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Throwback Thursday – Football Sandwich Shop in Miami #TBT

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday brings one of our first restaurant articles published on – this one dating back to June 2007.  What’s amazing is that Doug is still there with his great smile and service and the sandwiches are still delicious!!  **And please don’t call us to place orders**

Have you ever driven by a really ugly looking place and you see that it is packed with cars and wonder if it is any good?

I mean absolutely no offense to the owners of The Football Sandwich Shop in Miami but they know that their pink building is everything but pretty – one thing is for sure though, everything I have ever eaten there is delicious!  The outside has no reflection on the taste of the food.


So heres the scoop.  This is a family owned establishment that has been in the same location ever since I can remember.  Their subs are to die for,  I always have a Steak Sub or a Turkey Sub, but they have everything from Grilled Chicken Phillys to Corned Beef and even Cuban Sandwiches.  They also have Deli-Sandwiches and are known as the ‘Home of the Zonker’ (Ham, Salami and Provolone Cheese).

The place is always Jam-packed and you can sit outside or in, can pick up through the drive through window and they even deliver.

The Football Sandwich Shop is one of those small town community places that you cannot miss.  You will always be greeted by one of the owners, everyone there is super friendly and always very attentive.  They are located just South of Miami Shores and El Portal on Northeast 2nd Avenue. (8484 NE 2nd Avenue – 305-759-3602 and 305-756-7996).

If you go by, dont forget to say hi to Doug or Dick – one of them is bound to be there – they give the place a special touch.


Did I make you hungry yet?  The Football Sandwich Shop – ‘Home of The Zonker’…another MIAMISM .

Contact the Football Sandwich Shop directly at:  305-759-3602 and 305-756-7996 – It’s been a running joke between Doug and us that people are calling us to place orders.


Miami Shores Real Estate Market Report for October 2014

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 3, 2014

Miami Shores Homes – Real Estate Market Report

Miami Shores Real Estate Market Reports by

There are currently 74 Miami Shores homes for sale: (5 less than last month)

  • Highest priced listing is $5,995,000 (1600 NE 103 St:  6 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms / 2 half baths, 6,733 sq.ft. of living space on 20,534 sq.ft. lot – directly on Biscayne Bay)
  • Lowest priced listing is $290,000 (10804 NW 2 Ave) **House needs lots of work
  • Pending Sales (Properties under contract): 40 (1 more than last month)
  • Closed sales in September: 15 (same as than last month)

The 15 Miami Shores homes sold in October ranged from $230,000 for a bank owned foreclosure at 190 NW 100 Terrace, to $960,000 for historic Robert Law Weed home located at 893 NE 96th Street. There were no waterfront homes sold in October and the average price per square foot for sold homes was $243 which was considerably higher than September’s average of $235 and this year’s average of $223.

The lowest price per square foot sale in October was $143 for a fixer upper at 102 NE 106th Street and the highest was $310/sq.ft. for the meticulously updated home at 280 NE 95th St.

We are still in the “high market” until the end of November, the question is always how much will the market slow down during the holidays and how it will pick up again in January.

Call us for a listing appointment.

And if you want a quick automated value of your home, click on this link (you will need an email address to get the report and we do not share our emails or spam you).


If you are interested in getting a list of all properties currently for sale in Miami Shores, we will be happy to send you a digital copy at your request.  We can also send you monthly market reports directly to your inbox. Feel free to email us at

For information on an off-market property in Miami Shores, please contact us directly – bay front lot for sale for $2.5 million with approved site plan by the City of Miami Shores.  It is not in the MLS

COMING SOON!!  Take a look at this gorgeous 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom home in Miami Shores with impact windows, 10-year old roof, new drain field and plenty of charm.  It will be priced at $300,000 – call us for more information.

Miami Shores For Sale - coming soon


Mid-Century Modern Restoration in Miami Beach Coming Soon!

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 2, 2014

I was lucky to be able to tour an amazing restoration project of a mid-century modern home in Miami Beach that will be listed for sale in the next month or so.  Not only did I get the lowdown directly from the developer, but the project architect, Robert Gallagher, was there as well to explain their concept, vision and process.

This Miami Beach home had only one owner before the investment group purchased it with the intention of re-designing it.  Gallagher’s challenge was to retrofit the home to current 2014 lifestyle standards while at the same time staying true to the original architecture.  Not an easy task, but I can tell you that there is nothing like working with great bones!  The clerestory windows throughout, hints of original curved walls, and the scale of the spaces is what gives the home a wow factor.

Miami Beach Mid-century Modern by RAM companies

Who is this real estate developer who defeats the common stigma of cheap finishes and fast turn-around for a quick buck?  I felt like I was talking to a mythical character, it was one of those “pinch me” moments where I looked around to see if everything was in fact real and not a dream.  Father and Son team (Howard and Todd Goldenfarb) from the RAM Companies, pride themselves in quality construction and have been managing and developing real estate for more than 3 decades.  Their projects vary from industrial, office, retail, historic restoration, to award-winning residential developments.  And when I asked Todd what all the projects had in common, he responded that quality was always their goal with fine attention to detail, landscaping, and most importantly, the finished product.

