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Recently Sold By Valaree Byrne in Cutler Cay! 19066 SW 76 Avenue

List Price: $399,000

On Friday I will joyfully be seated at a closing for a property purchased by good friends/clients who are moving to a wonderful home in Cutler Cay.

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These are the most tenacious Buyers I have known – and I told them many times their persistence would pay off (even when I doubted it myself). They sold their home in South Miami two years ago so they could find a more accommodating house for an elder parent that would soon be living with them, and for two young-adult children who they still enjoy having live at home.

Everyone had their own agenda – grandma needed to be on a ground level with separate quarters, children are too old to share a bath, dogs need a yard, and working Buyers didn’t have the time or energy to invest in a large renovation – mind you these were times where short sales and foreclosures dominated the market, and many of these homes were in poor condition. In two years we looked at more than 50 houses (did hundreds of ‘drive bys’), made offers on many, waited on end to hear about short sale approvals, kept looking, had MANY discouraging days, but alas we found the perfect home and the stars lined up.exteriorfront_500exteriorback_500

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenacity and perseverance is what it takes purchase in today’s market – inventory is so low, demand is so high, prices are rising, multi-offers are often the norm. It can be a real roller coaster but most important is that you stay in the game, move swiftly, and you must have an experienced, knowledgeable realtor. At the speed properties are moving you need to see new listings within hours of them going on the market, have all the information and technology needed to make an intelligent offer quickly (should that be the case), and follow-thru methodically and carefully without mistakes that can delay or even cancel a closing. I specialize in South Miami, High Pines, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay, and would be delighted to be that realtor for you.

 

To learn more about Cutler Bay or any other community – including South Miami, 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!

Just Listed by Valaree Byrne in Palmetto Bay! 15585 Old Cutler Road

path-to-paradise-p512133Call this ‘Classic Americana’ – a style appealing to home buyers in just about every location. It’s a
Norman Rockwell-esque dream house – rambling yard to play in with a sparkling pool waiting, wide
sprawling house with lots of rooms, front porch to swing on, even the quintessential white picket fence.

no-caption-p512562Tucked away under a canopy of trees, set far back from historical Old Cutler Road and it’s near endless bike path lies this fantastic, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home built in 1972 and graciously updated. Impact glass, Saturnia and hardwood floors, new appliances, and brand new, magazine worthy pool & spa are just some of the recent additions & renovations in this 3,313 adj. sq. ft. residence.

Located in family-oriented Village of Palmetto Bay within walking distance to parks and the finest public and private schools Dade County has to offer, minutes from Black Point Marina, The Falls Shopping Center, and the city’s best restaurants.

Property Details:

            • 5 Bedroom/3 Baths
            • Brand New Swimming Pool (15×37) and Spa
            • 3,313 Adjusted Square Feet
            • 30,056 Square Foot Lot
            •  List Price $785,000

To learn more about Palmetto Bay or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami, 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!

Coconut Grove’s Changing Condominium Skyline


I was showing out-of-town Buyers condominiums in Coconut Grove this past weekend.  They were “wowed” by the options on South Bayshore Drive, home to some of the greatest views in all of Miami. Of course the buzz this year is all about Terra Group’s sparkling Grove at Grand Bay  –  two glass towers on the cutting edge of architecture.  Ironically they will be replacing the Grand Bay Hotel, the half-pyramid shaped 5-Star hotel which was cutting edge in 1983 (does anyone remember Regine’s?).

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In the months to come adding to the buzz will be the upcoming (yet unnamed) condominium project which will stand on the Coconut Grove Bank property – no doubt it to will be spectacular.  But you know what? There are a lot of other golden opportunities overlooking our lovely Sailboat Bay!


Yacht Harbor and Grove Towers were the first ‘on the edge’ communities and still offer fantastic residences with wide Bay views; The Mutiny has short term renting and leasing opportunities not offered elsewhere ‘along the boulevard’; Grove Hill Towers is 20-years young and is as elegant and desirable as the day it was completed; The Ritz Carlton lives up to its world-class name – in beauty and amenities; and mouths are still dropped over Ugo Columbo’s uber nautical Grovenor House – there is nothing like it.

 

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!

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

THE GAME OF THE SEASON!

 

I went to the Heat game Friday night – and will forever call it THE game of the season.  Not because they beat the Pistons by 22 points – I was texting and on the phone much of the time that was going on –  but because of two other great events that happened during that game.  As part of the Heat’s 25th Anniversary celebration they interviewed past Heat players Eddie House and Brian Grant at center court. Well, this South Miami Realtor is not an avid sports person (my boys play basketball so I watch basketball) but 10 years ago I was an avid Brian Grant fan.  Can’t tell you why, but I loved watching that guy play – he was a big, strong, really handsome Warrior.  One time I unknowingly sat behind him at a movie and had to move because I couldn’t see the screen his shoulders were so broad. Anyway, I learned Friday night that Handsome Warrior has Parkinson ’s disease. I spent a good portion of the rest of the game googling the situation, and in true Warrior style Brain Grant has stepped in front of this devil and is on the forefront of fundraising and spreading awareness and comfort to others with Parkinson ’s disease. Check out the Brian Grant Foundation at www.briangrant.org.

LBJMDtop12613Second great event was of course watching average Joe spectator Michael Drysch enter and win one of those half-time shooting contests that no one ever wins. I quote the announcer speaking to Drysch: “The only thing standing between you and $75,000 is a basket”.  He was not in shape to launch the ball gracefully with 2 hands, so he wound his body like he was in a shot put competition and then single handedly threw the ball from half court with hardly any aim,  and the damn thing went in! In a nano second Lebron James dove on him and they were rolling on the floor. You couldn’t tell who was more excited, Lebron or the luckiest guy.

 

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!

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

Recently Sold by Valaree Byrne in Coral Gables! 118 Zamora Avenue #206


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To learn more about Coral Gables or any other community – including South Miami, 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!

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