Ask Compass with Renée Grossman

What are the details that go into marketing a home?

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When considering the marketing of a listing, it’s important to first consider the current state of the home. The Compass Concierge program provides sellers with the option to let us cover the costs of staging, painting, deep cleaning, landscaping and more, and have that cost paid back when the home sells, and can be an advantageous tool to start with. After making the updates to the home, professional photos and videos can be taken.

While preparing all the upfront needs of the home, listing it on the Compass website as a “Coming Soon” can get the home on the market quickly. This also starts generating buzz before it hits the MLS. To gain exposure to the listing, “Collections,” known as the Pinterest of real estate, email blasts, social media posts, and paid digital advertising, can all be used; all of which can be created using the Compass platform. Premium placement in local print publications as well as in in-house print publications like The Needle, are other components of the overall strategy. Using the Compass Networking tool and personally connecting with other agents, who are active in the neighborhoods where listings are, are other ways to market a home.

It’s important not only to stick to your marketing strategy, but also to analyze results. I come from the legal industry where I spent over 25 years at two

“white-shoe” law firms, working as a senior analyst. I understand the importance of digging in to analyze where the buyer comes from. That is one of the most important details that often goes missed in a marketing plan.

Buying or selling a home? Take a #WalkwithRMG to find your place in the world.

Renée M. Grossman


Your South Florida Neighborhood Experts

Shelly Northern on Miami Beach

Dining Yardbird Hangouts Juvia

Drunken Dragon Smith and Wollensky

Malibu Farm Bay Club

With endless ocean views, celebrities galore, 20th century architecture mixed in with striking modern glass highrises and a melting pot of international cultures, nowhere compares to Miami Beach. Whether you want to relax on our golden sands or dance the night away, Miami Beach has it all - from the elegance of the outdoor Lincoln Road, to the energy of Ocean Drive. These are just a few of the many reasons people love to live, work, and play here!

Shelly Northern


Adrian Foley on Edgewater

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Dining Mignonette Hangouts Vice City Bean

Amara at Paraiso Margaret Pace Park

Noa Cafe Bunbury

North of Downtown Miami and south of the Upper East side, Edgewater is quickly becoming a sought-after community to live in. With beautiful water views looking out toward Miami Beach, this is the perfect neighborhood for someone who wants to remain central to the best of Miami. This area consists of young professionals as well as part-time and occasional residents.

Adrian Foley


Elaine Kauffmann on Coral Gables

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Dining Hillstones Hangouts Tarpon Blend

Bulla Plomo

Zucca Tap 42

Known for its beautiful Mediterranean and coral rock homes that are set behind a canopy of tropical Banyan trees, and estate homes with golf course views, Coral Gables is as unique as its history. The City Beautiful movement in the early 20th century

led way to Coral Gables being deemed Miami’s first planned community. Today, it is home to fine dining, The University of Miami, and exclusive shops at Merrick Park. I love calling it home.

Elaine Kauffmann


Karen Matluck on Aventura

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Dining Bourbon Steak Hangouts Turnberry Spa

Asaka Founder’s Park

Miami Juice Aventura Mall

Aventura has grown from a sleepy little town to a modern international destination. Originally designed around two Golf Courses, the city has become an energized community of families, A+ rated schools, business centers, and the world famous Aventura Mall. A typical day in Aventura may include enjoying the 3-mile Turnberry Path or just meeting with friends at one of many local spots. Bal Harbour, Design District, Wynwood, and South Beach are all less than 30 minutes away. Aventura’s close proximity to two international airports, cruise ports, and beaches make it a favored destination.

Karen Matluck


Q & A #clientsofcompass

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Luca Artioli, an Italian-born photographer with a vocation for light and poetry, journeyed to Miami Beach ten years ago. He left a career in finance and found inspiration in the lush landscape of South Florida. Having decided the time had come to embark on a new adventure, Luca listed his bright and energetic loft with Compass agents, Geane Brito and Liz Atlan. We caught up with him to learn more about his idyllic South of Fifth loft and the journey that brought him here.

