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Coconut Grove Homes Listed For $500,000 and Less

Some buyers may have felt the opportunity to own a home in Coconut Grove had passed them by, but today there are 44 single family homes and free-standing townhouses on the market at or under $500,000.

Pictured below is a home in the north end of the Grove at 2627 Halissee Street. It’s a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home with 2043 square feet on a gorgeous lot with a pool. It was listed at $599,000 in January as a regular sale, then as a short sale for $567,000 by Coldwell-Banker in April. Today the asking price is $499,000.  That’s $244 per square foot, not out of line for such a great location, when the average asking price per square foot for all these homes is $226.

2627 Halissee St 

The pool at 2627 Halissee Street

Of the forty-four homes on this list, 16 homes are short sales. Because any purchase requiring financing depends on the appraisal price we have finally reached a point where there’s really no striking difference between a regular, traditional sale and a short sale. Savvy sellers know that their properties must be priced similarly to comparable homes, even if that other home is a short sale, and they are much more willing to make the adjustment if it gets their property sold.

To see all the homes listed for $500,000 and less click here.

If you would like to see a list of Coral Gables homes listed under $500,000 refer to my recent post here.

It truly is a great time to buy! Interest rates are lower than ever before and there’s a great selection of homes for sale. If you would like to see 2627 Halissee Street or any of the homes in this price range, please call me at 305 794.6570 or you can leave me a note here .


The Coconut Grove Peacock Tour Has Begun

I wrote earlier about the incredible larger-than-life fiberglass peacocks painted by local artists and sponsored by local businesses that were unveiled at the Mayfair last month. EWM partnered with Casa Valentina to host one of the birds, and “Valentina” arrived at our office on Thursday morning!

Heather Bettner Assists a Helper to Install Valentina at EWM in the Grove

The Coconut Grove Peacock Tour is the brainchild of Heather Bettner shown in the picture above, a long-time Grove resident, and is  fashioned after the Chicago Cows and the Miami Beach Flamingos. The idea is to create a unique interactive public art exhibit, drawing people to the area and increasing revenues for every type of local business.

After being on display for 6 months the peacocks will be auctioned, with all proceeds benefitting local non-profit organizations and charities.

To see each of the Peacocks and take the tour yourself, follow the map embedded below. It’s really worth the little bit of effort!

If you would like more information on the tour, please give me a call or 305 794.6570.

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Who Let the Dogs… In?


The Aftermath of A Great Time at the Dog Park

The End of A Great Time at the Dog Park!

So many families include pets, and a lot of the canine population likes to have the occasional play-date. Miami isn’t known as a particularly dog-friendly city, but we do have several dog parks where they can be off-leash and play to their heart’s content.

Designated Dog Parks are usually located within a larger park and allow dogs to frolic and play and run free within a fenced-off area.  They feature site furniture and equipment for dogs to play with and perform stunts.  Additional features include shade structures, hosing stations, water fountains for both pets and owners, and “Mutt Mitts” or bag dispensers and waste baskets, so owners can pick up after their pooches.

Blanche Park at Virginia Street and Shipping Avenue in the center Grove is where I take my own dogs. There is a good blend of “regulars” and our dogs look forward to meeting up for a romp. A large bare spot, which the dogs appreciated but the people came to dread, has been re-sodded successfully. No more muddy dog paws in the car!

Kennedy Park on South Bayshore Drive where Kirk Street ends has a large fenced area near the bay. It has separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, but less shady areas than Blanche Park and limited parking. My dogs seem to enjoy it completely, but since I also get a vote (and do the driving) we don’t go there often.

Tropical Park at 7900 SW Bird Road (SW 40th Street) is a bit west of this site’s coverage area but its dog park is worth the drive. Located at the widely popular Tropical Park, this 2 acre off leash site has 2 separately fenced areas to accommodate large dogs and dogs less than 35 pounds. The dog park has play equipment, doggy drinking fountains, waste disposal stations, water sprays, and ADA accessibility. Dogs must be sociable, current on all vaccinations and license, and under their owner’s control at all times. Dogs must be leashed when not in designated off-lead areas.

"Bark Park" Rules

To check all Miami-Dade County Parks that allow dogs click here

For dog owners who may need a place to stay near Coconut Grove and Coral Gables I’ve compiled a list of nearby hotels that allow pets.

Grove Isle 4: One dog up to 25 pounds is allowed for a $45 per night, and there is a pet policy to sign at check in. Your pet must be in a kennel if you are out.

Residences Inn Coconut Grove at 2835 Tigertail Avenue: Dogs are allowed for an additional one time pet fee of $100 per room.

Extended Stay Miami- Coral Gables 3640 SW 22 Street (Coral Way) and Brickell – Port of Miami at 298 SW 15th Road: One dog is allowed per suite. There is a $25 per night additional pet fee up to $150 for an entire stay. When making an online reservation, type the following on the line that says ‘Do You Have Any Special Requests or Comments?’ on the reservation form: “I am bringing my dog.”

The Four Seasons at 1435 Brickell Avenue: Dogs less than 15 pounds are allowed for no additional fee. Dogs may not be left alone in the room. Pet sitting services are available.

Hampton Inn at 2500 Brickell Avenue: Well behaved dogs of all sizes are allowed. There are no additional pet fees.
When making an online reservation, type the following in the Comments section on the Guest Information Page of the registration form: “I am bringing my dog.”

To check all dog-friendly hotels in Miami click here

I can help you with pet questions, but my passion is selling real estate! If you need a help selling your home or buying a new one, please call me anytime at 305 794.6570.  Alternatively, you may leave me a note here.

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