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Find the RIGHT Townhouse in Miami! Your quick “How-To” Guide

For a variety of reasons,  a townhouse or villa may be a plausible answer to ‘what’s next?’  Whether you want to lock-up and take-off for a well-deserved romp around the globe… or  eliminate  entirely the hassle of maintaining a large home ( and grounds!)…  both can offer you freedom, without catapulting you into  quarters of claustrophobically minimal dimensions.  If you’re looking for independence and elbow room …  and a condo seems a bit confining…  Read the rest of this entry »

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Marketing Rich Niches

Marketing Rich Niches  Heidi Rafferty interviews Vicki and Alexandra Restivo of EWM Realtors, Inc for Florida Realtor Magazine – November 2008 article.   The mother/daughter team connects with foreign buyers looking to invest in Florida real estate in the current market, capitalizing on a favorable euro/dollar exchange rate .  Through their website and blog, and their ability to communicate in Italian, the Restivo’s have carved a niche market with foreign investors.  Through their connections with the University of Miami (Alexandra’s alma mater) they focus on University real estate needs as well

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Florida Realtor Magazine: Heidi Rafferty Interviews the Restivo Team on Niche Marketing

Heidi Rafferty interviews Realtors Alexandra and Vicki Restivo,  “Internationalists”, in the November 2008 Florida Realtor Magazine.  The mother/daughter team with EWM Realtors, Inc. have carved a niche market in a global network, drawing on a increasing number of foreign buyers looking to capitalize on the Euro/Dollar exchange in the current economic situation, and invest in sunny South Florida.
“Becoming an internationalist may be the easiest for sales associates who have language skills plus family or friend networks abroad”, says Rafferty .  For the full article:
Restivo Team: Florida Realtor Magazine Interview 11/08 “Miami is a mecca of global appeal … ”  and the Restivo’s promote it through their web site and blog.  www.MiamiRealEstateCafe.Com

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Lap of Luxury: Outdoor Terraces and Views of the Biltmore… As seen from 920 Sevilla’s Venetian Coral Gables Townhomes

Outdoor terraces & views of the Biltmore: A dusty bottle of Sassicaia from the wine cellar. Armagnac by the fireplace. A casual evening with Read the rest of this entry »

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Casa Tua : Miami Restaurant Review

Casa Tua - Miami Beach frontHidden from sight behind a thick hedge of ficus (with no signage to  indicate that it even exists) Casa Tua is a gem you could literally walk right past, never realizing it was was there.  Located on Miami Beach,  at 1700 James Avenue, Casa Tua was once a private home.  Now it’s a hide-away for elegant, secluded dining (and with five guest rooms … it’s also an uber-chic bed and breakfast/hotel).  Casa Tua reminds me of another restaurant I’ve loved for eternity: The Ivy in Los Angeles, California.

Casa Tua is owned by the Grenedene family.  Micky Grenedene opened the restaurant, members club, and boutique hotel in 2004. This beautiful Spanish Style Villa  has the feel and warmth of a private home, but on a grandiose scale.  

Casa Tua has indoor and outdoor dining, both… with the patio areas well-shaded and private… open for lunch and dinner.  Unique to Casa Tua is a large chefs table (reserved for single diners … as opposed to large parties!)  set within eyeshot of the open kitchen.   Photographs by Helmut Newton adorn the walls.

Wrought iron gates open to an outdoor brick terrace, and both the outdoor patio and the interior ambiance will make you swoon… Casa Tua is one of the most romantic restaurants around.  

On the second floor of Casa Tua (which has another lovely outdoor terrace as well)  is a private member’s lounge/ club and another terrace. 

Patrons and guests come from literally around the globe. How they find it,  I really don’t know… except that word of mouth spreads like wildfire… in Miami (as well as elsewhere!)  … and local concierges taut it highly.Casa Tua - Miami Beach terrace

Make a reservation. 

While the restaurant may appear to be 1/2 full when you get there,  they will not hurry you through your meal … so the table is yours, for as long as you choose. 

My favorite:

Pasta with creme fraisch and caviar (sinfully wonderful…  Just don’t be surprised when it arrives tepid, as that’s truly how it’s to be served) …  tuna tartare …  a wine list to admire …  desserts to make you melt.   Portions are small, and exquisite!

Among my top restaurant choices in Miami is Casa Tua!  

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Please leave your comments on this restaurant, and your other favorites anywhere in Miami Beach or South Florida.

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Italian Architecture and Design. Haute Living in Miami ?

Can you imagine living in a 4 story villa in the heart of Coral Gables… a private elevator, and a rooftop terrace with gorgeous views of historic landmarks… and no grass to cut?.  If you’re looking for a lifestyle change and are adamant about not sacrificing the quality of life you are used to, you might want to explore The Venetian Coral Gables.

From the outside, the Venetian exudes luxury. Designed by architects Marshall Bellin and Glenn Pratt, the community features traditional Italian architecture and design, with paved stone courtyards and waterfountains.

Enter through your private elevator, from street level, or through your individual underground garage.  Enjoy the decadence of your state-of-the-art Italian kitchen (Wolf, Miele and SubZero appliances). Your own 500 bottle wine cellar wtih the perfect bottle of wine. Kick off your shoes and relax by the living room fireplace, or step out onto your many terraces and take in the tropical Miami air. Retire and rejuvenate overnight in your third floor bedroom. In the morning, draw open the blinds… overlooking courtyards and the Coral Gables tree canopy. TAKE A PRIVATE TOUR.

Relax with friends on the loggia of your fourth-floor private entertainment area. Whether you barbeque, broil steak, or savor Florida’s stone crabs, your rooftop garden, with it’s covered outdoor summer kitchen (with sink, stove and refrigerator) opens to the sky above. Watch the football game in the grand media room connecting to the outdoor terrace, or throw on your swimsuit and hop into the rooftop jacuzzi spa tub.

Be among the few to live in one of twenty magnificent villas and embrace the lifestyle that is the Venetian Coral Gables… Your home … in Miami.

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