Miami real estate news and information

Archive for the 'MIAMI’S TOP NEIGHBORHOODS' Category

Spectacularly Updated Deering Bay Condo with Views of the Marina … Under Contract Although Not Listed for Sale

With gorgeous views of the Grand Marina in Deering Bay,  this spacious 3 bedroom condo in  “Venice”  was perfect for our buyer… although it wasn’t  listed for sale.

The current owner meticulously remodeled it  (removing walls to create a stunning ‘open concept’ contemporary home) … and everything about it was  ‘right’, except that  it wasn’t for sale.

venice marina view

BUT … sometimes that doesn’t matter.

Warmest congratulations to our buyer, who is officially under contract, and closing in mid May… and congratulations (too) to the seller, who is thrilled as well.

If you are looking for something specific that isn’t on the market, please let us know.  We may well be able to find you just what you’re looking for!  The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International :  Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365   …   Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164 [email protected]  …   MiamiRealEstateCafe.com  … your real estate blog and website.

 

venice dining livingDeering Bay Yacht & Country Club has a number of options for  golf, tennis & yachting – as well as for social membership.   Deering is one of Coral Gable’s finest gated communities, offering a refined lifestyle for those wanting a condo, townhome, or single family estate home in Coral Gables….  within a variety of price categories.  Right now there are 25 condos, townhomes & single family homes listed for sale, each with different views, layouts and styles. Those actively listed have asking prices from just under $1 million upward close to $3 million … A great place to live … A great time to buy!

Venice  is a charming complex …. overlooking Deering Bay’s Grand Marina ….   It’s wide wrap-around terraces, high ceilings, sliding glass doors, floor to ceiling windows & tranquil views of palms, water & yachts (and the magnificence with which it was renovated!)  made it perfect.   Buyer and seller both benefited  …  Our warmest congratulations to both parties!

VENICE KITCHEN

The Restivo Hechtman Team SOLD  2 units in Deering this month ….  So, whether you are thinking of buying or selling, we would love to make that happen for you!   Call anytime …. 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Deering Bay Brokers Open

Join us on Wednesday January 27 from 12-2:30 PM at Deering Bay for a Progressive Brokers Open House. Take a look around this private community and visit a number of available condos and homes for sale.

DeeringBayOpenHouseF

The Restivo / Hechtman Team will be at Siena Condo Penthouse 1404 and will be serving wine and cheese. Located at 13611 Deering Bay Dr. Bring this flyer with you for entrance at the gate.

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Open Concept with Soaring High Ceilings in Miami’s Hottest New Neighborhood

Located in one of Miami’s HOTTEST new neighborhoods, this open-concept home with soaring high ceilings, plenty of natural light  & clerestory windows  just came on the market for $475,000 (and will go fast!).

It literally just came on the market two days ago, listed for sale through Vicki Restivo and Alexandra Hechtman .  The address:   12451 SW 89th Ct, Miami, Florida 33176.

89 ct living room

It has 3 bedrooms …  3 baths…  a fenced backyard …  oak trees in the front …  an enormous lychee tree in the back …. covered patios for outdoor entertaining …  a detached garage with it’s own bathroom & laundry.

And yes, there’s definitely space for a pool.

The living room is really a great room with formal dining …  There is  a kitchen with a breakfast bar as well as rather cozy breakfast nook.  And the kitchen overlooks both the gardens and the front yard.

This house has SO MUCH POTENTIAL.

Built in 1995 this 3 bedroom 3 bath home is ready for your touch (now… or bit by bit as you live and grow into it) … It has good closet space & storage… plenty of character … and is rather unique and quite lovely.

 

89 ct front

Located close to transportation, shops, & dining, this is one of Miami’s most up and coming neighborhoods which just happens to fall within the school boundaries of three of Miami’s top public schools (Vineland Elementary, Palmetto Middle, & Miami Palmetto Senior High).

