Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Favorite Places in Coral Gables

Coral Gables is often known as the “city beautiful.”  After one visit, it is easy to see why people love coming to this beautiful city.  The city is full of the best places to shop, dine and enjoy the arts and cultures for which this area is known.  From meandering along the Magnificent Mile to spending the day at Cocowalk in Coconut Grove, there is so much to do that the list can easily grow long.  In an effort to highlight some of the most popular and well known spots, following are some the community’s most favorite hot spots for visitors and newcomers to Coral Gables.

Miracle Mile
Coral Gables is known, first and foremost, for the Miracle Mile.  Situated in the center of the business district of Coral Gables, the Miracle Mile refers to a section of Coral Way between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road.  It is filled with local eateries, high-end shops, and art galleries that make walking a pleasure.  Many residents of Miami and other parts of Miami-Dade come to Coral Gables to eat and shop along this stretch. Some of the favorite stops are Red Koi Thai and Sushi Lounge, Hillstone, and Tarpon Bend Food and Tackle for dining, and MiArte and Actors Playhouse for arts and entertainment.  The businesses and property
owners who live and work along the Miracle Mile work hard to make it a destination with festivals, art exhibits and more throughout the year. 

In terms of Coral Gables real estate, there are several upscale, luxury condominiums located on Coral Way and within several blocks that are ideal for those who want to be near the Miracle Mile.  From boutique buildings like Gables on the Green and Gables Park Tower to exclusive condominiums like Segovia Tower to larger condominiums like Ten Aragon, there is property to fit many budgets with list prices starting in the upper-$200s and climbing into the multi-million dollar ranges.

Village of Merrick Park
The Village of Merrick Park is what developers like to call an upscale lifestyle center.  In essence, this gorgeous mall, built in 2002, is Coral Gables’ quintessential shopping center with all of the upscale national retailers like Nordstrom, Tiffany, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and more.  Here, residents and visitors spend tons of time shopping and dining at well-known national, regional and local restaurants like Villagio, CafĂ© Bistro at Nordstrom and others not to mention working out at world famous Equinox Fitness. 

For residents who want enjoy all that the Village of Merrick Park has to offer, there are several Coral Gables condominiums and neighborhoods within a short walk.  Two very popular communities are 55 Merrick and One Village Place each with list prices starting in the mid-$300s and offering all the amenities of a five-star resort.  Another building set to be completed in 2014 is Merrick Manor which is adjacent to the Villages of Merrick Park.  In this building, residence list prices will start in the upper-$100s and feature updated and elegant homes as well as amazing amenities for residents and guests.  As for single family homes, there are many homes on streets that surround this growing area of Coral Gables. 

Cocowalk, Coconut Grove
Cocowalk is a wonderful outdoor mall of sorts with all of the popular retailers seen at most any high-end shopping center.  As a destination by many who visit and live in the area, Cocowalk offers tons of activity in addition to shopping and dining to create a very relaxing and happy environment.  Afternoon concerts on the piazza are a regular occurrence as are other events tied to different holidays and activities.  While many of the businesses are regional and national companies, people love coming out to Cocowalk to relish the outdoor atmosphere while enjoying a cigar from Coco Cigar or a Venti Iced Latte from Starbucks. 

Because Cocowalk is situated in the center of the community, Coconut Grove real estate is plentiful for all types of buyers.  The Moorings and The Anchorage, exclusive gated communities; luxury condominiums like the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove and Grovenor House; and, secluded townhome communities like Cloisters on the Bay are all within a short drive or even walk from Cocowalk.   Investors see the draw to Coconut Grove and want to bring more residential development to the area with luxury projects like the Grove at Grand Bay.  Because Coconut Grove is a more exclusive area of Miami-Dade County, the area is in high-demand and offers many buyers the opportunity to buy with list prices starting in the upper-$200s and surpassing $10,000,000. 

