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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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Outdoor Terraces and Views of The Biltmore… Coral Gables’ Secret Haven

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

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198 Nautical Miles from Cuba… Miami Waterfront Property

 

Foreign investors and second home buyers often insist on “ocean view“.  After all, Miami screams lifestyle, outdoors, tropics, and paradise.  Waterviews increase the value of property exponentially, and esthetically, water is soothing.  If you’re looking for water, Read the rest of this entry »

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