This one will go fast!   If you (or someone you know) would like to see it,  contact either Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365 or Alexandra Hechtman – EWM Realty International.  Believe me, it will go fast!

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Shear Built North Pinecrest Home Coming on the Market This Week

Coming on the Market This Week !!!
IMG_1357
We will be  listing an exquisite north Pinecrest estate (5 bedrooms on a 3/4 acre lot)  this week for $1,999,000.00.  If you or someone you know is looking for a house within Pinecrest’s top A-rated school boundaries (with PINECREST ELEMENTARY as the elementary school!) this 1996 Shear-built corner-lot home near SW 99th Terrace and SW 67th Avenue may be worth knowing about /or sharing.
IMG_1416
Walled, with electric gates, impact doors & windows, this home has volume ceilings, a beautifully-designed open-concept floor plan … and is priced to sell.
Other highlights?  There are quite a few, but to highlight some of the special features:   exquisite finishes and classic design, relaxing outdoor spaces …   This is a true Miami home, representative of our laid-back elegant Florida lifestyle… with a covered terrace/patio, heated pool, outdoor  summer kitchen/grill/ lush landscaping … and triple split interior layout.
 IMG_1432
How to describe this home?   Understated sophistication!  Enter the property through electric gates, through the fountained courtyard, and double entry doors.  The foyer opens to the “great room” and a formal dining area defined by pillars, high ceilings and a decorative  fireplace.
The location is North Pinecrest  … with  top-rated Pinecrest schools … & Pinecrest Elementary!
The home offers a lovely gourmet kitchen with a gas stove (rare in Miami!) …. a delightful, windowed breakfast nook…. and a warm and welcoming  family room complete with a full wet bar & a wine cellar.
There is a completely separate children’s quarter with it’s own play room “hub”…. and a master suite with  it’s own adjoining office/gym/sitting area.
And it has city water as opposed to well-water.
Each of the bedrooms  have ensuite baths.
There is a security system, and of course numerous extras.  This home will be listed for sale this week, and  will be open on Sunday December 13th from 2-4pm as well as by private appointment.
For more information or to arrange a private showing we invite you to call 305 793-1365  Vicki Restivo … or 305 632-0164 Alexandra Hechtman – at EWM Realty International.

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Magazine Quality Home in South Miami For Sale for $1,999,000 -7420 SW 66th St, South Miami, Florida

IMG_0056

MAKES YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU’VE BEEN WHISKED AWAY TO YOUR OWN PRIVATE RESORT!

IT BELONGS ON A MAGAZINE COVER AND IS LOCATED SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF MIAMI’S BEST NEIGHBORHOODS, NEAR THE END OF A CUL-DE-SAC.

IT  IS MAGNIFICENT IN ALL IT’S DETAIL… 7420 SW 66th STREET, SOUTH MIAMI, FLORIDA …  LISTED FOR SALE FOR $1,999,000 THROUGH ALEXANDRA HECHTMAN 305 632-0164 and VICKI RESTIVO 305 793-1365  – EWM REALTY INTERNATIONAL

IMG_0426

THIS HOME WAS DESIGNED FOR LAVISH ENTERTAINING … AND TRANQUIL ENJOYMENT.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  AN OUTDOOR FIRE PIT. COVERED PATIO. BUILT-IN GRILL. OVERSIZED HEATED POOL.  SWIM-UP BAR.  GENERATOR.  ENDLESS EXQUISITE DETAILS. HIGH CEILINGS.  PARKING FOR 12+ CARS.

IMG_0313  IMG_0444

7420 SW 66 STREET IN SOUTH MIAMI  WAS AN ORIGINAL RAMON PACHECO DESIGN,  RECENTLY REMODELED BY SAINT CLAIRE CONCEPTS … WITH LIMESTONE, MARBLE, BRAZILIAN CHERRYWOOD & WALNUT FLOORS.

