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How to Raise Your Property Value: Upcoming Home Design and Remodeling Show

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Miami Home Remodeling & Design Show - August

Increasing your property value can be as easy as making improvements where it counts. These enhancements will reward you with a larger return on investment when you’re ready to sell and most of them don’t have to break the bank.

Example of Recessed and LED LightingLighting can make a remarkable difference in the feel of your home, inside and out. Installing recessed lighting or “can” lighting adds a modern touch and can spotlight your artwork or sculptures. LED strip lighting also adds a modern finish and can accent interior architectural details of your home. For the exterior, spotlights facing the house can create a dramatic effect and can also help deter crime.

Remove outdated material like popcorn ceilings or wood paneling. Let’s face it – these styles are not coming back. You can scrape off the popcorn ceiling or place dry wall over it for a smoother surface. The wood paneling can be replaced with dry wall or painted over as a cheaper alternative.

Example of Wall Tiles in BathroomUpdate your bathrooms. Even if you don’t want to do a full renovation, you can still increase the value of your property by making small changes to your bathroom. Try installing new fixtures, re-grouting the shower or tub, and adding a fresh coat of paint. Wallpaper is a big no-no for bathrooms because of the moisture but if you want to add texture to your walls, try wall panels for a modernized alternative.


Make your kitchen workflow friendly. Analyze your workspace. Before you invest money in updating your appliances, counter tops, and finishes, make sure that your kitchen’s flow meets the “triangle” standard. There should be an unobstructed path from your refrigerator to your cooking space to your sink.

You can take these ideas with you and learn even more at the upcoming Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show from August 27 to September 1 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Read more about what to expect at this event here.Visit www.homeshows.net for tickets.

As professional realtors with years of experience, we are able to analyze the cost vs. value on additions or renovations to a home. Contact us today to find out the value of your home. 305.403.8686

O Cinema Looking for Home at the Byron Carlyle

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Byron Carlyle Theater


Do you remember when the Byron Carlyle was one of the only movie theaters in Miami Beach? Well, O Cinema is interested in managing this wonderful North Beach Venue, bringing independent films and art installations to North Beach. O Cinema won the support for this endeavor from the Mayor’s North Beach Blue Ribbon Committee but the city commission wants to hear from its residents before approving.

We’ve seen the success of independent movie cinemas in South Beach, Wynwood, Miami Shores, as well as Coral Gables, and feel this will be a wonderful asset for residents and businesses alike in North Beach. Imagine having the opportunity to see a film like Chef or Volver right in your neighborhood.

Recently, O Cinema  sent an invitation of support to the community, which is copied below. If you’d like to see O Cinema call the Byron Carlyle home,  we ask that you show your support by contacting the commission at the email addresses provided or voice your support at the Commission chambers on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:00pm.  More information about O Cinema is available on their website http://www.o-cinema.org/about-o-cinema/.

Dear Friends,

For the last few weeks O Cinema has been in discussion with the City of Miami Beach about the future of the Byron-Carlyle theater on 71st street in North Beach. We have expressed our interest to the city in assuming the management of the building. Our goal is to bring movies back to North Beach and create the community’s first-ever independent art house cinema.

I am happy to say that we seem to have support among many of the Commissioners as well as the strong support of Mayor Levine, City Manager Morales, the City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs department as well as the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for North Beach and many prominent community members. However, in order for this to come to pass it is important that the city leaders hear from residents and business owners in Miami Beach who support our efforts.

We believe in the power of movies to transform lives and communities. We know that through its varied subjects and accessible prices, cinema is the grand unifier that can be entertaining, thought provoking, and inspire dialogue. We also know that a burgeoning community like North Beach, full of wonderful restaurants and charming streets, should have its own neighborhood cinema- a cultural beacon accessible to all.  O Cinema is a non-profit, mission-driven, community-based art house theater and our intention is to operate the space on a 7-day a week, year round basis and bring the best in independent, foreign and classic films to area residents and visitors.

To make this possible however, we need your help and we need your voice.

Please take a moment now and send a note of support to the Commissioners, Mayor and City Manager and let them know that as a resident/business owner in Miami Beach, you’d like to see O Cinema come to North Beach at the Byron Carlyle. It is important that they receive this message before the commission meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd when this will be discussed. You can copy and paste all their addresses (listed below) into one email of support. 

The discussion of O Cinema at the Byron-Carlyle will come up at the Wednesday, July 23rd commission meeting.  The item has been scheduled for 2pm.  We’d love to see you there to support our efforts and possibly speak during the public comment section.  Please email me at:  kareem@o-cinema.org if you can attend.

Mayor & Commissioner Emails:










Many Thanks for your support!



