MIAMI SHORES REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (07-27-18)

 

07-27 2018 Miami Shores

MIAMI SHORES REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of July 27, 2018

 

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 Brockway Memorial Library Miami Shores

Brockway Memorial Library

10021 NE Second Avenue Miami Shores, FL 33138

“With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes. “ – John Irving

Brockway Memorial Library is a community library in Miami Shore where top trending books are on shelf. Expect new arrivals weekly complete from newspapers, magazines, eBooks, eAudios  and different forms of literature. The trained and professional librarians can assist and guide you on your search.

 Brockway Memorial Library Miami Shores

If they don’t have it, they will try their  best to find a way to get it. B.M.L. participates in the state-wide Interlibrary Loan System, giving members access to thousands of standard and rare titles – in addition to Brockway’s own collection of 60,000+ volumes.

They proudly offer a variety of regular monthly programs and special events for children and adults that are culturally enriching and that are intended to inspire all ages to develop a love of reading, while showcasing local artists, musicians, and writers.  Please click on the “Programs” link to see a list of current offerings and upcoming events.

 Brockway Memorial Library Miami Shores

 

Access My Library® displays the Gale reference resources at each local library. Enjoy instant unlimited access to Brockway’s online resources and databases, including full-text articles covering: Academics and homework, biographies and reviews, car repair, career and business, directories and encyclopedias, health and wellness, hobbies and entertainment and much more!

Brockway Memorial Library is committed to a safe and fun-filled environment free from harassment, intimidation or bullying for all of our participants and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. We are working very hard in making the Library facilities a Bully Free Zone! We encourage our patrons and participants to report any type of bullying they may experience, hear or see occurring in our Library.

Library Hours

Monday:  9am – 8pm

Tuesday:  9am – 8pm

Wednesday:  9am – 6pm

Thursday:  9am – 8pm

Friday:  9am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 1pm

Sunday:  CLOSED

For more inquiries, the contact number is 305-758-8107. Brockway Memorial Library aims to enrich the people with knowledge through different literary materials. Continue to learn and open yourself to the world.

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Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love

Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love

 

Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love

By: HouseLogic

With these tips and tricks, your house will be swoon-worthy in no time.

All the world’s a stage, said the Bard.

That includes your house. Which is for sale. And thus needs to look bee-yoo-tee-ful.

Staging entails hiring experts with a flair for interior design. They reimagine your living space and give your house a makeover (with temporary decor and furnishings) so that it gets “oohs” and “aahs” from the buying masses.

Great staging isn’t an insurance policy — there’s no guarantee it will bring in more money when you sell your home — but it’s an important marketing tool. It presents your house in a flattering light and helps you compete at a favorable price. (In that sense, staging is like dressing your house for the price you want, and not the price you have.)

Staging also leads to eye-catching listing photos, which are especially valuable given that most homebuyers begin their search by scrolling through listings online.

So, are you thinking about hiring stagers for your home? Here’s what to consider.

Staging Really Does Help. Like, a Lot.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
  • 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
  • 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket.

Before You Stage, Budget Accordingly

Many listings agents offer staging services to clients as part of their services. If you want to use someone you find yourself, you typically will have to pay out of pocket.

Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. On average, home sellers pay between $302 and $1,358 for staging, according to HomeAdvisor.com. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.

Many stagers offer consultations for as low as $150, Fixr.com reports. Using the advice you learn during the consultation to try DIY staging may be your best option if you’re on a tight budget. Listen for tips on how to use the furniture and decor you already have to show off your home’s best assets.

For the Best Results, Declutter

Spoiler alert: No buyer wants to walk into a messy house.

So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations (that means no Christmas in July). Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. — because buyers will want to check out the closets.

Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as copious family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either.)

Yes, we did just tell you to clean out your closets. So where are you supposed to put all this stuff? If you don’t have a discrete place to tuck things away, consider renting a storage unit.

To Find the Right Stager for Your Home, Ask Questions

If your agent doesn’t offer staging services, he or she can likely recommend local stagers for you to work with. Before you hire a stager, it’s best to interview at least three candidates in person. You’ll want to get a sense of how much they charge — and whether they have good taste.

