Let’s face it. All-white kitchens can be a bit sterile at times. Most of my Miami real estate clients profess to love a white kitchen but even the brightest, well-designed kitchen needs a pop of interest. An easy way to achieve this is when you incorporate a much-needed, interesting barstool.

The barstool maybe the most used seat in the house. In Miami, like in most cities – all gatherings circulate around the kitchen and if there are counter and stools (and wine), there’s probably a party.

Here’s an example of the impact barstools have on a stark white kitchen. Anyone of these would infuse instant personality into this Coral Gables home I have for sale.

1. Cognac Leather / 2. Velvet Blue / 3. Organic Woven / 4. Gray Backless

Ultimately, a chic backless brass counter stool was used and voila…immediate wow factor.

Hope this post served as inspiration that is simple to put into practice. It’s something I share with my clients all the time.

If you want to benefit from this or any of my real estate insights, contact me at [email protected]

Far from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but on a Pinecrest property that is just as stunning, this modern home marries classic style with 21st century amenities. Located on a quiet, tree-lined street, 6640 SW 122 Street offers comfort, style and convenience in one of Miami’s most desirable neighborhoods. Homes like this are what make Pinecrest the number one suburb, according to curbed.com readers. But don’t take their (or my) word for it, click below and let the video give you a personal tour of this amazing, newly listed home.

With a sweeping two-story foyer and ornamental iron staircase, the home welcomes you in. Magnificent interiors include intricate coffered ceilings, as well as detailed crown moldings and cornices. The remarkable dining room is ideal for entertaining and showcasing the special meals prepared in the kitchen — a gas Viking range/grill, double ovens, and warming drawer are just part of the features to entice the novice and accomplished chef alike. In addition, a spacious breakfast and family room can be found directly adjacent and provides the perfect space for casual hangouts.

Additional features include Smart home with Control 4 lighting, Nest thermostats, security cameras, Sonos system & speakers, impact glass, wood paneled elevator, fireplace, Butler’s pantry with Miele coffee maker and wine cooler, 3 car garage, maids room, cabana bath & an unsurpassed summer kitchen. A Very Special Home.

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

Nestled in a prime location, with easy access to Coral Gables, Downtown, Midtown and the Brickell area, this modern Mediterranean villa is the height of understated elegance. Living in the heart of Coconut Grove means having the Village’s eateries, boutiques, parks and galleries at your doorstep. Verdant foliage frames this recently built European-style home. Its soaring ceilings and lush interior courtyard hint at all the details which await in this spacious two-story home. An open floor plan joins the designer kitchen and family room, while a separate 1/1 guest house offers privacy & comfort.

Add great closets, low-maintenance turf, and a glimmering pool, and you may never want to leave home again!

So, before you head off to that Super Bowl party, stop by and tour this very special home represented exclusively by Coconut Grove Realtor, Carole Smith this Sunday, February 4, 2018,  between 2-4PM. It may be the spot of next year’s watch party! If you would like a private showing of this Coconut Grove gem, please call 305.710.1010.

TGIF, everyone! It has been a busy week and I, for one, am certainly looking forward to the weekend.

Although I am not sure exactly what I will be doing yet, I may want to check out the budding  Coral Gables Festival of the Arts, as a warm-up to upcoming one in Coconut Grove. There will be over 200 artists featuring their work, as well as plenty of great food. There is even a special KidZone for the littlest art critics.

 

The festival spreads out along Alhambra from Ponce De Leon to LeJeune Road, in the heart of the City Beautiful.

So, grab your loved ones (and maybe your umbrella?) and head over to the Gables, maybe stroll down Miracle Mile and check out the festival. I might do the same, between open houses and showing homes for sale in Coral Gables

 

If you want to find a new home in Coral Gables or Coconut Grove to hang any piece of art you buy, you know where to reach me! (Just in case you don’t: 305.710.1010!)

 

Although it might feel like “New Year” magic has worn off, I got a second chance this week to hit the reset button when I was goal setting with my great team. It was a terrific opportunity to reflect on 2017 sales performance, client interactions, our strengths and weaknesses. While doing this exercise, I was pleased to find that I completed 52 transactions in 52 weeks. On average, I closed a deal a week — I have to say,  selling homes in Miami is so complex these days that at times I felt like I was juggling 100 deals at once!

