Miami-Dade County is Attracting Diverse Buyers in Popular Neighborhoods

The Miami-area has some of the most amazing real estate options for primary or secondary homebuyers and investors in the world. Along with arguably the most beautiful neighborhoods in South Florida, living in Miami-Dade County offers residents a lifestyle full of year-round golfing, sailing, boating, beach life, nightlife, luxury shopping, dining, and natural parks. Whether you desire to live in a luxury high-rise with an ocean view, or a quiet luxury home in a securely gated community, Miami has the perfect real estate option for every type of homebuyers dream.

International and Domestic Buyers Show Strong Interest in Miami

Recently, Miami has become a strong buyer’s market, making it a solid place to invest with a stable real estate economy. The area is popular for investors from around the world, but specifically from South America, since legislation is more favorable for buyers here in Florida than in some areas where they are coming from. Additionally, Miami-Dade County offers a prime location with a major international airport and close proximity to their home countries.

Canadian buyers are also showing an increase in interest in purchasing homes in South Florida due to several factors. From long, harsh winters, to a strong real estate market in Canada that has encouraged some to sell their primary homes, more “snow birds” are taking up permanent residences in South Florida. In 2017, Canadians made up nine percent of all foreign buyers in the market, up from six percent just a year prior to that.

Domestic buyers are flocking to South Florida now that the new tax bill has made lower-taxed states like Florida more attractive to people coming from higher-taxed areas such as New York and California. With a relatively lower cost of living, an attractive homestead exemption option, and no state income tax, South Florida has become a haven for high-net-worth individuals who want to enjoy a warmer, more luxurious lifestyle.

Neighborhoods Attracting Buyers

Miami has many popular neighborhoods where buyers are most interested in investing in real estate. Each of the most popular areas offers a slightly different type of lifestyle, but all are in close proximity to each other, giving residents flexibility in movement and a change of pace if desired.

Coral Gables/Coconut Grove and Gables Estates

Coral Gables and Coconut Grove offer residents the opportunity to disconnect from the urban core of the city, without being far from vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment options. From wide, tree-lined streets in the Gables to the tropical “old Florida” landscape leading to the Bay in the Grove, these areas of the county are popular with buyers looking for a close-knit community and primary residence for their families.

Within the Gables and the Grove, buyers find exclusive luxury communities such as Gables Estates, Tahiti Beach, Cocoplum, and the Moorings. Some of the highest-priced houses on the market are in these neighborhoods, and the water views, amenities, and privacy give immense value to these stunning homes.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach and the surrounding islands have recently had some record-breaking deals. In early May of 2018, South Beach had a sale of $26 million for a luxury penthouse in the “South of Fifth” neighborhood. With 360-degree ocean views, five bedrooms, and an outdoor entertainment space for 40 guests, this Ocean Drive penthouse was previously the highest-priced residential transaction in the last 12 months in Miami-Dade and the highest paid on South Beach since 2014. Shortly following that sale, the Star Island mansion of South Beach Investor and former playboy, Thomas Kramer, sold for $33 million, showing that the market is strong, and buyers are paying attention. And adding to the California flight theory, a buyer from California just paid a record-breaking price of $32 million for a La Gorce Island “spec” house.

Miami Beach offers a more beach-chic lifestyle, with beautiful large homes or glamorous luxury condo buildings. Both investors and full-time residents eye this area as a top neighborhood in Miami-Dade.


If a buyer is not interested in the tree-lined streets or the beach, perhaps he or she will find a home in the urban city core, which offers some of the most exceptional views of Biscayne Bay and the surrounding area. The Brickell neighborhood is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas in Miami-Dade County. Sometimes referred to as the “Wall Street of the South,” Brickell is home to a large assortment of both domestic and international banks, as well as many large legal and accounting firms, high-end hotels and condo buildings, and fabulous celebrity chef-inspired restaurants. What makes this neighborhood attractive to buyers is its central location in the city and the luxury urban lifestyle offered by most of the high-rise condo buildings that line Brickell Avenue.

In 2017, Brickell was the most active housing market with 500 investment properties available for purchase. With people moving into the area for work and play, investors can easily use their units as second homes or rental property options, making this neighborhood a highly attractive investment for both domestic and international buyers.

For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact me at or (305) 206-4003 or come see me at the Compass office located at 2550 South Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove.




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Latest Smart Home Technology to Give Your Home the Ultimate Luxury Feel

When you buy a beautiful luxury house in South Florida, you want to make into a special home for you and your family by customizing it to fit your desires. Whether you are traveling regularly, or if you prefer to stay local and use the amenities you have available in your own backyard, your luxury living space should be an expression of who you are and complement your lifestyle. Safety and security are important when considering how to outfit your home, but comfort and convenience should also be a priority when incorporating décor and technology into your space.

