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Jul
31

Grey Goose and Trey Songz shoot commercial in our Miami Shores Listing – Bayview House

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on July 31, 2014

Kenny Burns, dubbed “The Lifestyle Specialist” and known as the modern-day Robin Leach, shoots a Grey Goose Cherry Noir commercial at Miamism’s own listing in Miami Shores.  The commercial features none other than Trey Songz and here’s a behind the scenes video of that shoot.

This home is the epitome of Miami Luxury Homes, it is contemporary in style and its setting is on the water with open bay views that will never be blocked.  Listed for $4.25 Million, this Miami Shores home has 83 feet of frontage, please contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.

9275 N Bayshore Dr - Miami Shores, FL 33138

Jul
29

Stiltsville – a Miami Landmark

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on July 29, 2014

It’s funny how things go full circles. I wrote this article back in May of 2007 and are getting a bunch of questions and information requests about Stilstville, so we thought it would be appropriate to share again.  In addition, Suzette Laboy from The South Florida Times,  wrote an article about it with Dr. Paul George’s take on what’s left of this Miami Landmark.  I have retaken a lot of the photos for each house, need to make it a point to share those with you. Take a look at the new photos posted below, taken by yours truly.

Ask and you shall receive – image above and collage below by Michael Pancier Photography (go check out the rest of his amazing gallery).

Stiltsville – A Miami Landmark

Stiltsville - by miamism.com

When it comes to Miami Beach Real Estate, Stiltsville is famous!  I’ve always been curious about the history of Stiltsville.  Not many people know about it unless they frequent Biscayne Channel by boat.  These “shack-like wooden structures” just sit there, like monuments in the landscape, a landscape of ocean blue.  Stiltsville is a string of structures on pilings that you can only reach by boat.  Thousands of boaters frequent this area South of Key Biscayne.

I decided to take a trip there and photograph each house, not only with the purpose of exhibiting them, but also to document their condition.  The history of Stiltsville is fascinating, at least I hope you find it as entertaining as I do.

Stiltsville - by miamism.com

The Stiltsville community began in the early 1930′s; at one time there were 27 dwellings, used for weekend retreats and parties but seldom for full-time homes.  All these were privately owned and later acquired a colorful reputation as hangouts for “gamblers, boozers and flashy women”.

Stiltsville by miamism.com

Stiltsville’s founder and first resident was “Crawfish” Walker, who had a bait-and-beer shack for passing fishermen.  Soon several more shacks sprung up, some built by prominent Miami businessmen.  In the 1940′s the Quaterdeck opened, featuring electricity, a bar, dining room and gaming tables featured in Life Magazine in 1941.  Soon, other clubs with an “anything goes” atmosphere opened up – police raids began in the 50′s to stop prostitution and illegal gambling.  In the 60′s an eccentric grounded a 150′ yacht on the flats and named it the “Bikini Club”.

Stiltsville by miamism.com

There are 7 structures left with architecture that is everything but fancy, and were recently saved from demolition with the help of a group of conservationists.  Because the houses stand inside the boundaries of Biscayne National Park, the park service fought that private homes did not belong there.  The land lease would expire and home owners would have to demolish the homes.

Stiltsville by miamism.com

One argument to keep these homes is that Stiltsville had become a useful landmark and warning signs for boaters navigating the complicated winding finger channels.  Removing the homes would be detrimental to the surrounding flats in addition to the increase in vessel groundings, and scarring damage to the sea grasses, marl banks and tidal cuts.

 

Another argument by known historian, Dr. Paul George, sums up the meaning of this place,

It really is an only-in-Miami kind of thing.  It had an aura, a rascally mischievous past. But it was also just a place people could go to enjoy getting away. It would be a terrible loss.

Finally an agreement was reached to preserve the structures under the Stiltsville Trust (made up of all 7 leaseholders now called caretakers and 8 community members).  Now owned by the National Park Service, the homes have been secured and access to the buildings is by permission only.  Possible uses include “community meeting spaces, a National Park Service Visitor Center, research facilities, an artist-in-residence program and satellite park offices that could provide the National Park Service with a presence closer to South Florida’s population center in the northern part of the park”.stiltsville by miamism

I’ve always regarded cruise ships leaving the port as a “city detached”, but Stiltsville, to me is the perfect representation of just that, and I was happy to hear that this piece of our Miami History was not demolished. (make sure you click on each photo to get more information on each house).

**article originally written and published May 1, 2007**

Jul
24

Throwback Thursday – Miami Real Estate Marketing Fun #TBT

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday takes us to one of our first marketing pieces when Rick and I became Miami REALTORS.  Our value proposition and what still makes us different is the fact that we are both professionals:  your own architect and accountant to purchase and sell Miami real estate with!!  And the fact that we are a team.

