I Want To Spread The Love

My success as a South Florida Realtor is in large part because of my valued clients and future clients – and in some cases both! As a gesture of appreciation, I will be hosting a monthly giveaway. This month I hosted a Valentine’s Day drawing for four $50 gift cards to any restaurant or bar.

I’m thrilled to announce the four winners!

K. Sutherland

D. Hardy

M. Dickson

T. Leyva

Check your emails for gift card details!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Carole

 

I was recently interviewed by Miami Today to comment on Coconut Grove’s real estate market. The luxury sector of the market has slowed as I mention in the article. Properties over $1.5 million are taking longer to sell as there is more inventory than demand. However, I am confident that the properties will sell as Coconut Grove is a highly desirable area.
Properties under a million in Coconut Grove are selling at a healthy pace and relatively quickly as compared to a slowdown in other nearby markets where the $300,000 to $600,000 homes are selling quickly.

As the South Florida real estate market fluctuates, it is more important that ever to partner with a local area Realtor who has a pulse on real-time statistics and the experience to bring a transaction to fruition. This is my ongoing focus with my clients.

To learn more about current Coconut Grove homes for sale click here.

As a Coconut Grove resident and Top Ten Producer for EWM Realty International, I invite you to contact me for any Coconut Grove real estate needs at 305.710.1010.

Pinecrest homes for sale

PINECREST RANKED NUMBER ONE BY CURBED.COM READERS

If you are not a local, you may not have heard of Pinecrest, FL – a family-friendly, affluent neighborhood in Miami with top rated schools. Pinecrest was recently voted as the number one suburb in this area by curbed.com readers. As Realtor, having helped with hundreds of home purchases and sales in Pinecrest, I know the allure of this well located, manicured pocket.

This neighborhood is safe and serene while being inviting.  That’s the case for my two listings here. The two Pinecrest homes for sale that I currently represent offer the warmth Pinecrest is known for.

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I have one very spacious home located at 13030 SW 60 Avenue that is over 4900 square feet. It pertains to the coveted Pinecrest Elementary school district and is an terrific value at $262 a square foot. With 5 bedrooms and 3/4 acres – there’s plenty of room to enjoy this lovely home.

 

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My other listing is located at 12499 SW 80 Avenue and offers an interesting blend of Pinecrest comfort and Coconut Grove appeal. Interesting architecture with vaulted wood ceiling, fireplace and tropical landscaping make this home a standout at $849,000.

If you want to preview either of these listings or any homes for sale in Pinecrest, call the Carole Smith Team today 305.329.7770.

 

The Perry House – Quintessential Coconut Grove Cottage

Are you ready for true open concept living with an uber chic vibe in coveted Coconut Grove? Prepare to be beyond smitten with my new Coconut Grove home for sale located at 4345 Lennox Drive. Featured in House and Garden in 1966 while famed interior designer Howard Perry Rothberg was the owner, this 3 bedroom cottage maintains the same star-quality that made it magazine-worthy with a fresh, updated aesthetic.

Here’s a published photo in 1966

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Here’s the same great room today:

The great room exudes terrific open flow, ideal for entertaining. Along with the character-filled wood beamed ceilings, the natural light in this space and throughout the house is exceptional. Large scale windows let the lush greenery peek through – almost resembling artwork.

Really – every inch of this home delights with personality.

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4345 Lennox Drive

 

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Click here to peruse all the photos and full details for 4345 Lennox Drive offered at $875,000.

To schedule a tour of this special, Coconut Grove home contact 305.329.7770. Click here to view all Coconut Grove homes for sale.

Yesterday I listed two homes which are quite different but share the wonderful neighborhood feel of Pinecrest. One of them might be just what you are looking for if you are in the Pinecrest real estate market.

If totally remodeled is on your wish list then 13151 SW 71 Avenue in Pinecrest is for you! Tucked away in Palmetto Island, this 4 bedroom home has been remodeled with the upmost attention to detail! The flow is airy while the finishes are top-notch. The bright kitchen has beautiful Quartz countertops which are a great contrast to the birch wood flooring. The bathrooms are pinterest-worthy while the newly resurfaced pool and ample patio with access to a canal are beyond inviting. Check it out for yourself:

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As if the photos were not enough to make you run to this Pinecrest home for sale, peruse these updates:

New tile roof

New air conditioning and all new ductwork

New impact windows and doors

New plumbing, including main drain lines to septic

New insulation

New landscaping and More!

