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Andy’s Cup Tennis Tournament

Tennis TourneyI remember Andy’s Cup as a smaller-scale  pro-level tennis tournament than the 2009 version,  which is now held on the  beautiful tree canopied grounds of Coral Oaks Tennis Club each spring.   A few years back it was hosted by it’s creator, Dr Jules Cadet, in his own Pinecrest backyard…. literally down the street from the tennis club.  Using  just his single lit tennis court, the tournament he originally benefactored went on forever.  So did the  festivities, bar-b-que and the sponsors’ hospitality!  

Andy’s Cup has evolved into a delightful, highly anticipated annual Pinecrest event, always in April.  For the past two years  Dr. Jules Cadet  (Pinel Medical Center) has hosted this event at Coral Oaks Tennis Club on Red Road.  Organized by tournament director, Ralph Martin of GT Sports, Andy’s Cup  lures pro and university level  players to Miami…  and is free to the public… So is the food!   Sponsors range from Mercedes Benz, GT Sports,  and Pinel Medical Center, to a bevvy of others.  Despite  the complimentary  food…  and  drinks… (endless bar-b-que with a distinct Haitian flair)  the tournament raises a substantial purse for the winning players… with the bulk of the proceeds from Andy’s Cup going to a  hospital  built by Dr. Jules Cadet and his colleagues in Haiti.   Andy’s Cup…  affectionately referred to as  “Haitian Tennis” after the cause it supports…  is  a local event that draws benefactors  from all over the United States, raising donations to the tune of $80,000.00 last year.

Tennis Tourney FoodTeams compete in doubles, singles and mixed-doubles.  This years’ 2009 tennis players were grouped into 6 teams:  Cuba 1, Cuba 2, Haiti, World, USA, and Chile.  Teaching pros from Royal Palm Tennis Club, & Deering Bay Tennis Club …  along with college players formerly on the University of Miami Tennis Team… a dynamic  young tennis player who  recently defected from Cuba…  tennis stars from Haiti … phenomenal kids from Argentina (one  as young as 14  years old!)  comprised a diverse international group!  If America is a melting pot, Miami wins  big for creating the right recipe.  A weekend of multi-cultural competition and camaraderie…  Andy’s Cup gives us yet another reason to celebrate life in Miami !

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Earth Week: 12 Best Tips to Green Your Home for Less

green_grass3Is your home eco-friendly and energy efficient, or are those hard-earned dollars of yours  going down the drain? 

In honor of Earth Day and Earth Week,  here are a handful of ways to  “Green Your Home For Less”:

Here are the 12  Top Eco-friendly Homeowner Tips to Green Your Home and Save Money:



#     Top Ranked            Eco-friendly Savings Solutions                                                                                                                 

1.     Window/Door           Impact glass/double-panes                                                                                                                                      

2.     Water Usage             Low flow toilet/showerhead                                                                                                           

3.    Water Efficient           Tankless water heater                                                                                                                         

4.   Appliances                    Energy Star Rated:Washer/Dryer/Dishwasher /Oven/Refrigerator                          

5.   Insulation                     Sprayed/Rolled/Radiant Barrier (attic,exterior walls)                                                   

6.   Pool                                Operate Pool pump  4-6 hrs                                                                                                              

7.  Electricity                      Energy efficient bulbs                                                                                                                      

8.  Heating/Cooling          High Efficiency A.C. Unit/frequent filter changes                                                              

9. Electric Usage                Reduce high energy culprits: Oven& Iron                                                                                

10.Renovations                  Incorporate recycled materials                                                                                                      

11: Shade                              Plant trees and  Install Awnings                                                                                                      

12: Back to Basics              Air dry dishes & clothes

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The author’s personal favorites, both green certified  and energy star rated Miami properties, are The Venetian Coral Gables Townhomes and Smather’s Four Fillies Farm in Pinecrest.

