Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Reserve at Doral - An Excellent Investment

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While Miami real estate developers are taking the architecture in a more contemporary direction, one community stands out because of its tropical island-esque appeal and design.  The Reserve at Doral has an entirely different atmosphere upon entering the gated community.  It is almost as if there should be steel drum music playing throughout the streets.  As a premiere Doral community, the Reserve at Doral boasts a relaxing lifestyle that is like being on vacation all the time.  And why not!  After all, Doral is one of Miami-Dade’s cities that is growing by leaps and bounds. 

Completed in 2011, the Reserve at Doral features 318 townhomes that are situated in two separate sections – East and West.  Each with its own gated entrance and community amenities, the large two-story townhomes in each community have a Bermuda feel to them with their tropical design and exterior colors.  With sizes ranging between over 1,900 and almost 2,300 square feet, they have three and four bedrooms and feel spacious and roomy. 

Location of the Reserve at Doral
Located in the center of Doral, the Reserve at Doral is close to everything.  The Reserve West is situated just off the Turnpike at NW 74th Streets and NW 114th Avenue while the Reserve East sits close by NW 74th Street and NW 107th Avenue.  In addition, the communities are a quick 10 minute drive to Dolphin Mall and Miami International Mall as well as only 15 minutes from Doral Golf Resort and Spa.  Within 30 minutes, residents can be at any of the major transportation hubs including Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. 

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The Reserve at Doral Amenities
Each with its own gated entrance, the Reserve at Doral offers residents a sense of relaxation with tropical and lush landscaping throughout the communities.  Additionally, each community also has a gorgeous club house with d├ęcor that has a Caribbean resort feel.   In addition to a large and inviting outdoor pool, the club house offers a state of the art fitness center and large “great room” ideal for entertaining or hosting meetings. 

As a neighborhood, the Reserve at Doral offers a perfect environment for families.  Not only is there a children’s playground, there are several neighborhood parks close by with tons of activities for kids. 

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Individual residences feature a large gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, lots of cabinet space and stainless-steel appliances.  Other amenities include an upper level veranda and covered backyard terrace as well as a master bedroom with dual walk-in closets and a spa-like bath with a Roman tub and dual vanities.  Exquisite fixtures and finishes give the townhomes a very polished finish that exudes luxury and attention to detail.  Additionally, many homes feature relaxing lake views. 

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Real Estate at the Reserve at Doral
Just as with most property in Doral, the Reserve at Doral real estate is much more affordable than similar properties in other parts of Miami-Dade County.  This affords many opportunities for investors, first time buyers and those in need of second homes in the area the ability to buy real estate of this caliber.  Home values at the Reserve at Doral fall between the upper-$300s and over $600K depending on the size, location and views.  Currently there are eight properties on the market in the Reserve at Doral that have list prices ranging from the high-$300s to high-$400s.    

The Reserve at Doral rental property is very popular as well because of the community and the location.  Monthly rental rates typically range anywhere between $2,000 and $3,000.  At this time, there are only three rental opportunities with month rates between $2,500 and $2,600.  Because of this, investors are always interested in the Reserve at Doral. 

A Great Consideration
For anyone interested in Doral real estate, the Reserve at Doral is an excellent consideration.  Everything about it screams “live here!”  From the amenities to the location to simply the atmosphere of the neighborhoods, there is no doubt that it is definitely worth checking out the opportunities at the Reserve at Doral.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Doral Cay -- A New Townhome Community in Doral

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Doral’s effort to bring a more contemporary feel to Doral real estate is very evident with the newest townhome community called Doral Cay.  This enclave of 16 townhomes with either three or four bedrooms has a tropical feel and island-style architecture.  This goal of Doral Cay is to create a tranquil oasis surrounded by all Doral has to offer its residents.  

Developer of Doral Cay
Developed by the Terra Group, Doral Cay is designed to be an upscale mixed-use and gated residential community set in the heart of Doral.  The Terra Group is probably Doral’s premiere real estate developer with other residential communities like Vintage Estates and Modern Doral as well as other developments like 900 Biscayne in downtown Miami. 


