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Cheers to Fairchild Tropical Garden!

I’ve had a “family membership” at Fairchild Tropical Garden since our children could walk. Spending afternoons meandering through the botanical and butterfly gardens are among the highlights of my life in Miami, and I rarely miss a Ramble, Chocolate Festival, Orchid Festival, Fall Plant Extravaganza, or Bromeliad Show at Fairchild.  To me Fairchild Tropical Garden is the 8th Wonder of the World (and traveling there, whether by foot, bike, or car, one passes through the most beautiful corridor in all of Coral Gables – Old Cutler Road).

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Photo by Alexf

I was thrilled to read in The Tropical Garden summer edition how many accolades and awards FTG has recently received! They were recently awarded a $1.24 million grant from NASA for their work in The Fairchild Challenge’s Growing Beyond Earth Initiative (finding edible plants suitable for future Mars missions). Earlier this summer Charity Navigator ranked FTG as the highest rated botanical garden in the US – wow! The Tropical Garden magazine also received awards for writing excellence – kudos to them!

I encourage every local resident to enjoy the beauty around us, and it absolutely begins at Fairchild Tropical Garden. Become a member, volunteer, or just enjoy the day – FYI, right now the exhibiting artist is Mira Lehr. You can find more information at http://www.fairchildgarden.org

 

Learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coconut Grove, High Pines, Pinecrest, Ponce /Davis Estates, Coral Gables, and Palmetto Bay, by contacting 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!

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!

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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!

 

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!

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!

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in High Pines 5250 SW 76th Street

List Price: $1,499,000.00

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths

http://www.5250sw76.com

I LOVED this home in High Pines, as did all of the Buyers who made offers on the property! We went on the market on a Monday, and by the following Monday we had 5 offers! Our Sunday Open House literally looked like a casting call. The greatest part of being a realtor is giving keys to Buyers who are so excited and will really enjoy it. The worst part about being a realtor is turning away others who desperately wanted it. There were 4 other prospective Buyers who were very disappointed, and so was I…I wish I could have pleased everyone.

 Congratulations to the Buyers, and to the Seller who I have worked with many times before and adore. Also, I can’t sign out without a big thank you to Jenny McCloskey and Geraldine Blakely for another AMAZING staging project – it was nothing short of phenomenal.

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 – Working For You!

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in Coral Gables 841 Columbus Boulevard

List Price: $479,000.00

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths

http://www.841Columbus.com

It was so refreshing to see Buyer and Seller work together harmoniously for the same goal – and they never even met! The Seller had not lived in the property for several years and it was not surprising that much maintenance and several repairs were deemed necessary during the inspection period. Each party was empathetic to the other’s situation and concerns and they had a smooth, wonderful closing. Congratulations to both parties!

 

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 – Working For You!

Just Sold by Val Byrne in Pinecrest-by-the-Sea 13403 SW 58th Avenue

List Price: $1,185,000.00

4 Bedrooms | 4 Baths

www.13403sw58.com

In what seemed a blink of an eye this beautiful house sold!  I listed it while on summer vacation and by the time I arrived home there were 3 offers!  Buyers and Sellers were the most wonderful people to work with, and congratulations go out to them both!

To learn more about real estate in Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, 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! 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!