To do your due diligence, here are 10 questions to ask prospective stagers:

  1. On average, how many days were your staged homes on the market last year?Experience is important, but it’s not the only factor to consider when vetting stagers. You want someone who stages homes that sell — ideally within 30 days, because that’s when agents often recommend making a price reduction if your house is still on the market.
  2. What price range do you typically work in? Staging luxury homes is a totally different ball game than staging starter homes. Find someone who specializes in homes near your listing price.
  3. What styles of homes do you usually stage? Staging different types of homes also requires different skill sets (think of a penthouse versus a bungalow, for instance). Look for someone with experience working in homes similar to yours.
  4. What formal training have you received? A number of staging organizations, such as the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP), offer certification or accreditation. Training from these associations can distinguish professional stagers from beginners.
  5. Do you have insurance? Your home could get damaged when the stager moves furniture in and out. Find someone with business insurance so that you’re protected.
  6. Can I see your portfolio? One of the best ways to judge a stager’s skills is to look at their work. Ask to see photos from the person’s three most recently staged homes.
  7. Do you select the accessories, furniture, and paint for the homes you stage, or do you collaborate with other experts? Some stagers work independently, while others collaborate with other vendors. Make sure you know everyone who will be involved in staging your home, so you don’t have surprise guests rearranging your living room.
  8. What are your rates? Some stagers charge a fee for decorating services, plus a monthly fee for renting furniture, while others charge a flat fee per room for the duration of the listing. Ask about how a stager determines costs before you commit to working with him or her.
  9. What’s your availability? If you’re on a tight timetable, make sure the stager can get your house ready by the date you want to put your house on the market.
  10. Can you provide contacts for past clients? Get in touch with two or three people who have worked with the stager before. Ask how the stager’s services helped with the sale of their homes, and what they might have done differently.

Focus On the Rooms That Count the Most

You don’t have to stage your whole house to make buyers swoon.

Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the living room,followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen.

Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.

Oh, and BTW: Stage Your Yard, Too

Your house has to look its best — inside and outside. After all, buyers form their first impression when they pull up in front of your home. It’s no surprise, then, that curb appeal — how your home looks from the exterior — can increase your home’s sales value up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found.

If you’ve never had your yard professionally landscaped, now may be the time to do it. Landscaped homes have a sales price advantage ranging from 5.5% to 12.7%, according to research by Alex Niemiera, a horticulturist at Virginia Tech. That would mean an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home.

Professional landscaping, however, can cost a lot. You’re aiming for polish, not a new garden of Versailles. If budget is a concern, start with these DIY improvements:

  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery. Even if it’s winter, you can add colorful winter blooms and seasonal touches such as garland or lights.
  • Mow the grass.
  • Reseed bare patches of lawn and add fresh sod, as needed.

Then move on to these easy upgrades to your home’s exterior:

  • Wash the front windows.
  • Power wash siding and walkways.
  • Repaint or stain porches and stairs, as needed.
  • Make sure house numbers are easy to see, visible, and pretty.
  • Make sure important outdoor features such as the front door, porch, and sidewalks and paths are well lit. (If not, install new fixtures or lighting.)

Even basic upgrades — like laying fresh mulch, changing porch lights, or installing a new mailbox — can help a buyer fall in love at first sight.

Just wait ’til they come inside and see what else you’ve done with the place.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
40 Years Experience Over 3,000 Homes Sold
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HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (07-20-18)

07-20 2018 Hollywood Florida

HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of  July 20, 2018

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Costa Hollywood Florida

 

Costa Hollywood Florida

777 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019

 

Classy and sophisticated home is located in the heart of Hollywood, close to entertainment and shop areas gets your home closer to everything. The Costa Hollywood’s expected completion date is by mid-2014 by the developer Moses Bensusan.

Costa Hollywood Florida

The Costa Hollywood is a two six story building just a walking distance to the coastline of Hollywood and shop areas. With its convenient location, you can have access to every past time- golf courses, boat slips nearby, shopping, restaurant, lovely night scenes and more. All these with just a few steps away from home. The oceanfront property accommodates 310 studio type, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with a refreshing view of the sea and sunshine and access to intercoastal waterways. The Costa Hollywood offers furnished units, gourmet dining, relaxing coffee shops, rooftop bar and lounge, infinity pool and terrace, terrace entertainment lounge area, Holistic spa and exercise room, business center and exclusive shopping boutiques.

