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Some Cool Chicks in Snapper Creek Lakes

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I walk through beautiful Snapper Creek Lakes from my home in South Miami a couple times a week: passing through Hammock Lakes Park, the Dade County Nursery (see my Dog Park blog), and often stopping by the Wayside Fruit Stand for a drink on the way home (my FITBIT tells me my route is about 12,000 steps). 

 This month I have been delighted by the Easter decorations at one of the homes on the Lake.  It’s not the first time they have decorated; I have been admiring their holiday decor for a long time, but last week I had to pull out my phone and snap some pictures. This takes “creative” to the highest level: coconuts, flowers, palm fronds, some paint, and abracadabra! It’s a spectacular spring display. 

Snapper Creek Lakes is one of my favorite communities in Coral Gables.  In this gated paradise peacocks roam wide, friendly streets where stunning homes sprawl out on one to one-and-a-half acre oak-studded properties; a sleepy marina and dock master oversee boat storage and activity, and Biscayne Bay is only a bridge away.  There are about eight homes for sale in Snapper Creek right now ranging from $3.2 million to almost $10 million, each an architectural specimen.  Right now my favorite is the old Pancoast property, where the “cool chicks” reside.

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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 – Working For You!

Just Listed by Valaree Byrne in Deering Bay! 13632 Deering Bay Drive (Club Villa)

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This lovely corner-built Club Villa adjacent to Deering Bay’s world-class deep water marina awaits some lucky Buyer! If ‘condo living’ doesn’t suit your lifestyle but you yearn for minimal-maintenance living, the Club Villas are magnificent compromise.   At Deering Bay Club Villas you can enjoy the comforts of single family home lifestyle, and the 5-star amenities, privacy, and security provided at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.

Property Details:

            • 3 Bedroom/3.5 Baths
            • 3,150 Adjusted Square Feet
            • 5,812 Square Foot Lot
            • List Price $1,099,000

 

 

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 – Working For You!

The Grass Is Green On The Other Side!

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Dison Park
8021 SW 58 Avenue

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Gazebo at Dison Park

Several  years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte Dison at one of my Sunday open houses in South Miami.  Mrs. Dison and I live in the same neighborhood just behind Dante Fascell Park and adjacent to Epiphany Church & School.  Charlotte wasn’t looking to buy a home in South Miami; she was out assessing the value of land in the area.  She was entertaining the idea of turning the large parcel of land behind her home into a wireless park. OMG, she was one of the most forward thinking, community- minded persons I had ever met.  She was about 75-years old and WAY ahead of her time.

It’s been 5 – 7 years since we met (and just that one time), but the memory is permanently stamped in my brain partially because of the impression she made on me that afternoon, and partially because I pass “Dison Park” several times a day.  Sometimes I will see a person or two reading in the gazebo, sometimes I admire a beautiful  Labradoodle fetching a ball, and late in the afternoon I see a swarm of small giggling boys practicing soccer. 

Charlotte Dison must have had many builders and developers courting her for that parcel over the years, and I bet she was supremely gracious and kind when she said “No thank you”.  She had a vision, and now she sees that vision each time she looks out over her backyard.   PS, I am not sure the “wireless” part of the plan became a reality, but it was a magnificent idea.

And the Real Estate Forecast Continues to be Sunny Skies……

 

Ron Shuffield, President and genius data cruncher at EWM Realty International delivered our spring outlook last week and the forecast is SUNNY!  Watch this quick video to hear it for yourself, but in a nut shell Ron summarized the last three years of real estate sales in Dade County (2011-2013) as being record breakers.  Each year the number of sales of single family homes and condominiums exceeded the prior year, and these were double digit increases!

 

 

Ron expects to maintain high levels of sales in 2014.  Our indicator of future sales is the amount of inventory of properties for sale, more specifically,  the ‘number of months’ of inventory available. In Dade County we have about 5-6 months of supply right now, which Ron believes is a healthy amount.  In my 20 years selling homes in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Palmetto Bay, and Pinecrest, I find that a little on the low side, and with that trend prices usually increase.  As Ron says in the video, it is very “neighborhood specific”.

