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No Plans for 4th of July? I Can Help!

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This time of year always seems to sneak up on us! Miami is filled with beautiful venues to enjoy activities as we celebrate our independence in this great country. Although there are tons of options to choose from, I have three favorite spots where I like to enjoy this holiday with family and friends. First and foremost is Key Biscayne, this year celebrating its 55th July 4th parade at 11AM; local bands and homemade floats will parade down Crandon Boulevard with a large picnic held at the Village Green afterward. The Key Biscayne crew sets off a fantastic show of fireworks later in the evening; locals crowd the beach with their blankets and picnic baskets. If you are closer to the Coconut Grove/Coral Gables area and don’t feel like driving all the way to ‘the Key’, you can join thousands on the lawn of the Biltmore Hotel for their annual Coral Gables’ Fourth of July celebration. The event begins at 5PM with a concert at 7PM and a flawless show of fireworks following. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, head to 73rd and Collins Avenue on Miami Beach where they will be having live music and activities going on beginning at 2PM with their own fireworks show in the evening around 9PM.

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Miss Universe Celebrating July 4th at the Key Biscayne Parade in 1985!

If you lived at Cloisters on the Bay in coconut Grove, or Deering Bay in Coral Gables you would be able to watch spectacular fireworks shower over the Bay. If you are interested in being able to enjoy July 4th just steps away from your home next year, contact me about my listings in both communities!

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

Park Grove, the New Heart & Soul of Coconut Grove!

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Fabulous new developments are popping up all over Miami, but one in particular stands out among the rest in Coconut Grove, and that’s Park Grove! I had a fantastic breakfast presentation at the sales center Wednesday morning and was absolutely blown away! Three towers overlooking spectacular views of the bay and the treetops of Coconut Grove will stand where Coconut Grove Bank now resides. The new condos will be walking distance to Fresh Market, CocoWalk, and upcoming Regatta Park, a 17-acre paradise adjacent to The Harbour in Historical Coconut Grove.

World-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas and OMA are the brains behind this elegantly designed project creating new ways to use space and light to their utmost potential. Park Grove is bringing a new sensation to modern design; keeping the elegant pristine look while incorporating new warmth; a warmth that I personally think has been lost in recent interpretations of “sleek”.  Interior Designer William Sofield notes, “At Park Grove, luxury will be articulated through a delicate dialogue between elegant minimal design and crafter organic materials.”

Each tower has its own price range and floor plans; for comfortable living every day with phenomenal views of Biscayne Bay one would lean more towards One Park Grove or Two Park Grove. One Park Grove ranges between 3-6 million dollars and Two Park Grove ranges between 2-4 million dollars. And for the occasional weekend visitors or someone looking to invest Park Grove Club Residences provides smaller living spaces within the price range of 550 thousand-1 million dollars. All three towers share one master association, the price for the association fee will be approximately $1.00 per square foot of the unit.

For more information or personal tour of the project please call me any time! 305.323.6231

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  • Expansive Bay and City Views
  • Certified LEED Silver
  • 24-Hour Concierge and Valet Service
  • Nautical Themed Concierge for Booking Yachts, Boats, Sailing Lessons, etc.
  • Butler Service
  • Large Dining Area and Full Service Kitchen with Acclaimed Chef
  • Private Business Center with Meeting Rooms
  • Lush Landscaped Gardens by Enzo Enea
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  • Artwork by Notable Sculptures and Artists
  • Lobbies and Amenity Area designed by William Sofield
  • Luxurious Pool with Private Cabanas
  • Bayview Dining Room for Private Events
  • Dedicated Penthouse Pools
  • Wine Cellar and Wine Lockers for Residents
  • Indoor/Outdoor Yoga Spaces
  • Large Conference Room
  • Library
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Center accessible from all Three Towers
  • Fitness Rooms, Reception, and Marl Room for each Residential Towerparkkitchen
  • Spa with Personal Treatment Rooms, Steam, and Sauna
  • Men and Women’s Locker Rooms
  • Storage for Bike and/or Watercraft
  • Residents’ Lounge for Events
  • Children’s Indoor/Outdoor Play Areas
  • Private Screening/Media Room
  • Adult Gaming Room including Billiards and Table Tennis

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!

Val’s Top 10 Reasons to Consider Living at Cloisters on the Bay in Coconut Grove

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10. You’ll never have to worry about parking at the Coconut Grove Art Festival.

9. “The Harbour in Historical Coconut Grove” is going to be absolutely fabulous!

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8. Ransom Everglades School, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, and St. Hugh Catholic School are blocks away.

7. The Security Staff at Cloisters on the Bay is THE best.

6. My listing at Villa 1137 in Cloisters on the Bay is marvelous (and the least expensive)!

5. Paragon Grove 13 Movie Theatre offers reserved seating and has a great wine lounge.

4. Cloisters on the Bay is in the middle of three spectacular parks: Peacock Park, Barnacle Historical Park, and Biscayne National Park

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The Barnacle House in The Barnacle Historic State Park

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Stiltsville house in Biscayne National Park

3.Restaurants galore, all within walking distance Cloisters: Strada, Bombay Darbar, Peacock Café, Le Bouchon, New York Roma Pizza, and so many more!

