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The heartbeat of Miami

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 6, 2015

There is no doubt that the changes and evolution that Downtown Miami has been seeing in the past 5 years and continues to see, represent the reason why Miami is here to stay.  It’s exciting to be part of the change and want to share that excitement with the latest video by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA).  The Miamism Sales Team continues to be called the number 1 promoters of our city.  We ARE and LOVE Miami.

Miami Downtown Development Authority

The Mission of the Miami Downtown Development Authority is to grow, strengthen and promote the economic health and vitality of Downtown Miami. As an autonomous agency of the City, the Miami DDA advocates, facilitates plans and executes business development, planning and capital improvements, and marketing and communication strategies. We commit to fulfill our mission collaboratively, ethically and professionally, consistent with the Authority’s public purpose.

Downtown Miami – A New State of Mind

Downtown Miami represents The Future of Miami

We shared the Reason behind Miami’s Momentum and Why you need to Invest in Miami right now.  And now we’ll explain why Downtown Miami is the centerpiece of our city.

  • Young professionals are choosing to live in the urban core.
  • The art scene is ever evolving with PAMM as the anchor for developing arts community and with The Frost Art Museum and The Adrienne Arsht Center for The Performing Arts.
  • It’s not just private banking, but has become the 2nd largest Financial Hub in the United States with hedge funds, private equity firms, family offices, alternative investment firms, crowd funding, venture capital, and all the Eco-system of professional advisory firms that supports financial firms.
  • Miami ranks as one of the top hospitality markets in the nation and downtown has more 4 and 5 star hotels than any other city in Florida
  • 200,000 professionals commute to downtown Miami daily
  • There are over 2 million square feet of planned retail space
  • 24-hour destination with 392 restaurants and bars
  • Venture Hive has 30,000 SF of space with 31 companies from 23 different countries
  • eMerge Americas attracts over 10,000 Attendees worldwide
  • Local Startup Funding exceeded $700 million in 2014
  • Great public transportation with The Metro Mover (free transit that connects downtown Miami) and Metro Rail
  • Fitness Scene

These are some of the many reasons people work, live, invest and run in Downtown Miami!!  Contact us for real estate opportunities in Downtown Miami from pre-construction to resales, as well as commercial and retail.

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How’s the Miami Shores Real Estate Market Doing? September 2015

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 2, 2015

Miami Shores Homes – Real Estate Market Report

Miami Shores Real Estate Market Reports by

There are currently 92 Miami Shores homes for sale (13 more than last month):

  • Highest priced listing is $3,975,000 for the bay front fixer upper at 1680 NE 104 St
  • Lowest priced listing is $219,000 for the 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom, corporate owned home at 435 NW 111 Street in The New Miami Shores subdivision (fixer upper with pulled permits that will be transferred to new owner)
  • Pending Sales (Properties under contract): 29 (compared to 35 last month)
  • Closed sales in September: 22 (compared to 9 in August)

The 22 Miami Shores homes sold in September were the following ranged in price from $230,000 for the foreclosure at 104 NW 102 Street in need of major repairs, to $3.825 Million for the bay front home at 1420 NE 101 Street that was originally listed for $4.5 Million (with 204′ of direct bay frontage, on a 23,471 SF lot!!)

The only Miami Shores waterfront home sold in September, was the house listed above, which sold at $1,121/SF, which is the highest price per square foot in Miami Shores – but with a very special reason, the size of the lot and over 200′ of direct bay frontage.  Congrats to the lucky home owners, we look forward to seeing what happens to that property in the next few months.

The average price per square foot in Miami Shores in September was $274 compared to previous months:

  • August $254
  • July $233
  • June $240
  • May $256
  • April $256
  • March $247
  • February $227
  • January $225
  • 2014’s Average for the whole year was $236

We are seeing cash investors move into the Miami Shores territory, submitting sub-par offers to try to entice sellers into giving away their homes for ridiculous prices.  We receive offers for our listings on a regular basis and they claim there are no comps!  They also need to take into consideration remodeling and holding costs before flipping – please do not fall for their game, call us to list your property and we promise we will get you more money, even after paying commissions.

If you hear “we will pay you top dollar without getting agents involved” << THAT’S A RED FLAG!!! We will be glad to do a home value analysis of your home with no strings attached.

Miami Shores is a HOT market and a neighborhood people want to live in, don’t take that for granted

Miami Shores House of The Month

The Miamism Sales Team told you it was coming and it’s now ready for showings.  The Miami Shores home at 90 NE 91 Street has 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms and 1787 SF of living space.  It sits on a large 11,043 SF corner lot with beautiful, mature trees and fenced-in, private yard.

Built in the 1930’s with great architectural features throughout, including open-beamed cathedral ceilings, arches, nitches, quarry-tile floors …come see for yourself.

It’s being offered at $498,000

90 NE 91 Street - Miami Shores by

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W Residences – Fort Lauderdale

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 1, 2015

W Residences Interiors by Meyer Davis Studio

W Hotel Residences - Ft Lauderdale by

We are so excited about The W Residences in Fort Lauderdale because of location, price, and the fact that we LOVE W Hotels! And now we are happy to share newly released rendering for the interiors by Meyer Davis.

