Scenic South Florida

South Florida is blessed with scenic beauty and beautiful weather, making it a sought-after place to live for people around the world. The allure of beautiful beaches and a relaxed lifestyle helped earn this part of Florida its reputation as a desirable locale. “People flock here from all over the world,” says Cathy Prenner, broker with Campbell and Rosemurgy Real Estate in Pompano Beach. “They come here when they are tired of the cold.” Prenner and her husband Jack specialize in selling real estate in the South Florida communities of Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale.

The area’s intricate canal system, combined with the Intracoastal Waterway, make this a wonderful area to purchase waterfront properties. “There is still good value for waterfront homes here, but the inventory is going quickly,” Prenner says. “Pricing like this won’t last long.”

Generations of families have called this area home with good reason. Close knit communities coupled with shopping and fine dining give people everything they need. Proximity to both Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport make getting to any place in the world effortless. An added bonus is easy access from your boat to the ocean via the Hillsboro Inlet.

One of the area’s premier properties can be found at 2730 NE 44th Street in Lighthouse Point. “The home is situated on an oversized lot,” Prenner says. The 4,300-squre foot Mediterranean home has four bedrooms and can accommodate friends and family comfortably. Its soaring ceilings and marble floors are among the elegant attributes of this newly-renovated home.

Featuring 90 feet of waterfront on the South Grand Canal, the $1.495-million home has sweeping views of the wide canal and can accommodate a 90-foot yacht. A large open patio and pool area provide the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy the scenic beauty of life on the water.


The Williams-Addison House in Washington DC

The Williams-Addison House is sited on a three quarter acre lot and is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration and renovation. Luxury modern amenities are being incorporated to refine a home already steeped in rich history. The restoration and design have been carefully planned to incorporate luxury modern amenities while ensuring the property remains one of Georgetown’s historic and grand estates for years to come. One of Washington’s great estates, The Williams-Addison House is on one of Georgetown’s largest privately owned lots. This Second Empire mansion was originally constructed c1815-1817. Properly designed to appeal to and impress its owner and guests, the renovation and restoration of this home will command a sense of true elegance by preserving and enhancing upon a historic past. interested buyers can contact Anthony Bozzi at 202-618-4530.


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Grand Italian Villa with Views of the Pacific Ocean

This magnificent gated estate in California offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire over 5 acres of prime real estate on the ocean front. This grand villa offersapproximately 7,778 square feet living space on a 2-acre parcel with a long gated driveway and a large motor court, 6 bedrooms, library, formal entry with 20-foot ceiling, formal living, dining and family room. Large master bedroom with balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Large kitchen opens to family room and a breakfast nook. Custom appointments with wood floors and natural stone throughout. Large expansive landscaped grounds, with pool, private ampitheatre, spa and guest house. Estate has an additional 3.5 acres to build a new estate or have a completely new home. Interested buyers can contact Raju Chhabria at 888-611-9130.


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Posted on: 4/21/2013 at 7:46 AM
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Life in Palo Alto, California

Leave your busy life and enter the untroubled hills above Silicon Valley to the historic, yet beautifully restored, Rancho del Eliseo. Overlooking the Pacific, the main house offers 5,000 square feet of easy modern luxury embracing the rustic natural elements of the ranch. Wide glass doors and windows invite the outside in, with the sleek white tones and rich eco-friendly wood providing the perfect foil for meadow, forest, and ocean vistas. Local recreation is plentiful, from golf to beach, and wine tasting to mountain biking, but you need never leave the property’s 147 acres for fun, which include pool, spa, gardens, equestrian barns, bocce ball, Redwood forest, cottages and more. Although you will be completely secluded in Rancho del Eliseo’s natural privacy, it’s only minutes away from destination cities such as Palo Alto, San Francisco, and San Jose, so the Rancho can easily provide the perfect setting for family or corporate retreats. This breath-taking property is listed for $15,500,000 with Zane MacGregor & Co. Warning: viewings of www.ranchodeleliseo.com may cause dizzying desire.