How did you come to live in this property?

10 years ago a SoFi address was not as prestigious as it is now. I wanted to be here because it was far from the Miami Beach tourist itineraries, but close both to the bay and the beach. This property was new, safe, full of light. I felt very good vibes from the very first minute and bought it three days after I saw it.

What’s your favorite memory in your home?

Thousands of sunsets caressing my walls while I was creating new books and artistic projects.

What kind of people would love your space?

People that love light, design and art. People that love the freedom that this place gives, people that can understand how much passion I have put in creating a combination of art and design. My home became my own art gallery. One year during Basel, I hosted a reception and a friend invited a curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. Well, he loved my art and 2 years later I was part of one of his exhibitions.

How did you get into photography?

I started to be a professional photographer when I saw how much an abstract view of nature affected positively my mood.

What does art mean to you?

For me, art should always instill a sense of wonder in people people and start a communication between the art and the soul of who is looking the art piece. For many, it is a form of investment - for others, art is only shapes of color that match more or less with your couch. Everybody lives art in a different way.

How did you meet your Compass agents?

Liz Atlan lives in my building - she and I share love of the Absolut loft and she know my art very well. She is very professional - with a great elegance and courtesy. I believe that this allows her to convey my loft’s artistic vibes, good energy, and love to the public.

So what’s next?

The world is big and I want to keep on traveling, creating and captivating people and my collectors with my work. At my age maybe it is better to travel light. I don’t need too many walls - I need to see beyond.

Take a break from the hectic art shows to enjoy an Italian gelato December 9, from 12-3pm at The Absolut Lofts. View Luca Artioli’s prints and tour this unique townhouse garden loft located in the area the NY Times calls “the height of luxury living.”

Geane Brito Group


Q & A #clientsofcompass

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Kemo Duddle spent years gaining experience and taking in art and architecture in London, Paris, and Milan before settling in Miami and founding his interior architecture firm, Kemo Design International. His time in Europe instilled a clear style and energy in his work, and it shows in his home. He decided it may be time for a change and enlisted the help of his neighbor and real estate agent, George Schechter, and George’s partner, Scot Drucker, to sell his home. We caught up with Kemo to learn about how his home reflects his personal style. 

What was the inspiration for the design of your home? 

The key word is home. Firstly, it has to be my home, to reflect me surrounded by my personal style and attachment and give me peace and comfort. A home should not be a showroom. I’m surrounded by items of monetary value mixed with those of memories and sentimental value. 

What are some themes we will find throughout the home? 

I love symmetry and mostly uncluttered lines of the design. I enjoy the imaginative forms of the Art Deco Period and its influence, which continues to be a big factor in today’s design. I also have a passion for doors, not just as a means of egress but as a piece of furniture complementing my design concepts. Doors can be an important architectural statement. Wherever I can rather than the standard mundane door, I install impressive handsome custom doors. They’ve become a signature in my design, perhaps a trademark.

Are you working on any passion projects? 

There is a growing rebirth of Art Deco around the world. Locating furniture with a pedigree is difficult if not impossible due to diminishing supply, so I designed and am launching my own door hardware collection inspired by the Deco period. They are elegant and truly needed in the market. 

What strategy did GSD use to market your home? 

I find Compass and GSD to be very focused. Their knowledge of the real estate market is evident and they demonstrated they know the clients who would be interested in my home. 

Tell us about an exciting new project. 

About a year ago Kemo Design International was awarded the design of the Indian Creek Country Club Dining Room and Oak room. It’s been a challenge but we enjoy working with the magnificent Miami landmark. We were also recently chosen to design the home of Coach Don and Mrs. Shula. This is such an honor, a true American Football hero. They have impeccable taste. 

Time to curate your next place in the world? Contact George and Scot of GSD Advisors. 

