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Look What’s ‘Up and Coming’ in Commercial South Miami!

South Miami’s commercial real estate is getting a splendid facelift with 4 new stunning office buildings! 

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Mariani Orthodontics

The orthodontics office of Richard Mariani, DDS MS, at 7741 SW 62nd Avenue in South Miami is bar none, a ‘masterpiece’. There isn’t a more beautiful low-rise office structure in all of Miami (not to mention ‘medical’ office), and this Bermuda meets Key West style of architecture is as beautiful inside as it is outside! (You would have to have kids in braces to really appreciate the interior design). Several years ago I sold the property which is now Mariani Orthodontics to my dear friend Chris Mariani, and of course knew something very special would evolve.

5966 South Dixie Highway

5966 South Dixie Highway

Marcelo Fernandes at Oxford Universal is building a beautiful Class A mixed-use structure at 5966 South Dixie Highway in South Miami. Award winning architect Roney Mateu has designed this fabulous breath-of-fresh-air building which lies a few yards east of the new South Miami Pharmacy building. I get so many inquiries about office space in South Miami (and refer them to commercial real estate broker/husband Tom Byrne), and am pleased to say the 5966 building will have nearly 40,000sf of new office space (and over 10,000sf of retail space).

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7400 SW 57th Court

 Adjacent to First National Bank of South Miami’s ‘drive thru’ block is going to be another fabulous addition to the neighborhood. The Caribe Group is nearing completion of a very warm, “island house” which will accommodate about 6000sf of office and retail space. Sotolongo Salman & Henderson Architects did an outstanding job of designing a building that blends into a neighborhood that borders residential South Miami. Open air balconies and coral rock entry are flagships of this beauty which I have heard is “sold out”.

7400 SW 59 Place

7400 SW 59th Place

Just behind Fox’s Sherron Inn (best Fish Fry in Miami) at 7400 SW 57th Place, Tom Byrne and Charlie Martinez are just putting the finishing touches on plans for a classic mixed use building, also designed by Sotolongo Salman & Henderson Architects. Again, the architects have done an excellent job of creating a low-key building in quiet neighborhood of commercial and residential properties.


 Are you or anyone you know looking for office or retail space in The City of Pleasant Living (aka The City of South Miami)? Give me a call!

To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Oh Dear, It’s Election Time in South Miami Again!

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Commissioner Bob Welsh

Our ever-colorful, passionate, and ‘fit’ Commissioner Bob Welsh (aka Bicycle Bob) was peddling around my South Miami neighborhood (behind Dante Fascell Park) on Saturday delivering  a plug for re-election of Commissioner Walter Harris, an unofficial dog park survey, and more  minutia about ex-Police Chief Orlando Martinez (ousted in August, 2013).

As we get closer to election time in South Miami I will comment more on the Peyton Place elections in the City of Pleasant Living  (it gets sooo ‘up close and personal’ amongst these candidates).  In a nutshell current Mayor Philip Stoddard will be running for re-election against Mayoral Candidate Valerie Ann Newman; Commissioner Walter Harris is hoping to be re-elected, and will be running against Rodney Williams and Horace Feliu.  Stay tuned as we approach Municipal Elections on February 11th.

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Mayoral Candidate Valerie Ann Newman

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Mayor Philip Stoddard

The good news delivered by Bicycle Bob is there is a dog park on the radar!  Our City is so dog friendly; it would be delightful to have a doggy park.  My dogs LOVE going to Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove to play with other pets.  I will vote YES, YES, YES to a pet playground in the proposed site over near the South Miami Elk’s Lodge, along the canal.  It would be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

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To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

‘It Takes a Village’ to Successfully Buy or Sell a Home

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It takes more than a willing Buyer and Seller to close a real estate transaction, especially in today’s market where low inventory can produce stress and hasty decisions. It ‘takes a village’ of professionals who can work together harmoniously for the same goal.

I’ve been very fortunate this year to have worked with not only great Buyers and Sellers, but some of the kindest, most wonderfully experienced realtors, home inspectors, permit processors, title companies, and real estate attorneys working in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, South Miami, Palmetto Bay, and the surrounding corridors. 