View details here for 13151 SW 71 Avenue currently offered at $999,000.

Spacious Pinecrest Home with Pinecrest Elementary Access

Maybe you need more space for your brood. You should consider the sprawling 5 bedroom, 4 and half bath home located at 13030 SW 60 Avenue. On over 3/4 of an acre, this Pinecrest home boasts three ensuites, a dedicated office, an eat-in kitchen and an enormous master closet. The roof is only 2 years old as is the central A/C. As a bonus, Pinecrest Elementary is zoned in this area. For more information click here.

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To schedule a private appointment at either of these Pinecrest homes, call Carole Smith today 305.329.7770.

Welcome to the Coconut Grove Riviera

There is a rather charming gated community of ten homes on South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove named Longview Villas. The property upon which the Longview Villas sit was originally the philanthropist WT Grant’s Estate. It was donated to the University of Miami for a University President’s residence and remained as a UM property until 1974. The two-story villas were built in in 1980. I know we are not in Cap d’Antibes or Monaco but driving up this driveway definitely reminds me of the South of France.

I would like to introduce you to one of the villas: Number Seven. This is now the largest villa having been improved and enlarged through several renovations, in fact a new roof is about to be installed as I write. Prior to that all bathrooms were updated and all windows and doors were changed to impact glass in 2006; as well as being updated additional space was added to the kitchen at that time.

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Let’s get down to the details:

  • This is now a home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
  • Cool feet love Cantera Blanco stone flooring throughout at ground level.
  • Use granite counters and a center island with eco-friendly Richlite counter top in clever kitchen
  • Enjoy open and enclosed patios and balconies.
  • Be insect-free with Retractable screens in porches
  • Keep the sun off your motors under the two vehicle carport.

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You can do some serious laps in the 60-foot community pool and improve your game on the tennis court without leaving the gate.

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Peruse this virtual tour or click here for full details for 2475 S Bayshore Drive, Number 7, Coconut Grove.

To schedule a tour of this special, Coconut Grove home contact 305.329.7770. Click here to view all Coconut Grove homes for sale.

What is great about living in the Grove?

Just about everything.

It is fun, it is hip and has that special Grove feel quite unlike any other part of Miami. And the best part about it is that you can easily reach anywhere you want to go from here. If you work on Brickell or Downtown, if you like to dine in the Gables and paddleboard on the bay, and you need to get to Miami International in minutes then Coconut Grove is the best place to live.

So let’s imagine that you do all those things and you want to live in a gracious and grand home with a garden to match then my new listing at 3000 Natoma Street might just be your shangri-la. This 1930s Coconut Grove estate evokes an era of Hollywood stardom long gone. She is sophisticated and elegant, she amuses and charms.  She is grand yet inviting, cool yet friendly.

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Come and visit, see for yourself. These photos are just a sampling of the magnificence of this Coconut Grove estate.

A few of her vital statistics:

This 1932 glamour girl is graced with a beautiful face and figure. Her attributes include: 4 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces, may hidden and important upgrades, marvelous entertaining spaces indoor and out a thoroughly modern kitchen with a deep red Viking gas oven. And for absolute convenience, a guest cottage for friends who don’t want to leave…

Peruse this virtual tour or click here for full details for 3000 Natoma Street, Coconut Grove.

To schedule a tour of this special, Coconut Grove home contact 305.329.7770. Click here to view all Coconut Grove homes for sale.

I just listed a stylish, updated Coral Gables home for rent. Perfectly updated, this 3 bedroom, 3 bath corner home (easily converts into a 4 bedroom) boasts impressive finishes and stunning backyard located at 800 Anastasia Avenue. Many of the rooms are so well designed – I would expect to see them on Pinterest or a design magazine.

Peruse the photos and delight in the marriage of timeless and contemporary design which melds into the the unexpected. Not pretentious but oh so sophisticated!