George Schechter & Scot Drucker GSD Advisors

M: 786.247.3335

O: 305.851.2820

Lourdes Gutierrez’s Guide to Art Basel

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Since 2002, art aficionados and high-end galleries from around the world have flocked to Miami for the annual Art Basel event - a global art fair staged in Miami Beach, Hong Kong, and Basel, Switzerland. The beauty of Basel lies in its breadth, from the exclusive invite-only opening night and countless celebrity-attended private events, public exhibitions, and vibrant satellite fairs. Over the course of four days, visitors gather to learn, critique, peruse, and purchase the most intricate and unusual art. This year, expect a variety of private collections and events from Miami Beach to the Arts and Entertainment Districts. Here are our top picks by neighborhood:

Miami Beach

Design Miami Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

While Art Basel showcases modern and contemporary work, Design Miami focuses on design - from furniture to jewelry and more. Tickets are available starting at $27 for the exhibition, which takes place from 12/5 - 12/9.

Art Basel 1901 Convention Center Drive

Over 200 modern and contemporary art galleries will be present at this year’s official Basel fair. Tickets range from $50 - $450 on 12/6-12/9, while the opening day, 12/5, is by invitation only.

Faena Festival “This is Not America” 3300 Collins Avenue

This inaugural free event, curated by Zoe Lukov, puts Miami’s role as a welcoming city to those from across the US, Americas, and around the world. Exhibitors can expect activations at the Faena hotel, forum, and on public streets from 12/3-12/9.


Spectrum 2217 NW 5th Avenue @ NW 22nd Street

After three years in the Arts & Entertainment district, Spectrum is returning to Wynwood. Visit Mana Wynwood from 12/5 - 12/9 to see work by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Tom Wesselmann.

Arts and Entertainment District

CONTEXT One Herald Plaza

CONTEXT Miami is notorious for placing emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. This focus attracts a wide range of exhibitors over a six day period from 12/4 - 12/9. Opening night includes a VIP preview, while the remaining days are open to the public.

Design District

de la Cruz Collection 23 NE 41st Street

Founded in 2009, the de la Cruz Collection is a physical extension of

collectors, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. Stop by during Art Basel to deep dive into the work of international contemporary artists over the last thirty years.

Want to learn more about what to see, eat, and do during Art Basel?

Visit our blog at

Lourdes Gutierrez Group


Your South Florida Neighborhood Experts

The Bird Group on Brickell 

Dining Casa Tua, Fi’lia, La Mar 
Hangouts Sugar, Barsecco, Komodo

Known as the Wall Street of the South, Brickell has become one of the most popular downtown districts in the US. Endless opportunities to live/work/play make this neighborhood an energizing spot in South Florida. Brickell is also renowned as Miami’s financial district. Comprised of many luxury condos and office buildings, you will always find the trendiest hotspots to dine, hangout, and shop. 

Francisco Bird 


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Renée M. Grossman on Bal Harbour 

Dining The Palm, Makoto, Carpaccio
Hangouts Le Sirenuse, Mike’s Cigar Lounge, Bal Harbour Shops

For the past 42 years, I’ve reveled + rollicked in the 33154, which makes one forget that they’re in Miami. The privileged ones who call this magical paradise home enjoy an ideal lifestyle gushing with tranquil water views, relaxed vibes and sunny dispositions. Homes in Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside are steps from white sandy beaches, world class dining + shopping, dog, kite + skate parks, golf courses and houses of worship.

Renée Grossman


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Paul Sasseville on Sunset Harbour, Miami Beach

Dining La Moderna, Pubbelly Sushi, Sardinia
Hangouts Sweat 440, Panther Coffee, Azul Wine and Spirits

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For the past 15 years, I have lived and loved an amazing waterfront neighborhood on the shores of Biscayne Bay. Sunset Harbour was built around a 125 slip Sunset Harbour Yacht Club. Miami’s culinary hot-spots soon followed and continue to attract foodies from around the globe. Upscale grocers, boutiques and multiple fitness options complete the lifestyle. 

Paul Sasseville


Giancarlo Cuffia on Las Olas 

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Dining La Dolce, II Paisano, Hyde Park Bistro
Hangouts The Wilder, Rooftop, Balcony

Commonly referred to as “The Venice of the Americas” due to having over 300-miles of waterways, Fort Lauderdale is the place to be in South Florida. Known for its international vibe, beautiful sunsets, boutique shopping, iconic beach boardwalk, and extensive options for dining and entertaining, the Las Olas neighborhood attracts everyone from the East Coast snowbird to the Florida native. 

