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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!

“After the game: NBA stars shoot for wins in real estate”

Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Real Deal’s recent article, “After the game: NBA stars shoot for wins in real estate” captured a day in the off-season life of Luol Deng and 10 other NBA players who attended a symposium on real estate investing organized by the National Basketball Players Association (with guest speaker, Miami’s own Don Peebles).

Miami Heat players have traditionally invested in some serious local real estate with those investing in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Pinecrest appreciating the ability to maintain a relatively low-key lifestyle (for local celebrities anyway).

Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Pinecrest have been home to a host of Heat players including Dwayne Wade (he began his career in Pinecrest), Alonzo Mourning (he migrated from Coconut Grove to Gables Estates, and is now settled in Pinecrest), Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Dan Majerle, Brian Grant (my all time fav), past and present coaches Eric Spoelstra and Pat Riley, and LeGone James, who’s bayfront home is under contract.

The beauty of these neighborhoods is that you can see these guys regularly at the Last Carrot, Greenstreet’s Cafe, MCycle, local gas stations, movie theaters, and even Food Spot, and no one blinks an eye (but I do stare sometimes).

Wouldn’t it be great if Luol Deng moved into the Grove, Gables, or Pinecrest!  I have the perfect place for him to call home:

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181 Leucadendra Drive, Coral Gables | List Price: $22,500,000 | www.181Leucadendra.com

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 at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates– Working For You!

Every Picture Tells a Story…Inside the Boom and Outside 181 Leucadendra Drive.

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Last week the Miami Herald Business Monday ran a phenomenal story relaying the outcome of an anonymous survey of 105 top real estate professionals and their opinions about the current Miami Real Estate Market.

A couple of the ‘players’ spoke on-the-record, and it’s no surprise one of them was EWM’s President, Ron Shuffield, who is undoubtedly the backbone behind the “Best Brokerage” as voted by real estate watchers in the same poll. (BTW, it is an absolute honor and pleasure to work for EWM Realty International). Before I name a few of the highlights and opinions noted in that article I need to point out the backdrop in Ron’s picture. Yes, the Miami Herald interviewed Ron at 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates, a beautiful residence I recently listed.  If you would like more information about that property or would like to see more pictures please visit www.181leucadendra.com or call me for an appointment to see this magnificent property (Alan Potamkin’s recently listed home at 1 Casuarina Concourse is pretty magnificent too).

181_Leucadendra_Dr-4Ron ShuffieldSome highlights from last week’s Business Monday feature story:

  •70% of industry professionals think residential home values will continue to rise over the next year (at a slower rate).

  •72% of industry professionals do not believe Miami real estate is in another ‘bubble’.

  •Buyers want homes within walking distance of restaurants and shops, and people are making their home buying decisions based on the traffic.

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

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

What Can You Buy in Coral Gables Under $500,000?

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I spend A LOT of time looking at real estate with young physician candidates at Miami Children’s Hospital (now Nicklaus Children’s Hospital). Last year alone I met and toured Miami with 15-20 of them!

Most of them have just completed or are nearly finished their Fellowships and are looking to ‘lay down some roots’ so to speak. Many have found the time to research the area; just about all of those inquire about Coral Gables. Why? It’s close to the hospital, it’s beautiful, and the city has a proper name that is easily ‘Googled’, unlike much of the Unincorporated Dade County neighborhoods surrounding the area.

Miami-Childrens-HospitalIf buying, most want to stay under $500,000 which isn’t such a bountiful price range in the Gables. I introduce them to wonderful Schenley Park which is where the hospital is located, as well as the neighborhoods between Coral Way (SW 24th Street) and Miller Road (SW 56th Street), along the corridor of Red Road. Parts of this lay in City of South Miami, and parts in Unincorporated Dade County. All a five minute drive to the hospital.

Back to Coral Gables….there are some beautiful condominium communities in the Miracle Mile and business district areas. 55 Merrick Place and Ten Aragon are wonderful, as well as the cluster of buildings on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, north of Miracle Mile. As for single family homes there is not so much! There are only eight 3 bedroom homes for sale under $500,000 right now. My favorite is the one I have listed at 841 Columbus Boulevard of course!! It’s has charming front and back front porches, warm wood floors, updated kitchen and baths, and is located on one of the most beautiful streets in the north Gables!

