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Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in South Miami 8598 SW 63rd Avenue

8598 SW 63rd Avenue, South Miami, FL

List Price: $1,639,000

2 Bedrooms | 3 Baths

This property was SO special the Buyers made the offer without ever having given the slightest thought to moving!  In a happenstance moment one Sunday afternoon the Buyers, who lived in the neighborhood many years ago, stopped by our open house with friends – partly to see the house that had been so talked about, and partly to say hi to their old friend.  From that point on the afternoon took on a life of it’s own; old friends rekindled, “Cool House” lived up to it’s nick name, and these wonderful Buyers who had not given a moment’s thought to moving from Pinecrest fell in love and are now my neighbors.  Congratulations to the most wonderful Buyers and Sellers.  Best of luck to all of you.

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

Ocean Drive Magazine Makes a Poolside Splash at 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates!

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This week, Ocean Drive Magazine featured the spectacular infinity edge pool & outdoor living spaces at 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates.  To quote them in this feature story titled, “Miami Homes with Jaw-Dropping Pools to Stay Cool This Season ,”  “The open-air spaces at this Mediterranean estate rival the indoors” and anyone who has visited this exquisite property will agree!  181 Leucadendra Drive was the masterpiece creation of architect Cesar Molina, and we know Cesar Molina is the master creator of opulent, over-the-top outdoor living.  

Boasting 270′ of waterfront on Gables Estates widest lagoon adjacent to Biscayne Bay, anyone can see why this glorious setting was magazine worthy!  See for yourself in the pictures below and if you would like a private showing please call me!

 

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To learn more about real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Ponce Davis Estates, South Miami, High Pines, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay, contact 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 2975 Jackson Avenue aka ‘La Ponderosa’

Patrick Farrell  - Miami Herald file

Patrick Farrell – Miami Herald

Sadly, with the recent passing of Doug Burris, Coconut Grove’s infamous musician, party host, and the iconic leader of Miami Beach High School’s Rock Ensemble for over 40 years, came the inevitable sale of his house.   ‘La Ponderosa’ as it was affectionately called by many was not only home to Doug but home to generations of students, friends, and family who ADORED him (read the Miami Herald’s story about Carter Douglas Burris!).

51fRpx13B-L__SX346_BO1,204,203,200_It was one of my greatest privileges to know this phenomenal human being, who had a million dollar smile.  Shortly before Doug’s death from complications of a life with Multiple Sclerosis he published his autobiography, “Walk & Roll,” which I recommend everyone read! His story is nothing short of inspirational.

 

 

2975 Jackson Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL

List Price: $669,000

2 Bedrooms | 1 Baths

To learn more about real estate in Coconut Grove, High Pines, Ponce Davis Estates, 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!

Miami Ranks as World’s 7th Top Luxury Market in 2015!

Downtown Miami. Credit: Lonny Paul)

Downtown Miami. Credit: Lonny Paul

As reported in the Real Deal, Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Index reports that Miami moved from ninth place in 2013 and 2014, to seventh place last year in the world’s top luxury property markets. That’s the good news…

The other side of that coin is the prediction that Miami will probably slip in its ranking in 2016. An increase in luxury inventory and slowing buyer demand is evident – I am seeing it; we are all seeing it. Ron Shuffield, President of EWM Realty International (and one of my favorite people in the world), a Christie’s Affiliate, quoted these stats to the Real Deal:

Single family homes priced over $1mil: inventory up 46% at the end of April 2016, compared to April 2015. Sales down 11 percent for same time period.

Condos priced over $1mi: inventory up 55% at the end of April 2016, compared to April 2015. Sales down 24 percent for the same time period. 

Ron told us back in our September 2015 office meeting that we would see a rebalancing of our values in the high end market, and we have. Since that forecast I have been particularly cautious and candid with Sellers on pricing luxury properties. My spectacular listing at 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates has been reduced from its original list price of $21,500,000 to its current list price of $17,900,000.  NOW IS THE TIME to buy this exceptional property with 270′ of water frontage! For more information and beautiful photographs visit www.181leucadendra.com and watch this aerial tour!

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

The Five Cities Where Prime Property Prices Exploded the Most (and Miami is not one of them)!

Vancouver. TheRealDeal.com

Vancouver. TheRealDeal.com

The Real Deal reports that Vancouver (Canada), Shanghai (China), Sydney (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), and Cape Town (South Africa) are the top five cities where property prices have exploded the most. Let’s define Prime Residential Properties: the top 5% of the wider housing market in each city.

