Saturday, July 27, 2013

Top Five Islands at Doral Real Estate Listings

Living at the Islands at Doral is like living in a tropical paradise.  As one of Doral’s most prestigious and well sought-after neighborhoods, the Islands at Doral offers its residents a quality of life like no other.  Not only is the Islands situated where access to the Turnpike and other major thoroughfares are very close and easily accessible, it is close to some of the best golf courses Doral has to offer.  And with downtown Miami and the Coral Gable’s Miracle Mile under 30 minutes away, Doral is centrally located and close to most every popular attraction in South Florida.

Living in the Islands at Doral community affords its residents so much to do even though there is so much outside the community.  From the magnificent and huge clubhouse with fitness center, party rooms with full kitchen and meeting rooms to the large heated pool and children’s pool that are surrounded by a pool deck with pavilions and gazebos, living at the Islands at Doral is like living at a tropical resort all year long.   There are also tennis courts, a basketball court and walking trails that wind through the tropical landscaping around the entire neighborhood.

Despite the fact that there is a broad range of list prices for homes on the market, homes on the upper end of the spectrum are still very affordable when compared to comparable homes in other parts of Miami-Dade County.  Following are the top five Islands at Doral real estate listings:

7741 NW 111th Court, Corsica, List Price:  $930,000
As the Islands at Doral’s top real estate listing, this home has all the bells and whistles a top listing should have.  The Mediterranean style exterior leads into a double-volume ceiling in the foyer and main living area with lots of windows that let in natural light.  Built in 2006, this home has over 3,100 square feet incorporating four bedrooms, four baths (each has its own bath) with one bedroom/bath on the first floor.  Other features include a private pool and Jacuzzi overlooking a peaceful lake, an automated system to control the air conditioning, cameras and built-in music system and so much more. Entertaining is a breeze with the partially covered outdoor living/dining area by the pool. Inside, the kitchen is large and roomy with granite counter tops, tons of cabinet space and stainless steel appliances, and opens up to a great family room.  This home is absolutely gorgeous and a lot of home for the investment.

11174 NW 78th Lane, Corsica, List Price:  $849,000
Recently remodeled, this home has five large bedrooms and four baths of which one is on the first floor with a private bath creating a perfect guest room or home office.  There is also a great kitchen with granite counter tops, Sub Zero stainless steel appliances and a filtered water system.  Upstairs, a loft area overlooks the main living area and is perfect for a small sitting area or home office.  Four other bedrooms are situated upstairs with custom-built closets and private baths.  One of the biggest perks with this home is the fantastic laundry room with utility sink which is a necessity for a family with children.  Because this is South Florida, it is a bonus that there are accordion shutters and hurricane impact windows.  There is so much to enjoy living in this great home in an awesome neighborhood.

11391 NW 82nd Terrace, Menorca, List Price:  $835,000
This wonderful and large 3,600+ square-foot home in Menorca backs up to a tranquil lake setting.  It features a wide open living area with a double-volume ceiling and windows galore that let in the beautiful Florida sunshine.  The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and beautiful custom cabinetry.  Outside there is a covered patio that looks out on the yard and lake.  With arched doorways throughout the home and hardwood floors upstairs, this is a great home in which to live the laid back Florida lifestyle.

11538 NW 84th Street, Madeira, List Price:  $799,000
Another 3,600+ square-foot home, this Islands at Doral home also has the double-volume ceiling in the living room.  The large kitchen has stainless steel appliances and lots of room to prepare large family meals.  It opens up to a great family room that has French doors leading out to a private pool and covered patio that is ideal for an outdoor living area.  The master suite has an open and airy feeling as do the other bedrooms.  This five-bedroom, four and a half-bath home is ideal for families as it is situated across from a park-like green space with plenty of room to let kids run and play. 

11529 NW 84th Terrace, Menorca, List Price:  $779,000
With so many great attributes, this home is a great value for the investment.  It was built in 2007 and has all the incredible qualities expected in an Islands at Doral home.  From the double-volume ceiling in the living room to the 
arched doorways to the open loft overlooking the living room, it is a beautiful home.  Here, the first floor bedroom has been converted into an office but with a private bath, it is ideal for a guest room.  Outside, there is a covered patio overlooking the manicured backyard.  And, like the other homes, with five bedrooms and four baths not to mention the green space across the street, it is a great home for large families.

An Ideal Family Community

The Islands at Doral is an ideal family community and offers Doral real estate some of the nicest Doral real estate.  From all the neighborhood has to offer to the wonderful homes throughout to the close proximity to excellent Doral schools, this is definitely worth heavy consideration when looking for a neighborhood in which to live.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Midtown Doral

Developers are at it again with more options for Doral real estate.  This time it is a new, huge development that almost a city within a city.  Midtown Doral is a pedestrian-friendly community centered around a spa-sized clubhouse.  It features six buildings that each have eight stories each housing (153) one, two and three bedroom units and retail/business on the first floor of each building.  In addition, plans call for four-story garages placed throughout the development.  Corridors and walkways flow from building to building each of the building in such a way to make getting around Midtown Doral very easy and quick. 

