Fun Things to Do in South Florida: An Insiders Guide

The surf, the sun, the culture, what’s not to love about South Florida? This area is an exciting hub of fun outdoor activities, jaw-dropping beaches, one-of-a-kind culture, and so much more.

From the area’s most gorgeous beaches and oceanfront destinations to the hottest night clubs and art districts, there’s something here for everyone. Allow me to guide you through this area’s can’t-miss attractions. It’s so easy to have fun in South Florida, I’ve broken it up into categories.

The Culture

Sidewalk art with chalk.Searching for cultural bliss in South Florida? Nothing comes close to the famed Miami Design District. This neighborhood is one-of-a-kind, and it’s packed with over 130 galleries, showrooms, stores, eateries, and more. Venues in this district host special seasonal events, so depending on when you visit you may be in for a show-stopping treat!

Popular events include film festivals, fashion exhibits, and musical performances featuring world-class artists. Not only is it a haven for art lovers, it also features amazing restaurants, bars, and other fun things to do!

I highly recommend siting down at the Mandolin Aegean Bistro for an unforgettable meal or Boombox on Wynwood for a night of dancing and drinking gourmet cocktails!

The Art

Head to Wynwood Walls. This urban graffiti art museum is a mainstay of Miami culture—and for good reason. I’m not kidding when I say that this location is dripping with art, it’s on every single wall! It’s the perfect addition to any trip to Miami, and when you live here you’ll want to visit again and again.

The art changes out regularly and this is the perfect place to discover new and exciting artists. I recommend grabbing an iced coffee or some ice cream and taking your time perusing the different works of art. It’s unlike any other museum you’ve visited, I promise!

Craving something indoors? Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art, which regularly features carefully curated exhibitions of modern artists and a permanent collection that never gets old.

The Beach

Young boy skipping on the beach.Ok, so now it’s time to talk about the real reason you want to move to South Florida. I don’t blame you—the beaches here are magnificent. There are so many to choose from but I’m going to focus on my top three.

If you’re in Miami, South Beach is iconic. It’s one of the most popular beaches in the world because it’s gorgeous and perfectly accented by all the fun things to do in Miami.

Looking for something a little more tranquil? Go to Sunny Isles Beach, famous for its soft white sand and unbelievably clear waters. This is a wonderful location for snorkeling and other aquatic recreation!

Want to go for a run along the shoreline? Then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Siesta Beach, which boasts an eight-mile shoreline and beautiful sparkling sand.

Ready to Dive Into South Florida Real Estate?

Make your dreams come true by buying a stunning South Florida home today. When it comes to the ultimate oceanfront lifestyle, nothing else compares.

Give me a call today to discuss your options for finding the perfect South Florida home. In the meantime, feel free to use my complimentary home-buying resources to explore the local area!

 

 

Time to Invest in Hallandale Real Estate Before It’s Too Late!

Millions of people flock to Miami every year for the beaches, the culture, and the nightlife. But, what if I told you there was an even better place to buy a home in South Florida?

The thing is, Hallandale is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about communities in the South Florida real estate scene. It’s also one of the best places to buy a house or a condo, which I’ll get into in a second.

First, Let’s Explore a Little

Luxurious waterfront properties.Located in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Hallandale is a waterside community with a bit of a history. While in the past, it’s been viewed as a little “rough around the edges” by local Miami residents, it’s quickly transforming into a must-see community.

This has a lot to do with its easy waterside access, relatively low price tags, and wide array of fantastic amenities. Buyers are beginning to realize this is a much more affordable real estate alternative to Miami. According to experts, homes for sale in Hallandale usually end up selling for a third less than similar properties in Miami Proper.

Why Invest in Hallandale?

Recently, I talked with the Wall Street Journal about Hallandale’s stunning (and ongoing) transformation. Although the median sales price for homes in this area is definitely increasing, it’s still far more affordable to buy a luxury property in Hallandale than Miami!

Plus, living in Hallandale comes with a lot of perks. Residents have easy access to both Miami International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. There’s more waterside properties available here as well, making it ideal for buyers who want to keep their boats handy.

Plus, this community is constantly expanding! There are a lot of new plans and developments in the works.

New Developments Coming to the Area

A garden in a city.Next door in Aventura, City Officials are building a new charter school. Plus, the Turnberry Isle Resort has transformed into a new JW a Marriott (with a new water park coming soon!)

A golf course designed by Greg Norman is set to be added to the brand new SLS Resort Residence and Marina. In short, there’s a lot to look forward to in Hallandale!

Ready to Buy a Home in Hallandale?

There’s no time like the present! If you’ve been looking for a luxury, waterside community that’s still just a quick drive away from Miami Beach, Hallandale is the place for you. Let’s set up a time to chat about your options in this great community.

Still deciding on the right community for you? Feel free to use my local area guides, home search tool, and free buying resources to make it a little easier!

 

 

Golden Isles Home For Sale

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Details About This New Waterfront Listing

Golden Isles Home for Sale in Hallandale Beach, Florida : The newly listed two-story waterfront estate located at 443 Holiday drive spares no expense, offering luxury amenities in a modern tropical setting.

