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The Underline – Reinventing Miami’s Outdoor Space

jcfo_underline_00-typical_proposed-dayHave you heard about the Underline? It’s a fabulous new project that will redevelop a 10-mile path along the MetroRail from Dadeland to Brickell. The plan is to redesign the space underneath the MetroRail and make it into a linear park with an urban trail. The Underline is especially meant to connect communities with a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly way of getting around, while making the park into usable spaces for everyone. The idea is to add exercise equipment, native vegetation, bike kiosks, pop-up shops, playgrounds and art. There are also plans to improve all the stations and intersections along the MetroRail.

jcfo_underline_04-brickell-hammock-trail_proposedFounded by Meg Daly, this project is not only going to improve the space underneath the MetroRail, but it will also have great economic impact in the surrounding areas. There will be new development along the corridor, creating new jobs and real estate appreciation. Their studies indicate up to 25% increase in the value of properties adjacent to the corridor and up to a 5% increase in property values up to 1/3 a mile away.

The Master Plan was designed by New York’s James Corner Field Operations, and the University of Miami School of Architecture Studies – under the Dean of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture,  Rodolphe el Khoury – received valuable input from student and faculty resources. Professor Rocco Ceo led a class of 10 students to create a concept design for park space, trail and intersection improvements.

Tjcfo_underline_08-university-rain-garden_proposedhe Master Plan is fully funded, while construction funding is up to $5 million. The rest of the funding will come from public and private donations, while the trail and intersection improvements will be funded by private sources. The Friends of the Underline is a non-profit organization responsible for getting this project going and seeing it through to it’s completion. Similar projects have taken about 10 years to complete, so the Underline could take that long to complete. If you would like to help with ideas or donations, you can do so by joining the Friends of the Underline.

Thank you to Friends of the Underline for sharing their images, renderings and statistics with the Restivo Hechtman Team. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this wonderful project will have on the community.





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Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club Penthouse Priced to Sell: $1,650,000 – PH #1404 in Siena


Stunning views of the lagoon, bay, ocean, green belt & golf course from the wrap-around terraces on this 14th floor Siena penthouse in Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club:   13611 Deering Bay Drive – PH #1404 – Coral Gables, Florida.

We just re-priced this upper penthouse unit today.  It is now listed for $1,650,000.00   Included in the sale are a separate private 2-car garage with direct private elevator access to and from the unit … plus a golf cart & deeded golf cart space.


There are 2 units in Siena that come with direct elevator access to the unit’s deeded, private garage.  Only two.  Having a garage could be a plus if you are moving from a house to a condo …

And the view… The view from this penthouse will take your breath away!

If you wish to arrange a private showing, please feel free to contact either one of us at EWM Realty International …

Vicki Restivo  305 793-1365  or  Alexandra Hechtman  305 632-0164.


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Perfect Alternative to the Million Dollar Pinecrest Estate?


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.


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



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Sony Open 2013

The Sony Open is back! One of my favorite times of the year, the tennis community comes together for the biggest tournament in South Florida.

Watch the top Men and Women players compete for the title on Key Biscayne. Players like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, the Williams Sisters and Maria Sharapova will amaze us with their talent while us fans get to soak up the sun and enjoy the atmosphere at the Tournament.

The Sony Open takes place March 19- April 1. I will be there taking it all in…hope to see you there!

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Chasing My Highest Dreams: A Preview of My Climb to Mt Ranier

Guest contributor to  Michael Restivo – Mike Off The Map  …  because Miami isn’t mountainous enough …

“Tomorrow I set off for the mountain I’ve been training six months to climb. I’m flying out to Washington to take on Mt. Rainier, the queen of the Cascades. At 14,400 ft she is the highest mountain in the Pacific Northwest and the 4th highest peak in the lower 48 states. It’s the culmination of a dream I’ve had since I was a child, to test my strength and my will on a major peak, and with hopes that it is only the beginning of a bigger adventure.

It’ll be a three day climb that will test everything I’ve learned as a climber and I couldn’t be prouder to take part in this climb.” Read the rest of this entry »

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National Park Week

National Park Week is April 21 – 29 …  If you’re looking to get out and explore take a peak at what’s going on in our Breathtakingly Beautiful National Parks…  A Week in the Wild … A Guide to National Park Week … Mike Off The Map .

Arches National Park, Utah

It’s that time of year again! For one week, all 397 National Parks across the United States are absolutely free from April 21-April 29. With free entrance it opens a host of options to hikers, campers, and climbers alike, as well as an opportunity to inspire the next generation to take care of our treasured lands and promote environmental consciousness. Along with the endless possibilities of exploration, the National Park Service is hosting a wide breadth of events from volunteer services, to historical and cultural demonstrations. Here’s what you need to know about National Park Week 2012! Read the rest of this entry »

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Climbing Mountains in Miami

Perhaps you don’t think of climbing  – when you think about  Miami –  but … some people live and breath for the thrill … especially in Miami

This blog is by Michael Restivo, who writes for Mike off the Map (an adventure blog) and for Pocket Ranger (which provides apps for the National Park Service) … and is a guest contributor to Miami Real Estate Cafe (The Restivo Team’s  local … and global … Real Estate Blog):

Climbing 101: Your Guide to Getting Started … This Spring Climbing Season!

Now that we officially hit the first day of spring, it’s time to get back outdoors, get active, and try new experiences! I wrote this article for the excellent Pocket Ranger blog for first time climbers who want a new experience this season.

