayne Wade (he began his career in Pinecrest), Alonzo Mourning (he migrated from Coconut Grove to Gables Estates, and is now settled in Pinecrest), Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Dan Majerle, Brian Grant (my all time fav), past and present coaches Eric Spoelstra and Pat Riley, and LeGone James, who’s bayfront home is under contract.

The beauty of these neighborhoods is that you can see these guys regularly at the Last Carrot, Greenstreet’s Cafe, MCycle, local gas stations, movie theaters, and even Food Spot, and no one blinks an eye (but I do stare sometimes).

Wouldn’t it be great if Luol Deng moved into the Grove, Gables, or Pinecrest!  I have the perfect place for him to call home:

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181 Leucadendra Drive, Coral Gables | List Price: $22,500,000 | www.181Leucadendra.com

Learn more about real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami,  Ponce/Davis Estates, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay by contacting Val Byrne at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– Working For You!

Jenny McCloskey and the Magic Wand

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Everyone knows I love having homes ‘staged’, especially empty homes.  In my eyes, and I believe in the eyes of a Buyer, it’s the difference between seeing a House and a Home.  You purchase a House; you build a life and make memories in a Home.

Jenny McCloskey and Geraldine Blakely are the most gifted ‘staging’ talents in today’s market!  They are realtors so they know what attracts Buyers and Sellers, they have an endless inventory of beautiful furniture and accessories, they have a great crew (it’s a family business!), and are wonderfully resourceful!

Jenny and Geraldine waved their magic wand at Casa Iluminada (my listing at 5030 Davis Road), and borrowed fabulous original art from artist Leonardo Hidalgo.  The result was magnificent, not to mention there is a long line of folks who want to purchase the art.  Stop by Casa Iluminada sometime and see what beautiful is!

 

To learn more about real estate in Ponce/Davis Estates, South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Just Listed by Val Byrne! 13403 SW 58th Avenue Pinecrest, FL

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For the Buyer who wants it all!  Indulge yourself with this completely and beautifully updated home in Pinecrest’s premier gated community with 24-hour security, a community park, and the finest public and private schools moments away.  It’s the very definition of ‘turn key’!

Property Details:

4 Bedroom | 4 Bathroom

3,529 Adj. SF | 15,376 SF Lot

List Price: $1,185,000

www.13403sw58.com

Learn more about real estate in Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Palmetto Bay, by contacting Val Byrne & Associates at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Rentals Gone Wild for Val Byrne & Associates!

May was one of the busiest leasing months I have seen since last year about this time, and we have more slated for June and July. Vanessa Kayes, who is newer to our real estate team, had a ‘baptism by fire’ so to speak in the rental market, and more specifically the condo rental market which is not easy to navigate because of Association applications and the broad spectrum of pet rules.

In the last five weeks Vanessa represented Tenants who settled into Grove Isle, Grovenor House, Icon, Gables Waterway Towers, and Gables Harbour. There are so many beautiful condominium communities which have rental availability in the different neighborhoods in Miami – we probably looked at 15 different buildings across Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Mary Brickell Village, Downtown Miami, Edgewater, Midtown and Miami Beach before our clients settled into their temporary nests. Made us yearn for the maintenance-free life of the urban dweller – the views are spectacular.

Gables Harbour | 6901 Edgewater

Gables Harbour | 6901 Edgewater Drive

Gables Waterway | 90 Edgewater Drive

Gables Waterway | 90 Edgewater Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grovenor House | 2627 S. Bayshore Drive

Grovenor House | 2627 S. Bayshore Drive

Icon Brickell | 475 Brickell Avenue

Icon Brickell | 475 Brickell Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grove Isle | 1 Grove Isle Drive

Grove Isle | 1 Grove Isle Drive

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates – Working For You!