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550 South Dixie Highway

Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Waterfront Lot Size Discrepancies

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Lately I have had the pleasure of showing several waterfront homes to a buyer. When I show property, I like to give the buyer as much information as possible, so I always hand them the MLS sheet, the tax roll, the listing history, and anything else that I can get my hands on such as a survey or floor plan. Once my buyer zeroed in on a few homes, she really started to analyze the information I had given her and she called me with an important question: why did the lot size on MLS listing sheet almost always reflect a larger number than the Miami-Dade County tax rolls?

Waterfront lots are interesting because, well, they end in the water. Because water is a dynamic force that can rise or become lower, Miami-Dade County does not utilize the entire square footage of a waterfront lot in its tax rolls. Rather, the County will only measure up to what is known as a “survey tie line” to assess this type of property rather than measuring the entirety of the lot, all the way to the water’s edge.

Although Miami-Dade County does not assess waterfront lots based on their true size, a buyer who purchases such a lot does, in fact, own all the way down to the water’s edge. During the contract period, a buyer’s closing agent will order a survey of the land and that document will show the survey tie line, but will also give credit to the whole lot. Upon selling, owners can then provide that survey to their realtors so that they can list the correct lot size. This is why my astute buyer noticed that the lots in the MLS were, more often than not, larger than reflected in the tax rolls.

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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The Calming Waters Around Flood Insurance

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After The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed, I wrote an article about rising flood insurance premiums. This greatly affected buyers and sellers by making it difficult to buy and/or sell in high-risk areas due to the unaffordable cost of insurance. Thankfully Congress approved a new bill to alleviate some of the financial stress that was suddenly placed on the properties in high-risk flood insurance zones, many of which are in our community! The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act passed in March, capping annual insurance premium increases under the National Flood Insurance Program at 18% per property annually. It also allows people buying homes covered under the federal flood insurance program to pay the subsidized premium rate at first, rather than the higher rate. While this doesn’t tackle the bigger issue at hand, it does calm the waters for now!

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 20 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 #3 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2012 with over $55 Million in sales, my focus is on Coral Gables,Coconut GrovePinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

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The Beautiful Coral Gables Waterway

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The Coral Gables and Coconut Grove waterfront market is one of my specialties and something I love. As an avid watersports person, the idea of coming home from work and going paddleboarding or sunset cruising sounds delightful! The Coral Gables waterway is especially beautiful to me and I always have an eye on those homes that reside on half-acre+ lots. In the past year, there’s been a flurry of activity on the waterway with 5 sales, all on nice sized properties. The average price per square foot of these properties is $645. Two years ago there were only 2 sales in this market, and last year there were 4 sales. With only 1 house currently for sale on a half-acre+ waterfront lot (and a beautiful one at that!), there isn’t much to choose from, but I promise I’ll be watching in case anything becomes available! Looking for Coral Gables waterway properties? Let me help!

Photo courtesy of the MLS.

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 20 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 #3 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2012 with over $55 Million in sales, my focus is on Coral Gables,Coconut GrovePinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

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Coconut Grove and Coral Gables Waterfront Properties

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Miami has so much going for it – beautiful beaches, world class restaurants, tons of sunshine, and the list goes on! But one of my favorite things about our city is the opportunities available to own homes on the water, giving people the ability to get to the bay by boat so quickly and easily and enjoy life on the water. Sales of waterfront homes in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables have doubled so far this year when compared to the same time last year.  We’ve had 16 sales of waterfront homes so far this year with another 13 pending sale. Last year at this time, we had only sold 8!  In addition, our inventory of these waterfront homes has dropped almost 18% since this time last year. All good news for waterfront homeowners, and people considering a move to a waterfront home!

Interested in real estate in Miami? My areas of specialty are Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Ponce-Davis, South Miami and waterfront properties. Feel free to call or email me today. Let me and my team help you in your search!

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Come from Near, Come from Far, for our Coral Gables Holiday Bazaar!

1300 Campamento Ave.

1300 Campamento Ave.

Save the date of Wednesday, December 7, from 11a – 3p!

We will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Bazaar with lots of wonderful vendors set up in our fabulous waterfront listing in Gables by the Sea. Stop by for the opportunity to browse through jewelry, home accessories, handbags, makeup and more as you enjoy the serene setting of this island style home at 1300 Campamento Avenue, Coral Gables. We hope to see you on December 7th! Please visit www.1300campamento.com for more information on this home.

Interested in real estate in Miami? My areas of specialty are Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Ponce-Davis, South Miami and waterfront properties. Feel free to call or email me today. Let me and my team help you in your search!

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Magnificent Gables Estates

There’s only one place in Miami where you can get magnificent waterfront acre-plus lots in a gated community, with no bridges to the bay and deep enough canals to handle expansive yachts – and that’s in Gables Estates. One of my favorite neighborhoods in all of South Florida, this breathtaking community contains some spectacular homes. With the real estate crash though, these luxury properties haven’t been selling as much as they have in the past –there have only been 3 sales in there this year, one of which was mine. However, there are some spectacular listings in there right now. I visited a few of them Wednesday and thought they were worth sharing!

550 Arvida

550 Arvida Parkway – 7,864 sq ft house on an acre – listed for $10 million with Judy Zeder, EWM Realtors

150 Casuarina

130 Casuarina Concourse – 8,735 sq ft house on an acre – listed for $9.5 million with Mayi de la Vega, ONE Sotheby’s

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Beautiful Gables by the Sea!

