There is a great, slightly older section of the South Gables called the Platinum Triangle.. Geographically it is located between Old Cutler Road, Erwin Road (SW 47 Ave), & Sunset Drive (SW 72 St.).Most of the homes were built in in the 50s & 60s but have been well maintained. It is a real neighborhood with lots of trees made for the family that likes to ride bikes or walk. There are seven homes presently listed for sale & there...Continue Reading!
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Hard to believe but a partially constructed home in the 1100 block on the Coral Gables Waterway in the South Gables is scheduled for auction next month. Not only will the buyer have to finish construction of the home, but he/she will be responsible for the City of Coral Gables charges which now stand at more than $105K. The house being auctioned: The sign announcing the auction: Coral Gables' charge: Homes of the neighbors who have been stuck with this...Continue Reading!
Today was another great South Florida day, and my dog, Lucy, & I took the opportunity to walk down Schoolhouse Road to Old Cutler Road & Fairchild Botanical Gardens. We came back down old Cutler Road Road past Matheson Hammock & Gables Estates into the "Platinum Triangle" section of Coral Gables & then back to High Pines & Schoolhouse Road.. Pictures of our walk follow......... Lucy is anxious to get started down Schoolhouse Road .A beautiful home on Schoolhouse Road...Continue Reading!
Are you looking for a home in the Ponce Davis section of Miami ?Do you want a 5 bedroom 3 full bath home? Do you like to entertain & need a home that is just the right place to throw South Florida style indoor-outdoor parties.? Do you want to live within walking distance to Downtown South Miami ? If you do then 5600 SW 85 Street may be the place for you. Now reduced to $749,900 which makes it the...Continue Reading!
One of the most popular sections in our market area has been "Ponce Davis" which attracted well-to-do home buyers & developers who were attracted to its close-in location & large lots. Unfortunately the higher prices of the area have been severly impacted by the ecomic problems of the last 2 years. There only have been 4 closings in 2010, while presently there are 3 pending sales and 17 active listings. Some "Ponce Davis" highlights follow. 5001 Pine Drive is the...Continue Reading!
For the first time in years I am going to say "Thank You" to a bank !!!! Thank you Total Bank. On Thursday High Pines neighbor Christina asked if there was anything I could do about the neighborhood house which had grass up to her chest. I went over on Thursday, took pictures, & contacted the bank's special assets officer at noon on Friday. Within a few hours Total Bank had a clean-up crew at the house. Now if all...Continue Reading!
Because of the general economic malaise which has stopped bank construction & renovation lending we are seeing few new homes and a smattering of remdeled homes on the market. When you are looking at a remodeled home or a new home it is key to buy one that has been done by a good builder & where enough money has been spent to get a good result. A quick and effective test is to run your hand over the molding....Continue Reading!
One of the things I like about Downtown South Miami are the restaurants. Formerly a restaurant wasteland (the best place to go for dinner was the diner at Sunset Drugs) and a booooring shopping area Downtown South Miami (which consists of portions of the City of South Miami, the City of Coral Gables & Dade County) has turned the corner and has become the "in " spot supplanting Downtown Coral Gables & Coconut Grove. Listed below are the restaurants that...Continue Reading!
After a week in the up and coming City of Greenville, South Carolina I was back looking at homes in the Coral Gables weekly brokers opens. The common characteristic of the 4 homes I previewed which ranged in list price from $525K to $2,495K was that they all needed updating. In my opinion this will become more and more the norm as banks have stopped making renovation & construction loans. The 4 houses I visited are 616 Camilo Ave. $875K,...Continue Reading!
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release their Pending Home Sales report today. The report will generate headlines and those headlines will seem in conflict with each other. The reason for the confusion is that there will be nuances within the report. In order to truly understand the report, we must peel away the headlines and look at the facts and what has influenced them. First let’s explain what the report actually covers. According to the NAR web site: The Pending Home Sales...Continue Reading!