Thursday, October 26, 2017

Storms May Come and Go, but Miami Will Endure!


(Safety measures against tropical storms)

This past month has been really hard for Floridians, but not everything is bad news, Irma has shown our community important values about unity, hope and humility towards nature. Storms as big as this one are relentless, but there are some safety measures we can take to make our homes a little bit stronger against them, and since it’s never too late to take precautions for future events, here are some tips. One of the main attractions Miami has to offer is the amazing tropical weather. Of course, this sounds ironic whenever the hurricane season arrives, but for this couple of months, there are a few things we can do to reinforce the safety of our home against storms.

First, a “safety 101 guide” for the next time a storm hits our shores:

Pre-Season
-Prepare your home (house or apartment) with shutter windows and doors that can take some punishment.
-Be aware of all evacuation routes, especially if you live close to the coast.
-Be prepared with proper tools, enough supplies, and a good first-aid kit.
-Get plenty of non-perishable foods and water.
-Flashlights, lanterns and batteries are essential.

During the storm
-Stay away from windows, even if they are well secured against the wind.
-Never use candles.
-Stay in a safe room with no windows (or covered windows) until the storm passes. Monitor the weather and Civil Services Bulletins on the radio.
-Have your supplies in hand.

Now, how to prepare your home? There are plenty of technologies available to make your home stronger against hurricanes and storms, but they are usually quite expensive. Still, there are a few things that could be within your budget and that will help:

-Protect your windows and doors. Shuttering your windows is essential, but if you don’t like how the shutters look on your home’s facade, you can get removable ones. Make sure that your doors are resistant enough so they can take the hard wind.

-Protect your garage door. This is one of the most vulnerable spots in a house, but it can be reinforced with some work. There are companies qualified to assess your home and help you make it safer against storms.
-Let the water flow. Make sure that your roof and entrances have an adequate draining system. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean.

-Give maintenance to your landscape. Remove dead branches and anything that could blow away after breaking from a tree to prevent any damage to your and other people’s homes.

-Invest in a power generator. During a storm, electricity will likely be the first thing that’s going to fail. To get some light in your house, keep the refrigerator on and your phones charged. A power generator running on fuel can do wonders.

Now that the worst has happened, almost all activities are going back to normal. Hotels didn’t suffer much this season, and they are hosting visitors again, the airport is 100% functional, most restaurants and attractions are now open and working normally, and Miami’s port is already receiving cruises, cargo ships and private ships. Miami remains strong and another hurricane season (the worst in history) has passed. Now we can go back to being the financial center of this south-east corner of America.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Doral Keeps On Getting Better!






Whenever someone starts planning to invest and live somewhere new, they take into consideration different factors such as security, schools, weather and culture. But another feature everyone always thinks about is entertainment. Particularly in Doral, entertainment choices keep getting better and better every year, now thanks to a new bowling alley: Kings Bowl in City Place.
 
Going bowling is so much fun for the whole family. Having some quality time with the children of the house in a new place can do wonders, but what’s best about Kings Bowl is the fact that it can also be a great place to go and hang out with your friends, have a drink, listen to good music, or have a lovely and delicious dinner.

Not many bowling alleys offer the variety of cocktails available there, not to mention the amazing live music. Kings Bowl is an unbelievable experience for all the senses, even the eyes with glow-in-the-dark pins, a beautiful mural by Venezuelan artist Eduardo Sanabria, and every single aspect of the decoration, that has been carefully selected with the highest taste, giving it a lounge-like look.

Another amazing feature Kings Bowl offers to the visitors is a Rum Room. It’s a space where rum lovers will be able to enjoy over 30 different rums from all around the world. And if you would like to have dinner with your family, the Flamingo Room is a private room where you can all gather in a brightly-colored space and enjoy exquisite meals freshly made in the alley’s kitchen.

These are all great features for a bowling alley, but for the actual fans of the sport, you should also know that there are 14 ten-pin bowling lanes and a four-lane private bowling suite where major tournaments are expected to happen. “We’ve had our eyes on Doral for several years as a fast-growing city just outside of Miami. Doral is vibrant and beautiful in its own right, but it was in need of some great dining and entertainment options that don’t require the residents and workforce to drive to South Beach,” said Josh Rossmeisl.

It’s another great reason to invest and move to Doral. Apparently, this city will never stop renovating itself and adding new features and fun activities to the long list of fun things to do. The eyes of America have been in Doral for some time now and if you are thinking about investing there, Doral Riches will help you in every step of the process.

Photos taken at: http://www.miami.com/ 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why Should You Have a Second Home in Doral?

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Some might say that home ownership is one of the main goals in everyone’s life, and if you share this thought, you should know that Doral Riches is here to help. But in this particular article, we are going to talk about the main reasons why people get a second home and why it is such a great idea if you have the opportunity.

