December 12, 2014

Additional Holiday Events for Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay Residents

Cutler Bay
Movie Night

Let's enjoy the weather with a FREE movie night, featuring ELF, at the Cutler Ridge Park (Elementary school field).
Time: 7 P.M.
10100 SW 200 St.

Holiday Gift-making class at Castellow Hammock

Design and personalize your own holiday gifts. Saturday, December 13.
Pre registration is required, please call 305-242-7688

December 4, 2014

Happy Holidays!

It's incredible to see how 2014 has gone by so quickly and how fast our children grow. I hope this blog will serve as a guide for you and your family to learn about events and activities in the area we live in, so you can take advantage of them and enjoy! Sometimes it is not necessary to spend much money for entertainment.

I also want to wish much health, happiness and prosperity to my readers. Many blessing to all of you, and remember you can count on me, Maria Medina Your Realtor, in the event you need to sell, rent or invest in real estate.

Lets mark our calendars for these activities:
Friday Night Food Truck
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time:  5:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
$5 per car
Palmetto Bay Village Center
18801 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Tree Lightning at Deering Estate
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Admission: $12 adults and $7 for children (4-14 years old) and free for Foundation Members
Deering Estate
16701 SW 72 Av. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Coral Gables Tree Lightning Ceremony
Enjoy food, carnival rides and games. Santa Claus will be visiting.
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time:  7:00 P.M.
FREE Admission
405 Biltmore Way in front of the City Hall
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134

Palmetto Bay  Rock and Food Festival

Date: Saturday, December 6th
Time: 4:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
VIP $40
General Admission 2 for $25
Single Tickets $15
Ludovici Park
17641 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157
Click this link for reservations   Food & Rock Festival Reservations 

Holiday Festival at Pinecrest Gardens

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the Holidays with your family and have your picture with Santa.
Live music, food and fun for everyone.
Date: Saturday, December 6
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Admission: $5 & children under 2 free
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S Red Rd. Pinecrest, Fl. 33156


FREE Museums for Bank of America Customers
This weekend free admission for the following Museums in Miami:
Miami Children Museum
Miami Science Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art
Perez Art Museum
Just  show your credit or debit card with a picture ID.
For more information click this link
Museums Bank of America

38th Annual Christmas Concert
Date: Saturday, December, 6th
Two Show times: 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Free Admission
Old Cutler Presbyterian Church
14401 Old Cutler Rd.

FREE First Saturday at Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Date: Saturday, December 6
Time: 11 A.M.
12450 SW 152 St. (Next to ZOO Miami)
For more information call 305-253-0063

Holiday by the Bay

Snow at 6 PM, free rides, musical concerts, free pictures with Santa, etc
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time:  3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Ludovici Park
17641 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Story Time, Photos with Santa, crafts and a lot of activities for your kids.
Dates: Saturday, December 13 & 20
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M
Admission: $12 for adults and $7 for children (4-14 years old)
Deering Estate
16701 SW 72 Ave.

Live Like Bella
Nights of Lights

Santa Claus, Pony rides and story telling
Dates: December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 25 January 1-3, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
General Admission $5 and children under 2 FREE
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S. Red Rd.
Pinecrest, Fl. 33156
For more information call 305-669-6990

Reading Ready Toddler Story time
Dates: Friday, December 5 - 12 - 19
Time: 10:15 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.
Palmetto Bay Branch Library
17641 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

5th Annual Palmetto Bay Holiday Boat Parade & Canned Food Drive
Date: Saturday, December 20th
Time: 5:30 P.M
Participants will meet at Coral Reef Park
7895 SW 152 ST.
For more information call 305-799-8533

Bay Cruise
Departing from Deering Estate
Date: Sunday, December 14
Time: 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M
2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Admission: $35 per person
16701 SW 72 AVE.
Deering Estate
For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233

November 20, 2014

Real Estate Market Update for Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Homestead

Looking for Real Estate News? Well, you've come to the right place. In the following presentation, I have prepared a Market Update for the cities of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Homestead. The criteria considered was the last closed sales for the month of October for single family homes, and the number of days on the market until these properties closed. This information was taken from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service).

