Scott’s Top Picks for South Florida Golfing

South Florida is all about lifestyle. That’s the number one reason so many buyers from all walks of life choose to call this stunning area home. And if you’re looking for the perfect golf course to practice on in South Florida, well, you’re in luck.

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South Florida is a golfer’s dream. This area is home to some of the country’s best: you’ll find challenging courses that have been expertly designed in an array of different styles.

To help you narrow in on the perfect golf course for you, I’ve chosen three that I’d like to highlight today. And, if you’re in the market for a golf course home for sale in South Florida, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

The Blue Monster at Doral

Known locally (and nationally) as the crème de la crème of golf courses, The Blue Monster is an all-around phenomenal course to spend your weekend.

It’s also one of South Florida’s most challenging courses. With over 7,600 yards complemented by deep bunkers, long fairways, lakes, and a deep Bermuda rough, you’re in for the game of your life at the Blue Monster!

Turnberry Golf Course

Beautiful overview of Turnberry Golf Course in Aventura, FL.

Now, we’re talking. Turnberry is an exceptionally luxurious golf course built to impress, and set in an upscale country-club setting in Aventura. Home to two sprawling 18-hole golf courses, this unique setting has actually hosted multiple PGA and LPGA tournaments.

In addition to wonderfully designed courses, Turnberry also offers fantastic amenities and services like a full-pro shop and on-course refreshments.

Miami Beach Golf Club

A mainstay of the Miami Beach golf scene, the Golf Club is the perfect place to spend an afternoon unwinding on 18-holes of classic, competitive, and challenging golf. After golfing, head to the onsite restaurant for some excellent dining.

Not only is the golfing out-of-this-world, the staff is attentive and consistently offers 5-star service. All in all, this is a fantastic course with a lot to offer in Miami Beach.

Ready for the Game of Your Life in South Florida?

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I would love to help you find the perfect home for your needs in South Florida. Whether you’re hoping to be on the golf course or just a quick drive away, I have all the resources you need to find the home of your dreams in Miami Beach or the greater South Florida area.

Just give me a call today to get started!

Tips for Surviving Spring Breakers in South Florida

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Once again, spring break season is upon us.

If you’re a seasoned local, you know the drill. South Florida is about to become a hot spot for college students across the country looking to have the time of their lives! However, this means a few things for us year-round South Florida residents.

New to the area? Here are four tips for surviving the spring breakers that will soon be invading our beloved beaches, brunch spots, and bars in South Florida.

Prepare Yourself for Traffic

Download a few new albums or a podcast to listen to on your commute, because traffic is about to get a little nuts.

If possible, see if there’s another route you can take to get to your favorite destinations! This happens every year, so it’s good to plan ahead as much as you can.

Pick a Less Popular Beach

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If you’re absolutely dying to go to the beach, stay away from the more popular ones. For example, stay far, far away from Ocean Drive because this is one of the most popular spots for spring breakers.

Instead, visit Oleta River State Park. Located in North Miami Beach, this is a great place to sunbathe and get a workout in as you bike, kayak, or fish onsite!

Or, Try Some “Off-Beat” Local Attractions

Every spring break without fail, South Beach is the biggest destination for tourists and college students. That’s why we recommend staying north of all the madness, by spending time in North Miami Beach.

Although a little quieter than its southern counterpart, North Miami Beach is still bursting with fun things to do and eclectic attractions.

Visit the Ancient Spanish Monastery for a quiet afternoon marveling at historic wonders in the shade. As one of the oldest buildings in America, it’s a fantastic trip through the past.

Are museums more your thing? Take a quick trip over to Dania Beach to see the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts.

Head Indoors

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After all, the spring breakers are here to hit the beach. You won’t find many of them indoors!

If you’re a big fan of shopping, check out Bal Harbour Shops in nearby Bal Harbour for fantastic upscale shopping and dining! You could also see a hip art film at a theater like O Cinema or the Tower Theater (we guarantee that no spring breakers will be there).

Even With the Tourists, South Florida is Still the Community of Your Dreams

Sure, spring break season can get a little hectic, but that’s just something you go through when you live in an area as amazing as South Florida. If you’re ready to explore the South Florida real estate market, we’re here to help.

If you’re ready to buy your South Florida dream home, please give us a call. We’d love to help you find the home that’s right for you, whether it’s in a destination city like Miami or a calmer seaside community like Sunny Isles.

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!

 

 

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…

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

THIS WEEKS FEATURED LISTING

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342757635_5513 Palm Dr. Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009

 

Golden Isles waterfront estate listed for $3.249 million. This new contemporary home was built on an large Intracoastal 100′ x 150′ lot and its many features include: five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half baths with over 5,500 sq. ft. living area and over 7,200 total sq. ft.. Lavish landscaping on this tropical modern setting, large beautiful backyard with an over sized pool, jacuzzi and beach pad.

