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Too Tired to Walk On Halloween?

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 I’ve had a couple of clients who recently moved to Miami ask me where they can relax and enjoy a Halloween Party with their kids.

If you live in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, or Palmetto Bay you are in SO much luck! These communities are so exceptional, and I don’t say that because most of my sales are in these neighborhoods; my sales are in these neighborhoods because the communities and the government centers that manage them are THE BEST! Enjoy Halloween Events at anyone of these venues:

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Coral Gables: Halloween on the Mile. From 4 pm to 7 pm, there will be trick-or-treating along the Mile and its adjacent streets. Other activities include story time at Books & Books at 4:30 pm, a children’s costume contest at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre at 5 pm and a doggie costume contest at the Coral Gables Museum at 5:30 pm.

Coconut Grove: Howl-o-ween at Cocowalk. From 2 pm until 7 pm, children are invited to trick-or-treat in and around Cocowalk. In addition to loading up their Halloween goody bags, children will also be able to enjoy face painting, a costume contest, magicians and clowns.

South Miami: Safe Streets Halloween. From 4 pm until 7 pm, the City of South Miami will be closing off Sunset Drive from US1 to Red Road for its annual Halloween trick-or-treating event.

Pinecrest: ‘Track or Treat’ at Evelyn Greer Park. Show up dressed in your Halloween best at any time from 5 pm until 7 pm and join the community trick-or-treating along the track and sampling yummy treats from local businesses.

Palmetto Bay: ‘Where Monsters Go’ at Coral Reef Park. This event begins at 6 pm, with a free movie screening of Hotel Transylvania at 7 pm. Trick-or-treating, games and other activities are just a sampling of the fun that the Village of Palmetto Bay has in store for its residents for Halloween. Children and adults dressed in costume will be automatically eligible to receive a raffle ticket to win ghoulishly.

 

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

Miami Home Prices Up 10.5% in August!

That was tucked away on page 3 of the Business Section in the Miami Herald today (had it been bad news it would have been plastered across the front page!). That 10.5% increase is reflective of the Miami real estate market since August 2013.

I have been selling residential real estate in Miami for 20 years: specializing in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay. I know that real estate statistics should be looked at neighborhood by neighborhood; it is neither possible nor fair to ‘blanket’ a percentage across an entire town, especially one as diverse as ours. In some areas the prices have far exceeded a 10.5% increase!

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3551 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL | List Price: $65,000,000

Let’s look at the single family home markets from August 2013 through August 2014 in the wonderful communities I spend most of my time in.  Although Coral Gables had a small slip in sales price this past August, it has generally seen more than a 30% increase over the year, and the sales prices in Pinecrest have had a similar increase! The sales prices in Coconut Grove look like they have been taking steroids (wait until the most expensive luxury/waterfront home listed in Miami sells).

There have been months with really strong price increases in Palmetto Bay, but over the year the prices averaged about a 10% gain.  In South Miami, where I live, love, and have sold over 100 homes it looks like we’ve had significant decreases in sales prices but the truth is South Miami has such disparity in the price ranges of the properties and neighborhoods that the numbers can look very skewed.  In the more expensive neighborhoods there is hardly any inventory, but over the next 6-12 months there will be so many newly constructed homes coming on the market and closing in the $2mil+ market that we will see a very strong price increase.

 

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

Just Sold by Val Byrne in Deering Bay Estates! 13632 Deering Bay Drive

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List Price: $1,099,000.00

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths

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The Club Villas are the best kept secret in Deering Bay, maybe in all of Coral Gables! Located midway between the illustrious Milano, Verona, and Siena buildings and the Estates of Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, these very spacious residences offer the comforts of a single family home like a private backyard and 2-car garage, with the all-star amenities and maintenance free lifestyle offered in this world class community. Congratulations to the Buyers!

 

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

It’s Throwback Thursday!

I love “Throwback Thursday” and find myself completely entertained while scrolling through TBT pictures posted on Facebook. Who doesn’t enjoy looking at old pictures? So I’m taking this concept a step further and posting a “Throwback Thursday” blog each week which will spotlight an older, original style home in South Miami, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove, and fast forward to its present day ‘face’. AKA, a renovation! My favorite part of being a realtor in Miami is seeing a beautiful transformation.

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Casa Byrne, 1996, Day One of Renovation Phase I

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Casa Byrne, 1990, Move-In Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriately, I am starting TBT with pictures of my own home in South Miami, The City of Pleasant Living. Built in 1962 by the original owner and purchased by my husband and me in May, 1990, it has come a long way! ‘Casa Byrne’ has been a work in progress for nearly 25 years, and who knows what it will look like in 20 more.

