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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Remove outdated material like popcorn ceilings or wood paneling.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

Improvements Underway at the North Shore Bandshell

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

North Shore Bandshell Ampitheater

As we here at Urban Resource will tell you time and again, the Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Avenue is one of our favorite venues in North Beach. Where else in Miami Beach can you enjoy an outdoor concert at an exceptionally designed venue that is just steps away from the ocean? Everyone from live entertainment fanatics to food truck connoisseurs must admit they’ve spent an outrageous amount of time at the North Shore Bandshell. Since 1961, the Bandshell has served residents as a unique, outdoor beachfront venue for live entertainment and special events in North Beach. The latest improvements completed in 2011 included historic restoration of structural elements, ADA improvements, enhancements to outdoor acoustics and lighting, stage expansion, backstage upgrades, complete restroom renovation, and an electrical system upgrade. We feel this makes this one of a kind treasure into a state of the art venue.

Now, the City has approved a new plan and started on those improvements to the Bandshell, which focuses on the surrounding park and walkways. These improvements include widening the sidewalk by 7-10 feet along 73rd street with the addition of planters and landscaping along the pavement, installing a new walkway that will connect 72nd street to the beach walk, installing an electronic LED marquee directly in front of the amphitheater facing Collins Avenue to announce upcoming events, and demolishing the existing unused bus shelter and canopy on Collins Avenue. The design also features the installation of a Beatles mandala, created by Kevin Arrow to commemorate the Beatles’ performance at the Deauville Hotel in North Beach back in 1964.

North Shore Bandshell Park Plan

In addition to these structural changes, the plan includes installing wildlife-safe lighting for the pathways throughout the park and paving a service road from 73rd  street to the Unidad Senior Center  to ensure safe pick-up and drop-off for seniors to the Unidad center.

This is a three month project with an estimated completion date of October 2014 – just in time, before the Art Basel events start sprouting! We are glad to see these further improvements come to  the Bandshell. As avid visitors to the Food Truck Festival, we are particularly excited about the expansion of the 73rd street sidewalk to allow more room for the ever-growing lines of hungry food truck patrons. What do you think of these improvements?

North Shore Bandshell Food Truck Festival   North Beach Bandshell Food Truck Festival photo

See also Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival.

Stay tuned for the 2014-2015 schedule for Friday Night Movies at the Bandshell.

Miami Beach Plans to Improve “Blueways”

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

North Beach - Normandy Isle

During their initial public workshop on June 22nd, 2014, the City of Miami Beach announced their plans to improve the waterways that surround and connect our charming communities. Their goal is to connect “people to the water at convenient locations allowing aquatic recreational opportunity and transportation by water within a community” as described by the City. What does this mean for residents? Imagine having access points to the water just steps from your home. Or, what we would really enjoy, is increased public access for launching kayaks or SUPs. These thoughts were voiced by locals at the first meeting as desires for the blueway improvement project.

The second Community Input Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Miami Beach Rowing Club/Ronald W. Shane Center located at 6500 Indian Creek Drive in Miami Beach. This is a free workshop that is open to the public. We encourage you to attend and voice your opinions and pitch ideas to the development team. More details on the project will be released at this second meeting as well.

Officials are working with ESDA, ATM, and Lambert Advisory urban development crews to initiate a 5 year plan that will encourage the participation of residents and tourists alike in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Planned improvement will target the following sites:

With over half of these possible sites targeting North Beach, we’re excited about the potential increase of interaction between residents and the water in our community. The blueways project will add to the many reasons why North Beach is the best place to live. Residents here truly experience the quintessential Miami Beach lifestyle with the abundance of amenities like Normandy Pool & Park, the North Beach Bandshell, Normandy Shores Golf Club, multiple bark parks, tot lots, and more, but we feel that having these easy access points to the water will further increase the overall quality of life in the area.

Map of Blueway Potential Areas in North Beach

Potential Blueway Areas in North Beach

The team’s design goal is to learn about our communities and listen to our ideas and aspirations in order to develop their vision. Therefore, we urge you to attend the next community input meeting on August 5th to vocalize your thoughts or concerns about enhancing the blueways. What would it mean for you to have a blueway in your neighborhood?

