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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!

Val Byrne Just Sold These Two Charmers in South Miami!

 

A2086811_901_12 7130 SW 55th Terrace in Bridgepoint

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths

List Price:$458,495

62506250 SW 62nd Place

4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths

List Price: $510,000

Congratulations to the two lucky Buyers who’s perseverance and tenacity paid off!  The new Buyer in Bridgepoint spent almost two years looking for the right home, and that includes almost a half dozen offers we made on other properties in South Miami and Coral Gables!  The new owner of 6250 SW 62nd Place had a similar experience – we began the search in Coral Gables, Brickell, and the Edgewater area off Biscayne Boulevard in October 2014, and low and behold found just the right place many months later! It was worth the wait for both!

 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

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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 val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– 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 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!

 

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 val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

A Bright Star Has Dimmed in South Miami…Goodbye Hans Huseby:(

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Hans Huseby, proprietor of FootWorks, father of the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run, a fixture in South Miami for the past 40 years, and THE most wonderful man passed away this past Saturday. So wonderful and loved was he that Sunset Drive from Red Road to SW 59th Avenue was closed last night just to have the space needed to celebrate his life. In the  true spirit of Hans Huseby it was styled as another ‘event’.

huseby1I bought my first pair of running shoes from Hans in the 1980s, my first “Life is Good” shirt from him in the 1990s, and my children got their first Crocs from him in early 2000. I not only sell real estate in South Miami but am part of the wonderful family of South Miami residents, and FootWorks and the Huseby family are part of the landscape. Their famed “South Miami Twilight Run,” which is the right of passage into summer, brings everyone in my neighborhood outside; whether you run, walk, or just water everyone down who comes by.

logo1Hans’ son, JP, summed him up best: “He was perfect in every way, more loving and compassionate and hard-working than anyone I’ve ever known.”  His wife, Laurie, added that “He was ridiculously nice to everyone and made life better for so many people.”  I think those are the true definitions of SUCCESS.

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 – Working For You!

South Florida by the Numbers!

The Real Deal, which is a daily read or feed for active realtors, released the “Thankful in Miami Edition” today which highlights some interesting South Florida stats. This information isn’t going to make or break your day but they are fun facts:

  • How many hurricanes have hit South Florida since 2005?   0 / Nada
  • What is Miami’s average temperature? 75.9 degrees (Have you seen what is happening across the country this week? Six feet of snow in Buffalo in one day – yikes!)
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Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables, FL

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  • What percent increase did South Florida have in median sales prices in the 3rd quarter? 8.7%
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    515 San Antonio Avenue, Coral Gables, FL

    What percentage of Miami real estate transactions have been conducted by international buyers this year? 29% This is down from 2013 when then the number was 35% . I am having a hard time believing the number of international buyers is down because I have never had so many international clients. Just this week alone, one property that I have listed in Coral Gables at 515 San Antonio has been looked at by buyers from Italy, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, and Spain.

  • How many people are predicted to pass through MiamiCentral (All Aboard Florida’s downtown Miami station) each year? 12 million!!!! The dollar impact of that is unknown to me but my first thought when I heard about All Aboard Florida was, ‘Where was that when I was trekking to Walt Disney World and Halloween Horror Nights those 30 or so times?”

All-Aboard-Florida_-Map_WebTo 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 – Working For You!

What a Difference a Decade Makes!

I’ve sold this flagship building on Red Road in South Miami twice! In 1999 Sunhouse Construction and the developers of Downtown Dadeland purchased the property for $465,000 and when they relocated in 2003 the building was purchased and completely renovated by the very talented Jorge Blanco, DDS, and his dental practice, Images Aesthetic Dentistry.

Today ‘Images’ stands elegantly among a swath of commercial office fronts along Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) between Davis Road and Sunset Drive, in a rather quiet residential section of South Miami (where I am primarily a residential realtor). You would never know this classic Mediterranean   dental office was a mid-century product! It’s timeless, beautiful, and I am proud to have been part of the transaction!

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7700 SW 57th Avenue (Red Road) “Before”

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7700 SW 57th Avenue (Red Road) “After”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 – Working For You!