Even though real estate is hectic and demanding, I’m thrilled I helped over 50 families transition into a new chapter in their lives. Selling and buying a home is extremely personal and I take great pride in being a resource for my clients.

Here’s a snapshot of my 52 to in 52.

MLS #

ADDRESS

CITY

SALES PRICE

#BED

#BATHS

#HALF BATH

SQ FT

LOT SIZE

A10053695 3314 Devon Ct Coconut Grove

$3,747,312.00

7

7

2

9862

12081

A10190843 4270 Lennox Dr Coconut Grove

$3,425,000.00

7

8

1

6560

14000

A10185968 42 Grand Bay Estates Cir Key Biscayne

$3,000,000.00

7

7

1

4461

7829

A10312819 7801 Erwin Rd Coconut Grove

$2,825,000.00

4

3

2

5204

22000

A10298684 1331 Sevilla Ave Coral Gables

$2,550,000.00

5

5

1

5096

16500

A10129857 3883 Wood Ave Coral Gables

$2,190,000.00

6

5

4266

16530

A10258485 6009 Maggiore St Coral Gables

$2,150,000.00

5

5

1

4371

7577

A10251901 7430 SW 55 AV South Miami

$2,088,000.00

5

4

1

3760

A10006152 7249 SW 47 CT South Miami

$2,000,000.00

4

4

1

3658

7150

A10006189 7247 SW 47 Ct South Miami

$1,950,000.00

4

4

1

3679

7150

A10257793 11050 Tanya St Coral Gables

$1,725,000.00

4

3

1

4711

19892

A10281186 701 San Juan Dr Coral Gables

$1,612,500.00

6

5

0

4175

13747

A10253068 1316 Alhambra Cir Coral Gables

$1,475,000.00

4

4

3466

18813

A10224197 3701 Battersea Rd Coconut Grove

$1,430,000.00

5

4

0

3337

7567

A10287635 1206 Manati Ave Coral Gables

$1,410,000.00

5

4

1

2994

12250

A10272419 5602 San Vicente St Coral Gables

$1,400,000.00

4

3

1

2400

5000

A10274797 219 Ridgewood Rd Coconut Grove

$1,358,000.00

3

3

0

2497

14000

A10183858 849 Paradiso Ave Coral Gables

$1,315,000.00

4

4

3465

11797

A10248023 13633 Deering Bay Dr Unit#215 Coral Gables

$1,175,000.00

4

4

1

3190

A10252221 5505 SW 84th Ter South Miami

$1,135,000.00

4

3

3557

15180

A10177033 13599 Old Cutler Rd Coral Gables

$1,125,000.00

4

4

1

3473

25483

A10300613 2901 S Bayshore Dr Unit#13F Coconut Grove

$1,125,000.00

3

2

0

2407

A10178807 1022 Manati Ave Coral Gables

$868,150.00

4

3

2479

10317

A10229027 908 Obispo Ave Coral Gables

$799,000.00

3

3

0

2063

6500

A10136606 12499 SW 80 Ave Pinecrest

$742,500.00

3

2

2370

20158

A10312808 8345 SW 163 St Palmetto Bay

$730,000.00

4

4

0

3548

17040

A10218190 1520 Delgado Ave Coral Gables

$730,000.00

3

2

1850

6500

A10239406 528 Majorca Ave Coral Gables

$720,000.00

3

3

0

1672

5650

A10183867 700 Vilabella Ave Coral Gables

$625,000.00

3

2

0

1493

8000

A10278975 8903 SW 78 Pl Kendall

$550,000.00

3

2

1

2246

4764

A10252012 6751 SW 48 St Miami

$515,500.00

3

2

0

1875

7950

A10287803 3110 Segovia St Unit#4 Coral Gables

$440,000.00

2

2

1130

A10253002 3026 Day Ave Unit#3026 Coconut Grove

$425,000.00

2

2

1451

A10193070 3566 SW 173 Way Miramar

$410,500.00

4

3

0

2628

7177

A10151820 2030 S Douglas Rd Unit#518 Coral Gables

$360,500.00

2

2

1114

A10158595 671 Biltmore Way Unit#203 Coral Gables

$360,000.00

1

1

1

1124

A10316190 6901 Edgewater Dr Unit#212 Coral Gables

$350,000.00

2

2

0

1298

A10308025 9770 SW 77th Ter Miami

$342,500.00

3

1

0

1436

7500

A10341254 9390 Easter Rd Cutler Bay

$290,000.00

3

2

0

2004

12051

A10345314 911 E Ponce De Leon Blvd Unit#1003 Coral Gables

$255,000.00

2

2

0

960

A10241349 5271 SW 8 St Unit#509 Miami

$200,000.00

2

2

0

1027

A10241363 5271 SW 8 St Unit#504 Miami

$192,000.00

2

2

1027

A10241435 5271 SW 8 St Unit#412 Miami

$188,000.00

2

2

970

A10237914 3052 SW 27 Ave Unit#103 Miami

$175,000.00

1

2

605

A10241289 5271 SW 8 St Unit#407 Miami

$140,000.00

1

1

0

795

A10241328 5271 SW 8 St Unit#408 Miami

$137,500.00

1

1

727

A10286975 3577 Stewart Ave Coconut Grove RENTAL

5

5

1

5102

19500

A10259308 200 Ridgewood Rd Coral Gables RENTAL

5

5

1

