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Midtown Miami … Recreating the Look & Feel of New York’s SoHo & Meat Packing District

MIAMI’S MIDTOWN is starting to take on the look and feel of New York’s Meat Packing and SoHo Districts.  

Miami has a new  “fashionably-trendy” hot spot… offering walkability… a neighborhood feel … nightlife… shopping and dining … entertainment … art … and a vibrant interactive community in the areas of  MIDTOWN  and the MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT.   Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District are all  pretty much adjacent to one another – each of them located  immediately north of Downtown Miami … and  within blocks of the “10 billion dollar mile”.  

A host of trendy new restaurants, new condo construction, shops and restaurants  have seemingly sprung up overnight in Midtown and the Design District …  With the Miami Art Festival  (and influx of art galleries, dining options and stores popping up)   Midtown planted itself on the map at the end of 2011 …  and made it the talk of Miami in a matter of a few months.

Condos in Midtown can be bought for around $200.00 a square foot … brand new…   and range in price from around $200,000.00 – upward . Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreclosures in Process by State

InfoGraphic Methodology as per CoreLogic: The foreclosure inventory represents the number and ratio of homes that have been placed into the process of foreclosure by the mortgage servicer….

via Foreclosures in Process by State.

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Real Estate Sales Are On The Rise in South Florida

Buzz word on the streets, all over Miami, as well as in this recent article published by  HOUSINGWIRE.COM  is that real estate sales in South Florida are up from last year: 

“Home prices in South Florida jumped in the fourth quarter as international buyers and investors nabbed affordable inventory.

In Broward County, where Fort Lauderdale is the county seat, existing single-family home and condo sales increased 6% to 6,572 sales in 4Q 2011 from 6,225 in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the Miami Association of Realtors.

In Miami-Dade County,  sales of existing, single-family homes and condo  increased in 4Q 2011 to 5,839 sales from 4,722 in the comparable year-ago period.”

Inventory is down  … having dropped drastically …  Inventory in Miami-Dade  is currently 40%  less than what it was  last year.  

Whether you are buying or selling, this is the time to be in real estate … especially if you’re looking anywhere in Miami.   Looking for an uber local real estate agent to work with ?  It’s  the Restivo Team at EWM Realtors …  305 793-1365  [email protected].   We look forward to hearing from you!

It’s important to understand the market and know where the opportunities lie.  Whether you are buying, selling, investing, relocating …   We appreciate that you’re reading our blog …    And we invite you to subscribe if you’d like.   Our real estate blog is and we are a mother daughter team of local real estate experts in the Miami-Dade areas of Miami Beach, Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, High Pines, Ponce Davis, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, South Miami … and neighboring areas.   Call anytime!  We would love to work with you!   305 632-0164  or 305 793-1365   (direct lines)  … Alexandra and Vicki Restivo

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival

This weekend, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is back. February 18-20 from 10 am – 6 pm, with general admission tickets of $10. If you’re a Coconut Grove resident (33133 zip code) it’s $5 with proof of residency. There will be over 360 artists and craftsmen showcasing their work. Enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather and take part in the 49th annual festival.

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The Perfect Miami Vacation

Looking for a great place to vacation in Miami? Try The Palms Hotel & Spa- a well kept secret on Miami Beach. The beachfront hotel is located on 31 St and Collins Ave and boasts lush gardens, a beautiful pool area with cabanas and a delicious restaurant.

The hotel also features a world-class spa and hosts a ton of weddings throughout the year. If you live here, head out to Essensia, their fabulous restaurant, sit on the terrace and enjoy the view.

If you’re visiting, stay a while, enjoy the pool, the beach, the beautiful setting…you won’t want to go home!


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Free Tickets to UM Men’s Basketball Games

The 20 year agreement between the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami is benefiting Gables residents once again. If you reside in Coral Gables and would like to attend these games, go to the War Memorial Youth Center at 405 University Drive on the dates below, show proof of residency, and receive up to 4 tickets for the games. Only 250 tickets will be distributed per game and are given on a first come first served basis. Here’s the schedule:

Game 1: Sunday, January 22 at 12 noon. University of Miami vs. North
Carolina State. Tickets distributed starting Monday Jan 9 at 8 am.

Game 2: Wednesday, February 1 at 8 p.m. University of Miami vs.
Maryland. Tickets distributed starting Monday Jan 23 at 8 am.

Game 3: Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m. University of Miami vs. Wake
Forest. Tickets distributed starting Thursday Feb 2 at 8 am.

Game 4: Sunday, February 26 at 6 p.m. University of Miami vs. Florida
State University. Tickets distributed starting Feb 15 at 8 am.

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Coral Gables Farmers Market Starts January 21

 The Farmers Market will be in season from January 21 through March 31 and takes place every Saturday from 8 am until 2 pm in front of City Hall (intersection of Biltmore Way and Le Jeune). There are baked goods, specialty plants, fresh picked produce as well as live music children’s activites at 11 am and free Tai Chi class at 8 am. There are also master chef demonstrations from local Gables restaurants at 10 am. Here is a complete schedule of events.
If you would like to move to Coral Gables, contact the Restivo Team.

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Caution – Crocodile Alert

Florida Wildlife Officials have put up signs along the Snapper Creek Canal, warning residents that there have been crocodiles spotted in the canal. If you frequent Red Road Linear Park or areas around the canal, you should exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings.

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Pinecrest People Mover … Up and Running!

The Village of Pinecrest recently started using a people mover, a free ride that connects Palmetto Middle School and Palmetto High School with the neighborhood. Many Pinecrest Middle and High school students do not qualify for Miami Dade County School Bus Service, so the People Mover is a great solution for those students. The bus runs in the morning and afternoon, with various routes in teh afternoon to accomodate after school activities. Here is the map and schedule for the People Mover.


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South Florida: 4th Largest School System in Nation

There are over 350,000 students right now  in South Florida.  We have the 4th largest school system in the nation  … and of  6-18 year old students  currently attending school in South Florida, they were born in 171 countries, and speak 106 languages.

There’s a niche for literally anyone wanting to move to South Florida …  One can find familiar foods, make friends, experience  multitudes of languages and cultures amd religions,  find  diversity and familiarity of every possible kind …With no  mountains and no snow,  Miami is home to the largest snow ski club  anywhere in the United States…. 

If you’re relocating to  South Florida there is  information available to you here, on both public and private school options as well as specialized education … what’s offered… where school boundaries are …  school locations…  contact information.  is the real estate blog and website  that we created for our clients who are buying, selling and/or relocating to South Florida.  As local realtors in the Miami area, we hope it will be a good starting point for you … 

Whatever questions you have,  whether you are contemplating moving or are ready to buy, sell or relocate,  please  ask.  You are welcome to contact us directly with your specific needs/wants/questions.  We will be happy to work with you, and help  make your next move the best!  The Restivo Team …  We are local Miami Real Estate Agents….and look forward to working with you.   Vicki and Alexandra Restivo  305 793-1365  [email protected]


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