Giancarlo Cuffia


Agnes Cohen & Lorene Broc’s Guide to Miami Beach

At Home in Miami Beach 

Iconic architecture, glittering nightlife, international vibe, golf courses, and arresting ocean views most commonly come to mind when visitors picture Miami Beach, and the area delivers on its reputation. This diverse neighborhood boasts many of the city’s best restaurants and hotels, all within minutes of beaches to the east and sunsets off Biscayne Bay to the west. Locals here are anchored by the water, considering sporadic urban congestion from annual events such as Art Basel and South Beach Food & Wine Festival a small price to pay for one living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. 

Many of Miami Beach’s flagship restaurants and lounges are located near or within hotels along Collins Avenue. Here, relish in luxury living with members-only clubs like Soho Beach House and five-star spas like Terra Santa at Faena Hotel. For daily rituals, locals are drawn to sunrise jogs at South Pointe Park and dinner and drinks at one of the intimate, more imaginative joints like 27 Restaurant & Bar. Miami Beach is also home to cultural institutions such as The Wolfsonian Museum, The Fillmore live music venue, The North Beach bandshell, and, after an extensive renovation effort, the soon-to-be completed Miami Beach Convention Center. 

Miami Beach property is as diverse as its population. A concentration of condos are situated south of 17th Street; most of which are older mid-rises with notable Art Deco architecture. The area’s pricier single-family homes can be found in Mid and North Beach along the golf course, Intracoastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay, while surrounding private islands - including the Venetian Islands, La Gorce Island, and Sunset Islands - represent some of the most exclusive property in the world. 

Agnes and Lorene use a personable, hands-on approach when working with their international and local clients. They both live and love Miami Beach. 

Agnes Cohen and Lorene Broc 

786.208.2105 | 646.417.2893 

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Ask Compass with Josh Dotoli

The first question you should ask when preparing your home to be listed is “what impression is this home going to make on the buyer?”. After all, the end goal is for the buyer to envision themselves living there. At times, this requires de-personalizing your space to allow the future buyer to imagine their own belongings in the home. 

Photography is the most important component of selling a home. In our digital age, the first showing happens before the buyer walks in the door. For that reason, I work with the same photographer to keep the quality consistent and show the listing in the most natural, but best form. The photos we take don’t just end up online, but will likely see an additional 40-50k eyes through magazine publications, social media posts, and digital advertising. 

As an agent, I work through a market preparation checklist with my clients. This checklist goes over everything from cleanliness, to clearing countertops, to curb appeal and landscaping, to the furnishing of the home. Furnishing a listing can be time-consuming and costly, but it also has the potential to bring extraordinary value. According to the National Association of Realtors, furnished homes sell for 5-10% more than unfurnished houses. Because of this, I often partner with a furniture company to give the home the attention and detail that it needs to sell. 

Considering putting your home up for sale? Contact Josh Dotoli to identify the best go-to-market strategy for your needs. 

Josh Dotoli 


Q & A #clientsofcompass

Moving to a new home, whether you’re renting or buying, is more than just acclimating to the physical space you live in. It’s learning the small things like the location of the grocery store and finding great restaurants nearby. Moving from another country intensifies those small things, 

and can be quite the challenge 

to navigate. 

The stability and safety of Ananda Lumertz’s family and the expansion of her family’s business brought her to The United States from Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil. Finding a new home on a new continent brought along several obstacles, but Ananda was determined to 

find her family their new place in the world. 

What were you looking for when you came to the U.S.? 

The most important thing was 

finding a good school for my children. I found American Heritage School through a friend who had moved to Florida from Brazil, and knew this was the right place to send my kids. This decision impacted the rest of my journey to The U.S. After finding a school, 

I searched for a home that would suit my family’s needs as well 

as commercial space for our 

family business. 

Can you walk us through the process of finding your rental? 