4977

11200

A10196211 2901 S Bayshore Dr Unit#11C Coconut Grove RENTAL

2

2

0

2387

A10334482 1900 Sunset Harbour Dr Unit#1503 Miami Beach RENTAL

2

2

0

1270

A10340626 950 Brickell Bay Dr Unit#2207 Coconut Grove RENTAL

2

2

0

986

A10355503 2699 Tigertail Ave Unit#13 Coconut Grove RENTAL

1

1

1

1016

If 2018 is your time to hit the reset button regarding real estate, I encourage you to contact me in order for you to leverage my 20+ years experience in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami and nearby pockets.

 

 

This is a great opportunity to have your own piece of the City Beautiful.  I have just listed this corner-lot Coral Gables beauty in a truly prime location. Totally remodeled, this 3 bedroom home located at 4101 Segovia Street is a breath of fresh air — and among the most appealing homes listed for sale in Coral Gables this month.

 

 

With updated kitchen & baths, gleaming floors and impact windows, this home is completely turn-key. The open floor plan highlights the crisp feel and many garden views of this Gables home. The family room leads to an open patio, and the interior laundry has room to add a murphy bed to turn the space into a 4th bedroom, an unusual bonus in this neighborhood.

 

To learn more details about this impeccable home in the heart of Coral Gables located at 4101 Segovia Street, click here.

If you want to tour this home, or any homes for sale in Coral Gables, call the Carole Smith Team today at 305.329.7770.

 

As much as I would love to tell you that I am 100% sticking to my New Year’s resolutions, I would be lying if I told you that I could not be easily tempted by a piece of quality dark chocolate! If you are like me, maybe you want to check out this weekend’s Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Coral Gables.

In its twelfth year, the festival combines two of my favorite things — chocolate and beautiful plants. I looking forward to enjoying our beautiful weather and strolling through the lush gardens. There will be plenty of samples from Miami’s top chocolatiers, as well as chocolate-making demonstrations.

Admission is free for Fairchild members; otherwise, it’s $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for kids (free for 5 and under).

I might check it out in between showing homes for sale in Coral Gables… for the plants, of course 🙂

 

 


A truly unique property, 3773 Matheson Avenue in Coconut Grove, enchants with its beamed ceilings, expansive windows, and lush native vegetation. Add to that a separate guest house, ponds, and waterfalls, and you have a one-of-a-kind tropical oasis waiting for you to call it home.

Tour it this Sunday, January 14, 2017 between 2-4PM and be enthralled by its exotic setting and serene water features which feel so at home in bohemian Coconut Grove. You too will feel at home as soon as you step through this very special home represented exclusively by Coconut Grove Realtor, Carole Smith.

When planning your upcoming weekend, you may want to soak up some art at the nearby Beaux Arts Festival of Art, but be sure to carve out some time to visit this magnificent home, Sunday, January 14th between 2-4PM.

If you would like a private showing of this Coconut Grove gem, please call 305.710.1010.

 

Bea’s Sweet Potato Souffle

My mom’s treasured recipe is a Thanksgiving favorite.

Serves 4-6
3 cups of boiled and mashed (peeled) sweet potatoes
2 eggs
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of melted butter
1/2 tsp of salt
May add cinnamon

Combine ingredients in casserole dish

 

Topping:
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup of brown sugar (light)
1/2 cup of self-rising flour
1 cup of chopped nuts

 

Mixed together – it will dry.

Put on top of sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


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.