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Pre-Construction Opportunity in Coral Gables

If you’re in the market for a pre-construction home, check out Laguna House. It’s a new project being brought to the heart of Coral Gables, at 4220 Laguna Street. We recently had the opportunity to visit the showroom and see what it’s all about.

Laguna House will be made of just 13 residential units…12 units and one penthouse on the 10th floor. The building will feature 2 units per floor (with the exception of the penthouse) accessed with elevators opening directly ilaguna-housento the unit, high energy efficient glass windows and doors, private balconies and summer kitchens, as well as a pool and sun deck on the 4th floor.  Interior features include custom Italian kitchens, imported floors and vanity tops in the bathrooms and a spa-like master bathroom. Each unit will feature open concept designs with a modern feel while still maintaining the integrity of the classic Coral Gables Mediterranean design.

The project is brought to you by the Rogers Development group- the group behind projects like One Village Place and Gables on the Green. Units will begin at 3,000 square feet, while the penthouse will be over 6,000 square feet. The ground floor will feature retail space as well. Average price per square foot is $732, with prices ranging from $1.9M – $3.2M (for the penthouse).

The building will be located next to Merrick Park which boasts shopping, dining and a new cinema currently under construction. It’s also centrally located with easy access to Coral Gables dining and shopping, an easy route to the airport, and not far from Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Brickell and Miami Beach.

Construction will begin when 50% are under contract and they are close to that and ready to go. Contact the Restivo Hechtman Team today for more information and to set up a meeting to see the showroom. Even if you’re not looking for this project, we would still love to help!

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Hurricane Matthew Update

With Hurricane Matthew churning a little too close for comfort, we hope everyone is prepared just in case the storm reaches our backyards. By now, you should be stocked up on supplies, have all your outdoor things moved inside and you should have a plan in place.

Here’s what the watches and warnings mean:

  • Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are possible within 48 hours.
  • Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected within 36 hours.
  • Hurricane Watch means hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane Warning means hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected within 36 hours in advance of the onset of tropical-storm force winds.


Some other things to keep in mind:

  • Have enough water for each person in your household
  • Charge all cell phones and keep a corded phone handy
  • Take some cash out from the bank
  • Make sure to fill all your cars up with gas and get enough fuel to power generators and other gas-powered tools
  • Be sure to protect your electronics with power surge protectors
  • Don’t forget your pets- make sure you have enough food and water for them as well
  • If you own a boat, use double lines at a marina, or consider dry-dock storage

During the storm, stay in a “safe room” ( a room with no windows or doors) and monitor your tv or radio for instructions from public safety officials. If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. Instead of candles, use flashlights as your light source. Make sure pets are inside with you.

After the storm, stay inside until authorities have given the all clear. Don’t drive or walk through standing water. Stay away from downed power lines and report them to FPL.

Some important phone numbers:

  • 3-1-1: Government Information
  • FPL: 1-800-4-OUTAGE
  • 9-1-1: Emergencies

Let’s keep watching the storm and see what path it decides to take. The key is being prepared. Whether Matthew grazes past us with tropical storm force winds or unleashes it’s stronger hurricane force winds, be prepared, stay safe and keep listening to our public officials…we’ll get through it. It’s part of the trade off we get for living in such a beautiful tropical paradise! Now, it’s time to get our Hurricane Party started…


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Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market Open Every Sunday

farmers-market2FREE … and Open Every Sunday…  all year long …. from 9am to 2pm ….  PINECREST GARDENS FARMER’S MARKETfarmers-market

Small locally owned and operated businesses and local farmers open for business under the tree canopy of Pinecrest Gardens – at 11000 Red Road for what has become a Sunday morning tradition for many of us.  Fun place to wander and shop for goodies.

What’s for sale?   Organic fruits and vegetables, specialty artisan breads (ZTB … Zak the Baker),  locally grown organic produce, herbs, plants & trees, fresh flowers, orchids, spices, teas, coffees, eggs, tropical fruit smoothies, gourmet specialties, prepared foods (barbeque and pizza cooked there), cheeses, meats, olives, granola, candles, gift items.

One more reason that Pinecrest is such a desirable place to live, work and play!  Feels like a pinch of Europe, right here in Pinecrest.

