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Perfect Alternative to the Million Dollar Pinecrest Estate?


If you want a Miami neighborhood (with acre estates – and priced below what you’ll find in Pinecrest) there is one neighborhood that relatively few people know about:  Historic Sunset ( by South Miami).

Architects and builders have been building personal residences  for themselves and their families  there for years now … living there and not wanting to move.  Up until a few of those multimillion dollar homes actually came on the market, and began to sell, prices in that neighborhood remained low – for lack of comps and lack of inventory. The neighborhood still isn’t as well known as Pinecrest or Coral Gables … and that adds to the value … Where is this “secret gem of a neighborhood” ?   It’s the Historic Sunset area …   south of St. Thomas the Apostle Church & School … north of Sunset Drive … south of Miller Road… and east of the Palmetto (SR 826)  …  It abuts both Coral Gables &  South Miami  … very close to the University of Miami.

It’s a quiet tree-lined neighborhood that juxtaposes recently-built multi-million-dollar acre-estates  with rather modest smaller older homes… in an area that many people are  only vaguely familiar with (unless they’ve searched a five mile radius of UM for property and stumbled across it that way … or have driven around to explore).  Buyers tend to be familiar with/ or “know”  Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami … but this Historic Sunset Neighborhood is an awesome alternative for home buyers, and can offer significant bang for your buck.   And … it’s  literally just minutes from everything.  May be worth exploring if you’re relocating to Miami, working for the University of Miami, Baptist Hospital, or wanting to live and work in the general area of Coral Gables,  Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, High Pines, Ponce/Davis, or South Miami … and not stuck on needing to be within the boundaries of Pinecrest Elementary School.


We  listed a unique French-style two story pool home in this  Historic Sunset area  last week.  It’s an acre estate, with a lighted tennis court, fenced and gated … with European feel,  flair & warmth: 7411 SW 66th Street.  Listed for $1,100,000 this home’s façade hints of France (with it’s mansard roof)  … It blends the Mediterranean with a tropical Miami vibe and location …  It has an outdoor summer kitchen and paella grill…  Grounds surrounded by fruit trees (mango, avocado, lychee, citrus, star fruit, kumquat) … Located at the far end of a cul-de-sac across from a mega mansion that’s going up just across the street… and from what I know, amazing neighbors.

This home is  gated and fenced … with a circular drive … It’s a two story (with three of the bedrooms upstairs).  There are 3260 square feet of living area –  and the home was completely remodeled in 2001.  Lighted spacious tennis court. Sparkling pool. Outdoor summer kitchen and built-in paella grill. An understated theatre/media room.  Full house generator.  4 air conditioning units. 60 foot deep well. Impact windows/shutters. Alarm. Fireplace. Wine cellar. Wine Fridge.  4 bedrooms. 3.5 baths. Upstairs terrace overlooks the pool and tennis courts and grounds. Vegetable garden.  Covered patio entertainment area downstairs.  Surround sound (indoors and out). Located on a cul de sac with no through traffic.

To see this property or others, or to list your property for sale, contact the Restivo Hechtman Team at 305-793-1365 and 305-632-0164.  This house is a pleasure to show!   Visual Tour 7411 SW 66th Street, Miami Florida



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Coconut Grove Upsurge

If you’re thinking of investing, it might be worth keeping an eye on the Grove.   Coconut Grove’s waterfront revitalization plan, and recent real estate developments have put Coconut Grove on our radar screen (again).

The Convention Center was demolished a few months ago,  with plans approved to transform Coconut Grove’s waterfront area…Dinner Key Marina and Sailboat Bay … into pedestrian-friendly public park areas with water-front promenades, new marinas, restaurants & shops.  The 3 new waterside restaurants are likely to include Don Shula’s … a revamped Scotty’s Landing … and a seafood spot.

2 mega-luxury spiraling-condo-towers (where the former Grand Bay Hotel stood, at 2675 South Bayshore Drive)  broke ground earlier in 2014.  What’s now under construction there will soon be The Grove at Grand Bay – a high end condo project with spectacular views and amenities.  It’s now in it’s early stages of construction  –  and although the units were priced from $3 million to $5 million per individual condo unit, The Grove at Grand Bay has already virtually sold out.  The handful of uber chic  condo units still available have price tags between $900 -$1,100 per square foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lourdes Ruiz Toledo – Miami Caterer – Fills Our Home With Flavor

At a broker’s open house on E-Lake … I won a catered four-course / five-hour extravaganza …   that Lourdes Ruiz Toledo of Pamper Me Foods orchestrated and catered  at our house


Lourdes has no website … yet … but her food is amazing… so she’s now in my little black book.

I met her while Alexandra and I were previewing homes for our clients  … one of which was 13611 SW 97 Avenue …  $2,075,000 waterfront property listed for sale by Margie Shanti and Liede DeValdivielso of Coldwell Banker. Lourdes catered their broker’s open that day –  serving ‘bites’  in elegant plastic stemmed glasses  …

She had similar presentations the evening she catered dinner at our house …  Two of the courses were served in mimosa glasses and champagne flutes.  Her creations each came with a story …  about her travels, what inspired each dish,  the people, places , and exotic ingredients  (and enough description to make me hope I could duplicate them).   Her stories and presentations were lovely. 

She is worth recommending : Pamper Me Foods … [email protected]  305 300-3549

I know she  hosts  girls nights out … kids cooking classes …  elegant dinner parties … cocktail receptions …

And… if you,  or someone you know,  are looking find a new home  to entertain in  …  please call me.  Alexandra and I would love to help make that happen … There are so  many wonderful homes on the market right now in Miami.  305 793-1365  Vicki Restivo [email protected]  … 305 632-0164 Alexandra Hechtman  [email protected]  Restivo/Hechtman  … Mother/Daughter Team at EWM Realty International.