Thank you for a fantastic year, and best wishes to all of you in 2014. 

To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You

Art Week Shines in Miami! (and finally, so did the sun!)

 

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There are so many art venues to see this week; it will be impossible to see everything I want to see.  I have a ‘bucket list’, and little by little I’m making my way through it.  Yesterday, I went to Art Miami (Christie’s International is a sponsor), Context, and Spectrum Miami.  It was a WOW day: wow the gallery displays were amazing, and wow my feet were killing me.  Have you ever seen the Modern Family show where Gloria (Sofia Vergara) painfully walks through Disneyland in high heels and Jay buys her some plush mini-mouse slippers?  Rule number 1 at Art Week Miami: flat shoes.

ARTBASELI dread the traffic but this weekend I’m headed to Miami Beach to enjoy Art Basel, AQUA, NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance – an incredible non-profit!), and the Brazil Art Fair.  The Perez Art Museum is No. 1 on my list, but now it’s part of our Miami culture so I may avoid the crowd and see it MANY TIMES in my future.  I look forward to getting back to routine, the holidays, real estate (I specialize in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, & Palmetto Bay), and family life!

Here are a few glimpses of yesterday (I love animal sculptures. PS,  the bottom right picture is not a sculpture, it’s my sleeping dog, Oz):

To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

 

Why You Should Determine Your Insurance Rates During the Inspection Period!

Citizens_Insurance_logo_(640x480)_20100706101331_320_240I have seen some jubilant Buyers turn ashen-white when they learn what their insurance premiums are going to be.  In many of those instances the “insurance bomb” is dropped just a few days before closing – when there is no turning back.  This past week I have been working with Buyers whose insurance premium could possibly exceed their property taxes; luckily we are in our ‘inspection period’ and have alternatives!

When Seller or Seller’s realtor tells you they are paying a palatable “X” amount for homeowner’s insurance please take it with a grain of salt!  Your insurance rate has many factors that may not have been considered when your prospective home was last purchased!11

Flood maps have changed, for instance, residences in flood zones beginning with “A” (AE, AH, etc.) are subject to MUCH higher rates beginning October 1st, 2013 (unless Florida State WrightFloodLogolegislature changes that).  Regarding wind-storm insurance ask for your wind-storm insurance quotes based on complete Dade County-approved hurricane protection, and incomplete protection if your prospective home does not have completely “approved” protection. Compare the difference! All of your  property’s openings (windows, skylights, doors, and garage doors) must be protected with County approved materials in order to get the MOST discounted rate (the lowest rate).

Do your homework during the inspection period so you can plan accordingly. Perhaps you can negotiate price (with your Seller or your insurance carrier!), perhaps you can allocate money to make the necessary hurricane protection changes so you receive your best insurance discount a.s.a.p.; no doubt you will make better decisions. 

 To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You

Join Me At Living Alfresco’s Grand Opening Party This Thursday!

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Betsy Fantis has moved her enchanting outdoor showroom to the former Gardner’s Market space in the heart of South Miami & High Pines.  The ever talented and effervescentlogo “Bets” will celebrate the Grand Opening of Living Alfresco on Thursday, starting at 5pm, and would love you to come! Finally, a storefront suited to South Florida outdoor living (and how convenient that it’s at the crossroads of South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Pinecrest)!

You’ll find everything refreshing from patio furnishings to garden stools to outdoor artistry; in styles befitting the classic, the whimsical, and the elegant.  Betsy will custom design an outdoor paradise for your home, or invigorate your own design with magical splashes of color and wares – either way she will exceed your expectations!

Thinking About Remodeling? Houzz This!

houzz-logoWith the tremendous upswing in the housing market and decline in inventory Buyers are purchasing properties that need more renovating than they were prepared for!  I’ve sold several homes in South Miami, Pinecrest, and Coconut Grove recently and my Buyers have the heebee geebees about updating bathrooms, remodeling kitchens, and adding swimming pools.

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I’m updating a bathroom in my South Miami home right now, and it is overwhelming and ginormously time consuming. Do you know how many different tiles are out there?  And there are as many stores selling them as there are exits on the Palmetto Expressway.  Last week I re-directed myself to the Design District but found myself completely distracted (and hungry).

