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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!

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!

“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!

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!

 

“Setting the Stage”

I am a steadfast fan of staging an empty home when it’s for sale.  Why? Because the difference between a “house” and a “home” is invaluable, especially in Miami’s very competitive, fast-moving real estate market.  A home with artwork, floral arrangements, beautiful  furnishings and accessories, and area rugs will engage Buyers – more so than a blank palette.  The collaboration of a gifted ‘stager’, knowledgeable realtor, and motivated Seller will render the highest and best sale in the shortest amount of time.

Cloisters on the Bay "Before"

Cloisters on the Bay, Villa #1137 “Before”

 

Cloisters on the Bay Villa #1137, "After"

Cloisters on the Bay “After”

Recently, I had the ever so talented Jenny McCloskey stage homes that I had for sale in Cloisters on the Bay in Coconut Grove (3471 Main Highway), and another in Coral Gables.  Both homes looked magnificent when completed and both sold shortly after being staged (and the Buyers asked if they could purchase some of the interior decorations!).

I am so excited to have another gorgeous home for sale that we will be staging next week!  5030 Davis Road (SW 80th Street) will get that touch of the magic wand that Jenny waves…wait till you see the “before” and  “after” pictures!  Casa Iluminada has attracted a lot of attention with it’s magnificent walls of glass, European kitchen,, Brazilian walnut floors, and amazing finishes.  Stay tuned for the finale!

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

Who Sells the Most Million Dollar Residences?

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Once again EWM Realty International ranks #1 in the number of homes sold over $1,000,000 in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. With $417,320,000 in sales of million dollar+ homes in the first quarter of 2015 Buyers and Sellers have chosen EWM over the competition! Bringing it down to a more simple reality, EWM Realtors sold a home in the $1mil+ range every 15 hours! I consider myself fortunate to be in such good company.

All indications of sales and pending sales in the neighborhoods I specialize in – Coral Gables, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Ponce/Davis corridor, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay – are pointing in the same direction for the second quarter!   If I were to predict which $1,000,000+ properties I have listed were going to sell this quarter I would bank on these timeless, outstanding residences:

181 Leucadendra Drive With 270' of Glorious Waterfrontage

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

Back Exterior Panorama

5030 Davis Road, Ponce-Davis Estates | List Price: $5,495,000 | www.CasaIluminada.com

wonderful pool and patio for entertaining

11205 SW 93rd Court, Baptist Hospital Corridor | List Price: $1,099,000 | www.11205SW93.com

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

From the Horse’s Mouth…Latest Scoop on the Main Highway Drainage Project!

Miami-Dade-County-LogoCoconut Grove is buzzing with projects! Besides the new and beautiful Park Grove and Grove at Grand Bay Towers there are many ‘works in progress’:  Regatta Park & surrounding plans,  Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Commodore Plaza sidewalk beautification, CocoWalk revival, and of course new commercial ownerships and proposed site plans all over the Grove.

Very large and intensely discussed on the list is the Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project on Main Highway.  That’s Dade County’s child, not the City of Miami’s, and there isn’t any voting about it – it’s a must, it will be messy until completed, and progress is sometimes painful.  We barely live above sea level,  and proper drainage is a must. City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was kind enough to issue a letter to the community with the facts (as the County presented them).

misc_floodThere is an ocean of information in his letter (see below), complete with site maps, but in a nutshell beginning in June and for approximately seven months (ha ha)  there will be a retrofitting of the existing drainage system along Main Highway between Royal Road and McFarlane Road.  Main Highway will be one lane only moving in the north direction, and Grand Avenue will essentially be the route out for southbound traffic. Ouch.

Just thinking about it gives parents dropping off at St. Hugh’s, Ransom, Carrollton, and Plymouth Congregational Pre-School some serious anxiety, but this too shall pass!  Many moons ago I worked in Miami Lakes and the commute was really, really painful.  My father’s advice? Turn up the radio and enjoy the ride.

 

The Insider Scoop on the Main Highway Drainage Project

We have received a large volume of emails and phone calls regarding the upcoming Miami-Dade County Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project on Main Highway. With the many rumors and gossip that have been circulating throughout the community, we wanted to present the plans as they have been presented to us by the County. Hopefully this clears up any misunderstanding about the project and its intention.The project is slated to begin in June of 2015 and will retrofit the existing drainage system that has failed due to age and been compromised by tree root intrusion. As you can see in the diagram below, the project stretches from Royal Road to MacFarlane Road and will take 7 months to complete. Miami-Dade County officials have told us that the project was actually going to start earlier. However, it was pushed to June to prepare those frequenting the schools on Main Highway for the incoming traffic congestion when the new year school year begins and to allow for the completion of the Southwest 27th Avenue Project.

