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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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Miami America’s City of the Future: Miami Ranks #6 on The Knight Frank Global Cities Survey Wealth Report

Miami … “America’s City of the Future”

The Knight Frank Global Cities 2015 Wealth Report ranks cities based on 4 factors: economic activity, quality of life, knowledge & influence, and political power … as well as taking into account the wealthiest individuals who call each city home.  Miami ranks #6:

  1. London
  2. New York
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Singapore
  5. Shanghai
  6. MIAMI
  7. Paris
  8. Dubai
  9. Beijing
  10. Zurich

… For more information on buying or selling real estate in Miami … or moving to or from Miami … contact Miami Realtors Vicki Restivo & Alexandra Hechtman 305 793-1365 EWM Realty International

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Pinecrest Place – Luxury Gated Community of 10 Homes in North Pinecrest Broke Ground – GC3 Development

Pinecrest Place recently broke ground and is now officially underway in North Pinecrest … with half of the homes in Pinecrest Place already having been sold …

GC 3 Development saw a need for a luxury gated home development, and is doing so at the site known as The Horse Farm  which Binder Development purchased for 5 million dollars in 2014 ….  Pinecrest Place will consist of 10 single family homes… located at 9600 SW 72nd Avenue … diagonally across from Royal Palm Tennis Club.pinecrest place pic

Each home within this private gated community will occupy a builder’s half acre (15,000 sq feet).

Each will have it’s own private pool.  Each will range in price from $2.495 million to $2.9 million.

Mature trees will be strategically relocated so as to create an impressive canopy & landscaping, and the homeowners association will provide private lawn and pool service.

Features:   High quality finishes. Mia Cucina kitchens. Impact glass.  Well designed living spaces. 19 foot ceilings.  6 bedrooms minimum. Each bedroom with it’s own ensuite bath.  Cement tile roofs.  One and two story options.

We met with Sergio Fuenzalida, Sales and Development  Associate of GC 3, last week,  to discuss the project on behalf of a client .  There are fuve homes still available.

Photo credits and article link via The Real Deal & GC3 Development.  Contact the Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International for more information 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164 [email protected]

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Interior Features

• Chauffeured Ceilings in Living Areas and Master Bedroom
• Aluminum Impact Resistant Windows and Doors
• $12/Sq. Ft. Flooring Allowance Material and Installation
• 10’ Custom Sliding Doors in Great Room
• Spacious Walk-In Closets Throughout
• Designer Coordinated Lighting Package
• Linear Diffuser Air-Conditioner Grills in Common Areas and Master Bedroom
• 7” Wood Baseboards
• Interior Pre-Hung Solid Core Doors
• Sherwin Williams Flat Latex Paint
• Pre-Wiring for Cable, Phone and Internet in Family Room and Bedrooms
• Audio and Video Standard Wiring in Three Locations
• High Efficiency Air-Conditioning Units
• Remote Controlled Garage Door
• Front Loader Washer and Duet Steam Dryer
• Tankless GAS Water Heater
• Full Security System with Siren, Motion Detector and Cellular Connectivity
The Gourmet Kitchen
• WOLF SUB-ZERO Luxury Appliance Package
• 48” Refrigerator with Water Dispenser
• WOLF 48” PRO GAS Range/ Oven
• WOLF 52” Exhaust in Ceiling
• WOLF 24” Microwave Drawer
• SUB-ZERO 24” Wine Cooler
• ASKO 24” Dishwasher
• Top-Quality Fixture Package
• MIA CUCINA Italian Kitchen Cabinets
• Standard Hardware for all Cabinetry
• Quartz Countertops (Standard Selection)
Elegant Bathrooms 
• Top-Quality Fixture Package
• Countertop Basin Sinks
• Double Sink in Master Bathroom and Single Sink in
    Secondary Bathrooms
• $12/Sq. Ft. Flooring Allowance
• Modern Quartz Countertops
• Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures
• MIA CUCINA Cabinets
Unique Exteriors
• Pre-Fabricated Wood Roof Trusses
• 15,000+ Sq. Ft. of Land
• Aluminum Windows
• Sherwin Williams Acrylic Flat Paint
• Designer Concrete Driveway
• LUSH Landscaping with Automatic Sprinklers
• Flat Concrete Roof Tiles
• Aluminum Louvered Railings
• Custom Decorative Wood Out Lookers
• Decorative Aluminum Louvered Accents
• Insulated Aluminum Garage Doors
• Private Backyards
• 18×36 Private Swimming Pools
• Retractable Awnings in Select Models
Community Amenities
• Mature Hardwood Trees
• Gated Community



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Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club Penthouse #1404 in Siena for Sale $1,875,000

Stunning Views from PH 1404 in Siena (Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club - Coral Gables)

Stunning Views from PH 1404 in Siena (Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club – Coral Gables)

No words are needed when you have a view like THIS one!   Penthouse #1404 in Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables … (Siena) was just listed for sale for $1,875,000. This is a stunning corner unit with wrap-around balconies and  terraces on three sides… with views to die for … 13611 Deering Bay Dr,  PH#1404, Coral Gables, Florida…

Included are a PRIVATE 2 car garage with direct elevator access to the unit (only two units in Siena offer that) …plus a deeded golf cart space.

