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Rentals Gone Wild for Val Byrne & Associates!

May was one of the busiest leasing months I have seen since last year about this time, and we have more slated for June and July. Vanessa Kayes, who is newer to our real estate team, had a ‘baptism by fire’ so to speak in the rental market, and more specifically the condo rental market which is not easy to navigate because of Association applications and the broad spectrum of pet rules.

In the last five weeks Vanessa represented Tenants who settled into Grove Isle, Grovenor House, Icon, Gables Waterway Towers, and Gables Harbour. There are so many beautiful condominium communities which have rental availability in the different neighborhoods in Miami – we probably looked at 15 different buildings across Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Mary Brickell Village, Downtown Miami, Edgewater, Midtown and Miami Beach before our clients settled into their temporary nests. Made us yearn for the maintenance-free life of the urban dweller – the views are spectacular.

Gables Harbour | 6901 Edgewater

Gables Harbour | 6901 Edgewater Drive

Gables Waterway | 90 Edgewater Drive

Gables Waterway | 90 Edgewater Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grovenor House | 2627 S. Bayshore Drive

Grovenor House | 2627 S. Bayshore Drive

Icon Brickell | 475 Brickell Avenue

Icon Brickell | 475 Brickell Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grove Isle | 1 Grove Isle Drive

Grove Isle | 1 Grove Isle Drive

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 & Associates – Working For You!

 

Val Byrne Just Sold These Two Charmers in South Miami!

 

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3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths

List Price:$458,495

62506250 SW 62nd Place

4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths

List Price: $510,000

Congratulations to the two lucky Buyers who’s perseverance and tenacity paid off!  The new Buyer in Bridgepoint spent almost two years looking for the right home, and that includes almost a half dozen offers we made on other properties in South Miami and Coral Gables!  The new owner of 6250 SW 62nd Place had a similar experience – we began the search in Coral Gables, Brickell, and the Edgewater area off Biscayne Boulevard in October 2014, and low and behold found just the right place many months later! It was worth the wait for both!

 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 & Associates – Working For You!

Every Picture Tells a Story…Inside the Boom and Outside 181 Leucadendra Drive.

Inside Miami Picture

Last week the Miami Herald Business Monday ran a phenomenal story relaying the outcome of an anonymous survey of 105 top real estate professionals and their opinions about the current Miami Real Estate Market.

A couple of the ‘players’ spoke on-the-record, and it’s no surprise one of them was EWM’s President, Ron Shuffield, who is undoubtedly the backbone behind the “Best Brokerage” as voted by real estate watchers in the same poll. (BTW, it is an absolute honor and pleasure to work for EWM Realty International). Before I name a few of the highlights and opinions noted in that article I need to point out the backdrop in Ron’s picture. Yes, the Miami Herald interviewed Ron at 181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates, a beautiful residence I recently listed.  If you would like more information about that property or would like to see more pictures please visit www.181leucadendra.com or call me for an appointment to see this magnificent property (Alan Potamkin’s recently listed home at 1 Casuarina Concourse is pretty magnificent too).

181_Leucadendra_Dr-4Ron ShuffieldSome highlights from last week’s Business Monday feature story:

  •70% of industry professionals think residential home values will continue to rise over the next year (at a slower rate).

  •72% of industry professionals do not believe Miami real estate is in another ‘bubble’.

  •Buyers want homes within walking distance of restaurants and shops, and people are making their home buying decisions based on the traffic.

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

New Luxury Home on the Market in Gables Estates for $67,000,000!

1 Casuarina Concourse in Gables Estates

1 Casuarina Concourse in Gables Estates

 

Another uber luxurious home went on the market in Gables Estates yesterday: 1 Casuarina Concourse made it’s official debut at $67,000,000.  It’s officially the highest priced home in Gables Estates, followed by 110 Arvida Parkway which is listed at $35,000,000, and my recent listing at 181 Leucadendra Drive which is offered at $22,500,000. 

Currently owned and built by Alan Potamkin in 2000, the Casuarina home boasts 20,862 square feet, and 937 feet of water frontage on over three acres.  I’ve been to the house on a couple of occasions and of course it is over-the-top beautiful, but the stand-out feature to me are the most magnificent collection of trees on the property.

181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates

181 Leucadendra Drive in Gables Estates

For the luxury Buyer not ready to shell out $67,000,000 my listing at 181 Leucadendra is a stand-out gorgeous home of nearly 15,000 square feet (total sf is 17,500), and 270 feet of water frontage on over an acre of prime property. It is one of architect Cesar Molina’s greatest accomplishments.

