Monday, June 24, 2013

Five Most Expensive Doral Homes Sold in 2013

The Doral real estate market is on fire.  Since the start of 2013, over 325 Doral properties have sold with the average number of days on the market at low levels. While most homes are priced between $300K and $600K with the average number of days on the market as low as low as 2-3 days, there are a handful of homes priced over $1 million that actually have sold in less than 100 days.   Following are the five most expensive Doral homes sold so far in 2013.

9445 NW 54th Doral Terrace, Doral Estates, Sale Price:  $1,390,500
Like most homes in Doral Estates, this home is ideal for families with five bedrooms and five and a half baths under almost 5,500 square feet.  Situated on a lot that is over one-third acre, its highlights that draw potential buyers include a large family room, huge gourmet kitchen with everything any cook wants as well as a breakfast nook overlooking the pool area in the backyard, both formals and so much more.  Listed for just under $1.5 million, the home sold for 93 percent of the list price with the average number of days on the market for this sale was 88 days.  In 2007, the home sold for just over $1.5 million.

5453 NW 94th Doral Place, Doral Estates, Sale Price:  $1,100,000
This Doral Estates home, built in 1984, is a one-of-a kind home with four bedrooms and three baths.  It has all the bells and whistles a million-dollar home in Doral should have including formals, a great family room and gourmet kitchen, an ideal pool and outdoor living area that features an automatic mosquito misting system and more.  It listed for $1.25 million and sold for almost about 12 percent below list price in just over 90 days.  The most favorable aspect of this sale price is that the last time the home sold in 2007, it sold for $425K and was remodeled to bring it to par with other Doral Estates homes. 

9445 NW 52nd Doral Lane, Doral Estates, Sale Price:  $1,100,000
As one of the most contemporary homes in Doral Estates, this home has 6 bedrooms and 5 baths under over 4,500 square feet.  It was built in 1992 on a 0.39 acre lot.  Listed for $1.2 million, the home sold for about 8 percent below list price in just 32 days.  Last sold in 2003, the sale price was $650K.

5433 NW 94th Doral Place, Doral Estates, Sale Price:  $950,000
A smaller home in Doral Estates, this Mediterranean style, 2,786 square foot home sits on a quiet street surrounded by larger multi-million dollar homes.  It features four bedrooms and three baths with a first-floor master suite and caged in-ground pool.  With all the luxury features of the other Doral Estates homes, it is the only home on our list of sold homes that sold for under $1 million at about 5 percent of list price and selling in just three days. 

Doral Estates Homes for Sale
As the most exclusive neighborhood in all of Doral, homes sell at a rapid rate in Doral Estates.  So far in 2013, five homes have sold with sale prices between $650K and just under $1.4 million.  Of the five homes, only one stayed on the market longer than 90 days with the other four selling in just over 30 days or less.  Doral Estates features beautiful estate homes with perfectly manicured lawns and golf course views.  Currently there are five homes on the market with list prices between $1.2 million and $4.75 million.

11365 NW 66th Street, Doral Isles Riviera, Sale Price:  $1,000,000
This waterfront property encompassing almost 2,800 square feet sits in a gated neighborhood and has all the fixtures and finishes a million-dollar Doral home should have.  Listed for $1.1 million, it sold at 90 percent of list price in just 26 days.  In 2005, it sold for just over $800K. 

Doral Isles Riviera Homes for Sale
This neighborhood in exclusive Doral Isles features some of the most luxurious homes in Doral.  As a gated community Doral Isles offers some of the best amenities including a large state-of-the-art fitness center with spa, a restaurant, two large and really fun pools with waterfalls, and more.  Overall, thus far this year, four homes have sold in Doral Isles Riviera with sale prices between the mid-$600s to $1 million and an average number of days on the market at 81 days.  Additionally, for those who are interested in leasing, monthly rental rates range between about $3,300 to well over $4,000.  

Affordable Luxury

Doral real estate offers affordable luxury when compared to surrounding cities in Miami-Dade County.  What is bought here for just over $1 million can cost over $5 million elsewhere.  As the real estate market rebounds in South Florida, Doral properties continue to climb in value making them a very solid investment.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Five Fun Things to Do in Doral

With all the talk about Doral -- its consistent growth in popularity and affordable Doral real estate, it is always a good idea to talk about things to do in and around the area.  Doral is a very family-oriented city with lots of activities and venues for fun and excitement.  Following are five fun things to do in Doral.

Grapeland Water Park, 1550 NW 37th Avenue, Miami
Technically located in Miami, Grapeland Water Park is situated just east of Miami International Airport within a 10-15 minute drive of most any Doral neighborhood.  As part of the City of Miami’s Parks and Recreation Department, Grapeland Water Park is full of fun for everyone.  From the smallest of toddlers to the tallest of grown-ups, there are activities and rides for everyone.  It is a favorite for parents because it is safe, easy to maneuver and, most of all, inexpensive (kids over 2 only $7 and residents age 14 and over only $12).  Young children love Shipwreck Island while the older ones have a blast at the Pirate’s Plunge.  Everyone congregates together at the Captain’s Lagoon and the Buccaneer River Ride.  For added fun, on the last Friday of every month, families come out to Family Friday and Dive In movies to splash around until sunset then get comfortable for a fun movie.