South Miami Number of Homes For Sale & Sold in the past year 1mil - 2milSouth Miami Number of Homes For Sale & Sold in the past year 500,000-1mil

I’m working with a lot of Buyers looking for homes in South Miami, Coral Gables,
and Coconut Grove in the $650,000-$1,000,000 range, and there are very few options out there.  In South Miami alone there is
very little, and even if we stretch budgets up over $1,000,000 the same holds true.

Buyers need to be working realtors who know the market, and know the minute a new home comes on the market. That’s what it often boils down to –  seeing a home and making an offer on day ONE.  Best news in Ron’s spring forecast is that our prices are generally still 35%-40% less than they were at the peak of 2007, and so there are still tremendous values in Miami.

 

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 – Working For You!

It’s a Dog’s Life Near Hammock Lake Park

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The pond at the dog park in Dade-County Nursery

One of my favorite things to do is take my dogs to that beautiful park adjacent to the Hammock Lake and Snapper Creek Lake communities that I call ‘dog park’ (but many refer to it as the Dade County Nursery). It’s a vast parcel of unspoiled land nestled between Old Cutler Road and Red Road that the Matheson family gave to the County many years ago.

imagesCACWIDIDIt’s dog nirvana.  Most any time you’ll find dogs fetching frisbees  and swimming in the pond. On weekends (I am there every Sunday) I think there are as many breeds at the park as there are at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If you don’t have a dog it’s still a great place to hike!  You can park across the street from Fairchild Tropical Garden in the unpaved parking lot and follow the trail, or you can enter at the most southern end of School House Road (SW 52nd Avenue), and there is plenty of room to park.

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‘Dog Park’ is sandwiched between two premier, gated Coral Gables communities: Hammock Lake Park and Snapper Creek Lakes. Homes averaged $550ish per square foot in the last 18 months.  I sold the most beautiful home in the area in 2013 – a dreamy residence designed by Portuondo Perotti Architects.  The Buyers have dogs – I wonder if they found nirvana down the street!

 

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 – Working For You!

 

Just Listed For Sale by Val Byrne in Coral Gables 1220 S. Alhambra Circle

Back WindowCall this the house that sunshine built!  Whoever designed this very special mid-century Coral Gables home loved light and the beauty outdoors, because you see can see it from every room. ‘Sunshine’ house is also magnificently located. It’s walking distance to Publix, the University of Miami, Sunset Elementary School, 2 parks, Riviera Day School, the infamous Whip n Dip Ice Cream on Sunset Drive, and all the wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and service providers that surround them!  This home for sale in Coral Gables is a gem!

Property Details:

    3 Bedrooms/3 Baths | 1,997 Adjusted Square Feet | 10,360 Square Foot Lot | List Price: $849,000


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 – Working For You!
                                                                                                            

Attention Urban Dwellers!

farmers market colorful fruitfarmers market fruitLUCKY YOU if you live in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, High Pines (and Ponce corridor), or Pinecrest, because they are Farmers’ Market communities!  A community is only as good as its ‘sense of community’, and there is something wonderfully refreshing and ‘grass roots’ about bumping into friends and neighbors while shopping for fresh produce!

Pinecrest GardensI shop at least one Farmers’ Market each week, and to add to the adventure, I either walk or cycle (sometimes I don’t recognize myself). I have to admit my favorite is the Pinecrest Gardens Farmers’ Market.  I live in South Miami but I am a Pinecrest Farmers’ Market girl.

Aside from the stellar fruits and vegetables, there are a few things I don’t resist:  Fatima’s Soaps and Candles are amazing, the guacamole guy has bar none the best EVER, my peeps LOVE the maple bacon and sweet Italian sausage,  and the lady in the middle-aisle bread station has THE best Asiago bread.

orangey faceWhether you live in one of these great communities or are thinking about buying real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami/High Pines, or Pinecrest, be sure to support the local economy, the local farmer, and HAVE A GREAT TIME!