If you already have a place of your own, your finances are well balanced, you and your family are settled comfortably in a place and now your main concern is to plan your retirement, buying a second home might be the best next move for you. Here are the reasons why you should consider getting a second home:

Rental properties. If you already succeeded at owning a home and you feel like you could handle more, buying a new place to rent it would be a great idea. Having an extra cash flow every month will boost your finances and give you more room to plan, invest in other endeavors, try to cut back on work and ultimately be able to enjoy more your family and your life.
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Vacation home. This is a particularly great idea if you have a family with whom you would like to spend your vacations; make new memories with them in a cozy space where you all can relax and recharge your energies before going back to your routine. 


Retirement home. The best moment to start planning your future was yesterday, the second best day is today. It’s never too soon to start making retirement plans, and one great option would be buying a second home somewhere you’ve always wanted to live. Once you retire, you could move there and enjoy your golden years thanks your greatly managed, past self.

Investment property. This is the choice that requires more guidance or professional advice, but it can be very profitable if you execute it well. Whenever the market faces a soft point, many investors decide to buy, betting that the prices will rocket eventually. And because the market is actually cyclic, that’s exactly what happens (most of the times!), but for this to work as you would expect, you would need to take many variables into consideration, and hiring a professional realtor or a real estate company would definitely be the best way to proceed.


Why do we recommend Doral? Simple: because this beautiful city in the outskirts of Miami is perfect for every type of investor. Only a few minutes from one of the greatest cities in America, tropical weather, Caribbean atmosphere, remarkable economic growth in the past 10 years, safe, clean, quiet, and most of all, extremely comfortable! Every year, more investors choose Doral to place their money, and the real estate market has shown that it’s particularly solid there.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fun Day with the Kids


Every parent knows what it’s like to search for new activities near you to keep your children entertained, happy and active. Luckily for anyone living in Doral and its surroundings, there are plenty of fun things to do with your children!

It’s quite something to enjoy little fun moments with your children and make unforgettable memories while they grow, and while one grows as a parent. To make this little moments more memorable, there are extremely fun places to take your children, and in this post, we are going to list our absolute favorites.

Minitown (Arcades, Party & Event Planning): this is one of the most popular places in Doral to host a party for our beloved little ones. It’s an indoor park where both children and adults can have fun. Arcades, fun activities, snacks and professional supervision make this place one of the best fun spots in the area. (4005 NW 114th Ave Ste 21, Doral, FL 33178)

Laserland & Adventure: some of the best arcades in Doral and a variety of fun activities that will make people want to come back. You’d be surprised to know that some parents even visit Laserland without their children to have a little fun by themselves at the air hockey game! You can also host a birthday party for your kids there, and have the time of your life with them. (9065 NW 13th Ter, Miami, FL 33172)

Gymboree Play & Music: this is an amazing place to take your children and watch them learn new things while they play and have fun. They take children from 0 to 5 years and they create new activities every day and use avant-garde methods to teach them and help them achieve their full potential in these very important first years of their lives. (2555 NW 102nd Avenue, Suite 203 Doral, FL 33172)

Summer camps: there are plenty of options in Doral if you would like to send your children to summer camp. Art Camp, Soccer Camp, Music Camp, Water Sports Camp… You name it! Actually, many parents bring their children to Doral during the summer season because all the best camps in Florida are located here! This summer camps can go from a half-day camp to a full summer camp, and they are available for children of all ages.


Another great reason to live in Doral is the high number of activities available to have fun and entertain yourself and your family all year round. If you are planning on investing here, contact Doral Riches and we will guide you step by step through the entire buying process! Visit our website for more information about our services: www.doralriches.com

Thursday, June 8, 2017

There’s Nothing like Getting New Furniture for Your New Home






Getting a new home is really exciting, but all the good feelings really start when you buy the first piece of furniture for your house or condo. New mattress, shiny new kitchen, sitting on the sofa of your dreams in your living room for the first time… It’s all a wonderful experience, but the excitement and enthusiasm shouldn’t blind your judgment when the time to choose what to buy and where to buy it comes.

Something that usually happens to first-timers is that they feel like they need to get everything at once, despite having a limited budget, but the key is to be patient. There are plenty of options both online and in stores to decorate and furnish your new home, but we recommend you to buy a piece or two at a time, and try not to do impulsive shopping and get anything you don’t really need at first.

There are stores like Ikea (which we all know) that seem like the easiest choice, and in some cases, it is. We all have at least that one TV cabinet that we assembled ourselves (and probably remind it to our family every now and then), but it’s not a mystery that this sort of pieces don’t usually last long. Sometimes the smartest choice is to spend the same that you would in Ikea and buy a used pine wood table that will last for a much longer time. State sales, antique shops and even Craigslist are great choices, especially if you have a tight budget. When shopping on craigslist, seek out solid wood (oak, maple, birch, etc), and try not to buy used items that could contain bed bugs (fabrics, beds, mattresses, curtains, etc).
If you are old-school and like to touch and feel your new piece of furniture before you get it, there are some really great places in Miami where you can get beautiful items and save money too:


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Monday, May 8, 2017

An Entire New Way of Enjoying the 7th Art




One of America’s all-time dating classic is “Dinner and Movies”, two separate pleasures we’ve all enjoyed on an afternoon or an evening. Recently, someone had the amazing idea of combining these two pleasures together, and the result was a total success; a whole new way of enjoying the 7th art in Doral at CinéBistro.