Your O Cinema family




Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Bandshell Arial Shot - Tagged

This year’s Miami Beach Fourth of July festivities will be held in North Beach! The Fire on the Fourth Festival will have food trucks, live music, fireworks, and more. The event will take place from 9am to 9pm at the North Shore Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Avenue.

This event is free and open to the public and has something for all ages.

The Line-Up

9:00am – Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach

11:00am – Food Trucks

12:00pm – Live DJ

2:00pm – Amber Leigh Band

4:00pm – Marshall Brothers Band

7:00pm – Spam All Stars

9:00pm – Firework Show

Green Monkey Yoga is free and will be held on the beach directly east of the Bandshell. The food trucks will roll in at 11am and will last through the night, along with live concerts by the Marshall Brothers Band, an Allman Brothers Tribute Band from South Florida, and Miami’s own Spam Allstars at 7pm, with their funky electronic blend of Latin music, dub, and hip hop.

Free shuttles will run from 11am to 10pm with two park and ride locations – one at the North Beach Bandshell and the other at 42nd Street and Sheridan Avenue. The shuttles have a maximum wait time of 30 minutes and can be flagged down at any MDT stop along the route.

Trolley Route Map Fourth of July

Trolley Route Map

This local event is a great way to enjoy your Independence Day amongst neighbors in a fun, safe, and explosive way! We love this year’s line-up, especially with our very own Spam All Stars! Who would you like to see perform at next year’s Fire on the Fourth Festival?

Dog Beach Opened in North Beach

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

dog beach banner

Dog lovers rejoice! North Beach has recently acquired the first and only Dog Beach in Miami Beach. We’re excited to have a place for dogs to run freely and enjoy the beautiful Miami Beach sands just like their owners. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on May 10th at the beach entrance of Collins Ave and 81st St and was a huge success!

However, as with any dog park, safety and responsibility come first.

The Dog Beach rules are as follows:

  • Dog Beach use by permit only.
  • Dogs must have collar, name tag, and rabies tag on at all times.
  • Owner is responsible for immediate disposal of all fecal matter deposited by their dog.
  • Dogs shall be leashed at all times except in designated area. Owner must carry leash at all times in the Dog Beach area.
  • Unruly dogs and owners may be asked to leave.
  • Owner must carry issued permit at all times when using Dog Beach.
  • Dogs are not permitted to dig in the sand.
  • Limit two (2) dogs per owner.

Hours of operation for the Dog Beach are Friday-Sunday between 3:00PM – 7:00PM.

Permits are required and can be obtained as follows:

  • Daily permits are available on-site at Dog Beach (cash only)
  • Daily/Yearly permits available at Flamingo Park Pool or Normandy Isle Park Pool between 8:00AM – 7:00 PM. (Flamingo Park Pool is CLOSED on Tuesdays, Normandy Isle Park Pool is CLOSED on Wednesdays.)
  • To obtain a permit, submit a Dog Beach Application or call 305-673-7730

Fees Per Dog

  • Daily Rate: Residents $5.00, Non-Residents $10.00 (cash only on site)
  • Annual Rate: Residents $20.00, Non-Residents $50.00

Friday Night Movies at North Shore Park Bandshell

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

North Beach Bandshell Arial Shot

The North Shore Bandshell has been a major hub for music events and celebrations in North Beach. Centrally located at 7275 Collins Avenue, the venue will be hosting a movie night every Friday at 7:00 PM until May 2014. This event is free and open to the public. Below is the movie schedule:

Bandshell Movie Schedule 2014

Bandshell Movie Schedule (Click to download and print)

All movies are rated either G, PG, or PG-13 making it appropriate for viewers of all ages. These types of events help create a sense of community and are the reason why North Beach has the reputation it does for being more family-oriented. What makes North Beach home for you?


7 Ways to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Turkey Dinner

Yep, it’s that time already! Don’t panic – Urban Resource is here with seven cost-effective tips on how to prep your home for the holidays!

7. Make a great first impression

Bird Wind ChimeWhen your guests arrive, the first thing they will see is your entryway. Give this area a facelift by removing shoes, umbrellas, keys, and other clutter. A festive doormat always makes guests smile and can prevent dirt and scratches from appearing on your floor.

You can also brighten up your front door with a fresh coat of paint or by simply polishing the hardware to make it look brand new. If you’ve got a squeaky door, don’t forget to oil those hinges!

6. Lighten up

Make sure your entrance is bright and easy to navigate. You may know your home like the back of your hand, but your guests don’t. Replace any dead bulbs or add festive lamps or light fixtures. Prevent trips and slips by adding motion-sensor lights to hallways, bathrooms, and exterior walkways.

To conserve energy, install dimmers on dining room light fixtures. Dimming a bulb by 10% can actually double it’s lifespan. Also, installing LED lights can save energy while giving off more light.

