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The Miami Open

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It is tennis time in Miami again! But unlike in years past, the Miami Open is being held at Hard Rock Stadium this year, rather than its former home at Crandon Park. I personally cannot imagine how this change will work. To me, a day at the tournament has always meant a beautiful drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway (albeit in tons of traffic), enjoying the views, and then an enjoyable afternoon on sunny Key Biscayne. The idea of going to Hard Rock Stadium to watch Venus, Federer, and the rest of the stars play their sport just seems weird.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like Hard Rock Stadium and I think that they have done a fabulous job updating it, but I cannot seem to wrap my head around watching the Miami Open there. I would assume that not having to fight two weeks’ worth of tennis traffic is a boon to those who live on Key Biscayne – that has always felt like it must be a headache!

Anyhow, has anyone watched tennis at Hard Rock yet? If so, how did you like the new venue?

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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Guest Post: A Homeowner Contractor in Coral Gables

Hey readers, this is Ashley’s assistant Lillian giving you an update on my renovation! We are on week 3 of the project and we are STILL in the demolition phase. That should be over this week with plumbing starting right after. Things are going well, but I am a bit of a neat freak and I am having a very hard time dealing with the dust, which is not only all over every surface of my home but which I also taste on the back of my tongue all of the time. Yuck.

Once plumbing is done we have our first big inspection with the City! I will keep you posted as to how I do as my own homeowner contractor.

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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Betsy Adams and the Coral Gables Garden Club Park

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As a resident of and a realtor in the city of Coral Gables, I find myself driving around the City Beautiful every day. Alhambra Circle is a corridor that I frequent, and about a year and a half or two years ago, I noticed a new park being created on Alhambra between Mercado and Mendavia Avenues. It is a beautifully landscaped park that is just shy of half an acre and whenever I drive by it in the daylight it is packed with kids and families – something that I love to see!

Known as Betsy Adams and the Coral Gables Garden Club Park, it has had a temporary metal fence around it since opening. Today when I drove by, though, I noticed that the park was roped off and that there was a sign indicating that it is currently closed. Curious, I called the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to see what is going on, and they told me that a new, permanent fence is going up around it, which seems like a good idea for safety reasons.

I am not sure why I am so invested in this little park, other than the fact that I’ve been watching it from its creation until now with fairly regular sightings. Or maybe it is because I like the idea that Coral Gables went out and paid $1,000,000 for a piece of property that then became something great for the community. My kids have outgrown parks and playgrounds, but I am happy to know that I live in a city that is investing in outdoor space for the next generation of Gables kids!

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?

Photo from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
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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PinecrestWaterVote.com

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As I drove back to my office from my beautiful Rock Lake listing in Pinecrest, 12861 SW 68 Avenue, I spotted a huge sign on the corner of Ludlam and Kendall. It said something about PinecrestWaterVote.com, but I did not have a chance to read the rest of it. I looked it up when I had a chance, and here is what it’s all about.

If you do not know, there are many houses in Pinecrest that exclusively utilize well water, not city water, because the infrastructure to bring county water to these 742 homes was never put in place. What I learned by visiting PinecrestWaterVote.com is that there is a special ballot being mailed out to Pinecrest residents so that they can vote on whether they will shoulder a special ad valorem tax to pay for the necessary Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer lines. Ballots go out on March 6th and voters have until March 26th to return them.

No one wants to pay more taxes, and these have a millage rate of 0.23, meaning that home owners would pay an additional $0.23 per $1,000 of their home’s assessed value annually to pay for this every year for 20 years. The site claims that the median assessed value of a Pinecrest home is $687,200, and a payment on a house with that value would be $158 per year for 20 years. That does not seem like a huge amount in the grand scheme of things, but every penny does count, so I am sure that there will be some heated debates about this topic!

If the vote passes, then residents who are not currently connected to water mains will be required to connect within 10 years of the project’s completion or within 90 days of the sale of their home. Connection is estimated to cost “approximately $2,500 to $5,000 (but may be more depending on the site conditions) for a plumber and Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department water meter and impact fee, plus a Village permit fee of $151,” according to the website.

So you know, water mains that are already in place were built in two phases and were paid for with grant money, so this is not a “double dip” situation where residents have been taxed for this infrastructure and are now being taxed again.

What do you think about the proposed ad valorem tax? You do not have to tell me how you are voting, but I would love to hear Pinecrest residents’ opinions on this matter.

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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Price Reduction on the Water

Have you seen my fabulous listing on the Coral Gables Waterway? 5621 Orduna Drive just had a price reduction to $3,595,000, making it a great value on the water! Check out the listing by clicking here and be sure to head to our open house on Sunday February 20th from 12:00-2:00. I look forward to seeing you there!
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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Guest Post: A Homeowner Contractor in Coral Gables

Hi Blog Readers, this is Ashley’s assistant Lillian taking over for today’s post and for a few more in the coming weeks. If you do not know me then you do not know that I am renovating my house right now (and if you do know me then you know that the renovation is pretty much all I talk about – sorry!). Because I live in Coral Gables this renovation requires permitting and inspections, so I thought I would write a little bit about the process as I live it.

