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

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

Attention Artists, Nature Lovers, and the Eclectic at Heart!

There are a couple of really neat homes that recently came on the market in South Miami –quite out of the ordinary, and each so special. I would venture to say I am on Sunset Drive between Cocoplum Circle and Galloway Avenue a couple dozen times per week and know just about every square inch of it, but when Piper Rothan listed 6811 Sunset Drive a couple of weeks ago I might as well have been a lost tourist. Never had I noticed the jewel that lay behind those gates! At the end of a long driveway, far from the road, is one of the few vintage coral rock homes in Miami (circa 1929) – beautifully updated, perfectly expanded, and magazine worthy. I will say no more – let the pictures tell the story!

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Just across Sunset Drive in the Dante Fascell Park area, practically in my own backyard , Riley Smith listed a very cool, Coconut Grove-y home at 5980 SW 81st Street. It’s one of the very few homes in South Miami with a guest house AND a garage (and a 3-car garage to boot), and plenty of room for both (a lush half-acre). It’s one of those homes that you want to open the windows, turn Pandora on, and read a book. Again, let the pictures tell the story!

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

 

What’s New in Real Estate Vocab?

Great article last week in Fox News! If you have a home for sale, or are going to be listing your home for sale you want to read this! In the meantime let me summarize and highlight for you what, for the most part, we have also been seeing in South Florida Real Estate.

Whether selling cars, clothes, stocks, or homes, marketing trends and styles appear, disappear,and sometimes reappear dressed differently! So much of our marketing materials are written – brochures, flyers, ads, blogs, internet remarks, signs, etc. How do we keep it fresh?

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Buzz words, thoughts, and trends for 2013….

What’s Hot:

Open Floor Plan
Downstairs Master
Walkability (This South Miami/High Pines realtor prefers to call it “Urban”.)
Solar
Energy Efficient
Low HOA fee
Light & Bright
Sunny
Caesarstone
Toto (Fox describes Toto as the “Subzero of toilets”.)
Turn Key (In my opinon, a timeless term.)
Move-In Ready
Income Property
Open House (Nothing new for this Miami realtor.)

What’s Not:

Fixer Investor Special
Hurry, Won’t Last (Whoever researched and wrote the article has not spent enough time in South Miami/High Pines, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest – or anywhere in Miami for that matter! There is no other way to describe it.)
Gourmet Kitchen
Luxury Bath
Rare (This word has always bothered me.)
Charming (A great word for a front porch.)
Classic (I completely disagree. There are most definitely classic, timeless styles.)

 

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

Just Sold by Valaree Byrne in Schenley Park! 5810 SW 32nd Street

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List Price: $365,000

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Yesterday we closed on this sweet home in Schenley Park – a wonderful little community on the edge of the Cities of South Miami and Coral Gables, just east of Miami Children’s Hospital. It closed at a record price per square foot, but that was not the best part of the transaction. This was a ‘feel good’ sale. Seller was a charming older woman who raised 6 children in this 3 bedroom/1bath gem. Bought it in 1952 from the developer (the Title Policy was half page long!), and given choice of fireplace or second bath they chose fireplace! 60 years of wonderful memories in Schenley Park, and Lois was admittedly sad to leave. Prior to closing hour the Buyer came for the traditional walk-thru, and before we walked out the door Rafael told me the reason he purchased the house (at the price that he did) was because he felt the good karma and love in that house. Said he saw it the moment he walked in the door. So did I.

If you would like to know more about Schenley Park or the South Miami area please call me anytime. It will be worth the conversation!

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

Just Listed by Valaree Byrne in South Miami! 6051 SW 85th Street

6051 SW 85th St-3I just listed a fabulous home in South Miami.  This beautifully tropical Florida Vernacular residence was built in 2005, and 50 years from today will be a timeless, classic style ever suited for South Florida living. Architect’s greatest achievement was designing a wonderfully warm, spacious interior (with upstairs and downstairs family rooms) with near seamless passages to gracious outdoor living.

