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Just Sold – North Coral Gables Home

I just sold a North Coral Gables home, completely remodeled in 1995.  Situated on a gorgeous corner lot in a beautiful section of the Gables, this 1939 Spanish home has three bedrooms and two and a half baths with 2,240 SF of living space and 2,608 total SF. North Gables Home the Perfect Choice This two story home had all the features my buyers wished for, including warmth, great natural light, an updated island kitchen with plenty of storage, a family room overlooking the Chicago brick patio and private backyard, lush mature landscaping, a garage and the perfect space... Continue Reading >

In Demand – The Walkable Neighborhood

I'm flooded with buyers looking for homes in walkable communities.  Millennials, downsizing couples and people with disabilities are all in search of a unicorn - town homes, single-family homes and apartments within walking distance to a city center. Homeowners of all ages don't want to drive.  They want to walk into town, grab a bite to eat, throw back a few and shop or catch a movie.  It's a beautiful thing...log in a few walking miles and avoid parking hassles, costs and driving under the influence. But buyers also want... Continue Reading >

Guide to Brunch and Adventure on Mother’s Day

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 >

Fairchild’s Corypha is in Full Bloom

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 >

Inventory of Homes for Sale is on the Rise – Especially in Palmetto Bay

Debra Wellins There are definitely more homes on the market this year over last.  Take a look at the graph to the right that compares single family homes for sale between Jan 1 and June 1 in 2013 and 2014. Palmetto Bay has seen the greatest increase in homes for sale, up by 44%.  This is a super hot area to buy in right now. South Coral Gables has had the second highest increase in inventory at 22% followed by The Village of Pinecrest and Key Biscayne at 18% and... Continue Reading >

Living Italian Style on the Green

Debra Wellins Live elegantly and entertain in style in this Ramon Pacheco designed Italian Villa tucked away in a private enclave directly on the Biltmore Golf Course. This grand two-story Coral Gables home has a central courtyard that allows for a wonderful flow for parties and family living. It includes six bedrooms, six and a half baths, 5,392 square feet of living space and a formal dining room and living room with a fireplace. The kitchen and family room open onto to a large covered terrace and pool patio.   [gallery ids="7926,7927,7929,7932,7931,7930"] Upstairs, the luxurious master suite has a sitting room,... Continue Reading >

Two Sales in Snapper Creek Lakes

Two homes were snapped up by buyers this year in Snapper Creek Lakes. 5545 Arbor Lane Sale Price  $4,994,500 $491 per Square Foot Brokerage:  EWM Realty International This home is of superb craftmanship with impeccable woodwork and details throughout.  The spacious 6 bedroom, 8 bath craftsman-inspired residence was custom-built in 2008 and includes his and her offices, playroom, media room and 4-car garage with over 10,000 square feet of living space on over an acre.   [gallery ids="7354,7355,7356"] 10645 Snapper Creek Road Sale Price $3,100,000 $424 per Square Foot Brokerage: Kendall... Continue Reading >

Oceanfront Home in Coconut Grove – The Best Deal

Debra Wellins Is there such a thing as a great buy for a home with direct oceanfront views?  I'm not talking about a canal where you have to crane your neck to see the bay. If $4,395,000 is in your price range, then this is truly the best deal on the market for a home with wide open, unobstructed waterfront views in Coconut Grove.  It is selling for $526 a square foot. 3528 Bayshore Villas Dr. - 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath, with 8,347 square feet of living space on... Continue Reading >

Coral Gables Waterfront Estate for Sale

Debra Wellins This home is all about location and phenomenal unobstructed waterfront views.  Every room overlooks Biscayne Bay with views of downtown Miami and Key Biscayne in the distance. This two-story, gated home, on a low traffic and exclusive street in Coral Gables, is 4 bedrooms and 4 baths with 5,157 square feet of living space.  It has a formal living room, dining room, den, library, family room, elevator, two-car garage, large pool, hurricane shutters and 121 linear feet of open bayfront, including a private L-shaped concrete dock with eight... Continue Reading >

Are You Paying Too Much in Property Tax?

Debra Wellins There are several new exemptions that may lower your property tax bill.  Determine if you qualify for exemptions by attending the Town Hall meeting hosted by Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera. He will be speaking at the Pinecrest Library on Thursday December 19, 2013 at 7 pm to discuss these exemptions.  You can also complete your exemption application at the meeting with assistance from staff from the Property Appraiser's office. The Pinecrest Library is located at 5835 SW 111 St  Pinecrest, FL  33156. Property Tax Appeals In addition to... Continue Reading >