August 23, 2014

Lofty Plan to Bring Back the Coconut Grove Theater

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 […]
August 11, 2014

Highest Sale – Lowest Sale in Pinecrest

Here’s the ying and yang of single family home sales in The Village of Pinecrest this year. Let’s start with the high end.  Located at 9030 SW 60th Ave, this 7 bedroom, 8 bath, 3 half bath home with 12,400 square feet of living area on over an acre sold in June for $6,199,000 or $444 […]
July 31, 2014

Bianco Gelato Opens in Coconut Grove

What could be better than cold, creamy gelato on a scorching hot day in Coconut Grove.  Federico and Carla Di Franco, originally from Milan,  just opened Bianco Natural Organic Gelato on Commodore Plaza. Made with Love Not Chemistry Their authentic fruity Italian gelato is handmade with fresh organic fruit and pure mineral water.  It’s also dairy-free and gluten-free.  […]
July 25, 2014

Making a Difference in Haiti

  The Valdivia family just returned from Haiti, where they volunteered for the past two summers at a dental clinic sponsored by Hands Together of the Palm Beaches (HTPB). HTPB helps the Haitian people both locally and in Haiti through its volunteer and assistance programs.  They believe in teaching the people of Haiti skills that empower them to […]
July 19, 2014


  I just closed on this fabulous Coconut Grove townhouse at 3177 Florida Ave. This place is absolutely divine.  Not only is it located on a quiet charming street, but it is walking distance to everything Coconut Grove. I represented the buyer of this modern townhouse, listed by Jessica Adams of the Riley Smith Group.  This stunning place […]
July 8, 2014

Pinecrest Townhouse Sales

Since January, only 4 townhouses have closed in Pinecrest, two at Swan Lake and two at Sutton Place. The prices ranged from $425,000 ($224/SqFt) for a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome at Sutton Place to $650,000 ($221/Sq Ft) for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath tonwhouse at Swan Lake. The townhouse market in The Village of Pinecrest is extremely small […]
June 23, 2014

Townhome Just Listed in Gables Point

I just listed this 2 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath townhome in Gables Point II, the most well-maintained of the Gables Point townhomes. This unit backs up to a beautiful private garden area designed for meeting and greeting neighbors while walking the dog (or not). The kitchen was updated five years ago with gorgeous marble counter tops and under-counter lighting, a […]
June 14, 2014

Father’s Day- Classic Cars and Cigars at The Barnacle

Celebrate dad with classic cars and hand-rolled cigars. Let dad leisure in the biergarten while the kids have a blast doing arts and crafts. Bring a picnic or grab a Barnacle burger while listening to live music on the bay. If you haven’t already gotten dad a gift, this is it.  No tie needed.  He […]
June 10, 2014

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

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 […]