Sunday, March 24, 2013

Doral Sands

Doral Sands is one of the exclusive communities that surround Doral Park Country Club.  Located in the constantly growing city of Doral, Doral Sands real estate offers its residents a great family-oriented neighborhood that is home to a close-knit community of neighbors in the truest sense of the word.  This gated community features tree-lined streets with elegant, mid-sized homes and perfectly manicured lawns. 

Location of Doral Sands
Located in the heart of Doral, Doral Sands is in the ideal part of the city that is close to everything.  As a community within Doral Park Country Club, Doral Sands is surrounded by one of the top PGA golf courses that is part of the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. 

Doral is a city in Miami-Dade County that is well-sought after with international businesses with facilities in the United States.  Because of its close proximity to international ports, airports and major thoroughfares, it is also very well-liked by exporters.  Because of this, Doral has a high concentration of the professional sector of the area’s population. 

Highlights in Doral Sands
Doral Sands real estate has a lot to offer its residents in terms of community amenities.  Not only does it benefit from being intertwined with the Doral Golf Resort’s Jim McLean signature course, it has the advantage of being one of the exclusive communities within Doral Park Country Club.  Some of the amenities that accompany this are tennis and basketball courts, a fantastic swimming pool, fitness center and an excellent playground.  Activities and events within the Clubhouse cater to families, retired groups, and anyone living in Doral Sands.  From Easter egg hunts to weekly bridge club and mahjong games to community tennis tournaments, there is always something going on within the community. 

Residences within Doral Sands feature updated amenities like gourmet kitchens with high-end appliances, granite counter tops and lots of cabinet space, oversized master bedrooms and spa-like master baths.  Many homes have large screened in porches that open up to expansive patios with private pools and tropical landscaping.

Real Estate Opportunities in Doral Sands
Doral real estate in and of itself is an excellent investment that has consistently increased over the years.  Homes in the Doral Park Country Club communities take that one step further with the fact that less than a handful of properties are for sale in each community.  Doral Sands real estate features some of the higher priced properties in all of Doral Park.  All single-family homes, list prices in Doral Sands range between about $400K and $600K with sizes ranging between 2,000 and 3,500 square feet.  In the past six months, six homes have sold with the average number of days on the market at about 148 days and sale prices in the same range as those listed for sale.  Doral Sands has expenses that come with living in the community that include property taxes typically in the $5,000 to $8,000 range, monthly HOA fees of $210 and monthly clubhouse fees at about $95 (includes use of all clubhouse amenities).

Doral Sands is also popular with investors who are interested in rental and investment property.  Doral Sands rentals typically have a monthly rental rate ranging anywhere between $2,500 and $3,500 and are popular with golfers and those who spend time in the area during the winter months. 

A Great Place to Live
For anyone looking at Doral real estate, Doral Sands has some of the best.  This is an awesome neighborhood that the residents love.  The homes are of a nice quality and the home values are solid.  Add that to the perfect surroundings and it is easy to see why Doral Sands is a great place to live.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Doral Colony - A Golfer's Paradise

Doral Colony is a small community of townhomes and condominiums situated in the exclusive Doral Estates.  Surrounded by the PGA golf courses of Donald Trump’s Doral Resort and Spa, Doral Colony is a top choice among avid golfers.  The community was built in two phases and completed in 1988.  This close-knit community is home to only 84 townhomes and condominiums in a quiet and tranquil setting with most residences facing perfectly designed and landscaped fairways.
Situated inside Doral Estates, Doral Colony is located in the heart of Doral.  While it is literally close to everything, it has the appeal of being set away from the traffic and action of this rapidly growing city.  Doral Colony is within a short distance to excellent restaurants and shopping including Miami International Mall and Dolphin Mall.  Additionally, the major thoroughfares leading to downtown Miami as well as the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport are within a short drive to this exclusive neighborhood.   

The city of Doral was incorporated in 2003 and has grown by leaps and bounds since then by creating a balanced combination of business and residential appeal.  Because it is so close the area’s major transportation hubs, several corporations have placed their headquarters or opened offices in Doral including Carnival Corporation and a subsidiary, Carnival Cruise Line, Perry Ellis and many more. 

With Doral Colony condominiums and townhomes, homeowners enjoy the ease of living here with excellent amenities.  Not only are the homes situated on the fairways of the WGC-Cadillac Championship Golf Tournament, homeowners enjoy living a country club lifestyle with tropical landscaping surrounding the beautiful pool and tennis courts.  Additionally, the entire community has 24-hour private security ensuring privacy and safety for all residents.

