Introduction to SW Miami, Homestead and the historic Redland

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am a local REALTOR who loves what she does.  I live and work in the historic Redland area of Miami.  Redland is south of Miami and North of Homestead, but a little further west.  It's an incredible place to live and I'm doubly blessed because I get to work here as well.

Apart from Redland, I also specialize in the SW Miami area (broadly defined as anything South and West of our lovely Metrozoo) and Homestead.  Of course, I've helped clients outside of these areas, but I don't specialize in them.  I don't want to be a "jack-of-all-trades and master of none," as the old adage states.  So I choose to focus my attention in these areas.  That being said, however, I keep up with anything that affects real estate in Miami, Dade County and Florida, so I am always prepared to help clients and their family and friends regardless of where in Dade County they need my help.  I've even ventured into Broward County on several occasions =)

My intention with this blog is to give folks an insider's tour of this great area.  We're a bit off the beaten path, and the extra driving is worth it!  Actually, the community is pretty self-contained, we've got great shopping, schools, medical facilities, entertainment, and employment opportunities, so the extra driving is optional.

Redland is predominantly full of nurseries and single-family homes.  No apartment buildings and condos here. The majority of the homes are on at least 1 acre; a true acre, not that acre-wanna-be known as a builder's acre.  An acre has 43,560 SF and a builder's acre has 30,000 SF.  (by the way, that would be my first real estate tip to you: if you ever encounter someone selling a home with "acreage."  Just ask if that's a builder's acre they're talking about)  Folks come out here to get away from the city and enjoy their time "in the country."  I know of people who have homes in Miami as well as here and they come out here on the weekends.  But mostly I know the folks who just work in Miami and come home to paradise each night.  I live and work here and I love it!

Bougainvilleas in bloomDriving around the area you quickly notice what makes it special.  The huge open spaces, acres and acres of nurseries, the regal palm trees surrounding us.  The tropical foliage is breathtaking.  Bougainvilleas in bloom are a sight to behold!  The orchids are gorgeous and there's butterfly and koi farms.  It's not uncommon to see folks riding their horse instead of taking the car to the local store.  There's so much that makes this place special that I hope you'll return to learn more about it.

In future entries, I hope to be able to give you a tour of the many sights which can be found in Redland, and the adjoining area of Homestead and SW Miami.  There will be nursery, park, festival, winery (yes, honest!  made from mangoes, lychees, carambola and more!) craft, everglades, shopping and restaurant tours, to mention just a few.

Of course, there will updates on the local market as well.  It's that REALTOR in me that strives to provide useful, accurate and valuable info to my clients.  So put a pot of coffee on (or pick up a colada of strong cuban espresso) and come back for a visit real soon.  Friends are always welcome here in Redland.

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Maggie Dokic, REALTOR, CDPE, SFR is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Florida selling residential real estate in Miami, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Gables by the Sea, High Pines, the Redland and other select areas of SW Miami-Dade County.

Maggie has earned her SFR certification to be able to better serve the needs of her customers in today's non-traditional real estate market.  SFR is a Short Sale, Foreclosure Resource Specialist.  Designees have been trained to understand the highly specialized options available to Sellers facing short sales & foreclosures and Buyers looking to buy them.

For more information on our local real estate market, or to see or sell a home in Miami, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Coral Gables or the Redland, visit my Miami Real Estate blog or contact me at Maggie (at) TheBlogThatAteMiami (dot) com.

The opinions expressed herein, are those of the author, and not necessarily of  Keller Williams Realty.

None of this information is to be deemed legal or financial advice.  Please contact your attorney or accountant for same.

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Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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Nice Local content post Maggie - and the photo is beautiful.  I love the REDLANDS and nice to know I have a good contact there now.

Ines

Jan 17, 2007 07:14 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Ines, thanks for the comment.  I appreciate it.  I do love it here too.  Stuck behind tractors and all =)  Ditto on your sentiment as well.  It's good to know I have a contact further north =)  I took the picture at last weekend's annual Redland Festival.  I worked on a post for 2 hours on Monday about the festival only to lose it right before I posted it.  Lesson learned....the hard way!  I'll have to rewrite it at some point.  The festival was fun.  Thanks for stopping by!
Jan 17, 2007 07:53 PM #2
Rainmaker
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I never write my posts directly on AR, have lost some stuff too.  Let me know when you post about the festival.  We did a big "protect the Redlands" project when I was finishing my bachelors of Architecture at UM.  I don't go very often, but nice to see that construction has stayed away and they are being true to the agriculture and wetlands.
Jan 17, 2007 09:41 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Special Miami Homes - Miami, FL
CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

I'd love to see that project you worked on Ines.  I'm sure I could learn from it.  About the construction - we don't have any developments going on out here, good thing, but there are some single family residences under construction now that defy description!  There are several that are so huge I thought they may be hotels at first.  Their guest houses are triple the size of my home =)

If you and your lovely family need a break from lovely Miami, just let me know!

Jan 19, 2007 09:42 AM #4
Rainmaker
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 Rick & Ines's kids canoeing in the Everglades

Hey Maggie - what a great host!  Thanks for your invitation, we may take you up on that.  We have gone to the Everglades with the boys canoeing and it is so much fun (you just can't go in the Summer because the mosquitoes are like B-52's).  Here's a photo we took several years ago:

 

 

Jan 20, 2007 11:11 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Ines, what a great picture!  Your boys are adorable.  They look like the adventurous type.  I haven't been to the everglades in a while myself.  You're right about the mosquitoes.  They can be a big drag!
Jan 20, 2007 10:16 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Don't forget the Redlands Riot Tou, it is a MUST!  - Janie
Apr 15, 2007 04:48 PM #7
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Janie - yes, Rob's online tour is an excellent resource.  I've still got tons of things to write on the Redlands and that link will be included again.  You're right.  It is a must.  Thanks for commenting and I look forward to seeing you in the Rain!
Apr 15, 2007 05:01 PM #8
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