First things first, I am remodeling reluctantly. You see, I had a hot water pipe burst in my master bathroom, and I am using this as an opportunity to update a functional but ugly space. My bathroom is also rather small, so I am expanding it, creating a new powder room, and redoing my closet during the whole process – why not go all in, you know?!

While working with an architect and designer to maximize what little space I actually do have, we started talking about the Gables permitting process and both of these professionals suggested that I go through it as my own “homeowner contractor,” which is not as scary as it sounds. No, I am not jackhammering my floors or doing finish work, as a homeowner contractor I am simply responsible for getting my permits, providing the actual contractors’ licenses, and scheduling necessary inspections. My architect and designer suggested that I go this route because it would save me some money (did you know that contractors charge 20% or more to do this for you?!) and some time.

So far, I’ve submitted my plans to the building department, received my permits, and just today went to file my notice of commencement. It has been very easy working with the City’s permit counter, and they have really held my hand through the process: they consistently explain each step and tell me what I need to look forward to and/or bring to City Hall on my next visit. Plus no one has made fun of me for showing up to the building department in a preppy sundress instead of paint-splattered overalls or whatever else you’d expect a real contractor to wear!

Right now I have a building permit in my front window, a dumpster in my driveway, and walls of plastic sheeting hanging through the house. Demolition begins tomorrow at 8:00am sharp, and I look forward to giving you an update at the time of my first inspection – I will have to call my friends at the permit desk to see when I need to schedule that!

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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The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon: Miami at its Best!

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Whoops . . . I am a bit late posting this, but I thought that I would still share it!

I often write about the Fitbit Miami Marathon and Half Marathon when it has just been run because it is a time to be proud of Miami. First of all, I love the event! I have run the marathon once and the half a number of times and the course is amazing! You start in Downtown Miami with the American Airlines Arena next to you as they show the corrals starting on the jumbotron. It is very exciting! Once you start, immediately you run over the MacArthur bridge with the beautiful lights of Miami in every direction. At about the 5K mark you enter Miami Beach, which is great at that time. You have the fans that intended to come cheer people on and you have the people that just left a nightclub and found something fun to keep them from going home! After running up Ocean Drive you make the turn to go back over the Venetian Causeway, which is a shorter bridge and at this point you are glad about that. It takes you back to Downtown Miami where the half marathon will be done in two miles and the full continues on to Key Biscayne (just a short visit) and then through Coconut Grove.

So the course is great and not ever boring, and the fans really do come out. I was a fan rather than a runner this year because I have been injured, but I still enjoyed the race as I spent it at the 12 mile mark cheering on my son in his first half marathon and the thousands of other runners. What an international mix! You hear all sorts of different languages as both a runner and a fan, and it really shows that our community pulls together for the big events that make Miami great! What makes you proud to call Miami home? I would love to hear from you!

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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Ponce Davis Brokers Open House!

Join me tomorrow, February 6, from 12:00-2:30 for a brokers open at my stunning new Ponce Davis listing, 5002 SW 86 Street! Masterfully crafted in 2002, this 6 br, 7.5 ba overlooked no detail inside or out! Tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of everything, the walled, gated, and lush builder’s acre perfectly showcases the Florida lifestyle with indoor and outdoor entertaining. Gourmet kitchen with breakfast area overlooking gorgeous back yard, family room with bar, billiards room, and built in media center. Outside find a deep covered porch with pecky cypress ceilings, pool with arcing jets, gas-fed firepit & tiki torches. The 2nd floor master suite is an oasis with a sitting area, gorgeous bathroom with steam room and drench overhead shower, 2 large walk-in closets, and balcony spanning the back of the house. 3 additional bedrooms with en-suite baths upstairs and 1 bedroom plus maid’s room down. Full house generator, smart home system, 3 car garage, and too many more details to mention!

Come and enjoy lunch catered by Sara Sharpe Catering in this spectacular estate home! For more information on this stunning Ponce Davis Listing, go to 5002sw86street.com

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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Only in Miami!

Photo from Finish My Condo via Curbed.com
I have to admit, I am a sucker for so-called “clickbait,” so when I opened my browser this morning and saw a headline that read “Miami condo owner installs $1.5M Pagani race car as a room divider,” I immediately opened up that story. Honestly, the headline tells you almost everything that you need to know – other than the fact that this car is apparently one of only 15 that were built.

Check out this truly only-in-Miami story from Curbed.com by clicking here.

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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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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