We met our real estate advisors, Flavia and Cintia, through American Heritage. They appealed to us because they were fellow Brazilians and also parents that understood the importance of family. We decided to rent before making a commitment to buy, and Flavia and Cintia helped us decide on Hawks Landing because it was close to the school and it had all the amenities I was looking for. 

Tell us about some of the challenges that you faced after arriving in the United States. 

Soon after my family and I arrived in the states, Hurricane Irma also arrived. I was not prepared to face an emergency of that magnitude while still trying to get my footing in a new country. Flavia and Cintia actually helped us so much during the preparation for the storm. They helped me keep my house safe and were there every step of the way during the evacuation. In fact, my husband was away on business during the hurricane, so I left Miami in the car with my three children. Flavia and Cintia checked in while on our drive to make sure we were doing okay. 

Along with their aid during the hurricane, the ladies helped me know the ins and outs of enrolling my children in their new school and assisted with orienting to and understanding American culture. We were fortunate to have found this duo to help us along the way. They didn’t stop at just finding us a home, they really helped us feel like we belong. 

Ananda and her family are becoming increasingly more comfortable with their new surroundings and are now actively seeking a more permanent home to buy in Miami, as well as expanding their thriving business. Follow along at @mommy.a3 on Instagram, where Ananda talks family, business, and lifestyle. 

If you’re interested in buying, selling, or renting, contact the Thormann + Caltabiano Group 

Cintia Thormann 


Flavia Caltabiano 


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Q & A #clientsofcompass

When two creatives purchased a home on Miami’s Venetian Islands, they put their diverse skill sets to use, culminating in a retreat melding relaxation and stimulation. For Rodman Primack, CCO of Design Miami, and his partner Rudy Weissenberg, a TV producer and real estate developer, it was important to curate an environment that was not only serene, but also able to entertain a revolving crowd of guests. 

Eventually, however, the couple was finding less time to spend in their cherished dwelling. They partnered with Compass Miami agent Geane Brito to find a new owner for their space. 

How did you come to live on this idyllic property? 

Rodman: About seven years ago, Rudy got the opportunity to work for a telenovela based in Miami. We both travel often, but when he got this position, it made sense to put down roots in the area — and when we saw this particular home, we could envision ourselves here. 

Two creatives living in the same house. How did your tastes align? 

Rodman: Our styles have actually developed together over time — we’ve been together for 20 years. My global design firm, RP Miller, is behind all of the intricate textiles in the home. Each room is a collection of art and pieces that fascinate us at the moment. 

How did you spend time in this South Florida space? 

Rodman: My company Design Miami throws several events over the course of the year, especially during the week of the ultra-contemporary art fair, Miami Beach Art Basel. During these annual gatherings, we’re hosting dinners or cocktail parties here every night with up to 100 people wining and dining from the kitchen to the garden 

Photo Credit: Mary Beth Koeth 

Photo Credit: Mary Beth Koeth 

Photo Credit: Mary Beth Koeth

Photo Credit: Mary Beth Koeth

How did you connect with your agent, Geane Brito? 

Rodman: We met when I staged another one of her homes. Her innovative, tenacious spirit stood out to me. And I was right in choosing to work with her— she literally broke a record with the sale of this home! With all this home’s charm, curved lines, and bright colors, our house fetched $768 per square foot — the highest price per square foot sold in the category in the last two years. 

What strategy did Geane focus on to market your home? 

Rodman: She had gorgeous photos and video of the home taken, and the buyer was drawn in by the pictures and styling from our online presence — she said she saw the photos and immediately made an appointment to see it on the very day it launched. 

During showings and open houses, Geane guided prospective buyers through the rooms as if it was an art gallery, taking the time to explain each piece and feature. She led people to understand how special the home is and found the perfect buyer, with just 50 days from the launch to the closing on April 20th. 

