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Village of Pinecrest – April 2015 Home Sales

Pinecrest Sales April 2015 Sixteen single family homes sold in the Village of Pinecrest in April.  Take a look at the chart for details on location, bedrooms, baths, sale price and sale price per square foot (SF). The top seller was in Northwest Pinecrest selling for $2,040,000 or $361 per square foot (SF).  This was not the sale with highest price per square foot however. In the Northeast sector, the home that sold for  $1,400,000 commanded the most per SF at $428. The lowest priced sale was in Southwest Pinecrest at $490,000 or $288/SF. ... Continue Reading >

Guide to Brunch and Adventure on Mother’s Day

Ultimate Champagne Brunch Brunching is definitely in order on Mother's Day. But after champagne and Eggs Sardou, what will you do? The Brunch Mother's Day at the Deering Estate at Cutler's annual Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Enjoy a variety of appetizing dishes and desserts provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design, tour the grand Stone House and historic Richmond Cottage, and take in the natural beauty and grandeur of the Estate. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden knows what your... Continue Reading >

May Events at The Barnacle

FullSizeRender May has some terrific family events at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Bring your pets to Woofstock, your curiosity to Theater Night and your music appreciation to The Barnacle Under Moonlight. Woofstock Description: The Barnacle goes to the dogs with pet tricks, a look-alike contest, K-9 demonstration, animal blessing, adoptions and more. Leashed pets welcome. Cost: Event Included with regular $2 park admission. Kids under 6 free. When: 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday, May 3 https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/The-Barnacle The Cherry Orchard Description: What if Works in association with Roxy Theatre... Continue Reading >

Looking for a Chateau in France?

imagereader La Vermondie, located in Dordogne, Aquitane, France, is available.  Dating back to the 12th century, this incredible estate is the embodiment of Europe's rich and diverse heritage. Folklore suggests that Richard the Lionheart stored the spoils of war in the vaults beneath the castle, which may once have doubled up as dungeons. Today, all four levels of the chateau are far more inviting, with lavish entertaining space including two sublime salons with dramatic windows, stone fireplaces and oak flooring; two dining rooms; a... Continue Reading >

Performance Art Incites Love and Hate

Debra Wellins  I attended a Nadia Beugre dance performance this past weekend on Stage Black Box at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Nadia, choreographer and dancer, performed Quartiers Libres, a French expression meaning "free territory" or "limitless space".  It was strange and unfamiliar, confusing and angry and expressive, wild and intense.  Everything about the performance screamed freedom from oppression, from the tangled microphone cable strangling her body to the musical score and meteor shower of plastic water bottles.   I didn't fully understand it until the question and answer session with the artist after the performance but learned... Continue Reading >

Upward Trend for Miami Real Estate

house The momentum is palpable.  The Miami real estate market is steaming up with international and domestic buyers looking to live in a global city with world-class amentities. Here's a brief market update on single-family homes and condominiums year over year in March, 2015. Miami sales are up 10%. Miami single family homes and condos continue to sell for close to the asking price Miami cash buyers represent more than twice the national average. Short sales continue to decline. Active listings have increased 8.2%. Data provided by the Miami Association... Continue Reading >

Lakefront Condo Sold

View Congratulations to my seller who recently closed on her lakefront penthouse apartment. This was one of the few condos around that had three spacious bedrooms with a split floor plan and three full baths. The seller was incredibly happy in getting the highest price for a condo in her building this year, despite the fact that it needed total renovation. This was a great deal for the buyer as well who saw it as a good investment and safe home for her family. Once it is modernized, it will be an amazing home. 671 NE 195... Continue Reading >

Fairchild’s Corypha is in Full Bloom

Corypha utan The  Corypha utan at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables is in full flower. The bloom may only last a few months so you should check it out soon (plot 87- lowlands area by the big Chihuly)- it is a site to behold! It is one of the most spectacular landscape trees available for large parks and gardens.  The bloom ultimately ends the life of the tree once the fruit have matured. Corypha utan is found along rivers, wetlands, floodplains and grasslands. It... Continue Reading >

Sleek Contemporary Home For Sale in Pinecrest

Aerial   Take a look at this a new Italian style contemporary home, designed and built by Eurohabitat in the Village of Pinecrest. Sophitsticated and Smart This one story home on a builders acre has dramatic 24 foot ceilings that take advantage of the natural light via an abundance of windows. Besides having a gorgeous state of the art kitchen with quartz counters, induction cooktop and Thermador applicances, the home has a media room, temperature controlled wine room, magnetic door locks, solid teak shower floors, a 53-foot lap and kids pool and an outdoor... Continue Reading >

STOP RUNNING – Red Light Cameras in Pinecrest

redlight They're coming!  Time for some driver behavior modification in Pinecrest along US1 and 104th Street 112th Street 124th Street 128th Street The cameras will monitor the northbound traffic and are expected to be operational in May.  The Village of Pinecrest will offer a 30-day warining period for drivers to adjust to the system.  After that, expect a $158 fine if you get snapped.  At least no points will be assessed. I am an estate specialist in the Village of Pinecrest and your best source for news and... Continue Reading >