1300 Campamento Avenue

1300 Campamento Avenue

13052 Zambrana Ave

13052 Zambrana Avenue

Two of my most beautiful listings are located in one of the nicest waterfront communities in Miami. Gables by the Sea offers its residents the amenities of Coral Gables with the incredible education of the Pinecrest school district – the best of both worlds! Not only does it have waterfront homes at a fraction of the cost of other Gables communities, it also has an amazing neighborhood feel with a park where kids meet up and play basketball & soccer, giving it a small-town feeling.

Let’s get to know these two FANTASTIC homes! 13052 Zambrana, built in 2004, has no bridges to the bay & 100′ of waterfrontage. With 4BRs +office/3.5BAs, 4,800 sq ft, master suite upstairs overlooking the waterway and spectacular living spaces including an open kitchen & family room, this home is perfect for a boating enthusiast. 1300 Campamento, built in 2005, is a spectacular island-style home with 4Brs/3.5BAs in the main house, 1Br/1Ba guest house, 5,660 sq ft &1 bridge to the bay. Read more at www.13052Zambrana.com or www.1300Campamento.com!

There are some other beautiful homes for sale in Gables by the Sea that are also listed with EWM Realtors!

13026 Nevada Street

13026 Nevada Street

5 Bedrooms/5 Baths ~ 4,585 sq ft home ~ 12,000 sq ft lot ~ Built in 2008 ~ No Bridges to the Bay ~ Listed for $2,995,000 with Drew Kern

12991 Lerida Street

12991 Lerida Street

4 Bedrooms/4.5 Baths ~ 4,082 sq ft home ~ 12,000 sq ft lot ~ Built in 2008 ~ No Bridges to the Bay ~ Listed for $3,799,000 with Minnie Lauderdale

13019 Mar Street

13019 Mar Street

5 Bedrooms/5.5 Baths ~ 7,765 sq ft home ~ 56,050 sq ft lot ~ Direct Bay Views ~ No Bridges to the Bay ~ Listed for $14,000,000 with Audrey Ross

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Wonderful New Waterfront Listing

13052 Zambrana Street13052 Zambrana Street is situated in gated Gables by the Sea.  This wonderful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has 100′ of waterfront, new dock and boat lift, and no bridges to the bay!  Featuring the finest of everything, the gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook and family room are light and bright with beautiful views of the pool, patio and dock.  The master suite is just spectacular.  It is the entire 2nd floor and overlooks the water.   There is a gazebo with a summer kitchen and wonderful entertaining spaces.  Come see!

 

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This house will be open on Wednesday from Noon – 2pm.  It would be my pleasure to show it to you!

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4111 University Drive – Just Listed & Open Today

4111 University Drive, Canal ViewMagnificent 15,865 square foot lot on wide canal portion of the Gables Waterway with a dock. This is a great opportunity to remodel or build your dream home! The home has been lovingly maintained by a long-time owner, and this is the first time it has been on the market in many years. The home has a wonderful floorplan to work with. Gracious rooms include an entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms, a large family room and an eat-in kitchen. The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on one side, with a 4th bedroom and bath split as a perfect maid’s room. French doors open to a wonderful pool, patio & deck area from which to enjoy the serene surroundings.

4111 University Drive, Front Exterior

4111 University Drive, Family Room

4111 University Drive Living Room

4111 University Drive, Breakfast Room

4111 University Drive Pool

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Time to Sit on Your Own Dock on the Bay?

6870 Sunrise Pl Pool PatioMy listing at 6870 Sunrise Place just had a substantial reduction from $2,895,000 to $2,495,000.   This is such a wonderful Jorge Hernandez designed home.  It truly feels like you are living on vacation every day.  Located in gated Sunrise Harbour, it is a warm and breezy home on a canal just seconds from the open bay.

6870 Sunrise Place Outdoor SpaceThis house has an Island feeling with romantic outdoor, covered spaces and wonderful open floor plan! Enter from second floor to spacious foyer and den, open living and dining spaces feed to oversized, gourmet kitchen and family room. 4 bedrooms up, and 2 additional down, with gym, playroom, laundry room and 2-car garage.  There is a beautiful pool and patio, with an outdoor shower.

6870 Sunrise Place - DockEnjoy the new 80 foot dock with electric, and no bridges to the bay.  If you would like to come and see if this is your new home, I’d love to show it to you.  To see the virtual tour, click here.

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Huge Reductions on Brickell!

These two waterfront units at 25 Bay Tower off Brickell have been reduced to sell!  With stunning views of the water in a stable condo building with terrific amenities, these can’t be beat.

#A5, $299,000, is a 3 BR/2 BA with huge open living spaces and sprawling views of the water.

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25 Bay Tower A5 Dining Room

25 Bay Tower A5 Second BedroomThis unit has an updated kitchen, master bedroom with two enormous walk-in closets, washer/dryer in the unit, a wrap-around balcony and 2 parking spaces.  Click here  to visit the virtual tour.

#B5, $173,000, is a 1 BR/1.5 BA unit, immaculate and turn-key ready. 

25 Bay Tower, B5 View

Enjoy views of the bay from your balcony here too! The building offers a waterfront pool, gym, doorman and 24-hour security.  Maintenance fee includes a/c, cable and hot/cold water! Click here  to visit the virtual tour.


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