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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 >

Steven Sotloff’s Call to Action

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 >

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 >

Highest Sale – Lowest Sale in Pinecrest

Debra Wellins 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 per square foot. The estate was listed by Saddy Delgado of One Sotheby's and has every conceivable luxury accouchement including a spectacular theater room, bar with wine cellar, staff... Continue Reading >

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.  The creamy gelato is made from the milk of grass-fed cows and they also have some that are made from milk with almonds and coconuts. Bianco's imports the best... Continue Reading >

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 be self-sufficient by providing opportunities for work, education, personal advancement, health care, clean water and adequate food. As you can see by the pictures, the Haitian dental clinic where the Valdivias... Continue Reading >

JUST SOLD MODERN COCONUT GROVE TOWNHOUSE

Debra Wellins   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 was a hot prop and had multiple offers in a matter of hours.  We secured the contract and the rest is history. My buyer is thrilled with his purchase... Continue Reading >