Miami Beach Mid-Century Modern Coming Soon

Miami Beach mid-century modern restoration

The home is situated in The Upper North Bay Road area of Miami Beach, we’re talking right across the street from bay front mansions and estates, in a very prestigious and quiet area.  The glass kitchen back-splash faces right into the private gardens of one of Barry Gibbs estates.  Talk about LOCATION!

Robert Gallagher went out of his way to make sure no detail was missed in this home’s architecture.  They converted the garage to  guest quarters, made sure Master bedroom was complete with his/hers closets, vanities, toilets and the end product is over 3,000 square feet of living space with 4 en-suite bedrooms and extra powder room for guests.  The living/kitchen areas are open with volume ceilings and incredible light – the focal area is a low modern gas fireplace that hides a TV den in a cozy, yet functional space.  I did not get a chance to see the limestone that will be used for flooring, but can’t wait to see the finished product.

The house has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. It’s also smart where lighting, sound and cameras can be controlled remotely from smart device.  And it’s also generator ready with quick plug-and-play installations.  The outside captures a beautiful balance between hard and porous surfaces and although the mature landscaping was not yet installed, it was sitting aside anxiously waiting to be part of the home.

One of my favorite features of this beauty is the cypress clad eyebrow car port in the front that extends to the property line.  Gallagher incorporated a sky-light by the front bedroom window so that the large overhang would not take light away from that room.  The product, together with the whimsical columns reminiscent of MiMO District, is pure awesome.  Timeless standards from the mid-century era, combined with contemporary finishes to fit our lifestyle will make the buyer of this property quite lucky.

I can’t wait to show you photos of the finished product.  Goldenfarb and Gallagher told me that their goal is to be able to collaborate with Poliform for staging and final presentation of their project.  That would be the culmination of a quality home with quality furnishings that will impress the pickiest buyer.

Needless to say, if you are interested in buying this property, please contact me.  The price tag will be under $3 Million, and well worth it.



Daylight Savings Time Reminder – Fall Back 2014

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 1, 2014

daylight savings time miami

It’s FALL BACK time!!

Remember to adjust your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep.

Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween and now to enjoy the end of this amazing high real estate season.  Remember the Miamism Sales Team is always here to serve.

DST starts on Sunday November 2, 2014 at 2:00 AM



Miami Green Houses from the past

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 27, 2014

To say that mid-century architects were more practical is an understatement.  Yes we’ve seen a sudden “Green Movement” taking over, and NO, I don’t think this is bad, quite the contrary, its something everyone should be aware of.  But looking at Miami’s architecture, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for those buildings of the 50′s and 60′s.  I have a special soft spot for certain architects like Wahl Snyder, Marion Manley and Alfred Browning Parker.

Alfred Browning Parker by Miami Herald

When I walk into a house designed by either three, I feel it!  My heart starts racing and there’s an unquestionable passion felt throughout the home, passion transmitted by the designer through the construction and details of the space.  I walked into a small Alfred Browning Parker home with a client not long ago and instantly knew it was his – I asked the agent, “Was this home designed by BP? And they said…who????” OK …let me not go there.

123_doors02_green_home_rnv.embedded.prod_affiliate.56Alfred Browning Parker was the master of utilizing space, wide overhangs, clerestory windows and massing to take advantage of our climate without air conditioning.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence is obvious in his work, because of the organic nature and use of local materials.

Wahl Snyder’s signature was to bring exterior spaces into the living areas; he would work with cross ventilation and create seamless transitions between the inside and outside of his spaces.  Materials were key and clerestory lighting was a must.  Take a look at his Miami Shores Residence.

Marion Manley was Florida’s first licensed woman architect and at 75 she was still busy designing good quality homes.  She used local materials, high ceilings, cross ventilation and never ignored our tropical climate.

These three architects are the epitome of the green movement without today’s technology, without air conditioning and without the hype.  Georgia Taske of The Miami Herald wrote a beautiful article about 2 homes designed in the 60′s by Manley and Browning Parker.  Both homes are open to their surroundings, and both are models for green living today.  Georgia Taske also tells us about Alfred Browning Parker’s visit to Miami a few months ago (he’s 90) and how he teaches his University of Florida architecture students about 5 basic principles:

“Build Simply – Build as directly as possible with no complications – Use the materials at hand and keep these sparse -  Let your building love its site and glorify its climate – Design for use; make it beautiful.”

I will end this article with a quote by Janet McIlvane, a research analyst with the Florida Solar Energy Center because it really defines the shift in housing and design that is evident in current times.

“After World War II, there was a move away from individually crafted homes”

“We began to produce homes with a subdivision production mind-set.  We were going to build 30 houses, not one, and build them all alike.  And in that transition, we started looking at how to make things easier, how to build more easily and quickly.

That’s how the industrial revolution transitioned into the housing market. So we jettisoned the front porch, made the windows smaller and sealed up our houses.  In Florida, those were the very components that allowed us to survive in the hot, humid climate.”

*photos by Nuri Vallbona / Miami Herald Staff*

**This article was originally written and posted on September 5th, 2007.  Since then, we have seen a huge shift in architecture and design here in Miami towards “sustainable design” – makes me happy to see that big architecture firms are finally getting it and government agencies are hiring those that take the environment into consideration**