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Recently Sold by Val Byrne in Coconut Grove 3471 Main Highway #1201

List Price: $2,890,000

5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths

 It didn’t take long for these Georgia buyers to decide where they wanted to live! We looked seriously at Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and our last stop was in Coconut Grove, on a beautiful day I should add.  Skies were blue, the Grove’s bohemian camaraderie was as charming as ever, and urban life along Biscayne Bay in this cool village looked fantastic.  Buyers fell in love with Cloisters on the Bay which is a magnificent, gated community nestled between The Barnacle and Peacock Parks, and a stroll away to all Coconut Grove has to offer. Congratulations to both the Buyers and Sellers! 

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

WalletHub Names Florida #1 State to Retire!

A recent study from WalletHub named our glorious State the best place to retire (based on affordability, quality of life, and healthcare. If you are adverse to year-round warm breezes and lots of sunshine Wyoming, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Colorado filed in right after Florida.

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https://wallethub.com

Here are the top six reasons Wallet Hub gives for retiring in the Sunshine State  (and I can give lots more):

Perez Museum. Photo by Philipp Pessar.

Perez Museum. Photo by Philipp Pessar.

  • Golf courses: the most per capita
  • Good company: the highest number of people 65 and over of any state
  • Stage presence: the sixth-most theaters per capita in the US
  • Help at home: the eighth-lowest cost of in-home services of any state
  • Low taxes: the 10th– best state for retirees come tax season
  • Museums: the 15th most museums per capita

 

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

Just Sold by Val Byrne in Ponce-Davis Estates 5030 Davis Road

List Price: $5,295,000

7 Bedrooms | 7 Baths + 2 Half Baths

http://www.CasaIluminada.com

 I fell in love with “Casa Iluminada” the moment I stepped inside.  The walls of glass, ipe floors, magnificent pool, and tropical landscape were so captivating; if I were to build a new home for myself – Iluminada would be my inspiration. 

It was a delightful way to end the year and everyone involved was so wonderful to work with.  Congratulations to the Buyer and to Seller, and a GIANT thank you to everyone involved.

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

Recently Listed by Val Byrne in South Miami 8031 SW 58th Avenue

We snuck this listing in over the holidays so we didn’t get into the post holiday back-to-business craziness, and it just confirms what we already know in South Miami: the search for a home is 24/7!  We weren’t on the market an hour when the appointment requests started (and we didn’t even have a sign up). 

This home is as sweet as the family that has lovingly cared for it for the last 50 years and as we say in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.  Not only is the wonderful residence within walking distance to the neat shops and restaurants in downtown South Miami, Epiphany School & Church, and St. Thomas Episcopal School & Church, it falls into the Sunset Elementary School district!  The greatest part of this lovely home is the beautiful, grassy Dison Park next door, thoughtfully brought to us by the Seller (with a convenient pass through gate to paradise).  Hurry and come see it – it won’t last long!

Property Details:

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

2,924 Adj. SF | 13,200 SF Corner Lot | Separate 1/1 In-Law Suite

List Price: $895,000

http://www.8031sw58.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!

Recently Sold by Val Byrne in Coconut Grove 3592 Main Highway

List Price: $829,000

3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths + Guest Cottage

http://www.3592MainHighway.com

 We had many interested Buyers in this classic Grove home!  Urban life is so attractive, and in the case of this updated pad in the ‘Zen Village’ the ability to walk to schools, parks, restaurants, movies, and more was the driving force for both Buyer and the Seller settling in the heart-of-the-Grove.  Congratulations to both parties!

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

Recently Listed by Val Byrne in South Miami 5971 SW 86th Street

A storybook neighborhood, an exceptional home, and a wonderful location are components every buyer yearns for.  Look no further! Giorgio Balli designed and built this wonderful home in 2007, classic and timeless in style, rich in appointments, and nestled in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood where children play outside and dust finds streets filled with conversation. This is an opportunity and game-changer!

Property Details:

6 Bedrooms | 5.5 Bathrooms

4,549 Adj. SF | 10,000 SF Lot

List Price: $1,849,000

http://www.5971sw86.com

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

So Much in SOMI!