841 Columbus Boulevard List Price: $495,000

 

1212 Mariana Avenue List Price: $499,000

801 Trascoro Avenue

801 Trascoro Avenue List Price: $499,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

821 El Rado Street

821 El Rado Street List Price: $485,000

1000 Pizarro Street List Price: $435,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

From the Horse’s Mouth…Latest Scoop on the Main Highway Drainage Project!

Miami-Dade-County-LogoCoconut Grove is buzzing with projects! Besides the new and beautiful Park Grove and Grove at Grand Bay Towers there are many ‘works in progress’:  Regatta Park & surrounding plans,  Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Commodore Plaza sidewalk beautification, CocoWalk revival, and of course new commercial ownerships and proposed site plans all over the Grove.

Very large and intensely discussed on the list is the Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project on Main Highway.  That’s Dade County’s child, not the City of Miami’s, and there isn’t any voting about it – it’s a must, it will be messy until completed, and progress is sometimes painful.  We barely live above sea level,  and proper drainage is a must. City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was kind enough to issue a letter to the community with the facts (as the County presented them).

misc_floodThere is an ocean of information in his letter (see below), complete with site maps, but in a nutshell beginning in June and for approximately seven months (ha ha)  there will be a retrofitting of the existing drainage system along Main Highway between Royal Road and McFarlane Road.  Main Highway will be one lane only moving in the north direction, and Grand Avenue will essentially be the route out for southbound traffic. Ouch.

Just thinking about it gives parents dropping off at St. Hugh’s, Ransom, Carrollton, and Plymouth Congregational Pre-School some serious anxiety, but this too shall pass!  Many moons ago I worked in Miami Lakes and the commute was really, really painful.  My father’s advice? Turn up the radio and enjoy the ride.

 

The Insider Scoop on the Main Highway Drainage Project

We have received a large volume of emails and phone calls regarding the upcoming Miami-Dade County Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project on Main Highway. With the many rumors and gossip that have been circulating throughout the community, we wanted to present the plans as they have been presented to us by the County. Hopefully this clears up any misunderstanding about the project and its intention.The project is slated to begin in June of 2015 and will retrofit the existing drainage system that has failed due to age and been compromised by tree root intrusion. As you can see in the diagram below, the project stretches from Royal Road to MacFarlane Road and will take 7 months to complete. Miami-Dade County officials have told us that the project was actually going to start earlier. However, it was pushed to June to prepare those frequenting the schools on Main Highway for the incoming traffic congestion when the new year school year begins and to allow for the completion of the Southwest 27th Avenue Project.

With a project of this magnitude, there are bound to be many community concerns. The first is obviously traffic. Undeniably, this will narrow one of the most used streets in this community, especially for drop off and pick up during the school year. Traffic will be one-way, heading North, and southbound traffic will have to be rerouted down Grand Avenue to Douglas Road. See the below illustration for a visual representation.

Another concern for the community and this office has been the removal of trees along this signature corridor in Coconut Grove. We have been told by the County that NO trees will be removed during this project. This project only addresses the stormwater drainage system underneath the street. Additionally, the City has requested that a bike lane be striped on the side of the street, removing the commodore trail from the sidewalk.Another concern we have heard from residents is that the County project is to add sewage lines for up-and-coming high-rise development down Main Highway. This was also answered in the negative by Alejandro Barrios, the Miami-Dade County project manager. This project is EXCLUSIVELY for retrofitting an outdated stormwater drainage system. Additionally, nowhere in Miami-Dade County do stormwater drainage pipes run next to sewage pipes.If you have any additional questions about the project itself, feel free to reach out to Alejandro Barrios, or Francisco Gonzalez at the Stormwater Drainage Design Section of Miami-Dade County, and they will help you. Please call 305-375-4772.As always, if you have questions or concerns that you’d like to share with our office, you can always call us at (305) 250-5333 or email me at [email protected].

