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“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.

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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 [email protected] 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

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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 [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– Working For You!

Come Have Lunch on Leucadendra!

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181 Leucadendra Drive With 270′ of Glorious Water Frontage www.181.Leucadendra.com

Val Byrne & Associates and The Zeder Team are opening up two magnificent homes in Gables Estates on Wednesday, April 15th, between 12:30 and 2:30.  Sandwiches and refreshments will be served at 485 Leucadendra Drive, and then hop on over for a yummy dessert and more refreshments at 181 Leucadendra Drive. See you there!!

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

 

What Can You Buy in Coral Gables Under $500,000?

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I spend A LOT of time looking at real estate with young physician candidates at Miami Children’s Hospital (now Nicklaus Children’s Hospital). Last year alone I met and toured Miami with 15-20 of them!

Most of them have just completed or are nearly finished their Fellowships and are looking to ‘lay down some roots’ so to speak. Many have found the time to research the area; just about all of those inquire about Coral Gables. Why? It’s close to the hospital, it’s beautiful, and the city has a proper name that is easily ‘Googled’, unlike much of the Unincorporated Dade County neighborhoods surrounding the area.

Miami-Childrens-HospitalIf buying, most want to stay under $500,000 which isn’t such a bountiful price range in the Gables. I introduce them to wonderful Schenley Park which is where the hospital is located, as well as the neighborhoods between Coral Way (SW 24th Street) and Miller Road (SW 56th Street), along the corridor of Red Road. Parts of this lay in City of South Miami, and parts in Unincorporated Dade County. All a five minute drive to the hospital.

Back to Coral Gables….there are some beautiful condominium communities in the Miracle Mile and business district areas. 55 Merrick Place and Ten Aragon are wonderful, as well as the cluster of buildings on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, north of Miracle Mile. As for single family homes there is not so much! There are only eight 3 bedroom homes for sale under $500,000 right now. My favorite is the one I have listed at 841 Columbus Boulevard of course!! It’s has charming front and back front porches, warm wood floors, updated kitchen and baths, and is located on one of the most beautiful streets in the north Gables!

841 Columbus Boulevard List Price: $495,000

 

1212 Mariana Avenue List Price: $499,000

801 Trascoro Avenue

801 Trascoro Avenue List Price: $499,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

821 El Rado Street

821 El Rado Street List Price: $485,000

1000 Pizarro Street List Price: $435,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Recently Listed by Val Byrne in Gables Estates 181 Leucadendra Drive

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Designed by Cesar Molina and Jodel Narcisse, and inspired by the Vanderbilt mansion on Fisher Island, this exquisite Mediterranean hacienda on the premier lagoon in Gables Estates, reigns as one of the most magnificent homes in this guarded community in Coral Gables along Biscayne Bay.   A main house designed to follow the arc of the property and lagoon, two carriage houses, and a two-bedroom service house form the perimeter of a gracious courtyard of European scale.  270′ feet of water frontage (only a moment to the Bay) are flanked by gorgeous terraces, porticos, and a gazebo for opulent outdoor living.  This is truly an exceptional estate.

Property Details:

 • 7 Bedrooms | 7.5 Baths

• 14,946 Adj. Square Feet | 48,274 Square Foot Lot | 270′ Water Frontage

 • List Price: $22,500,000

www.181Leucadendra.com

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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 [email protected] 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:

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“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 [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Just Listed by Val Byrne! 5030 Davis Road Introducing “Casa Iluminada”

 

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We’re calling this “Casa Iluminada” because of the phenomenal collaboration of glass, natural light, and soaring ceilings.  The home was built in 2008, and a gorgeous renovation took place in 2014.  This gated residence is bar none the epitome of luxury, sensibility, and comfort, and so are the separate guest house, gym, and housekeeper’s quarters! 

The finishes are exquisite, the Arclinea kitchen is over-the-top, the Brazilian Ipe solid wood floors are breathtaking, and the architectural nuances are fabulous.  Come see for yourself! Website and floor plan will be up shortly!

Property Details:

 • 7 Bedrooms | 7 Baths + 2 Half Baths

• 8,921 Adj. Square Feet / 39,204 Square Foot Lot

 • List Price: $5,495,000

 • www.CasaIluminada.com

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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 [email protected] 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.

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

 

The Underline Is Going To Be Top-of-the-Line! Thank You Meg Daly!

What do the UM, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the Dade County parks, public works and transit departments, and the Mayors of Miami, Coral Gables, and South Miami have in common? They are avid supporters of Meg Daly’s “Underline” dream of transforming the existing, Underline logopractically unused paved path that runs from Brickell to Dadeland (under the Metrorail), into a beautiful, functional, wildly successful linear park for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Friends of the Underline’ see gardens, parks, and playgrounds connecting neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Meg’s genius vision + tireless grassroots effort will not only give Miami another layer of outdoor living, but it will make it possible for kids and adults to walk or cycle to work, play, and school SAFELY. Can you imagine what a boost the Underline will give the Metrorail? OMG, why isn’t everyone taking the Metrorail to the American Airlines Arena, Perez Art Museum, and the Corporate Run? What if we all walked the Underline and hopped on the Metrorail to get us most of the way to Art Basel and Wynwood? It took me nearly 2 hours to get into the Miami Beach Convention Center this year.

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As a realtor primarily selling homes in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay I spend A LOT of time in my car and that means a lot of time on US1.  I am so excited to watch the transformation of that space; it will be such a joy to look over and see a beautiful, vibrant, happy scene under the Metrorail, and I can’t wait to walk on it!

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PS, before Meg Daly fell off her bike, broke her elbows, rendered herself unable to drive and had to get to physical therapy in the Grove via Metrorail and walking (that’s where she brainstormed the Underline/formerly Greenlink), she was a marketing whiz at EWM Realty International. Thank you so much Meg for your vision, energy, and spirit! Good luck to the five design teams competing to design the masterplan for the Underline: Balmori Associates, Dlandstudio, and James Corner Field Operations, all from New York, Perkins + Will, and Stoss, from Boston.

 

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

All Eyes Are On Miami!

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Did everyone read last week’s Business Monday cover story about Miami being a leading luxury capital of the world?   It was a WOW moment for Miami where we were defined as “a cosmopolitan playground for the world’s wealthy,” “the American Riviera,” and “a magnet for capital and people from all over the world.” To put it in perspective Miami is:

  • No. 7 of 10 top markets globally according to Wealth Report real estate
  • No. 9 of 10 in luxury real estate markets according to Christie’s International Real Estate (Cote d’ Azur, London and Miami are the world’s most popular second homes)
  • No. 9 globally and No. 2 in the United States in sales of Krug Champagne
  • No. 1 globally in sales of Vilebrequin swimwear
  • No. 2 in the United State in sales of Audemars Piguet watches
  • Way the heck up there in world-wide sales of Breguet watches, Ferragamo shoes & accessories, Burgess Yachts, and Maserati cars

So those are some light-shedding statistics on this great city that I have called home all of my life and sold real estate in for 20+ years (specializing in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, & Palmetto Bay). The most amazing characteristic of Miami is how resilient we are, and how quickly we recovered from the ‘dark days’ which were darkest in 2007 & 2008. By 2009-2010 we were well on our way to recovery, and 2014 was a record year for real estate sales in both luxury ($1mil+) and non-luxury real estate markets.

You can track the inventory and sales of luxury and non-luxury real estate in Miami for the last 12 years on the two graphs below (click on graph for enlargement):

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