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Barnacle Visions – Special Art Exhibit in Coconut Grove

Ralph Middleton Monroe, one of the founders of Coconut Grove and the builder of The Barnacle, had a daughter-in-law who was a talented frugal seamstress.  (Nowadays we would refer to her as a forward thinking recycler.) Mary Poore Monroe never threw anything away. Whenever the sheets and pillowcases tore, she finely stitched them back to life, turning them into smaller versions of themselves. When The Barnacle became a state park in 1973, Mary moved out and took the sheets with her. Years later, sons Bill and... Continue Reading >

Pinecrest Home Sales January 2015

January was a slow month for single family home sales in The Village of Pinecrest. There were only 13 closings, with a top sale of $2,275,000 and a bottom sale of $540,000. The average sale was $994,000 or $270 per square foot. In reviewing the luxury segment of this market, properties that sold for over $1 million, the average price was $1,351,000 or $313 per square foot for January. One property sold for land value at $1,100,000.  The buyers plan to build a spectacular contemporary LEED home, using the latest and greatest energy... Continue Reading >

Pinecrest Acre for Sale

I've got the inside track on a NE Pinecrest acre that is not yet listed for sale but available for $1.2 million.  This is a fantastic opportunity to buy this property while it's off-market. It's deep interior acre -  great for privacy - shaded by lovely oaks and palms on a quiet street with little traffic.  The lot is .93 acres or 40,712 square feet (SF). Although the property is being sold for land value, there is a comfortable 4 bedroom, 3 bath family home, with 2,312 SF of living space, including a renovated kitchen... Continue Reading >

The Gang Miami is Delish

They call it "A concept of life" and I call it delish.  My gang had dinner here a few nights ago at this Asian fusion hot spot in Midtown (but where else these days). Besides absolutely loving the washing machine counter and cool vibe, the wait staff adorned lab coats inspiring in-vivo experimentation of their menu. We had a fantastic variety of small plates, my favorite being the Vietnamese Pork Rolls served with lettuce, mint and a phenomenal dipping sauce.  I would return just... Continue Reading >

Just Sold – Gorgeous Acre in Pinecrest

  I just sold this spectacular acre in the Village of Pinecrest.  The developer who purchased it will be building a beautiful contemporary home that will add tremendous value to the neighborhood. This was a challenging acre to sell.  Although located in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Pinecrest, on a no-traffic street with beautiful majestic oaks and nice property dimensions, this acre had many site development issues that had to be resolved. moving a fire hydrant moving power lines, moving neighboring fences, boundary line issues and removal and... Continue Reading >

Village of Pinecrest Land Sales – 2014 Market Report

The Village of Pinecrest has very few undeveloped parcels of land remaining.  Last year, 17 lots were purchased, 6 of which were undeveloped and 11 with tear-down houses that sold for land value only. Developers are chomping at the bit for beautiful parcels of land in prime locations in The Village. The chart below has all the data for 2014 Pinecrest land sales generated from the MLS.  This is a most time-consuming analysis as most of the acres sold are not necessarily listed under land sales but under... Continue Reading >

Pinecrest Home Sales 2014 – The Annual Report

The numbers are in for 2014 single family home sales in the Village of Pinecrest. These numbers reflect all sales listed in the MLS but not homes sold by owner. Each year, I brake down Pinecrest sales by quadrants, with SW 112th Street representing the division between north and south and SW 67th Avenue representing the division between east and west. The chart below is self explanatory, but I'd like to point out the relevant changes between 2013 and 2014 that are the most interesting. The 2014 total volume in sales was up 18% over 2013.... Continue Reading >

Julian Marley in Concert at Pinecrest Gardens

On Sat. March 7, the Garden Fund will present Julian Marley in concert at Pinecrest Gardens' Banyan Bowl. The Banyan Bowl is the Village of Pinecrest's premiere venue for an intimate outdoor music experience where every seat is great. Marley, son of legendary Bob Marley, is a grammy award nominated roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian.  Julian performs to sold out crowds throughout the world, and he comes to Miami for the Garden Fund's "Ninth annual Soiree in the Gardens",  a yearly event that raises funds for horticultural enhancement... Continue Reading >

Same Sex Marriage- The Property Title Issue

Same sex marriage became legal in the State of Florida on January 6, 2015.  And up until now, gay and lesbian couples had no rights as a married couple, despite being legally wed in other states. There are, however, legal issues that remain unresolved concerning same sex marriage that can and will impact real property and ownership rights. So how are the underwriters handling the issuance of title to same sex married couples (SSMC)? Here's the legal lowdown. They are instructing that joinder of... Continue Reading >

Sold – Waterfront Condo in Bay Harbor

The condo market continues to be hot.  I represented the buyers in the sale of a two bedroom, two bath waterfront condo on Bay Harbor Island in Miami Beach . This condo sold for a sweet $285,000, a great price for an apartment with bay and city views from every room. The owners are thrilled with their purchase and are in the process of fixing it up as they make this their new home, all the way from Sitka, Alaska. The condo has great amenities including... Continue Reading >