Thinking about moving here?  Call us … We can make that happen!   The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International  305 793-1365  -or-  305 632-0164

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The Underline – Reinventing Miami’s Outdoor Space

jcfo_underline_00-typical_proposed-dayHave you heard about the Underline? It’s a fabulous new project that will redevelop a 10-mile path along the MetroRail from Dadeland to Brickell. The plan is to redesign the space underneath the MetroRail and make it into a linear park with an urban trail. The Underline is especially meant to connect communities with a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly way of getting around, while making the park into usable spaces for everyone. The idea is to add exercise equipment, native vegetation, bike kiosks, pop-up shops, playgrounds and art. There are also plans to improve all the stations and intersections along the MetroRail.

jcfo_underline_04-brickell-hammock-trail_proposedFounded by Meg Daly, this project is not only going to improve the space underneath the MetroRail, but it will also have great economic impact in the surrounding areas. There will be new development along the corridor, creating new jobs and real estate appreciation. Their studies indicate up to 25% increase in the value of properties adjacent to the corridor and up to a 5% increase in property values up to 1/3 a mile away.

The Master Plan was designed by New York’s James Corner Field Operations, and the University of Miami School of Architecture Studies – under the Dean of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture,  Rodolphe el Khoury – received valuable input from student and faculty resources. Professor Rocco Ceo led a class of 10 students to create a concept design for park space, trail and intersection improvements.

Tjcfo_underline_08-university-rain-garden_proposedhe Master Plan is fully funded, while construction funding is up to $5 million. The rest of the funding will come from public and private donations, while the trail and intersection improvements will be funded by private sources. The Friends of the Underline is a non-profit organization responsible for getting this project going and seeing it through to it’s completion. Similar projects have taken about 10 years to complete, so the Underline could take that long to complete. If you would like to help with ideas or donations, you can do so by joining the Friends of the Underline.

Thank you to Friends of the Underline for sharing their images, renderings and statistics with the Restivo Hechtman Team. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this wonderful project will have on the community.





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Palmetto Bay’s Least Expensive Homes For Sale

Palmetto Bay has quickly become a much wanted place to live. People are flocking to the area because of it’s location, top schools, and property values.

Comparing Palmetto Bay to neighboring Pinecrest (where similar homes sell for much more and come with considerably larger lot sizes), Palmetto Bay offers top schools, a plethora of parks, and well-priced homes .

There are currently 165 homes for sale in Palmetto Bay, ranging from a high of $3,500,000 – down to as low as $299,900. There are many opportunities available to you as a buyer looking to move into the area.

The 5 least expensive homes in Palmetto Bay are:

image1: 9040 SW 156 St  |  3 bedroom, 2 baths  |  1,186 SQ. FT. LA  |  Features include granite kitchen countertops and room for a pool  |  Listed by Hanadi Ghafir of Best Miami Realty, PA  |  Offered at $299,900

2: 9560 SW 181 Terr  |  4 bedrooms, 3 baths  |  1,972 SQ. FT. LA  |  Features include updated kitchen and bathrooms and new wood flooring  |  Listed by Juan Fiol of Vision Realty of Miami |  Offered at $339,999

3:  18025 SW 87 Ct  |  3 bedroom, 2 baths  | 1,512 SQ. FT. LA  | Features include ranch style home with new roof and granite countertops  |  Listed by Gustavo Jr Santos of Realty World M Realty Group  |  Offered at $395,000

4: 9320 SW 165 St  |  4 bedroom, 2 baths  |  1,767 SQ. FT. LA  |  Features include new wood flooring, updated kitchen and bathrooms  |  Listed by Emmanuel Aldabe of Cosmo International Investment Group |  Offered at $395,000

5: 16950 SW 93 Ave  |  4 bedroom, 3 baths  |  2,345 SQ. FT. LA  |  Features include 2 story homewith his and hers walk in closets  |  Listed by Pablo Aguilar of A&G Team Realty, LLC  | Offered at $429,000

If you’re looking for a home and have questions, or would like to schedule private showings, contact the Restivo Hechtman Team. We’re here to help and find you the perfect home!

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Recently Sold in Pinecrest

The Restivo Hechtman Team recently sold a beautiful home in North Pinecrest at 6701 SW 99 Te. 6,026 sq ft with 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, built by Shear, with a heated pool, covered terrace, outdoor summer kitchen & fountained courtyard… It sold for just under $295 per square foot.

imageInterior features:

high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with gas stove, family room, wet bar and wine cellar, impact windows & doors. master suite with an office/sitting area … a separate 3 bedroom children’s “wing” with it’s own playroom. The home has a two car garage, electric gates and a private circular driveway.
imageThis home was listed for sale by The Restivo Hechtman Team and sold for $1,780,000 … $295 a sq ft.

If you are interested in selling your home or are in the market to buy a new home, contact the Restivo Hechtman Team today.  [email protected] 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164.

It was a pleasure selling this home. Warmest congratulations to our amazing sellers and a warm welcome to the buyers – our new Pinecrest neighbors!


