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Tax Refugees and Private Schools in Miami

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A friend recently sent me an article from BusinessInsider.com that took a look at the so-called “tax refugees” that are moving to Miami for our tax breaks. The ramification that the article discussed was the uptick in applications for our city’s elite private schools. Palmer Trinity, Miami Country Day School, and Ransom Everglades, where my kids go to school, are all mentioned in the piece. Palmer Trinity and Miami Country Day have seen a major increase in applicants coming from New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. Ransom says that its waiting lists are always full, so they have not noticed whether that is due to the increasing number of families moving to Miami from high-tax areas.

Another thing that the article mentioned is that South Florida is getting a new private school called Avenues, which is set to open in 2022. The Miami outpost of this elite school will be the fourth campus, joining others in New York City, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Shenzhen, China. Get this: their tuition is currently over $56,000 annually. And I thought that Ransom was expensive!

If you would like to read the full article, click here. It is a different perspective on the tax refugees that we have been hearing about lately.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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What’s Happening with the Coconut Grove Playhouse?

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If you have lived in Miami long enough, then you have heard about the ups and downs of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Originally built as a movie theater in 1927, the building was converted to a live theater during the 1950’s. Over the years it has hosted far-ranging acts anywhere from the US premier of Waiting for Godot to stars like Liza Minnelli and even The Late Show with David Letterman! However, it closed unceremoniously in 2006 and was taken over by Miami-Dade County in 2014. Since the closure there has always been speculation as to whether the building will re-open (and as what) or be torn down to make space for something new in downtown Coconut Grove.

Since 2015 Miami-Dade County has been trying to figure out what to do with its historic theater, and just last week there was another vote to revive the Playhouse. It did not pass. According to the County’s website, they will appeal the decision, but it just makes you wonder if anything will ever be resolved with the Coconut Grove Playhouse. As someone who grew up in Coconut Grove, I would love to see the return of the Playhouse. Whether you are for its revitalization or not, aren’t you just ready for a resolution?!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Sunset Elementary School District Homes

Are you dying to get your kids into Sunset Elementary School? Well, I have four amazing opportunities for you to do so!


506 Sunset Drive is an elegant estate home with 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms situated in three separate but connected structures: the main house, guest house, and 2 car garage with apartment. Fine finishes include the Scavolini kitchen, Italian bathrooms, pool with spa, steam room, and so much more all on a 28,600 square foot oak-laden lot. Click here for more information and photos.


7900 Altamira Street has been expanded and renovated to stunning perfection. The 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home measures 4,707 adjusted square feet and also includes a 1/1 maid’s quarters. Its 20,000 square foot lot has a gorgeous pool, barbecue area, and plenty of space to play. Beautiful master suite, vaulted ceilings, new kitchen, and so much more! Click here for more information and photos.


6920 Veronese Street spans 3,999 square feet on a stunning 18,500 square foot lot. The split floor plan includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The ultra-private master suite has vaulted wood beamed ceilings, an enormous bathroom, and fabulous walk-in closet. This is a wonderful opportunity to renovate and make an already-special property your own. Click here for more information and photos.


7415 SW 56 Avenue is a lovely rental in a close-in High Pines location, just a stone’s throw away from the shops and restaurants of South Miami. The charming home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and open living spaces. Updated eat-in kitchen, hurricane impact glass windows and doors, and a 9,375 square foot lot. Click here for more information and photos.

Come live in one of these fabulous homes and love sending your kids to Sunset Elementary School!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Little Free Library

I was recently driving to my listing at 4360 Ingraham Highway and I had to stop when I came across just about the cutest thing I have ever seen, a Little Free Library. As you can see in the picture above, it almost looks like a bird house sitting in someone’s front yard, but instead of seed it was filled with books! Readers are welcome to borrow a book or leave one of their own – what a clever idea!

It’s hard to see in my picture, but the Little Free Library has a sticker on the front promoting its website littlefreelibrary.org and these lending libraries are not unique to Coconut Grove, they are actually all over the world. You can build one, register it, and start loaning books right from your front yard. I love this because it promotes literacy and because we all have books lying around that we might as well put to good use. Books, check ‘em out!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in these extra-hot areas, or anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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The Future is Here in Miami

Did you know that Ford is testing self-driving cars in Miami? The company announced that Miami is going to be the first large-scale testing site of its driver-less fleet of cars. Why Miami, you ask? Well, the city has very challenging traffic but other factors like, “its weather, its variety of driving environments — from its densely packed downtown to its more residential exurbs — and the receptiveness of city officials to the new technology,” according to the Miami Herald.

There will be two fleets of self-driving cars hitting our streets, one group will be mapping and perfecting the technology and the other is going to deliver pizzas! Ford has paired up with Domino’s to test that service: I think it will be interesting for my gluten-free pizza to be delivered without the delivery man.

Ford is not giving too many specifics, so we do not really know exactly when the driver-less fleets are going to roll out, nor do we know exactly where the cars will be housed. What we do know is that there will be a human inside of these cars just in case something goes wrong, which I think is a smart idea.

If driver-less cars are going to help with Miami’s traffic, then I am happy for our city to be Ford’s guinea pig. What do you think about this new technology?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in these extra-hot areas, or anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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We’re #1!

