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La Brisa Hits the Market – $65 Million

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Coldwell Banker has listed La Brisa for $65 million, making it the most expensive residence currently on the market in Miami-Dade County.

Article by Curbed

This is La Brisa, an historic estate in Coconut Grove that comes with some pretty mind-blowing superlatives, and it just hit the market for $65 million, more than any property in Miami-Dade County. It could be worth every penny, and it easily knocks that Mashta Point pile o’ blah out of site. The property itself is a 6.9 acre waterfront lot in Coconut Grove that was originally platted in 1886 for Kirk Munroe, one of the pioneers of Miami, and amazingly it hasn’t been subdivided since. Stories about about the land (and the equally fantastic house that sits on it) abound, including this doozy: Apparently the orange blossoms that Julia Tuttle sent to Henry Flagler to convince him to extend his railroad to Miami came from this land.

The Munroes sold the property in 1920 to a Pittsburgh Lawyer named John B. Semple, who built the current house, which has 13,803 square feet of interior space, as well as another 3,338 square feet of exterior living space, including terraces, balconies, and walkways. The Mediterranean Revival house, dripping in architectural detail, was designed by Kiehnel and Elliott. 207 square feet of bay frontage is complemented by a 536 foot long canal that connects with inland dockage, your very own ‘port’ as it were, suitable for a 70 foot yacht. The property includes unbelievable natural elements, including sweeping lawns, old Florida hammock, a natural spring that feeds a pond, etc.

     

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Alex Rodriguez building new Ponce Davis home

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

Records show the Yankees slugger, Alex Rodriguez, picked up the site for $2.69 million

Article from the Real Deal

Alex RodriguezEmbattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is building himself a new house in Miami’s Ponce Davis neighborhood.

Miami-Dade property records show that a trust in his name purchased the property in 2013 for $2.69 million, according to Curbed. And the site now appears to be under construction.

Moreover, the contractor, Newport Property Construction, is the same one Rodriguez used to build his old North Bay Road House.

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 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whats happening this weekend Coconut Grove?

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

Grovetoberfest

Miami’s Beer Festival
October 18, 2014

Grovertoberfest logoFor the fourth year in a row, Coconut Groves Peacock Park will be hosting Grovetoberfest on October 18th where they will be featuring over 300 great beers from across our country and the world.

The event also includes entertaining demonstrations such as the “Kitchen Lab” where award-winning chefs will speak on food and beer, and Beer Tasting 101 hosted by FIU’s Beer Academy where you can learn the basics of tasting beer. Also for the 3rd year there will be a brewmasters brew-battle where local brewmasters-to-be get the chance to show off their creations and compete for a prize. Music concerts will be performing throughout the day.

For more information check out their website at www.grovetoberfest.com

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

Festival of the Sea
October 19, 2013

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival 2013Coconut Grove Seafood FestivalCoconut Grove will be hosting its annual Seafood Festival where celebrating seafood and waterfront living is what it’s all about.

Visitors will be able to savor their taste on the freshest, tastiest delicatessens of the sea prepared in a variety of dishes from around the world such as the Caribbean’s with its Bahamian cracked conch and Jamaican Jerk grilled fish, Latin America with its paella and Peruvian ceviche, Asia with its sushi and sashimi, and here in the United States with its Cajun gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish, North Eastern traditional chowders, lobster rolls and clam boils, and lastly Florida with our world-famous stone crab, lobster and fresh fish.

People will be able to shop at the seafood farmers market “Grove Wharf” where there will be a wide selection of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams and fresh fish all in time for stone crab season. There will be experts on hand to help in your seafood purchase.
It wouldn’t be the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival without the live entertainment from musicians playing calypso, steel drum, reggae and Island Escapism throughout the day. The Festival will also feature several vendors of nautical art, jewelry and décor.

There will also be a free family fun zone that will include balloons, magicians, face painters, several rides, attractions and more.
For more information visit the website at www.coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

 

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Environmentalists Push for Conservation Amendment

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The measure would set aside real estate taxes to protect land.

Article by the Real Deal

GreenIn November, environmentalists will ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment — Amendment 1 on the ballot — that sets aside a third of taxes collected on real estate transactions over the next 20 years to conserve land and protect water.

The effort could potentially raise $10 billion and has already won support from a variety of Florida interests including animals rights groups, local garden clubs, kayakers, bikers and even surfers, according to the Miami Herald.

More than 700,000 signatures were collected to place the amendment on the ballot, but to pass 60 percent of voters must approve the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

“All we’re saying in Amendment 1 is we want to restore that funding [which was cut in recent years] and not have it subject to the political whims here in Tallahassee,” said Will Abberger, the campaign manager for the drive and director of conservation finance at The Trust for Public Land.

However, others are concerned that the amendment would be a burden on the budget.

“We absolutely want to protect land. The question, though, is can we do it without embedding it in our constitution,” said David Hart, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “What happens if we have another recession?”

 

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Pinecrest Adopts McMansion Rules

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

The rules were eased significantly from what was first introduced

Article by the Real Deal
Pinecrest McMansionThe Pinecrest Village Council adopted milder regulations on so-called McMansions than those previously introduced in April.

In the original proposal, the council considered reducing the overall height of structures in all “EU” residential estate zoning districts from 35 to 32 feet, and capping wall heights at 26 feet, according to the Miami Herald. It also added strict setback requirements.

However, the new regulations do not include setback adjustments and reject lowering the maximum height of overall structures. It did however cap wall heights, but at 27 feet instead of 26.

The new proposal also requested that the maximum height of accessory structures be increased to 18 instead of 14 feet. Resident Frank Mendez recommended that measure to the council to prevent contractors from circumventing the rules by awkwardly attaching structures to main homes.

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 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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