Rock climbing is a sport of balance, stability, and stamina. It is much more akin to yoga than it is lifting. While physical conditioning aids the climber as they progress, climbing is a sport that is open to all people and body types. Plus, it’s a great alternative to traditional gym workouts because it is dynamic, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. Safety is paramount in climbing and therefore requires constant communication between the climber and his or her partner, as well as a thorough knowledge of the equipment and skills that make for a safe and fun experience.

Beginner climbers should start in a gym environment. Climbing gyms, which are now becoming increasingly popular, offer a supervised introduction to the sport. A climber is given a harness and climbing shoes. The harness, which must be snuggly attached around the waist of the climber, is the point where the climbing rope connects. The climbing shoes, not unlike ballet slippers, must be tight around the feet but not constricting. Climbing shoes allow climbers to flex their feet comfortably while the tough, rubber soles help the climber securely grasp the wall.

Bouldering Overhang

There are three main styles of climbing, each offering their own unique take on the sport: Read the rest of this entry »

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Mike Off the Map … Everglades Campgrounds … Hike, Bike, Kayak Wild Miami

Everglades Campgrounds MIAMI…  part 4 of a 4 part series by guest contributor, Michael Restivo,  to the Blog.

Farther past Shark Valley is the heart of the swamplands. The Everglades.

 Although explored in the comfort of an airboat, car, or organized trails, those looking for a wild experience can explore the many backcountry sites far removed from civilization. The canoe trails in the everglades are dotted with chickee hut platforms,


ground sites and beach sites, many accessible only by the constricted waterways. Many of these sites lack campground amenities such as showers or running water and a basic understanding of camp construction is a must.

However these sites offer a true wilderness experience as they are isolated from the organized campgrounds and it is possible to only see a couple or less tents at a time. Backcountry camping requires obtaining a permit the day before or the day of the start of the trip and basic navigational skills are a must, however it provides an authentic experience in the midst of the swamps.

The range of adventure in South Florida is vast, and the small sample of outdoor experiences isn’t even a mere tip of what the land has to offer.

 What makes South Florida so unique is it’s accessibility. Trails, paths, and waterways are clearly marked, and pristine waters offer a glimpse of a diverse ecosystem that is uniquely ours. Of course it requires the same level of protection and anybody enjoying our lands should treat it with dignity and respect.

A true adventure requires a leap into the daring and unknown, but it also requires a sense of preservation and thoughtfulness. Keep our lands clean, and explore on!


Link back to the first blog post on Hike, Bike, Kayak Wild Miami     ….   For all your Miami Real Estate Needs …  Local Real Estate Experts Vicki and Alexandra Restivo would love to make your next move a great move … 305 793-1365 or contact us at [email protected]

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Mike Off the Map … Shark Valley … Miami

Shark Valley …  Hike, Bike, Kayak Wild Miami …   (part 3 of a 4 part series)

By guest contributor, Michael Restivo … blogsite:  MIAMI & MIAMI REAL ESTATE

A mere thirty minute drive from the Florida International University campus is the lush paved trail known as Shark Valley. Shark Valley is a 15 mile loop along the tip of the Everglades where alligators roam free along the waterways and nature is as up close and personal as ever.

The loop is accessible in three ways. By bicycle, by tram, or by foot. Any bicycle is welcomed and bike rentals run at $8.00 an hour.  Halfway up the loop is a watchtower that when climbed provides an awe inspiring vista across the vast swamps. At the edge of the watchtower are several hiking trails that go to the border of the wild everglades.

Animals are in abundance here. The seven mile ride to the watchtower runs parallel to a natural canal where gators are ever-present. The alligators are generally docile and there have been no reported attacks in the valley, yet, they are continuously crossing the road, and the bikes are generally whisking by a mere three feet or less from a ten foot animal.

Other than the gator, great blue herons, egrets, falcons, and storks line and nest in the trees.

One of the pleasures of Shark Valley is riding out in the early morning before the large crowds arrive and having an empty road while watching the daily movement of life in a part of South Florida that is so close and yet so removed from anything else.

If you missed the previous post Hike, Bike, Kayak Wild Miami by Mike Off the Map for our real estate blog,  you can link to it here.

Happy Travels,


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Mike Off the Map … Hike, Bike and Kayak Wild Miami: Finding Adventure in South Florida

Hike, Bike, and Kayak Wild Miami: Finding Adventure In South Florida


Miami is a paradise. Pristine waters kiss fine white beaches under a year round sun. South Florida is the universal symbol of tranquility and relaxation for many. However South Florida isn’t known as an adventurers paradise.

At a maximum elevation of a mere 6 feet above sea level, it lacks the majestic mountains of the west, the rolling hills of Georgia and the Carolinas just a few states away, and the dramatic Texas landscape just across the Gulf of Mexico.

 However what Florida lacks it makes up for in it’s diverse and one of a kind ecosystem, giving way to a landscape and an outdoor experience that is unrivaled in any part of the world.

This past spring I had a revelation. I wanted to see South Florida’s wild side. I wanted to find adventure in the flat wilderness of the swamps of the Everglades, get up and personal with a gator, and power my way through the thick mangroves of Biscayne Bay.

What I discovered this summer is Miami is an ever-changing landscape that allows one to have an unparalleled experience with nature. A true wild adventure is behind every corner here, you just need to know where to look.    Happy Travels,   Michael

This is part one … in an upcoming  series by  Michael Restivo Guest Contributor to  




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