Information courtesy of City of Miami Beach at http://miamibeachfl.gov/

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




Normandy Fountain Gets a Facelift

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Normandy Fountain Construction 2014

You’ve seen it. Towering amongst the swaying palms and boasting its proud history, the Normandy Fountain has been a landmark for almost 90 years and is now undergoing some serious repairs. The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel of North Beach and the City of Miami Beach are orchestrating the restoration of the fountain. The scope of work includes:

  • Repairing the interior plumbing and electricity
  • Restoring the concrete
  • Sourcing the original tile to replace missing or damaged tiles
  • Adding lighting to the fountain and surrounding walkways

Normandy Fountain Renovation 2014Photo Courtesy of Mayor Philip Levine

Residents are delighted to see the Normandy Fountain getting some much needed TLC. Built in 1925 by Henri Levy, the Normandy Fountain was one of the first structures built on Normandy Isle.

Normandy Fountain Circa 1925Normandy Fountain Circa 1925

The last revamp of the entire fountain and surrounding area happened in late December of 1996 in Phase II of the North Shore Streetscape Project (see page 2) in efforts to revitalize the North Beach community.

Normandy Fountain Construction 2014

The Blue Ribbon Panel also expressed the desire to make use of the surrounding area by putting in tables and chairs for the public use. Wouldn’t it be great to expand the sidewalk from the retail strip just west of the fountain to allow for outdoor seating at the cafes and restaurants? What are your thoughts?

Normandy Fountain Construction 2014

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?

The Beach House – 6080 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Beach House


As we hear of so many mega projects happening in Miami, some towering over 65 floors, vying to be the tallest in the city, it is refreshing to come over to Miami Beach and see boutique development. This is small scale, skyline sharing, new construction that is usually within steps from the sand, where you’ll still get sunshine. One such new development recently approved is the Beach House, standing at just 6 stories with 73 units,  across from the new Cabana Hilton sitting at the southern border of North Beach.  Designed by Chisolm Architects, the Beach House is approved for hotel use under it’s current RM-2 zoning , and owners can rent out their residences short term if they so choose.  In addition, the FAR (Floor to Area Ratio) is 2.0, so a 40,000 square foot building can be built on this 20,000 square foot lot. The Beach House will offer a roof top pool with gym, lobby entrance, and parking for each unit using mechanical lifts. There are a total of 18 different floor plans consisting of six  1 bedroom, four  junior 1 bedroom, and eight studio apartments, averaging 460 square feet. Each unit will come with a balcony, with many of the corner units featuring a wrap-around terrace. There are 6 ground floor residences that will feature their own garden level patio with as much as 39 linear feet from sliding door to hedge – enough for a fabulous soiree after spending the day at the beach.

Typical floor plan

The Beach House will fit in nicely with it’s neighbors, Terra Beachside Villas & The Mt. Vernon

Aerial next to Mt Vernon

With the new developments coming to North Beach, residents will have plenty to choose from that will fit their lifestyle and budget  - from vacation properties like the  Beach House and Mt Vernon, to new townhomes  perfect for year round residences and the ultra luxurious Bath Club Estates. Here at Urban Resource, we’re always willing to share our passion and knowledge of the area. If you’re interested in learning more about North Beach, give us a call or stop by our office in the neighborhood.

North Beach Trolley Coming Soon

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

North Beach Trolley Example JPG

North Beach is soon to acquire its very own trolley service! The North Beach Trolley will run Monday through Sunday between 8:00AM to 12:00AM. The trolley is FREE and open to the public and is scheduled to begin service in October 2014.

The route will offer service between the stretch of 65th street to 88th street and from the western tip of Normandy Isle to Collins Avenue. The route passes through all of our commercial, recreational, and residential districts and targets our local parks, schools, and bicycle stations. With a minimum of 4 trolley carts on route at all times, the expected average wait time will be 10 minutes.

North Beach Trolley Route with Parks with logo JPG  North Beach Trolley Route with Schools with logo JPG

North Beach Trolley Route with Land Use Codes JPG

The vehicle amenities include:

  • On board cameras
  • Air conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • GPS tracking and mobile tracker app
  • Automated ADA Lift
  • Exterior destination signs
  • Automated stop announcements
  • Automated voice information system
  • Automated passenger counters

Below are some samples that the North Beach Trolley carts will be modeled after:

North Beach Trolley Example  Trolley Example - Interior JPG

Trolley Example - Interior 2 JPG

Another great feature of the proposed North Beach Trolley route is that it coincides with existing Miami-Dade transit routes.