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Location of Doral Cay
Doral Cay is situated just off NW 58th Street in the heart of Doral.  With the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Dolphin Mall and International Mall just 10 minutes away, Doral Cay real estate is also close to the major thoroughfares in and out of Miami-Dade County as well as only 20 minutes from Miami International Airport.  

Incorporated in 2003, the city of Doral has shown a constant increase in population with its 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.  


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Amenities
Doral Cay is a gated community with several park-like plazas for children to play as well as a unique atmosphere to appeal to those seeking a laid-back tropical lifestyle.  The community features island-style architecture as well as prestigious amenities like a secure gate with a manned guardhouse at the entrance to the community; a beautiful clubhouse with meeting areas, a state of the art fitness center, a children’s playroom area, a kitchenette, and sauna with lockers; infinity pool with large white cabanas and spa on a sun deck overlooking a lake; a pool deck that surrounds a kids’ water park; and more.

Inside each home, there is so much attention to detail.  High-end fixtures and finishes are the norm with extras like a state of the art security system; advanced wiring for all utilities; full size washer and dryer; large and spacious rooms; a gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops; stainless steel appliances; and so much more.  For the most part, these townhomes have everything to offer those who want luxury living in Doral.  


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Doral Cay Real Estate 
Still in a pre-construction phase, the two-story Doral Cay townhomes range in size from about 2,100 to over 2,500 square feet and contain three and four bedrooms.  As a new addition to Doral real estate, list prices will start from the low to mid-$400s and climb to almost $500K depending on the floor plan. In terms of a payment plan, buyers can expect to pay about 30 percent down with the remaining 70 percent due at closing.  The initial down payment is broken up between contract signing, construction start and roof top off. 


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Community Unlike Any Other
Doral Cay is unlike any other community with its design and layout.  There is so much to offer buyers that this is a community that will be extremely popular with all types of buyers from professionals moving to the area to seasonal residents who want to be close to everything in the area and have the added security of this gated community.  Doral real estate is set to see much more growth as the real estate market as a whole continues to rebound.  Please watch for more details as they come available.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Balmoral Estates

Balmoral Estates is a beautiful and family-oriented gated community situated in Doral.  This master-planned community of mid-size single family homes is very close-knit and full of activity and neighborhood camaraderie.   Doral real estate in Balmoral Estates is different in a way that property is thought of more as “home” than simply property or an investment.  The residents love this neighborhood which is very evident in that there are typically only a handful of homes for sale at any given time.  Balmoral is an ideal neighborhood for families relocating to the area as well as part time residents who want the added security of having a second home in a gated community.

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Balmoral Estates’ Location
Located in the heart of Doral, Balmoral Estates is perfectly situated within a short distance to everything in Doral.  Located in the heart of the city, Balmoral Estates is in the ideal part of the city that is close to everything.  Not only is the Florida Turnpike within a two or three minute drive, there are several golf courses including those at the Doral Golf Resort as well as the excellent shopping at Dolphin Mall and Miami International Mall all less than 10 minutes away.  Because of Doral’s location close to all major transportation hubs in Miami-Dade County, it is becoming more popular to international businesses with facilities in the United States. 

Amenities in Balmoral Estates
Balmoral Estates offers excellent amenities that make Doral real estate more appealing to area residents.  Some of these amenities include a beautiful club house and pool that face the community lake around which the neighborhood is centered.  Other highlights include elegant street lighting that follows the tree lined streets and quaint sidewalks as well as perfectly manicured landscaping with a tropical influence. 

Inside homes, home owners enjoy gourmet-style kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and lots of cabinet space; large master suites with walk-in closets; spacious baths with marble counter tops and designer fixtures; spacious lawns with tropical landscaping; and, roomy garages.  Some homes have private pools with delightful outdoor living areas.

Real Estate Opportunities in Balmoral Estates
Because Doral has become such a draw for the professional sector of the area’s population, Doral real estate has experienced a constant increase in interest since its incorporation just over 10 years ago.  Because Balmoral Estates is gated and has such a family-oriented draw, its residents tend to move into the community and stay here.  Balmoral real estate features single family homes with values between the mid to upper-$300s and the lower-$600s.  Currently, the handful of homes listed for sale has list prices falling from the low to upper-$400s.  Home sizes fall within almost 2,000 and just under 3,300 square feet.  In the past six months, six homes have sold with sale prices ranging from the mid-$300s to mid-$400s.  For the most part, homes sell fairly quickly in Balmoral because of its appeal, location and amenities.  Other important expenses associated with owning a home in this community include property taxes ranging between $4,000 and $5,000 as well as monthly HOA fees that fall anywhere between $150 and $250. 