 

 

 

Pinecrest Gardens Farmers’ Market | Pinecrest Gardens Parking Lot (the old Parrot Jungle) | Sundays, 9am – 2pm | November – May

Coral Gables Farmers’ Market | Lejeune Road & Miracle Mile (at City Hall) | Saturdays, 8am-1pm | anuary – March

Fairchild Farmers’ Market | Fairchild Tropical Botanics Garden | Saturdays, 9am – 2pm | I am not sure which months, but definitely March

Grove Green Market | Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot | Thursdays, 2pm – 8pm | Check the months!

Coconut Grove Organic Farmers’ Market | 3300 Grand Avenue | Saturdays, 10am -7pm | Year-round

South Miami Farmer’s Market | SW 57th Court and Sunset Drive | Sundays, 9am – 2pm | Year-round

 

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 – Working For You!

 

 

Do You Know About “Nextdoor.com”?

I just read about the Nextdoor.com website and app, and love it!  It’s an Angie’s List, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Yard Sale flyer, Community Calendar, and Lost & Found all rolled into one.Nextdoor.com logo

Nextdoor.com is  a social neighborhood site and app that allows neighbors to post safety issues, service provider recommendations, community announcements, items for sale, lost (and found) pets, you name it!  It’s free, completely private, and there’s no business advertising.

My "Nextdoor.com" neighborhood is painted in green. The "pink" areas to the north and south (Pinecrest) are already Nextdoor.com neighborhoods.

My “Nextdoor.com” neighborhood is painted in green. The “pink” areas to the north and south (Pinecrest) are already Nextdoor.com neighborhoods.

I jumped on the Nextdoor.com train and am in the midst of forming a Dante Fascell Park “neighborhood”.  This week alone in my sweet South Miami neighborhood I call Happyville (and I live on Happy Street) I was asked who does my yard, who just painted my house, and have I seen a neighbor’s lost dog.  While out walking my dogs yesterday, I made a note to ask Phil who cleaned and sanded his Chicago bricks, get the name of the guy that built Tom and Kathy’s pergola, and ask Alicia why the police were parked in front of her house.  So, how great would it be to have that exchange of information at our fingertips?

If you live in the South Miami area between Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) and Fuchs Park, and between the Snapper Creek canal and SW 84th Street, expect a visit from me or send me a note if you would like to be included!

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 – Working For You!

New Construction Shines In South Miami and High Pines!

7530 SW 57th Court

7530 SW 57th Court | LP $2,350,000 | 6 Bedrooms | 5,372 Adj. SF | 27,085 SF Lot

If you want a new home in South Miami or High Pines there couldn’t be a better time or selection than NOW.  There are some stunning homes nearing completion and under construction with beautiful clean, sleek lines, and all except architect Roney Mateu’s modern masterpiece (6485 SW 84th Street) are timeless classics.

South Miami and High Pines are near mirror images of each other with respect to what they offer (see July 10th “To Be Or Not To Be” blog) in so far as proximity, schools, shopping, and the general landscape.  Properties in High Pines are usually priced a little more per square foot than properties in South Miami, but in general the list prices of “new construction” in both areas are almost the same.  I’ve lived in South Miami for over 20 years, sold over 100 homes in the area, and have seen many cycles of “new construction”.  These are fabulous homes!

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 – Working For You!

Home Sweet Home For Rent in Coral Gables 1220 S. Alhambra Circle

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3 Bedroom | 3 Bath

List Price $4,200/month | MLS No. A1913173

Beautiful, completely renovated, sun-filled, and enchanting; that’s how we describe this residence on one of the prettiest streets in the Coral Gables.  Each bedroom with bath, spacious kitchen with wood cabinetry and granite counters, a great room with fireplace, and a ‘wall of windows’ overlooking a lush, tropical oasis.  Walk to the best schools, markets, and cafes in the South Gables and South Miami.  This rental property is a “10″.


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 – Working For You!