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Just Listed! Palmetto Bay Home in Gated Community

1The Restivo Hechtman Team just listed a beautiful home in Palmetto Bay. The 5 bedroom, 4 bath home features custom front doors and high ceilings. French doors open to the 8 foot deep salt water pool, patio and “Beachfront Canal.” The kitchen features new granite and stainless steel appliances. 7

Italian tile and wood floors throughout, a wood burning fireplace and a new roof in 2006. Built in 1990, the home boasts outdoor lighting and opulent landscaping as well as a side garden with water feature and 360* surveillance cameras.25

The single story home is located in the private gated enclave of 44 homes in Flamingo Gardens. Located at 16701 SW 84 Ct in Palmetto Bay. Offered at $799,000. Call the Restivo Hechtman Team to set up a private showing.

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First Time Open in Palmetto Bay

Join us today from 1-3 PM for a Brokers Open at our New Listing in Palmetto Bay.


This 5 bedroom, 4 bath home is located in Flamingo Gardens, a gated community featuring a private enclave of 44 homes.

Refreshments will be served.

Located at 16701 SW 84 Ct.

Offered at $799,000.

Contact Vicki Restivo or Alexandra Hechtman for more information or a private showing.

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Deering Bay is in Hot Demand … Second Closed Sale in 2 Months

FullSizeRenderBuyers have been hovering (for quite some time now) in Deering Bay (mulling over the plethora of options available for purchase).  There are currently 23 listed for sale, and no two units are the same.

Deering Bay  … This is an impeccably manicured & well-maintained  golf, tennis and yacht club/resort in Coral Gables … with a guard gate, security & clubhouse.

No two condo buildings are the same…  nor are any of the individual units identical to one another.  So matching the right buyer with a ready seller boils down to selecting, exploring and showing the top listings.FullSizeRender (1)

This upscale, gated community in Miami has seen  a significant upswing in recent sales as well as an increase in new listings.  Deering Bay is in hot demand!   Baby boomers downsizing …  Homeowners wanting to travel more and worry less about the upkeep and maintenance of their sprawling Pinecrest homes … Golfers … Yachting enthusiasts … And those wanting a vacation resort atmosphere …

We just closed on another gorgeous unit in Deering (after showing a dozen or more condos over a period of two months):  13641 Deering Bay Drive – Unit 138.  It sold for $1,164,000…. exquisitely updated and move in ready … 3 bedrooms.   This is our second sale in Deering Bay in the past 2 months.  Congratulations to our buyer, who got a spectacular condo!

FullSizeRender (2)If you are considering Deering Bay  …  either to live there or  perhaps to relocate elsewhere … we can help.  The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International.  Call us!   Vicki (305) 793-1365  &  Alexandra (305) 632-0164  [email protected]

Buying or Selling in Deering Bay …  The Restivo Hechtman Team.

Currently there are 23 listings in Deering Bay  ..  asking $950,000 to $2,900,000.

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Spectacularly Updated Deering Bay Condo with Views of the Marina … Under Contract Although Not Listed for Sale

With gorgeous views of the Grand Marina in Deering Bay,  this spacious 3 bedroom condo in  “Venice”  was perfect for our buyer… although it wasn’t  listed for sale.

The current owner meticulously remodeled it  (removing walls to create a stunning ‘open concept’ contemporary home) … and everything about it was  ‘right’, except that  it wasn’t for sale.

venice marina view

BUT … sometimes that doesn’t matter.

Warmest congratulations to our buyer, who is officially under contract, and closing in mid May… and congratulations (too) to the seller, who is thrilled as well.

If you are looking for something specific that isn’t on the market, please let us know.  We may well be able to find you just what you’re looking for!  The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International :  Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365   …   Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164 [email protected] …  … your real estate blog and website.


venice dining livingDeering Bay Yacht & Country Club has a number of options for  golf, tennis & yachting – as well as for social membership.   Deering is one of Coral Gable’s finest gated communities, offering a refined lifestyle for those wanting a condo, townhome, or single family estate home in Coral Gables….  within a variety of price categories.  Right now there are 25 condos, townhomes & single family homes listed for sale, each with different views, layouts and styles. Those actively listed have asking prices from just under $1 million upward close to $3 million … A great place to live … A great time to buy!

Venice  is a charming complex …. overlooking Deering Bay’s Grand Marina ….   It’s wide wrap-around terraces, high ceilings, sliding glass doors, floor to ceiling windows & tranquil views of palms, water & yachts (and the magnificence with which it was renovated!)  made it perfect.   Buyer and seller both benefited  …  Our warmest congratulations to both parties!


The Restivo Hechtman Team SOLD  2 units in Deering this month ….  So, whether you are thinking of buying or selling, we would love to make that happen for you!   Call anytime …. 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164

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