Represented by Compass Agent 

Geane Brito Group


Neighborhood Experts

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Hangouts                          Fitness
Pubbelly Sushi                  Sweat 440
La Moderna                       Barry's Bootcamp
Azul Wine + Spirits           Anatomy 

Paul Sasseville on Sunset Harbour

For the past 15 years, I have lived and loved an amazing waterfront neighborhood on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The Sunset Harbour neighborhood was built around a 125 slip marina - the Sunset Harbour Yacht Club. 

Miami’s culinary hot-spots soon followed and continue to attract foodies from around the globe. Upscale grocers, boutiques, and multiple fitness options complete a wellness-focused Sunset Harbour lifestyle. 


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Hangouts                    Dining
Las Olas Strip            Greek Islands Taverna
Park & Ocean             Mastro’s Ocean Club
The Alchemist           Casa D’Angelo

Adam Gurewicz on Downtown Fort Lauderdale 

There has never been a better time to move downtown. Exciting new developments, restaurants, business, and hangouts are bringing new life to the pulse of Las Olas while an increase in flights to FLL invite new cultures, languages, and residents to our vibrant community. Check out my recommendations above. Looking for a place to live? Let me help navigate your next move to the place that I’m proud to call my hometown. 


Lourdes Gutierrez on Miami Beach

Miami Beach, commonly referred to as “The Beach”, is the place to be in South Florida. The tropical Art Deco architecture, glittering nightlife, international vibe, and arresting ocean views of South Beach to North Beach are most commonly what come to mind when visitors picture Miami. 


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Hangouts                            Dining
Watr At The 1 Rooftop       Habitat         Faena Living Room            Matador
Setai Courtyard Bar           Upland

The MB Team on Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is home to some of the best neighborhoods in Miami, including Bay Point and Morningside. We have watched the area transform over the last 14 years, it is now full of great shops and restaurants. The UES community just keeps getting better and better  

Betsy Magde + Marissa Kartheiser

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Hangouts                        Dining
Morningside Park        Cafe Roval
Ironside                           La Social
MiMo District                Moshi Moshi  

Ask Compass with Mendel Fellig

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Digging into the intricacies of “For Sale by Owner” 

Selling your own home may sound easy and cost-efficient, but there are many details of home selling that can be extremely overwhelming. Over the course of my real estate career, I have seen multiple for sale by owner deals hit dead ends for various reasons. While in today’s world you can look almost anything up on Google, there are small but critical details that go into the successful negotiation of real estate transactions. 

Statistics show that when an owner tries to sell a home on their own, they receive less money on average. Owners tend to have an emotional attachment to their home, which gives them a different perspective than an outside source. An experienced agent is able to walk in with an unbiased view and bring out the best features of the house based on today’s design trends. 

Because an agent is fully immersed and trained in the industry, they have better insight on where the market is, what’s trending, and what works. Having the power of an established brokerage and experienced agent with marketing capabilities and technology behind them is a very valuable resource to a seller. Another perk? The agent’s network becomes your network. For example, I have connections with other trusted agents, attorneys, inspectors, surveyors, and general contractors who can give their professional insight. 

Interested in listing your home with an expert agent and Miami native? Give me a call. 

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To learn more contact: 
Mendel Fellig

Neighborhood Guide: Aventura

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Laid-Back Luxury just Moments from the Water 

With manicured parks and abundant golf courses, Aventura has a warm, inviting feel and a thoughtful layout. Most famous for the grand Aventura Mall, this city promises a quiet suburban life within walking distance of restaurants and the beach. 

Aventura is a place where retirees mingle with families, as both appreciate its relaxed tempo and cleanliness. Public schools in this area are among the highest rated in the school system. This area has one of Miami’s most diverse populations, with large Brazilian, Colombian, and Israeli communities, among many others. 

Development of Aventura began in the 1970’s and the area was carefully planned from inception to current form. The result is a city that never looks stale or neglected and carefully balances green spaces against its suburban development. You’ll find high-rise after high-rise offering panoramic ocean views and a beautiful, well-planned suburban neighborhood with excellent schools and quality of life. 

Aventura Mall is the city’s main attractions; as one of the largest malls in the country, it draws in locals and visitors from across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. After a day of shopping, residents can relax and refuel with top notch dining options such as Bourbon Steak, Novecento, and Corsair Kitchen & Bar. 