Since the community is about 25 years old, many of the individual homes have been remodeled with updated features and finishes.  Each home is very spacious and features two and three bedrooms with a bonus of having master bedrooms located on the first floor in the two-story townhomes.  Other highlights include large kitchens with lots of counter space, screened in lanais or glassed in atriums with beautiful views of the golf course, large bedrooms with walk-in closets, fireplaces that create a warm atmosphere and spacious two-car garages. 

Doral Colony Real Estate
Doral Colony real estate is very popular with buyers wanting a second home in South Florida as well as international buyers who conduct business in the Miami area.  Additionally, investors seek out opportunities at Doral Colony for rental property. 

List prices typically fall between about $300K and $700K depending on the size and location with the community.  In 2012, eight sold with sale prices ranging from the low $400s to almost $600K.  Doral Colony’s popularity is very evident by noting that homes on the market stay for an average of only 89 days (three months).  In terms of additional costs for homeowners, there is an annual HOA fee of $800 to $900 with property taxes anywhere between $6,000 and $8,000 annually (subject to change).

As for rental property, this is an excellent investment opportunity. Doral Colony rentals have monthly rental rates that range from about $2,500 to $3,500.   And, just as the homes sell quickly, they also rent in a timely manner. 

A Golfer’s Paradise
Doral Colony is often referred to as “a golfer’s paradise.”  After one look at this beautiful community, it is easy to see why.  Because it is so highly sought after, it is a great opportunity to invest in Doral real estate.   

Friday, March 8, 2013

Top Five Homes in Doral Isles

In the heart of Doral lies an exclusive gated community – Doral Isles.  Consisting of 13 separate smaller communities (“isles”), Doral Isles is truly an ideal neighborhood where a diverse group of people live and enjoy the entire neighborhood has to offer.  

Doral Isles is a very quaint and quiet neighborhood with tree lined streets, a resort-style atmosphere and tons of amenities.  Much of the activity in Doral is centered around the Island Club – the community’s main gathering place.  It plays host to a large fitness center with equipment and daily exercise classes as well as a coffee bar and clubhouse for entertaining.  Outside, the club is surrounded by a basketball court, baseball and soccer fields and two large swimming pools.  

Because Doral Isles real estate is  a mix of properties including single family homes, condominiums, and townhouses, it has a broad appeal.  List prices start in the mid-$100s for townhouses and condominiums and climb from there depending on the community in which the property is located.  For single family homes, the spectrum of prices ranges from the mid-$200s to almost $2 million again depending on the community.  

The most expensive homes in Doral Isles are located in Mediterranea, Venetia, Pacifica and Riviera.  In these communities, homes are gracious in size and feature luxury amenities and detail that appeal to buyers who desire the luxury and conveniences that are expected in homes like these.  In these small communities, many of the residents are families with kids as the surrounding schools are excellent.  Following are the top five homes in Doral Isles:


6861 NW 113th Court, List Price:  $1,900,000
Built in 2001, this 4,200+ square foot home faces the lake offering a relaxing atmosphere.  With five bedrooms and four baths, this beautiful home features tile and bamboo floors throughout as well as a wonderful kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets.  The large master suite features a tray ceiling and spa-like bathroom with marble floors and a large garden tub.  Outside, there is a huge outdoor living area with outdoor kitchen and deck surrounding the heated pool and extending towards the lakefront.  

7024 NW 113th Place, List Price:  $1,790,000
For Venezuelan buyers, this home presents an excellent opportunity to exchange it for properties in Venezuela.  The sellers are interested in properties, cars, and bolivares.  This six-bedroom, four and a half bath home features state of the art, stainless steel appliances in a huge gourmet kitchen as well as a large family room, formal living and dining rooms, a separate office, an inviting master suite with elegant master bath, and more.

11230 NW 71st Street, List Price:  $1,800,000
This almost 4,000 square foot home was built in 2000 and features five bedrooms and three baths.  Nestled in the exclusive Venetia community where the most elegant of Doral Isles homes are found, the Mediterranean style home offers beautiful and relaxing views of the lake and plenty of room for a large family.