The City of Miami Beach conducted a residential survey to determine the need for the trolley.

  • 78% of North Beach residents claimed an automobile as their primary form of transportation.
  • Only 23% of residents in Miami Beach rated traffic flow as excellent or good
  • 67% of North Beach residents stated there was not enough parking in Miami Beach
  • Nearly half (49%) of residents claimed they would take a local bus circulator

City of Miami Beach Survey for North Beach Trolley Use

Based off of this study, the availability of a local trolley in North Beach could potentially increase traffic flow and parking availability in the area. Perhaps it is long overdue. Miami-Dade County identified a need for a transit circulator in North Beach back in 2007. The original study resulted in a planned circulator route from 65th street to 96th street and from Biarritz Drive to portions Collins Avenue.

The new proposed route will offer more access to Collins Avenue and a less disruptive path through the more quiet residential areas.

We feel that systems like these help bring our community closer together. Stay tuned on our blog for further updates on this project as we approach its expected start date. We love to hear your feedback. Will the North Beach Trolley become your primary means of local transportation?

New Construction in North Shore Resort District – 6372 Collins Ave

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
View from Collins Ave

View from Collins Ave

Another new project is hitting North Beach and it may be one of the most unique design concepts we’ve seen yet! This ultra-modern, 6-story building will harbor 19 high end residences with the finest amenities and exclusive features. Proposed to reside at 6372 Collins Avenue, the project will be nestled between Collins Avenue and Indian Creek Drive, with quick access to the 63rd street bridge.

View from Indian Creek Dr

View from Indian Creek Dr

From the lobby to the rooftop, the building’s proposed design boasts a contemporary look with a retro MiMo feel. Upon pulling in to either driveway off of Collins Avenue or Indian Creek Drive, the valet will await your arrival, ready to whisk your car away to the street-level parking garage equipped with a total of 19 spaces on electronic car lifts, allowing for double the amount of parking space (38 spaces total) for residents to share.

The planned mezzanine-style lobby will encompass a staggering 1,600 sqft with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an expansive concierge desk. The luxurious grand entrance only sets the stage for the high standard of living that this building will provide its residents.

On the second floor, the main hall will overlook the lobby below with residences on the west side of the building. With all of the building’s floorplans, we really enjoyed seeing the architect’s diverse use of space, with fully enclosed foyer entrances and transitional hallways, to very open flow-through living and kitchen areas. The non-traditional curved glass walls also complement the fresh modern design that the building offers.

6372 Collins Ave Site Plan and Second Floor Layout with watermark logo JPG

Each residence will have a wrap-around balcony that will run along the entirety of the unit. Floorplan A will enjoy a second private balcony that functions as an entryway to the residence. But by far, the most interesting aspect to the exterior space on Floorplans A and C on the second floor would be the balcony extension catwalk that opens up to an uncovered, patio-style landing. In total, Floorplans A and C measure up to a spacious 1,710 sqft – and that’s not including the expansive outdoor space!

Floorplan B, nestled in the center of the building, offers a more humble but equally impressive design. Although it will come in slightly smaller at 1,489 sqft, the organized layout creates the best use for every inch of space. While floorplans A and C offer 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, floorplan B comes equipped with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a half bath located off the kitchen; all as equally spacious as the rooms in the other units. In addition to the master bedroom suite, one of the additional bedrooms will feature an in-suite bath as well, making for each bedroom to have their own bathroom in this floorplan. The hallway leading to the bedrooms can be closed off, providing privacy while residents entertain their dinner guests.

These residence floorplans A, B, and C, will be repeated on floors 3 through 6. However, starting on the third floor, floorplan D, residing on the east end of the building, will offer a very different design with no shared walls to other residences. Opening up to an elegant, elongated foyer, the master bedroom on the NE wing of the residence will feature a walk-in closet leading to the in-suite bath. Down the hallway to the rest of the unit, the hall opens up to a large living area which is seamlessly adjoined to the corridor-style kitchen. The most impressive feature of this living area will be the expansive floor-to-ceiling glass walls that will flawlessly contour the entirety of the room. The additional 2 bedrooms will share a full bathroom that will come equipped with a bathtub and a separate walk-in shower. Floorplan D will also have more storage area, as the main hallway will be lined with closet space. These residences in particular will harbor 1,600 sqft of interior space with an expansive balcony hugging the length of the residence.

