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Happy 90th Birthday Coral Gables!

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Coral Gables News

That’s the beautiful cover of Coral Gables News’ special edition this month commemorating the 90th birthday of “The City Beautiful”. The famous fountain on Country Club Prado at the north entrance of the Gables has been the spectacular back drop for thousands of wedding pictures and quinceneras in its history. My own wedding pictures were taken there, but more memorable for me were the hundreds of tadpoles my father helped me collect every Sunday if I behaved at church (I still associate Church of the Little Flower with tadpoles).

I love Coral Gables and am proud to have been born, educated, and working in such a vibrant and historical city. If we are a product of our environment then I would say the Coral Gables Youth Center, St. Theresa School, and Matheson Hammock were an enormous part of my upbringing!

I have two really special homes for sale that were featured in the 90th birthday edition: 3016 Alhambra Circle was built in 1926 – the same year Coral Gables was newly incorporated, the Biltmore Hotel had its inaugural ceremony, and the University of Miami enrolled its first class. How is that for history? Like the City it was created in, this regal, Old Spanish-style grand dame has gotten better!

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www.3016Alhambra.com

181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates is in a class of its own, and for that reason was selected by EWM Realty International to be the backdrop for its commemorative birthday ad! This magnificent Mediterranean estate, with 270′ of water frontage on Gables Estates premier lagoon, was built in 2004 and fuses old world craftsmanship, European charm, and 21st century panache.  It is a very, very special property as photographer Jonah Gouin has captured.  For more information or an appointment to either of these wonderful homes please contact me!

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EWM Realty International

To learn more about real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne & Associates at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne & Associates – Working For You!

What a Difference a Decade Makes!

I’ve sold this flagship building on Red Road in South Miami twice! In 1999 Sunhouse Construction and the developers of Downtown Dadeland purchased the property for $465,000 and when they relocated in 2003 the building was purchased and completely renovated by the very talented Jorge Blanco, DDS, and his dental practice, Images Aesthetic Dentistry.

Today ‘Images’ stands elegantly among a swath of commercial office fronts along Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) between Davis Road and Sunset Drive, in a rather quiet residential section of South Miami (where I am primarily a residential realtor). You would never know this classic Mediterranean   dental office was a mid-century product! It’s timeless, beautiful, and I am proud to have been part of the transaction!

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7700 SW 57th Avenue (Red Road) “Before”

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7700 SW 57th Avenue (Red Road) “After”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

It’s Throwback Thursday!

In 1997 I sold this home in South Miami to very good friends (seems like a lifetime ago). It wasn’t the ‘dream house’ we had been looking for but it had all the makings for it: a beautiful half-acre on a quiet winding street, good floor plan, a giant detached garage that could someday be converted into a guest quarter, and bar none the greatest neighborhood in South Miami, near Epiphany School and Dante Fascell Park, and just behind my own home. For purely selfish reasons  I talked them into this jewel, and nearly 20 years and many good times later that house has seen a new kitchen, new pool, glorious family room and master suite additions, impact glass, and a complete exterior transformation.

I took the ‘After’ picture this morning, and while I was there I thought about our birthday parties, incredible Halloween events, outdoor movie nights, and really fun post-hurricane gatherings.  Made me want the old house back!

 

After 5990 SW 84th Street

“After” 5990 SW 84th Street

Before 5990 SW 84th Street

“Before” 5990 SW 84th Street

 

 

 

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!

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Well this was a dramatic change, especially in South Miami! The original house was built in 1961 and occupied by the most wonderful family for over 50 years. Bettie and Frank may have been my very favorite neighbors, and when we sold this sweet house on the Snapper Creek Canal in South Miami in 2012 I was really sad to see them go. We had multiple offers and sold the house very quickly. All Go Construction built a beautiful new home and it was sold while still in the design stage!

That little slice of paradise in South Miami behind Dante Fascell Park is a very special place to live; and I know for a fact that address has good Karma, because Frank and Bettie left it behind.

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“AFTER” 5920 SW 87th Street, South Miami, FL

5920 SW 87th Street, South Miami, FL BEFORE

“BEFORE” 5920 SW 87th Street, South Miami, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

It’s Throwback Thursday!

This house in South Miami has had nine lives and lots of kids since I first sold it back in January, 2004.  Originally built in 1952 with a ‘hacienda’ flair, it had been partially updated when I listed it in 2004 and then again when I sold it in 2010.  The current owner waved a magic wand (as well as much time, talent, and money), and the finished product is a sleek, uber cool house.  I shouldn’t say the ‘finished’ product because I heard he is getting ready to add a second floor!  That is how much we love this wonderful neighborhood behind Dante Fascell Park and adjacent to Epiphany School; no wants to leave. We just modify when needed.

5901 SW 81 Street Today

5901 SW 81 Street Today

5901 SW 81 Street in 2004

5901 SW 81 Street in 2004

 

 

 

 

 

5901 SW 81 Street Today

5901 SW 81 Street Today

5901 SW 81 Street in 2004

5901 SW 81 Street in 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

It’s Throwback Thursday!

This one definitely got better with age. I sold this home just behind Dante Fascell Park near Epiphany School the first time in 1994 and then sold it again in 2011. The current owners have excellent taste; the interior is as beautiful as the exterior, and the landscaping is simply perfect.

5841 SW 86 Street After

5841 SW 86 Street After

5841 SW 86th Street Before

5841 SW 86th Street Before

 

 

 

 

 

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!

It’s Throwback Thursday!

This is probably my favorite throwback in South Miami because it goes ALL the way back! Every time I drive or walk by this home I think, “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better”! I love this place (and its owner) and the gorgeous 15,000sf corner lot it sits on. Had developers been able to get their hands on when I listed it in 2003 they would have torn it down; thank goodness the Buyer loved it at first sight, and bought it before a speculator could.  This house and the one-of-a-kind neighborhood surrounding it are priceless!

An Oldie Goldie Behind Dante Fascell Park, Circa 1950

An Oldie Goldie Behind Dante Fascell Park, Circa 1950

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64+ Years With A Lot Of Love & Attention

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!

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