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Archive for November, 2011

5 Pinta Market Update

November 27th, 2011 Written By Carol Pawley

Experts are saying that market inventory is at an all time low and that home sales are improving, seeing an increasing number of single family home sales. Of course we all want to believe it, but we’re still a little skeptical. Well, nothing speaks louder than actual results. Recently, I listed 5 Pinta and announced it here on my blog (you can find the original entry here). Amazingly, within 3 days on the market I got 3 contracts on this 1950s redo home – proving that there is still an active demand in the real estate market in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.  As a market expert who has been in the business for over 20 years, I can you from experience that homes that are priced right will sell quickly – especially in a market with low inventory. Simply put: Even in a challenging market, there just aren’t enough houses to go around so the best deals are going fast.


If you want to find out if your home is priced to sell, please contact me at (305) 992 6188 or email me at

Foreclosures in Coral Gables

November 18th, 2011 Written By Carol Pawley

I recently wrote an article on a foreclosure that became available at 842 Palermo Ave in Coral Gables.  I had sold the home several years ago for $1.600,000 or $388.00 a sq. ft. which at the time was an all time high for the neighborhood. I really liked the home so I had keep my eye on it and had actually taken several clients there to take a look at it.  It lasted on the market for 23 days  and sold for $845,000.00 or $206.00 a square foot.   This historically designated home is in a very desirable location but needed a significant amount of work  due to lack of maintenance etc.  In the past 30 days there have been 3 closed reo’s and 5 that are pending.  Click here to see them.

 Presently in Coral Gables there are 3 active properties listed as foreclosures .  These are properties listed by sale with realtors that  are bank owned.  Click here to see what’s available.

Miracle Mile in Coral Gables – Shop, Dine, Play, Live

November 4th, 2011 Written By Carol Pawley


Miracle Mile Has often been referred to as the Downtown of Coral Gables. With an eclectic mix of authentic restaurants, charming bridal boutiques and stylish condo buildings many have found the charm of Miracle Mile irresistible. Ponce De Leon, the main street that runs through the heart of Miracle Mile, is lined with restaurants, pastry shops, book stores, jewelers, wine bars, boutiques, antique shops, salons and, its most original feature, towering palm trees and oak trees that canopy the broad sidewalks. Off its side streets you’ll be able to find independent film theaters, museums, art galleries and condo buildings. Weather you’re in the mood for a deliciously crafted meal, shopping for a one of a kind outfit, meeting up with friends to watch the game or simply out for an evening stroll, Miracle Mile has everything you need to stay entertained. Miracle Mile is Coral Gables living at its best.
Here is a list of only a few local hotspots at Miracle Mile:


  • RDZ Fine Art
  • The Americas Collection


  • Barnes & Noble
  • Books & Books, Inc.
  • Fifteenth Street Books


  • Coral Gables Art Cinema


  • Coral Gables Museum


  • Anacapri On Ponce
  • Angelique
  • Euro Café 
  • Bangkok Bangkok II
  • Bonbon Café &
  • The Cafe at Books and Books
  • French Cafe Rendez Vous
  • Caffe Abbracci
  • Caffe Vialetto
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Castelluccio Ristorante
  • Charlotte Bistro
  • Chicken Kitchen
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse


  • Angelique Euro
  • CaféFritz & Franz
  • Houston’s
  • Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
  • Il Grissino Ristorante
  • John Martin’s Irish Pub
  • ALE Le Provencal
  • Hillstone
  • The Sports Exchange
  • TALAVERA Cocina Mexicana
  • Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill
  • The Bar
  • Two Sisters Restaurant
  • Miller Ale House

Deering Bay: Golf Course and Yacht Club

November 2nd, 2011 Written By Carol Pawley

Known as South Florida’s “Best Kept Secret”

Situated at the southern tip of scenic Coral Gables, Florida and on the shores of Biscayne Bay, Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club offers all the amenities of a world-class, private country club in a pristine and tranquil setting. Part of the sceneic Deering Bay Community and inspired by Mediterranean architecture of the 14th century, Deering Bay’s exquisite scenery, outstanding sports facilities and superb service bring a touch of elegance to an area rich with history and splendor. Welcome to South Florida’s hidden gem.
Deering Bay’s superior amenities include South Florida’s only Arnold Palmer designed, bay front golf course that is widely considered to be the top private club in the area. Meandering through 6740 yards of beautiful Florida landscape including mangrove forests, awe inspiring wildlife and calm waterways, this par 71 course is challenging and breath-taking for all.

Deering Bay also offers perhaps the finest dining and service in the area with artfully prepared cuisine enjoyed in a relaxed setting where staff members welcome them by name. In addition to our dining and golf facilities, members and their guests enjoy seven Har-Tru clay tennis courts, a fitness center, yoga studio, Junior Olympic sized pool and social events for all ages. Within walking distance from the clubhouse are our three private, deep-water marinas offering dockage space for vessels from 25 to 120 feet in length.

Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, Inc. is a member owned and operated private club that does not base membership decisions on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  All applicants are not necessarily invited for membership. For more information about our offerings contact our Membership Director to arrange a private tour at 305-254-2111.

 Activites include golf, dining, tennis, fitness and social events.

 Different memberships, including a summer golf membership, include:

  • Golf & Corporate Membershipoffers full access to our Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and all other Sports, Social, Dining, Pool, Locker Room and Fitness facilities.
  • Sports Membershipoffers limited access to our Golf Course and does permit play during prime times. Access to all other amenities is unlimited.
  • Tennis & Social Membership is for non-golfers who wish to enjoy all the other wonderful aspects of the club including Tennis, Social, Dining, Pool, Locker Room and Fitness facilities.
  • Legacy Membership offers full access to the Golf Course and all Social, Dining, Pool, Locker Room and Fitness facilities. This membership is only available to children and grandchildren of current members, ages 25-45, and offers reduced initiation fees and dues.

Associate Membership (Non-Equity)

  • Junior Golf Associate Membershipoffers the ability to enjoy our Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and all other amenities at a reduced rate for young adults 35 years old or less.
  • Junior Tennis Associate Membershipoffers the ability to enjoy our Tennis and Social amenities at a reduced rate for young adults 35 years old or less.
  • Summer Golf Associate Membershipoffers the ability to access our Golf Course, Tennis and Social amenities over the summer period (end of May through October) at a reduced rate.
  • Annual Social Membership offers the ability to enjoy our social amenities including our Dining, Pool, Locker Room and Fitness facilities and permits use of our Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course once per quarter. This Membership is attractively priced, is only good for one year and serves as a way to introduce new Members to our breathtaking Country Club.


Find more information at the Deering Bay Golf Course and Yacht Club website. Click here.

If you are interested in finding a home in Deering Bay, please contact me at (305) 992 6188 or email me at

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