Under $500k: Remodeled Waterfront Unit at Brickell Townhouse

2451 Brickell Ave. #10A, Miami, FL 33129
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms | 1,305 sf | Built in 1963 | Offered at $449,000
Listed by Jorge Guanche of Floridian First Realty Group LLC

For this week’s Under $500k, we have a beautifully updated condo at Brickell Townhouse, a waterfront condo building situated at the southern end of Brickell Avenue.  This two bedroom/two bathroom unit has 1,305 square feet and was listed just last week for $449,000.  The unit was totally gutted and remodeled; features include sparkling white porcelain tile floors, solid interior doors, an Italian kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Carrara Marble counter tops, as well as beautiful bathrooms.  The condo also offers spacious living areas and bedrooms, as well as covered parking for 1 car.  But let’s be honest – the real prize is the breathtaking water view .

I’m also loooooving what the owner did with the kitchen…and I will always be a fan of white porcelain tile floors.  So Miami chic and the perfect way to complement a turquoise water view.


As for the building, Brickell Townhouse was built in 1963 (one of the first high-rise buildings on Brickell Ave.), and it underwent renovations in 2000.  The building has 21 floors, 359 units, and offers floor plans consisting of 1 to 4 bedrooms and 832 to 2,890 square feet.  The building’s amenities include 24-hr security, valet parking, common laundry facilities, a beautiful heated pool, a gym, tennis courts, a club house, a pet playing area, and a cafeteria.

Check out all the photos below and contact me at 305.799.2124 or lindsay.rubens@floridamoves.com for more info or to schedule a private showing.

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Under $500k: Nantucket-Style Townhome in Coconut Grove


3281 Gifford Lane, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
$499,000 | 2 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms | 1,390 sf | Listed by Pura Valdes of La Ley Realty Corp.

Coconut Grove is without a doubt one of the most sought-after locations for Miami home buyers, and it’s easy to see why.  The neighborhood is rich with history, having been formed in 1925.  Situated east of US-1 and bordered by Biscayne Bay, “the Grove,” as referred to by locals, is home to numerous parks, festivals, sailing and yachting clubs, restaurants, cafes and open-air shopping centers (notably, CocoWalk).  Additionally, the Grove boasts some of the most distinguished private schools in Miami, as well as museums and cultural attractions.

The Grove can be broken up into smaller neighborhoods, referred to as “North Grove,” “South Grove,” and “Center Grove.”  Center Grove is a unique residential area that consists of small complexes of townhomes, garden apartments/condos, duplexes and a handful of single family homes.  Young families love it for its semi-suburban feel, walkability, and proximity to Blanche Park (a dog and kiddie park), as well as CocoWalk and the Kirk Monroe Tennis Center.  Young professionals love it for the same reasons, as well as its proximity to Brickell, Downtown Miami and the beaches.  Unfortunately, the demand in the neighborhood has spiked prices over the last year or so, making it very difficult for first-time home buyers to get in on the action.

Coconut Grove

Yet patient house-hunters will be rewarded with a well-priced gem ever so often.  Recently, I have noticed more of those gems popping up; they are not necessarily new listings but rather overpriced properties that have sat on the market for quite some time and are now seeing reduced price tags.

One such property is our feature for this week’s Under $500k: a lovely Nantucket-style townhome located at 3281 Gifford Lane, listed for $499,000.  Originally listed for $599,000 in June 2013, it was reduced to $550,000 in August and to $499,000 just a few days ago.

The property sits on Gifford Lane, a beautiful, tree-lined street just walking distance to the shops at CocoWalk, Coconut Grove Elementary School, and the public tennis courts at Kirk Monroe.  It is one of a handful of townhomes that make up “Nantucket Cove,” complete with cozy, covered porches, Nantucket-style windows with shutters and paved brick driveways.

Built in 1996, the townhome has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a powder room, and nearly 1,400 square feet.  But before I say another word, let’s take a look at the GORGEOUS, updated kitchen, shall we?


The listing states that the kitchen has custom-made cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a gourmet gas stove…yes, a GAS stove…heaven!

Other features of the property include two master bedrooms, travertine marble floors on the first level, a beautiful staircase in oak wood, a fireplace in the family room and gated parking to fit two cars.  There is also a small backyard and a storage shed.

Check out all of the photos below and let me know…what do you think of this little slice of Nantucket heaven in the Grove?