This area has a handful of high-traffic marinas, featuring marvelous yachts, and is a short drive or walk to the Atlantic shore. Abundant parks and sports leagues make this a popular spot for young families. 

Aventura’s upscale tranquillity draws people from all over the world, and for good reasons. Looking to call Aventura home? Connect with The Matluck Group at 305.335.1010

Q&A #clientsofcompass

Love Key West flair but drawn to Miami’s energy? Meet the seller of a Compass Exclusive gingerbread-style home located in The Roads and learn how Compass agent, Madeleine Romanello, closed the deal.


If you look hard enough, Florida is full of all sorts of gems you can’t find anywhere else. One of those gems is 242 Southwest 21st Road, a beautiful Key West gingerbread-style home located — not in Key West — but in a quaint neighborhood called The Roads, positioned perfectly within a stone’s throw of Brickell, Downtown, and Key Biscayne. We spoke with the seller, April (the owner’s daughter), to learn more this charming home, listed by Madeleine Romanello.

What do you love most about this home?
It’s a refreshing home — the Key West style is very inviting. Then there’s the grounds in the back... that’s where my mother spent all of her time. The property has a lush, tropical backyard with a huge oak tree in the middle of property that’s very calming. It’s all Chicago brick back there and the pathways in the back make for a quaint, tranquil setting. My sister’s wedding was actually held in this backyard in November 2015.

What drew your mom to this particular house?
Mom was determined to buy a house in the Keys. She wanted to be the “cool” grandmother with the grandkids, and the house that the grandkids wanted to go to — somewhere fun and on the beach. Well, that was the plan. But the year was 2004, the height of the housing boom. When we went to the Keys to look at houses, the prices were exorbitant. So we were driving through The Roads, and we said, “Oh my gosh! This house is for sale!” The house was a quintessential Key West style home, which was an immediate draw.


There’s a lot of artwork on the property. Can you tell me a little more about it?
This house has a lot of history. The first art piece that you see is a piece by the Corras Brothers who are Cuban twin brothers. The tile mosaic in the dining room and the plate on the steps were both done by them. And then at the top of the steps inside the home, there’s a colonial stained glass arch with southwestern exposure — it’s a replica of the Arco de Medio Punto at the Palace of the Santoveni in Old Havana.

How about the Roads?
What’s so appealing about the area? There is so much happening around here. All the young people want to live here now. The Metro’s right nearby. We have the trolley system. You can conceivably stay in this house and have a scooter and just take public transportation. You can have the Old Florida style home but live in the middle of a city. Through extensive social media advertising and e-mail blasts, April’s parent’s home sold after only 20 days on market.

Represented by Compass Agent
Madeleine Romanello 305.282.2133

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Miami and Fort Lauderdale are known for homes with beautiful Bay, Ocean, and Intracoastal views. What are the main elements to consider when buying waterfront? Compass agent Bobby Jones, gives you the must-knows.


The top factor to consider when looking at waterfront properties is the elevation. It can come as a surprise to many out-of-state buyers that certain areas west of the coast are more prone to flooding than living directly on the water. When buying a newer home, the builders have likely already added two to three feet of dirt to mitigate potential flooding. The seawall and dock should also be examined. An average sea wall’s life span is twenty years. If a home requires a new or updated seawall, I factor in the cost when it is time to present an offer. Beyond the seawall, you’ll also want to ensure the dock is in good and safe condition. Check the wood for rotting, fallen or tilted pilings, and rust hazards. Surprisingly, some multi-million dollar estates have docks and seawalls that need major repairs or replacement. Planning on docking a boat? You’ll want to consider the depth of the water at low tide and any fixed bridges that may limit the type of boat you are able to dock. Want more information on waterfront homes? Call Bobby Jones, an avid boating enthusiast himself, who loves taking his clients to showings by sea.

To learn more contact:
Bobby Jones 954.647.9858

Neighborhood Guide: Coconut Grove

Discover the best of Miami's original neighborhood, courtesy of Compass agent, Dominique Duque.

Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood, and traces of the region’s colorful past can be found on every street corner. The entire area is blanketed in its signature tropical hammock wildlife, infusing it with greenery and ebullient natural beauty. Between bricks of coral and limestone, ivy-coated walls, plentiful shade, and architecture that shows off its history as a hippie commune in the 70s, it’s impossible to mistake for anywhere else.

The Grove,’ as it’s known to locals, is famous for both its downtown strip and the bayfront. Its downtown area features the soon-to-be-renovated CocoWalk shops, as well as a number of local bars, boutiques, and restaurants in the colorful surrounding blocks. Along the water, you’ll encounter one of Miami’s largest marinas and Peacock Park. Residents enjoy sailing and yachting, outdoor dining, strolling under the hammocks and a nightlife that’s awesome in its own little way. You can find them spending a day out on the water, docking their boat in the marina to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, playing kickball at one of the many parks, and maybe capping of their day with a movie at Cinépolis. Coconut Grove is also home to the stunning Vizcaya Estate and Gardens, which features Spanish architecture and the most elaborate cultivated garden in the city. Many of the Grove’s houses typify classical South Florida style, with flat roofs designed for airflow and shade. The area’s newer mansions and larger homes are primarily located within gated areas and secluded corners. Older condos and reasonably-priced townhomes are situated around the downtown district, with a crop of new high-rises currently in development near the bay. Having closed 100+ transactions here in the last decade, Dominique lives and loves the Grove. Looking to find your next paradise?

Connect with Dominique at 305.766.7666

Neighborhood Experts

Get the inside scoop from our trusted advisors on what makes our local neighborhoods great.

Mendel Fellig on Mid-Beach

Soho House, Nobu Hotel, Pine Tree Park

Tasty Cafe, Lenny’s Pizza, Pita Hut

Uniquely situated with shops, restaurants, schools, and entertainment all within walking distance, Mid-Beach is the ultimate work/play lifestyle and I’m lucky to live here. Looking for the best pizza in town? Try Lenny’s Pizza on 41st Street. Prefer Middle Eastern? Go for a delicious, flavorful shawarma at Pita Hut. Seeking kosher food? There are plenty of options! After lunch, cool off with a dip in the pool at Soho House followed by a steam at Cowshed Spa.

Mendel Fellig Group | 305.632.8803 |

Geane Brito Group on Brickell

Brickell City Centre, Brickell Key Park, Farmers Market

Casa Tua Cucina, La Petite Maison, El Tucan

We’re in love with the Brickell dolce vita! As your Brickell real estate advisors at Compass, we’re able to offer our clients seamless seller and landlord representation, and a wide range of residences for sale or lease in the area. Let us help you navigate through the sea of options in the Brickell market -- from pre-construction, to developer closeouts, to amazing resales — we got you! 

Geane Brito Group | 305.814.5004 |

Denver Bright on Fort Lauderdale

Lobster Bar, Louie Bossi’s,  Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

The Rooftop @ 1 W, Las Olas, Rhythm & Vine

With its laid back vibe, it’s easy to mistake this town for sleepy - you couldn’t be more wrong. Boasting some of the best restaurants, an ever expanding nightlife scene, and a recent plethora of newly developed luxury beachfront condos, there’s something for everyone. Go from the beach, to dinner, to a stunning performance at the Broward Performing Arts Center, and later a night cap at your fave spot.

Denver Bright | 954.703.9741 |

Meyer Group & Gary Feinberg on Venetian Islands

Sardinia Enoteca, Pubbelly, DIRT

The Lido Bayside Grill, Panther Coffee, La Moderna

Tranquility and proximity unite in the highly coveted Venetian Islands. With 124 transactions totaling $230 million in the last 12 months, demand is at an all-time high for these six islands that connect Miami Beach to Wynwood. Residents enjoy peace and quiet at home without sacrificing the ability to indulge in Miami’s metropolitan lifestyle. There’s never been a better time to live (and play) in this community.

Meyer Group | 305.733.0014 |