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Are Your Patio And Pool Ready For Summer?

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It is unofficially summer! School’s out, HEAT’S up (pun intended!), and don’t those outdoor patios in Frontgate, Grandinroad, Pottery Barn, & Restoration Hardware look divine? I renovated my pool and patio last year and enjoy them SO much more.

 

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I just finished the Lease for a great outdoor furnishings resource in Miami, and they are moving to South Miami/High Pines this summer – wonderfully located midway between Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, High Pines, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay.

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Living Alfresco, which currently resides at 4754 Southwest 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 33155, will be opening its new doors in the old Gardner’s Market space (a couple of doors down from Kristine Michael and Country French) and you are going to love it!

They transformed my pool & patio last year with a few pieces of much needed furniture, and an amazing splash of color-filled pillows and cushions. You’ll find everything from patio furniture to garden stools to unique planters at Living Alfresco, and proprietor Betsy Fantis will custom design an outdoor paradise that exceeds your expectations and meets your budget! Look for Living Alfresco’s Grand Opening!

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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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

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

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List Price: $1,250,000

Congratulations to perhaps some of the hardest working Buyers I have seen!  Following a long and arduous home search (with many highs and lows) we just closed on this beautiful, completely renovated home in “Pinecrest-by-the-Sea”.  “Pinecrest-by-the-Sea” is a nickname for that wonderful Pinecrest neighborhood, Cutler Bay Estates, which lies within the gates of Gables-by-the-Sea, a Coral Gables community just off Old Cutler Road, adjacent to Gulliver Academy.

 

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

 

I WANT TO DANCE WITH DWAYNE WADE TOO!

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Dwayne Wade Surprises Miami Senior at Prom

I would also like Nicole Muxo to consider joining my real estate team in about 5 years – with that kind of tenacity and out-of-the-box thinking she will be a super star in real estate. College first, Nicole! It would be a shame for the campus experience to miss out on you! (If she hasn’t written her college essays yet, her prom experience is a ringer).

 

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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Did You See Me In The Wall Street Journal This Past Week?

I was honored this past week to appear in the Wall Street Journal – of course reporting on the housing market. The outlook in Florida, and Miami in particular, is so bright right now – housing prices are up by double digits in Dade County over the past year. WSJ reports that home prices are rising at the fastest rate in seven years as buyers return to a market where the number of properties for sale is in short supply. My own personal experiences this past quarter reports “short supply” is an UNDERSTATEMENT!

I have several Buyers who consider themselves very lucky to FINALLY have a closing on the horizon. In the next five weeks we are happy to be closing on properties in Coconut Grove, Hammock Lakes (after a year-long search!), Coral Gables, and Palmetto Bay. These Buyers will all attest that patience, tenacity, and complete knowledge of the market as it changed each day were the keys to success. Knowing the moment a property is listed “For Sale” and seeing it the same day is a must.

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5001 Hammock Lake Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33156

Advice for Buyers out there: if you are relying on Trulia, Zillow, or another source for reporting new homes on the market for sale you are going to find (you probably already have) that by the time you are notified of a new property on the market, it is often already under contract – that is how fast real estate in Miami is moving!

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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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

Miami Herald Features Camp Mahachee!

I remember a lot of good times and lifelong friends at Camp Mahachee. I live only a mile or so away in South Miami and think about those days every time I ride or walk by the entrance. So many wonderful treasures off of Old Cutler Road.

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Deering Bay Estate

Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Gardens

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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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Do We Want To Redefine “Post-Andrew Roof”?

 

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Yes, I think it is time to re-visit the post Hurricane Andrew roof that we Realtors loved to hear about for so long. No matter where your property is located (or your prospective property) – the surrounding areas of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and of course further south where the ‘epicenter’ of that wrecking ball of a storm swept through nearly 21 years ago – if a roof was replaced in the 1992-1993 era,  we Realtors refer to it as “Post Andrew” and for many years that brought a big smile and sigh of relief – that roof was good!  Well that roof, whether it is displaying signs of age or not, is now in its “golden years” and acquiring windstorm insurance is tricky! Buyers: be smart – get some facts from your insurance provider (your Realtor can refer you to one) before the end of your inspection period.  Coverage and rates will vary and can be age dependent. Sellers: the next 4 or so years are going to be challenging ones if you have a Post Andrew roof – if you can find it in your pockets to replace roof or provide some credit for a new one, it will be money well spent.

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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Just Sold By Valaree Byrne in Palmetto Bay! 15585 Old Cutler Road

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List Price: $785,000

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It didn’t take long to sell this classic “Americana” home on historical Old Cutler Road – I think it also wins an award for the most number of calls I have taken on a listing!  I can’t count how many calls I answered from passerbys (walkers, cyclers, and drivers alike!) who wanted to know more about the lovely, sprawling house under the oaks in Palmetto Bay.  First impressions are everything!

 

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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Just Listed By Valaree Byrne in Ponce Estates! 7830 SW 48th Court

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This elegant and understated home in Ponce/Davis Estates is ideal for the Buyer who wants a more affordable, low maintenance residence in a multi-million dollar neighborhood.  It’s a wonderful home  for large family or for empty nesters.  Quality appointments include impact-resistant glass, an elevator, stone floors, crown molding, and a 2-car garage. Striking curb appeal on a very quiet, no-traffic street, a park-like setting with waterfall, pergola, and Chicago brick courtyard, and a phenomenal location make this a “10”.

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            • 4 Bedroom/4 Baths
            • 3,982 Adjusted Square Feet
            • 6,322 Square Foot Lot

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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Recently Sold By Valaree Byrne in South Miami! 6051 SW 85th Street

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List Price: $1,519,000

I have new neighbors! Just sold this beautiful home next door to my own in South Miami and am so excited (3 more boys on my basketball court!). The Buyers are going to come to love this slice of paradise just behind Dante Fascell Park as much my family has over the years.

At first they will cringe when their children beg to play in the street like the other kids, but soon they will embrace it. They will learn when the next hurricane blows through that being without power is not so bad – the block parties on 85th Street are a lot of fun and go on all night. It will only take one Halloween to realize they need 15 times the amount of candy they bought because more than a hundred little hands will be reaching in the bin, and after 9pm the big teenage hands reach in.

I will let them know about the adorable elderly lady across the street, Dorita, who loves small children and loves watching them for you! She is my favorite neighbor.

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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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Attention Artists, Nature Lovers, and the Eclectic at Heart!

There are a couple of really neat homes that recently came on the market in South Miami –quite out of the ordinary, and each so special. I would venture to say I am on Sunset Drive between Cocoplum Circle and Galloway Avenue a couple dozen times per week and know just about every square inch of it, but when Piper Rothan listed 6811 Sunset Drive a couple of weeks ago I might as well have been a lost tourist. Never had I noticed the jewel that lay behind those gates! At the end of a long driveway, far from the road, is one of the few vintage coral rock homes in Miami (circa 1929) – beautifully updated, perfectly expanded, and magazine worthy. I will say no more – let the pictures tell the story!

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Just across Sunset Drive in the Dante Fascell Park area, practically in my own backyard , Riley Smith listed a very cool, Coconut Grove-y home at 5980 SW 81st Street. It’s one of the very few homes in South Miami with a guest house AND a garage (and a 3-car garage to boot), and plenty of room for both (a lush half-acre). It’s one of those homes that you want to open the windows, turn Pandora on, and read a book. Again, let the pictures tell the story!

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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 [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!