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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!

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Tropical Inspired Updated Home with Promise of the Exotic … 10651 SW 65 Avenue, Pinecrest $1,850,000

Nestled behind black olives, exotic palms & clusia, this extraordinary, updated/remodeled home has a backyard that rivals Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens…. with  30+ varieties of rare mature palms…. &  12+ varieties of fruit trees (mango, guava, lychee, citrus, avocado)… along with spectacular outdoor lighting.


An enormous 50 foot pool ( 20′ x 50′ …  10 feet deep … with a diving board) anchors the back yard… with  shaded walkways & meandering  paths, screened porches/patios,  filtered sunlight,  and a hot tub.



The current owner added a brand new wing in 2000, artfully & whimsically updating & remodeling the home, installing impact windows & doors.  The baths, the master suite & ensuite bath, the family room & the kitchen (the heart of the home!)  were all redone in 2011 – 2012, knocking out  3 rooms to create a magazine-quality chef’s kitchen which has been used in the filming of several commercials. Remarkably, this home has been in same family for 53 years.  *** To see it is to know why ***  All of the rooms are oversized.   The Great Room has high-beamed scissor-joist ceilings, oak floors with walnut trim, a working fireplace with a mantle that was purchased in Ireland.  There are 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths … 4,676 square feet…  And it’s a corner acre lot.

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Join Us This Sunday … Open House … Baptist Area … 8625 SW 110 St, Miami

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY   11/15/15 :   4 bedroom/2 bath home near Baptist Hospital.  Plenty of curb appeal… and immaculate!    Asking $700,000.

SW 110

Join us this Sunday for an OPEN HOUSE .. from 2pm to 4pm.  First time open!  8625 SW 110 St, Miami Florida 33156

FEATURES:  Recently renovated kitchen (remodeled two years ago). Tons of closets & storage. Billiard room. Bonus room (office/den/potential 5th bedroom).   3,713 total square feet.

Plenty of open, grassy space if you’d eventually like to add a pool.  Fenced-in backyard with an oversized, screened patio for barbeques and bug-free entertaining.   Hurricane shutters.  Generator.

Great location near Baptist and South Miami,  on a side-street in Gallo-Wood Estates.  Easy access to everything (shopping, dining, Sunset Place, the Falls Shopping Center AND the 826) .  It’s just up the road from Leewood Elementary.   A-Rated Schools (Leewood, Palmetto Middle, and Palmetto Senior).

For a private showing or for more information, call or message us at 305 793-1365 [email protected]  Vicki Restivo & Alexandra Hechtman – EWM Realty Int’l.

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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”.


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).

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Four Fillies House Available for Lease – 5 bedroom/5 bath for $5,900 in Pinecrest

There’s a shortage of  homes for lease  in Smathers Four Fillies …  and  … good news if you’re  looking to rent:   We just listed one!   Four Fillies in Pinecrest  is a fabulous place for incoming UM faculty  to live – with 32 acres of bucolic grounds, hammocks, walking trails, orchards, fields and tropical paradise surrounding you … all within  gated Four Fillies …  in Pinecrest with the public schools being among Pinecrest’s finest: Pinecrest Elementary, Palmetto Middle, and Palmetto Senior.   The community is deed restricted (even as rental property)  to UM faculty, and medical and research associates and doctors and faculty at U-Health and Jackson Memorial.

Our new listing is a  magnificent 5 bedroom home in Four Fillies …  $5,900 a month … entitling the resident to  use of all of the grounds, along with the community pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis court,  playground facilities.  Read the rest of this entry »

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UM Presidents House Sells for $9 Million

By Michael Vasquez  The Miami Herald
The Gables Estates home that has housed every University of Miami president since 1974 has been sold for $9 million, while the school puts the finishing touches on a new Pinecrest presidential residence.
This bayside home on Old Cutler Road has served as the residence of University of Miami presidents for more than 40 years. It sold last month for $9 million.