While preparing this Market Report, I found it is interesting to see that the average price per Sq. Ft. during this month based on the these closed sales was a follows:

Coconut Grove - $413/Sq. Ft.
Coral Gables - $383/ Sq/ Ft.
Pinecrest - $322/ Sq. Ft.
Palmetto Bay - $179/ Sq. Ft.
Cutler Bay - $117/ Sq. Ft.
Homestead - $97.13 / Sq. Ft.

I want to emphasize that the prices per Sq. Ft. are an average based on closed sales during the month of October. If you want a more accurate Comparative Market Analysis,  please feel FREE to contact me for a FREE Market Analysis at 305-905-3370 or email me at

In addition, please don't forget to check my Real Estate Blog. My goal is to provide you with Global Real Estate information and keep you posted on activities for the whole family.

Click the following presentation and check the closed sales city by city.


October 30, 2014

Wonderful Experiences in the Cutler and Palmetto Bay Areas.

I have to share my most recent experiences in the Cutler and Palmetto Bay Area. These past few days, the weather motivated me to go jogging by Old Cutler Rd. and it was wonderful. As I smelled the ocean breezes, I realized how lucky I was to live just minutes away from the bay. During my outing, I stopped by dock next to Thalatta Park, and it was nice to see how the residents enjoy fishing and relaxing by the dock. Last Sunday, I went kayaking with my family and we had so much fun. It was really nice to meet with the guides from Nature Postings and explore.

These last few days, I have been enjoying the benefits of living minutes away from the bay. We have the perfect setting - perfect temperature, sunny days, and many places to explore. I recommend starting the weekend jogging along Old Cutler Rd. Then, stopping just north of Thalatta Park. After you pass the bridge, you will find Deering Pointe which is located at 17350 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157. This is a free recreational area which offers a ramp for kayaking and it is a good place for fishing or just to appreciate nature. Also, along the way there is another stop next to the Deering Estate which is great for cyclists, joggers, as well as fishing.

Finally, I want to announce that Thalatta Park is offering free kayaking on November 30th at 8:00 A.M. Registration is required for this free activity. For information call 305-259-1234. Life vests, kayaks  will be provided plus guides that explain the mangroves.


Please don't forget to check out the following events:

International Food and Art Festival  
 Date: November 1st
Time: 10 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Holy Rosary Church
7500 SW 152 ST
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Campfire on Castellow Hammock Park
Date: November 1st, 22nd
Time: Check the flyer
Fee: $6
Pre registration required at 305-242-7688
22301 SW 162 AV.
Miami, Fl. 33170


October 16, 2014

Spooky Fun Month!

I love Fall, it gives all the Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and Cutler Bay  residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors life,  bicycle riding, kayaking, jogging, etc. and of course our kids Halloween costumes preparations.

 Food Glorious Food
The perfect combination food, music and fun waiting for you.
Date: Sunday, October 19th
Time:  4:00 P.M.
Admission: $15 and $10 senior citizen.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
14260 Old Cutler Rd.
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33158
For more information visit

Wendy Pedersen & The FIU Studio Jazz Big Band

Date: Saturday, October 18th
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Between $30 - $20
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Rd.  Pinecrest, Fl. 33156
For more information call 305-669-6990

Movie Nights
Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay families can enjoy a movie night at Pinecrest Gardens.
The Lego Movie
Date:  Friday, October 17th
Time: 8 P.M.
Admission: $5, children under 2 enter free 
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Rd.  Pinecrest, Fl. 33156
Hotel Transylvania
Date: October 31
Time: 7 P.M.
Free admission
Coral Reef Park
7895 SW 152 St. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Track or Treat at Evelyn Greer Park
Another free option is to take your kids trick or treating at Evelyn Greer Park.
Date: October 31
Time: 5 -7 P.M.
8200 SW 124 St. Pinecrest, Fl. 33156

Spooky Adventures at Gold Coast Railroad

Time: 6 -9 P.M.
Admission: $10 all ages ( additional fee for train rides). Children under 2 are FREE.
12450 SW 152 St. Miami, Fl. 33177 (next to Zoo Miami)

