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

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”.

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

 

 

Thinking About Moving ‘One Last Time’?

 

empty nesterIf you’re thinking about  your retirement or near-retirement years I hope an ELEVATOR is in your thoughts!   I’ve had an onslaught of clients moving out of the Big house with the Big yard and Big maintenance, and opting for comfortable and easy.  These scrutinizing folks want space (#1 request) and high-end appointments (tied for #1), and this often comes in the form of vertical living!

Lesson 1: You never anticipate or prepare for knee and hip surgeries.  Lesson 2: Most master bedrooms in 2-story residences are upstairs! No matter if you are looking at South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove,  Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, or the Ponce & Davis corridors, these ‘empty nester’ residences are often going to have 2 floors, so you have to imagine going up and down the stairs when it’s not going to be so easy!  Is there enough space in the staircase to accommodate a chair lift? Even better, is there an elevator?  If the thought of using an elevator turns your nose up now, just use it for storage while those hips and knees are cooperating. They make great closets!crutches

I have a beautiful home for sale in the Ponce Estates area (adjacent to Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami) that has it all: lots of space (4,000sf), lovely appointments, and an ELEVATOR!!!  It’s the baby boomer’s luxury.

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7830 SW 48th Court
4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms
List Price: $1.549,000

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

EWM #1 in Sales Over $1,000,000!

No one sold more properties over $1,000,000 in Miami-Dade County in 2013 than EWM Realty International.  EWM agents sold 420 single family homes and condominiums in that price range last year, and that was 26% more than our next closest competitor (who sold 334 properties in that same price range)!

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Releasing that information made me want to look back a few years at the prices in Dade County!  In January,  2003 the average price per square foot of a property priced over $1,000,000 in Dade County was $375.  When the market “peaked” in that 2007ish period the average price per square foot was in the $550-$600 range.  By mid-July, 2013, we were looking at about $625 per square foot, and by the end of the year we were in the $650ish price per square foot.  As we settle into 2014 I will be keeping my blog updated with facts and trends,  especially in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and the Ponce/Road corridors, where I specialize in luxury real estate, both for sale and for rent. 

The Last 10 Years In Luxury Real Estate Sales
($1,000,000 and over)

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

The Grammys, the Emmys, the Oscars, and the Chairman’s Club!

EWM Realty Alone RedEWM announced the 2013 Chairman’s Club members this weekend.  32 EWM agents in Dade and Broward Counties have been given the highest honor, the Diamond Club Level, for selling the most real estate (dollar volume) company-wide, and representing the most selective “top” 1/2 of 1%  of realtors nationwide.  They say a person is judged by the company they keep, and as a member of  the Diamond Club I am honored to be keeping company with these outstanding professionals, especially those selling real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and the Ponce/Davis corridor.   I not only specialize in real estate in those neighborhoods, but have lived in or been a property owner in each one of them too!Herald for Sherrie to email.indd

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Working For You!

 

A very special thank you to the Buyers and Sellers who worked with me this past year – it was a complete pleasure, and I am happy to call each one of you ‘friend’.  As they say at my son’s high school (Christopher Columbus High School), Adelante! 2014 is off to a great start!

 

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

Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I See Tonight…My Wish is To Live in the Penthouse at the Faena House!

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There are some spectacular condominium developments sprouting in Miami but the proverbial ‘crème de la crème’ is the FAENA HOUSE, one of seven Faena creations in the FAENA DISTRICT MIAMI BEACH.  What is a FAENA DISTRICT?  It’s a $1 billion dream (transported to reality) of Argentinean hotelier/real estate developer Alan Faena, whereby an entire urban development anchored by arts and culture is created.  FAENA DISTRICT BUENOS AIRES was the first, and is a confirmed success.Faena House

Spanning north and south from FAENA HOUSE, which is the epicenter of the project and located at 3209 Collins Avenue, and land locked between Indian Creek and the Atlantic Ocean will be the glorious assemblage of the FAENA SAXONY HOTEL, FAENA ARTS CENTER, FAENA BAZAAR, FAENA GARDENS, a car park, and a marina.   The full-floor penthouse at FAENA HOUSE (LP $50mil) is where my dream begins. Yes, I would leave my haven in South Miami for that gorgeous penthouse with the dreamy private rooftop pool.  White Venetian Terrazo floors, glass walls, and sinfully large balconies are the backdrop, with too many other features to mention, so click here for those details and a millionaires price list.

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FAENA gracefully credits “THE COLLABORATORY” for creating and executing the dream.  Could not have been done without Foster+Partners, Rem Koolhas / OMA, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Studio Job, and Miami’s own infamous landscape architect, Raymond Jungles.

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

 

Are You An Unmarried Couple Thinking About Buying A Home?

I’ve worked with unmarried couples that decided to purchase and settle before marrying; and I’ve worked with couples that will not be marrying – not in the State of Florida, anyway. 

The Miami Herald published a great article last week on this topic. If you are thinking about buying a home with a significant other you should read it!  There are 6 tips that are invaluable:

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1) SWAP FINANCIAL HISTORY

Know about each other’s student loans, credit card debt, retirement accounts, etc.

 

 

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2)  AGREE ON WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD

Determine what each person can (and cannot) contribute.

 

 

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3)  SIGN A CONTRACT

And this is not referring to a Sales Contract! Enlist an attorney and draw up a contract before you buy a property outlining contributing amounts, equity amounts, rights of survivorship, and the unthinkable: what if the relationship dissolves.

 

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4) UNDERSTAND OWNERSHIP OPTIONS

Joint Tenants vs. Tenants in Common

 

 

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5)  REVIEW TAX IMPLICATIONS

 

 

 

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6)  RESET WEDDING EXPECTATIONS

The author suggests there might not be enough money left over for a wedding after purchasing a home.  Hey, wait till you have kids!

 

 

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