A Great Place to Live
Coral Gables is a great place to live.  Residents and visitors from all over Miami-Dade County love to come to the Gables to enjoy all it has to offer.  For those who choose to call Coral Gables home, it is a city filled with so much.  Outside the most popular places to go, there are some hidden treasures to find which makes it obvious why Coral Gables is the City Beautiful.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Top Five Coconut Grove Rentals Under $10,000 Per Month

Coconut Grove is a very popular location for those who spend extended amounts of time in South Florida.   Rental properties are very prevalent in Coconut Grove and are available on seasonal and annual leases at rental rates from as low as $1,200 per month to around $20,000 per month.  Following are the top five Coconut Grove Rentals under $10,000 per month.

3672 Bayview Road, Ewanton Heights, Montly Rental:  $8,850
Situated on a 19,000+ square foot lot, this privately gated home has so much character.  It was built in 1922 and has been restored to combine the original details with an updated and modern twist.  Large rooms feature walls of classic window-pane windows that showcase the perfect landscaping and unbelievable pool and koi pond with waterfall.  The remodeled kitchen is a chef’s dream with high-end stainless steel appliances and lots of workspace on granite counter tops.  The entire property also includes two-bedroom/one-bath cottage in addition to the three-bedroom/three-bath main home.  This home is the epitome of style and refinement.

1 Grove Isle Drive, #A1801, Grove Isle Condominium, Monthly Rental:  $8,500
This is definitely one of the most beautiful spots in Coconut Grove on Grove Isle.  This gorgeous residence at Grove Isle Condominium is perfectly decorated with marble floors throughout the home, a gorgeous master bedroom and spa-like master bath, a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances, and breathtaking views from the fully rebuilt balcony and windows in every room.  This furnished home is close to Coconut Grove’s historic district as well as famed Cocowalk.

2627 South Bayshore Drive, #706, Grovernor House, Monthly Rental:  $5,500
Grovenor House is one of Coconut Grove’s most prominent residences.  This home features beautiful bay views from the expansive terraces.  The contemporary designed kitchen includes gorgeous granite counter tops and Sneidero Italian cabinetry.  Grovenor House features wonderful amenities including a heated infinity pool, state of the art fitness center, 24-hour concierge and valet, tennis courts, children’s play area and more.  Residents enjoy living within walking distance to Dinner Key Marina, area parks, restaurants and Cocowalk.  This rental is available unfurnished on an annual lease.

2507 Trapp Avenue, Ocean View Heights, Monthly Rental:  $4,500
This is a beautiful seasonal-rental in Coconut Grove with three bedrooms and two baths.  It is beautifully decorated with a warm and comfortable atmosphere.   Two bedrooms open up to terraces and the warm Florida sunshine.  Perfect for snowbirds who spend the winter in Florida, this home is a short drive from Cocowalk and Dinner Key Marina as well as Brickell and Miami Beach.  

3400 SW 27th Avenue, #307, The Tower Residences, Monthly Rental:  $4,500 
To live at the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove is to live in luxury.  Not only does the residence offer all the amenities at the Ritz-Carlton, it features an extraordinary and contemporary design with high-end fixtures and finishes throughout the residence.  Rooms are spacious and flow from one to another.  Along with an expansive balcony and patio areas, the two-bedroom/two-bath home is offered furnished on an annual lease and is available immediately. 

Lots of Options
For those interested in Coconut Grove rentals under $10,000 per month, there are lots of options from which to choose.  Whether the desired property is a single family home or residence in a condominium, this exclusive community in Miami-Dade County is the perfect place to spend an extended amount of time as it is close to everything but just far enough away to allow a quiet and secluded lifestyle.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Top Five Coral Gables Condominiums Under $500K

Living in Coral Gables carries with it sense of accomplishment since this gorgeous city offers some of the best shopping, dining arts and culture in the Miami-Dade metro area.  The city attracts many different residents from business people who want to escape the “rat race” to part-time residents who enjoy spending winters in the warm Florida sunshine to real estate investors interesting in acquiring rental property.  

