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Broker’s Open April 22: “Cul-de-Sac” 4 bedroom CORPORATE RELOCATION $572,000

97 AveThis cul-de-sac  4-bedroom beauty, renovated with top upgrades and finishes (by her engineer owner, fully expecting to settle into this cul-de-sac gem himself, permanently)  is FOR SALE.   A corporate transfer makes this a golden opportunity for a new buyer… because of  LOCATION, QUALITY, FINISHES, and VALUE.  Located at the quiet cul-de-sac end of 14810 SW 97 Avenue , in the Falls Area of Miami, only knowledgeable buyers will realize how PRIVATE and QUIET the location is, given the AVENUE ADDRESS.  

OPEN WEDNESDAYS for BROKER’s OPENS:  April 22nd and May 20th  (11:30-2:30).   Public is welcome to come as well!  

OPEN SUNDAYS :    April 26 … May 3 …  and   May 17  (Noon-2pm):     For other showing times, contact the listing agents.  CORPORATE RELOCATION PRICED TO SELL!  Directions to the property:  SW 136th Street to SW 97 Avenue … South to the cul-de-sac end:  14810 SW 97th Avenue.

4 bedroom/2 baths (Spa-like master-suite and cabana-bath each have direct access to the patio/garden ) Enormous Covered Patio with built-in wet-bar overlooks the Pool and Waterfall, and can accommodate 50 guests. Very private grounds,  exotic plantings, stunning outdoor lighting, a perfect balance of shade and sun.   Huge grassy play area.   Superb TREE HOUSE!  Privacy fence.  

Finest in finishes: Hardwood floors and marbleRenovated kitchen with a pass-through to the pool/counter/built-in bar …  streaming with natural light from the skylight… and functionally designed for comfort and elegance. Living Room. Family Room, Formal Dining. Breakfast Area.  Split plan. Spa-like Baths. High Ceilings. Indoor laundry. Two-car garage. French Doors …. For the price, and location, and the quality …  it’s a GEM of a house….  Please join us for the Broker’s Open or stop by for any of our OPEN HOUSE dates.  Very much worth seeing!

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University Housing for Qualified UM Faculty Members (Four Fillies – Pinecrest)

University of Miami qualified faculty members and medical affiliates can take advantage of an exclusive opportunity to live in the lush enclave of  Four Fillies Farm, private university housing  in the Pinecrest school district,  donated to the University by philanthropist and longtime trustee Frank Smathers Jr.  

Four Fillies

Four Fillies Farm consists of 30 newly constructed villas built on 11 acres in the center of the bucolic 32-acre Smathers Estate located between Red Road  (SW 57th Avenue) and Old Cutler, in Pinecrest.  The additional 21 acres of surrounding grounds, rare plant life, extensive fruit groves and  natural hammock are maintained by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Gated, private, and  adjacent to the marina, this university setting is home to UM faculty and recruits.  Walking trails, swimming pool and hot tub, tennis court,  playground, workout room and clubhouse, privately gated Four Fillies offers acres of  tranquility.  Developed by MAMCO and designed and built by Breakstone,   Four Fillies has preserved, very much intact,  the natural environment of the estate… designing  the entire community in and around existing tropical plants and trees. 

Quality-built by internationally renown Breakstone,  most of the villas have already been sold, and are lived in.  A handful of homes are available.  All are GREEN CERTIFIED by the Florida Green Building Coalition, and  expected to perform 20-30% better on average than  the Florida Energy Code,  which should  provide significant savings. 

Current  and future qualified UM recruits and faculty can apply their SAM Program Incentives to any property in Four Fillies Farm. 

The homes currently available  are two-story,  4-5 bedrooms,  priced at $1,145,000 – $1, 595,00 (with a particularly lovely 5 bedroom available for $1,400.000.00)… Every home in Four Fillies offers a guaranteed buy-back program from the University, advantageous for buyers, as it encourages and enables highly competitive loan options from lenders. 

Located near Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, and near Pinecrest Gardens (with it’s state of the art Community Center, library, classes, village greens), and near Matheson Hammock Park (with boating facilities, lagoon beach, biking trails), Four Fillies is located within Pinecrest’s highly desirable school district (Pinecrest Elementary, Palmetto Middle and Palmetto Senior High).

There are several floor plans.  EWM Realtors has a beautiful two-story home in listed in Four Fillies,  at the end of Smathers Road, elegant with high ceilings… flowing open living areas and a lush expanse of  back yard ‘orchard’,  priced at $1,400,000.00   It’s a regal property at the southern edge of Four Fillies,  5-bedrooms with a 2-car garage.   The entirety of  Four Fillies was previously available solely through MAMCO , the asset company for the University of Miami.  EWM Realtors can now assist you  with any of  homes available in Four Fillies, now that construction is complete. Smathers Four Fillies homes are not listed through the MLS,  as they are deed restricted to University of Miami qualified faculty members.  For additional information, or to see  any Four Fillies properties, contact  either Vicki  Restivo at 305 793-1365  or Alexandra Restivo at 305 632-0164.

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Brickell Living At It’s Best…Live in the NeoVertika

Located in the heart of Brickell, this contemporary unit in the NeoVertika has much to offer. Enjoy stunning views of Downtown and the Miami River from your double balcony. Dazzle your guests in this trendy New York-Style building with a Miami twist. Neovertika

The unit has 1 bedroom and one bath overlooking the river and boasts fabulous city views. The building features a rooftop pool, an impressive gym and a volcanic rock sauna.

Click here for a brochure. Contact Alexandra Restivo at 305.632.0164 to see this great unit or for any of your real estate needs.

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CONDO LOANS increasingly HARD TO GET in many South Florida Condos!