Fourth Annual Howl-O-Ween festival

Perfect Halloween event with your four legged family member, there will be a “ Doggie Fun Zone” for your pet and live entertainment, crafts, vendors, food, drink, portraits and of course a lot a fun.
Date: October 26
Time: Noon – 5 PM
Admission: $5 and children under 2 are free.
Pinecrest Gardens 11000 S Red Rd. Pinecrest, Fl. 33156

Featured Theatrical Event

Seussical—The Musical
This adaption is for young audiences
Dates: Friday, October 24  at 7 PM
Saturday, October 25 at 3 PM and 7 PM
Admission: $10 Friday and Saturday $5 at 3PM
For tickets call Miami Children Theater at 305-274-3595

Featured Night on the Town
Monsters in the Moonlight
Date: October 31st
Start at 7 P.M
Admission: $75 in advance or $100 at the front door.
For tickets visit the website www.

Ghost Tour
“ Be your own investigator”

Date: October 23
Time: 7-9 PM
Admission: $30 per person
For more information call at 305-235-1668 ext. 233
Deering Estate 16701 SW 72 Av. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Reading Ready Toddler Story time
Friday: October 17 – 24 - 31 /2014
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Ages: 19 months -3 years
Palmetto Bay Library
17641 Old Cutler Rd. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

October 3, 2014


Come enjoy the movie night with your family, there will be animals exhibitions and activities for your kids.
Movie: Disney Nature Oceans
Date: Friday, October 3rd.
Time: 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Tickets: $5
Place: Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Rd. Pinecrest, Fl. 33156

September 26, 2014

2014 Bridal Expo at Thalatta Estate Park in Palmetto Bay

Thalatta Park has a historical house and a stunning bay side view along with beautiful gardens, it is the perfect location for your wedding.
If you are planning a wedding don’t miss out on the Bridal Expo, it’s a great opportunity to meet with caterers, photographers, and event planners.These professionals will provide information and free samples, there will also be a tour of the house.
Admission is free but you can also RSVP, please visit the website RSVP Thalatta Estate   or
call 305-259-1234
Expo on Sunday, September 28, 2014
From: 3:00 - 7:00 P.M. 


August 29, 2014

Market Report

We are eight months into the year 2014 and it is very interesting to see the positive changes in the real estate market.

Inventory has increased in Coral Gables by 3.3% compared to the first eight months in 2013.

Pinecrest inventory has increased 32.1%  in 2014 and in addition, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay have increased more than 70% .

Houses For Sale

In the chart below, you can see statistics of the market based on the closed sales:

* Coral Gables:  10.4% less than 2013
* Pinecrest:  4% less than 2013
* Palmetto Bay:  4.7% more than 2013
* Cutler Bay:  10.5% more than 2013

Closed Sales

In Coconut Grove, the inventory is more limited compared to the previous cities analyzed.  Closed sales during 2013 Vs. 2014 has been reduced to 15%

Homestead inventory four years ago was grim, with foreclosures and short sales on the rise.  Now, 823 houses were sold, an increase in 8.7% vs. 2013. This city has surged with more pre construction projects already in development.


*Information taken from MLS with approximate ranges. 

Highest Closed Sales (August 2014)

Coral Gables   
90 Casuarina
7 bedrooms
7 bathrooms
5790 SW 97 St.
6 bedrooms
7 bathrooms
Cutler Bay
19528 SW 80 Ct.
5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
$ 688,000.00
Palmetto Bay
8740 SW 155 Ter.
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
Coconut Grove
1872 S. Bayshore Ln.
6 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
24163 SW 212 Ave.
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
For a personalized report, please feel free to contact me at 305-905-3370.


August 21, 2014

Attention Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Kendall residents. FREE CPR Class!

