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Miami Welcomes Autumn … Stone Crab Season Has Started!

imageUnlike much of the country (which celebrates autumn’s seasonal changes with the more traditional apple picking and enjoyment of fall foliage),  Miami has our own special way of welcoming in the fall.

Miamians mark the start of OUR fall, effective  the day “Stone Crab Season” opens, and that was this weekend!

Officially underway as of October 15th…. Stone Crabs are back … and Joe’s Stone Crab is open again for business thru May 16 ( Joe’s  is an iconic Miami Beach restaurant, which started as literally just a shack  … in the same spot … and is now in it’s 103rd season):  Joe’s Stone Crab –  111 Washington Avenue – Miami Beach.

I’m sure the lines are exceptionally long, as ususal …  I know of many who will be waiting on line, but some of us will wait a few days before attempting entry.   It’s a fun way to welcome in the Fall, Miami Style.

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Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market Open Every Sunday

farmers-market2FREE … and Open Every Sunday…  all year long …. from 9am to 2pm ….  PINECREST GARDENS FARMER’S MARKETfarmers-market

Small locally owned and operated businesses and local farmers open for business under the tree canopy of Pinecrest Gardens – at 11000 Red Road for what has become a Sunday morning tradition for many of us.  Fun place to wander and shop for goodies.

What’s for sale?   Organic fruits and vegetables, specialty artisan breads (ZTB … Zak the Baker),  locally grown organic produce, herbs, plants & trees, fresh flowers, orchids, spices, teas, coffees, eggs, tropical fruit smoothies, gourmet specialties, prepared foods (barbeque and pizza cooked there), cheeses, meats, olives, granola, candles, gift items.

One more reason that Pinecrest is such a desirable place to live, work and play!  Feels like a pinch of Europe, right here in Pinecrest.

Thinking about moving here?  Call us … We can make that happen!   The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International  305 793-1365  -or-  305 632-0164

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The Underline – Reinventing Miami’s Outdoor Space

jcfo_underline_00-typical_proposed-dayHave you heard about the Underline? It’s a fabulous new project that will redevelop a 10-mile path along the MetroRail from Dadeland to Brickell. The plan is to redesign the space underneath the MetroRail and make it into a linear park with an urban trail. The Underline is especially meant to connect communities with a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly way of getting around, while making the park into usable spaces for everyone. The idea is to add exercise equipment, native vegetation, bike kiosks, pop-up shops, playgrounds and art. There are also plans to improve all the stations and intersections along the MetroRail.

jcfo_underline_04-brickell-hammock-trail_proposedFounded by Meg Daly, this project is not only going to improve the space underneath the MetroRail, but it will also have great economic impact in the surrounding areas. There will be new development along the corridor, creating new jobs and real estate appreciation. Their studies indicate up to 25% increase in the value of properties adjacent to the corridor and up to a 5% increase in property values up to 1/3 a mile away.

The Master Plan was designed by New York’s James Corner Field Operations, and the University of Miami School of Architecture Studies – under the Dean of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture,  Rodolphe el Khoury – received valuable input from student and faculty resources. Professor Rocco Ceo led a class of 10 students to create a concept design for park space, trail and intersection improvements.

Tjcfo_underline_08-university-rain-garden_proposedhe Master Plan is fully funded, while construction funding is up to $5 million. The rest of the funding will come from public and private donations, while the trail and intersection improvements will be funded by private sources. The Friends of the Underline is a non-profit organization responsible for getting this project going and seeing it through to it’s completion. Similar projects have taken about 10 years to complete, so the Underline could take that long to complete. If you would like to help with ideas or donations, you can do so by joining the Friends of the Underline.

Thank you to Friends of the Underline for sharing their images, renderings and statistics with the Restivo Hechtman Team. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this wonderful project will have on the community.

 

 

 

 

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The Tiny House Movement … HGTV … What are the chances of it hitting Miami?

The tiny house movement  ….which is defined as real estate consisting of 600 square feet or less of living space… is trending.  HGTV is currently airing shows dedicated to the Tiny House Movement.    “Tiny House Hunters”.

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I got a kick out of seeing THIS,  just up the street from my house in North Pinecrest earlier today.  I wonder what one would spend to buy it  … and what it would be like to live inside those four walls.

With all the massive ground breaking developments popping up all over Miami, and record numbers of mega mansions under construction in Pinecrest…. there are people intrigued with the idea of “doing with less”.   But how many of us could really do with this much less, I don’t know.

As I followed this tiny house down the road,  my first thought was …  “I could live there.”   In theory, the idea intrigues me … that minimalistic concept of owning a cottage or cabin.  It will be interesting to see whether the tiny house movement can or does take hold in Miami.

This  house on wheels  had solar panels …  and other than that I have no clue as to what else it did or didn’t have … or even where it was headed…  but I was unquestionably amused, and am still smiling.

And to top it off, the first person I showed this picture to said “Oh, I need to move there!”

Whatever you real estate needs,  Alexandra and I would be pleased to work with you … The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International.  Contact us anytime !

www. MiamiRealEstateCafe.com   –   Our Miami Real Estate Blog and Website

Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164  and Vicki Restivo   304 793-1365      [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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Defining “Furnished” … What furnished apartments include

With a ‘furnished’ rental,  don’t assume  it will come with much more than just the bare basics.

Some rentals are “staged” (as hotel rooms are)…  with all the bells and whistles …  and all you really need is  just your suitcase.photo 1 (2)

This condo unit in 500 Brickell was a real breath of fresh air …  (in case you’re a landlord looking for ideas).

It had all the trimmings of a high-end hotel suite (and more)  … and since a picture is worth a thousand words, we thought we’d fire away.  (Listed for under $2,300 per month … in Miami … we rented this one bedroom condo unit out quickly)photo 5 (2)

Staged with decorative art, candles, fruit, cheese knives, placemats … soap, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss …photo 5 (3)
The kitchen was equipped with a new blender, toaster, coffee maker,  dishes, plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, wine opener, serving pieces,  cookware, plastic wrap, salt and pepper … pots & pans … It came with an iron & ironing board, linens, bedding, pillows … television …candles…

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New leather couches, area rugs,  runners,  plenty of hangars & storage boxes in the closets, vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan … decorative shelves and accent pieces…photo 4 (3)

“Furnished” can mean anything from just furniture … to something more like a hotel room.   When you come across a furnished rental with all the bells and whistles,  chances are your landlord probably will be a good one.

Are you contemplating buying, selling, leasing or investing in property in Miami ?    If you’re looking for a top Miami Realtor,  we’d love to chat  with you  … The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International…  e-mail:  [email protected]   …  Feel free to call us at 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164 or connect with us here  anytime.

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AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT “ROMA EAT” – TOP NEW Restaurant in Coral Gables

 

 

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.

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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”

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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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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

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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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Miami … “Playground for the Rich and Famous”

While the rest of the world is bundled up, stuck indoors, shivering, shovelling snow,  South Florida is enjoying t-shirt weather, deep sea fishing, golf, sailing, tennis … and this time of year is still prime outdoor cafe weather.  The Miami lifestyle is yours if you want it … We specialize in South Florida Real Estate, and we look forward to helping  you make Miami your home.   Call us today …  Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164 and Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365 …. The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty Int’l   [email protected]

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