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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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Community Service … Your Passions can Shape You!

community20serviceLife changing events can often shape who and what we will become. Some big.  Some small. Having  undergone two sports-related orthopedic surgeries before he turned 17, my son ‘needed’ to understand how his knee worked  (bio-mechanics, anatomy, and orthopedics).  He finagled his way into observing a surgery at Baptist Hospital & participated in a surgical research project at Mount Sinai, headed by doctors from the Cleveland Clinic, Jackson Memorial, and the Hand Place. And… he got community service hours for it.

Community service opportunities  help us discover who we are, and what we’re made of, and are worth their weight in salt… opening doors, and tweaking  interest.  Community service and research opportunities let us piddle in what touches us, or someone close to us.

When kids are looking for community service opportunities,  it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.  Some opportunities are self-created… unraveling before us, as we follow a passion, or search for answers.   Many schools require community service hours for graduation, and .. .younger kids have endless choices too.  (We have a dog that’s a result of our 12 year old’s very first HOUR of Community Service with Friend’s Forever… a rescue program for dogs: “Mommy, I HAVE to save this dog!”)

I was prompted to write this, after a call on a previous blog article.  For additional sources of community service, take a look at FUN Community Service for Kids, posted previously. 

The smallest  things can nudge us in one direction or another.  When we moved to Miami… nineteen years ago… a realtor at EWM set the groundwork.  She did her job, and was good at it.  She schlepped me (and my two preschoolers)  through Coral Gables to Key Biscayne,  back to Pinecrest, and out to Miami Beach… looking at houses for days…  making sure that the kids enjoyed  house-hunting…. stopping for ice cream,  pizza,  romps in the park…  She handed out books and crayons in her brand new car…. and yes, she found us the perfect house  along the way.   My then 4 year old daughter, Alexandra,  is now a realtor, too…. We work together at EWM… like the lady who inspired us both.  Sometimes the littlest things that make the biggest difference.  When you’re ready to buy or sell,  please call us.  We know the neighborhoods you want to live in.

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Four Fillies HomeSpecial invitation to preview  this exclusive University of Miami Community at Smathers Four Fillies Farm on Wednesday April 15, from 11:30 to 2:30.

This 5 bed/4 bath home is listed at $1,400,000.

Four Fillies is located at 11511 Red Road, EWM’s Open House is at 11414 Smathers Circle Once on the grounds….follow the EWM signs through the community.

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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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Stunning Apartment For Sale Near Dadeland

 This gorgeous 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment has been newly remodeled to perfection. The unit features a wet bar, tile floors and a kitchen with granite counters. The apartment provides views of the canal and an outdoor terrace complete with tile floors.

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The Village at Dadeland Condo features a swimming pool, tennis and raquetball courts. Conveniently located at 7345 SW 82 Av # C118 – near Dadeland Mall and the University of Miami – this unit is ready to move into.

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For this or any real estate needs, contact Alexandra and Vicki Restivo.

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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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Live In Coral Gables at 625 Biltmore Way

This beautiful 14th floor apartment is located in Gables Plaza Condo and  features views to the ocean. Great location near Downtown Coral Gables puts you close to shopping and dining. The 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment has an extra room that could be used as a second bedroom. The building boasts a pool, jacuzzi and sauna plus 24-hour security with a doorman.

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Unit 1404 is listed at $260,000 and is ready for you to move into!

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Contact Alexandra Restivo at (305)632-0164 or Vicki Restivo at (305)793-1365 to view this unit or for any of your real estate needs.

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9365 SW 170 Ln – Palmetto Bay Home Reduced!

Newly reduced in Palmetto Bay is a  great 4 bedroom / 2 bathroom home featuring a pool with a waterslide. Trees overflowing with avocados. Adorable kitchen to build memories in. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this is a one of a kind home with charm and warmth. Perfect starter home and located in a multi-use neighborhood.

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Now listed at $261,000

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To see this wonderful home or for any of your real estate needs,  call Alexandra Restivo at (305)632-0164 or Vicki Restivo at (305)793-1365.

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