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So Much in SOMI!

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Wow, what a difference a couple of weeks makes! I am a great fan and advocate of South Miami, aka “The City of Pleasant Living”, and am so excited when I see new families moving into the neighborhood.  Five great luxury homes went on the market near the heart-of-South Miami in the last two weeks, and some lucky buyers are going to get to experience this wonderful City with the small town vibe, and be as fortunate as I have been to plant roots in what I call ‘Camelot’.

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5971 SW 86th St. | 6BD – 5.5BA | $1.849,000 | $406 psf.

I just listed this home at 5971 SW 86th Street (more pictures and a website to come) and it’s fabulous!  Whoever buys it will not only have a splendid residence designed and built by Giorgio Balli, but the GREATEST neighbors (myself included).  Come by and see for yourself, it’s open this Sunday (November 29th) from 2:30-4:30.

The quality of life in this little pocket behind Dante Fascell Park, and adjacent to Epiphany and St. Thomas Episcopal Schools is phenomenal.  Walks to Sunset Drive for shopping, a bite to eat, or just meandering is regular fodder; the local parks are among the best, and the City of South Miami government has paved the way for safe, pleasant living.  I have sold over 100 properties in the last 20 years in the area and everyone loves it! Also listed recently:

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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in High Pines 5250 SW 76th Street

List Price: $1,499,000.00

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths

http://www.5250sw76.com

I LOVED this home in High Pines, as did all of the Buyers who made offers on the property! We went on the market on a Monday, and by the following Monday we had 5 offers! Our Sunday Open House literally looked like a casting call. The greatest part of being a realtor is giving keys to Buyers who are so excited and will really enjoy it. The worst part about being a realtor is turning away others who desperately wanted it. There were 4 other prospective Buyers who were very disappointed, and so was I…I wish I could have pleased everyone.

 Congratulations to the Buyers, and to the Seller who I have worked with many times before and adore. Also, I can’t sign out without a big thank you to Jenny McCloskey and Geraldine Blakely for another AMAZING staging project – it was nothing short of phenomenal.

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

Just Listed By Val Byrne! 5250 SW 76th Street “High Pines”

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You will love life in this very cool, single-story home in High Pines! Not too big and not too small, it’s just right (3,487 adj. sf per drawings). The current owner lovingly re-constructed, expanded, and customized this year, and now relocates before moving in!  10′ ceilings, walls of glass, and stunning social spaces will ‘wow’ you!  Walking distance to boutiques, restaurants, and the camaraderie of Sunset Drive!

Property Details:

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms

3,487 Adj. SF | 12,500 SF Lot

List Price: $1,499,000

www.5250sw76.com

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

EWM Realty International Is Once Again Dade & Broward Counties’ #1 Brokerage!

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

Val Byrne Just Sold These Two Charmers in South Miami!

 

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3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths

List Price:$458,495

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4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths

List Price: $510,000

Congratulations to the two lucky Buyers who’s perseverance and tenacity paid off!  The new Buyer in Bridgepoint spent almost two years looking for the right home, and that includes almost a half dozen offers we made on other properties in South Miami and Coral Gables!  The new owner of 6250 SW 62nd Place had a similar experience – we began the search in Coral Gables, Brickell, and the Edgewater area off Biscayne Boulevard in October 2014, and low and behold found just the right place many months later! It was worth the wait for both!

 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 & Associates – Working For You!

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

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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!

Just Listed by Val Byrne! 5030 Davis Road Introducing “Casa Iluminada”

 

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We’re calling this “Casa Iluminada” because of the phenomenal collaboration of glass, natural light, and soaring ceilings.  The home was built in 2008, and a gorgeous renovation took place in 2014.  This gated residence is bar none the epitome of luxury, sensibility, and comfort, and so are the separate guest house, gym, and housekeeper’s quarters! 

The finishes are exquisite, the Arclinea kitchen is over-the-top, the Brazilian Ipe solid wood floors are breathtaking, and the architectural nuances are fabulous.  Come see for yourself! Website and floor plan will be up shortly!

Property Details:

 • 7 Bedrooms | 7 Baths + 2 Half Baths

• 8,921 Adj. Square Feet / 39,204 Square Foot Lot

 • List Price: $5,495,000

 • www.CasaIluminada.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!

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.

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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.

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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!

 

The Underline Is Going To Be Top-of-the-Line! Thank You Meg Daly!

What do the UM, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the Dade County parks, public works and transit departments, and the Mayors of Miami, Coral Gables, and South Miami have in common? They are avid supporters of Meg Daly’s “Underline” dream of transforming the existing, Underline logopractically unused paved path that runs from Brickell to Dadeland (under the Metrorail), into a beautiful, functional, wildly successful linear park for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Friends of the Underline’ see gardens, parks, and playgrounds connecting neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Meg’s genius vision + tireless grassroots effort will not only give Miami another layer of outdoor living, but it will make it possible for kids and adults to walk or cycle to work, play, and school SAFELY. Can you imagine what a boost the Underline will give the Metrorail? OMG, why isn’t everyone taking the Metrorail to the American Airlines Arena, Perez Art Museum, and the Corporate Run? What if we all walked the Underline and hopped on the Metrorail to get us most of the way to Art Basel and Wynwood? It took me nearly 2 hours to get into the Miami Beach Convention Center this year.

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As a realtor primarily selling homes in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay I spend A LOT of time in my car and that means a lot of time on US1.  I am so excited to watch the transformation of that space; it will be such a joy to look over and see a beautiful, vibrant, happy scene under the Metrorail, and I can’t wait to walk on it!

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PS, before Meg Daly fell off her bike, broke her elbows, rendered herself unable to drive and had to get to physical therapy in the Grove via Metrorail and walking (that’s where she brainstormed the Underline/formerly Greenlink), she was a marketing whiz at EWM Realty International. Thank you so much Meg for your vision, energy, and spirit! Good luck to the five design teams competing to design the masterplan for the Underline: Balmori Associates, Dlandstudio, and James Corner Field Operations, all from New York, Perkins + Will, and Stoss, from Boston.

 

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!