Shanghai. TheRealDeal.com

Shanghai. TheRealDeal.com

Put into perspective, prime prices in the top 35 cities increased an average of 3.6% in the twelve months prior to March, 2016, but the top five had prime price increases in the double digits! According to Knight Frank’s latest Prime Global Cities Index report the double digit growths were attributed to low supply and record-low interest rates.

For the curious, Miami was ranked number 14 with 3.8% growth (New York ranked #17; Los Angeles #10).

 

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

Just Sold by Valaree Byrne in Coconut Grove 1644 Onaway Drive

1644 Onaway Drive, Coconut Grove, FL

List Price: $860,000

2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths

When I first visited this sweet home in the North Grove it reminded me of a watercolor painting of “Old Coconut Grove’ I’d seen at one of the art festivals.  It was love at first sight, and not only for me – I had more callers on this home than any other I have sold in the Grove! Built only a year after the 1925 incorporation of Coconut Grove (which was soon incorporated into the City of Miami), this house is the remarkable marriage of old world charm and bohemian elegance.  It was no surprise that we had multi-offers on the table the first week, and once again we could all say perseverance pays off.  Congratulations to the Seller and to the lucky Buyers!

To learn more about real estate in Coconut Grove, South Miami, High Pines, Ponce Davis Estates, 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 Valaree Byrne in Lychee Nut Grove 15225 SW 80th Avenue (Village of Palmetto Bay)

15225 SW 80th Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL

List Price: $899,999

6 Bedrooms | 4 Baths

During our four-month search for a home in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay we saw DOZENS of homes that weren’t quite the right fit, and these new comers to Miami needed to settle in ASAP. When we were frustrated and the Buyers’ spirits were low I would always say, “the perfect home is waiting for you” sometime in the near future.  When this fabulous home in Lychee Nut Grove near beautiful Coral Reef Park came on the market we were the very first in to see it (we went at breakneck speed).  From the moment we stepped into this shrine to the Florida Gators, I knew my seriously UM Hurricane family would be calling this home sweet home. Congratulations to all!

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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in South Miami 6020 SW 86th Street

6020 SW 86th Street, South Miami, FL

List Price: $939,000

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths

As fate would have it this gorgeous property on the Snapper Creek Canal in South Miami was purchased by the same person who tried to purchase it three years ago when it was on the market! I listed this South Miami gem in 2012 and after several months of consideration and several offers, the Seller decided he was going to remain in Miami. Nearly 3.5 years later, the first two prospective Buyers to visit after we listed the home a second time were the same Buyers wanting the property in 2012!  Something new and beautiful is on the horizon, and I can’t wait to see it.  Congratulations to the Buyers and Seller! 

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

EWM Realty International Sponsoring Showhouse at The Kampong

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One of my favorite venues in Miami is The Kampong, the glorious 9-acre botanical garden that was home to famed horticulturist David Fairchild and his wife Marian, and later Marian’s sister and brother in-law, Elsie and Gilbert Grosvenor,  moved to the compound (Kampong is a Malay word for village or a cluster of dwellings).  

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Sweeney House By Cirrus11 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Some of the rooms at the Fairchild-Sweeney House (after the death of the Fairchilds the compound was purchased by the Sweeneys), Barbour Cottage, and the Sausage Tree Cottage have been transformed by 20 local and talented designers as part of the Junior League of Miami’s 2016 Showhouse, and will be showcased from April 7th through the 24th.

Anyone who is inspired by The Kampong will love visiting the home I have for sale at 8598 SW 63rd Avenue in South Miami.  It is nearly an acre forest of spectacular native flowering trees, palms, and fruits encircling an exquisitely restored mid-century home, guest house, and carriage house.  One visitor referred to it as the Time Travel house and I thought the name perfectly described it!

8598 SW 63rd Avenue

8598 SW 63rd Avenue

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

It’s Raining Renters!

 

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NINE at Brickell #2007

I’ve never had so many ‘newcomers’ to Miami wanting to lease! I just completed the eighth Lease of 2016, and if they all love Miami like I love Miami and decide to call our beautiful city ‘home’, they will be next year’s Buyers! In the last few weeks we have made a lot of Landlords and Tenants happy in Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and South Miami!

Miami is one of the few cities where real estate agents are able to work in both the sales and leasing arenas. A competent and knowledgeable local realtor should be able to transition between the two markets and provide everyone with a home, be it permanent or temporary. It’s a natural progression to desire to acclimate and ‘test the waters’ in a new city before buying and I am happy to be part of the process!

7160 SW 124th St, Pinecrest

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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!