Listed for sale separately are a 30 ft boat slip and 16,000 capacity lift (L-9)  located in the lagoon ($155,000).


Private 2 car garage with direct elevator access to PH 1404


Views of the bay, ocean from this side … and views of the lagoon marina and the golf course from the other terraces


Kitchen with breakfast bar … There is also a bay window breakfast nook and a formal dining room.

For a  private showing of PH#1404 in Siena or for additional information on the 30 Ft Boat Slip in the Lagoon (L-9), contact:

305 793-1365  Vicki Restivo

305 632-0164 Alexandra Hechtman –

EWM Realty Int’l  [email protected]

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30 FT Private Boat Slip & Lift Available in Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club Lagoon- Coral Gables $155,000


Located on the far left, closest to the island

Located on the far left, closest to the island

30 FT Private Boat Slip & Lift available in Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables. Slip #L-9 is well-protected, and located within the Lagoon, with direct access to the bay & ocean … and no fixed bridges. Listed for sale for $155,000 … MLS# A2197536 (Contact  Vicki Restivo & Alexandra Hechtman – EWM Realty Int’l – 305 793-1365) . Deering Bay is gated, with 24 hour security. #L-9 is the slip on the far left, closest to the island.IMG_0484

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Market Update – Fall 2014

Here’s an update on the Miami Real Estate Market, from EWM President Ron Shuffield…

Market Update Fall 2014


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Florida’s Housing Market Report – July 2014

In a recent report release by Florida Realtors, the housing market in Florida had increased inventory and rising median prices in July. The figures show a 5% increase (from July 2013) in single family homes that closed statewide, totaling 22,099. Overall, inventory for single family homes has risen 17.5%. The number of sales shows a lesser number of short sales last month as compared to last year…54.8% less short sales for single-family homes in the state.

According to Florida Realtors,  inventory for single family homes was at 5.5 months supply and townhouses at 5.7 months supply.According to Dr. John Tuccilo, Florida Realtors Chief Economist, “The July numbers look very much like June’s when each is compared to the prior year. This tends to verify our preliminary view that the market is settling into a stable pattern.”

This is good news for the local real estate market, as we have seen the months of inventory in South Florida grow as well and it seems that the market is stabilizing. With fewer short sales and foreclosures closing, the market is getting back to “normal”. Now is a great time to buy or sell. Contact the Restivo / Hechtman Team for help with all your real estate needs.





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I woke up up this morning wanting to go back to the restaurant we ate at last night.  EATING HERE IS JUST LIKE BEING IN ITALY!


The chef is brilliant. The pastry chef is an cullinary artist.  Both of them, as well as the owner, Carlo Sargenti, are from Rome.

271 Miracle Mile Coral Gables

Roma Eat … 271 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables

The name of this delightful new Gables restaurant is Roma Eat … There’s no sign out front (yet)…  271 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables …. It opened a couple of days ago … and I think it’s going to be the neighborhood restaurant many of us have been waiting and hoping for … the kind of neighborhood place we’ve wanted to find in Miami:  with  atmosphere and a fun vibe … Italian music… and fresh, authentic, exquisitely devine homemade ITALIAN CUISINE…


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3752 Kumquat Cottage $730,000 “The Tropical Cottage – At Home in Coconut Grove”


Like to own a piece of Miami history?

One of the oldest cottages in the Grove was JUST listed for sale …  (This one dates back to 1935  – if not before).

Miami photographer, Claudia Uribe, photographed this one, along with 32 others for Beth Dunlop’s book  “The Tropical Cottage – At Home in Coconut Grove”  …  It’s an awesome book on the Grove, giving some insight into the 33 most unique cottages Coconut Grove has to offer.

SRHSH-9387Our colleagues at the Riley Smith Group listed this quintessential  3 bedroom 2 bath cottage through EWM Realty Int’l for $730,000 at 3752 Kumquat Avenue … For more information or to see this cottage,  please call us at 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164or contact us here   [email protected]

This new listing is literally two houses up the street from one of my all-time favorite bungalow/cottages  … another cottage that was showcased in  Beth Dunlop’s book, “The Tropical Cottage – At Home in Coconut Grove”  … That other one, a 2 bedroom 1 bath cottage at 3720 Kumquat Avenue, was listed and sold by the Restivo Hechtman Team for $431,000.

Getting back to this ‘new’ quintessential Kumquat listing… It is adorable  … nestled under a tree canopy on one of the Grove’s most characteristic streets, Kumquat Avenue … Architecturally this one has a Spanish influence (with a touch of Alsace France  …  with it’s thick, pale blue stucco exterior).SRHSH-9399

This Kumquat cottage offers ‘everything’ Grove … the lifestyle …  friends and neighbors out and about …  bicyclists and passers-by heading to the center of town for breakfast on the weekends/  newspapers in hand …  strollers, dogs …  It’s a toss up whether the front porch or the front yard wins as the best spot for morning coffee. Read the rest of this entry »

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