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Lakefront Condo Sold

Congratulations to my seller who recently closed on her lakefront penthouse apartment. This was one of the few condos around that had three spacious bedrooms with a split floor plan and three full baths. The seller was incredibly happy in getting the highest price for a condo in her building this year, despite the fact that it needed total renovation. This was a great deal for the buyer as well who saw it as a good investment and safe home for her family. Once it is modernized, it will be an amazing home. 671 NE 195... Continue Reading >

Fairchild’s Corypha is in Full Bloom

The  Corypha utan at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables is in full flower. The bloom may only last a few months so you should check it out soon (plot 87- lowlands area by the big Chihuly)- it is a site to behold! It is one of the most spectacular landscape trees available for large parks and gardens.  The bloom ultimately ends the life of the tree once the fruit have matured. Corypha utan is found along rivers, wetlands, floodplains and grasslands. It... Continue Reading >

Sleek Contemporary Home For Sale in Pinecrest

  Take a look at this a new Italian style contemporary home, designed and built by Eurohabitat in the Village of Pinecrest. Sophitsticated and Smart This one story home on a builders acre has dramatic 24 foot ceilings that take advantage of the natural light via an abundance of windows. Besides having a gorgeous state of the art kitchen with quartz counters, induction cooktop and Thermador applicances, the home has a media room, temperature controlled wine room, magnetic door locks, solid teak shower floors, a 53-foot lap and kids pool and an outdoor... Continue Reading >

STOP RUNNING – Red Light Cameras in Pinecrest

They're coming!  Time for some driver behavior modification in Pinecrest along US1 and 104th Street 112th Street 124th Street 128th Street The cameras will monitor the northbound traffic and are expected to be operational in May.  The Village of Pinecrest will offer a 30-day warining period for drivers to adjust to the system.  After that, expect a $158 fine if you get snapped.  At least no points will be assessed. I am an estate specialist in the Village of Pinecrest and your best source for news and... Continue Reading >

Village of Pinecrest – Sales Down in 1st Quarter 2015

First quarter sales in the Village of Pinecrest has seen a bit of a decline when compared to single family home sales from the same period in 2014. Forty five homes sold through March 31, 2015, only four less than last year. Luxury Market In the luxury market, with 22 sales over $1 million, the hot market continued to be between $1 - 1.4 million.  The biggest drop off was seen at the top end with only one sale between $3 -5 million. The luxury market realized a 24% decrease in... Continue Reading >

Comfort Food at Blue Collar

Blue Collar serves food that people like to eat and they do it really well.  Chef and owner Daniel Serfer hits it out of the park in this small, diner style restaurant in the historic Mimo district of Miami. Don't be off put by the no tell motels on the boulevard. The staff accommodated our group of eight in a pre-theater rush by cranking out dishes efficiently with super friendly personal service. We didn't have time for appetizers or desserts but here's a rundown of four entrees that... Continue Reading >

Champagne Bash at The Barnacle

Save the date for the Commodore's Party March 29 at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. This is the first year we are hosting a twilight tour of the historic house with complimentary champagne and hor d'oeuvres on the front porch overlooking the bay.  If you have never seen Ralph Munroe's home, this is a fantastic opportunity for a private tour and an early look at the silent auction items that are absolutely phenomenal. Great band too! Cuban Pete and the Hialeah Hooligans is playing... Continue Reading >

Pinecrest Luxury Market – Homes for Sale Over $1 Million

Luxury homes in the Village of Pinecrest are selllng from $1 million to $10 million. One hundred properties are currently listed over $1 million out of 141 total single family homes for sale. At the low end, with an asking price of $1,060,000 ($261/SF) is a 1967 home with 5 bedroom, 4 baths and 4,056 square feet (SF) of living space.  This home is on 3/4 of an acre in SW Pinecrest. The top priced home, built in 2013, is offered at $9,800,000 ($624/SF).  Set on 1.25 acres in SE Pinecrest,... Continue Reading >

What’s for Sale Under $1 Million in the Village of Pinecrest?

Debra Wellins It's getting to be slim pickings for single family homes under $1 million in Pinecrest.  As of today, 141 homes are on the market, only 41 of them under $1 million. The breakdown is in the chart on the right.  The $700,000 - $799,000 price range is the hottest market under $1 million with 15 homes for sale. Almost all of these homes are west of 72nd Ave and south of 104 St. They average 3-4 bedrooms, 2,000 -3,000 square feet and are on lots from 1/4 to 1/2 acre.  Four of... 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 >