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Natural light dances on wood floors while spacious floor plan allows for versatility. The backyard is worthy of a South Florida postcard. Entertaining or relaxing amid the lush foliage will transport you. Truly.

Its convenient location with easy access to the best of Coral Gables living allows you to walk to the Biltmore Hotel, enjoy golf, tennis, dining, stroll galleries, and shop at nearby Merrick Village.

3 Bed | 3 Bath |  Offered At: $7,200 Monthly
2622 SQ FT | Impact Windows | Newer Roof | Fireplace | Garage

Don’t daydream of this property on Pinterest only.

Exclusively represented by Coral Gables Realtor, Carole Smith. To schedule an exclusive showing at this Coral Gables home, contact Carole Smith at 305.329.7770 or email her at [email protected]

Everyone loves a good makeover. There’s something about the ugly duckling transforming into a beautiful swan narrative that always resonates with us. That is the case with my newest Coral Gables home for sale located at 1525 Sarria Avenue. A former rental property, this updated three bedroom, three bath home was lovely albeit plain.

Enter the talented homestager, Jennifer McCloskey of All About The Wow Staging. I employ staging to highlight a home’s best features and to allow potential buyers to envision their life in a given home not the current homeowner’s. Jennifer’s staging not only showcases a home’s potential but it also sets the stage for an aspirational lifestyle – it’s usually crisp, stylish and clutter-free. See the transformation for yourself.

GREAT ROOM BEFORE

SARRIA GREAT ROOM

GREAT ROOM AFTER

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To tour this bright and cheery Coral Gables home currently listed for $775,000, contact Coral Gables Realtor, Carole Smith at 305.329.7770.

 

So you think you are ready to sell your house in Coral Gables or Coconut Grove? This place that has been the scene of joy, sadness, Super Bowl parties, family dinners, curfews, and numerous coats of paint. Are you sure you are really ready? Well if you are sure, here are a few tips I provide my clients.

  1. Alter your mindset: Change Home to House. HOME (1)You have to detach yourself. Tuck your memories into a safe place in your heart and brace yourself. Roll up your sleeves, it is time to work. You may be ready for the next chapter but take a hard look at your home, is it ready? Now is the time to repair eyesores you’ve learned to live with and declutter. Your home will soon become a house competing with others and must stand out.

Curb appeal is vital to greet prospective buyers as they drive up. The Coral Gables and Coconut Grove buyer tends to be demanding. They expect cleanliness and minimal wear and tear. Time to spruce up and patch up.  Space is a huge consideration as well. Buyers want to visualize where their clutter will go. Closets need to look as roomy as possible, the garage is in fact not a giant closet but a portion of it is a bona fide storage area if not out of control. Same goes for cabinets. De-clutter and de-personalize are exactly what they sound like, your treasures are yours and should be put away for safe keeping.
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2. It is a team effort! There’s a lot of work and finesse that goes into selling a South Florida home so choose a qualified Realtor to represent your home. Write down the questions you have ahead of time so when you are choosing your Realtor you get the information you need. Additionally, make sure you connect with this person. You have to be on the same team. Ultimately you’ll both want the same thing: to sell your property for the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Be prepared to listen to his or her advice.

3. Know thy home! The more pertinent information your Realtor has about your house the better equipped he or she will be able to position it in the market. Record what updates/upgrades, if any, and when they were made. Recent and relevant remodeling can mean a decent return on your investment. Survey or floor plans are extremely useful. Also, note the age of appliances, AC equipment, location of septic tank (if applicable), condition and age of roof, etc. And yes even the small details are useful. (But no you don’t need to say where the family cat is buried; that is not useful.)

4. Prepare for a part-time job. Selling your South Florida home might be among the biggest financial transactions in your life. For this reason, it may feel like a part-time job every now and then. Keeping the home tidy and available for showings will be time consuming and sometimes inconvenient. Particularly when the home must be vacant for all appointments. It is in your interest not to hear comments, positive or negative. Your absence will allow buyers to be honest with your agent. Feedback is very useful.

5. Don’t look at your watch. Home buying and selling can take time. Be patient and flexible. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy the next part of your adventure.

If you are ready to embark on the journey of selling your home, contact Realtor Carole Smith at 305.329.7770. To learn more about selling process click here.