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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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Smathers Four Fillies – Deed Restrictions Changed – All Current UM Employees Eligible to Buy


Deed restrictions have been modified,  allowing current employees of the University of Miami to reside in Smathers Four Fillies Farm (Pinecrest, Florida).

(Previous deed restrictions necessitated buyers hold a faculty appointment.)

We have one home within that complex now listed for sale… And it is exceptional!  11400 Smathers Circle, Pinecrest, Florida 33156.
Four Fillies is a gated 32 acre community consisting of 30 homes (as well as being the home for the presiding UM President).  There are 20 unspoilt acres of hammocks,  avocado & mango groves,  walking paths, nature trails,  and land  maintained by Fairchild Gardens  … as well as tennis courts, a swimming pool, gym, community center and a playground. Read the rest of this entry »

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Appreciative Seller Testimonial

Not only is it a joy selling homes, but then I get  thank you notes that make my day … and this is one of them:

“This brief testimonial should clearly convey the absolutely superlative performance that Vicki Restivo and all of her affiliates demonstrated on our behalf while selling our house in Palmetto Bay.

Vicki went above and beyond what our expectations were and she clearly facilitated everything to do with the process of marketing and selling our house. As individuals who live out of state, she also did an absolutely stellar job of allowing us to perform the entire process in absentia.

Her responses were prompt, thorough, and comprehensive. She gave cogent advice with regards to pricing, staging, and associated repairs and refurbishings that need to be accomplished on our house.

She tailored the pricing commensurate with market demand and expedited a great sale. Her use of technology, text, and the Internet kept us apprised of our pending sale on a perfect timeline.

Vicki’s professional and friendly demeanor were awesome. In our particular case, we were renting our property to tenants. Vicki immediately established sound rapport with our tenants. That was absolutely paramount to our ability to show and subsequently sell our house.

Moreover, whenever we encountered any hurdles that needed to be overcome, Vicki and her colleagues helped us to resolve any issues expeditiously. We were very fortunate to have someone of Vicki’s caliber and experience, especially in the South Florida market.

In closing (Pun intended!): We can pass on no higher endorsement for a real estate agent than what we have for Vicki Restivo. We sincerely appreciate all of her great help and due diligence on our behalf. Thanks & Kudos!

Mike and Claudia Thode – M.C. “Thud” Thode”

When a client takes the time to put their thoughts on paper, it means a lot to me. Thank you Mike and Claudia …. It was a truly a pleasure selling your house and getting to know you!

If you’re thinking of buying, selling or relocating, Alexandra and I would love to help you with your move.  Call any time … 305 793-1365 (Vicki) or 305 632-0164 (Alexandra) The Restivo / Hechtman Team at EWM Realty Int’l  …  email: [email protected]

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Finding the right house for U of M’s Dean of Architecture

Finding the right house for any buyer can be (and often is) challenging …   This  one was unquestionably a challenge,  but worth every single minute.   It took almost a year to find.   And truly, it was such an honor and such a joy (not to mention, quite the education) to get to work with the incoming University of Miami’s Dean of Architecture, Rodolphe el Khoury … Here is a photo of the house,  found in the archives of Coral Gables … a treasured sliver of Miami.   This one-of-a-kind cottage was the perfect ‘find’ for U of M’s Dean of Architecture. 1513_Siena_Ave_photo_c1949 After scouring new construction & high-rises in Brickell… lofts downtown… cottages, bungalows in South Miami, Coral Gables  and Coconut Grove…  modern architectural masterpieces which spanned much of Miami …(and after numerous serious purchase options) Read the rest of this entry »

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Townhome For Sale in Coveted Bridgepoint

Don’t miss this opportunity to live in the sought after Community of Bridgepoint. The two story townhome has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It’s a corner unit on one of the least busy streets in the Community. Relax on your back patio on the canal or go for a swim in the Community’s pool. If tennis is your thing, there’s courts to play on and a gym to work out in as well. The guard gate is manned 24 hours a day. bridgepoint front

Bridgepoint is centrally located near the University of Miami and allows easy access to the airport from the freeway that’s close by. It’s a short drive to South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest and even the Grove and Brickell. The townhome is listed at $455,000.

Call the Restivo / Hechtman Team to see it any time!

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EWM Tops Luxury Home Sales

EWM Stats

EWM ranked #1 in all luxury sales in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in the first four months of 2015. This includes every luxury price range … 1M+,2M+,5M+,10M+,15M+ and 20M+.

EWM sold over one half billion dollars of luxury properties in these four months!

The Restivo Hechtman Team specializes in the Luxury Market. Let us help you buy or sell in Miami. Let’s get started today!

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First Quarter 2015 – EWM Ranks #1

Selling a million dollar plus listing every 15 hours in South Florida …. EWM Realty International Ranks #1 in Sales – Q1 – 2015 in Business Monday.

The Restivo Hechtman Team is proud to be part of EWM and among the experienced experts in Million Dollar sales.We are dedicated to helping you buy or sell your home in South Florida.

Don’t wait, let’s get started today!


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Warmest Congratulations to the Trimboli Family on the Sale of Your Pinecrest Home !

trimboli2It was a privilege to share in your journey, Bill and Helen Trimboli … Alexandra and I wanted to thank you both, for allowing us to list and sell your home of 50 years, and for allowing us to get to know you, and be touched by your story.

It’s your story, and the stories like yours …  the reasons why people move from one home to another …  and the people themselves… that make selling real estate fun.