While Coral Gables real estate can carry a hefty price tag in any one of the exclusive gated communities, there are still many condominiums that offer the luxury and exclusivity but at a much more realistic list price.  Following are the top five Coral Gables condominiums priced under $500K. 

For Sale at 55 Merrick
55 Merrick Way, #702, 55 Merrick, List Price:  $499,000
Living in this two-bedroom/two-and-a-half-bath residence in one of Coral Gables most popular condominiums is perfect for anyone wanting to be in the heart of Coral Gables.  Located just off the Miracle Mile, this 1,273-square foot home features spacious rooms, a great kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, porcelain flooring and Berber carpet in bedrooms, walk-in closets and so much more.  Community amenities include a resort style pool and expansive pool deck, a state of the art fitness center, two-story clubhouse, security, concierge, valet, and a nice variety of retail on the first floor of the building.  There is definitely attention to detail throughout the condominium and each residence.

55 Merrick Way, #602, 55 Merrick, List Price:  $494,000
55 Merrick is located in the heart of Coral Gables right off the Miracle Mile.  This 1,273 square foot home features a nice-size kitchen with granite counter tops, GE stainless steel appliances and Italian cabinets, porcelain tile floors and Berber carpet throughout the home, wonderful city views and more.  Enjoy the state of the art fitness center, large resort pool, clubhouse that is excellent for entertaining, and concierge and valet services.  With retail on the first floor and dining and shopping within a very short walk, this is a perfect place to live in Coral Gables.

For Sale at Puerto de Palmas
888 Douglas Road, #1009, Puerto de Palmas, List Price:  $490,000
Located in the heart of Coral Gables, this home is in a very prestigious condominium that is close to the Miracle Mile and everything in the heart of Coral Gables.  It features a wonderful gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliance and a very contemporary design as well as nine-foot ceilings, impact resistant sliding glass doors, and a balcony with wonderful city views and tons of space in this 1,300+ square foot home.  Community amenities a large, resort-style pool, well-equipped fitness center, outdoor meditation gardens, a clubhouse with billiards, media room, and outdoor entertainment plaza, private storage lockers and more.  This is an ideal residence for part-time residents and full-time residents who want to be in the heart of the city.

1300 Ponce 
1300 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, 1300 Ponce de Leon, #505, List Price: $489,000
Enjoy life in this 1,290 square foot residence with two bedrooms and two and a half bath.  With downtown Miami views from the 243 square foot balcony, this home is the epitome of luxury in Coral Gables.  It features GE stainless steel appliances, Italian cabinets and granite countertops as well as a fitness center, large pool with pool deck, clubhouse, security and more.  Just blocks from the Miracle Mile’s shopping, dining and culture, this is the perfect place for anyone who loves to walk to destinations!

For Sale at Ponce Tower Condo
1805 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Ponce Tower Condo, #834, List Price:  $484,000
Ponce Tower’s European style and luxury move throughout the building.  With an elegant balcony overlooking the pool, this two-bedroom, two-bath residence is situated in a prime corner location and has marble flooring, 11-foot ceilings, European style cabinetry and granite counter tops.  Other amenities include a beautiful heated spa and pool, fully-equipped fitness facility, business center and more.  Ponce Tower is one of the most prestigious condominiums in Coral Gables.

Condos in Coral Gables
There are so many opportunities to buy condos in Coral Gables at a very reasonable price.  In addition to owning real estate in such a prestigious area, these condos provide an excellent stream of investment revenue.  It is no wonder that so many potential buyers seek out Coral Gables real estate.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Top Five Coral Gables Rental Properties Under $10,000

For many Coral Gables residents, their time there is temporary.  Foreign nationals, corporate executives or, even those who want a change in scenery head to the Miami area for extended stays to enjoy the warm sunshine and outdoor activities as well as the business opportunities that abound in this part of the country.  
There are tons of options for Coral Gables rentals for those who plan to live in the area for a longer than normal period of time or those who are interested in investing in larger rental properties.  Rental rates vary greatly from as low as around $1,500 per month for smaller, dated properties to over $20,000 per month for a beautiful estate home in one of the Gable’s exclusive gated neighborhoods.  With all of the rental options, following are the top five vacation rental homes under $10,000 per month.

Gables by the Sea Rentals
 13005 Zambrana Street, Gables by the Sea, Rental Rate:  $8,750/month
Gables by the Sea is a very popular, upscale and gated community in Coral Gables.  This annual rental is a canal-front home with four-bedrooms and three-baths in a  split floor plan that features covered parking for four vehicles, a wonderful updated kitchen with breakfast area, two master bedroom suites, walk-in closets in all bedrooms, a laundry room with tons of storage, impact windows, and a private dock with lift and a 100-foot seawall.  The canal is wide and deep and accommodates larger vessels with no bridges in the short ride into Biscayne Bay.

12855 Red Road, Coral Gables, Rental Rate:  $8,500/month
Enjoy staying in this beautiful Mediterranean-designed custom home with tons of amenities.  Enjoy the outdoors with a grotto pool with heated Jacuzzi tub and large covered terrace looking out onto panoramic water views or spending time indoors on any of the three floors with an elevator to each one that features a large laundry room, huge gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances and granite counter tops, private master suite with a spa-like master bath, two terraces on the second floor, and so much more.  Additionally, there is an emergency power generator, an electric gate at the property entrance, surveillance cameras and professional lighting for maximum security.   This home allows visitors to live like the upper echelon while spending time in Coral Gables.  

Coral Gables Riviera Rentals
6845 Veronese Street, Coral Gables Riviera, Rental Rate:  $8,500/month
For anyone who plans on an extended stay in Coral Gables or is not ready to buy a home but still wants to live in a luxurious home, this Gables Riviera annual rental is perfect.  Renovated with in an addition in 2011, it has five bedrooms and five baths with two master suites.  The upstairs master features a kitchenette while the second master is downstairs.  In addition, the rooms are open and spacious with Saturnia and wood floors throughout both floors.  Outside, the heated pool is larger in size and provides a relaxing atmosphere.  Additionally, there is a private covered terrace and indoor outdoor surround sound and internet accessible security cameras.  Situated in the perfect spot, this home is close to Coconut Grove, the Miracle Mile and the area marinas for entertainment, shopping and dining.  

Deering Bay Rentals
13621 Deering Bay Drive, #101, Milano at Deering Bay, Rental Rate:  $7,800/month
Living in this 2,800+ Deering Bay condo rental is like living in a single family home with all the amenities of a five-star resort.  Residents enjoy 12-foot ceilings, contemporary design, fixtures and finishes as well as a private terrace with lush landscaping, three bedrooms and three baths, and a large, gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  Other community amenities include a beautiful outdoor pool with tropical landscaping and more.  The home looks out over the golf course at Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.  This monthly rental is based on an annual lease.  

Gables by the Sea Rentals
1385 Bella Vista Avenue, Gables by the Sea, Rental Rate:  $7,500/month
In exclusive and gated Gables by the Sea is this wonderful and privately gated executive home that features lots of unique fixtures and finishes as well as a large kitchen with cooking island and breakfast nook, large pool with deck for entertaining and balcony overlooking the wide canals, tons of storage and open rooms with tons of space.  Additionally, there is a built-in shutter protection system with accordion and motorized shutters.  Perfect for families, this home is within walking distance to top rated public and private schools.  

An Elite Lifestyle
Many of the Coral Gables rental homes offer residents an elite lifestyle.  With these homes and others, it is possible for those living in Coral Gables for an extended period of time to live in a home similar to those in which they are accustom to living.  Coral Gables is a fantastic city in Miami-Dade County and the real estate reflects what it has to offer.

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