Upgrading your home into a “smart home,” is becoming easier with a variety of brands and gadgets to choose from when creating a technologically integrated home. With several major tech companies coming out with central command gadgets and smart home integration, you can choose exactly how you want to customize your smart home experience. When considering different brands, look for intuitive and accessible controls, and ask about how each piece of technology can enhance your user experience.

Here are some suggestions of smart home technology that will give your home the ultimate luxury feel.

Smart Locking Systems

When you’re away from home, you want to make sure that your investment and all the valuables inside are safe from harm. Consider securing your entries and exits with smart lock technology. This technology works off of apps on your phone, where you can lock and unlock the doors and entrances to your home. Most of these apps also give you the ability to see visitors at your door through a camera feed that is accessible through the app.

One smart home start-up company called “Latch” is working with developers locally in South Florida to install their technology in several buildings in the Miami area. Latch allows the user to lock or unlock any door in the building using the app. Another company, “August SmartLock Pro,” works with Apple’s Homekit, Alexa, and Google Assistant to lock and unlock doors through its app. You can even program some of these devices to work off of your phone’s GPS and unlock the door when you are close, creating an ease of entrance as you don’t have to fumble for your keys. With smart locking systems, you can check on the security of your home from anywhere in the world when you access the app on Wi-Fi.

Motorized Window Shades

Who wouldn’t love to sleep in a pitch-dark room and wake up to the sun? With motorized shades, you can program them to move up and down whenever you would like. You can create the experience of shades rising and falling with the sun, and complement that with interior lighting that automatically turns on as the shades fall in the evening. By purchasing a central network hub similar to ELAN Entertainment and Control system, you can work with the different technologies in your home to create a perfectly customized experience for your lifestyle and sleeping needs.

Smart Lighting

Lighting and technology go hand-in-hand whether your goal is to set the mood when entertaining or highlighting specific luxury assets in the home. For example, an ELAN system can operate the lights automatically based on the schedule you would like them to be on, and it can even coordinate the lights to synchronize to any music of your choosing. Additional smart lighting can be incorporated into your in-home art galleries, allowing you to showcase your prized art possessions in the lighting that best favors them. A system such as Lutron Homeworks Lighting and Shades can be integrated into your ELAN system and turn your home into an entertainer’s dream.

Indoor Security

In addition to your smart locking system, you may want to consider some additional security for inside your home. Interior cameras such as the Amazon Cloud Cam can be accessed through apps on your phone wherever you are around the world. Concerned about an activity inside the home while you are traveling? With easy-to-access cameras inside your home that can even be connected to your central command, you can take a peek at the interior of your home at any time, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy being away.

Smart Kitchen

In most homes, the kitchen is everyone’s favorite room. Take yours to the next level by incorporating the latest culinary technology. Smart kitchens can be outfitted with wireless kitchen devices and wireless power for mobile devices and others that you may need in your cooking space.

With a wireless kitchen, you have the ability to free up counter space and keep dangerous wires away from sinks and stoves. It is a truly practical luxury technology that is sure to win over the chefs in your family. URBANEER is partnering with the Wireless Power Consortium to release a wireless kitchen in the summer of 2018. The main feature of this kitchen is the countertops that feature built-in wireless power. This wireless charging will not only allow consumers to charge handheld devices, but also computers, and kitchen appliances such as blenders, coffee makers, and toasters right on the counter. By incorporating a wireless kitchen into your home, you are providing for the ultimate luxury experience.

Seamless Experience

The best part of making your home a smart home is the ability to cross-integrate your technologies to have a seamless experience whether you are at home, on your yacht, or in your private plane. With a central command unit, such as Apple’s Homekit or Amazon’s Alexa, you can enjoy your home entertainment preferences wherever you are. You can keep the family safe by ensuring all security features are set, as well as find your favorite entertainment settings ready to go while signed into your accounts from any location. Sign into your technology from you are, and your settings will pop up and give you that “at home” feel even if you’re on the move.

From safety to comfort and convenience to beauty, these luxury technologies can help you turn any luxury house into a smart home with an ultimate luxury feel.

For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact Audrey Ross at or (305) 206-4003 or visit her at the Compass office located at 2550 South Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove.



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6 Hottest Waterfront Properties Available in Miami in May

Living in South Florida is hot, hot, hot right now, and we aren’t just referring to the summer temperatures. With one of the most coveted real estate markets in the world, it’s no surprise that the luxury market in our piece of paradise is growing in popularity every day with foreign and domestic buyers alike.