Rick and Ines - Miami Beach Realtors

Although our marketing focus has switched from us to you (agent centric to client centric), the value proposition is still the same and now in steroids.  We have a team alright, The Miamism Sales Team is no longer just the 2 of us:  buyers agents, rental agents, team of interior design professionals, inspectors, title company, attorneys…..you name it!!

Remember I specialize in historic homes and architecturally significant real estate – which means I love projects by Starchitects.  Rick focuses on commercial properties and walks around with a vintage adding machine (not!), and we still sell all other kinds of properties because we have members of our team who know each market inside and out.

Go ahead and GET A FREE SELLER GUIDE and give us feedback!  We are here for all your Miami and Miami Beach real estate needs.

 

Jul
24

Do you need a Miami Beach Real Estate Agent?

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on July 24, 2014

Miami Beach Real Estate Agents

Seth Godin does it again asking “Where have all the agents gone“?  – In this world of intermediation and educated consumers it is an excellent question to ask.  If the middleman brings no value to a transaction, then there is no need for him.

With regards to Miami Beach real estate we deal with many types of consumers – the consumer that believes that buying  real estate is only about finding the property and making an offer (obviously that consumer has little use for a Realtor) – and the consumer that finds an agent that brings so much more and represents their best interest without a doubt.  There’s also the real estate seller that believes they can do it on their own by putting a couple of ads on-line and a sign in front of their house (again….that seller does not need an “intermediator”)….although a lot of these “do-it-themselfers” come to us for help after they give it a try.

But a lot of people, because of Internet Marketing and this age of Social Media, believe that some of us do bring value to a transaction and do think it is worth paying a commission and trusting the sale and purchase of their Miami real estate to knowledgeable Realtors who will take care of every aspect of the transaction and will go above and beyond the call of duty.

Think about how anonymous the typical real estate broker is. He will sell almost any house or represent almost any buyer. When selling a house, he has a fiduciary responsibility to represent that house to the best of his ability. Just like every other broker. The great real estate brokers do far more than this.

We do not criticize those that don’t need our services and want to do it on their own – on the contrary, we give them credit for their willingness to take risk – but we give our undivided attention to those that trust us with their investments and value our services.

Love this quote by seth:

When markets change, agents can lead the way, not follow along grudgingly.

So ask yourself the next time you buy or sell Miami Real Estate – will my Realtor add value to a transaction?

**originally written and posted on March 17th, 2009**

Jul
22

Paramount Bay Condos – Market Report for June 2014

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on July 22, 2014

Paramount Bay Condos - location

Paramount Bay Condos Real Estate Market Report

There are currently 35 Paramount Bay Condos for sale: (3 more than last month)

  • Highest priced listing is unit PH4602 for $4,899,000 (4 bedrooms / 4.5 bathrooms) **developer unit
  • Lowest priced listing is unit 705 for $679,000 (2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms)
  • Pending Sales (properties under contract): 4 (2 less than last month)
  • Closed sales in June: 2 (same as last month)

The 2 Paramount Bay Condos sold in June 2014 were the following:

  • Residence 4005 – 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms, 2694 sq.ft., decorator ready.  Originally listed in June of 2013 for $4.65 million, reduced to $4.2 M in September 2013, again in December 2013 to $3.95 M and finally selling for $3,100,000 ($1,151/sq.ft.)
  • Residence 2004 – 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms, 1,240 sq.ft. finished floors and tenant occupied until August 2014.  Originally listed for $765,000 in November 2013, reduced to $749,000 in March 2014 and again in May to $715,000, finally selling at $700,000 ($565/sq.ft.)

The average price per square foot at Paramount Bay has been:

  • June – $858
  • May – $696
  • March 2014 – $603
  • February 2014 – $599
  • January 2014 – $602
  • 2013′s average for whole year = $596

Paramount Bay continues to be a top choice for buyers interested in Edgewater Miami.  We are talking just steps from Midtown Miami and Miami’s Design District as well as Miami’s Entertainment District and Downtown Miami.  Paramount Bay will always have direct bay views and every unit is flow-through in which to experience sunsets and sunrises.  The finishes and amenities are top-notch and other buildings in pre-construction around it only aspire to be like Paramount Bay.

The Miamism Sales Team specializes in Paramount Bay and can represent you in the sale or purchase of a condo.  Please contact us ParamountBay@Miamism.com.  We prepare monthly market reports to keep you informed of sales stats at Paramount Bay.

We are now also providing these quick services to help with your real estate needs:

CHECK YOUR CURRENT HOME VALUE

GET A FREE SELLER GUIDE

NAME YOUR SELLING PRICE

For more information about this Miami condo building, take a look at  Paramount Bay Condos written after my visit in September of 2012.  You can also visit www.Paramount-Bay-Condos.com to go straight to source of information.

For further information, please email us at ParamountBay@miamism.com

Condo Name:  Paramount Bay
Architecture:  Arquitectonica
Interior Design:  Lenny Kravitz
Location:  2020 N Bayshore Dr – Miami, FL 33137
Contact:  paramountbay@miamism.com