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Lovely Lakeridge!

Do you know about Lakeridge? It is a townhouse community in an easy, central location and the units enjoy stunning lake views. Honestly, when you pull through the guard gate it feels like you have escaped the hustle and bustle of the city, but the community is conveniently close to Coral Gables, South Miami, the University of Miami, the airport, expressways, and more!

I have a new listing in Lakeridge, and it has the most gorgeous view of the lake. I would love to show it to you in person, but meanwhile here is a link to its website so that you can admire the clean, comfortable home, and check out the beautiful dock and views: www.5163sw71place.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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Neighborhood Spotlight: Ponce Davis

Although it is technically located in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, the Ponce Davis neighborhood is really in the heart of it all. Surrounded by south Coral Gables, and High Pines, and just a stone’s throw from the pedestrian center of South Miami and many schools, it is truly a convenient location here in town.

Houses in Ponce Davis typically sit on large lots, many with parcels that are over an acre in size. Because the lot sizes are bigger, homes tend to be bigger as well. I just did a quick MLS search and out of the 16 Ponce Davis properties that are currently listed, the average adjusted square footage is 7,484 with the largest house measuring in at 12,713 adjusted square feet. Prices for houses in the neighborhood (not for lots) currently range from $2,695,000 to $11,900,000!

I love the Ponce Davis neighborhood, and guess who else does? A-Rod and J.Lo! Alex Rodriguez is a longtime resident of the exclusive neighborhood who, I have heard, just bought an additional plot of land for extra privacy. Not too shabby of a neighbor!

If you are interested in living in Ponce Davis, check out my two gorgeous listings in the area: 8705 SW 52 Avenue and 5002 SW 86 Street.

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 is a Home’s Square Footage?

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A home’s square footage can be confusing because it is broken down into three different numbers: the living area, the adjusted area, and the total area. The living area is the actual air conditioned inside area of a house and is the smallest number of the three. Adjusted square footage is larger because it takes into account spaces that are utilized but not necessarily air conditioned, so it adds half of the size of the garage and one third of the size of covered patios to the living area. Total area is the largest of the numbers because it includes the full amount of all covered square footage. Take a look at the architect’s measurement below of 12440 Moss Ranch Road for more clarification.

The spaces shaded by tight dots labeled “conditioned space” in the key are the actual living area, which measures 5,546 square feet. The square area on the bottom right of the larger portion of the sketch that says 541 is the garage, and if you look at the key, the number on the right shows its adjustment to 271 square feet. The remaining spaces that are covered in diagonal stripes are the covered porches and balconies. Their area totals 1980 square feet, one third of which is counted towards the adjusted square footage, bringing that to 659. When you total these numbers you will see that the adjusted square footage of this fabulous home is 6,476.

When a realtor gives you the square footage of a house, chances are that he or she is referring to the adjusted square footage because that takes into account the measurements of all of the areas that are actually used, while not giving full credit to the un-air conditioned areas. However, because most houses have three sets of numbers floating around, the issue can often become confused. For example, the Miami MLS displays all three numbers, Realtor.com utilizes the actual square footage, while Zillow.com tends to show the adjusted, meaning that there is no consistency when a buyer starts their search online. EWM Realty International is actually working to change that and make real estate websites uniform, but in the meantime just give me a call and I can help you understand the facts!

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 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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“How’s the Market?” – Insight into Miami’s Real Estate Market

I am often asked about the Miami real estate market, and I am happy to talk about it to anyone who will listen. Today, though, I want you to learn about it from one of Miami’s foremost experts, Ron Shuffield, President of EWM Realty International. He has written a fascinating piece called “Insight,” which analyzes 2018’s market and predicts what is ahead for 2019. Click here to enjoy reading it and let me know if you have any questions.

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 Effect of Interest Rates

Interest rates are always something that we keep an eye on in the real estate business, for obvious reasons. Lately they have been fairly stable, but there is always talk of rates going up. If you take a peek at the chart above, you will see that even a small increase in rates can have a major impact on your buying power.

Lately in Miami we have had a lot of inventory on the market and prices that are coming down slightly, making this a great time to buy. With some 30 year fixed mortgage rates that are even lower than the baseline 4.5% noted in the chart, your dollar will go further today than it will when rates inevitably increase. Let’s go house hunting!

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

Photo from Pinecrest-FL.gov
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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