Cool de Sac, 11401 NW 12th Street, Dolphin Mall, Doral
Cool de Sac is a great place for kids where the entire well being of everyone is taken into consideration.  This is one of the only places that the kids’ activities revolve around healthy activities and the parents can watch them while they enjoy delicious gourmet food from the in-house restaurant (seared tuna and hummus are a couple of popular requests).  Activities include an arts and crafts station to building tables with so more Legos than most kids have at home, a climbing station with ropes, bars and more on a multi-level play unit, a salon for playing dress up and more.  And, yes, there is a computer station with state of the art iMacs but only for fun, educational games (nothing questionable).  As for safety, every child and an accompanying adult get a coded wristband that is verified when leaving.  As for cost, the fee is $13.50 for kids 3-12 and $6.50 for kids under 3 years old.  Everyone gets in free.  This place is worth its weight in gold in terms of hours of fun. 

Golf Courses
We would be remiss if we did not mention anything about golf in Doral as this city is well-known for its championship golf courses.  From the Doral Golf Resort and Spa to Doral Arrowwood and the area public and private golf courses, it is easy to book a tee time and head out.  Many of the clubs offer clinics and lessons for those who want to learn or perfect their games.  And, it is always fun to simply go out for an hour or two to hit golf balls at the driving range on any of the courses.

Sky Zone, 5450 NW 82nd Avenue, Doral
Located in the heart of Doral is another facility that is a blast for kids of all ages. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park with trampolines connected to each other across the inside of the facility.  This is a place that is great for hot summer days, rainy days or any time everyone just wants to go out and “do something.”   Not only do kids go home exhausted (makes for an easy bedtime) from jumping all over the place but adults can get fit at SkyRobics Boot Camp or by playing 3-D Dodgeball. This place is a blast!  Rates start at $9 for a 30-minute jump. 

Doral City Parks
For tons of fun and family time, there is nothing like a good city park.  The City of Doral has several from which to choose.  All offer shaded picnic areas and playgrounds, jogging trails and more so that families can spend an afternoon at the park playing games, swinging and sliding or just running all over the place.  For free fun and frivolity, there is nothing better than heading to one of the area Doral parks

A Family-Oriented Place to Live

Doral is definitely a family-oriented place to live.  In addition to these activities, there are so many more including packing the car up for the day and heading out to one of the area beaches.  It is so easy to see why Doral real estate is so popular and continues to expand and grow as the upswing in the economy revives and flourishes.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Isles at Grand Bay

The Isles at Grand Bay is a master-planned community in progress in Doral.  Featuring two sections of single-family homes, the Presidential Estates and Executive Estates, and the Towns, an enclave of townhomes, it is an upscale gated community that is sure to be a well-sought after neighborhood for families and retirees. Architecturally, these homes have a Spanish flair with a mix of concrete block with stone accents and Spanish tile roofs. 

Known for other upscale developments in Doral and other parts of South Florida, not to mention being South Florida’s number one home builder, Lennar Homes has other premiere communities like Islands at Doral and Valencia at Doral under its belts.  With their successes, this is definitely going to be a great one.  Lennar has really hit the nail on the head with the Isles at Grand Bay as everything points to an exquisite neighborhood.

Located is in the heart of Doral, the Isles at Grand Bay is close to 74th Street and has easy access to the major thoroughfares.  It is also a short distance to Doral Golf Resort and Spa, excellent area parks, and popular shopping at Dolphin and Miami International Malls.  Additionally, major transportation hubs are within a short drive. 

The Isles at Grand Bay Amenities
When it comes to amenities, Lennar has thought of everything.  The extras that are considered “standard” are absolutely amazing.  It is a very appealing neighborhood to families because of the children’s playground, parks, large resort-style pool, and the mac-daddy kid’s aquatic splash zone.  For everyone else, the club house is outfitted with a large ballroom, entertainment bar, billiards room and more.  Other added amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center, aerobics studio, sauna, steam room, nature preserve, tennis courts and more. 

As for the homes, expect a high standard in terms of fixtures and finishes in terms of a great kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, sleek, high-quality cabinets and more.   The bedrooms are very spacious and elegant with walk-in closets and large baths that have granite or marble counter tops.  A favorite room in each home is the laundry room with large capacity washers and dryers as well as cabinetry above the appliances.

The Isles at Grand Bay Real Estate
The Doral real estate market continues to expand with new neighborhoods offering several options for buyers.  The Isles at Grand Bay is made up of three separate smaller communities – Presidential Estates, Executive Estates and Towns.  Homes in all the communities have a Spanish flair to the architecture and are very elegant sitting along the street.  While Presidential Estates and Executive Estates are all single family homes, the Towns is an enclave of townhouses. 