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For investors of rental property, Balmoral real estate is a solid investment.  Balmoral rentals have month rental rates typically falling between $2,500 and about $3,500.  This is a popular neighborhood for those who head south for the winter because of its location in Doral as well as ease of getting here.

Another Great Doral Neighborhood
Balmoral Estates is another great Doral neighborhood that offers some of the best opportunities for owning Doral real estate.  Those who live here love it and end up staying in the community.  With only a small number of homes for sale at any given point in time, it is a statement of how much they love their homes and their neighborhood.  Its location cannot be beaten just like the excellent quality and amenities of each home.  

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Top Five 5-Bedroom Homes in Doral

Doral is such a thriving city in the Miami-Dade County area.  With so many successful businesses settling in Doral and more on the horizon, it is no wonder that families are moving to the area in search of Doral real estate that accommodates lots of activity and lots of people.  Homes of this size and this 
caliber typically feature resort-style amenities in and around the homes as well as inside each community.  Additionally, Doral offers excellent private and public schools that are very close to the exclusive Doral neighborhoods.  Following are the top five (5)-bedroom homes in Doral.

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9426 NW 54th Lane, Doral Estates, List Price:  $2,600,000
As one of the most expensive homes in of Doral, this beautiful, Mediterranean style home in gated Doral Estates sits on a tranquil lake with lovely views of golf course fairways.  Not only does it have has five bedroom and five and a half baths, it features an incredible pool with deck and gazebo barbecue area that connects to a deluxe pier sitting on the expansive lake.  Perfectly manicured landscaping surrounds the entire estate-style home of almost 5,000 square feet.  In addition to a beautiful gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and plenty of granite counter top counter space, high-end fixtures and finishes make this house as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

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6861 NW 113th Court, Doral Isles Mediterranea, List Price:  $1,900,000
Part of the draw of living in an exclusive Doral community is the ability to enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine.  And at this home in Doral Isles Mediterranea, the 4,200+ square foot property showcases a wonderful outdoor living area that offers extensive areas for enjoying this vacation lifestyle.  With a built-in pool, large outdoor kitchen and living area facing the tranquil lake, being outdoors is a favorite activity all year long.  Inside, there five bedrooms, four baths, an open kitchen and family room, elegant formals, and so much more.  Details like tray ceilings, crown molding and high-end fixtures add to the quality of this gorgeous Mediterranean-styled home. 

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11230 NW 71st Street, Doral Isles Venetia, List Price:  $1,800,000
Built in 2000, this home in Doral Isles Venetia offers a favorite attribute of many homeowners – the master suite on the main floor.  Additionally, there are five bedrooms and three baths along with a large family room, formal dining room and excellent kitchen with lots of room for preparing gourmet meals.  The waterfront property provides a welcome retreat after a long day the office and a wonderful place for a large family to spend time together.

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11390 NW 61st Street, Doral Isles Riviera, List Price: $1,395,000
Lots of green space and perfect landscaping add to the beauty of this contemporary and elegant home in Doral Isles Riviera.  With five bedrooms, three baths, a large kitchen included in the 3,300 square feet, this home is perfect for a large family.  The interior design has a very modern but warm touch with updated design elements.  Another feature is the downstairs bedroom designed from the third garage (both with permits).  Outside, home owners enjoy the outdoor living area and pool with a tropical landscape and atmosphere on one of the largest lots in the entire community.

6761 NW 112th Avenue, Doral Isles Pacifica, List Price:  $1,385,000
This home is one of the most spectacular in all of Doral real estate.  Situated  in Doral Isles Pacifica, it is close to everything in Doral.  Built in 1998 and recently remodeled, the first word that prospective buyers utter is “WOW!!”  Along with open rooms and sharp lines, the most unbelievable feature has to be the kitchen. With dark contemporary cabinets that offer LED lights inside each one, lots of counter space, and updated high-end appliances, this is a dream kitchen for any self-proclaimed chef.  Other high-end fixtures and finishes include Italian porcelain and bamboo floors throughout the home.  Additionally, the home features computerized video surveillance cameras that are controlled from anywhere in the world.  The outside patio has marble floors that surround the most beautiful built-in pool and outdoor living area.  This is such a wonderful home! 