Bragging about myself makes me uncomfortable. But bragging about my company, EWM Realty International? That is something that I am glad to do! There are a lot of reasons for me to boast about EWM, but I think that one of the most impressive is that in 2017 we were the top broker in Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Area 41 (comprised of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, part of Brickell, and a few other neighborhoods), and Area 51 (South Gables, East of Old Cutler). These are some ultra-competitive neighborhoods and EWM is blowing other brokerages out of the water. Check out the Coral Gables chart shown above: EWM sold twice as much as our closest competitor! Obviously 2017 was a great year to be a realtor at EWM and I know that 2018 is only going to be better!
If you are looking to buy or sell a home in these extra-hot areas, or anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Come Marvel at my Magical New Grove Listing

Enchanting does not even begin to describe 3737 Kent Road! It is truly something that has to be seen to be believed, and because they say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, click here to view the property’s website. It is such a treat to have this home listed, and I know that you will love taking a peek at its magnificence!
If you are in the market to either buy or sell a home, I would love to help you! Call me at 305.798.8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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FPL’s Coconut Grove-Galloway Project

FPL is in the process of replacing the poles that support the power lines running along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Red Road all the way to Douglas and Bird roads. Dubbed the Coconut Grove-Galloway project, this effort is designed to strengthen the power grid by installing taller, stronger poles, thereby making power restoration faster and more efficient after a major storm. At the outset of the project, people complained that the taller poles were going to be an eye sore, but after spending many, many power-less days after Irma, I am hoping that what seems to be inevitable becomes a positive.

I actually called FPL to ask them about the project and how much longer they expect it to take. They could not give me any definitive completion date because they said that their resources are still spread thin after the hurricane. Although that was sort of a non-answer, I have to say that I was impressed by FPL’s responsiveness on the phone. I called and someone immediately picked up. When I told him that I wanted more information about the Coconut Grove-Galloway project, he told me that he was not the right person to give me that information but that he would have someone call me. I rolled my eyes upon hanging up because surely they would never call me back! Five minutes later the power company proved me wrong because Miguel rang and told me all that he could about the new power poles on Ponce. Nice work, FPL!

I am sorry for that little digression, but I really was impressed. I hope that the Coconut Grove-Galloway pole installation project delivers on its promises and makes power restoration a breeze in the future.

If you are in the market to either buy or sell a home, I would love to help you! Call me at 305.798.8685, or visit my website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Video Tour: Coconut Grove’s 3183 Oak Avenue

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video must be much more valuable! Take a peek inside my simply stunning listing at 3183 Oak Avenue and be amazed by the spaces, finishes, and attention to detail throughout. This one is truly not to be missed! For more info on this listing go to: 3183oak.com

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8685, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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What’s the Deal with Termite Evidence?

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Property inspections are a crucial part of the home buying process because they are designed to let buyers know exactly what they are getting in to when purchasing a home. Does it need a new roof? Is the pool leaking? How is the septic tank? These are not the most glamorous questions and answers, but they are so pertinent when you buy a property!

Here in Miami one item that shows up on inspections 99.9% of the time is “termite evidence.” Basically, this is any sort of visible trace left behind by termites showing that they have been in a house: wings, droppings, and chewed-up wood all constitute “evidence.” The problem with this type of item being noted on an inspection report is not that it is wrong – it is just that it does not mean that there are live termites actively eating away at a home. In all of my years as a realtor, termite debris has most often been found in places like attics or crawl spaces, which are areas that, once treated to kill the bugs, are not cleaned. Seriously, who is going to vacuum their attic after they tent?!

Unfortunately, seeing anything about termites on an inspection report is enough to spook home buyers. Termites are, after all, destructive organisms that can deteriorate a structure. One thing that sellers can do to assuage any buyer’s fear is to maintain a termite warranty on their house. Then, when evidence is found by an inspector the seller can turn around and have their exterminator take a peek at the property and either tell the interested parties that there is no problem or simply treat for the bugs. Either way, the problem is solved.

If an inspection finds active termite activity, then there is cause for concern (and kudos to the homeowners who have termite coverage in this situation!). However, evidence is likely going to show up on a home inspection in South Florida – and it is probably no big deal!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8685, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Miami Schools Take Top Rankings

I have to take a moment to brag, because Niche just ranked Ransom Everglades School the number one private school in the state of Florida! This happens to be where my children go and I am glad what I have found to be an exceptional school has received proper attention!

In case you are not familiar, Niche is a service that offers rankings and statistics on schools, colleges and even neighborhoods. It’s so called “Everyday expert” reviewers are the people who live, work, learn and play in these schools and areas, and their commentary combined with hard facts help determine what is the best in the nation and your state.

While I am proud of Ransom Everglades, I also want to mention that Gulliver Preparatory School was ranked number three and Palmer Trinity number five. Amazing, 3 of the top 5 schools are located right here in Miami!! When people move to Miami from out of town, I always let them know that we have many great schools and great choices for every different type of student. This just goes to show that what I have believed is supported by others!

So, if you are considering Miami as a new place to call home, know that there are many choices and options for great private schools. If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8685, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate.

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

As the #7 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2014, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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