Costa Hollywood Florida

Services:

24/7 on call Butler service, room service and chef services, housekeeping,cleaning and laundry services

Personal driver and transportation for airport pick-up and nighttime transportation around the city

Children’s programs

Oceanfront cabanas

All day and all night entertainment

Multipurpose meeting rooms

Bike and golf cart rentals

Beach Club with in-house services

Costa Hollywood Florida

Each unit boasts of the fully furnished interiors with a touch of red. Take advantage of the high-speed internet access and latest technology system control with iPod from Apple Enter the unit with the designer seating and an Apple flat screen television. Have a relaxing time in the spa-like bathrooms with double sinks, oval bathtubs and separate showers. Kitchen is equipped with the top of the line appliances.

Today have yourself a new home in a great location with on the top luxury services right at your comfort. Enjoy the South Florida sand, beach and sun while staying close to iconic shop areas. For more information, you may visit their website.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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Hey, Buyers: These Home Appraisal Tips Are for You

Hey, Buyers: These Home Appraisal Tips Are for You

Hey, Buyers: These Home Appraisal Tips Are for You

By: HouseLogic

What to expect, when to negotiate, and how to deal when things don’t go your way.

Most people have deeply personal reasons for wanting to buy a home. Maybe it’s the bathroom that feels like a dreamy, modern spa. Or that two-tiered deck just made for parties.

Your lender doesn’t care about the freestanding tub. Or the built-in outdoor fire pit. Their only concern is that the house you buy is worth as much as the value of your mortgage.

To them, a house isn’t a home. It’s collateral. (Harsh, but true.) If someday, for some reason, you can’t make your mortgage payments, the lender can foreclose on the home and sell it to recoup all or some of its costs. (Even harsher, but also true.)

For that reason, a home must be valued at, or above, the agreed-upon purchase price, and this has to happen before you can close on a house. That’s where a home appraiser comes in.

A Home Appraiser Is Neutral (Like Switzerland)

After you sign a home purchase agreement (the contract between you and the seller about the terms of the pending sale), and before your lender approves your loan, the home you’re buying must pass an appraisal — an assessment of the property’s value by an unbiased third party: the appraiser.

An appraiser is a state-licensed or -certified professional. Their job is to assess an opinion of value — The appraiser is on no one’s side. They don’t represent you or the seller; instead, this person is a contractor chosen by your lender through an appraisal management company (AMC), a separate, neutral entity that maintains a roster of appraisers.

Appraisers survey a house in person, using five main criteria to determine the value of a home:

  • Location
  • Age
  • Condition
  • Additions or renovations
  • Recent sales of comparable homes

Be Prepared to Pay for the Appraisal — or to Negotiate

Generally speaking, the home buyer is responsible for paying for the appraisal — and the fee is typically wrapped into your closing costs. However, who pays for appraisal is negotiable. It never hurts to see if the seller is willing to cover it.

How much money are we talking about? The average professional home appraisal will run between $287 and $373, according to estimates by the home-professionals resource HomeAdvisor.com. Costs can vary depending on the and quirks of the house, with higher appraisal prices for larger or more unique homes.

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Appraisals Take a While, So Be Patient

Typically, a purchase agreement has a “home appraisal contingency” requiring that the appraisal be completed within 14 days of the sales contract being signed. Because it takes appraisers some time to visit your house and write a report — up to a week, or longer in a busy housing market — your lender will order the appraisal immediately after you sign the purchase agreement.

So, You Have a Valuation. Here’s What It Means — and What to Do Next

When the appraisal is finished, the appraiser issues a written report with his or her opinion of the value of the home. To produce the report, they use their analysis of the property and data from comparable homes, as well as review the purchase offer. The report will outline their methodology and also include photographs that they’ve taken of the property, inside and out.

You and your lender will both receive a copy of the report. Three things could happen next:

  1. If the appraiser’s valuation matches the price you and the seller agreed to for the home: Your lender will proceed to underwrite your loan. Great news: This is the final step in your loan-getting process!
  2. If the appraiser’s valuation is higher than what you’re paying for the home:Congratulations! You’ve gained immediate equity. How, you ask? Let’s say, for example, you’re paying $200,000 for the house. If the appraiser says it’s worth $250,000 — jackpot. That’s an instant $50,000 in equity. (Keep in mind, this is very rare.)
  3. If the appraisal is lower than what you’ve agreed to pay for the home: Your lender won’t give you a loan for more than the appraised value. If you and the seller agreed on $200,000, for example, but the appraisal is $190,000, that creates a $10,000 shortfall. So what happens next?