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Luxury Doral Homes
Different communities appeal to different buyers.  With so many amenities to accommodate different tastes, it is no wonder that so many potential buyers are considering making their homes in one of the luxurious Doral homes. One thing is for sure...Doral real estate affords many the opportunity to live in a very luxurious setting at a much more affordable price than an equivalent home in Miami.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Top Golf Courses in South Florida

When Donald Trump announced that he was literally blowing up the Blue Monster course at Doral Resort and Spa, avid golfers living and visiting in Doral and the surround area stopped for a moment wondering about the alternatives.  Not only do golfers come to the Doral Resort and Spa for vacations, other golfers seek out Doral real estate because of the outstanding golf courses close by. 

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According to Trump, the plans are to tear up the course and, rather than renovations, give the course an entirely new makeover.  From a recent article in the Miami Herald, “It will be massive construction,” Trump said. “It will be completely done two months before next year’s tournament — it better be.”  He was referring to the WGC-Cadillac Golf Championship played at Doral earlier this month.

But there is no reason to worry!  Miami is home to some of the best golf courses in the country hosting all golfers no matter the level.  One common thread for all golfers is that the “have clubs will travel” rules apply.  So while the Donald tears up the Blue Monster course at Doral, take time to check out these courses that are considered to be the top courses in all of Miami-Dade County.  
Doral Golf Resort and Spa.  While the Blue Monster is considered the “mac-daddy” of courses at Doral, there are four other courses designed by golf legends.  Not only do these courses offer challenges and magnificent beauty to their players, they allow Doral home owners the chance to continue to play at local courses and area corporations to continue their tradition of entertaining at Doral. 
The Great White Course.  The Great White Course is a Greg Norman signature course and the second best course at Doral.  It has the exclusive characteristic of being the only golf course of its kind in the Southeastern United States to use crushed coquina shells as the primary design element on every hole.  
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The Gold Course.  Redesigned by PGA Tour legend, Raymond Floyd, the Gold Course is a classic Florida golf course with contoured greens, perfectly placed bunkers, and, of course, water around 16 of the holes.  The claim to fame of this course is the island green on the 18th hole. 
The Red Course.  The Red Course is the favorite for corporate events as it is enjoyed by golfers at every skill level.  Additionally, it is typically one of the first courses many golfers when playing golf in Doral.  Because it accommodates every skill level, it is as challenging as anyone wants it to be. 
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Jim McLean Signature Course.  Located a short distance away from the resort itself is the Jim McLean Signature Course.  This is a truly challenging course that many golfers seek to play.  In addition to some of the toughest holes, this course showcases some of the most exclusive Doral real estate as it traverses through neighborhoods that feature homes with amazing golf course views.
The Biltmore Championship Golf Course.  A short 20-minute drive (less than 9 miles away) from Doral is the legendary Biltmore Hotel and Championship Golf Course.  This drive is well worth its weight in gold for any golfer living in Doral.  This phenomenal golf course is revered as one of the best courses on the East Coast and entertains dignitaries, celebrities and avid golfers who want to be challenged by a championship course.
Turnberry Isle Resort and Club.  Located close to Miami Beach and about a 30-minute drive for Doral home owners are two of the best golf courses in all of Miami-Dade County.  They were originally designed in the early 1970s by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and redesigned in 2007 by Raymond Floyd in a $45 million renovation.  The fairways are lush, green and perfectly manicured for demanding but player friendly golf at every level on the Miller and Soffer courses. 
Doral Golfers Have Options
For any golfer looking at Doral real estate, in part, because of the excellent golf courses nearby, there are other premiere courses located around Miami-Dade County that provide challenging and exhilarating rounds of golf.  Add to this the fact that as the winter season in South Florida begins to lighten up, it is a great time to get great deals at top courses throughout the entire area.  Enjoy the day! 
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