Midtown Doral is the area’s first development that LEED certified mixed used complex.  The brains behind this futuristic design come from a joint effort between Studio Architecture & Design, Optimus Developers, and Pascaual, Pérez Kilididjian.  Other Doral communities designed by any of these architectural masterminds include the Promenade at Doral, the Reserve and Milan Doral just to name a few.

Location of Midtown Doral
Does mid-town mean anything? Midtown Doral is located in the heart of Doral within close proximity to all that is in Doral.  First and foremost, it offers easy access to the Turnpike, Palmetto Expressway and Dolphin Expressway making it ideal for professionals and part time residents who want to get in and out of South Florida easily.

Additionally, if the shops and restaurants that will occupy the ground floors of each building are not enough, Dolphin and International Malls are short drives away as is Miami International Airport.  Avid golfers can be at the Doral Resort courses or any other in the area in a very short amount of time. 

Highlights at Midtown Doral
The plans will include a lot of extras to make living at Midtown Doral similar to being on vacation all the time.  Residents will have so much at their fingertips.  Probably the focus of the community is the Club House.  The grand entrance of this huge facility will lead to so many options inside.  Not only are there a lounge and bar, but residents and guests can enjoy dining at a restaurant or café inside the facility or outside where they can people watch and enjoy the warm Florida breezes.  Other extras at the Club House include a salon and spa, state of the art fitness center with the most up to date equipment and group classes, sports courts that accommodate various sports, and an outdoor pool with extensive pool deck and cabanas.  For those who work at home, there are meeting rooms and an office center.

Residence designs show unbelievably modern and gorgeous homes with floor to ceiling windows, impact resistant sliding doors and advanced smart building technology with ultra-high speed internet. Some of the smart technology features include automated window blinds that open or close based on the position of the sun, music throughout the house controlled from central panel, automated control panels for lighting, and keyless fingerprint door entry. 

Residences also have large balconies and terraces some that wrap around corner units, custom walk-in closets, and designer kitchens with quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, European cabinetry with self-closing drawers, and more.  The spa-like baths feature porcelain sinks, custom finished floors and walls, and frame-less glass showers. 

Real Estate
Construction at Midtown Doral is scheduled to tentatively start in the fall.  Midtown Doral residences will include one, two and three-bedroom units with square footage ranging between just over 1,000 square feet and over 2,000 square feet.  List prices start in the upper-$200s and climb to about $500K. 

This is a great community for investors acquiring rental property.  Rental rates are strong with one-bedrooms starting at about $1,400 and three-bedrooms topping $3,000.  Because Midtown Doral is such a unique property, rentals will be in high demand.

Payment Schedule
To purchase property at Midtown Doral, buyers must put down 50 percent of the purchase price broken down into five payments with the rest obviously due at closing.  It is important to note that the first building is almost sold out which highlights the interest in Midtown Doral.

No Other Doral Real Estate Compares

Midtown Doral is such a unique idea and planned community.  In fact, no other Doral real estate compares to Midtown Doral.  It is destined to be a leader condominium community that will definitely be duplicated and developed in other areas of South Florida as well as the rest of the country.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Five Most Expensive Doral Real Estate Listings

Since Doral was established as a city in Miami-Dade County just over 10 years ago, the population has increased over 120 percent.  That increase has brought a demand in Doral real estate.  It offers so many benefits to those who live and work here because of its close proximity to major travel and transportation hubs as well as major arteries into and out of South Florida. 

For many buyers, luxury is of the utmost importance.  Throughout Miami-Dade, there are many properties that are considered luxury properties and come with the “luxury price tag.”  Doral real estate, however, offers some of the most luxurious homes that are comparable to other much more expensive.  Most of the luxury homes in Doral are priced well below $5 million.  We shared the list of the most expensive Doral homes in January but only two are still on the market which indicates a demand for luxury real estate in the area.  Following is the current list of the five most expensive Doral real estate listings, all of which are located in gated communities with lake and golf views.

9464 NW 52nd Lane, Doral Estates, List Price:  $4,750,000
At over 11,000 square feet, this home is located in the exclusive Doral Estates and is one of only two homes still on the market from our previous list of top Doral homes.  It features 9 bedrooms and 10.5 baths in an open floor plan with high-end fixtures and finishes.  A large open downstairs area showcases a kitchen with tons of counter space, state of the art stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast nook that is connected to a huge family room.  Other amenities in this estate are a huge home theatre, gorgeous, landscaped swimming pool with waterfall and beautiful water views.  Built in 1982, it has been updated to reflect current styles and trends that are popular in today’s homes.

6923 NW 113th Place, Doral Isles Mediterranea,  List Price:  $1,900,000
Situated in gated Doral Isles Mediterranea, this beautiful 3,800+ square foot home features five bedrooms and three and a half baths as well as a large gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, a center island, tons of cabinet space and stainless steel appliances.  Intricately arched doorways and other luxury fixtures and finishes are just some of the details in this spectacular home.  DoralIsles Mediterranea is located in the heart of Doral and close to shopping and entertainment along with main travel arteries and Miami International Airport.