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

Just Listed by Val Byrne! 3016 Alhambra Circle Coral Gables, FL

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The year was 1926 – Coral Gables was newly incorporated, the Biltmore Hotel had its inaugural ceremony, and the University of Miami enrolled its first class. Also created in 1926, 3016 Alhambra Circle not only shares the history of the ‘City Beautiful’ – like Coral Gables, this beautiful, regal, Old Spanish-style grand dame has gotten better!

Property Details:

5 Bedroom & 5 Bathroom Main House | 2 Room & 1 Bath In-Law Quarter Over Garage

5,494 Adj. SF | 14,737 SF Lot

List Price: $2,200,000

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

“Setting the Stage”

I am a steadfast fan of staging an empty home when it’s for sale.  Why? Because the difference between a “house” and a “home” is invaluable, especially in Miami’s very competitive, fast-moving real estate market.  A home with artwork, floral arrangements, beautiful  furnishings and accessories, and area rugs will engage Buyers – more so than a blank palette.  The collaboration of a gifted ‘stager’, knowledgeable realtor, and motivated Seller will render the highest and best sale in the shortest amount of time.

Cloisters on the Bay "Before"

Cloisters on the Bay, Villa #1137 “Before”

 

Cloisters on the Bay Villa #1137, "After"

Cloisters on the Bay “After”

Recently, I had the ever so talented Jenny McCloskey stage homes that I had for sale in Cloisters on the Bay in Coconut Grove (3471 Main Highway), and another in Coral Gables.  Both homes looked magnificent when completed and both sold shortly after being staged (and the Buyers asked if they could purchase some of the interior decorations!).

I am so excited to have another gorgeous home for sale that we will be staging next week!  5030 Davis Road (SW 80th Street) will get that touch of the magic wand that Jenny waves…wait till you see the “before” and  “after” pictures!  Casa Iluminada has attracted a lot of attention with it’s magnificent walls of glass, European kitchen,, Brazilian walnut floors, and amazing finishes.  Stay tuned for the finale!

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

Who Sells the Most Million Dollar Residences?

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Once again EWM Realty International ranks #1 in the number of homes sold over $1,000,000 in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. With $417,320,000 in sales of million dollar+ homes in the first quarter of 2015 Buyers and Sellers have chosen EWM over the competition! Bringing it down to a more simple reality, EWM Realtors sold a home in the $1mil+ range every 15 hours! I consider myself fortunate to be in such good company.

All indications of sales and pending sales in the neighborhoods I specialize in – Coral Gables, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Ponce/Davis corridor, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay – are pointing in the same direction for the second quarter!   If I were to predict which $1,000,000+ properties I have listed were going to sell this quarter I would bank on these timeless, outstanding residences:

181 Leucadendra Drive With 270' of Glorious Waterfrontage

181 Leucadendra Drive, Coral Gables | List Price: $22,500,000 | www.181Leucadendra.com

Back Exterior Panorama

5030 Davis Road, Ponce-Davis Estates | List Price: $5,495,000 | www.CasaIluminada.com

wonderful pool and patio for entertaining

11205 SW 93rd Court, Baptist Hospital Corridor | List Price: $1,099,000 | www.11205SW93.com

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

Come Have Lunch on Leucadendra!

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181 Leucadendra Drive With 270′ of Glorious Water Frontage www.181.Leucadendra.com

Val Byrne & Associates and The Zeder Team are opening up two magnificent homes in Gables Estates on Wednesday, April 15th, between 12:30 and 2:30.  Sandwiches and refreshments will be served at 485 Leucadendra Drive, and then hop on over for a yummy dessert and more refreshments at 181 Leucadendra Drive. See you there!!

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

 

What Can You Buy in Coral Gables Under $500,000?

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I spend A LOT of time looking at real estate with young physician candidates at Miami Children’s Hospital (now Nicklaus Children’s Hospital). Last year alone I met and toured Miami with 15-20 of them!

Most of them have just completed or are nearly finished their Fellowships and are looking to ‘lay down some roots’ so to speak. Many have found the time to research the area; just about all of those inquire about Coral Gables. Why? It’s close to the hospital, it’s beautiful, and the city has a proper name that is easily ‘Googled’, unlike much of the Unincorporated Dade County neighborhoods surrounding the area.

Miami-Childrens-HospitalIf buying, most want to stay under $500,000 which isn’t such a bountiful price range in the Gables. I introduce them to wonderful Schenley Park which is where the hospital is located, as well as the neighborhoods between Coral Way (SW 24th Street) and Miller Road (SW 56th Street), along the corridor of Red Road. Parts of this lay in City of South Miami, and parts in Unincorporated Dade County. All a five minute drive to the hospital.