Courtesy of Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors

The waterfront Coral Gables estate that has housed University of Miami presidents for more than a generation — hosting everyone from world leaders to bright-eyed college freshmen — has been sold.

The price: a cool $9 million. The buyer: New Yorker Maria Montalva, who listed a posh Upper East Side Fifth Avenue address on county sales records.
Montalva could not be reached for comment, while UM President Donna Shalala declined comment.

A local real estate blog written by Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtor Alexandra Restivo described the home, built in 1965, as boasting a “tropical ambiance,” 4.6 acres of lush gardens, and a prestigious Gables Estates address.

“Here’s a chance to own a rare piece of South Florida history,” wrote Restivo, whose firm, EWM, represented both buyer and seller in the transaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Florida: 4th Largest School System in Nation

There are over 350,000 students right now  in South Florida.  We have the 4th largest school system in the nation  … and of  6-18 year old students  currently attending school in South Florida, they were born in 171 countries, and speak 106 languages.

There’s a niche for literally anyone wanting to move to South Florida …  One can find familiar foods, make friends, experience  multitudes of languages and cultures amd religions,  find  diversity and familiarity of every possible kind …With no  mountains and no snow,  Miami is home to the largest snow ski club  anywhere in the United States…. 

If you’re relocating to  South Florida there is  information available to you here, on both public and private school options as well as specialized education … what’s offered… where school boundaries are …  school locations…  contact information.  is the real estate blog and website  that we created for our clients who are buying, selling and/or relocating to South Florida.  As local realtors in the Miami area, we hope it will be a good starting point for you … 

Whatever questions you have,  whether you are contemplating moving or are ready to buy, sell or relocate,  please  ask.  You are welcome to contact us directly with your specific needs/wants/questions.  We will be happy to work with you, and help  make your next move the best!  The Restivo Team …  We are local Miami Real Estate Agents….and look forward to working with you.   Vicki and Alexandra Restivo  305 793-1365  [email protected]


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Pinecrest Elementary School District – Home for Sale: 9800 SW 71 Ave

9800 SW 71 Avenue in North Pinecrest was just listed for sale by the Restivo Team for $690,000.  If you’re looking to buy, this home is one of only a handful of properties  in Pinecrest Florida  currently listed for sale below the $1 million mark…  within the DESIGNATED SCHOOL BOUNDARY of  PINECREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  


Located immediately to the south of Royal Palm Tennis Club, on a tranquil street within minutes of  both Coral Pine Park and Pinecrest Gardens, this Pinecrest location offers easy access to  Highway 826 (a 20 minute commute to Miami International  Airport via the highway, and  less than a 1/2 an hour to the historic Biltmore Hotel  and Downtown Coral Gables, Miami Beach or Key Biscayne).   Read the rest of this entry »

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“It’s All About the U”

UM was recently ranked number 38 school in the Nation by Us News and World Report, making it the number one ranked school in the state of Florida. If you’re curious about the University of Miami and what it has to offer, take a look at the new commercial.



Considering attending UM? The Restivo Team works closely with the University (with students and faculty alike), so contact us today to find the perfect place to enjoy life as a Miami Hurricane.



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University of Miami Ranks Best College in the State of Florida

US News and World Report has issued it’s newest report on the top Colleges and Universities, ranking the University of Miami at number 38 in the nation. UM jumped from number 47 last year, maintaining the highest ranking in the State of Florida.

The University is the only school in the Top 50 list to have jumped 29 spots in 10 years and 9 spots in one year. Last year UM was in the top 50 and this year it has made the move to top 40!

The high ranking are due to things such as the high graduation rates, the SAT scores of incoming freshman, as well as the percentage of freshman that were inthe top 10% of their high school class.

The University of Miami continues to be a huge draw for relocations in the area, and the Restivo Team works closely with the UM Family. Contact us today – we can help you with all your real estate needs.

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