IMG_0104

THERE IS A SOPHISTICATED AUDIO SYSTEM, INSIDE AND OUT.

PRIVATE,  PARK-LIKE SETTING WITH AN AUTOMATIC MOSQUITO MISTING  SYSTEM.  THERE IS A BUNKER/SAFE ROOM. WINE STORAGE.  LIBRARY. GYM. CUSTOM DOORS WITH EUROPEAN STYLE HIDDEN HINGES. UPDATED ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING/AIR CONDITIONING. NUMEROUS OTHER EXQUISITE DETAILS.

IMG_0308

FURNISHINGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SEPARATE PURCHASE.

****NOTE:   BETWEEN THE WRITING OF THIS POST AND THE PUBLISHING OF IT, THIS HOME HAS GONE UNDER CONTRACT, and IS NOW PENDING SALE.

FOR OTHER HOMES IN THE AREA, OR TO LIST OR SELL YOUR PROPERTY, YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO CONTACT THE RESTIVO/HECHTMAN TEAM at EWM REALTY INT’L, ANYTIME.   [email protected] 305 793-1365.  LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR NEXT MOVE!

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

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

 

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Looking for an opportunity to live in Pinecrest? $675,000 – 7330 SW 116th Terrace

Looking for an opportunity to live in Pinecrest?      7330 SW 116th Terrace  …  $675,000.00

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo/Hechtman

FIRST TIME LISTED … This is a house full of love &  a lifetime of memories. The current owners will be downsizing to another city,  to a house directly behind their daughter’s …   coincidentally 50 years to-the-day from when they bought their Pinecrest house.

We wanted to give our blog readers a head’s up on this lovely new Pinecrest listing and invite you to share it with anyone who might be looking for an opportunity in Pinecrest:

7330 SW 116th Terrace:  Some of the house is original.  Every bit of it is immaculate.  It’s situated in north Pinecrest on a tranquil treelined street,  fairly close to Miami Palmetto Senior High School,  with the added advantage of being within the most desirable  PINECREST SCHOOL DISTRIST.   

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo/Hechtman

 

3 bedrooms. 2 baths. (Guest bath has been beautifully redone … Master bath is ensuite and original).

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo/Hechtman

Light, bright  living room/dining room in the front of the house. Paneled Florida room/breakfast room overlooking the garden. Eat-in kitchen with sliding glass doors. Oversized 2 car garage … 15,000 square foot lot…sprinklers … hurricane shutters (accordion).  House is fully tiled throughout.  Bright, cheery, warm and welcoming.  Spacious galley kitchen …  tiled countertops, dishwasher, side by side refrigerator,  new wall oven & sink …  opens through sliding glass doors onto the covered patio.  Located on a tranquil treelined side street, fairly close to Palmetto Senior High.

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo Hechtman

Has a huge, fenced backyard  – great for playing ball.   Screen-enclosed covered patio  AND  an additional wood deck for bar-b-queing.   Fruit and avocado trees, veggie garden.  Accordion shutters. Municipal water. “Pinecrest schools”.

FIRST OPEN HOUSE: WEDNESDAY JULY 30 (12pm- 3pm).

7330 SW 116th Terrace, Pinecrest Florida 33156:  For sale by the Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International

Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365 [email protected] Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164   Showing by Private Appointment … or feel free to stop by either of our two upcoming open houses:

Open House: Wednesday, July 30 (12pm-3pm)

Open House:  Sunday, August 3  (2pm -5pm).

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

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

3752 Kumquat Cottage $730,000 “The Tropical Cottage – At Home in Coconut Grove”

SRHSH-9376

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 »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Perfect Alternative to the Million Dollar Pinecrest Estate?

IMG_2086

If you want a Miami neighborhood (with acre estates – and priced below what you’ll find in Pinecrest) there is one neighborhood that relatively few people know about:  Historic Sunset ( by South Miami).