Back to Coral Gables….there are some beautiful condominium communities in the Miracle Mile and business district areas. 55 Merrick Place and Ten Aragon are wonderful, as well as the cluster of buildings on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, north of Miracle Mile. As for single family homes there is not so much! There are only eight 3 bedroom homes for sale under $500,000 right now. My favorite is the one I have listed at 841 Columbus Boulevard of course!! It’s has charming front and back front porches, warm wood floors, updated kitchen and baths, and is located on one of the most beautiful streets in the north Gables!

841 Columbus Boulevard List Price: $495,000

 

1212 Mariana Avenue List Price: $499,000

801 Trascoro Avenue

801 Trascoro Avenue List Price: $499,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

821 El Rado Street

821 El Rado Street List Price: $485,000

1000 Pizarro Street List Price: $435,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

From the Horse’s Mouth…Latest Scoop on the Main Highway Drainage Project!

Miami-Dade-County-LogoCoconut Grove is buzzing with projects! Besides the new and beautiful Park Grove and Grove at Grand Bay Towers there are many ‘works in progress’:  Regatta Park & surrounding plans,  Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Commodore Plaza sidewalk beautification, CocoWalk revival, and of course new commercial ownerships and proposed site plans all over the Grove.

Very large and intensely discussed on the list is the Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project on Main Highway.  That’s Dade County’s child, not the City of Miami’s, and there isn’t any voting about it – it’s a must, it will be messy until completed, and progress is sometimes painful.  We barely live above sea level,  and proper drainage is a must. City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was kind enough to issue a letter to the community with the facts (as the County presented them).

misc_floodThere is an ocean of information in his letter (see below), complete with site maps, but in a nutshell beginning in June and for approximately seven months (ha ha)  there will be a retrofitting of the existing drainage system along Main Highway between Royal Road and McFarlane Road.  Main Highway will be one lane only moving in the north direction, and Grand Avenue will essentially be the route out for southbound traffic. Ouch.

Just thinking about it gives parents dropping off at St. Hugh’s, Ransom, Carrollton, and Plymouth Congregational Pre-School some serious anxiety, but this too shall pass!  Many moons ago I worked in Miami Lakes and the commute was really, really painful.  My father’s advice? Turn up the radio and enjoy the ride.

 

The Insider Scoop on the Main Highway Drainage Project

We have received a large volume of emails and phone calls regarding the upcoming Miami-Dade County Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project on Main Highway. With the many rumors and gossip that have been circulating throughout the community, we wanted to present the plans as they have been presented to us by the County. Hopefully this clears up any misunderstanding about the project and its intention.The project is slated to begin in June of 2015 and will retrofit the existing drainage system that has failed due to age and been compromised by tree root intrusion. As you can see in the diagram below, the project stretches from Royal Road to MacFarlane Road and will take 7 months to complete. Miami-Dade County officials have told us that the project was actually going to start earlier. However, it was pushed to June to prepare those frequenting the schools on Main Highway for the incoming traffic congestion when the new year school year begins and to allow for the completion of the Southwest 27th Avenue Project.

With a project of this magnitude, there are bound to be many community concerns. The first is obviously traffic. Undeniably, this will narrow one of the most used streets in this community, especially for drop off and pick up during the school year. Traffic will be one-way, heading North, and southbound traffic will have to be rerouted down Grand Avenue to Douglas Road. See the below illustration for a visual representation.

Another concern for the community and this office has been the removal of trees along this signature corridor in Coconut Grove. We have been told by the County that NO trees will be removed during this project. This project only addresses the stormwater drainage system underneath the street. Additionally, the City has requested that a bike lane be striped on the side of the street, removing the commodore trail from the sidewalk.Another concern we have heard from residents is that the County project is to add sewage lines for up-and-coming high-rise development down Main Highway. This was also answered in the negative by Alejandro Barrios, the Miami-Dade County project manager. This project is EXCLUSIVELY for retrofitting an outdated stormwater drainage system. Additionally, nowhere in Miami-Dade County do stormwater drainage pipes run next to sewage pipes.If you have any additional questions about the project itself, feel free to reach out to Alejandro Barrios, or Francisco Gonzalez at the Stormwater Drainage Design Section of Miami-Dade County, and they will help you. Please call 305-375-4772.As always, if you have questions or concerns that you’d like to share with our office, you can always call us at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com.

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