The prices of the townhomes at the Isles at Grand Bay start in the upper-$300s for properties that range from 1,600 to 1,900 square feet.   There are several that are under construction and will be ready for move-in over the summer.  For single-family homes, prices start in the mid-$400s and go to the upper-$500s with several elevations from which to choose.  Sizes range from just over 2,300 square feet to almost 2,700 square feet.  Lennar is in the process of having over 20 properties ready for move-in late this summer and into the fall.  As for Presidential Estates, list prices for quick move-in homes fall between the mid-$500s to the mid-$800s and will be ready in the fall.

Another Unique Doral Community
The Isles at Grand Bay is the perfect community for buyers interested in Doral real estate and, more importantly, new construction with upscale amenities.  What many consider to be upscale features, finishes and amenities are thought to be standard in Doral’s newest luxury community.  Our agents can provide the most up-to-date information to anyone wanting to look at new construction homes in the Isles at Grand Bay.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Most Affordable Doral Rentals

Doral is a part of Miami-Dade County that has seen major growth over the past 10+ years.  With the migration of domestic and international companies, Doral real estate continues to grow as developers see tons of potential in this up and coming community.  The biggest attribute is the amount of home for the investment.  As for rental property, those wanting more property for the money should take notice of property in Doral. On a cost per square foot basis, renters can get more property.  Following are the most affordable Doral rentals.

11455 NW 80th Lane, Doral Isles North, Rental Rate:  $2800
This 2,800+ square foot coach home with a two-car garage is located in in Doral Isles North.  With travertine tile floors on the first floor and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors on the stairs and the second floor, this home has many detailed finishes to make this a wonderful place to live.  Rooms are large and offer tons of space and upgrades to make life easy.  The master suite is large and has a spa-like bath with a roman tub, large shower, and granite counter tops.  The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and lots of space to work on granite counter tops.  The community is filled with extras like a tennis court, kids’ playground, community pool and other amenities.  With a price per square foot at $0.99, this is definitely the most affordable rentals in one of the nicest communities in all of Doral. 

7408 NW 107th Place, The Reserve at Doral, Rental Rate:  $2,750
As one of the best homes in one of the most popular communities, this is definitely one of the most affordable Doral rentals.  This corner unit has a two car garage; a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and tons of space to prepare amazing meals; a large master suite with his and hers walk-in closets; and, spacious room under 2,673 square feet.  The Reserve at Doral has tons of amenities including a great resort-style pool, gated entrance, fitness center, great clubhouse and more.  With easy access to the major thoroughfares in and out of Miami-Dade, The Reserve at Doral is close to shopping, Miami International Airport and Downtown Miami.  This rental is one of the best deals in terms of location and price per square foot in Doral as well as The Reserve with a $1.03 price per square foot.

5580 107th Avenue, #1211, Costa Linda, Rental Rate:  $1,750
This annual rental is situated in Costa Linda - a neighborhood that sits across from Doral Park.  Close to area golf courses, shopping, and the major thoroughfares, this townhouse features three bedrooms and two baths, a nice updated kitchen, new carpeting and paint throughout and spacious living areas.  Community amenities like a nice clubhouse and pool make living here like living on vacation all the time.  The three-bedroom/two-bath residence has a cost per square foot at only $1.03 and no last month deposit is required at lease signing, this is a very affordable annual Doral rental.

10770 NW 66th Street, #508, Captiva, Rental Rate:  $2,600
As the largest unit in Captiva, this renovated condo sits on the lake in the community providing tranquil surroundings.  With stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, hardwood and tile flooring, this three-bedroom/two-bath condo is located in a wonderful family oriented community.  Amenities include a community club house and pool, children’s playground, and more.  Located close to major thoroughfares and some of the best golf courses, this unit is priced at a mere $1.04 per square foot per month for an annual lease.

11236 NW 56th Street, Doral Northeast Townhomes, Rental Rate:  $2,050
Encompassing over 2,000 square feet of living space, this lovely townhome in the community of Sonoma offers three bedrooms and two and a half baths with a half bath on the first floor.  The home includes wonderful fixtures and finishes including a one-car garage, tile and carpet flooring, a large kitchen with tons of counter space and an island, large rooms and a traditional architectural style.  Community amenities include a guard-gated entrance, guest parking, children’s playground area, a community pool and more. Located in the heart of Doral, this community is close to excellent golf courses, shopping, dining and the major thoroughfares throughout Doral and Miami-Dade County.  This townhouse is available on a monthly basis and has a cost per square foot of only $1.07. 

A Wide Array of Doral Rental
There is a wide array of Doral rentals available with different attributes.  From smaller condominium units to elegant estate-like homes, the monthly price per square foot costs fall within a broad range of prices.  Unlike many other areas of Miami-Dade, Doral makes it easier to get larger properties for the investment.

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