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November 21, 2019

Best Miami Neighborhoods for Families

With the city’s long-held reputation as one of the world’s greatest party cities, many may be skeptical about raising a family in Miami. While the saying is true for many locals, “I live where you vacation”, there is a lot more than “bringing your talents to South Beach”. Travel a little out to the suburbs and you will find the most beautiful neighborhoods, home to some of the best public and private schools in the country. And don’t worry, there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions to keep your little ones entertained. Here are the top Miami neighborhoods for raising a family. Pinecrest Pinecrest is well-known for its highly-ranked public and private schools, beautiful real estate and impeccably clean neighborhoods. From […]
February 27, 2018

Why It’s Time to Seriously Consider South Florida for Your New Home: It’s a great place to live

For more than a century, we’ve been a fast-growing region because the rest of the country (and Canada too) decides to call it quits by February and move somewhere with better weather. In case you needed further encouragement, here’s why Miami should be on your mind: The weather  Sunshine is great for your mood and overall outlook on life. South Florida has plenty of sunshine and warm weather to go around. Florida is known for getting the most hours of sunlight annually of any other state, which can be great for getting things done. What’s more: Miami summers are not as bad as their reputation. Getting a home with tree cover brings the temperature down by 10 degrees or more, […]
May 19, 2017

The Bridge Project in Palmetto Bay

An Update on What You Need to Know A lot of people have been asking me recently about the potential bridging project in Palmetto Bay over SW 87th Ave, between SW 164th St and SW 163rd Terrace. To bring you up to speed: Miami Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works had been proposing to build a bridge over the canal between SW 164th and SW 163rd to connect SW 87th Avenue, thereby alleviating north-south traffic. The Palmetto Bay Village Council, in addition to the Cutler Bay Village Council, were against the idea, saying that it would impact the residents living in the area and reduce their quality of life. To resolve the difference, the County has decided to […]
November 15, 2016

5 DIY Projects to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Fall is here. The weather is starting to cool off, and the days are getting shorter.  Pumpkins line your porch, and the Halloween decorations are up. While fall decorations add some festiveness to your home, the season is also the perfect time to tackle some home-improvement projects. While homeowners in South Florida aren’t faced with the long list of chores to winterize their homes like people in other parts of the country, there are still a few DIY projects that should be performed as the season changes. And, getting on a schedule of taking care of these things each fall will keep your home in tip-top shape. Here are five DIY projects that will get your home ready for fall […]
October 25, 2016

Why Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay Are Top Trick-or-Treating Spots

Halloween is just around the corner, and hordes of costume-clad kids will be hitting the streets in search of candy. Miami offers an array of Halloween activities for people of all ages — parties, haunted houses, costume contests, and special events. South Florida’s family-friendly neighborhoods also provide safe and festive spaces for trick-or-treating. Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay, in particular, are top trick-or-treating spots. Here’s why: Coral Gables From a kids point of view, Coral Gables is perfect for Trick-or-Treating. There are few oversized lots, which means more homes per block and therefore more candy. What’s more, certain areas are well known for handing out the best candy (don’t worry, I won’t spill the secret here. You’ll have to contact me). […]
September 20, 2016

What You Need to Know About YGreene Loans

It’s a fact: home renovations can be pricey. But, if you plan to spend seven or more years in your home, it is certainly worth the investment to ensure you get the wind mitigation discount on your insurance. It also can be worth it to summerify your home to both keep your ac from working on overdrive and keep your electric bills way down. But what about those of us that are not sure how long we’ll be in our home? Should we just soldier through higher insurance rates and bills from FP&L? Until recently, that’s what most people did. But then the Ygrene loan program came along. Distributed through the privately funded YgreneWorks program, this loan covers just about […]
August 31, 2016

What You Need to Know About Living in Cutler Bay

If you’ve been around long enough, you probably call it Cutler Ridge or even just Perrine. And if you’ve been around for that long, you also probably remember that what is now Cutler Bay was one of the places that Hurricane Andrew hit the hardest. Because of this, Cutler Bay’s homes are some of the newest in Miami-Dade County. This means that they’re built to the latest codes and are best prepared to handle anything South Florida weather can throw at them. The city was officially established in 2005 with borders running from SW 184th Street (Eureka Dr.) east of U.S. 1 to the coast, and north of Black Point Marina. It’s one of the county’s most family-friendly cities with […]
July 27, 2016

Big City Mountaineers Has a Big Impact

I can’t speak for you, but this summer has felt like a scorcher to me. It just begs for an excuse to get out of the city, escape the heat, and head into the mountains. At the same time, I realize that doing so is a luxury that many never have the opportunity to do. This is exactly why I’m so proud to be so deeply invested (along with my family) in Big City Mountaineers. For more than 25 years, we have been involved with BCM, helping kids that have never had a chance to spend time in the wilderness, often that have never left the city where they were born, learn some important life skills and experience life outside […]
July 18, 2016

9 Ways to Beat the July Heat in Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay, and Pinecrest

The summer is heating up, and the days are long and sticky. What can you do to escape the high temps and have some fun? Luckily, there are lots of great options in our area for July once the fireworks are gone. Coral Gables Miami Spa Month is actually two full months of self-love, starting July 1 and continuing through August 31. Treat yourself or a loved one to some deluxe downtime with signature spa services. Take advantage of special rates at luxurious Coral Gables spas and let your wallet benefit from some pampering, too. Two spas in Coral Gables are participating, The Biltmore Spa and Elemis Spa at Merrick Park. On July 22, experience Food Truck Invasion on Fourth […]