Architects and builders have been building personal residences  for themselves and their families  there for years now … living there and not wanting to move.  Up until a few of those multimillion dollar homes actually came on the market, and began to sell, prices in that neighborhood remained low – for lack of comps and lack of inventory. The neighborhood still isn’t as well known as Pinecrest or Coral Gables … and that adds to the value … Where is this “secret gem of a neighborhood” ?   It’s the Historic Sunset area …   south of St. Thomas the Apostle Church & School … north of Sunset Drive … south of Miller Road… and east of the Palmetto (SR 826)  …  It abuts both Coral Gables &  South Miami  … very close to the University of Miami.

It’s a quiet tree-lined neighborhood that juxtaposes recently-built multi-million-dollar acre-estates  with rather modest smaller older homes… in an area that many people are  only vaguely familiar with (unless they’ve searched a five mile radius of UM for property and stumbled across it that way … or have driven around to explore).  Buyers tend to be familiar with/ or “know”  Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami … but this Historic Sunset Neighborhood is an awesome alternative for home buyers, and can offer significant bang for your buck.   And … it’s  literally just minutes from everything.  May be worth exploring if you’re relocating to Miami, working for the University of Miami, Baptist Hospital, or wanting to live and work in the general area of Coral Gables,  Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, High Pines, Ponce/Davis, or South Miami … and not stuck on needing to be within the boundaries of Pinecrest Elementary School.

IMG_2059

We  listed a unique French-style two story pool home in this  Historic Sunset area  last week.  It’s an acre estate, with a lighted tennis court, fenced and gated … with European feel,  flair & warmth: 7411 SW 66th Street.  Listed for $1,100,000 this home’s façade hints of France (with it’s mansard roof)  … It blends the Mediterranean with a tropical Miami vibe and location …  It has an outdoor summer kitchen and paella grill…  Grounds surrounded by fruit trees (mango, avocado, lychee, citrus, star fruit, kumquat) … Located at the far end of a cul-de-sac across from a mega mansion that’s going up just across the street… and from what I know, amazing neighbors.

This home is  gated and fenced … with a circular drive … It’s a two story (with three of the bedrooms upstairs).  There are 3260 square feet of living area –  and the home was completely remodeled in 2001.  Lighted spacious tennis court. Sparkling pool. Outdoor summer kitchen and built-in paella grill. An understated theatre/media room.  Full house generator.  4 air conditioning units. 60 foot deep well. Impact windows/shutters. Alarm. Fireplace. Wine cellar. Wine Fridge.  4 bedrooms. 3.5 baths. Upstairs terrace overlooks the pool and tennis courts and grounds. Vegetable garden.  Covered patio entertainment area downstairs.  Surround sound (indoors and out). Located on a cul de sac with no through traffic.

To see this property or others, or to list your property for sale, contact the Restivo Hechtman Team at 305-793-1365 and 305-632-0164.  This house is a pleasure to show!   Visual Tour 7411 SW 66th Street, Miami Florida

 

 

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Coconut Grove Project Includes Waterfront Restaurants and Pedestrian Promenade

The Miami Herald reported November 5th that Coconut Grove is soon slated to have 3 snazzy new waterfront eateries (with soaring glass walls and views of Biscayne Bay …  in glass and steel bay front structures designed by Arquitectonica).  There are plans to create an pedestrian promenade as well as a new park…. turning the Grove into something Miami desperately needs:  waterfront land that the public can access and enjoy.

The Grove Bay Investment Group is apparently ready to sign a 50 year lease  with the city for the site just north of Miami City Hall all along the water, paying a minimum of $1.4 million a year for that …  and spending an additional $18 million to refurbish the marina,  add three new waterfront eateries, and create a pedestrian promenade extending from South Bayshore Drive all the way up to the new public pier over Biscayne Bay.  This, combined with creating a 3 story parking garage with retail shopping at ground level, and green open spaces for the public to enjoy, will transform the Grove and the historic village bay front. Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.