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Just Listed – Fabulous Acre for Sale in Pinecrest

Debra Wellins Affordable acres in the Village of Pinecrest are increasingly rare these days, especially on a quiet, low-traffic street in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Pinecrest. My new listing at 10900 SW 68 Ave is just that, an oak laden .91 acre lot with a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home, architecturally in the vernacular of an Alfred Browning Parker design.  It's 1,524 square feet of charm in need of updating that could please a first time home buyer looking for a beautiful piece of paradise, in a superb school district. More than likely,... Continue Reading >

Cool New Futuristic Building Materials

Debra Wellins At the top of the cool building material chart is a company called uBeam who is leading the charge, so to speak, in wireless smartphone charging techniques.  uBeam is developing an ultrasonic sound transmitter that will fill a room with inaudible energy.  A receiver in your wireless device will be able to pick up the sound and convert it back to energy, allowing owners to charge their devices anywhere in the home.  The transmitters can be placed around the home to provide... Continue Reading >

Steven Sotloff’s Call to Action

imagesXVD6EEI4 I was having dinner with friends the evening after Steven Sotloff's memorial at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest.  Feeling drained and exhausted after a deeply sad week and a most heartbreaking service, we were discussing the death of Steven and the escalating crisis in Syria and Iraq. One friend suggested that journalists, with all due respect, who place themselves in dangerous positions, who bravely make choices to follow stories into terrorist countries,  assume the risk and consequences of their professional actions. He went on to say that we, as... Continue Reading >

The Lake at Pinecrest Gardens Gets a Facelift

Debra Wellins Pinecrest Gardens, the spectacular botanical garden in The Village of Pinecrest, has just completed the installation of a gorgeous rock border around the lake thanks to funding provided by The Garden Fund and the support of Craig Morell, Horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens. The oolitic rock was also placed between the grass and the dessert garden to delineate these two areas. You may recall the "running of the flamingos" back in the days of Parrot Jungle.  This is the area that has been enhanced and beautified. As a board member of The... Continue Reading >

The Courts Did Right by this Disabled Veteran

Debra Wellins A disabled veteran prevailed in the federal appeals courts this week on a discrimination lawsuit against a Central Florida condominium association. Ajit Bhogaita, an Air Force veteran, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  In 2008, he acquired a support dog named Kane to help him in his recovery. The dog exceeded the condo association's allowed weight limit of 25 pounds so the condo association demanded that the vet remove the dog from his unit. Bhogaita filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Florida Commission on... Continue Reading >

Just Closed on Another Townhouse

Debra Wellins Its been a great run for Wellins Dwellings this year.  I've had four closings in three months, all smooth as silk, happy buyers and sellers and personally, a most satisfied feeling. My clients and I work closely through the process of buying and selling their homes and we get to know each other quite well, becoming extended family, so to speak. I've really enjoyed working with Joyce, Gary, Liz and Christine this year and am looking forward to working with my two new sellers.  Both own... Continue Reading >

Pinecrest Homes For Sale Under $700,000

Debra Wellins The Village of Pinecrest has 11 single family homes for sale under $700,000. They range from $496,500 for a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house with 1,578 square feet of living space to $699,000 for a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2,071 square feet of living space. All 11 of the homes for sale have 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 or 3 baths and are on an average lot size of about 15,000 square feet. If your looking for land, one home for sale is on an acre. ... Continue Reading >

Lofty Plan to Bring Back the Coconut Grove Theater

Debra Wellins I attended a meeting last night at City Hall in Coconut Grove that pitched an alternative $45 million proposal to rebuild the Coconut Grove Playhouse. This version of a theater center would be operated by the Adrienne Arsht Trust under the current agreement with the county.  If not governed by the Arsht Trust, a 501c3 trust board could be formed with arrangements similar to the public-private partnership of the Adrienne Arsht Center. The group of civic leaders supporting this version is spearheaded by Mike Eidson, Chairman... Continue Reading >

Same Sex Marriage Property Law Update

Debra Wellins Gay marriage bans are collapsing throughout the nation and rightly so. With that said, the Florida Bar has assembled a special committee to explore real estate and probate laws as they pertain to same sex couples. The Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section created the panel in June to study  property and estate issues pertaining to same-sex couples legally married in other states, who move to Florida.  There are statutory changes that need to be addressed if challenges to Florida's prohibition of gay... Continue Reading >

What is My Home Worth?

Debra Wellins You think your home is worth HOW MUCH? Well let's find out.  It could be more, but then again, it could be less. Even if you're not thinking of selling right now, it's good to know the value of your home or condo. Just click this link for a complementary home valuation. I am an estate specialist in Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.  Don't go it alone with one of the most valuable assets you own. Depend on a professional market analysis to know the true... Continue Reading >