Many of you who follow our Miami Real Estate Cafe  blog  and many of you who live in Pinecrest and have known the Trimboli family for decades will miss them, and the wonderful neighbors that they were.

Bill and Helen … after 50 years of being the neighbors everyone hopes to find… (good ones!) … we are sad to see you go.  Happy  60th wedding anniversary too …  (coincidentally enough,  the same day that your home of 50 years SOLD and CLOSED) …  50 years to the day from when you originally purchased that house.

trimboli1 Makes for a good story!   And the St. Joseph photos add to it!  When you asked me whether I’d heard the superstition of  St Joseph … the wive’s tale about burying a small plastic statue of Saint Joseph in the yard… to help ‘sell your house’,  I remember telling you that houses like yours sell themselves …  that it was just be a matter of bringing in the right buyer.

Whether St Joseph helped,  I don’t know … but I do know that the right buyers bought your house…  and they are happy.  You, the buyers, and their Realtor (Wendy Armstrong, a colleague of mine at EWM) were a pleasure to work with.

Alexandra and I loved watching you plant that good luck charm, the little plastic statue of St Joseph in your front yard, head down under the drip line of our “FOR SALE”  sign.   Thank you for the smiles,  and for having entrusted Alexandra and me with the sale of your house.  We enjoyed helping you sell and move (… right next to your daughter) and we know how fortunate she and your new neighbors are to have you!

SOLD by Vicki Restivo and Alexandra Hechtman:

7330 SW 116th Terrace, Pinecrest Florida 33156

$585,000  … The  Restivo Hechtman Team of EWM Realty Int’l


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Progressive Brokers Open Wednesday

Please join us for a Progressive Brokers Open this Wednesday, September 24,  in the St. Thomas area of Historic South Miami, from 12-4.

The prices range from $775,000 to $2,550,000.

 The Restivo / Hechtman Team will be at 7411 SW 66 St from 1-4 pm.

Stop by all these homes and join us for lunch! Refreshments will be served.

Check out the flyer for details, as each home will be open at different times…  Brokers Open




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Six Best South Florida Hiking Trails

While South Florida is known worldwide for it’s sandy beaches, tropical ambiance, and raucous nightlife, under its glitz is a unique landscape, unlike anywhere in the United States. Interconnected waterways reveal lush mangrove forests, mysterious swamps that stretch for miles to the Gulf, and hidden passages that are so close to the city, get feel a world removed. These are the six best hikes in South Florida.Spite Highway Trail, Biscayne National Park
Many people forget that Biscayne Bay, encompassing the waters and mangrove isles jutting beside Downtown Miami, is a National Park, with protected trails, wildlife, and forests on turquoise waters. On Elliot Key, the Spite Trail is a seven-mile walk-able highway, traversing through the center of the key, through mangrove and hardwood forests. Small creatures are plenty, and the bright hue of tropical flowers adds liveliness and color. Elliot Key has campsites, boat docks, and picnic areas leading to a hidden and secluded beach at the far end.Fire Prairie Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve encompasses a large swath of Southwestern Florida. As old-growth trees rise out of the watery landscape, bears, panther, and alligator roam freely near the Tamiami Trail. The Fire Prairie Trail feeds into open grasslands, bordered by dense hardwood forests and teeming with life. Settle down in the secluded campground before following the five-mile out-and-back trail where deer graze on sawgrass, and reptiles crawl across the roads, to nest and cool-down in the nearby canals. This is South Florida’s famed, protected land.Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park
Jutting into Florida Bay, the Snake Bight Trail is an easy 1.6-mile boardwalk, bringing hikers between tropical trees, exotic birds, and large alligators. The trail gazes out into Florida Bay, as hikers walk along one of the southernmost points of the continental United States. Flamingo is where most of the backcountry sites are found, and while some of the sites, such as Clubhouse Beach, are accessible by foot, many are found by renting a boat or canoe. Be sure to ask about sleeping on one of the wooden chickee hut platforms built above the water. Pitching a tent or hammock while the gators slither in the water below is not an experience to soon forget.

Alhinga Trail, Everglades National Park
The Alhinga Trail is one of the most famous trails in the Everglades. During the dry season, this short boardwalk, less than a mile long is teeming with birds, fish, and a variety of marsh bound wildlife. The well-maintained trail starts from the Royal Palm Visitor Center, as hikers walk past tropical trees, mangroves, and emerge onto an open marsh. The sunset over the swamp is one of the most spectacular in the state, and the trail is accessible to children and wheelchairs. For wildlife lovers, this is the trail that they want to be on.

Oleta River State Park Trail, Oleta River State Park
While the trails at Oleta River State Park are generally used for mountain biking, the boardwalk that cuts through the forests is excellent for hiking through lush mangrove forests. What makes Oleta River such a popular park is its vicinity, nearly in the center of North Miami. 16-miles of trails spread throughout the park, and the hills slightly rise, with a big drop off at the end, which makes it a favorite of hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners alike.  In the hustle and bustle of a large city like Miami, Oleta River provides a welcome escape.

Virginia Key, Virginia Key Mountain Bike Park
With over five miles of mountain bike and hiking trails ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty, Virginia Key sits between Key Biscayne and Miami Beach, offering a point of seclusion between two of the most popular places in the city. While the trail is primarily used for mountain biking, it’s wide and varied for hikers or trail runners. The trail ends on pristine beaches overlooking the Miami skyline, and it’s not uncommon to see turtles, dolphins, and a variety of birds flying between Biscayne Bay’s mangrove islands.

by Michael Restivo

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