"RULES"!Why waste time hunting for a condo you can’t get a mortgage for?  Know the facts before you hit the pavement.    Obtaining mortgages in some Florida condos may now be virtually impossible, as a result of the new Fannie Mae rules.  

 Lenders have long  been reluctant to provide financing in certain South Florida condo buildings.  Many more buildings will now be scratched from their lists altogether,  as a result of the recently imposed  Fannie Mae rules.   

A handful of lenders  ‘blacklisted’  certain buildings… before….but these  new condo regulations, imposed in  January  2009, will  make condo FINANCING in Florida  exponentially more challenging .  Unless you are well-informed,  you risk stumbling across a ‘steal’ of an apartment, only to find it’s unattainable,  on account of rules prohibiting lenders from providing mortgages in buildings  that for all purposes appear stable.   

Fannie Mae’s rules will  create  financing hurdles at the very least!   These new rules pertains solely to Florida, and for the most part, affect  buildings MOST  in need of a vitamin B shot.   Fannie Mae’s new regulations will slam condo buildings  like the plague.  

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SoBe Living At It’s Best!

Just listed is a fabulous apartment at the Murano Grande located at 400 Alton Road in Miami Beach. This 14th floor beauty features the utmost in style and elegance with 20×20 blue limestone floors and marble kitchen countertops, top of the line appliances. The master bathroom features alpine snow quartz vanity top and mayorca limestone floors and walls. Designer light fixtures and frameless shower doors complete the beautiful interior. With views to the ocean and easy access to the bay and marina, the unit is the ultimate chic place to live. The Murano Grande is one of a handful of uber chic, sought-after SoBe condo highrises in the area south of Fifth. Thirty eight stories high, with 270 units, The Murano Grande offers valet as well as self-parking,  tennis court, spa, massage rooms, fitness center,  bayfront swimming deck with a private cafe, views of the yachts and marina, an entertainment level, pool table,  personal 24 hour concierge service, and easy access to the pedestrian walkway that will take you around the point to the beach. One elevator per two units provides the ultimate in privacy. Unit 1405 is for sale at $850,000 and also available for lease at $3,500.

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Contact Alexandra Restivo at 305.632.0164 or Vicki Restivo at 305.793.1365 for further information on this property, or for any of your South Florida real estate needs.

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Miami Lures You. Coral Gables Grabs You, and Holds You.

You came here by chance. The allure of the palm trees, ocean and tropical paradise that Miami is known for.  A gentle way of life.  Miami, southern gateway to America, beckons…. and Coral Gables definitely, unequivocally invites you to stay.  If historic Coral Gables whispers, there’s a rooftop terrace, and outdoor summer kitchen … and rooftop jacuzzi…. and an entire private villa beneath it waiting to have your name attached to it. For now, your villa holds the name of a fine wine or special story… just waiting to be told.
Step through the wrought iron gates.  Slip the key in and
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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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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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Living in the North Quadrant of Coral Gables… in one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States

With homes in Coral Gables priced (for the most part) from the mid $300,000’s to $24,500,000  there’s a wide variety to choose from.  Those in the North Quardrant of the Gables, in the vicinity of the Biltmore Hotel, are priced upward of 5 million.  With views right over the Biltmore Golf Course, this one at 1415 Sevilla Avenue,  with a zip code of 33134,  is currently the top contender for the highest price tag, scheduled for completion in early 2009, and  priced at $5,495,000.
The Gables zip codes of 33134, 33143 and 33146 are among the priciest in the nation.
Coral Gables…. Tranquil, well-maintained, residential setting.  Green spaces.  Mature trees.  Quiet reflection, the sounds of the birds, aromatic caffe latte in hand. 
No interruptions.
Coral Gables….Steeped in historical beauty … Elegant, tropical backdrop with a distinctly European feel, and a vibrancy, uniquely it’s own.
The North Biltmore Quadrant is home to the historic Biltmore Hotel and Golfcourse…  an underground spring bubbling into what’s been, since 1924, The Venetian Pool, which, like the Biltmore, is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
While Coral Gables is a community of multimillion dollar residences,  growing exceedingly more cultured and more pedestrian, the Gables also offers more accessible price tags. This home on  412 Alminar lies within the 33134 zip code, and is  currently on the market for nearly half it’s sticker price it had two years ago.  Listed at $349,000:
412 Alminar in Coral Gables has both warmth and charm.
Art galleries nearby. Fine dining. Cultural events. Shopping and coffee houses.  Bookstores and boutiques. There’s home, there’s work, and there’s more… there’s  Coral Gables!  With homes from the mid $300,000’s to $24,500,000 perhaps this is the neighborhood for you.

For more information on living in Coral Gables, or elsewhere in Miami, call us.  Whether you are already here, or are looking to move here,  let us make your transition to a new home a good one.

From one end of the pendulum to the other, Coral Gables offers an array of residential styles, and there’s truly something for everyone.  We welcome any questions you might have.  Feel free to call.

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Murano Grande: Best 2-bedroom lease in this “See and Be Seen” SOBE Hotspot

Concierge services, outrageous security,  and an unrivaled location in the heart of upscale SoBe (just south of Fifth), the Murano Grande  at 400 Alton Road, is one place you’ll be treated royally well.  With units priced for lease from $3,800  to a whopping $25,000 per month (unfurnished),  the location and calibre of building is absolute tops.  Bay and marina on one side …  spectacular city lights and  the ocean to the other.

Three towers. One elevator for each two condominium units.  Marina.  Private Cafe.  Spa with massage rooms (and massage therapists who will provide treatments poolside or in the privacy of your individual  residence).  Tennis court.  Pool views of the bay, marina and  yachts.  Read the rest of this entry »

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