6861 NW 113 Court, Doral Isles Mediterranea,  List Price:  $1,900,000
The other of the two homes from the previous list, this Doral Isles Mediterranea home offers five bedrooms and four baths along with so much more.  Situated on the lake, the home has bamboo wood floors on both stories, a huge kitchen with granite counter tops, state of the art stainless steel appliances and outstanding fixtures and finishes.  A beautiful master suite with spa like bath overlooks the pool and deck and offers panoramic views of the lake.  An outdoor living area with built-in barbecue completes the property and makes the owners feel like they are always on vacation.  

11101 NW 72nd Terrace, Doral Isles Catalina,  List Price:  $1,890,000
The first word to utter when seeing this home is WOW!!”  Located in Doral Isles Catalina, this 2,800 square foot home offers beautiful lake views as well as the most exquisite fixtures and finishes with a contemporary, updated style.  Every detail exudes luxury including stairs with glass and aluminum and Italian porcelain floors.  The kitchen offers a sleek modern appearance with stainless steel appliances and contemporary lighting.  The home is also offered fully furnished for $2,100,000. 

4953 NW 94th Doral Place, Doral Estates,  List Price:  $1,690,000
Built in 1980, this Doral Estates home has been updated and remodeled inside to feature an unbelievable design aesthetic.  With a beamed ceiling in the family room and a new kitchen with all the bells and whistles expected, it is necessary to see the inside to believe it.  It offers beautiful water views as well as golf course views of one of the greens on Doral Golf Resort’s Blue Monster Course.  It does not get much better than this slice of heaven. 

Affordable Luxury with Doral Real Estate

As the rest of South Florida’s real estate market begins to rebound, the demand on Doral real estate continues to climb as it has over the past 10 years.  For any high end real estate buyers, Doral real estate offers affordable luxury. The demand is evident with the ever changing lists of property listed and sold. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Great Places to Enjoy the Fourth of July

We love the Fourth of July!  Families and friends always gather together for food, fun and fireworks with red, white and blue everywhere!  With so many fireworks displays across South Florida, we thought would make a few suggestions for Doral residents to plan a huge daylong event or head out towards sunset to watch the sky light up with tons of colors and spectacular fireworks displays. Our picks are easy to get to and geared towards families.
The City of Doral’s Independence Day Celebration, JC Bermudez Park.  For anyone who wants to stay close to home, the City of Doral has planned a huge celebration that not only celebrates the Country’s independence but also celebrates this city’s 10-year anniversary.  Over the years, Doral’s enormous event draws about 25,000 but is expected to be larger this year due to the extended celebration.  The celebration starts at about 7pm with live music from Boys Night Out and Orquesta America.  At about 9pm (after the darkness sets in), the city has a spectacular fireworks display planned.  Extra parking is planned with free trolley service to and from the park. 

While the “official” fun starts late in the day, a good idea is to head out early to let the kids run around the park and play on the playground while everyone picnics together.  This is such a great family-friendly event and one to which most Doral residents look forward.  While there are fireworks shows all over South Florida, it is a treat NOT to have to drive any distance to enjoy a great family-oriented event. 

Fourth of July Birthday Bash, Bayfront Park, Miami.  We must mention the annual Fourth of July Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park because of all that is planned.  There are few better ways to spend the Fourth of July with the whole family.  It is an all-day event with kids’ activities including pony rides and a petting zoo followed by a Miami Contra-Dance with live music from Dirty Dollars and the real reason everyone is there, a mammoth fireworks display starting at 9pm that can be seen from all over the Biscayne Bay area.  Although it is about 15-20 drive from Doral, with the crowds and parking, it is absolutely worth going to Bayfront Park if the plans are to spend the entire day and evening which is very easy to do with all of the planned activities.   

Old Fashioned Fourthof July in the Grove, Coconut Grove.  The 30-minute drive to “the Grove” is well worth it to spend the day in one of the loveliest spots in all of South Florida.  The day starts at about 11am at the Barnacle with an old-fashioned picnic.  Families can bring their own picnics or make it very simple and purchase “cookout food” including hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and more.  There are tons of kids’ games and crafts.  After the picnic ends, it is time to head over to Peacock Park for the continuation of the festivities.

Independence DayFireworks and Food Trucks Extravaganza, Coconut Grove.  Starting at 4pm, Peacock Park turns into the evening playground with tons of fun and festivities.  The kids have a huge kids’ zone and restaurants set up to offer their most popular dishes as well as drinks and libation for everyone in the family and live music.  The fireworks start at 9pm or as soon as it is good and dark outside.

Coconut Grove is the ideal place to spend the Fourth of July if you want a huge day of events.  It is a family-friendly event with loads to do and tons of fun to be had by all.  But keep in mind that it gets crowded as the sun goes down so get there early to find a place to spread out. 

Fireworks All Over South Florida
There are fireworks displays planned all over South Florida and there is no better way to guarantee a smile and a feeling of awe than watching fireworks.  Yes, the day requires a little planning but it is well worth the effort once the fun begins.  Look into these options or consider any one of the others all over the area.  We promise it will be filled with excitement.

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