Happy Birthday, America! Here’s How to Spend this 4th of July in South Florida

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July 4th is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for fireworks, hot dogs, and a whole lot of fun—especially if you live in South Florida.

Trust us, Miami knows how to throw a party, and you’ll find a dozen different ways to celebrate Independence Day in Miami and Palm Beach County. There’s a LOT… so we’ve narrowed down the best celebrations for you.

So, here are five ways to celebrate America’s birthday in South Florida.

Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with free yoga on the beach, and end with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. During the day, enjoy food trucks, a kids zone complete with a rock climbing wall, bungee station, face painting, corn hole, soccer clinic, potato sack racing and more!

Live music starts at 4:30 p.m. with Suenalo, then “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas at 6:15, and finally Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band at 7:30 p.m.

This is the quintessential Miami Beach blowout, and it’s the talk of the town year after year!

South Beach Ocean Drive Fireworks

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Want to celebrate the 4th on Ocean Drive? Head to a local rooftop bar to catch the stunning City of Miami fireworks.

If you’re looking for something a little more lowkey than a festival or a party, but still want some good old-fashioned Independence Day fun, Ocean Drive is your best bet.

Hollywood’s 4th of July Star Spangled Spectacular

You don’t have to travel to the heart of Miami to have an unforgettable 4th of July! Blue Wave Beach in Hollywood is an award-winning destination, known for its soft white sand and cool blue water.

For live music, games on the sand, food vendors, activities, and, of course, fireworks, look no further than this Hollywood mainstay for a fun-filled and relaxed 4th of July.

City of Aventura Fourth of July Fireworks

Huge fireworks display.

Watch the skies light up with red, blue, white, and all the colors of the rainbow at this classic Aventura event.

Camp out along Country Club Drive for a front-row seat to one of the most vibrant shows Aventura has to offer this summer! Fireworks begin right at 9 p.m. and may be viewed from any spot on Country Club Drive.

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

Music, fireworks, food, activities, a kids’ zone: America’s best birthday party is something locals and tourists alike look forward toe very year!

Bayfront Park is the perfect setting for this kind of party. Enjoy fun for residents of all ages, live music and awesome treats, and some of the prettiest fireworks you’ll see all year. What could be more American than that?

Have the Time of Your Life in South Florida

Still searching for your perfect home alongside the ocean waves? Then it might be time to buy a beautiful oceanside home in South Florida.

Even if you’re looking for something more city-bound, South Florida has plenty of fantastic real estate options to choose from. Browse some of our favorites here and let us know if you’d like to schedule any tours!

HOA Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy a Home with a Homeowners Association

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In real estate, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. As you search homes for sale in South Florida, pay attention to all the listing notes. Will maintenance be included? Is it a golf course community? Is it part of a master-planned community?

Often times, the more luxurious a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have a homeowners association, or an HOA. If you’re thinking about buying a home with an HOA, it’s important to know exactly what that entails.

What is a Homeowners Association?

Simply put, a homeowners association is an organization that oversees the general maintenance of a community. HOAs may be responsible for maintaining community spaces, such as neighborhood pools, clubhouses, fitness centers, and general lawn care.

Typically, an HOA is governed by a board of volunteers who live in the neighborhood. However, for some new-construction communities, the HOA may be comprised of the neighborhood’s developers.

What are the Benefits to Having an HOA?

Depending on your neighborhood, and the guidelines for its HOA, there are a myriad of benefits they bring to the community! Some general ones include:

  • They provide maintenance such as lawn care, landscaping, and community upkeep
  • Use of amenities (think: swimming pools, fitness centers, and clubhouses)
  • Social events and programming to promote a set neighborhood community

Are There Any Drawbacks?

HOAs aren’t for everyone. Again, depending on the specific guidelines of your HOA, you may not agree with some of their rules. Throughout our experience serving home buyers in South Florida, here’s some of the feedback we’ve heard from homeowners dissatisfied with their community’s HOA:

  • HOA dues can be costly—they can range from a couple hundred dollars a year to a couple hundred dollars a month.
  • Major upgrades and additions must be approved by the HOA board.
  • The HOA sets the standards for your home—they may have specific rules outlawing certain kinds of lawn ornaments, flowers and plants, and other things relating to your home’s appearance.

Always Read the Fine Print

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HOAs differ in what they offer and what maintenance they provide. Whenever you’re making an investment, especially one that will determine your lifestyle, it’s important to read all the fine print.

If you have a question about a particular South Florida neighborhood’s HOA, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our team may be able to provide you with useful information regarding specific South Florida neighborhoods.

Find the Right Home for You in South Florida

Whether you’re looking for a new-construction estate or a stylish condo in the heart of Miami, my team and I have the resources to assist.

Give us a call today to explore local communities, access free home-buying resources, and learn more about the South Florida lifestyle.

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.

An older man getting ready to swing his golf club on a sunny day.

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!

 

 

Arts, Culture, & More: Your Guide to the Wynwood Art District’s Highlights

The Miami area is full of diverse cultures, lifestyles, and influences, making it one of the most vibrant cities in the whole world. Within the city, the Wynwood Arts District is known as one of the premier creative neighborhoods, and it’s easy to see why.

With art galleries, local eateries, unique shopping, and creativity galore, don’t miss out on the highlights of Wynwood—check out our guide to all of the must-see stops.

Street Art

A street mural.You don’t even have to head to an art gallery or museums to see the best art that Wynwood has to offer. When you walk through the streets of the neighborhood, almost every building is decked out with dazzling murals and unique designs, transforming a regular stroll into an artistic journey.

Did you know that Wynwood is home to the highest concentration of street art in the country? There are literally hundreds of murals from artists all over the world to check out as you stroll the streets, and the Wynwood neighborhood page offers a helpful guide to all of the current creations.

Galleries + Museums

A modern art gallery.In addition to all of the street art, Wynwood is also filled with a wide variety of art galleries and museums. It can be a little overwhelming to take it all in, which is why we’ve got the lowdown on what you can’t miss.

First, be sure to stop by the Oliver Cole Gallery. With over 50 artists from all over the world featured, the Oliver Cole Gallery is home to the latest in modern, cutting-edge trends.

Next, the Rubell Family Collection and its 7,300 privately owned works bring in over 40,000 visitors a year, making it one of the most popular museums in the area.

For something a little different, finish up your rounds with a visit to the automobile collection Miami Supercar Rooms.

Food + Shops

An upscale restaurant.Wynwood residents’ passion for the community doesn’t just stop with arts—the neighborhood also boasts a wide variety of locally owned and operated restaurants and shops. Here are the best local flavors and retailers to check out around the area!

One of the hottest new restaurants in the city, head to Alter for locally sourced and seasonal dishes including tzatziki ice cream, beef tartare, and stuffed quail. For an experience as unique as the neighborhood, check out 1-800 Lucky, an Asian-market style food hall that covers 10,000-square-feet of space—and a karaoke lounge. Other local favorites include Kyu, R House, and Joey’s.

With Wynwood’s strong roots in art and design, it should come as no surprise that the shops also reflect those values. Head to Frangipani for handmade and sustainable art pieces, Antidote for eco-conscious clothing, or Ligne Atelier for all of your contemporary interior design needs.

Explore Wynwood & Find Your Home in Miami

While we hit the highlights of Wynwood, there’s still so much more to discover. The neighborhood is packed with hidden gems on every block, so don’t miss the chance to explore it all for yourself, and find your new home here today.

If you have any questions about the area, would like more information, or are ready to get started on your real estate journey, don’t hesitate to contact the Scott Patterson Group today.

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!

 

 

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