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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in Pine Manor 7654 SW 54th Avenue

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List Price: $899,000

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths

I have always been a huge fan of Pine Manor, a cluster of 42 Villas in the heart of High Pines. High Pines and it’s sister neighborhood, South Miami, are predominantly single family home communities, so when these Villas were built in 2008 within walking distance to the shops and boutiques on Sunset Drive they were a home run! Every now and then one of them is offered for sale, and they are spoken for pretty quickly – we were lucky to get our foot in the door.  I am so happy for the Buyers and Seller alike – congratulations!

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

Recently Sold by Val Byrne in Coconut Grove 3471 Main Highway #1201

List Price: $2,890,000

5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths

 It didn’t take long for these Georgia buyers to decide where they wanted to live! We looked seriously at Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and our last stop was in Coconut Grove, on a beautiful day I should add.  Skies were blue, the Grove’s bohemian camaraderie was as charming as ever, and urban life along Biscayne Bay in this cool village looked fantastic.  Buyers fell in love with Cloisters on the Bay which is a magnificent, gated community nestled between The Barnacle and Peacock Parks, and a stroll away to all Coconut Grove has to offer. Congratulations to both the Buyers and Sellers! 

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

Wynwood and the Design District…The Hotspots

 

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Digital photo taken by Phillip Pessar

The Real Deal, my favorite morning read, reports that the panel of real estate professionals who spoke at last week’s luncheon event presented by the Miami Association of Realtors and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce say the next hot spots for Miami-area real estate development include urban locations in and near downtown (not really NEWS if you look at the cranes and construction). Louis Birdman (Birdman real estate development) is most excited about Wynwood and the Miami Design District. Why? With shrinking amounts of beachfront property to develop, Birdman says inland development will be more prevalent. Panelist Harvey Hernandez says what we all know, “The hottest market by far is the downtown Miami area”.  Again, look at cranes and construction.

Digital photo taken by Marc Averette, 1800 N. Bayshore Drive

Digital photo taken by Marc Averette, 1800 N. Bayshore Drive

Not mentioned but worthy of it is one of my favorite neighborhoods: the Edgewater area, especially the corridor that dots Margaret Pace Park. The views are spectacular and will stay that way; access to expressways and downtown & Brickell is too simple; walkability to Publix, CVS, a manicure, dog grooming, banks, and the day-to-day needs is great, and The Daily is a GREAT place for lunch! Paramount Bay, Quantum on The Bay, Opera Tower, 1800 North Bayshore Drive, and the Cite are all winners over there.

 

To learn more about real estate in Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] 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

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

What’s the Ruckus About at Grove Isle?

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Grove Isle is suffering some growing pains – literally! Those beautiful 20 or so acres with the most glorious views include three residential towers (Grove Isle 1, 2, and 3), club and hotel facilities including two restaurants, and recreational facilities.

What many non-residents don’t know is that about seven of those acres, which include the club, spa, and hotel, are privately owned by developer Eduardo Avila and a group of investors. Developer’s plans of course by the very nature of the word “developer” are to redevelop it. Residents of the island naturally are in opposition – especially residents of Grove Isle 3 who are adjacent to the proposed project. Enter Preserve Grove Isle activist group vs. Eduardo Avila. khj

I love Grove Isle! I am a frequent patron at Baleen’s and Gibraltar restaurants, which are in the heart of the brouhaha. Grove Isle has some of the most spectacular views in all of Miami, but I think yes, the facilities are tired. Whether a renovation or a “redevelopment” are in store – an improvement will be an improvement for everyone, residents included (you do not have to be a resident on the island to enjoy some of their facilities). That said, I’m a realtor who often works in Grove Isle and it can be ‘deal kill’ to look out the tall glass window or stand on a balcony with endless views and disclose to Buyer the impending project and its potential effects. Can you imagine being a Seller who’s values could decline over this? Or the Grove Isle residents who frequent the current facilities which could be removed or deflated during construction years (although recent court decisions provide that temporary club facilities and amenities must be made available)?

Grove Isle Residents and Eduardo Avila will need to find mutual ground. He undoubtedly owns the land and will be able to redevelop it so it is imperative that they work to solve each other’s needs. The Miami Herald wrote a great article last week on the project – be sure to read it!

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

The Collection Residences in Coral Gables, FL

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Last week I attended a broker’s brunch and sneak preview of  The Collection Residences, which is a gorgeous residential development on the horizon in Coral Gables. As you would guess The Collection Residences will be adjacent to the world-class Collection automobile showrooms and the Village of Merrick Park. That’s a lot of luxury!

The Collection Residences are the collaborative efforts of Ugo Colombo and Masoud Shojaee (CMC Group and Shoma Group respectively),  with Massimo Iosa Ghini, Duany Plater-Zyberk, and Arquitectonica leading the design team.  The 10-story building will have 126 units that range from 1120sf to 6144sf; prices will begin at $650,000 for one bedroom units, $1,200,000 and $2,000,000ish for two and three bedroom units, and the four bedroom / 6,144sf penthouses residences will begin around $5,700,000.

One of the coolest features of The Collection Residences is that the first floor level will be comprised of 14 beautiful townhomes which have mixed use zoning, so one can operate an office or retail space, have signage if desired, and off-street parking available to clients.   Imagine being a designer, clothier, or professional living and working in the same environment!  That’s genius!

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Plans call for reservations to begin this fall, ground breaking to begin next spring (2016), and completion is expected in the winter of 2017.  Floor plans are attached for you to peruse, and if you would like more information or a tour of the show room please call me!

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