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Redecorating? Don’t Overlook the Ceiling

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Ideas to Spruce Up Your 6th Wall

Article by Mary G. Pepitone of the Miami Herald

decorating the ceilingHome design is looking up as companies manufacture products that make an impact on a room’s sixth wall: the ceiling.

From bright copper coffered to warm wooden timbers, ceilings should emulate and complement the design elements in a home, says Lori Rowley, marketing manager of Armstrong Residential Ceilings, based in Lancaster, Pa. “People spend so much time in a house sitting and lying down that homeowners are realizing they don’t have to stop decorating with just the walls and flooring,” she says. “A top-notch ceiling design can bring drama or help create a light mood in a room.”

Usually, ceiling standards are at least 8 feet in height, but can have vaulted details that reach 12 feet and up. In general, the lighter in color a ceiling is, the more open and airy a room will feel. By contrast, dark colored ceilings can make a room feel smaller and cozier.

In many homes, ceilings are blank canvases that can be decoratively painted or paneled, with a unified design aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye from top to bottom. Ceiling design is first dictated by the existing architecture, which can include a curved cove, vaulted cathedral or a recessed tray ceiling, which breaks up a flat ceiling with an inverted or recessed rectangle as a focal point.

For some, transforming an unappealing ceiling is as easy as choosing a complementary paint color to the walls, papering the ceiling with wallcovering or adding fine details, such as stenciling and crown moldings. But for other homeowners, dressing up a textured topper is a ceiling challenge.

“People want to get rid of their 1970s textured ceilings that were sprayed with particles, which resemble popcorn,” Rowley says. “You don’t have to scrape and paint a ceiling when you can cover it with decorative tiles.”

Armstrong has patented an “Easy Up” ceiling system, which is a suspension system for ceiling tiles that uses metal tracks secured into a home’s joists. Tiles or planks are then clipped onto these metal tracks and interlocked together and floated right beneath the existing ceiling.

But Rowley cautions that a ceiling should be structurally sound before installing decorative tiles over it. “Ceiling tiles shouldn’t be used as a ‘Band-Aid’ for ongoing water damage or falling plaster,” she says. “You can’t cover up a ceiling that’s coming down.”

The use of ceiling tiles is nothing new in America — tin varieties rose to popularity around the turn of the 20th century.

Today’s use of ceiling tiles is topping out in below-grade applications as more homeowners use basements for media rooms, bars and “man caves.”

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Downtown’s Growth Key to Drawing Auto Race to Miami

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Studies are examining the potential impact of ‘Formula E’ series

Article by Francisco Alvarado of the Real Deal

A new auto racing series wants to hold one of its annual events in downtown Miami, where last month’s injury and arrest-filled Ultra Music Festival has city politicians fuming, The Real Deal has learned.

formula e miamiDowntown’s recent growth, fueled largely by residential development, is a pivotal reason for London-based motorsports company Formula E Holdings’ interest in the area. But large-scale events that close off downtown streets are a sore subject in the city at the moment. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff are among those calling for Ultra to leave downtown, after more than 55 arrests were made and a security guard was trampled.

Race organizers say their event does not pose the same risks as the two-day music festival and would be much smaller in scale. “The race track we’re planning is designed to minimize the impact to the residents and businesses in downtown,” Andretti Sports Marketing executive director Tim Mayer told TRD.

The race, scheduled for March 2015, is part of the inaugural season of the Formula E Championship, the world’s first electric racing series. It kicks off on Sept. 13 in Beijing. Other stops include London, Berlin and several South American cities.

Los Angeles and Miami are the only U.S. cities on the tour.

“Every race is being held in iconic downtown areas,” Mayer said. “It is a huge undertaking.”

Mayer cited the influx of real estate development in downtown Miami over the last decade as a factor in selecting the Magic City.

“The whole area has exploded,” he said. “I used to live in Miami in the early 90s. The area that surrounds I-395 was pretty much a wasteland. Now, you have the arts center complex, Museum Park and the arena.”’

It wouldn’t be the first time Miami’s streets host high-speed cars. From 1983 to 1994, the buzzing howl of 1,000-horsepower engines and pungent odor of high-octane gas engulfed downtown Miami during an annual car race that attracted celebrity fans and the most popular names in racing. Back then, The Grand Prix of Miami was one of the city’s signature sporting events, even earning a spot in the opening credits of “Miami Vice.”