5. Be wise. Organize!

Organized FridgeThe best way to prepare for any gathering in your home is to clean and organize first. To make room for groceries, remove or consolidate existing items in your fridge. Square and rectangular containers work best to save space, while circular containers hog space.

Did you know that ketchup, lemon juice, jam, and even mayo do not require refrigeration? Store these items in a pantry or cabinet along with produce like potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. They will get mushy if kept in the refrigerator – and, they can also add a nice, festive touch to your counters.

4. Increase your storage

 While organizing, think about what will be needed most. Install a hanging spice rack to keep cabinets free or a pot rack to avoid having to clammer through your collection. Small hooks on the side of your cabinet can serve as a place to hang cooking utensils.

For guests, keep toiletries visible in your bathrooms by storing them in open-faced shelving. Leave extra hand towels and soap nearby, as well as a plunger to avoid any emergencies.

3. Impress your guests

Pottery Barn Dough BowlSmall details will leave your guests largely impressed. Scented candles flickering throughout your home featuring holiday-inspired scents add a cozy feel. Mantels and side tables decorated with bowls of holiday-inspired things like pine-cones, chestnuts, and chocolate candies also help to set the stage.

Don’t forget to pump those classic holiday tunes. Whether it’s during dinner or while you’re cleaning, soft and festive music will definitely put you and your guests in the holiday spirit.

2. Conserve energy

We all know the holidays can be a little overbearing on the pockets. (Unfortunately, you can’t pay bills with holiday cheer). Instead, try your best to conserve energy this holiday season.

When meal planning, consider side dishes that can cook simultaneously with your main dish at the same temperature. Using glass and ceramic pans will help retain more heat and will require less work from your oven  – about 25 degrees less! Using lids on your pots also helps retain heat and will cook your food faster. Cooking with a pressure cooker? No peeking! Every time you remove the lid, you are releasing heat and adding about 20 minutes on to your cooking time.

As for cleanup, using your dishwasher can save water and energy. Scrape your dishes clean rather than rinsing them and pause your dishwasher before the dry-cycle begins. Letting your dishes air dry can save you tons! For those pots and pans with baked on food, place them in a bin filled with warm, soapy water. This will keep them out of your way and make your job easier later in the evening.

1. Don’t panic!

Thanksgiving FeastNot all of the burden has to be on the host. Invite your guests to bring a dish of their own. It gives them the opportunity to share their favorite holiday recipes and also serves as a great conversation topic during dinner.


We hope this was helpful. We’d love to hear your ideas on how you prep your home for the holidays!


Open this Sunday, February 12th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Are you interested in unique homes that offer details not easily found in neighboring homes, and are affordably priced? Well then, we hope you’ll stop by and say hello at this Mid-Century Classic home this Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at 18320 NE 23rd Ct, near Aventura. Located along the Historic Oleta River, on over 10,000 square feet of land and 74 feet of Mangrove lined waterfront, we’re certain you won’t find a similar property in the county. Built in 1960, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home features three bedrooms and two baths, with an open living area overlooking the courtyard & surrounding greenery, beautiful wood floors throughout, a wood beamed ceiling, open kitchen, private master bedroom, a large covered patio, and walls of windows overlooking the exotic and tranquil vistas. It’s hard to believe this home is just minutes from Aventura Mall, and the Golden Glades. It’s like being in a remote location, but still conveniently located in town.

Besides it’s unique landscape, this home is also located on a natural river, and across from Greynolds Park. You’re sure to catch a manatee, schools of fish, and scores of birds just in your backyard. Wind down the river on your canoe or kayak after a tough day, and feel the stress just slide right off. This can really be home, and you’re invited to come take a look this Sunday, February 12th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

See a virtual tour of this home.

I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

18320 NE 23rd CT, North Miami Beach, FL  33160


2:00PM – 4:00PM

Get Ready for Art Basel Miami Beach

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach

Glowing Bench Art Basel Miami Beach

If you’ve been in Miami or Miami Beach recently, you’ve been one of the lucky individuals enjoying the extremely pleasant weather lately. Whether you’re just visiting or live here, it’s a great time to open up the windows, and enjoy that wonderful crisp air. In the past, our high season would start with the new year, after all the holidays. In fact, Art Basel organizers chose the beginning of December because it was not as busy, and the hotel occupancy level was low, ensuring that visitors would have plenty of options when booking their stay. However, when Art Basel Miami Beach began in 2002, we all started experiencing an earlier start of the season. With the huge success of Art Basel Miami Beach, Read more…

Season Started with a Sleepless Night in Miami Beach

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

This last Saturday was a great night to be an insomniac in Miami Beach. Sleepless Night came on November 5th, 2011 and featured 138 performances throughout the city, all free and open to the public. From an Opera at the North Shore Bandshell, to Project Bandaloop dancing on the New World Symphony glass walls, Read more…