 

 

 

 

This waterfront home has a large chefs kitchen, formal dining room, down stairs master suite, tray ceilings, custom light fixtures, motorized shades, and lots of natural light adds sheer beauty to this home. Golden Isles is a boaters paradise with the Atlantic inlet nearby!   Call me today for a private showing: 954-661-8871

-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!

Miami-Dade County, Florida Real Estate is Booming!

Things are continuing to look up for the South Florida real estate market, according to the most recent data released.

Evidently, more and more investors are coming to South Florida to get a piece of the action – which in turn is strengthening our local housing market.

Miami, Florida Area Homes for Sale

According to the most recent article I read in the Miami-Herald, plenty of private equity firms in the area are snatching up prime South Florida real estate lately.

For example, Fort Capital recently purchased the historic Surf Club in Surfside. It is expected to be revitalized and later sold.

That’s what the company did after it bought most of the Capri South Beach along with other coveted pieces of South Florida real estate.

Experts say that the South Florida market is getting hotter and hotter, with demand rising.

This is particularly true in the hotel arena, where investors are buying and building hotels left and right!

The latest activity reflects a national trend in which the lodging industry is expected to spend more than $5 billion this year on upgrades that range from redesigned lobbies to additional fitness centers and restaurants.

Here in South Florida, some of the more specific drivers to this recent hotel boom include rising tourism numbers, scarcity of available land and more lenient lending policies.

Here’s what else you should know about the South Florida hotel industry:

  • Through September, hotels in Miami-Dade were more than 76 percent full, which is up slightly from the same period a year before.
  • Room rates in South Florida increased by 7 percent to almost $163.
  • Revenue per available room in South Florida also grew by about 8 percent year-over-year to $124.55.
  • Hotel transactions volume is expected to be about $650 million in the county this year, up 13 increase when compared to 2011

You may be thinking to yourself – that’s great but what exactly does this mean for the South Florida residential housing market?

Since everything is inter-connected, more interest and investments in the South Florida hotel market will likely lead to more interest and investments in the South Florida real estate market as well!

Your South Florida Real Estate Expert

To learn more about how the current hotel industry boom here in South Florida will benefit the local residential housing market, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll also be happy to assist you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs on any one of the following South Florida real estate markets:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Seeing a Shortage of Foreclosures

The outlook continues to look rosier and rosier for South Florida home sellers lately!

According to the most recent media reports, there’s a shortage of foreclosures for sale.

Rates of foreclosed homes for sale have dropped in both Miami-Dade and Broward County!

This is great news for area home sellers since foreclosures generally pull down the median sales price, meaning that it’s harder for sellers to get the price they want for their own home.

Real Estate for Sale in Aventura, Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Hallandale, Hollywood and More

Here’s an overview of the most recent South Florida market data, according to the Miami Herald:

  • Broward County foreclosures-related home sales were about 3,259 during the second quarter, down 31 percent from last year.
  • In Palm Beach County, there were about 2,966 foreclosure sales, down 15 percent from a year before.
  • Miami-Dade foreclosures down about 29%.
  • Distressed properties account for 20 percent of all sales in Broward County.
  • In that county, the average price for homes is $126,230.
  • Meanwhile, distressed properties account for 22 percent of all sales in Palm Beach County.
  • In that county, the average price for homes is $121,766.
  • During the week ending on Oct 24, there were a total of 9,149 homes for sale on the Miami, Florida real estate market, including more than 2,000 that were in some stage of the foreclosure process.
  • Also during that week, the average listing price for Miami homes was $592,559, up 0.7 percent from the previous week.
  • Between July and September, the median sales price for a 1-bedroom Miami home was $120,000
  • The median sales price for a 2-bedroom home was $119,050
  • And the median sales price for 3- and 4-bedroom homes was $150,100 and $225,000, respectively.

As previously noted, foreclosure sales have a negative impact on area home sellers because they tend to pull the median home sales price and market values down.

Thus, the fact that foreclosure-related sales are dropping is a positive sign for area home sellers who want to get the best price on their home!

Your South Florida Real Estate Expert!

If you’re interested in learning more about how the recent trend on the South Florida real estate market will affect you as a home seller, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I have experience with helping home owners sell their homes on such local real estate markets as:

Thus, I’ll be happy to help you with all of your South Florida real estate needs as well!

While you’re at it, I encourage you to take a few moments to check out some of my helpful online home selling resources, such as:

Until next time,

Scott