443 Holiday Drive is in Golden Isles

The home is situated along the deep Intracoastal waterways of Golden Isles; one of South Florida’s most sought after luxury waterfront communities.

Features You Will Love About This Golden Isles Home

Home Features four bedrooms, three and a half baths, volume ceilings, bright and sun-lit living areas, state-of-the-art kitchen with top of the line appliances, large cook island, breakfast area and formal dining room all under 5,100 sq.ft.   The resort-style backyard with swimming pool, top of the line summer kitchen, Gazebo and deeded dock make for a backyard oasis, great for Alfresco dining and entertaining.   The second-story is exclusively dedicated to the ample master suite, with spa like master bath and private balcony.

Large circular driveway and two-car garage offers ample space for parking.

Learn More About This Golden Isles Home For Sale

For more information about this listing or to View other Golden Isles Homes For Sale, please visit www.scottpatterson.com or call me at 954-661-8871.

 

Until next time,

Scott

Brickell City Centre Is Set To Open This November

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The Brickell City Centre located in Miami, Florida long-awaited opening is just around the corner. After years of speculation and construction; the waiting game is over. Starting November 2016, the doors will finally open. Here is a breakdown of the tenants whom have officially been announced.

  • Clothing: 100% Capri, 120% Lino, Addict, Adolfo Dominguez, Agent Provocateur, Armani Collezioni, BDBA, Crocus Studio, Chopard, Cole Haan, Intermix, In-Sight, Kiton, Koko & Palenki, LIVE!, Lululemon, Mirto, Orlebar Brown, Onda de Mar, Rhythm of Grace, REISS, SportsAction, Sundek, Ted Baker, Vilebrequin
  • Fashion and accessories: Addict, Audemars Piguet, Acqua di Parma, APM Monaco, Bally, Caudalie, Capritouch, Coach, Diptyque, Designer Eyes, Font, Harmont & Blaine, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Italia Independent, Illesteva, IRO, Kendra Scott, Kreations. Leetal Kalmanson, Michele Lopriore, Nars, Nest Casa, Pandora, Porsche Design, Richard Mille, Santa Maria Novella, Stuart Weitzman, Westime, Valentino
  • Dining: American Harvest, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, Calissons du Roy René, DAVIDsTEA, Dr. Smood, Häagen-Dazs, Luke’s Lobster, Pasión del Cielo, Pubbelly Sushi, Quinto La Huella, Santa Fe Ca Café, Sugar, Taco Chic
  • Arts and services: the Apple store, AT&T, Bojanini Art Gallery, Brickell Nail Bar, Musart, Sean Donaldson Hair

A few newly announced tenants have been added to the list as follows: Bruno Magli, Carmen Steffens, Baldinini, Boglioli, Lafayette 148, Samsonite, SPARIS and Violetas/Baccarat.

Swire, Simon, and Whitman property group have previously announced the anchor tenants as well: Cinemex, Saks Fifth Avenue and an Italian food hall. The City Centre is expected to draw in over two million visitors per year.

 

Until next time,

Scott…

This Weeks Featured Listing : 325 Layne Blvd

325 Layne Blvd_02Golden Isles – Hallandale Beach, Florida new Listing. Golden Isles is a private gated waterfront community with deep water and no fixed bridges. 325 Layne Blvd is all about luxury and has raised the bar once again in Golden Isles. Five bedrooms and five bathrooms under six thousand square feet of extraordinary luxury and custom finishes. This home is situated on a 92′ x 150′ foot lot with ample boat dockage, a 25K boat lift,325 Layne Blvd_15 new dock and batter pile seawall. The home is fully equipped with top of the line appliances, office, wet bar, smart home automation, two car garage, marble driveway, electronic gates, and of course a custom heated pool, this is a must see. Call me today to schedule a private showing.

-Scott

 

The Aventura Mall Expansion Is Underway

Aventura, FL – The beautiful city of Aventura is not only a great place to live in the many communities such as Porto Vita, Island Estates, Aventura Estates and also play golf at The Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club but the city is known for one of the nations largest and highest grossing luxury shopping malls in the US., “The Aventura Mall”. To many of us, it has become not only a convenience but staple of our Lifestyle.

The Aventura Mall not only has some of the best shopping around, its also has great restaurants, a movie theater, and an Equinox Gym. Well, if anyone is wondering what all the construction is on the east side of the mall, you can bet it’s going to be big. The new expansion of the mall includes a 315,000 sq. ft. retail wing and parking garage along with a host of destination restaurants and a new state of the art food court.QE5oWH2 Starting to sound good to you isn’t it? To top it all off, renderings have revealed plans for a new Tesla store to be included in the expansion. Let me know what stores you would want to see be included in the expansion in your comments below!

– Scott

NEW LISTING AT TURNBERRY OCEAN COLONY

 

MAGNIFICENT views from this direct ocean 15th floor apartment. Turnberry Ocean Colony is located in Sunny Isles Beach just south of Golden Beach and north of Bal Harbour.  These neighboring cities are part of Miami-Dade county in South Florida. Turnberry Ocean Colony feature’s two 37-story towers and is one of the most exclusive and established oceanfront developments in Sunny Isles Beach . Each tower includes 130 residential units with Intracoastal and ocean views.

