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Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club … Bare Basics or the Whole Works!


In case you’re wondering –   “Yes, you CAN  live in Deering Bay without any obligations whatsoever to join the country club.”

Deering Bay offers more than just homes and a pretty setting.  Deering Bay is one of South Florida’s premier gated residential communities, but it is probably as well known for being a premier yacht and country club as it is for it’s golf  and tennis.  

But… if country club amenities are among your ‘wish list’ have-to-haves, there are a lot more options available now  than before …  options for both country club membership and social membership.

I’ll be more than happy to provide you with additional information.   But below is a rough snapshot of what Deering Bay currently offers  in the way of  membership options…  Each includes spousal membership and includes children up to the age of 25  –   fortennis, swimming, fitness center, social events, dining (and obviously golf  privileges accompany the golf memberships).   COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS AT DEERING BAY: Read the rest of this entry »

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International Pink Snail Exhibit on Display in Coral Gables

pink snailsA new art exhibit is being showcased in Coral Gables– the Pink Snail Exhibit titles the REgeneration Art Project. 21 snails are placed throughout the Gables. It has been around the world and was recently showcased at Art Basel. The 8-foot tall snails are made out of recycled plastic material and the idea is to get people talking about recycling.

The exhibit comes to us thanks to the Cracking Art Group as well as Italy’s Galleria Ca” D’oro which recently opened on Lorenzo Ave. For the next two months, the snails can be found in places like Merrick Park, the Youth Center and the Coral Gables Museum.

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Pinecrest Gardens to Host Fine Arts Festival

Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts FestivalPinecrest Gardens will be host to the Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday January 15 and 16, 2011. Amongst the fine art and jewlery, there will be live music, a selection of food and other activities. While you’re enjoying the art, take a walk around Pinecrest Gardens and enjoy the grounds and winding paths. Admission is free, and the Festival runs from 10-5 pm. Get out and enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather while admiring beautiful artwork.

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2011 Miami Renaissance Festival: January 15-23, 2011


Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Miami?   The 2011 Miami Renaissance Festival …  

Miami hadn’t had a Renaissance Festival in five LONG years … ’til last year.    Miami will host the Renaissance Festival again this weekend from January 15-23,  2011… It is open Saturdays and Sundays (as well as on Monday January 17th for  Martin Luther King Day).   

Years ago, the backdrop of  the Renaissance Festival was Vizcaya  –  which was an absolutely spectacular setting!  

This winter (if you can call it that in Miami!) the Renaissance Festival will be held on  Historic Virginia Key Beach Park  on Key Biscayne…  MIAMI: January 15-23.   (Then at Deerfield Beach:  February 12 – March 13).

Open weekends – 10am to sunset –  the entrance fee will run $20 for adults …  $7 for kids aged 6-11 … ( for children younger than age 6, entrance is free).  For more information and tickets: .

Costumed performers, historical re-enactments,  jousting tournatments, sword fights, human chess games, rides, games, booths, magical illusions, keepsakes, and hearty fare (kettle corn, roasted turkey legs, beer…)   It’s fun!

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Beaux Arts Festival Miami

beaux arts festival This weekend, get out and enjoy the 60th Annual Beaux Arts Festival. The festival runs January 8 and 9 on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus and runs from 10-5. There will be art exhibitors from around the world as well as the Student Artist Showcase which features art students from all over Miami Dade County. Take advantage the magnificent weather and enjoy the beautiful art!

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Which Miami Neighborhood is Best for You?

If you’re  moving to Miami, there are a number of  top neighborhoods to choose from.  And the choice will definitely be a very personal decision. 

Proximity to top private schools important to you?   Or, are you leaning toward  “A” rated public schools instead?  Either of those can  influence your decision as to neighborhood.  (Many of our local Miami schools offer international or language programs, gifted enrollment, advanced placement classes, and programs geared toward special needs.)  

The size of the backyard,  size of the house itself,  age  & style of the neighboring homes, your  lifestyle preferences, travel time to work or to the airport,  access to major highways,  proximity to the beaches … Any or all of these will make one neighborhood  stand out over another and make one neighborhood appeal over another,  to you, as a buyer. 

At the moment I have several buyers looking for just the right house…  each interested in different price brackets  and each has different priorities…  They are eyeing Coral Gables,Pinecrest, and Coconut Grove…  weighing the pros and cons of each. If a handful of  our buyers are all asking similar questions about neighborhoods,  I thought it might be worth sharing a bit about the unique aspects of a few of our  Top Miami Neighborhoods with you as well.  So, in a nutshell: Read the rest of this entry »

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Miami Is Giving Away Free Showerheads


If your faucets have not been updated since 1996, Miami will give you new showerheads for free… in an effort to conserve energy and water.

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The New Miami International Airport

As one of the busiest airports in the country, Miami International Airport is seeing some much needed changes. The facility has already undergone major upgrades and has more in store. So far, the 1.7 million sqaure foot South Terminal is open and the 3.2 million square foot North Terminal is expected to be completed in 2011.

Miami Real EstateIn order to save passengers a long walk between these grand terminals, MIA has constructed the Automated People Mover, which crosses the entire North Terminal in 3 minutes while moving 9,000 passengers an hour.

Also under construction and to be completed by the end of 2011 is the Miami Intermodal Center, featuring rental car services as well as connections to the Metro Rail System and Miami’s Tri Rail System. The MIC will be connected to the airport with a people mover, also to be completed by the end of next year.

The new Miami International Airport is ready for the continued growth of Miami. It will certainly make getting in and out of the area much easier for those of you looking to move to the South Florida area. The Restivo Team is ready to help you find your new home, so contact us today!

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Halloween Events in Miami 2010

This Hallowen there are many different activities around town. Here are just a handful of ideas for you and your family…

Monster Splash at  in miamiSeaquarium: October 29-31 from 5-11 pm. Enjoy Halloween themed animal shows, trick or treating and many other fun activities for kids.

Halloween Sundowner: The event takes place at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens from 8 pm to midnight. Enjoy the party with music, raising money for Vizcaya.

Zoo Boo: Join MetroZoo for music, prizes, trick or treating and prizes. Come out during the day to enjoy a the festivities.

Fairchild Tropical Gardens: Bring your dog for a fun filled day at the Gardens. There’s even a costume contest!

Get out there and enjoy Halloween-there’s plenty to do!

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Coral Gables is Named Playful City USA

kids on slideThe City of Coral Gables has been named Playful City USA for the second year in a row. KaBOOM! recently announced the achievement, naming the Gables as one of 118 communities in 35 states to be recognized for their commitment to take action for play.

Every year, thousands of kids attend summer camps and afterschool programs in places like the Youth Center, the Biltmore and Granada Golf courses, the Biltmore  and Salvadore Tennis Centers, the Venetian Pool and 31 other parks. Coral Gables offers year round access to parks, basketball courts, ball fields, walking paths, playgrounds, and pet friendly parks.

If you would like to be closer to these amenities and are looking to move to Coral Gables (or any other South Florida neighborhood), give us a call. The Restivo Team would be delighted to help you.

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