Hen Housing: Raising Chickens in Miami – Where is it allowed?

Chickens In Miami (image)

Oddly enough, this past year has been one filled with chickens & chicken coops for me. I visited old friends in Sun Valley and Park City this year and was impressed by their awesome coops and fresh eggs. I also wound up “chicken sitting” for some clients while I listed their home for sale (yes – I am a full-service realtor!) and... Continue Reading >

Just Listed: 5577 Arbor Lane – A French Courtyard Estate In Snapper Creek Lakes

5577 Arbor Lane Snapper Creek Lakes Exterior Front

I am very excited about our new listing inside Snapper Creek Lakes - 5577 Arbor Lane! The estate is situated on 1.13 acres at the end of a cul-de-sac. This one-story home boasts beautiful French Manor classic architectural style and is built around a courtyard, fountain and rose garden. The landscaping has been generously added to over the years and... Continue Reading >

A Look At Price Per Square Foot and Average Sale Price in Luxury Communities [Q2 2014]

Q2 2014 - Community Comparison: Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Downtown Miami, Brickell

In the second quarter of 2014, many of the communities we specialize in saw an increase in the number of homes sold, an increase in the average price per square foot or an increase in the average sale price. Q2 was a strong showing for South Florida luxury homes. Here are some of the highlights: Single Family ($1 mil+): North Coral Gables (north... Continue Reading >

International Buyers – The Current Sales Trend

NAR Florida International Buyer Origin 2014

The National Association of Realtors recently published the 2014 edition of their "Profile of International Home Buying Activity" and included in the report is some interesting data on International buying trends across the United States. It's no secret that international buyers are responsible for a large number of transactions in the US. Florida is one of the most popular states for... Continue Reading >

Q2 2014: Luxury Real Estate Market Notes

Waterfront View from 1207 S. Alhambra Circle - A luxury home sold in Q2 by Blair Sonville of Lowell International Realty (represented buyer)

Lowell International Realty agents spent the past few days collecting and analyzing data about closed sales during the second quarter of 2014. There is plenty of positive news to report, especially as it relates to luxury properties. When gathering data, we define luxury properties as single family homes that sell for over $1 million dollars and condos/ townhomes that sell for... Continue Reading >

JUST SOLD: 8401 School House Road – A Mid-century Modern Estate in Ponce Davis


Lowell International Realty superstar real estate professional, Blair Sonville just completed the sale of 8401 School House Road (SW 52nd Avenue) in Ponce Davis - a highly sought after neighborhood near South Coral Gables. Prior to the sale, this beautiful mid-century home had been completely renovated by its former owner, talented interior designer Carola Pimentel of Assure Interiors. The home sold... Continue Reading >

Snapper Creek Lakes – A Guided Tour


Snapper Creek Lakes is a luxury gated community in the southern portion of Coral Gables. with only 124 residences. Snapper Creek Lakes is located just south of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and Matheson Hammock on historic Old Cutler Road.   The neighborhood boasts a full service marina with a full-time dockmaster, gas, launch ramp, ice, drinks, security, and only one bridge separating it... Continue Reading >

2014 Summer Camps ideas in Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Coconut Grove and South Miami


It’s time yet again for my annual summer camp round up. I have already mentioned many of my favorites in the previous years’ editions –here is a link to the 2013 edition and here is a link to the 2012 edition. In an effort NOT to repeat myself, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet and only mention a few new camps... Continue Reading >

Q1 2014 South Gables / Ponce Davis Luxury Real Estate Market Recap

South Gables Luxury Market Repor Q1 2014 - lowell international realty

We recently mailed out the South Gables Luxury Edition of our Quarterly Market Report and I thought I would share some of my observations with our readers.  We looked at homes in Coral Gables and the Ponce Davis area south of US1 valued at over $1million.  Our focus was on sales performance in 2013 and Q1 2014. Download the FULL REPORT... Continue Reading >

Insights About “New Miami” From A FABA Luncheon


Today I attended the Florida Atlantic Building Association (FABA) Trustee Roundtable Luncheon at the Capital Grille downtown. The luncheon was a hosted discussion on the future of Miami with input from experts including Alyce Robertson, Executive Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, Jeff Berkowitz of Berkowitz Development Group, Chad Oppenheim of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, and Matt Allen of... Continue Reading >