Enter HOUZZ (houzz.com), perhaps the greatest design and decorating tool on the internet (and extremely easy to navigate).  Volumes and volumes of stunning pictures of every room and space imaginable are a click away;  with virtually every design element found in that space at your fingertips; and a ‘go to’ on where to buy it.

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Houzz is turning heads in the real estate community too.  I have it downloaded on my iPad so when I am showing a home or condo to Buyers who need help visualizing the home’s or a room’s potential, or just need new landscape and garden ideas, I whip out “the magic wand”.  I love it.

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 val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You! – See more at: http://miamirealestateworks.com/category/south-miami/#sthash.1TkyzSjU.dpuf

Ghosts, Goblins, and Happy Street!

   Untitled2Tomorrow is Halloween and my favorite day of the year! I have been watching ‘trick or treaters’ parade up and down my street in beautiful South Miami for over 20 years (you’ll recall from an earlier blog that I referred to my South Miami home as being located on “Happy Street”).

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I can only compare this scene to a child’s Mardi Gras with lots of parents in tow.  I am not sure who has more fun, the big people or the little people!  At just about every door you can grab some candy, a beer, and a slice of pizza.  It’s a wonderful life back here behind Dante Fascell Park in the Happy Street neighborhood.  One of my greatest decisions was buying a home in charming South Miami, the fact that we landed on Happy Street was pure luck!

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

Will You Vote For The “Grove Bay” Proposal On November 5th?

Harbour-Restaurant-2In a nutshell, the “Grove Bay” Proposal (aka The Harbour in Historical Coconut Grove) will sweep away the Chart House, Scotty’s Landing, and the Coconut Grove Exhibition Center.  In that vast space will be a Shula’s Steakhouse, an unnamed Peruvian restaurant, and an unnamed “open air” restaurant.  The developers (Grove Bay Investment Group) will consolidate the outdoor boat facilities, renovate the existing indoor boat storage (the original Pan Am hangars), and add a marine store. They will also create a 17-acre public park, and a 3-story parking garage with ground floor retail shops. And PS, the developers are spending $18mil in private money.Descriptive-Plan

I’m torn! As it stands today that entire stretch of land along South Bayshore Drive (with its unsightly structures) completely blocks our view of beautiful Biscayne Bay. The food at Scotty’s Landing is barely edible, the staff pretty edgy, and to get there you have to walk through boat oil and tar; the Charthouse is as passé as its salad bar.

Three new restaurants sounds great to me (I love Shula’s in South Miami), and I think a 17-acre “centerpiece” park is absolutely wonderful. I can almost be convinced that the 3-story city parking garage is okay – if it is indeed narrow and far back from the waterfront as proposed (and the developers are contributing $5mil for that). Now, in order for it to be far back from the waterfront it would have to be closer South Bayshore Drive, right? And the parking garage plans include 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail shops, so now we have retail stores along one South Florida’s most picturesque streets? The retail stores are the wrench for me – not sure I can vote for that.Harbour-Restaurant

To learn more about Coconut Grove or any other community – including Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Would You Like To Live On ‘Happy Street’?

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I was at “Books and Books” last weekend and lucky for me owner Mitch Kaplan was there too (which puts a whole different spin on reading and book buying).  We got into a conversation about some mutual friends and their children, and Mitch said he calls the street the friends live on ‘Happy Street’ and wished he lived on that street.  Hey, THAT’S MY STREET – I live just a couple of doors down from his friends, and it’s the most accurate description of our street I have ever heard!

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Halloween on Happy Street

 That little slice of paradise in South Miami just behind Dante Fascell Park near Epiphany Church is ‘Happy’ and I am not saying that because I specialize in real estate in South Miami, or because I have sold over 100 homes in South Miami.  I say it because it’s true.  The neighbors are friends, real friends, and the kids are inseparable. We have Thanksgiving meals together, back-to-school parties, movie nights and the most incredible Halloweens you could imagine; we watch the Super Bowl and NBA playoffs together, and now we are anxiously watching “Breaking Bad” together.  At the end of any day, good or bad, my greatest pleasure is getting back to ‘Happy Street’.

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