Saturday, October 28, 2006

Southeast Florida and Miami-Dade County - Enjoy Miami.

When you think of South East Florida, you think “MIAMI” , but Miami-Dade County is made up of numerous cities. From the southern most city of Homestead all the way north to Aventura, there are approximately 40 miles. Here’s a brief overview of Miami, Miami Beach, and our cherished Miami Shores.

Miami is known as the "Magic City" and is recognized for its diverse culture and ethnicities. Miami, also known as the Gateway to Latin America attracts a tremendous amount of foreign born people and is recognized worldwide as an international hub. There is always something to do in Miami. Miami has been the host of many special events in film, arts, culture and entertainment; including Calle Ocho Festival, The Latin Grammys and The MTV Music awards to name a few. There are also numerous parks, public facilities, museums and monuments. And is Home of the Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, and The Miami Heat.

When you mention Miami, you cannot leave out Miami Beach, an International Mecca for travel, business and to establish a home. From its small hotels with modern lines along lower Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive to its major hotel chains along the beach. It´s Art Deco District and South Beach areas are world-famous. And let’s not forget the beautiful sandy beaches that bring incredible tourism from all over the world. Miami Beach will have its yearly Festival of the Arts to be hosted in 2007 by our own Coldwell Banker.

Lastly – Miami Shores the city that holds our heart, where we live, work and play. Known as The Village Beautiful, it is a small suburban neighborhood centrally located just minutes from Downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. It´s considered a secret gem that few people know about. Its Real Estate ranges from Luxury Bay front homes (located right on Biscayne Bay) to 1920´s historic architecture. Activities include Golf, Tennis, a great community center and field house offering all kinds of sports and activities for all ages. With its own extremely efficient police force, its own government building or Village Hall, as well as library, there´s nothing Miami Shores can´t offer. Miami Shores is a neighborhood where your neighbors have your keys and kids play on the streets, a true village beautiful.

Miami is a city full of life and passion and once you visit you will want to come back for more. Whether to relax, work, play, fish or party, there is something for everyone to do.

Rick & Ines –

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Emergency Contact Feature for FLORIDA DRIVER'S LICENSE

You can now go online and enter two (2) emergency contacts on your FloridaDrivers License (electronically) which can only be retrieved by a policeofficer. This came about as a result of one woman's teenage daughter beingkilled in a car accident and taking over 5 hours to locate the mother to inform her.
This way, if you are in an accident, the police can run thedrivers license and have the emergency info ASAP!!!

Please pass on this information to family and friends.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Local Cancer Association
The Miami Shores Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Women's Cancer Association of the University of Miami (we'll call it The Heidi Hewes Chapter for brevity's sake), just held their monthly meeting at our house.
On the first Wednesday of every month, a local group of women and men meet to plan their fundraising efforts in Miami Shores. Each meeting is held in a different house every month and we discuss an agenda full of interesting facts about the chapter as well as our local efforts.
The Heidi Hewes Chapter is responsible for an annual "Home for the Holidays" Walking tour featuring 5 or 6 homes which owners graciously open. It's an invitation only event and over $25,000 is raised in 3 short hours which all goes towards Cancer Research.
Other events organized by our Heidi Hewes Chapter are Bunco Parties (a quick, easy and fun dice game held at The Miami Shores Community Center), a Walk for Cancer (organized in conjunction with Miami Country Day School - over $30,000 were raised with this event alone last year), and other smaller events around town.
If you would like more information about becoming a member or just general information about our chapter, don't hesitate to call. Membership benefits go beyond doing a good deed for your community and for Cancer Research, but you establish beautiful relationships with really outstanding people.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

What does your front door say about you?
We've all heard that the front door is one of the most important elements in a house and it is true. The front door not only echoes the architectural style of the home, but sets the tone for the rest of the home. When we take a new listing, we stress the importance of the approach to the house; a clean walkway free of debris, potted flowers or plants to make a great first impression, clean and visible numbers, nicely painted or finished door, well lit, hardware in good working condition, avoid clutter, and please oh please make it CLEAN! Spider webs are for Halloween (and maybe not even….see Halloween Decorations or DISTRACTIONS?)If you want to add your own personal touch, do it with the entrance matt or a wreath or simply with plants or flowers.

NOTE: All of these doors are in Miami Shores