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Wow, what a difference a couple of weeks makes! I am a great fan and advocate of South Miami, aka “The City of Pleasant Living”, and am so excited when I see new families moving into the neighborhood.  Five great luxury homes went on the market near the heart-of-South Miami in the last two weeks, and some lucky buyers are going to get to experience this wonderful City with the small town vibe, and be as fortunate as I have been to plant roots in what I call ‘Camelot’.

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5971 SW 86th St. | 6BD – 5.5BA | $1.849,000 | $406 psf.

I just listed this home at 5971 SW 86th Street (more pictures and a website to come) and it’s fabulous!  Whoever buys it will not only have a splendid residence designed and built by Giorgio Balli, but the GREATEST neighbors (myself included).  Come by and see for yourself, it’s open this Sunday (November 29th) from 2:30-4:30.

The quality of life in this little pocket behind Dante Fascell Park, and adjacent to Epiphany and St. Thomas Episcopal Schools is phenomenal.  Walks to Sunset Drive for shopping, a bite to eat, or just meandering is regular fodder; the local parks are among the best, and the City of South Miami government has paved the way for safe, pleasant living.  I have sold over 100 properties in the last 20 years in the area and everyone loves it! Also listed recently:

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

It’s Friday the 13th!!!!

untitledToday is the third and last “Friday the 13th” in 2015, and it was so much fun!  Our very happy, festive, and hungry EWM Coral Gables office celebrated its annual “Pot Luck” luncheon, and it is known fact that EWM Realty International not only claims the largest real estate market share in Miami-Dade County, but we are some of the finest chefs in the business.

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Other Friday the 13th News:

 

My beautiful listing at 3016 Alhambra Circle is now available to rent ($12,000/mo). 001-Welcome_to_3016_Alhambra_Circle-1585050-print

 

  My not-so-beautiful but wonderfully located listing at 5021 SW 77th Street is back on the market ($649,000). _DSC1411

 

EWM’s very own Nelson Gonzalez has listed a former Porn King’s home on North Bay Road for $22 million.  This was headline news at Real Deal, not at EWM!  Good Luck, Nelson!Untitled78

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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne Near The Falls! 13345 SW 106 Avenue

List Price: $1,100,000.00

5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths

This property had only been on the market 24 hours when we saw it, fell in love with it, and turned in our offer. The home is in wonderful neighborhood, is completely and beautifully updated, and the Sellers were a pleasure to work with (although listed with owner.com we worked directly with the Sellers).  For the first time in a very long time I sat at a closing table with Buyers, Seller, and attorneys present, and it was absolutely delightfull! Congratulations to all!

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

Happy 90th Birthday Coral Gables!

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That’s the beautiful cover of Coral Gables News’ special edition this month commemorating the 90th birthday of “The City Beautiful”. The famous fountain on Country Club Prado at the north entrance of the Gables has been the spectacular back drop for thousands of wedding pictures and quinceneras in its history. My own wedding pictures were taken there, but more memorable for me were the hundreds of tadpoles my father helped me collect every Sunday if I behaved at church (I still associate Church of the Little Flower with tadpoles).

I love Coral Gables and am proud to have been born, educated, and working in such a vibrant and historical city. If we are a product of our environment then I would say the Coral Gables Youth Center, St. Theresa School, and Matheson Hammock were an enormous part of my upbringing!

I have two really special homes for sale that were featured in the 90th birthday edition: 3016 Alhambra Circle was built in 1926 – the same year Coral Gables was newly incorporated, the Biltmore Hotel had its inaugural ceremony, and the University of Miami enrolled its first class. How is that for history? Like the City it was created in, this regal, Old Spanish-style grand dame has gotten better!

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www.3016Alhambra.com

181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates is in a class of its own, and for that reason was selected by EWM Realty International to be the backdrop for its commemorative birthday ad! This magnificent Mediterranean estate, with 270′ of water frontage on Gables Estates premier lagoon, was built in 2004 and fuses old world craftsmanship, European charm, and 21st century panache.  It is a very, very special property as photographer Jonah Gouin has captured.  For more information or an appointment to either of these wonderful homes please contact me!

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