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Debra Wellins

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Pinecrest Home Sales 2015 – The Annual Report

                    Each year, I create a comprehensive market report that subdivides single-family home sales in the Village of Pinecrest into quadrants, with SW 112th Street representing the division between north and south and SW 67th Avenue representing the division between east and west. (See map below). These numbers reflect all sales listed in the MLS but not homes sold by owner. Pinecrest home sales in 2015 were slightly off from 2014. Total sales volume of single family homes was down $30 million or 10% in 2015. The average sale... Continue Reading >

Washington’s Regatta Weekend Festivities

It's Regatta time at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. Last year's regatta was a sailors delight - a gusty, gutsy and wild ride that provided for great tales at the after party. Check out the two events hosted by The Barnacle Society this Friday and Saturday. Regatta Moonlight Concert: Ethan Parker Band Description: Enjoy an evening of rhythm island music under the moonlight. Gates open at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. No pets, please. Cost: $10 Future members. $8 Members. $3... 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 >

What Home Features do Miami Homebuyers Want in 2016?

The top 10 must-have items that will be major selling points for 2016 are: Contemporary Design or Mid-Century Modern Porcelain Flooring that Looks like Wood Granite Countertops Stainless-Steel Appliances Open-Floor Plan Walk-in Designed Closets Eat-in Chef's Kitchen with Wine Cooler and Pantries Impact French Doors and Windows for Maximum Natural Lighting En Suite Bedrooms Fireplace (yes - even in Miami) Lush Tropical Landscaping Pool Covered Patio Outdoor kitchen Two-Car Garage Oh yeah! We want it all. I'm an estate specialist in The Village of Pinecrest and your best source for news and information on Pinecrest real estate.  If you would like to schedule a buyer, seller or investor meeting, please... Continue Reading >

33 – New Peruvian Restaurant in Coconut Grove

Tuesday night, I had the honor of being included in a sneak preview of 33, the new Peruvian influenced restaurant in Coconut Grove. Chef Sebastian Fernandez, former food and beverage director of Coral Reef Yacht Club, served up beautiful plates of Causa Limena, Seared Scallops and Ceviche de corvina. Chef's philosophy centers on incorporating no more than five ingredients in any dish so that flavors are distinct, recognizable and not masked by overwhelming sauces. It's a small plate concept with a changing menu based on the availability of fresh ingredients. My favorite... Continue Reading >

Just Listed in Pinecrest – A Devonwood Beauty

My newest listing is a contemporary family home in Devonwood on half an acre that thrills from the moment you walk over a wooden foot bridge through a lush tropical hammock to enter this fabulous abode.  Devonwood, one of the most desirable, safe and private communities in Village of Pinecrest, is known as the Coconut Grove of the Village by virtue of its forest of towering oaks and palms and shimmering landscapes of filtered light. It is patrolled by a state trooper such that residents rarely lock their doors.  For real!  And the schools are top notch. Features This extremely spacious two-story family home has... Continue Reading >

Pho Long Hy Vong

After 36 years, the final night of pork rolling cakes, calamari salad, best pho in the world, beef and fresh rice noodles and spicy fried chicken was nothing short of delicious delirium.  Despite the Friday early seating, the spirited diners were jubilant to snag a table for the last supper (perhaps).  The eight and ten o'clock diners were no doubt mightily disappointed that the early birds got the last of the Banh Cuon - steamed pork rolling cakes. There is some bright news, though. Owner Kathy Manning has a site on Douglas Road in mind for the... Continue Reading >

The Dead Return to Haunt The Barnacle

A haunting feast for the eyes, ears and soul...this show is not to be missed.  It's not exactly the Dead, as in Grateful.  Rather it's the spirits of fictional characters from historic Coconut Grove who come to life in dance as they jete and pirouette across The Barnacle Historic State Park. Watch as they dance their stories beneath the moonlit sky and try to escape their tragic endings. When and Where October 28 and 29 at 8:30pm Pay what you can - between $10 and $20.   Just keep in mind that the... Continue Reading >

Q3 Hot Markets in the Village of Pinecrest

The luxury market in the Village of Pinecrest continues to thrive in the $1M to $1.4M price range.  Out of 30 single family home sales, almost half the sales were in this pocket.  The balance of sales fell between $1.5M and $2.9M. When comparing high-end sales for the third quarter of 2015 to 2014, the numbers are stable. However, sales under $1M have dropped by 24%.  The biggest change in comparing Q3 sales this year to last is in the $500K to $799K price range - off by 56%. The hot market, at 46% of... Continue Reading >