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Some “Ground Breaking News” on Biscayne Bay The Fairchild Coconut Grove a Reality

Coconut Grove’s long anticipated luxury Bayfront community, The Fairchild Coconut Grove, is breaking ground next  month. With a low key address like 3581 East Glencoe Street one would expect the quiet anonymity of the north Grove, but residents of The Fairchild are going to experience the intoxicating immersion of renowned Architect Max Strang, with his site-specific and climate driven designs, and famed interior designer Rafael de Cardenas in an extraordinary vision of “environmental modernism.”

Twenty-six exceptional waterfront residences share a roof top deck with swimming pool, cabanas, cinema, and landscaped zen gardens, as well as glorious Biscayne Bay views. Amenities include 24- hour security, concierge, valet, a wellness spa & gym, private boat slips, and even a dog park. This is the most exciting waterfront community created in Coconut Grove since the Residences of Vizcaya which were built in 2011.  Prices range from $1.6 million to over $6 million, with delivery expected first quarter, 2019.  

For more information contact Val Byrne (305) 323-6231 or Vanessa Kayes (305) 301-9297.

 

 

The Fairchild Coconut Grove Floor Plans

 

Learn more about real estate in  Coconut Grove, South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, High Pines, Brickell, 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 Ranks Number 1 in Coral Gables’ Sales

 

 July was an award-winning month at EWM! Not only was our company ranked #1 in 2017 sales in Coral Gables but the annual Miami Herald Real Estate Survey voted us Best Brokerage (for the third year in a row), and bestowed our beloved President Ron Shuffield the Best Broker award (every EWM realtor will attest to that and raise it some)! 

 

Nelson Gonzalez & Ron Shuffield

We swept the Oscars with ‘Best Realtor’ award too, and I use the term “we” loosely because that accolade goes to our famed Miami Beach realtor, Nelson Gonzalez.   My husband and I have known Nelson 40 years  – he has aged wisely and gracefully, and the award couldn’t have gone to a better guy!!!!

Coral Gables is near and dear to me – I was born in one of the original Coral Gables homes on Milan Avenue, attended Church of the Little Flower and St. Theresa School (I can still close my eyes and see the STS logo on my pocket), and have worked in the ‘City Beautiful’ for many years.  I am proud to have contributed nearly $25,000,000 of EWM’s $181,451,000 in sales this year.

Val Byrne’s Closed Sales in Coral Gables, 2017

181 Leucadendra Drive | List Price: $17,900,000

 

10900 Old Cutler Road | List Price: $2,750,000

1110 S. Alhambra Circle | List Price: $1,199,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1525 Mendavia Avenue | List Price: $940,000

1711 Hernando Street | List Price: $549,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently Listed in Coral Gables & Ready to Sell!

5671 Banyan Trail | List Price: 2,249,000

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

Recently Listed by Val Byrne at Jade Residences 1331 Brickell Bay Drive, No. 2911

I had deja vu when I listed this beautiful condominium on the 29th floor in Jade Residences at Brickell Bay. Only a few months ago I  had Continuum at South Pointe unit #3801 for sale, and they were nearly mirror images of each other! Both with spectacular water views as far as the eye can see – Jade facing east while Continuum faces west, each with glorious vistas of Fisher Island and Key Biscayne.  I call this beautiful home in the sky “therapy” and when I leave for an appointment to show the property I say, “I’m leaving for the therapist.” From that big, wide balcony I can see perspective and clarity – it’s the most calming point in my day!

Property Details:

2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms

1,878 Adj. SF

List Price: $1,550,000

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

Just Listed by Valaree Byrne in Miami Beach 1024 Ocean Drive Units #501, #504, & #507 Attention Investors!!!

Attention investors, beach combers, & South Beach lovers! Own three updated, furnished, and fully outfitted studio units at The Strand On Ocean Drive Condominium, between the infamous Clevelander & Congress Hotels and across from beautiful Lummus Park.  These units can be rented daily, weekly, seasonally, or for the year!  Selling as a ‘trio’ condo #A501 with a spectacular direct ocean view, #A504 has a partial ocean view, & #A507 doesn’t have the view but is only steps away to the beautiful white sandy beaches and surf Miami Beach is so famous for. Each unit is complete with fully stocked kitchenette, comfortable sitting area, bedroom furniture, and beautiful bath.  It’s a trifecta!

 

Property Details:

Unit A501 $449,000 | Unit A504 $289,000 | Unit A507 $249,000

 

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

‘Turkel Talks’ About The Mid-Century Modern Phenomena

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What are ‘Turkel Talks?’ Insightful, refreshing, informative commentaries about a broad range of topics from Miami’s expert branding guru, Bruce Turkel (Turkel Brands). Bruce helped create noted brands like Nike and Bacardi, has been a captivating speaker at leading universities and television stations (would you like to see his Fox News commentary on the Trump and Clinton campaigns?), and has just authored the best-selling book “All About Them.” I will also boast that Bruce and his wonderful wife Gloria recently bought the coolest house in my neighborhood, an inspiring Mid-Century Modern home that turned the heads of everyone who passed through (I was the listing agent)!

