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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 >

Harmonious Homes with a Musical History

In honor of the Grammy Awards and Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a few romantic homes once owned by musicians. Percy Lodge, an 18th century English country home, was once owned by Bad Company rock drummer Simon Kirke. Villa Grasse, with stunning views of the Côte d’Azur, was once owned by French composer and harpist Germaine Tailleferre. Blue Velvet was the Sarasota, Florida home of legendary singer Bobby Vinton. This Santa Fe, New Mexico adobe home was once the former residence of the late Glenn Frey. Courtesy... 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 >

Great Photos Sell Homes – So Hire the Best

When I sell a client's home, I want potential buyers to be completely captivated by the photographs that represent the home.  Nothing motivates a buyer more in desiring to see a home than high quality, architectural and design photos that highlight the very best of a property. Now a days, one can snap decent pictures with a good quality digital camera and that may be adequate for the sale of some properties. But there is a huge difference between amateur and professional photographs.  And there is an even greater magnitude of difference... Continue Reading >

A Modern Pinecrest Family Home – True Green

The Haper home in Pinecrest is a modern masterpiece in environmental design and lifestyle. It is not simply that they use green materials in their home but that sustainability is their way of life. I met the Harpers while representing them in real estate transactions. David Harper is an innovative environmental architect; his wife Jennifer is experienced in LEED certification. What struck me the most about this couple was their dedication to sustainable living through architecture, energy efficiency and a healthy lifestyle. We have all been raised on the precepts of... Continue Reading >

New Construction in the Village of Pinecrest

There is certainly no shortage of new single family homes being built in Pinecrest these days. I drove around the Village from 102 Street to 118th Street, just east of Ludlam and found 8 homes under construction, some in the early stages and some almost completed. The architectural styles are a mix of Key West, Mediterranean and Modern. I definitely have my eye on the stunning contemporary going up (see photo above).  It's available if you're interested.  Call, text or drop me an email if you would like to tour the property, see the floor plans or... Continue Reading >

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 >

The New Modern in Coconut Grove

Debra Wellins Sleek modern architecture and walls of glass define this new 3,767 square foot home for sale in North Coconut Grove. This four bedroom, four and a half bath home opens up to a covered terrace with a tropical pool and garden, blending the interior seamlessly with the exterior. Even the wine cellar is enclosed in glass. [gallery ids="7297,7295,7294"] [gallery columns="4" ids="7299,7298,7296,7293"] 2275 Overbrook St. is offered at $1,999,000 by Riley Smith, EWM International Realty I am a luxury specialist in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Pinecrest.... Continue Reading >

De Garmo Estate for Sale in Coconut Grove

Debra Wellins An exquisite 1929 Walter De Garmo estate just came on the market in The Moorings, overlooking the bay in Coconut Grove. This beautifully restored 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath Mediterranean Revival home exemplifies classic De Garmo grandeur and old world charm with its enchanting courtyard, garden and open air loggia.   The home, with 6,856 square feet of living space, is on less than 3/4 of an acre and is walled and gated. [gallery columns="2" ids="6642,6639,6638,6637"] The Moorings features a private marina with Riparian Rights. Click this link for a brief history on  architect Walter... Continue Reading >

The Artification of Condo Sales in South Florida

Debra Wellins Exceptional and valuable art is being paired, not with fine wine, but with luxury condominiums in South Florida.  Paintings, sculptures, public art and video installations, art furniture, rugs and murals are adorning lobbies, pool decks and other common areas of high-end condos to attract wealthy buyers. And the art is not just for the 12th Art Basel Miami Beach, December 5-8.   It's permanent. The Bond on Brickell, a new 44 story condo planned for Miami and themed after London's  legendary Bond Street,  has British photographer Terry O'Neill's life size black and... Continue Reading >

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