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Archive for September, 2012

Miami Home Prices Up 5.3%

September 28th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley


According to the latest Home Price Index report from Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller, in July Miami home prices saw a 5.3% increase compared to the same period in 2011. Miami had a price index of 148.70 in July, a 2.1 percent improvement from the previous month and the 6th highest in the nation. A composite of 20 U.S. cities saw a 1.2 percent year-over-year improvement in prices.

David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices said, “The news on home prices in this report confirm recent good news about housing. Single-family home starts are well ahead of last year’s pace, existing home sales are up, the inventory of homes for sale is down and foreclosure activity is slowing.” For the third time in a row all 20 cities and both composites have increased.

This is proof that the real estate market is getting better everyday.

The Pinecrest People Mover

September 28th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

The Village of Pinecrest is proud to announce the newest community resource – the Pinecrest People Mover.  The Pinecrest People Mover is a free transit bus service connecting our neighborhoods and schools.  It is perfect for middle and high school students who do not qualify for bus service from the school district, as well as anyone who wants to get around the Village.

  • Free for everyone
  • Northern and Southern routes
  • Separate schedules for middle and high schools
  • Multiple afternoon routes to accomodate after-school schedules

Use the Pinecrest People Mover for convenient connections to Metrobus. Simply transfer from select stops to travel beyond the Pinecrest People Mover’s route.

The Pinecrest People Mover is operated by the Village of Pinecrest and is funded from proceeds of the Miami-Dade County People’s Transportation Plan.

2012 Fall Information & Route Map

PortMiami Tunnel To Begin 2nd Phase In Oct.

September 27th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

Starting next month the 2nd phase of the $1 billion PortMiami Tunnel project will begin. The tunnel will consist of two tubes under the bay that will allow for a two-lane highway between the port and MacArthur Causeway.

The first eastbound tube leaving the MacArthur Causeway was completed July 31, 2012. Boring of the westbound tunnel will begin in October 19, 2012. Chris Hodgkins, vice president of Miami Access Tunnel, the tunnel’s developer, said “We are on time, we’re on schedule and we’re on budget.”

New Resturants To Check Out In Coral Gables

September 26th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

Coral Gables has attracted nearly 20 new restaurants, offering everything from fast casual to upscale dining. Several venues opened in recent months and more will be opening soon.

The newest members of the Coral Gables restaurant community include:

  • Bon Fromage – 1533 Madruga Ave. (French)
  • Gourmet Table — 4555 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (Delicatessen & imported foods)
  • Pao Town – 2624 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (Asian)
  • Shake Shack – 1450 S. Dixie Highway (Hamburgers & milkshakes)
  • Zielo – 264 Giralda Ave. (Peruvian, French & Italian fusion)
  • 100 Montaditos – 230 Miracle Mile (Spanish)

 Arriving soon:

Have you been to any of these new restaurants? Share your opinion of them below.

New Listing: 1530 Algeriano Ave

September 25th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

I just listed 1530 Alegriano Ave with an associate in my office (Nadia Ismael). This charming house is located in Coral Gables on a picturesque tree lined street. The home features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with 1,840 sqft. Plenty of open space for entertaining. Refinished original hardwood floors, working fireplace, updated kitchen and a 2 car garage. The backyard is a tropical oasis with landscaping, lighting and a screened patio. This lovely home is close Riviera Country Club and the University of Miami. Asking price is $607,500

Rental Rates Increase In South Florida

September 25th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

According to a new report by brokerage and consultancy Condo Vultures, the mean rental rate in South Florida’s coastal markets rose 11% in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2011.

The report states the mean rental rate stood at $1.60 per sq.ft. up from $1.44 in the 2nd quarter of 2011 and $1.35-per sq.ft. mean rate in the same markets in 2009. In the same time frame leasing activity has also increased by 2%. The reason why the rental rate is increasing is due to the lack of rental inventory.

Click here for rentals currently available in the Miami Area.

Coral Gables to Improve Landscaping to Enhance City Greenery!

September 24th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

Coral Gables will be working on two new landscape improvement projects to further enhance green space in the city.

The first project will focus on sidewalks and curbs along Ponce de Leon Boulevard, from Salamanca Avenue to Almeria Avenue. The irrigation system has not worked for years, many of the palms are missing and the shrubs are in very poor condition. Improvements will include replacing the palm trees, adding new hedges and installing a new irrigation system.

The second project will take place in the median of Alhambra Circle, from LeJeune Road to Ponce de Leon Boulevard. In addition to hedges and irrigation, lighting will also be installed to spotlight palms in the median.

Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk Jr., who has been at the forefront of numerous landscape beautification initiatives throughout the city, said he is pleased to see more improvements on the way.


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