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Miami Herald Features Camp Mahachee!

I remember a lot of good times and lifelong friends at Camp Mahachee. I live only a mile or so away in South Miami and think about those days every time I ride or walk by the entrance. So many wonderful treasures off of Old Cutler Road.

Miami Herald Camp Mahachee Article

 

Deering Bay Estate

Deering Bay Estate

Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Matheson Hammock Park

Matheson Hammock Park

To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Recently Sold By Valaree Byrne in South Miami! 6051 SW 85th Street

6051 SW 85th Exterior-3 car email

List Price: $1,519,000

I have new neighbors! Just sold this beautiful home next door to my own in South Miami and am so excited (3 more boys on my basketball court!). The Buyers are going to come to love this slice of paradise just behind Dante Fascell Park as much my family has over the years.

At first they will cringe when their children beg to play in the street like the other kids, but soon they will embrace it. They will learn when the next hurricane blows through that being without power is not so bad – the block parties on 85th Street are a lot of fun and go on all night. It will only take one Halloween to realize they need 15 times the amount of candy they bought because more than a hundred little hands will be reaching in the bin, and after 9pm the big teenage hands reach in.

I will let them know about the adorable elderly lady across the street, Dorita, who loves small children and loves watching them for you! She is my favorite neighbor.

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To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Have You Seen Tom Smith’s Exhibit at First National Bank of South Miami?

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I love South Miami, and not just because I live and work there (I have sold nearly 100 properties in South Miami).  This past Friday night I was reminded of what a great town our ‘home town’ is.  Came home from a long day mostly spent in and out of my car (aka a realtor’s office), was famished, and wanted to get outside.  My husband and I decided to walk to Shula’s 347 – we could eat, drink, bump into friends, and watch the Heat game – the perfect night.

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On the way over we noticed the camaraderie going on at First National Bank of South Miami (yes, home to my personal and business accounts) and stopped in for the “First Friday of the Month” art exhibit in their Wirtz Gallery.  Jackpot! We found ourselves in the midst of local artist (and I mean really local – he lives a few blocks away in High Pines) Tom Smith’s dynamic fine art photography display.  Fixed on various mediums including canvas and glass, he captures the subtle, quiet beauty of the Everglades and its interesting creatures and indigenous plant life, Matheson Hammock, and my favorite collection – the Aqua Series:  remarkably beautiful blue and green hues of water and turtle grass.  It was a wonderful night of fine art, good wine, and great friends.

Seems like half the party left the Gallery and found their way to Shula’s…typical South Miami!

Tom Smith, Mary Scott Russell (President South Miami Chamber of Commerce), Elizabeth Kuehner-Smith, Veronica Flores (Executive VP FNBSM), and Bruce W. MacArthur (Chairman of the Board FNBSM)

Tom Smith, Mary Scott Russell (President South Miami Chamber of Commerce), Elizabeth Kuehner-Smith, Veronica Flores (Executive VP FNBSM), and Bruce W. MacArthur (Chairman of the Board FNBSM)

Veronica B. Flores (Executive VP FNBSM), Tom and Valaree Byrne

Veronica B. Flores (Executive VP FNBSM), Tom and Valaree Byrne

To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

THE GAME OF THE SEASON!

 

I went to the Heat game Friday night – and will forever call it THE game of the season.  Not because they beat the Pistons by 22 points – I was texting and on the phone much of the time that was going on –  but because of two other great events that happened during that game.  As part of the Heat’s 25th Anniversary celebration they interviewed past Heat players Eddie House and Brian Grant at center court. Well, this South Miami Realtor is not an avid sports person (my boys play basketball so I watch basketball) but 10 years ago I was an avid Brian Grant fan.  Can’t tell you why, but I loved watching that guy play – he was a big, strong, really handsome Warrior.  One time I unknowingly sat behind him at a movie and had to move because I couldn’t see the screen his shoulders were so broad. Anyway, I learned Friday night that Handsome Warrior has Parkinson ’s disease. I spent a good portion of the rest of the game googling the situation, and in true Warrior style Brain Grant has stepped in front of this devil and is on the forefront of fundraising and spreading awareness and comfort to others with Parkinson ’s disease. Check out the Brian Grant Foundation at www.briangrant.org.

LBJMDtop12613Second great event was of course watching average Joe spectator Michael Drysch enter and win one of those half-time shooting contests that no one ever wins. I quote the announcer speaking to Drysch: “The only thing standing between you and $75,000 is a basket”.  He was not in shape to launch the ball gracefully with 2 hands, so he wound his body like he was in a shot put competition and then single handedly threw the ball from half court with hardly any aim,  and the damn thing went in! In a nano second Lebron James dove on him and they were rolling on the floor. You couldn’t tell who was more excited, Lebron or the luckiest guy.

 

To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

A ‘How To’ Guide For Understanding City of South Miami Politics!

South Miami's charming 'hometown' government center. To understand what goes on behind the doors of that charming, ‘hometown’ government center on Sunset Drive in the heart of South Miami you simply need to watch 2nd grade playground activity. You know: “Nani nani boo boo”, “You can’t play with us anymore”, “I quit”.  But in South Miami you don’t quit, you get fired “without cause”, a.k.a. “just because”.

South Miami's Annual Art Festival. Today’s news flash:  South Miami commissioners passed a resolution to send a message to the interim city manager (the last 4 city managers were fired; the last one, fired November, 2012, says it was easier being under daily attack as a lieutenant colonel in Ramadi, Iraq, where he was stationed in 2009) that if they could fire the police chief they would, but since they can’t (against the rules) they’ll just pass this resolution to send the message.  Now, how long do you think it took them to put this together?

Why fire Police Chief Orlando Martinez de Castro?  Too much finger pointing there to get to the truth, and coincidentally one of the reasons is about finger pointing.  The mayor says the cops wrongly arrested his friend while on a bike ride home from work, and the question is did the friend shake his index finger at a policeman for making an illegal turn, or did he give him the finger?  You decide. Then the next question is did the police chief wrongly spend forfeiture money on dinner and vitamins for the police dog or is the police chief being picked on because of the friend with the loose finger?

The Shops at Sunset PlaceYou could look back a year or 10 years in South Miami’s whacky political epicenter and it’s about the same story.  In this Petticoat Junction of a government they don’t like each other personally and have a hard time getting past that, but they all care and love The City of Pleasant Living,  I’ll give them that.

South Miami is a wonderful place to live, and that’s because of the wonderful residents, first-class merchants, beautiful parks and recreation facilities (thank you City of South Miami government), excellent schools, a fine police department, and a building and zoning group that cares.  I’ve been a resident, business owner, and selling South Miami real estate for over 20 years and I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Mack Cycle & Fitness, a landmark in South Miami.

Mack Cycle & Fitness, a landmark in South Miami.

Dante Fascell Park

Dante Fascell Park

Best breakfast in town at Casa Larios.

Best breakfast in town at Casa Larios.

To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!