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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!

It’s Friday the 13th!!!!

untitledToday is the third and last “Friday the 13th” in 2015, and it was so much fun!  Our very happy, festive, and hungry EWM Coral Gables office celebrated its annual “Pot Luck” luncheon, and it is known fact that EWM Realty International not only claims the largest real estate market share in Miami-Dade County, but we are some of the finest chefs in the business.

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Other Friday the 13th News:

 

My beautiful listing at 3016 Alhambra Circle is now available to rent ($12,000/mo). 001-Welcome_to_3016_Alhambra_Circle-1585050-print

 

  My not-so-beautiful but wonderfully located listing at 5021 SW 77th Street is back on the market ($649,000). _DSC1411

 

EWM’s very own Nelson Gonzalez has listed a former Porn King’s home on North Bay Road for $22 million.  This was headline news at Real Deal, not at EWM!  Good Luck, Nelson!Untitled78

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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne Near The Falls! 13345 SW 106 Avenue

List Price: $1,100,000.00

5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths

This property had only been on the market 24 hours when we saw it, fell in love with it, and turned in our offer. The home is in wonderful neighborhood, is completely and beautifully updated, and the Sellers were a pleasure to work with (although listed with owner.com we worked directly with the Sellers).  For the first time in a very long time I sat at a closing table with Buyers, Seller, and attorneys present, and it was absolutely delightfull! Congratulations to all!

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!

Happy 90th Birthday Coral Gables!

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

Wynwood and the Design District…The Hotspots

 

Digital photo taken by Phillip Pessar

Digital photo taken by Phillip Pessar

The Real Deal, my favorite morning read, reports that the panel of real estate professionals who spoke at last week’s luncheon event presented by the Miami Association of Realtors and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce say the next hot spots for Miami-area real estate development include urban locations in and near downtown (not really NEWS if you look at the cranes and construction). Louis Birdman (Birdman real estate development) is most excited about Wynwood and the Miami Design District. Why? With shrinking amounts of beachfront property to develop, Birdman says inland development will be more prevalent. Panelist Harvey Hernandez says what we all know, “The hottest market by far is the downtown Miami area”.  Again, look at cranes and construction.

Digital photo taken by Marc Averette, 1800 N. Bayshore Drive

Digital photo taken by Marc Averette, 1800 N. Bayshore Drive

Not mentioned but worthy of it is one of my favorite neighborhoods: the Edgewater area, especially the corridor that dots Margaret Pace Park. The views are spectacular and will stay that way; access to expressways and downtown & Brickell is too simple; walkability to Publix, CVS, a manicure, dog grooming, banks, and the day-to-day needs is great, and The Daily is a GREAT place for lunch! Paramount Bay, Quantum on The Bay, Opera Tower, 1800 North Bayshore Drive, and the Cite are all winners over there.

 

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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in Coral Gables 841 Columbus Boulevard

List Price: $479,000.00

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths

http://www.841Columbus.com

It was so refreshing to see Buyer and Seller work together harmoniously for the same goal – and they never even met! The Seller had not lived in the property for several years and it was not surprising that much maintenance and several repairs were deemed necessary during the inspection period. Each party was empathetic to the other’s situation and concerns and they had a smooth, wonderful closing. Congratulations to both parties!

 

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

Just Sold by Val Byrne in Pinecrest-by-the-Sea 13403 SW 58th Avenue

List Price: $1,185,000.00

4 Bedrooms | 4 Baths

www.13403sw58.com

In what seemed a blink of an eye this beautiful house sold!  I listed it while on summer vacation and by the time I arrived home there were 3 offers!  Buyers and Sellers were the most wonderful people to work with, and congratulations go out to them both!

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

What’s the Ruckus About at Grove Isle?

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Grove Isle is suffering some growing pains – literally! Those beautiful 20 or so acres with the most glorious views include three residential towers (Grove Isle 1, 2, and 3), club and hotel facilities including two restaurants, and recreational facilities.

What many non-residents don’t know is that about seven of those acres, which include the club, spa, and hotel, are privately owned by developer Eduardo Avila and a group of investors. Developer’s plans of course by the very nature of the word “developer” are to redevelop it. Residents of the island naturally are in opposition – especially residents of Grove Isle 3 who are adjacent to the proposed project. Enter Preserve Grove Isle activist group vs. Eduardo Avila. khj

I love Grove Isle! I am a frequent patron at Baleen’s and Gibraltar restaurants, which are in the heart of the brouhaha. Grove Isle has some of the most spectacular views in all of Miami, but I think yes, the facilities are tired. Whether a renovation or a “redevelopment” are in store – an improvement will be an improvement for everyone, residents included (you do not have to be a resident on the island to enjoy some of their facilities). That said, I’m a realtor who often works in Grove Isle and it can be ‘deal kill’ to look out the tall glass window or stand on a balcony with endless views and disclose to Buyer the impending project and its potential effects. Can you imagine being a Seller who’s values could decline over this? Or the Grove Isle residents who frequent the current facilities which could be removed or deflated during construction years (although recent court decisions provide that temporary club facilities and amenities must be made available)?

Grove Isle Residents and Eduardo Avila will need to find mutual ground. He undoubtedly owns the land and will be able to redevelop it so it is imperative that they work to solve each other’s needs. The Miami Herald wrote a great article last week on the project – be sure to read it!

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

Just Listed By Valaree Byrne! 3592 Main Highway In the Heart-of-Coconut Grove!

If you missed it the first time you may get lucky second time around! Sellers are sadly relocating and the cool, gated brick house on Main Highway across from the Ransom Everglades School is ready for some lucky Buyer!  Leave your car at home and walk to the very best schools, restaurants, boutiques, movie theater, and parks.  This is urban living under the beautiful Main Highway canopy. In addition to the main house there’s a bonus cottage with living room, kitchen, & bedroom (approximately 500sf). This is a Grovite’s home!

Property Details:

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

2,133 Adj. SF | 7,260 SF Lot

List Price: $929,000

http://www.3592MainHighway.com

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