With a project of this magnitude, there are bound to be many community concerns. The first is obviously traffic. Undeniably, this will narrow one of the most used streets in this community, especially for drop off and pick up during the school year. Traffic will be one-way, heading North, and southbound traffic will have to be rerouted down Grand Avenue to Douglas Road. See the below illustration for a visual representation.

Another concern for the community and this office has been the removal of trees along this signature corridor in Coconut Grove. We have been told by the County that NO trees will be removed during this project. This project only addresses the stormwater drainage system underneath the street. Additionally, the City has requested that a bike lane be striped on the side of the street, removing the commodore trail from the sidewalk.Another concern we have heard from residents is that the County project is to add sewage lines for up-and-coming high-rise development down Main Highway. This was also answered in the negative by Alejandro Barrios, the Miami-Dade County project manager. This project is EXCLUSIVELY for retrofitting an outdated stormwater drainage system. Additionally, nowhere in Miami-Dade County do stormwater drainage pipes run next to sewage pipes.If you have any additional questions about the project itself, feel free to reach out to Alejandro Barrios, or Francisco Gonzalez at the Stormwater Drainage Design Section of Miami-Dade County, and they will help you. Please call 305-375-4772.As always, if you have questions or concerns that you’d like to share with our office, you can always call us at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com.

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

Hey Chris, Why Don’t You Ask Lebron Why He Chose To Live Coconut Grove?

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If you haven’t read “Why Won’t Anyone Buy LeBron James’ Miami House?”, click the link and be as amused as I was. The director of luxury sales for a respected real estate company explains why LeBron’s house hasn’t sold in 6 months. In David Letterman-style I’ll name the reasons in reverse, and save the best for last:

Lebron James

 

“LeBron’s $17 million mansion won’t sell because…”

6) It’s not in the ideal ideal location (yes, ‘ideal’ is used twice).

5) People spending this kind of money are not impressed by who owns it.

4) It’s hard to find someone who will write a $17 million check.

3) The Grove is too residential so you’re not going to get the big baller-type rollers.

2) Big money tends to gravitate to Miami Beach.

1) LeBron James’ home is in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.

Do you think he checked that story out with LeBron? Do you think Chris has been to Coconut Grove? LeBron could have lived anywhere in Miami, and I know of a half dozen houses in Miami that were considered, but legendary ex-Miami Heat player #6 chose 3590 Crystal View Court because it IS the ideal location, and it IS in the ideal neighborhood. I won’t bother to go into the reasons why, and I wouldn’t be foolish enough to knock Miami Beach because I LOVE it.

Next week I am listing 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates for $22,500,000. It’s an ideal neighborhood where plenty of “big baller-type rollers” live under the radar, and $17 million is what the last land parcel sold for! Here’s a preview:

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

Will We See The End Of Controlled Choice?

Brief background: In the 1980’s Miami-Dade County Public Schools established “Controlled Choice,” a system whereby the school system selected the school that a student would attend. It was intended to desegregate the schools.

Sunset Elementary School

Fast forward to 2015 and Coral Gables is the county’s only remaining city to have Controlled Choice, with Coral Gables Preparatory Academy, George Washington Carver Elementary, and Sunset Elementary Schools being the lone survivors and topic of debate. Today Commissioners will meet with the Miami-Dade County School Board where the Attendance Boundary Committee is expected to vote on the issue. That recommendation will be given to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who will make the final decision.

Of course there is debate on all sides, some preferring their children to attend the neighborhood school, and others believing the schools are not equal and perhaps another route is best, but at the very least they want more time to investigate. Apparently, the parents were made aware of the proposal with only 4 days remaining in the 70-day review process.

G.W. Carver Elementary School

From a realtor’s perspective: try explaining Controlled Choice to an international Buyer. I sell a lot of properties in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami, and the Buyers don’t always ‘get it’ or like it. One recent example: Buyer wants to live in the Dante Fascell Park area of South Miami (west of Red Road), but wants to reside east of SW 59th Avenue so they can be in the Coral Gables school district (and attend Sunset Elementary School). I had to tell them that with the Controlled Choice system their children could be placed in one of the other 2 schools, which logistically are much further away. Parents are working in the Dadeland/Datran area and now the children may have to go to elementary school in the north Gables (Coral Gables Preparatory Academy). They will probably opt out of the public school arena.   Let’s see what happens today!

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Coral Gables Preparatory Academy

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