No secret the Turkels are collectors of Mid-Century Modern forms; their art, accessories, furniture, and their homes ooze the era – take a look at the pictures of the home they left behind in Pinecrest (would you like to buy it?)! A recent ‘Turkel Talks’ highlighted the life of Mid-Century Modern – I think you will enjoy the read!  Following is a re-formatted version:

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The midcentury aesthetic was a response to — and celebration of — the new world optimism that erupted with the economic boom after World War II. Architects and designers of the times were willing and encouraged to use new shapes and new materials. They also worked to embrace the revolutionary idea of indoor-outdoor living in

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Midcentury Modern

Midcentury modern is a style of architecture, interior design, and product and graphic design that was created from roughly 1933 to 1965. Its development was the work of architects and designers including George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Richard Nuetra, Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, and more.You know midcentury modern it by its clean lines, pared-down forms, and natural materials. As well as its seamless interaction between both the rooms and the between interior and exterior spaces. In case you’re still not sure, you saw midcentury modern design in all its glory on the show Mad Men.

The midcentury aesthetic was a response to — and celebration of — the new world optimism that erupted with the economic boom after World War II. Architects and designers of the times were willing and encouraged to use new shapes and new materials. They also worked to embrace the revolutionary idea of indoor-outdoor living in their joyful designs.

Midcentury ModernMidcentury has been around for more than 80 years. But stylish consumers – as well as architects, interior designers, furniture manufacturers, retailers, and set designers – are still inspired by the beautiful and sensible approach.

That is why you see midcentury classics such as Saarinen’s Tulip table, Noguchi’s coffee table, Knoll’s sofas, and Castiglioni’s Arco lamp everywhere you look. And it’s why design-forward companies including Design Within Reach, Restoration Hardware, Luminaire, and Herman Miller do such brisk business stocking these classics.

According to The New York Times, midcentury modern remains the rage almost 20 years after it was reintroduced. “If anything, it’s even more popular then ever. Flip through a shelter magazine, shop at a mass retailer like CB2 or West Elm, and it’s all variations on a spiky-legged-chair-and-Tulip-table theme.”

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The New York Times quoted “a range of insiders” for their take on midcentury:

LIZ O’BRIEN, 20th-century decorative arts dealer: “I continue to find super-exciting things. That happens often enough to keep me hooked.”

JILL SINGER, a founder of the design magazine Sight Unseen: “It’s beautiful materials, classic simple shapes that can seem timeless.”

Midcentury ModernJIM BRETT, president, West Elm: “I don’t know if there’s another time period with such a prolific amount of beautifully functional designs.”

MICHAEL BOODRO, editor in chief, Elle Decor: “It looks particularly good in lofts, in glass towers. The upkeep is easy.”

 

 

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

Recently Sold by Val Byrne in Coconut Grove 3080 Shipping Avenue

3080 Shipping Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL

List Price: $650,000

Coconut Grove real estate is on fire, especially so with properties under $1 million! We set out to find a center or west Grove townhome in near ‘turnkey’ condition and they were going under contract left and right.  As soon as the Buyers saw this we knew it was ‘the one’ for them.  Completely and beautifully renovated, plenty of parking, privately gated, and best of all is the dog park practically across the street.  Congratulations to all!

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

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!

Recently Sold by Val Byrne in Coconut Grove 2975 Jackson Avenue aka ‘La Ponderosa’

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Patrick Farrell – Miami Herald

Sadly, with the recent passing of Doug Burris, Coconut Grove’s infamous musician, party host, and the iconic leader of Miami Beach High School’s Rock Ensemble for over 40 years, came the inevitable sale of his house.   ‘La Ponderosa’ as it was affectionately called by many was not only home to Doug but home to generations of students, friends, and family who ADORED him (read the Miami Herald’s story about Carter Douglas Burris!).

51fRpx13B-L__SX346_BO1,204,203,200_It was one of my greatest privileges to know this phenomenal human being, who had a million dollar smile.  Shortly before Doug’s death from complications of a life with Multiple Sclerosis he published his autobiography, “Walk & Roll,” which I recommend everyone read! His story is nothing short of inspirational.

 

 

2975 Jackson Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL

List Price: $669,000

2 Bedrooms | 1 Baths

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

Miami Ranks as World’s 7th Top Luxury Market in 2015!

Downtown Miami. Credit: Lonny Paul)

Downtown Miami. Credit: Lonny Paul

As reported in the Real Deal, Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Index reports that Miami moved from ninth place in 2013 and 2014, to seventh place last year in the world’s top luxury property markets. That’s the good news…

The other side of that coin is the prediction that Miami will probably slip in its ranking in 2016. An increase in luxury inventory and slowing buyer demand is evident – I am seeing it; we are all seeing it. Ron Shuffield, President of EWM Realty International (and one of my favorite people in the world), a Christie’s Affiliate, quoted these stats to the Real Deal:

Single family homes priced over $1mil: inventory up 46% at the end of April 2016, compared to April 2015. Sales down 11 percent for same time period.

Condos priced over $1mi: inventory up 55% at the end of April 2016, compared to April 2015. Sales down 24 percent for the same time period. 

Ron told us back in our September 2015 office meeting that we would see a rebalancing of our values in the high end market, and we have. Since that forecast I have been particularly cautious and candid with Sellers on pricing luxury properties. My spectacular listing at 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates has been reduced from its original list price of $21,500,000 to its current list price of $17,900,000.  NOW IS THE TIME to buy this exceptional property with 270′ of water frontage! For more information and beautiful photographs visit www.181leucadendra.com and watch this aerial tour!

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!