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

Recently Listed by Val Byrne in Gables Estates 181 Leucadendra Drive

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Designed by Cesar Molina and Jodel Narcisse, and inspired by the Vanderbilt mansion on Fisher Island, this exquisite Mediterranean hacienda on the premier lagoon in Gables Estates, reigns as one of the most magnificent homes in this guarded community in Coral Gables along Biscayne Bay.   A main house designed to follow the arc of the property and lagoon, two carriage houses, and a two-bedroom service house form the perimeter of a gracious courtyard of European scale.  270′ feet of water frontage (only a moment to the Bay) are flanked by gorgeous terraces, porticos, and a gazebo for opulent outdoor living.  This is truly an exceptional estate.

Property Details:

 • 7 Bedrooms | 7.5 Baths

• 14,946 Adj. Square Feet | 48,274 Square Foot Lot | 270′ Water Frontage

 • List Price: $22,500,000

www.181Leucadendra.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 [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Hey Chris, Why Don’t You Ask Lebron Why He Chose To Live Coconut Grove?

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If you haven’t read “Why Won’t Anyone Buy LeBron James’ Miami House?”, click the link and be as amused as I was. The director of luxury sales for a respected real estate company explains why LeBron’s house hasn’t sold in 6 months. In David Letterman-style I’ll name the reasons in reverse, and save the best for last:

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“LeBron’s $17 million mansion won’t sell because…”

6) It’s not in the ideal ideal location (yes, ‘ideal’ is used twice).

5) People spending this kind of money are not impressed by who owns it.

4) It’s hard to find someone who will write a $17 million check.

3) The Grove is too residential so you’re not going to get the big baller-type rollers.

2) Big money tends to gravitate to Miami Beach.

1) LeBron James’ home is in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.

Do you think he checked that story out with LeBron? Do you think Chris has been to Coconut Grove? LeBron could have lived anywhere in Miami, and I know of a half dozen houses in Miami that were considered, but legendary ex-Miami Heat player #6 chose 3590 Crystal View Court because it IS the ideal location, and it IS in the ideal neighborhood. I won’t bother to go into the reasons why, and I wouldn’t be foolish enough to knock Miami Beach because I LOVE it.

Next week I am listing 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates for $22,500,000. It’s an ideal neighborhood where plenty of “big baller-type rollers” live under the radar, and $17 million is what the last land parcel sold for! Here’s a preview:

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

 

Trader Joe’s in Edgewater?

traderThe Edgewater area has blossomed within the past few years into a wonderful pedestrian friendly community. Centrally located, Edgewater is just north of Brickell and Downtown Miami, south of the beautiful Design District and Midtown, and a short drive away from Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove. Many companies have been fighting for a retail spot in the area. The Real Deal reports, “Developer Fifteen Group has recently unveiled plans to renovate the historic First Church of Christ,” leading to the speculation that Trader Joe’s could be a prospective tenant. The square footage and location match within Trader Joe’s criteria. Publix, located a block away on 17th and Biscayne Boulevard, opened up in 2012 and became one of the busiest stores within the chain in no time. I’m sure Edgewater residents would be thrilled to welcome another grocery store to their community, a little competition is always good!

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Paraiso Bay Project, 600 NE 31st Street

So many exciting new projects underway for Edgewater it’s hard to keep track! The foundation for the first tower at Paraiso Bay has just been poured by Related Group, almost a month after receiving their $93 million construction loan for the four tower luxury complex. The complex will host 1,300 residences, each with Bay views, private elevator and foyer, 9 foot ceilings and large balconies. The Related Group also plans on extending the project by creating a luscious waterfront park open to the public.  I have to ask, can any park be as  beautiful as Margaret Pace Park?  That gorgeous, dog-friendly, expansive park along Biscayne Bay in front of 1800 Club, Quantum on the Bay, Cite, and Paramount is one-of-a-kind, and will be hard to beat.  Love it!

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Margaret Pace Park, along N. Bayshore Drive between 17th and 19th

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