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Casa Byrne, 2014

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

Luxury Rental Market On Fire in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, & South Miami!

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13940 SW 73rd Avenue Just Rented

boxing_glovesAs summer winds down, the rental market continues to wind up! As if Back-to-School isn’t stressful enough; there are still so many families out there trying to settle down into a school district. Realtors are tripping over themselves to get through the front door, and know that we all have a signed offer in our big purses (no offense men).

The rental market has been really strong for the last 18 or so months, but there’s a new level of crazy out there right now. The ‘seasoned’ prospective renter (definition of ‘seasoned’ prospective renter is one who has made several offers) will tell you they have learned 2 tricks of the trade: 1) move at lightning speed; 2) do not offer less than asking price.

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7260 SW 105th Terrace Just Rented

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860 Jeronimo Drive Just Rented

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have secured homes this month for three foreign clients, and two of them took the home SITE UNSEEN! Truthfully, that’s almost as stressful for me as it is them but in today’s market a picture (or 20 of them) is worth a thousand words, and all three are arriving to beautiful homes in Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay.

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

 

Just Listed For Sale by Val Byrne in Pine Vista South!

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Come see this sprawling ‘ponderosa’ in Pine Vista South; minutes to Suniland, Dadeland, & Baptist Hospital, but removed from the hustle and bustle. A long, stately driveway leads to impressive double-door entry and formal foyer; sunlight fills every room from there on. Expansive social spaces throughout the home allow for great entertaining, both indoor and outdoor. A lovely covered terrace, beautiful pool, and grand backyard await you to spend your summer days.

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5 Bedrooms/4 Baths

4,215 Adj. Square Feet/46,174 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 [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

 

Just Sold by Valaree Byrne in Killian Estates! 11382 SW 95th Court

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List Price: 1,699,000.00

5 Bedrooms | 4 Baths

We closed this beautiful gated estate on a private street in lovely Killian estates after only being on the market a couple of weeks. Soaring coffered ceilings, elegant kitchen, and spectacular millwork set this home in a class by itself. The fountain, gardens, and pool were so wonderful I was sold the moment I drove up. Congratulations to the buyers and sellers!

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

 

 

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

Going, Going, Gone…It Went That Fast!

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1110 S. Alhambra Circle | 3 Beds/3 Baths | 2,604 Adj. SF | Asking Price 1,150,00 OR $6,200/mo

On June 5th I listed this beautiful, sophisticated colonial-style home in Coral Gables (South Gables) for rent and for sale, and in a nanosecond it was under Contract! We started showing it on Friday and by nightfall Saturday we had multiple offers to buy it and to rent it.   I think the owners were so taken aback by the enthusiasm (and by the determination of some) that they decided to keep the property (we rented it at the asking price of $6,200).

That is a typical day in sunny Coral Gables in the rental and sales market! The inventory of luxury homes to rent is especially low, so these charming rental homes in Coral Gables are being snapped up about as quickly as they enter the market. It is the same situation in South Miami/High Pines, Coconut Grove, and Pinecrest too. In the last week or so luxury rental properties at 460 San Servando Avenue, 741 Santurce Avenue, and 700 San Esteban Avenue have come on the market in Coral Gables, and if I were to guess, they will be going, going, gone very shortly. Call me if you are interested in learning more!

751 Santurce Avenue | 3 Beds/3 Baths | 3,034 SF | $5,900/mo

751 Santurce Avenue | 3 Beds/3 Baths | 3,034 Adj. SF | $5,900/mo

460 San Servando Avenue - 4 Beds/2.5 Baths - 2,155 SF - $4,950/mo

460 San Servando Avenue | 4 Beds/2.5 Baths | 2,155 Adj. SF | $4,950/mo

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700 San Esteban Avenue | 3 Beds/2 Baths | 2,757 Adj. SF | $6,200/mo

 

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

Just Listed For Rent in Village of Palmetto Bay 13940 SW 73rd Avenue

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The most discerning rental prospects will appreciate this beautifully updated home in north Palmetto Bay, only two blocks off Howard Drive, on a quiet, no traffic street.   It’s a sun-filled charmer recently renovated by current owners; located on a quiet no-traffic street, in a phenomenal neighborhood.

Dade County’s finest public and private schools are minutes away (Howard Drive Elementary, Palmetto Middle School and Palmetto Senior High School public school district). Parks, shopping, and the best restaurants are at your fingertips!

Property Details:

 • 4 Bedrooms / 2 Baths

• 3,330 Adj. Square Feet

 • List Price: $4,900/month

 • www.13940SW73.com

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