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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/

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!

 

The Home Buyer’s Guide: Ten Steps Towards Home Ownership

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The new year is here, and your top resolution is to buy a real estate property. Home ownership can be a wonderful experience and I love matching up a home with a buyer. It’s quite rewarding when we walk through a property and I get to see your face light up with the possibilities. But before we get to that gleeful moment, there are some important steps to conduct first. Here are some helpful tips for to you get started with the home buying process.

1)      What can you afford? Unless you’re paying cash, this is a question you’ll need an expert to assist answering. A good mortgage lender is one of the tools I utilize most when helping home buyers. They will review your financial situation and give you the best options available to you. There are several factors involved in financing, not just income, so having someone go through your financial options is the key to starting right. Your lender will provide you with a pre-approval letter which will come in handy later. Consider the down payment you’ll need with financing today:

a)      When purchasing a condo, a lender may require 20% to 30% down, with a few options now available with 3.5% to 10% down.

b)      When purchasing a single family home or duplex, your financing options range from 3.5% to 20% down.

2)      Would you like a house or condo? Now that you know what you can afford, it’s time to decide whether you’re an urban dweller, or a homebody. There’s no right or wrong choice, it’s just what you like best.

a)      House – you can have your white picket fence, the backyard deck for BBQ’s, and, of course, a house full of whatever pets you desire. Plant yourself a butterfly garden or hang a swing under the avocado tree. You get to set your own house rules. You’re also responsible for your own utility bills and unless you want to do it yourself, you’re going to have a landscaper.

b)      Condo –You are centrally located and walking distance to shops & restaurants, enjoying amenities provided, and having someone else maintain them. You only need to concern yourself with the interior space of your condo, and abide by the condo rules & regulations. For the social butterfly that prefers to have minimal time spent around their residence, a condo may be ideal. Just remember, if you decide you want a pet, limit your choices to one dog or cat, 20 lbs max. Many condos do not allow pets, and those that do have strict rules on number of pets and weight.

3)      Call Urban Resource and give us your wish list. Now the fun begins!  We’ll take notes, make some suggestions, and get started with your search.  We take a funneling approach, from neighborhoods to layout.  Make sure you spend some time getting to know neighborhoods of interest. See what your morning or evening commute would feel like and check out the local coffee shop. We can give you a lot of information, but it really comes down to how you like the neighborhood. You’re going to see a lot of properties in the process; taking notes of what you like and don’t like about a particular home will really help in the home finding process.

4)      Let’s make an offer.  We’ve walked through your top choice – Excellent! We place an offer in writing that features price and terms. We will include the mortgage pre-approval you received earlier, which plays an important role in the negotiation, and signifies to the seller you’re a serious contender that’s committed to the purchase. Once there’s a mutual agreement in writing, we’re in escrow!

5)      Get a home inspection. Whether you’re buying a house or condo, a good home inspector will go through all of your appliances, electrical, plumbing, roof & crawl space. If you can, be present during your home inspection. You’ll have some time to go through your home, take measurements, and go through any items noted for repair with the inspector.

6)      Work closely with your mortgage lender. Although you’re already pre-approved, your lender may need further items in order to provide a final loan commitment.  This will include items from employment verification letter to the last pay stubs. It’s important to provide any information requested on a timely basis. Our goal is to obtain a loan commitment without conditions within 30 days.

7)      Choose your Closing agent. The closing agent is responsible for conducting all title & lien searches, and insures that the property is transferred correctly from seller to buyer. If you’re buying a condo, they confirm what’s owed to the condo association, and that any balances due are paid up at closing. We have excellent real estate attorneys that we can recommend that will assist in this process.

8)      Conduct a Walk-Thru. Once we confirm we’re ready to close, we schedule a final walk thru. This just insures that the property is vacant and is in the same condition it was during the inspection. In Miami, most sales include all appliances and fixtures, including window treatments, but the sales agreement will detail what stays & what goes.

9)      The Closing.  Now you’re ready for the big day! We’ve reviewed the settlement statement (HUD1) which provides a detail of all charges, and what is being paid. Any outstanding debts or payments are noted in the HUD1, which can include any unpaid maintenance fees, municipal liens and the cost of recording documents with the county. Since taxes & maintenance may be paid at the beginning or end of the year, each party receives a credit or debit for amounts due. Once you confirm the balance of the funds due for closing, you can send a wire transfer to the closing agent or bring a cashier’s check with you to the closing table. If you’re financing, the closing agent will have a mortgage package that details the terms of your loan for review and signature.

10)   Celebration Time!  You’ve just finished the process with the closing agent and you’ve been handed the keys. Congratulations –You are now a proud homeowner! Let’s celebrate!

Urban Resource can help you find the perfect home! We focus our real estate business  in the wonderful neighborhoods surrounding Biscayne Bay in what we lovingly refer to as Metropolitan Miami, like Surfside, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, North Bay Village, Miami Shores, Biscayne Park, El Portal, Morningside, Belle Meade, Bayside, Buena Vista, Midtown, Brickell, Downtown Miami, The Roads, Shenandoah, Silver Bluff,  and Coconut Grove, with a specialty in Miami Beach from South Beach to North Beach. We’d love to share the distinctive characters that make each neighborhood special. Give us a call, and let’s get started!

Miami Beach Neighborhood Highlight: North Beach Homes

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

This northern community of Miami Beach is often overlooked due to the popularity of it’s sister neighbor, South Beach, which garners much international attention and dazzle. North Beach flies just under the radar to most visitors. But to those in the know, North Beach is where to live. Read more…