Everybody remembers at the beginning of the year when five month old baby Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing while been in his aunt’s car. Fortunately, his aunt was well prepared by knowing CPR and she was able to save his life.
I have two children of my own and I feel very strongly that it is necessary that us as parents should have the knowledge of what CPR is all about to be able to save someone’s life. 
If you are interested in taking a course they have a class scheduled for September 6th from 8:00A.M. to 5:00P.M. The class is open for adult as well as for children  over 11 years old as long as they are accompanied by a parent.
* Coral Gables and Pinecrest residents: UM Field house at the Bank United Center.
* Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay:  Coral Reef Senior High School.
* Kendall: John A. Ferguson Senior High School

Sponsored by Jackson Health System, Miami Dade County Public Schools and the University of Miami.

For more information and registrations click this Free CPR Class. Click for Registration.

August 12, 2014

Cutler Bay Rental

Exterior of the Unit

Apartment for Rent
8640 SW 212 ST.
Cutler Bay, Fl. 33189
Nice unit with a beautiful lake view in the Cutler Bay area in a nice gated community with resort style amenities: tennis court, gym, play ground.

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1113
Lake view
Laundry room in the unit
Rental price: $1250
Close from Black Point Marina, banks, pharmacies and supermarket. Freshly painted. EASY to show!!

Maria Medina servicing Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Homestead.

August 7, 2014

Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay Events

Summer is almost gone, now it is time for the Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay families to start preparing  for a new school year,  but the Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay residents still have time for some fun activities.

Family Events

Back to School Carnival
Saturday,  August 9
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
17535 SW 95 AVE.
Palmetto Bay Park

FEE-FREE “P.L.A.Y.” DAYS in Deering Estate at Cutler
Come and visit with your family this historical property with a spectacular bay view and plenty of activities for our kids.
Date: Saturday, August 16th
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Deering Estate
16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157
For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233

Summer Cabaret Concerts
Feauturing Wendy Pedersen
Date: Saturday, August 23rd
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Cost: $20 per concert
Deering Estate
16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157
For more information call 305-235-1668 ext. 233


New Yoga classes for your kids and teenagers at Deering Estate at Cutler in the Palmetto Bay city.

Vinyasa Yoga
Mommy or Daddy & Me (children up to 6 years old)
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Price: $60 for 6 weeks.

Children ages 7-9
Time: 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Price: $60 for 6 weeks.

Children ages 14 -17
Time: 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Price: $60 for 6 weeks.

Mondays and Tuesdays
Price: $60 for 6 weeks
Deering Estate 16701 SW 72 Av. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Beginnig Yoga
Tuesday and Wednesday
Price: $40 for the 4-week session.
Deering Estate 16701 SW 72 Av. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Dance and sing with your kids.
(Ages 15 month to 3 ½ years)
Time: 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Price: $60 for 6 weeks.

Reading Ready Toddler Story time
Friday: August 8 - 15 /2014
Time: 10:15 A.M.
Ages: 19 months -3 years
Palmetto Bay Library
17641 Old Cutler Rd. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

Chillax with Yoga
Saturday, August 9,16, 23 and 30/ 2014
Time:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Palmetto Bay Library

17641 Old Cutler Rd. Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157

April 17, 2014

Easter in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay

The Village of Palmetto Bay is an attractive city for real estate Buyers, one of the main characteristics are the family activities during this beautiful season.

Please if you want to share with us upcoming events in the Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest  or surrounding areas feel free to  email me at

During the week April 21-29 the City of Palmetto Bay celebrates Earth Week. Check out the flyer.

Ladybugs School Visits
April 21-23
Art Poster Contest
April 24
Movie Night
April 25
Coral Reef Park

Free Trees for Palmetto Bay Residents
April 26
Time: 9 -12 P.M.
Ludovici Park
Bike Ride and Bike-B-Que

April 26
Registration begin at 10:30 A.M.
Lakes by the Bay Park
8551 SW 216 St.
Cutler Bay, Fl. 33189



Easter Egg Hunt
Date: April 19
Time: 10 A.M.
Cutler Ridge Park
10100 SW 200 St.



Fit Kids Day!
Come and enjoy with your family full of activities.
Saturday, May 3.
Evelyn Greer Park
8200 SW 124 St.
Pinecrest, Fl. 33156


Egg Safari

April 19 – 20
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Zoo Miami
For more information visit the website WWW.ZOOMIAMI.ORG