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Living in Coral Gables Riviera

The penchant of Coral Gables as being stuck in a different time period when it comes to the design of all the Coral Gables homes for sale means that each and every single one of the residences features a distinctly yesteryear look with all of the modern features you would expect of a home in the upscale city. This month we're looking at a residence in the Coral Gables Riviera subdivision that we think you'll really like.

The 521 Vilabella Avenue property is a five bedroom, five bathroom Mediterranean style home with more than 4.330 square feet of living area inside. It's nestled quietly in a residential neighborhood that's near Bird Road, LeJeune Avenue and Ponce De Leon Boulevard, all of which provide quick access to the rest of the city and beyond. You'll find features like a boat dock, marble and wood flooring, a large swimming pool, an oversized terrace attached to the master bedroom, gourmet kitchen and even a wine cellar. It's truly one of the most elegantly modern Coral Gables homes for sale.

To learn more about the 521 Vilabella Avenue home or other great South Miami real estate, please click here.

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A Stunning Villa in Coconut Grove

Let's shift our focus from the Coral Gables homes for sale to its neighbor in Coconut Grove. This classic neighborhood is known for its relaxed, trendy ambiance and its many art themed events held throughout the year. If you're considering something that emulates the Miami Beach lifestyle minus the actual beach, there's a great property in Coconut Grove you might like.

The 3310 Devon Court villa has five bedrooms and bathrooms and looks like a princely mansion from the outside. Space is of the utmost in this Coconut Grove home, boasting over 10,000 square feet of living area. With three stories inside, there is much to customize and make your own. You'll find a swimming pool, rooftop patio, gorgeous waterfront views, stainless steel kitchen appliances and much more in this amazing property.

To learn more about 3310 Devon Court property or other great South Miami real estate, please click here.

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A Wonderful Home in Pinecrest

If you have a growing family and are looking for a great piece of Miami real estate, there are many neighborhoods you can choose from but few match the appeal of Pinecrest, Florida. Located in the South Miami area, this suburban village is well known for its top notch schools, parks and ongoing beautification efforts. Collectively, it's one of the nicest neighborhoods in all of South Florida.

One of these Pinecrest homes is 7625 Southwest 127 Street. This five bedroom, four bathroom home has over 4100 square feet of living area inside but the first thing you'll notice is the large amount of privacy thanks to the gated entrance. Step beyond the gate and you'll find a circular driveway while the inside of the house has hardwood floors, granite kitchen countertops a fire place in the living room and much more. Head over to the yard and you'll see a swimming pool and a basketball court.

To learn more about the 7625 Southwest 127 Street property or other gear Miami real estate, please click here.

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A Great Home in 3545 Park Lane

When looking for Miami real estate, some of the best bets when searching for where to live are Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. The former is arguably the most scenic of all the Miami neighborhoods while the latter maintains its popularity as a hotspot yet never feels as overwhelming or crowded as Miami Beach. If that's the case, why not have the best of both worlds?

Should you be interested in living near “The Gables” and “The Grove”, strongly consider the piece of Miami real estate known as 3545 Park Lane. This regal residence has five bedrooms and bathrooms and sits on a large 11,930+ square foot lot. Outside the home you'll notice the expansive driveway that includes a three car garage plus while inside there is more than 5000 square feet of living area. Features include a gourmet eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, a wet bar, wine cellar, and an oversized balcony. Also make sure to take a dip in the screened pool which is shrouded by lush vegetation. And finally, don't forget to spend some time near the waterfront; the home is just a couple of steps away!

To learn more about 3545 Park Lane or other Coral Gables homes and beyond, please click here.

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To Rent or to Own

Renting versus owning has been a major ongoing debate when it comes to Miami real estate. Even with prices getting lower and interest rates also remaining low, many renters still wonder whether it's right to take the next step towards homeownership. While the decision to ultimately to buy lies entirely with you, here are a few reasons to consider it.

Think about landlords and ownership. The money you're paying is going into the landlord's pocket, allowing him or her to make improvements and and adjustments that could result in a home sale and leave you scrambling to find a new place to live. The same idea applies with customization. Owning Miami real estate gives you a greater amount of creative freedom than renting where you're limited to what the landlord allows and doesn't allow.

Renting is quickly becoming almost as expensive as buying. Although you won't have to deal with all the extra fees associated with homeownership, consider that a monthly rent payment can cost almost as much as a mortgage payment. The affordability of Miami real estate continues to improve each day, make sure you evaluate which option works best for you on a long term basis.

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Questions to Ask During Open House

The buying process is as a whole very important but there are a few stages which arguably hold a greater degree of importance than others. These probably differ greatly depending on who you ask but certainty one of these would be the open house. After all, this is when you as a buyer get the chance to walk though Coral Gables homes or Miami Beach homes you may intend to purchase and get a feel for the property as well ask questions. But what questions should you ask during this crucial stage?

It's not really about how many questions you ask as it is how effective they are. For example, you may wish to inquire about how many offers have been received. This will give you a good idea of how many other people may be looking to purchase the Miami Beach homes in question and why the seller turned down a certain offer. Speaking of which, it should also help you in determining the offer you plan to make.

Another important question is the cost of ownership. You're likely aware that when buying Coral Gables homes, closing costs must also be paid. However, if you're buying a home within a gated community, there may be other fees charged by the association that you might want to be aware of before there are any unwanted surprises.

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