2. My favorite restaurant and venue, Green Street Café, is directly across the street from Cloisters!

1. Erik Spoelstra is a regular at Green Street Café.

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

Just Listed by Val Byrne in ‘Cloisters on the Bay’ Villa 1137

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Cloisters on the Bay is Coconut Groves finest urban address. Villa 1137, one of only 40 homes in this exclusive enclave of Mediterranean Villas, was recently completed; never lived in. It’s a gracious tri-level residence with additional rooftop terrace, and is comfortably outfitted with an elevator. At the Cloisters one can relax at a beautiful swimming pool & entertainment pavilion, play tennis on lighted clay courts, and reflect at the water’s edge.

Although located in the heart-of-the-Grove this one-of-a-kind community is far from Main Highway and separated by guard house, impressive gated entry, and 24-hour security. Walk to the finest restaurants, boutiques, parks, and schools; drive only minutes to Coral Gables, downtown, and the Brickell Avenue corridor.

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 • 3 Bedrooms / 4 Baths

• 5,090 Adj. Square Feet

 • List Price: $1,749,000

 • www.cloisters1137.com

 

 

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!

Anyone For Tennis Or Golf?

I am often asked by prospective buyers and renters at Deering Bay if the list price includes access to all of the facilities. The answer is for the most part, no.  Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club offers a variety of equity and non-equity memberships giving access to its Arnold Palmer Golf Course, Har Tru clay tennis courts, Junior Olympic-sized pool, complete pro-shop, fitness studio and classes, world class dining facilities, and social events.   Equity memberships may be purchased by both Deering Bay residents and non-residents. All residents of Deering Bay enjoy the walking trails and sandy beach, and each of the five Condominiums and the Club Villas have their own swimming pool for residents to enjoy. deering-boats deering-bay

 

All equity and non-equity memberships include unlimited access to social events, world-class dining facility, Junior Olympic-sized resort pool, locker room, and fitness facilities.

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  • Golf Membership: offers full, unlimited access to its Arnold Palmer Golf Course along with all other sporting facilities.
  • Tennis Membership: setup for non-golfers, offers very restricted golfing. Unlimited access to tennis courts and all other amenities.

Non-Equity Memberships:

  • Social Membership: provides no access to sporting facilities, all other amenities are available.
  • Summer Membership: (Memorial Day – November) offers unlimited access to all amenities. At the end of the trial, a portion of the fee can be applied to an equity membership if member wishes to do so. It’s a great way to test the waters!

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Deering Bay Courtyard

The Deering Bay community offers a variety of residences: high-rise condos (Verona, Milano, & Siena), mid-rise condos (Venice & Padua), Club Villas, and single-family estate homes.  My current listing at 13632 Deering Bay Drive is a corner-built Club Villa adjacent to Deering Bay’s world-class deep water marina. If ‘condo living’ doesn’t suit your lifestyle but you yearn for minimal-maintenance living, the Club Villas are a magnificent choice that you will be glad you made. At Deering Bay Club Villas you can enjoy the comforts of single family home lifestyle in a beautiful resort setting with Biscayne Bay a glimpse away. For more information click on the photos of 13632 Deering Bay Drive!

 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!

 

What About Those “Diamonds in the Rough”?

Sometimes realtors describe a property as being a “diamond in the rough”; or maybe “a gem that needs polishing”; or a house that has “good bones”. The current buzz phrase is “classic mid-century”, which when translated often means a home built in the 1940’s-1960’s that may or may not have updates.

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“BEFORE” 5900 SW 83rd STREET

Some of those homes can be fabulous! Sure it takes time, money, and energy but many find it so rewarding! The markets that I specialize in: South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, & Palmetto Bay are low in ‘turn-key’ inventory, especially in the $500,000 – $1,250,000 range, so now might be the time to consider those properties which need some TLC!

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“AFTER” 5900 SW 83rd STREET

Try and separate the cosmetics from the fundamentals!  First and most importantly,  is the property in a neighborhood you desire? Does the property have the needed space, both inside and out? If not, can space be added? Is there good light? Is there room for a pool if you want to add one later? If the fundamentals are there, maybe you consider the ‘labor of love’route!

I recently sold the two homes in South Miami to Buyers who would have preferred ‘turnkey’, but they didn’t exist at the time or were unaffordable. Thank goodness they had vision! Both families are so happy with their decisions, and I have great neighbors!

 

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!

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

The Grass Is Green On The Other Side!

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Dison Park
8021 SW 58 Avenue

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Gazebo at Dison Park

Several  years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte Dison at one of my Sunday open houses in South Miami.  Mrs. Dison and I live in the same neighborhood just behind Dante Fascell Park and adjacent to Epiphany Church & School.  Charlotte wasn’t looking to buy a home in South Miami; she was out assessing the value of land in the area.  She was entertaining the idea of turning the large parcel of land behind her home into a wireless park. OMG, she was one of the most forward thinking, community- minded persons I had ever met.  She was about 75-years old and WAY ahead of her time.

It’s been 5 – 7 years since we met (and just that one time), but the memory is permanently stamped in my memory partially because of the impression she made on me that afternoon, and partially because I pass “Dison Park” several times a day.  Sometimes I will see a person or two reading in the gazebo, sometimes I admire a beautiful  Labradoodle fetching a ball, and late in the afternoon I see a swarm of small giggling boys practicing soccer. 

Charlotte Dison must have had many builders and developers courting her for that parcel over the years, and I bet she was supremely gracious and kind when she said “No thank you”.  She had a vision, and now she sees that vision each time she looks out over her backyard.   PS, I am not sure the “wireless” part of the plan became a reality, but it was a magnificent idea.

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