Don’t despair — not yet. If you’re faced with a low appraisal, there are several ways the deal can still go through.

If an Appraisal Is Low, You Can Still Make It Work

Before we talk strategy, some reasons why appraisals come in lower than expected:

  • The seller overvalued the price of the home.
  • The appraiser isn’t familiar with the neighborhood.
  • The appraiser overlooked pending sales data.
  • The appraiser had trouble finding comparable homes, or missed comparable homes, so they compared your home with properties outside the neighborhood.
  • Home prices in the area are changing so fast that the listing agent’s price no longer reflects the market.
  • The appraiser rushed the job.

If the appraisal comes in low, your agent will offer recommendations about how to proceed. In general, your best strategy is to persuade the seller to lower the sales price, or to split the difference between the home’s appraised value and the price with you. This is when you can rely on your agent — and their negotiating skills — to go to bat for you.

You can also appeal the appraisal assessment. You’ll work with your agent to research comparable homes that support the sales price you agreed upon with the seller and present this information to your lender, who will forward it to the appraiser for a re-evaluation of the home’s value. Ultimately, though, it’s up to the appraiser to decide whether to revise their valuation of the property.

Alternately, you can ask your lender for a second appraisal, though there are caveats:

  • You’ll have to pay for it out of pocket (or persuade the seller to foot the bill).
  • You’re more likely able to challenge an appraisal for a conventional loan than a government loan. And you’d need solid facts to back it up in either case.
  • There’s no guarantee that it will be higher and meet the sales price.

The last option: You can come up with the cash yourself to cover the difference between the home’s price and the appraised value.

If you don’t want to take that route (and who could blame you?), a purchase agreement’s home appraisal contingency gives you the ability to walk away from the deal scot-free, and with your earnest money deposit in hand.

But today, let’s assume it all works out. With the appraisal behind you, you’ll be one step closer to closing on that house.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
40 Years Experience Over 3,000 Homes Sold
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AVENTURA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (07-13-18)

 

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AVENTURA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of July 13,  2018

 

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Founders Park Aventura

The city of Aventura is very much noted for the Aventura Mall and most luxurious high-rise condominium. Besides the towering establishments in the city, it has a suitable place to just hang around or have a blast in the waters. This summer, getting wet beats the heat at the Founders Park Aventura. The park is divided into two regions: north and south.

Founders Park Aventura was recently renovated to provide a more suitable place for fun at the south of the Lehman Causeway and east of West Country Club Drive. This park is a 12-acre area with the amenities and facilities to cool off the summer heat. Founders Park features the splash pad area, mini water slide,geisers, sprinklers of every kind, exercise trail, playground, tennis courts and an open-space athletic field to accommodate baseball, softball, football or soccer. Moms also get to have the perfect tan and do the yoga. Founders Park includes a variety of programs for both adults and children including: flag football, soccer, softball, t-ball, tennis camp, tennis lessons, tennis tournaments and open-play tennis.

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Great catch for resident in Aventura is the free admission. For non-residents admission is $5 plus tax for Adults and $3 plus tax for Children ages 17 and under. The park is open from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm 7 days per week. Contact 305-466-8556 or visit the park at 3105 NE 190 St. Aventura for more information.

Source: http://www.cityofaventura.com/

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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What You Should Really Know About Browsing for Homes Online

What You Should Really Know About Browsing for Homes Online

What You Should Really Know About Browsing for Homes Online

By: HouseLogic

It’s fun! It’s exciting! It’s important to take everything with a grain of salt!

Oh, let’s just admit it, shall we? Browsing for homes online is a window shopper’s Shangri-La. The elegantly decorated rooms, the sculpted gardens, the colorful front doors that just pop with those “come hither” hues.

Browser beware, though: Those listings may be seductive, but they might not be giving you the complete picture.

That perfect split-level ranch? Might be too close to a loud, traffic-choked street. That handsome colonial with the light-filled photos? Might be hiding some super icky plumbing problems. That attractively priced condo? Might not actually be for sale. Imagine your despair when, after driving across town to see your dream home, you realize it was sold.

So let’s practice some self-care, shall we, and set our expectations appropriately.

  • Step one, fill out our home buyer’s worksheet. The worksheet helps you understand what you’re looking for.
  • Step two, with that worksheet and knowledge in hand, start browsing for homes. As you do, keep in mind exactly what that tool can, and can’t, do. Here’s how.

