Today’s Real Estate market is saturated with inventory and considering additional foreclosed homes will continue to hit the market, listings need to look their best. A well-staged home invites buyers in and helps them see past the sellers possessions. Layout and square footage become more apparent. The benefits of staging can help your home sell faster rather than languishing on the market. Give your home an edge and use these helpful, easy tips that will please buyers and get offers in!
When buyers house hunt and see a ‘For Sale’ sign, you want to make sure that your home is the one they call their Realtor about. The yard and driveway should be clear of clutter such as bikes, children’s toys and leaves. Have your lawn mowed and hedges trimmed. Remove any dead plants and flowers. Freshen up or repaint the exterior of the home .
De clutter and clean your home from top to bottom. From light fixtures to the baseboards, your house should sparkle! Remove all personal photos and collections. Box up all unnecessary items that take up space. Staging is about depersonalizing not decorating. Buyers want to feel they are not intruding into your space. You want them to visualize their own belongings in the home. The house should look neutral, clean and fresh. Arrange furniture so that each room is definable and has a purpose rather than stuffed with superfluous pieces.
New lighting fixtures are a quick and simple way to create a certain kind of atmosphere and update a room. More contemporary choices are brushed nickel and chrome finishes. Use lighting to accentuate special features such as under mount lighting above counter-tops, pendant lights to show off a kitchen island or sconces to illuminate a foyer or hallway.
Painting your home is a inexpensive way to freshen it up. Choosing light neutral colors gives buyers an idea of what they can do with a space. Stay neutral with walls, cabinets and fixtures. Buyers may have a difficult time seeing past dark or bright colors. Bring in pops of color with accessories such as pillows.
For design inspiration, look at catalogues from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or Williams-Sonoma Home. Just about anything in these catalogues is consistent with what the average buyer is looking for. So grab some boxes and start packing. Get out the cleaning supplies and start scrubbing. Be the first home on your street that’s staged to sell!
Love boating? Sailing? Considering Miami as a permanent home to be closer to the water? Well now is the perfect time of year to check out the best of boating and Real Estate in Miami. The 2011 Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami begins February 17th -21st. Known as the Greatest Boat Show on Earth, Miami is the perfect city to showcase everything a boater can want or imagine. The event spans three locations- the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Yachting center and Miamarina At Bayside. More than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe will be in attendence and showcasing the latest in powerboats, sailboats, engines, marine electronics and accessories. This 5-day event is your once-a-year chance to compare makes and models all at once!
Aside from boating and sailing, the show will have attractions, activities and offer entertainment for everyone. The Discover Boating Resourse Center will have clinics, seminars and on the water activities to get you started in boating. The Big Game Room Sport Fishing Expo will have everything for sport fishing including clinics and The Dive and Travel Harbor offers one-stop shopping in addition to the opportunity to try scuba in a heated pool.
Strictly Sail at Miamarina at Bayside will provide everything a sailing enthusiast could possibly ask for. You will find sailboats, gear and accessories from aroung the world. Highlights will be daily seminars, free sailboat rides and latitudes & Attitudes Bash featuring the Eric Stone Band on Saturday. And this is just a hint of what will be available at the Greatest Boat Show on Earth!
Get out here for what is expected to be a fantastic time and the perfect opportunity to peruse what is available in the boating world and Miami’s waterfront homes in this boater’s paradise.
Deep in the throes of creating Miami Beach, real estate investor/developer, Carl Graham Fisher, turned his attention to a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves cast adrift in Biscayne Bay. Today, 81 years later, it has been restored to its former grandeur. And in the process it has become a world-class private island residential community and exclusive club where distinguished members enjoy the lovely Vanderbilt Mansion’s main Club, its charming ocean side private Beach Club and other intimate restaurants, its superb Mediterranean-inspired Tennis Center, its lovely circa 1925 cottages and guest suites, its elaborate deep-sea water marinas, stunning championship golf course and spectacular Spa Internazionale.
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Coconut Grove is a neighborhood located in the City of Miami, Florida in Miami-Dade County, United States. The borders of the neighborhood are approximately defined as north of N. Prospect Dr, east of LeJeune Road, south of US 1, west of Rickenbacker Causeway and west of Biscayne Bay. It is south of the Brickell and The Roads neighborhoods, and east of Coral Gables. The neighborhood’s name has been sometimes spelled Cocoanut Grove but the definitive spelling Coconut Grove was established when the city was incorporated in 1919.
What is today referred to as Coconut Grove was formed in 1925 when the city of Miami annexed two areas of about equal size, the city of Coconut Grove and most of the town of Silver Bluff. Coconut Grove approximately corresponds to the same area as the 33133 zip code although the zip code includes parts of Coral Way and Coral Gables and a small portion of zip code 33129. The area is often referred to by locals as “The Grove”.