CinéBistro is located in CityPlace, a modern entertaining center where various businesses show how the economy of this young city keeps growing every day. 

The idea of projecting movies while having a delicious meal and drinking great cocktails now sounds unique and quite modern, but believe us, in no time there will be one in every city, because this is one of the greatest ideas of the decade, and you saw it first in Doral! 

This unique movie theater features the best image and sound quality you could possibly get, comfortable and spacious seats (which you can choose when you buy your tickets), and a small table where you can have some food and place your drink. If you are very hungry and the movie hasn’t started yet, you can eat before and have some drinks. One of the best things about their cocktail selection is that you can order any cocktail that’s not in the menu, but we strongly recommend you to enjoy a Movie Manhattan or a Pineapple Mule. And to delight your palate, we recommend the Lobster Roll Sliders (appetizer) and a NY Strip. And for dessert… Chocolate “Tres Leches”. 

This is an experience where all 5 senses will come out more than satisfied; you definitely need to visit CinéBistro!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Celebrities in Miami



We all dream of living like a star: a mansion with a private pool, in an exclusive neighborhood, and with the fanciest services. Miami is one of those places where celebrities come to make their dreams come true. Not only does Miami offer the most amazing weather, but also huge houses, an eclectic lifestyle, and a great cultural variety. Few other cities in the United States meet all of these requirements. This is why Miami is not only attractive for immigrants and second-home buyers, but also for celebrities. Miami is home to lots of musicians, athletes, actors, and politicians. 
            Here’s a list of celebrities that are currently living in Miami and who you might see on an ordinary day.
·         Barry Gibb: The last musician alive of the Bee Gees.
·         Alonzo Mourning: one of Miami Heat’s biggest stars.
·         Pharrell Williams: the musician, record producer, and former judge of the reality show The Voice.
·         Floyd Mayweather: one of the greatest boxers of all times and the richest one, too.
·         Matt Damon: one of the most famous Hollywood celebrities in Miami. After all, he did survive when left alone on Mars!
·         Gloria Estefan: the Cuban great star of Miami Sound Machine. Miami fits her cultural expectations perfectly!
·         Shakira: she needs no introduction, just one more Latin American who’s looking to feel just like home in Miami’s cultural mix.
·         Sofia Vergara: the Colombian actress who found part of her fame in one of the most successful comedy shows of all times: Modern Family.
·         Adriana Lima: though this supermodel is one of the most successful ones in the industry, she’s known for her modest lifestyle.
·         LeBron James: the great NBA star has chosen Miami as his home city.


These are only a few celebrities living in Miami. Just like them, you can also enjoy the exclusivity, privacy, and comfort that this South Floridian city has to offer. Dream big, live bigger! America Riches can help you get that lifestyle you’ve always desired. Just contact us and let’s start looking for the mansion of your dreams!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do in Doral, Florida

South Florida is one of those places that have options for any kind of person. Either if you enjoy a calm dinner, a family day, or a night club, you’ll find them all here! But, if you’re looking to stay close, and you’re not feeling like driving, then each city has its own offer. For those who live in Doral –or are planning to live here, here’s a list of top 10 things to do in this wonderful city!


1)     Blue Monster: Doral is known as the city of golf, and this is the most popular course in here. It offers 7,590 yards for you to relax!
2)     Miami International Mall: if you love to go shopping, then you’ll find everything you need in here. From fashion, to home goods and décor, this mall has a great variety to offer.
3)     The Shops at Downtown Doral: you can visit this 20-acre location, where you’ll find a great variety in retail and, best of all: food! This is a very fancy site to get a high-quality gastronomic experience and where you’ll find renowned fashion stores.
4)      Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa: since 1975, this amazing spa has given its clients an amazing relaxing experience through nutrition and fitness programs, which focus on exercising daily for a healthier lifestyle.
5)      Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market: if you’re looking for an exquisite gastronomic experience, here you’ll find the best local Japanese restaurant. You’ll have the opportunity to taste both traditional Japanese food and Asian-American fusion cuisine, such as pancakes with seafood toppings.
6)      Los Parrilleros: when it comes to steakhouses, we all know Argentinians are the best, that’s why Los Parrilleros have been pleasing their clients for over 15 years. Perfectly cooked ribs, churrascos, sausages, and so much more!
7)     Il Forno Ristorante: if you’re craving for a classic Italian menu, then this is the right place to visit. From porcini mushroom pasta, to veal ossobuco alla Milanesa, everything will make your mouth water.
8)      La esquina del Lechón: this is one of Miami’s most precious places. Here you’ll find a great variety of exquisite Latin food. If your body says “chicharron”, then please it at La esquina del Lechón!
9)      Wxyz Bar and Lounge: for nightlife lovers, this is a great place to get a drink and good music. Best thing is, it’s not usually overcrowded, so you’ll feel comfortable!




10)   Doral Billiards and Sports Lounge: here you’ll definitely have a different night. Pool and drinks are always an awesome choice!

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