Grand Prix organizers moved the race to the Homestead-Miami Speedway following the 11-year run downtown.

The proposed race course includes streets abutting or near Miami-Dade College, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum Miami and American Airlines Arena.

Andretti Sports Marketing, an Indianapolis firm owned by the famous racing family, is working with the city and representatives of those facilities to keep disruptions to a minimum.

Owners of Formula E teams include the Andretti family, multi-billionaire Richard Branson and Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

A spokesperson confirmed the Arsht Center is working with race organizers to ensure its patrons and employees are not disrupted by the event.

A Perez Art Museum representative did not respond to a request for comment.

Organizers say the Formula E race will be nothing like the Grand Prix of Miami or the short-lived Grand Prix of the Americas in 2002.

For starters, it’s a green race, with none of the cars combusting fuel. Event organizers also plan to have exhibitors on hand to promote sustainability products and services. And unlike Formula One events, where crowds reach up to 300,000 people, Formula E only expects to draw an average of 25,000 people.

The Formula E Championship is designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring, according to Mayer. The league is comprised of 10 teams. Miami’s race would be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

“The way we designed the course, people around the world will get to see Miami’s iconic waterfront and how the city has really developed,” Mayer said.

Local politicians are on board with the race so far, but several hurdles remain before the event is finalized.

Last year, Miami commissioners approved the race in concept. The commission must also grant Andretti Sports Marketing a special use permit for the proposed course. In March, the Miami-Dade County Commission directed Mayor Carlos Gimenez to prepare a report on the race’s potential economic impact.

Andretti Sports Marketing also still has to obtain approval from the Florida Department of Transportation to close off parts of Biscayne Boulevard and streets located near I-95 on-ramps.

“We don’t want to trap anyone inside residential buildings during the race,” Mayer said. “And we don’t want to close any businesses for the day.”

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Clinton Portis Evades Foreclosure

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Ex-NFL star Portis evades foreclosure on Miami condo

Article by Brian Bandell of the South Florida Business Journal

Clinton PortisSimilar to how he skirted linebackers in the NFL, former Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis evaded foreclosure on his Miami condo by selling it for enough to repay his loan.

JPMorgan Chase Bank filed a foreclosure lawsuit in December against Portis and his mother over the 2,070-square-foot unit in Bristol Tower at 2127 Brickell Ave. It concerned a mortgage granted for $512,000 in 2004.

Portis recently sold the unit for $900,000 to 2127 Brickell Property, which is managed by Paulo Javier Taborga Diaz.

Not only did that fully repay the loan, the sale was a 35 percent premium over the $665,000 that Portis paid for the condo in 2004, as the former University of Miami star benefitted big time from the real estate rebound.

Portis played for the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins and last saw game action in 2010

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Village of Pinecrest to Impose Building Restrictions

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Possible Rule Changes to Limit Pinecrest Florida Real Estate Development

Pinecrest May Limit ‘McMansions’

Article by Madison Fantozzi of The Miami Herald

pinecrest florida real estatePinecrest council members want to study possible new rules aimed at limiting property owners ability to build large homes on relatively small lots.

The council decided Tuesday not to immediately approve a set of such rules, instead opting to get more input from contractors and village residents. Several contractors spoke against the proposed changes, but Mayor Cindy Lerner said the council needs to act to preserve the village’s character.

“My family moved here in 1960, when our homes were small ranches on big lots,” Lerner said. “That’s the character of Pinecrest. We value green space. With these larger homes, we’ve lost a lot of green space and now we’re realizing the adverse impact of these buildings on the environment.”

Although the average size of homes constructed in the village in the past several months is 8,500 square feet, there are homes that have been constructed in recent years that are as large as 16,000 and 20,000 square feet, according to village Planning Director Stephen Olmsted.

Among the rule changes on Tuesday’s agenda was an increase in the “setback,” or minimum distance between a home and a side lot line from 25 to 30 feet for a single-story house. Olmstead said this would reduce the scale of buildings and address associated impacts like runoff of storm water onto neighboring properties.

The council also considered reducing the overall height of structures in single-family residential districts from 35 feet to 32 feet, and increasing front-yard setbacks from 50 feet to 55 feet for a one-story structure, or 60 feet for the second story of a structure.

Olmsted said the proposed amendments would align the code with the village’s Master Plan, which promotes environmental sustainability and conservation.

“We’ve heard from a lot of people in suits with greedy ideas,” said Karen Ross, council member Bob Ross’ wife. “McMansions are ruining the village’s character. There’s no need for more large homes — we’re not crying for the tax dollars.”

Also on Tuesday, the council postponed discussion of a possible restaurant at Pinecrest Gardens. When a Gardens neighbor wanted to discuss the proposal, Lerner gaveled down the resident and adjourned the meeting.

The mayor said the topic “needs a breather.”

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Miami Real Estate Property Increasingly Attracting International Buyers

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Miami International Real Estate Buyers

Brazilians and Colombians Top List of Consumers Searching Miami.

Article by MiamiRE

miami international real estateMiami, FL – South Florida, the top area in the nation for international real estate buyers, continues to increasingly attract attention from consumers worldwide, according to the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of Realtors. In February, Brazil again ranked first for foreign consumers searching for Miami properties on Miamire.com, MIAMI’s property search portal. Colombians were in second place, mirroring results from a year ago. Consumers from India ranked second, moving up significantly compared to February 2013, when India ranked tenth.

Top countries for consumers searching South Florida properties on Miamire.com in February 2014 compared to February 2013 were from: Brazil, Colombia, Canada, India, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, France, United Kingdom, and Russia.

Nationally, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area is consistently one of the top markets for most of the highest-ranking countries searching for property in the U.S. According to Realtor.com®, the top countries (outside the U.S.) where global consumers were most engaged on Realtor.com® &Realtor.com® International in December 2013 were:

Based on the 2013 Miami International Market Report, Miami attracts a significant number of buyers from countries not reflected in property search rankings above, including Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and Ecuador.

Miami 2nd Most Searched U.S. City by International Consumers

Miami again ranked second only behind Los Angeles among the top ten overall most searched U.S. cities by non-U.S. consumers throughout the month of December 2013 (latest figures available). Fort Lauderdale ranked seventh. If the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market were combined, the ranking would be even higher.

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Open House Miami FL – April 13th from 1-3 pm

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, Listings, Miami Real Estate | 0 comments

open house miamiOpen House Miami Real Estate Listing

A Rare Gem in This Area!

Come and preview this gorgeous 2 story townhome located centrally to Downtown, Brickell, Airport, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne. Built in 2002, this 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home features a grand entrance into the living room with soaring ceilings. The floors are marble throughout the living areas and wood in the bedrooms. The bathrooms have marble flooring, marble for the bath surround, and wood cabinets with granite counter tops. In the master bathroom there is a Jacuzzi tub. There are custom built closets, a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and an indoor laundry closet. The kitchen has wood cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The backyard has a pool and the property is completely fenced and gated for security and privacy. The home has a 1 car garage as well as a bricked driveway. It also comes with hurricane shutters. A Must See!

Property details: 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bathrooms, 2,312 sq ft

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1359 SW 23 ST, Miami, FL 33145

$509,000 (Reduced)

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Tigertail Ave Coconut Grove

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Behind the Naming of Tigertail Ave Coconut Grove

Who is Tiger Tail?

tigertail ave coconut groveTigertail Ave in Coconut Grove is named after a local resident and one of the famous Seminole Indians of the Second Seminole War. Tiger Tail was born in Spanish Florida around 1790 and was the son of the chief of the Tallahassee Seminoles. His real name was Thlocklo Tustenuggee, or Fish Warrior. His physique was that of an athlete being over six feet tall, strongly-built, with dark skin, deep creases on his face, and a nose and mouth that were considerably larger than the average.

Despite the First Seminole War (1817 –1818), Fish Warriors tribe remained friendly with the white man. He lived with Robert Gambles, a prominent plantation owner, where he learned the ways of the white man. He spoke English fluently, became a Christian and was baptized, and had many friends among the white men.

After the United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1821, two years later Governor Duval was negotiating a peaceful solution with the Indians in The Treaty of Moultrie Creek. During which time, Fish Warrior arranged athletic activities to keep the Indians busy. It was not long that he would rise to become the star athlete. During the competitions, he would wear a strip of panther skin dangling from his belt earning him the nickname “Tiger Tail”.

The Treaty of Moultrie Creek would not go through due to the language calling for the removal of Indians across 4,000,000 acres of land expanding from Ocala south to Charlotte Harbour. This displeased many and for the next twelve years there would be trouble within the tribes. Soon the moderate Indian leaders would lose their influence over the tribes and would be replaced by firebrands such as Micanopy, Billy Bowlegs, Osceola and Tiger Tail. These new chiefs would led their tribes into one of the most savage and costly wars in American history, The Second Seminole War (1835 -1842). Chief Tiger Tail earned his reputation among the whites as the most talented and devious of all the chiefs.

Toward the end of the war, the Indians either had retreated into the Everglades, or were killed or captured and sent to the Oklahoma Reservation. Chief Tiger Tail managed to escape yet was captured by American troops later on in a village where he was staying. He was then sent to the Oklahoma Reservation but escaped during transportation.

In the 1860’s Chief Tiger Tail, about 70 years old, would arrive in Dade County and settle in the area that was soon to be known as “Coconut Grove”. He camped on the bluff in the area north of where Aviation Avenue is today. He became friendly with the local residents, wandering up and down the trails looking to trade or just to visit. The ill-defined trail began at about where 27th Avenue is today and continued off into the woods to about the location of today’s 17th Avenue. This trail was nicknamed “Tiger Tail’s Trail” after the white settlers’ new Indian friend.

Chief Tiger Tail died in 1882 but the trail remained and officially in 1912 the trial would be called “Tigertail Avenue”.

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Fleur de Lys Mansion Sold For $102 Million

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Lavish California Mansion Sold For $102 Million

Article by Alyssa Newcomb of Good Morning America

fleur de lys mansion soldFleur de Lys, a sprawling estate in Los Angeles, has been scooped up by a deep-pockets buyer for $102 million, making it the highest price home sale ever recorded in the county.

Three anonymous billionaires duked it in a bidding war before one emerged victorious, settling on an all-cash deal for the home that included antique furnishings, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The lavish 50,000-square foot estate looks like a version of Versailles. The main house is reached by driving down a half mile long tree-lined private driveway, according to the Westside Estate Agency, which listed Fleur de Lys.

The estate sits on five acres in Los Angeles’ Westside and boasts a dozen bedrooms.

It was previously owned by socialite Suzanne Saperstein, who first listed the property in 2007.

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

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South Florida Property Industry Targets Tech Outfits

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Upcoming conference aimed at attracting IT companies to Miami area

Article by Christopher Cameron of the Real Deal

miami it companiesMiami’s commercial real estate sector is looking to the tech industry for future expansion.

Many in the real estate business are hoping that the upcoming eMerge Americas Techweek conference, which brings together civic leaders, industry bigwigs and entrepreneurs with the purpose of establishing a technology corridor for the Americas, will spark growth in the office market.

“Like the South by Southwest conference, which draws 250,000 people to Austin every year, eMerge Americas Techweek has the potential to be transformative for our region,” Alan Kleber, a managing principal at Cresa South Florida, told GlobeSt. “We believe eMerge Americas is poised to dramatically impact Miami’s economy, from finance and healthcare, from government to real estate, and from education to entertainment and entrepreneurship.”

So far, corporations like IBM, JP Morgan, Univision, Cisco, as well as founding partners Greenberg Traurig, P.A., the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Medina Capital and Miami-Dade County, have all signed on to help establish a technology hub for the Americas in Miami.

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

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New Listing – Charming Coral Gables Property in Great Location!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, Coral Gables Real Estate, Housing, Listings | 0 comments

Coral Gables Real Estate for Sale

Coral Gables Homes for SaleLocation! Charming Art Deco Beauty. When you enter this Beautiful home, you walk into a room with Volume Beamed Ceilings. It also features Hardwood floors, Fireplace, 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 car garage, Nice covered patio and Yard. Walking distance to the Youth Center, Miracle Mile, Restaurants and Shopping and close to the Trolly. A must see.

Property details: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 1,361 sq ft, 5,750 lot size

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334 Sarto Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

$449,000

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As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

If you are considering buying or selling your home and would like to work with an excellent realtor who specializes in any of these areas, feel free to contact me directly at 786-488-9765 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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