With miles of beautiful waterfront property in Miami, it is well worth your money to invest in a property on the water if you’re in the market for a new luxury home. So many of the homes in South Florida offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to live in true opulence. With shimmering pools, manicured gardens, boat docks, and private, gated avenues, we think you’ll fall in love with at least one, if not more, of these six hottest waterfront properties available in Miami this May.

500 Arvida Parkway, Gables Estates, Coral Gables

 With 13,418 square feet of living space, this magnificent home located in Gables Estates and overlooking the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay exemplifies the epitome of excellent taste for those who want to enjoy the very best of waterfront living. Resting on an acre+/- lot amid rolling, manicured lawns with prime water views; this lavish setting has everything one could desire, including a three-car garage. From almost every room in the house, one can enjoy the delightful views of Gables Estates’ widest and largest lagoon, which is immediately accessible to Biscayne Bay and unencumbered by any bridge. On the interior, lavish art walls galore adorn the hallways that lead to and from the five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and three half baths found inside. A large in-ground pool and underwater Jacuzzi, full summer kitchen, billiard room, and wine cellar are perfect for entertaining and make this home a delight for day and night.

 135 Leucadendra Drive, Gables Estates, Coral Gables

 Spectacular water views surround this contemporary-chic six-bedroom/five bathroom home in Gables Estates. This property features wide water views from the back and a landscaped cul-de-sac centered by the tennis courts in the front. A first-floor entry with vaulted ceilings and fireplace add to the charm of this unique abode in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in all of South Florida. Additional features include a spacious playroom, perfect for billiards, movie watching, or large family gatherings, as well as a beautifully positioned first floor master suite and office. For your prized automobiles there is a three-car garage and separate covered parking pavilion adjacent to the garage.

 744 Lakeview Drive, Miami Beach

From this home, you can enjoy Southeast breezes and pristine Miami Beach water views of Surprise Lake everyday with your morning coffee and afternoon delight. This gated 3,100+sf, four-bedroom, three and a half bath, waterfront home sits on coveted Lakeview Drive. The 14,000+ square foot lot with 70 feet of water frontage is just minutes from the bay, and offers a splendor you can only dream about, until now… A romantic outdoor loggia, tiki hut, waterfall pool with spa, and a delightful brick pizza oven make this the perfect home for entertaining in paradise-style luxury. Additional features include a gourmet kitchen with six burner Viking gas range, warming ovens and wine cooler, impact windows and doors, and Control4 system to manage lights, TV’s, audio, and A/C’s. Built in the heyday of 1950, this home is nothing short of modern luxury.

8210 Hawthorne Avenue, Miami Beach

How would you like to come home to your very own private retreat with magnificent sunsets views of the Miami skyline across the bay from your second-floor master suite balcony? This four-bedroom/five bath home can offer you the best of South Florida luxury living with enviable views and amenities. The sunny kitchen and great room both flow to a covered patio through wide glass doors, facilitating the indoor/outdoor south Florida living and dining lifestyle. Natural coral rock and wood decks surround the pool and spa, with two waterfalls, saltwater filtration, and a jet swim. The backyard offers a lush tropical landscape with verdant coconut palms leading to a generously sized dock with boatlift, where you can house your cruise craft to enjoy the best of waterfront living.

198 Isla Dorada Boulevard, Cocoplum, Coral Gables

This exquisite waterfront Cocoplum home features six bedrooms with en-suite baths and wood finished closets. If your idea of luxury includes all things formal, look no further, as this home features a large formal living room and dining room overlooking the gardens, a spacious family room with mahogany built-ins and views of the water and swimming pool. Outside of the second floor master suite and sitting area, you will find lovely water views and a perfect terrace for unwinding from the day. This home also comes with a private dock that leads to the bay by way of only one bridge. For all your additional needs, you’ll find a full house generator, elevator, and oversized two-car garage to accompany the offerings of this luxury South Florida home.

3741 Maine Highway, Villa 824, Coconut Grove

For stunning panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, you may find your home in this incredible 7,000 +/- square foot villa. At the price, this home offers a rare opportunity to live on the bay in historic Coconut Grove, as this is one of only eight villas directly on the water. With amenities such as a rooftop summer kitchen and 60 ft. (+/-) lap pool overlooking the vistas of the city and Biscayne Bay, you may never find another home quite like this one, nor will you want to! This smart home with elevator features four bedrooms with en-suite baths including a separate master bedroom wing, along with two powder rooms, a state of the art movie theater, a brand new Poggenpohl kitchen, parking for four cars, and two home offices. High ceilings enlarge the four stories of the home, and give the appearance of ultimate luxury.

For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact Audrey Ross at or (305) 206-4003 or visit her at the Compass office located at 2550 South Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove.