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Just Sold – Great Palmetto Bay Home

Debra Wellins   I had the pleasure of selling a terrific 4 bedroom, 2 bath Palmetto Bay home to a wonderful family I met through our dog Chili.  Chili picked up Willy in front of our house in Pinecrest one day as he and his mom were cruising down the street.  It was the start of a great love affair and friendship. But back to the house sale...  Palmetto Bay is one of the best neighborhoods to raise a family. Many of the homes... Continue Reading >

Miami -Palmetto Sr. High School Hosts Ford Test Driver Fundraiser

Debra Wellins Take the wheel and help your community school! Join Miami-Palmetto Senior High School (MPSHS) parents, alumni, faculty, friends and other supporters for a fun-filled community festival on October 10th that will raise thousands of dollars for the school simply by test-driving a brand-new Ford vehicle. Drive 4 UR School will be hosted by Gus Machado Ford of Kendall, located at 15551 South Dixie Highway, in Palmetto Bay. From 3-7 p.m. that day, MPSHS  will receive $20 per test drive for the first 300... 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 >

Four New Listings in Palmetto Bay

Debra Wellins What's your price range?  There are four new single family homes on the market in Palmetto Bay.  Three of them are featured here. The one home not included in this blog is a smashing contemporary renovation in Palmetto Bay.  If you love contemporary, this is a must see.  What I can tell you is that it is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2,875 square feet of living space on a half acre and is listed for $649,000.  I'm afraid it is restricted from advertising so contact... Continue Reading >

Two acres and a Wine Cellar In Palmetto Bay

Debra Wellins Take the three story elevator down to your wine cellar, select a bottle of Chateau Haut Brion Vintage 1990, bring it upstairs, open it and let it breath while you dial me up for an invite over to share it on your terrace overlooking the back acreage. La  Maison (these estates have names) is a chateau style residence of old world scale, that offers eight bedrooms, eight baths, 8,415 square feet of living space, a formal living room, a formal dining... Continue Reading >

Distressed Sales of Single Family Homes – Southeast Miami Dade Corridor – 2013

Debra Wellins Distressed single family home sales as a percentage of total annual sales are down since the first quarter in homes along the Southeast Miami-Dade corridor.  Distressed sales include foreclosures and short sales. I analyzed distressed sales in six cities: Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami and Key Biscayne.  In the chart  to the right you can see that Palmetto Bay had the highest percentage of distressed sales (17%) followed by Coral Gables (12%), South Miami (9.5%), Coconut Grove... Continue Reading >

Compare Your City – Average Price Per Square Foot of Homes for Sale

Debra Wellins Check out how your neighborhood compares in average price per square foot for single family homes for sale.  I analyzed homes currently on the market in six cities: Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and South Miami. The numbers are quite interesting, especially if you are thinking of buying or selling a home. Key Biscayne is king of the mountain with the average home offered at $1,079 a square foot.  Coconut Grove and Coral Gables  are comparable to each... Continue Reading >

Ayesha – Saffron Fine Dining from India

Debra Wellins Ayesha is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants in Palmetto Bay for great food and superb service.  Our waiter not only knows us, but remembers what we have ordered in the past - and I mean everything.  He makes suggestions on dishes we may like to try instead of our standard choices.  And, his recommendations are excellent and appreciated. Last night we had some of our regulars and a few surprises.  As with most Indian restaurants, Papadum with Tomato Chutney is served complimentary.... Continue Reading >

Palmetto Bay 2nd Quarter Sales 2013

Debra Wellins Palmetto Bay is selling like hot cakes.  Eighty residential homes closed between April 1 and June 30, 2013 compared to 55 homes sold in the first quarter. That's a 31 % increase.  Check out the graph to see the price breakdown.  The majority of homes sold between $400,000 - 449,000. The lowest sale was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house with 884 square feet of living space that sold for $70,000 or $79/sq ft..  The most expensive sale was a 6... Continue Reading >

Fire Protection Crisis in East Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay

Debra Wellins Residents along the Eastern boundary of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay have no fire station to protect their homes and families.   There are two fire stations that serve Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, both located on US1 at SW 104th St and and SW 152nd St.  The response time is about eight minutes to both neighborhoods. Way too long! Lives are genuinely at stake!  According to the new Miami-Dade County Fire Chief, Dave Downey, an eight minute response time is inadequate.  Downey... Continue Reading >

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