6372 Collins Ave Floorplan Layout Floors 3-6 and Rooftop with watermark logo copy

The most rewarding part of living at these retro-modern residences will be the ability to enjoy what will be one of Miami Beach’s most beautiful rooftop pool decks. Not only does the building’s location provide for excellent views all around, but the rooftop will also feature two BBQ areas, a bar, exercise equipment, and a Jacuzzi for maximum relaxation. With lounge chairs lined up seamlessly, basking in the sun will be most enjoyable with the nice cool breezes exchanging between the ocean and the bay.

Arial View from Collins Ave

Arial View from Collins Ave

Roof Pool Area West View

Roof Pool Area West View

This design has been approved by the Design Review Board and the developer is currently working on obtaining the proper permits to begin construction. Stay tuned for our updates on the status of this project and more! If you’re interested in purchasing a new construction residence, you can rely on us to find what’s coming to North Beach before anyone else. Contact us today!


NoBe House Condo – New Residences coming to North Shore

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Exterior Front NoBe House

After this MiMo revival project was unanimously approved by the Design Review Board & the Board of Adjustments in September last year, we were left anticipating the next stage of development for the project. Now, we are excited to see the NoBe House Condominium become a reality. This new development, featured in the rendering above, will be located at 8505-8521 Harding Avenue in the North Beach neighborhood  of Miami Beach. This once-upon-a-time two-story, 28-unit apartment building will now become a gleaming, three-story condominium complex with 24 units comprised of 11 townhouses and 13 flats.

Building & Street Map  Arial Map copy

With a prime location on 85th Street, the complex sits exactly 1 block to the main entrance of the North Shore Open Space Park and the beach (pictured above). This hard-to-come-by location is ideal for blossoming families due to its close proximity to the park and newly renovated playground just steps from the beach. The nearest Publix is only 10 blocks away and Collins Avenue is filled with an unlimited variety of restaurants and shops, all just steps from the Nobe House.

In Building 1, the simple corridor-style structure will house ten 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom units. The floor plan for these townhouses features  both bedrooms on the top floor located just across the hall from each other. The front corner residence will be the only townhouse on the first floor and all 4 ground floor units will feature a private covered patio with direct access to 85th Street. The second floor townhouses all feature a gliding floor plan with a private covered balcony facing the courtyard. The front corner townhouse on the second floor will boast an expansive 437 sqft outdoor terrace. That’s plenty of room for an al fresco dinner party.

NoBe House Site Plan - Building 1

NoBe House Site Plan - Building 2

Building 2 features a central courtyard with a 4 parking spaces in the rear of the building. There is plenty of additional parking available in the surface lot just caddy corner from Nobe house, or along the street.  Most units in this building are substantially larger by about 365 sqft on average. The ground floor units on the north side feature personal yard space and a terrace whereas the units on the south side feature a spacious patio.

The most impressive townhouses start on the second floor of this building. The 203H and 204H lines not only feature 2.5 bathrooms versus the standard 1.5 that is prevalent in the rest of the residences, but these floor plans also have a second floor dedicated to the bedrooms and an impressive 627 sqft roof deck.

Floor Plan H

The most impressive flats, however, start on the third floor of this building. The 301-P and 302-P floor plans feature the most exclusivity of any of the units in these buildings. These residences are the largest in the complex at a comfortable 1,067 sqft. That measurement does not include the 556 sqft of private outdoor living space that comes with these residences. The private outdoor terrace measures just over 31′x13′ and the unit features plenty of closet space and room for a formal dining area as well.

Floor Plan P

There is no doubt that Victor Rodriguez Architecture and the MFK Group have created a one-of-a-kind design for the NoBe House condo that provides privacy and elegant tranquility only 1 block from the beach. In addition, this condo complex masters luxury living at an affordable price that start at just $299,000.

With all of these new developments coming to North Beach, such as the NoBe House, the Normandy Townhomes and the New Lofts in North Beach, buyers really have a great selection of fresh inventory to choose from.

The scheduled completion for this project is March 2015. Contact us today to find out how you can make one of these pristine MiMo condos your very own.

Exterior Front at Night_copy