6051 SW 85th St-9A divine master suite and 3 children’s bedrooms are located upstairs and designed around a generously-sized family room with balconies overlooking front and backyard gardens. Guest suite, staff quarters, and a private office complement a dreamy downstairs floorplan with a wonderfully wide formal foyer, fantastic magazine quality formal living room with elegant tray ceilings, and fabulous “cook’s kitchen” with dual-sided snack court, counter space galore, and an enormous family room that opens onto a lovely covered terrace elevated from swimming pool and gardens.

6051 SW 85th St-2Out front a wide veranda overlooks lush, mature foliage, and a neighborhood that captivates you – children play outside, dusk finds streets filled with conversation, and Halloweens look a lot like Mardi Gras. It’s a fantastic location walking distance to the eclectic boutiques and restaurants of Sunset Drive, a stroll away to Dante Fascell and Fuchs Parks, and within close proximity to the finest schools Dade County has to offer.

The City of South Miami is located at the corridors of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, and the Dadeland areas, near the University of Miami and express routes to downtown Miami and Brickell Avenue.

Property Details:

            • Built in 2005
            • 6 Bedroom/5.5 Baths
            • 4,929 Adjusted Square Feet
            • 11, 520 Square Foot Lot
            •  List Price $1,519,000

 

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

Easy Living for Baby Boomers and Beyond!

 

North Pinecrest's Swan Lake, over looks beautiful waterfall and lake.

North Pinecrest’s Swan Lake, over looks beautiful waterfall and lake.

I closed more transactions in 2012 with near-retirement and post-retirement folks than I ever have in my twenty years of selling real estate. These “Baby Boomers” and beyond (one adorably spry couple was 88 and 94-years old) called me to help them find  homes in South Miami or the immediate surrounding areas (Pinecrest, High Pines, South Gables) with less maintenance, less space (but not too small), and easier on the knees!  Why those areas? Close to day-to-day shopping needs, medical care is nearby, and the ability to walk or take a very short drive to all of them a must (my youthful 88 and 94-year old clients needed to be near Dadeland so they could walk the mall every morning for exercise!).

Pine Manor is High-Pines unique Dutch-Caribbean community.

Pine Manor’s “D” model has an elevator.

FYI, when you are looking to size down to what might be your last residence there are some MUSTS – no matter what your age! You MUST carefully think about condo vs. townhouse because they are very different and appeal to very different lifestyles; you must include the monthly or quarterly maintenance fees into your budget and know what they do and do not include; you MUST choose a

property with the master bedroom downstairs (or at entry level) or

Award-winning Bermuda Village in Coral Gables, Fl designed by world-famous Arquitectonica.

Award-winning Bermuda Village in Coral Gables, Fl designed by world-famous Arquitectonica.

have an elevator or the ability to install an elevator or chair lift ‘someday’; you must consider the walking distance from car to front door–those groceries and golf clubs do get heavy!

I find Swan Lake in Pinecrest and the Deering Bay community in Coral Gables beautiful and very accommodating;  Pine Manor and Oak Lane in High Pines, and the Bermuda Village in Coral Gables have very nice entry level master bedroom models and models with elevators;  Bridgepoint in South Miami and Dadeland Walk in the Dadeland area also have very spacious models with downstairs master bedrooms. There is a community for everyone and every need.  Educate yourself and make sure you are working with an educated realtor who knows the area – like me!

Oak Lane is High Pines' newest townhome community.

Oak Lane is High Pines’ newest townhome community.

Dadeland Walk, with 24-hour security, walking distance to Downtown Dadeland.

Dadeland Walk, with 24-hour security, walking distance to Downtown Dadeland.

 

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club world-class deep water marina and golf course.

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club world-class deep water marina and golf course.

Bridgepoint Townhomes in South Miami with 24-hour security, lovely lake, and amenities.

Bridgepoint Townhomes in South Miami with 24-hour security, lovely lake, and amenities.

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