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Under $500k: Normandy Isle Bungalow

A1766458_101_12 7017 Trouville Esplanade, Miami Beach, FL 33141
$499,000 | 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms | 1,539 sf | 5,650 sf lot
Listed by Keith Gordon of ADDVANTAGE Real Estate Services

For this week’s Under $500k, we have a cozy bungalow on Normandy Isle in Miami Beach.  Normandy Isle is a neighborhood of North Beach in the city of Miami Beach, located along the eastern shore of Biscayne Bay.  The address is 7017 Trouville Esplanade (all of the streets on Normandy Isle are named after French cities or landmarks…tres chic).  The home is conveniently located across the street from Normandy Isle Park and Pool – with free entrance for Miami Beach residents.



A1766458_E01_12The home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,539 square feet and a 5,650 square foot lot.  Listed for $499,000, this “MiMo gem” features an eat-in kitchen w/ European cabinetry and granite countertops,  a spacious living /dining room space, granite bathrooms with mirrored built-ins  and an en-suite master bathroom, granite floors throughout, a Florida room with high ceilings and quarry tile floor, and a garage with a washer and dryer.

The home was originally built in 1949 but has been updated with high impact windows and doors, and has been freshly painted inside and out.  The property has lush, tropical foliage and professionally landscaped gardens  (complete with a Buddha statue) to create a tranquil environment, as well as a peaceful sitting porch and a large deck in the backyard, perfect for entertaining.

Check out all the photos below, and contact me to schedule a showing before it’s gone!

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Under $500k: Coral Gables (Part 2)


315 Viscaya Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134 | $498,000 | 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms | 1,450 sf | 5,000 sf lot
Listed by Jeannett Slesnick of Slesnick & Jochem, LLP

Although it wasn’t my plan to post more than one property each week for Under $500k, I couldn’t resist sharing this property this week (it’s been on the market for 12 days and I have a feeling it won’t be available much longer!).  Plus, since I didn’t get a chance to post anything the last 2 weeks, I figure we’re making up for lost time.  Aaaand, since it’s located in Coral Gables, we’ve got a little Gables theme going this week.

So without further ado, I present to you 315 Viscaya Avenue.  Before I tell you about it, let’s check out some more photos, shall we?  I think they speak for themselves:






Wouldn’t you agree that this home just exudes charm?!  Listed for $498,000, it has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,450 square feet and a 5,000 square foot lot.  From the ivy-covered arched entrance to the Spanish tile and gleaming hardwood floors, this Old Spanish cottage is the perfect starter home for a young couple or a new home for empty-nesters looking to downsize.

According to the listing, the home, which was built in 1926, features a glassed-in front porch which the current owner uses as a foyer and library, a fireplace in the living room, a formal dining room and an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.  The backyard is fenced, and lush foliage and palm trees provide great privacy.  The home also has a carport and plenty of street parking, and all furniture is also for sale.

I just love all the unique details of this bright home, from the large windows flanking the front door, to the brick paved front walkway, to the large wrought-iron gate…plus, I’m a total sucker for ivy.  Check out all of the photos below and let me know – what do you think of this property?

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Under $500k: Coral Gables

A1819465_101_121245 Ortega Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134 | $499,000 | 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms | 1,712 sf | 5,250 sf lot
Listed by Ana Clarke and Michael Falsetto of The Grand & Assoc. Realty Inc.

For this week’s installment of Under $500k, I bring you 1245 Ortega Avenue, a charming home in the highly sought-after North Coral Gables neighborhood.  This home was originally listed for $585,000 in July 2013, but was dropped to $499,000 just last week.

The home, which was built in 1960, is located on a quiet, tree-lined street on a corner lot, which is a huge plus for a young family or a couple looking to start a family.  According to the listing, the property features  hard wood floors throughout, great mill work, recessed lighting, an oversized garage, large closets, an en-suite master bath with double shower heads, hurricane shutters, a new roof, and a new air conditioner.

The photos show a sparkling kitchen with a modern, stainless steel range hood and built-in wine refrigerator.  Swap out the white refrigerator for a stainless steel sub-zero and this kitchen would really shine!  Although the second bathroom looks a bit outdated, a little paint in a modern color and a chic shower curtain would spruce it up until you’re ready to remodel it.

Finally, the property features great curb appeal with beautiful palm trees lining the entrance to the home, as well as a lush green lot and hedges for privacy.  Welcome home!

Check out the rest of the photos below and contact me for more information or to set up a private showing.

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