Coconut Grove is served by the Miami Metrorail at three stations: Vizcaya Station, Coconut Grove Station, and Douglas Road Station. Vizcaya Station directly serves Mercy Hospital, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Miami Science Museum, while the Coconut Grove and Douglas Road stations serve the central Grove area along SW 27th Avenue and Grand Avenue respectively.
Bal Harbour Village remains a pristine community, a carefully designed haven for the very best in residential living and upscale tourism. With elegant homes and condominiums, elite shops and exquisitely manicured roadways, the Village is widely recognized as the jewel in the crown of South Florida’s communities – a model for the good life.
The “dream village” that founder Robert C. Graham envisioned so many years ago continues to prosper and thrive today. The vision for this subtropical paradise began in 1929 when Miami Beach Heights, a Detroit-based real estate development corporation purchased the raw land. Headed by industrialist Graham with associates Carl Fisher and Walter O. Briggs, Miami Beach Heights began the task of crafting a new community. Perhaps most significantly, they hired one of the leading urban planning firms of the twentieth century – Harland Bartholomew & Associates – to design the Village. Bal Harbour and Coral Gables are the only Miami-Dade municipalities that were built with a fully conceived master plan in place.
From the beginning, the Village was envisioned as a modern community that would maintain exceptionally high standards, provide superior services and foster civic pride.
The advent of World War II brought plans to an abrupt halt and Graham, in patriotic gesture, leased to the land to the United States Air Corps for $1 a year. The area became a center of year-round training complete with barracks and a rifle range located on the site of the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort. A prisoner-of-war camp, located on the current site of Bal Harbour Shops, housed German prisoners. Soldiers stationed up and down Miami Beach marched north to the area, known as “tent city,” for maneuvers.
After the war ended and the troops departed, development plans resumed in earnest. Graham quickly converted some of the barracks into apartments to boost the resident population – the State of Florida then required twenty-five males to qualify for incorporation..
In 1945, Stanley Whitman (who was later to build Bal Harbour Shops) moved into the barracks with his young family in order to support the Village’s incorporation efforts and was one of the original founders of Bal Harbour.
On August 14, 1946 the Village was incorporated and the first Council elected. The roster for the first Council: Mayor Judge Julian Southerland and Councilmen Charles R. Graham, Glenn E. Massnick, Ray Semmes, Jr., Willard H. Webb and George Whittaker. Willard Webb was the first Village Manager and Mary Wetterer, the first Village Clerk, remained at her post for more than forty years.
The Village was first called “Bay Harbour,” a name that was soon discarded as not properly defining a community with oceanfront property. A new word was created, taking letters from ‘bay” and “Atlantic” to create “Bal.” Thus Bal Harbour, a new town encompassing bay and ocean, was named. The fledgling government was housed in converted military barracks until the current Village Hall was built in 1956.
Bolstered by Miami’s post war prosperity, Bal Harbour’s growth escalated with the rapid sale of residential lots, the development of community resources and the construction of hotels. In December 1946, the first hotel opened for business – Kenilworth-by-the-Sea.
Described as “ultra-modern,” the 160-room ten-story Kenilworth promoted the concept of “luxurious leisure.” Over the next decade, a total of nine resorts would line the Village’s beachfront as the Sea View, the Bal Harbour, the Balmoral, the Ivanhoe, the Colony, the Singapore, the Beau Rivage and the Americana all held court. At the height of South Florida’s hotel boom, these world-class resorts attracted a steady stream of upscale clientele and helped put Bal Harbour on the map.
In the 1950′s, Bal Harbour and Miami Beach were considered America’s Riviera, a magnet for the era’s top musicians and entertainers. Count Basie and Guy Lombardo could be seen having drinks at the Ivanhoe’s Pump Room Lounge. Frank Sinatra and his “Rat Pack” frequented the Americana’s Carnival Supper Club.
Before 1900 there was no Allison Island. All that existed was a small clearing in the mangrove swamps at the mouth of Indian Creek. Overrun with alligators, the site offered little opportunity for settlement. However, in 1912 when legendary real estate developer Carl Fisher set out to create a tropical paradise on a barrier island called Miami Beach, he also decided to build a smaller yet equally beautiful island as a tribute to his friend and business partner, Jim Allison.
Under Allison’s ownership, the island Fisher created remained undeveloped for several years. However, in January 1926, after several failed real estate ventures, Jim Allison opened a luxurious and state-of-the-art hospital on the tip of the island intended to serve the wealthy homeowners who had flocked to Miami Beach. The building was designed by acclaimed architect August Geiger and featured Mediterranean style with and colonial Spanish influences. Unfortunately, the hurricane of 1926 ended the real estate boom in South Florida and Allison’s hope of profitability.