Meyer Davis Studio Inc. is a globally recognized New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace environments. Founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis, the firm has established itself at the forefront of high end commercial and residential design practices, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Meyer Davis believes that great design works on multiple levels, weaving together bold design moves and striking details to ensure that when completed, each project makes an immediate and lasting impact.

Their work proves that intelligent subtraction often yields the greatest results. Meyer Davis Studio is interested in ideas, not ownership; their team is always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration and consistently adjusting their learning curve to perpetuate growth and evolution.

Why W Residences in Fort Lauderdale

The Residences at W Fort Lauderdale by

Please take a look at our article that describes the project and thought process behind the rebirth of this W Hotel.  And remember you can buy a 2 bedroom + den / 2 bathroom residence for right around $1 Million, under $800/sq.ft., which is UNHEARD OF!!

Contact us at to schedule a tour, to get a current price list and additional information about the project.

Condo Name:  The Residences at W Fort Lauderdale
Architecture:  Adache Group Architects, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Interior Design:  Meyer Davis
Location:  3101 Bayshore Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304


Paraiso Condo Complex Miami

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on September 29, 2015


The New Paraiso Condo Complex in trendy Edgewater Miami is now in pre-construction and is comprised of 4 towers.  Here’s the master plan to make it easier to understand.

Paraiso Bay Miami - Master Plan

Paraíso is a Master-Planned Community by The RELATED GROUP (The largest private condo developer in the world), consisting of 10 acres with 1000 linear feet of waterfront along Biscayne Bay in the trendy neighborhood of East Edgewater.

The 4 towers were designed by Arquitectonica with interiors by renowned designers.  The concept of the project is to “Reconnect with Nature” – a balance of relaxation and adventure as well as fun in the sun.  The complex offers exquisitely designed private residences as well as an unparalleled array of exclusive amenities and services.

Located in Edgewater, Miami’s hottest new neighborhood, within reach of the nearby hip Wynwood Arts District, thriving Midtown, the evolving Design District, and the downtown arts and entertainment district.

PARAISO master-planned community

For more information on each of the condos within Paraiso, click on each link below:

ONE Paraiso

Paraiso Bay – Tower 1 and Tower 2

Paraiso Bayviews

Gran Paraiso First Dibs

You can also email us at for more information or call us – someone in the Miamism Sales Team is always ready to help.

Paraiso Miami by

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What is the right type of awning for a historic home?

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on September 25, 2015

I get asked what the right type of awning is for historic homes all the time.  I am the Miami Architectural REALTOR after all, so ask away!  Anything to do with architecturally significant real estate or historic homes in Miami is my FORTE.

I would love to be able to tell you that any awning company will be able to guide you in the right direction but that’s not true at all.  I’ve seen awning companies recommend horrible options that are not historically appropriate and do not compliment existing historic features and fenestrations.

The right type of awning for a historic home

There are basic rules and some NO NO’s (like anything else).xoxo_house.jpg

Please understand that I am not making up these rules as I go.  Restorations should be consistent with The Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and as I’ve said before, educating yourself about historic features and their standards should be an important part of owning a Miami Beach historic home.  These standards include examples of correct and incorrect repairs and replacement of roofs, windows materials and other elements.

Now to awnings!  The primary purpose of an awning is more functional rather than decorative, although I have seen very boring facades brought to life with beautiful awnings.  Traditionally, awnings were installed only where necessary for shade and weather protection.  Please keep this in mind when considering awnings for your historic home.  There is nothing worse than seeing every single fenestration (window and door opening) covered by an awning.  This is what I call “overkill”.

The basic rule for awnings is shape

  • If the door or window opening is square or rectangular, only install rectangular or straight awnings, never ARCHED!
  • If the door or window opening is arched, only install arched awnings, never STRAIGHT!

Pretty simple, don’t you think?   Here are some examples of awnings installed in Mediterranean Revival homes around Miami Shores.

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These examples show the correct use of straight or rectangular awnings installed on rectangular doors and windows.


Never install an arched awning on a rectangular opening


This is a beautiful example on an arched awning placed inside an arched opening.

There are 2 types of arched awnings and one of them should NEVER be used in residential applications, and that’s the bubble type awning.  For those of you that have these, I apologize because you probably did not know any better.  Bubble type awnings are more appropriate for commercial applications.



Is there an appropriate color for awnings used on historic homes?

As for the color of awnings, this is definitely subjective.  The stripped fabric is usually my preference, but in very busy facades, I have found stripes to be overwhelming.  A lot of people think that solid colors are more formal and appropriate, but I really think it depends on the particular architectural elements of the house.  One piece of advise is to get a big swatch of fabric when choosing the color (especially if choosing stripes), most swatch books will have tiny samples that will make it very difficult to choose.  A good awning company should be happy to supply a big sample of the fabric.

An awning can bring so much life to a facade, and can take the “boring” factor out whether you have a historic home or not.  They can also be functional and energy efficient.  There are many types and they are easy to maintain, just make sure you don’t overdo it and think of the “appropriateness factor” before installing.  Also take a look at “The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings – Repair, Replacement & New Design“, for great detailed information.

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