You Keep Current. Your Property Site Should, Too

First things first: You wouldn’t read last month’s Vanity Fair for the latest cafe society gossip, right? So you shouldn’t browse property sites that show old listings.

Get the latest listings from realtor.com®, which pulls its information every 15 minutes from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), regional databases where real estate agents post listings for sale. That means that realtor.com®’s listings are more accurate than some others, like Zillow and Trulia, which may update less often. You wouldn’t want to get your heart a flutter for a house that’s already off the market.

BTW, there are other property listing sites as well, including Redfin, which is a brokerage and therefore also relies on relationships with brokers and MLSs for listings.

The Best Properties Aren’t Always the Best Looking

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. But what they don’t say is a picture can also hide a thousand cracked floorboards, busted boilers, and leaky pipes. So while it’s natural to focus on photos while browsing, make sure to also consider the property description and other key features.

Each realtor.com® listing, for example, has a “property details” section that may specify important information such as the year the home was built, price per square foot, and how many days the property has been on the market.

Ultimately though, ask your real estate agent to help you interpret what you find. The best agents have hyper-local knowledge of the market and may even know details and histories of some properties. If a listing seems too good to be true, your agent will likely know why.

Treat Your Agent Like Your Bestie

At the end of the day, property sites are like CliffsNotes for a neighborhood: They show you active listings, sold properties, home prices, and sales histories. All that data will give you a working knowledge, but it won’t be exhaustive.

To assess all of this information — and gather facts about any home you’re eyeing, like how far the local elementary school is from the house or where the closest Soul Cycle is — talk to your real estate agent. An agent who can paint a picture of the neighborhood is an asset.

An agent who can go beyond that and deliver the dish on specific properties is a true friend indeed, more likely to guide you away from homes with hidden problems, and more likely to save you the time of visiting a random listing (when you could otherwise be in the park playing with your canine bestie).

Want to go deeper? Consider these sites and sources:

  • School ratings: Data from GreatSchools.org and the National Center for Education Statistics, and the school district’s website
  • Crime rates and statistics: CrimeReports.com, NeighborhoodScout.com, SpotCrime.com, and the local police station
  • Walkability and public transportation: WalkScore.com and APTA.com
  • Hospital ratings: HealthInsight.org, LeapfrogGroup.org, and U.S. News and World Report rankings

Just remember: You’re probably not going to find that “perfect home” while browsing listings on your smartphone. Instead, consider the online shopping experience to be an amuse bouche to the home-buying entree — a good way for you to get a taste of the different types of homes that are available and a general idea of what else is out there.

Once you’ve spent that time online, you’ll be ready to share what you’ve learned with an agent.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
40 Years Experience Over 3,000 Homes Sold
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WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (07-06-18)

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WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of June 6, 2018

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Island Club at Williams Island  

Special events must be perfect. Where else to find the perfect place is at Island Club – Williams Island. They provide the perfect setting for  wedding, corporate retreat, or private event.

Island Club at Williams Island

The main ballroom can accommodate up to 160 guests and unique location for magical weddings, memorable bar/bat-mitzvahs, sweet 16 parties, quinces, rehearsal dinners, reunions, first communions, birthday or anniversary parties and all your other family celebrations. If an outdoor event is what you imagine, then  the Island Club Pool terrace can make it a reality. This beautifully landscaped area is framed by our spectacular Island Club pool view.

Island Club at Williams Island

The Piano Bar is suitable for a more intimate affair, but with an upscale bar atmosphere.  You can begin your event with an outdoor cocktail hour on the Island Club Pool Terrace, then continue the fun inside with a sophisticated decor that will impress your guests.

Island Club at Williams Island

Looking for the best and hassle free service for your next event? They cater customized menus and service planning for social events. We can help you find the best décor specialists, photographers, videographers and florists.  The Private Events Coordinator has the resources and expertise to assure that each detail of your event is tailored to your most exacting requirements. All audio and video specifications are easily met as are your culinary and beverage service needs.  

Please contact Private Events Coordinator at 786.501.8624 if you would like to inquire about hosting your next event.

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Ralph Magin, GRI, CRB, Broker Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
40 Years Experience Over 3,000 Homes Sold
305-741-2142 – RalphMagin@yahoo.com – www.RalphMagin.com

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