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Coconut Grove Project Includes Waterfront Restaurants and Pedestrian Promenade

The Miami Herald reported November 5th that Coconut Grove is soon slated to have 3 snazzy new waterfront eateries (with soaring glass walls and views of Biscayne Bay …  in glass and steel bay front structures designed by Arquitectonica).  There are plans to create an pedestrian promenade as well as a new park…. turning the Grove into something Miami desperately needs:  waterfront land that the public can access and enjoy.

The Grove Bay Investment Group is apparently ready to sign a 50 year lease  with the city for the site just north of Miami City Hall all along the water, paying a minimum of $1.4 million a year for that …  and spending an additional $18 million to refurbish the marina,  add three new waterfront eateries, and create a pedestrian promenade extending from South Bayshore Drive all the way up to the new public pier over Biscayne Bay.  This, combined with creating a 3 story parking garage with retail shopping at ground level, and green open spaces for the public to enjoy, will transform the Grove and the historic village bay front. Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Miami Herald Building Multi Agency Emergency Training Exercise October 23, 2013

Tomorrow  (Wednesday  October 23, 2013)  a  multi agency training exercise  is scheduled  for in and around the Old Miami Herald Building. 

Emergency vehicles and officers from multiple police departments will be involved.  This is just a training exercise. 


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Drive-In Movies Come to Miami

Drive-In movies are no longer a thing of the past. Beginning September 18,  Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive In in Wynwood will feature movies, a concession stand and window speakers. There is a reserved seating area with 10 reserved tables and up to 20 cars will be allowed per show.

Prices vary, but reserved ticket packages run from $25-$60. The theater is located at  90 NW 29th St, next to O Cinema. The Grand Opening isn’t until October 9, but there are pre-screenings beginning the 18th of September.

The Pre-Screening schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 18 at 8:30 pm –  ‘Pretty in Pink’
  • Sept. 19 at 8:30 pm – ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘The Wild Life’
  • Sept. 20 at 8:30 pm – ‘The Princess Bride’
  • Sept. 21 at 8:30 pm – ‘Grease’

The schedule after opening is as follows:

  • Oct. 9 at 8 pm – ‘Moon Over Miami’
  • Oct. 10 at 8 pm – ‘American Graffiti’
  • Oct. 11 at 7:45 pm – ‘Back to the Future’
  • Oct. 12 at 7:45 pm – ‘The Goonies’
  • Oct. 17 at 7:45 pm – ‘The Birds’

Just in time for Miami’s “fall” weather, the Drive-In Theater is great for a night out with friends or for date night. Get out and enjoy this new addition to Wynwood.


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Miami Spice Culinary Experience – August and September 2013

Miami Spice  officially kicked off  last night.   From August 1 through September 30,  many of Miami’s top restaurants participate in what locals and visitors look forward to each summer in South Florida … a now-traditional summer dining-event known as “MIAMI SPICE”.

Typically, each participating restaurant offers their own ‘signature’ specials …  for a fixed price …  ‘ THE MIAMI SPICE PRICE’…

Dozens of restaurants showcase their own three-course  meals  (lunch $19 or $23 … dinner $33 or $39) …

It started in an effort to drive business (during the slower summer months), and has evolved into an annual two-month event.

Some of the restaurants have found the promotion worth  continuing even after it’s official ‘end’.

Here’s the link to the participating restaurants…  menus…. and more details on Miami Spice.

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Pinecrest Council OKs Red Light Cameras

Last Tuesday, Pinecrest Council members voted to use red light cameras at four intersections on US-1. The cameras will be in the northbound lanes on US-1 and SW 88 St, SW 112 St, SW 128 St and Daytran Drive. A $158 fine will be issued by mail to violators.

The program will be put into effect only if it passes a final approval at a second meeting slated for September. The intention is to make the City safer by deterring people from running red lights, knowing they can be caught even without an officer to stop them at that moment. Stay tuned to see if this goes into effect.

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Sony Open 2013

The Sony Open is back! One of my favorite times of the year, the tennis community comes together for the biggest tournament in South Florida.

Watch the top Men and Women players compete for the title on Key Biscayne. Players like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, the Williams Sisters and Maria Sharapova will amaze us with their talent while us fans get to soak up the sun and enjoy the atmosphere at the Tournament.

The Sony Open takes place March 19- April 1. I will be there taking it all in…hope to see you there!

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Midtown Miami … Exploding

Midtown, described as “a neighborhood that offers a contemporary interpretation of urban living and a lifestyle rich in the amenities and conveniences of city life … within an intimate artistic and culturally-enriched community”  is one of Miami’s new hot spots.

The developer of Midtown 2 and 4 considers the area to be “better priced than comparable buildings in Brickell and Downtown”.  He says “Midtown is experiencing uncharacteriscally high demand…  as residential real estate goes,  with high rental rates that are continuing to increase … and in some cases match rental prices in luxury buildings like the Icon Brickell.”

Midtown has seen exponential growth in a relatively short period of time …  residential and commercial.

As the brainchild of Midtown Equity Group, the Midtown community is referred to as the new SoHo of Miami, hosting Art Basel, and about to become  home to stores like Cartier, Prada, Ferragamo, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, all of which are moving from Bal Harbour and all slated to be going into a high end, pedestrian shopping center in the heart of Midtown. Read the rest of this entry »

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