7141 NW 111th Avenue, List Price:  $1,400,000
Living in this home is like living in a Mediterranean villa with six bedrooms and five and a half baths encompassed in almost 3,900 square feet.  Finishes like recessed lighting in the kitchen, tray ceilings throughout the home and an awesome kitchen make this home the executive home it was intended to be.  The best part about this home is that the seller has no mortgage so all reasonable offers will be presented and considered.  


11390 NW 61st Street, List Price:  $1,395,000
Situated on one of the largest lots in Riviera, this beautiful 3,300 square foot home features five bedrooms and three baths.  With a large, updated Italian kitchen and huge laundry room remodeled in the third garage and a remodeled downstairs bedroom (both with permits), this home has so much to offer its owners.  The contemporary design leads out to an outdoor oasis with custom designed pool, an outdoor living area and plenty of greenscape.  


6761 NW 112th Avenue, List Price:  $1,395,000
With the master bedroom on the main floor and marble floors throughout, this contemporary-designed home also features a sunken living room, sleek and modern gourmet kitchen and large family room.  The fixtures and finishes have sharp lines that add to the look and style of the home.  There is also a large, outdoor living area with an inviting pool and plenty of room for entertaining. 

Real Estate Statistics
In 2012, 10 homes sold within the four communities with sale prices between the mid-$700s and just over $1.8 million.  Over the past several years, sale prices have continually shown solid increases as the Doral population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010.  

In terms of fees and taxes, homeowners in these communities in Doral Isles can expect to pay monthly HOA fees between $340 and $400.  As for property taxes, they vary from home to home and neighborhood to neighborhood.  For these four communities, 2011 taxes fell between $8,000 and $15,000 with several factors influencing the cost.

An Excellent Investment
Doral Isles real estate is truly an excellent investment.  While much of Miami real estate is showing signs of rebounding, Doral is an area that has continually gained in value.   Businesses and corporations see the potential in the area which is why so many companies are relocating or opening offices in this booming city.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Promenade at Doral -- Affordable Luxury

As one of Doral’s most luxurious condominiums, the Promenade at Doral is situated in the heart of the city.  The community offers its residents a tranquil and tropical atmosphere where they enjoy a lifestyle that is very much like being on vacation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Built in 2008, this large, and very popular, community consists of 771 one and two-story villas that feature two and three bedroom residences.  With sizes ranging between about 1,100 and 1,500 square feet, they feel spacious and roomy. 

Location of the Promenade at Doral
Location is everything and the Promenade at Doral is the epitome of “location, location, location.”  Not only are the major thoroughfares in and out of Miami/Dade County close by, but within a 10-minute drive, residents can be on the one of the championship golf courses at the Doral Resort and Spa or shopping at Dolphin Mall.  Not much further is the exciting and always stylish areas of Downtown Miami and South Beach.  Finally, the major transportation hubs, Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, are a 30-minute drive making it a perfect place to live for those who travel quite a bit. 

Upon entering the Promenade at Doral, residents immediately feel they have entered a Mediterranean resort.  They enjoy a welcoming community atmosphere with lush landscaping and street scapes, tranquil lake views with covered pavilions and patios, and a community resort-style pool with large pool deck, bathrooms and showers.  A 7,000 square foot clubhouse plays host to a state of the art fitness center, party rooms with full kitchens, a game room with arcade style game tables, and a meeting center.  Outside, there are lighted tennis courts and a full length basketball court. 

Inside each residence, homes are spacious and feature nine-foot ceilings.  Other fixtures and finishes include ceramic tile and carpeted floors, tempered glass sliding glass doors, large kitchens with full appliance packages, European-style cabinetry and durable counter tops and back splashes.  While original properties were built designer-ready with appliance and fixture packages, home owners upgraded to higher end options.  Bathrooms feature tile floors, spa-like showers and roman tubs and marble counter tops (master suite only). 

Real Estate
Like most Doral real estate, property is more affordable and offers lots of opportunities for investors, first time buyers and those in need of second homes in the area.  Currently there are eight properties on the market in the Promenade at Doral that range in price from the low to high-$200s.  In 2012, four properties sold between $140K and $215K. 

Rental property at the Promenade at Doral is a sought after address because of everything it has to offer as well as its location.  Currently there are six residences for rent with monthly rental rates between $1,485 and $1,800.   This is an excellent Doral condominium community for investors. 

A Great Investment
There is no doubt that property in the Promenade at Doral is a great investment.  Its location, amenities, and aesthetic appeal make it ideal for many buyers from first time buyers to investors.  It is definitely worth checking out the opportunities at the Promenade at Doral.
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