Unit Features:

  • Private elevator access
  • 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms
  • Wrap around balcony
  • Covered and valet parking
  • East direct ocean exposure
  • Top of the line appliances
  • Marble floors all through the unit

Building Features:

  • 35,000 sq ft. Private beach club
  • 650-ft of pristine white sandy beaches
  • Two pools
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Personal trainers
  • Private cabana’s available
  • restaurant and bar
  • World class concierge and security

This exclusive apartment is priced to SELL! Call me today for more information and to schedule your private showing.

Marina Palms Luxury High-Tech Marina

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Marina Palms, North Miami Beaches’ newest addition to the city’s rapidly growing construction boom has opened its marina for business this week. The condo towers feature 468 unit ranging from 1-3 bedrooms. The Marina features 112 boat slips able to cater to boats up to 100 feet. Another key component to the marina’s unparalleled service is a full sundry store open to the public, and of course a high speed fuel point. Residents may enjoy the membership to a private boating club right from the marina ( pricing and availability may vary).

North Miami Beach, A city at the northeast point of Miami-Dade county Florida, is proud to be the home to the new Marina Palms Luxury Residences and Marina. The project will be fully completed by mid 2017 with only now the completion of the south tower which has just topped off.  The history behind the location and the way that they incorporated it into the project really sets it apart from some of the other new construction in the area. An amazing article can be found here that gives you a detailed historical background on the area and the specific location of the project itself. Welcome to the new Miami everyone!

Demolition of the Dania Beach Hurricane Roller Coaster

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They say, whatever goes up has to come down. The Dania Beach Florida Hurricane Roller Coaster in southern Broward County has been a landmark for residents and tourists since year 2000. Just this past week the demolition of the monstrous wooden structure has begun and it created a buzz through the south Florida community. The ride itself closed five years ago and hasn’t been operated since. Some are happy to see it go but some are sad and believe it or not, I rode when it reopened in 2000, lots of memories from my childhood on a wooden roller coaster!

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Kimco Realty Group of New York is developing a 850,000-square-foot center in a joint venture with Master Development and Salzman Real Estate Advisors, Who have projects already through the Tri-County area of South Florida. This project will bring in about 17,000 construction jobs and 13,000 permanent jobs once its fully developed.

No leases of any retailers have been signed yet, But the 35-acre first phase, which will incorporate “big box” stores and discount retailers, is planned to open in the fall of 2017.

The second phase, which will include more retailers, restaurants, 1,000 residential units and two hotels, will follow in the fall of 2018. By that time, construction will be initiated on some of the 500,000 square feet of commercial office space.

Dania Pointe of Dania beach located just north of Hollywood Florida, will be one of the largest shopping centers in Broward County Florida. Dania Pointe will attract many visitors all the way from Southern Miami-Dade County up to The Northern parts of Palm Beach County because of Dania Beaches central location in South Florida. Over half a million cars pass by the location northbound on I95 per day! This development is sure to be a success and a great new addition to the city and South Florida.

 

Foreign Investors in the Miami Luxury Real Estate Market are Dwindling

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Several years ago, the luxury real estate market in Miami was sustained by foreign buyers who sought to invest in multimillion-dollar waterfront properties. But that’s not the case today, at least for real estate investors in Latin America and Europe.

Fewer foreign investors are purchasing luxury real estate in South Florida, in part due to a global recession, as currencies in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, and Venezuela have been devalued. In some cases, due to lower purchasing power, real estate investors are seeking properties in a lower price point than in years past.

Today’s Foreign Investment in Miami

South Florida home salesAccording to the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s latest market study, all-cash transactions are decreasing. Market activity in 2015 was weaker than in 2014, in part due to the worsening global economy.

Compared with the US dollar, the purchasing power for many foreign currencies has dropped since 2014 and since 2011, with the most significant changes experienced by the Brazilian real (almost 59% since 2011), Russian rouble (more than 60%), and the Argentinian peso (almost 70%). However, there was a positive change to the purchasing power of one currency since 2011 — the Chinese yuen.

Will We See the Market Shift Toward Chinese Investors?

Between 2011 and 2014, the yuen‘s purchasing power agains the US dollar had to increased 8.61%, with a cumulative change of 0.45% between 2011 and 2016.

Recent moves by real estate developers, too, as reported in The Real Dealhave been made in an attempt to attract investors from Asian countries, namely China. And the Miami Herald reports that direct Chinese foreign investment in the US has increased by 30%, with more than $1 billion invested in the state of Florida by Chinese companies.

Will we see a shift from South American and European investors to Chinese investors in luxury real estate in South Florida? We will just have to wait and see.

Let’s Discuss Investing in Miami Real Estate

Are you interested in learning more about the Miami luxury real estate market, or investing in luxury waterfront properties? Let’s discuss this information. Just call me at 954.661.8871.