My newest Coral Gables home for sale is the stunningly renovated 1331 Sevilla Avenue. It is absolutely gorgeous and impressively designed with superb finishes all aglow with natural light. The five bedroom home boasts a full guest house and enticing outdoor resort-style pool and patio.

However, prior to enjoying the outdoor oasis it may be hard to tear yourself away from the interior of the home because of the magazine-worthy kitchen with state-of-the-art Wolf & Sub-zero appliances, custom cabinetry, and integrated wine cooler. Let me be specific – a 100 bottle wine cooler! I’ll toast to that…and to the many other countless things this beautiful Coral Gables home for sale has going for it! Click here to see more about this home.

If you want a peek of this home view this 1 minute video tour and then call me for an exclusive tour of 1331 Sevilla Avenue in Coral Gables by calling 305.710.1010.

View all Coral Gables homes for sale here.

Father’s Day in Coral Gables is typically celebrated with a pool party and family barbecue. Poor Dad usually doesn’t get the day off from the grill but I’ve assembled a few Coral Gables’ homes for sale that I have listed which have ideal backyards where Dad can step up his grilling game.

To entice him to upgrade his BBQ setting for next year, I’ve even curated the ideal menu for him to perfect.

5602 San Vicente Street, Coral Gables>>

This newly constructed home will suit Dad and guests just fine with impressive finishes and upgrades. Additionally, the low maintenance yard and built-in summer kitchen will provide him with loads of time to perfect this side dish with a unique twist.

Smokey Grilled Potato and Corn Salad
Courtesy of: Food52.com

Serves 4-6
pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed
scallions, trimmed
ears of corn, husked and silks removed
cloves of garlic – not peeled – skewered on a wooden stick
2-3tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 – 2teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2teaspoon cumin
tablespoons Champagne vinegar
teaspoon lemon zest
bunch watercress, chopped

  1. To pre-cook the potatoes, place them whole in a stock pot of boiling salted water and cook for 15 – 20 minutes until they are just tender (this will depend greatly on the size of your potatoes). Drain and cool slightly so you can handle them. Cut in half or in quarters – depending on the size of your potatoes (but big enough that they can sit on your grill grates and not fall through).
  2. Light your grill to medium high. Brush your potatoes, corn, scallions, and garlic with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the potatoes until they have nice grill marks – but they should be cooked through in step one.
  3. Grill the corn about 5 minutes – until it is nicely browned and charred in some spots. Grill the scallions about 2 minutes per side – until browned. Cook the garlic skewers on a cooler area of the grill, turning frequently, until the clove is softened but does not burn. (depending on the size of the clove – 8-10 minutes).
  4. Place the potatoes in a bowl. Cut the corn off the cob and chop the scallions and place them in the bowl with the potatoes.
  5. Make the dressing: Peel and crush the garlic into a paste. Mix it with the mayo, (1-2 teaspoons – see headnote) smoked paprika, cumin, champagne vinegar, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the watercress to the potato mixture and pour the dressing over (see headnote – first start with half and add more to reach your desired creaminess) and fold in gently. Taste for seasoning. Can be served slightly warm, at room temp, or chilled.

701 San Juan Drive, Coral Gables>>

This spacious and beautifully updated home in Coral Gables’ coveted Platinum Triangle, can definitely be dubbed Dad’s castle. With 6 bedrooms and nearly 14,000 sq ft lot, this inviting home will be the backdrop to countless cannonballs and kabobs.

Garlic & Cilantro Lamb Kabobs
Courtesy of: seriouseats.com

Serves 4-6

Marinade:
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leave
3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup dark raisins
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon table salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 1/4 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of fat and silver skin and cut into 1-inch pieces

3 bell peppers, 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 orange, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 large red onion, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

Lemon or lime wedges for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Process all of the marinade ingredients in workbowl of food processor fitted with steel blade until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape sides of workbowl with rubber spatula as needed.

2. Toss marinade and lamb in ziploc bag; seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24.
3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread coals out evenly.
4. While the fire is lighting, starting and ending with meat, thread 4 pieces meat, 3 pieces onion (three 3-layer stacks), and 6 pieces pepper in mixed order onto skewers.
5. Grill kabobs uncovered, turning each kabob one-quarter turn every 1 3/4 minutes to brown all sides, until meat is well browned all over and cooked to medium-rare, about 7 minutes. Transfer kabob to serving platter, squeeze lemon or lime wedges over kabob if desired, and serve immediately.

219 Ridgewood Road, Coral Gables>>

If Dad appreciates Old Florida charm, this Grove-inspired bungalow and guest cottage might be his forever home (and yours too). Good luck trying to keep Dad out of this refreshing pool amidst this tropical paradise. Manage to do that and you may enjoy a sweet grilled treat in the sweetest of settings.

Grilled Peaches With Butter Rum Sauce
Courtesy of: seriouseats.com

Serves 4-6

4 Slightly Ripe Peaches

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

Rum to Taste

Vanilla Ice cream

  1. Melt butter in saucepan. Add salt and brown sugar. Cook this mixture until brown sugar is melted, about 3 minutes. Add rum—the mixture will bubble up. Boil mixture another 5 minutes. Set sauce aside and prepare peaches.
2. Halve or quarter peaches. Oil the grill grates with canola or other neutral oil. Grill peaches a few minutes without sauce. Brush par-cooked peaches with sauce and at this point they must be watched closely due to the sugar content of the sauce. As peaches develop grill marks, they can be removed to a platter. Do not overcook or peaches will not hold their shape.
3. Gently reheat sauce. Place ice cream in a stemmed glass. Add 2 to 3 peach quarters. Drizzle sauce over top.
Hope these beautiful backyards and tasty recipes inspired you to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day and everyday.
To tour these homes or any other homes for sale in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove or nearby Miami enclaves, feel free to contact me at 305. 710.1010.

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.

4345 Lennox Drive

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]