Founded in 1985 by Stanford Research Institute (SRI) real estate consultant, Steve Pierce of Zane MacGregor & Company (ZMG) offers a multitude of real estate brokerage and advisory services. Located in downtown Palo Alto, the hub of Silicon Valley, ZMG serves clients on the San Francisco peninsula. ZMG brings the creativity of SRI to the brokerage industry through the formulation of new strategies for achieving client goals. Throwing out the all too common limitations of the one-agent-to-one-client dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams of agents at ZMG collaborate to provide clients with the greater depth of service and knowledge needed in a competitive market. Zane MacGregor’s high achieving clients expect outstanding results, and the agent teams of ZMG have perfected the art of delivering on their client’s exacting desires. Knowledge, professionalism, and creativity have led the agents of Zane MacGregor & Co. to the top of the real estate game. When Zane MacGregor & Co. comes to play, they play to win.


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Featured Builder: J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT

 

J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT is a full service Construction/Development company.  Since its early founding J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT has taken on unique and diverse projects.  From hillside projects complete with cascading waterfalls, to indoor retractable batting cages for star Athletes, no project is too challenging for J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT. 

J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT strives to be The Preeminent Builders and by definition it is distinguished, unique and rare. What makes us a rarity in the industry is the level of attention we give each and every project.”  In addition to a full time Project Manager Joel personally visits each site weekly.

“I love to work hard and play hard.  I love to leave the jobsite at the end of a day and look at what was accomplished.  I surround myself with others that share my passion and love to create.”

J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT understands they represent clients who are some of the hardest working people, who expect the same level of dedication and passion that made them successful in their respective fields.  “They trust me and my team to deliver the home of their dreams and that is what we do.”

Quality and consistency are never compromised thanks to the matrix of policies, procedures, addendums, and checklists Joel has created over the past decade.  It is the foundation that keeps everything else in place; it is these checks and balances that give every one of his superintendents the ability to create the same level of quality that goes into every project and guarantees nothing but the highest level of luxury.

Joel described this beautifully by saying that it is the fine, miniscule details that set a builder apart from another. The mind sees a completed project for the right color palette, floor plan and ideal location; whereas the heart notices all the other details.

“Your heart tells you it’s right as it testifies that this house was meticulously designed, planned and executed with painstaking precision and accuracy, and that no detail was left to chance.  And when you bring the two together in harmony, the heart and the mind, this is where you’ll find another masterpiece of a J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT project.”


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Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania

Nestled into the hills of Pennsylvania lies the 50 acres of Angel Ridge Farm.  On the equestrian estate sits a palatial 6-bedroom 5-bathroom home, multiple barns, and riding areas for the true equestrian enthusiast.

The drive is lined with brick quoined corners and mature perennial landscaping, leading to an attached three-car garage.  Double entry doors into two-story foyer, dual staircases, dentil crown molding, and crystal chandelier await you upon entry into the home. Hardwood floors and crown molding flow through the living and dining room into a generously sized kitchen.

Made for entertaining, the kitchen is complete with cherry cabinetry, oversized island, double porcelain sink, 8-burner cooktop grill, and adjoins a magnificent all seasons room.

Generously proportioned bedrooms offer walk-in closets and crown molding. Through double doors, the master suite offers a beautiful tray ceiling, new carpet, custom walk-in closet, and fireplace with mantle. Relax in the master bath’s Whirlpool and enjoy ceramic tiled shower, a vanity area, and separate scalloped sinks.

Angel Ridge Farm’s game room is a great place to enjoy company with a full kitchen, dining area, dual bars, pool table, and living area. The entire estate is equipped with a speaker system, so enjoy the full sound system even in the fenced-in heated pool with pool house, and around the outdoor stone grill and fireplace.

The estate nearly pays for itself with three potential rental facilities, which include a large mobile home resembling a free-standing home, a 2-story apartment, and a spacious apartment in the main house. A privately owned gas well, conveyed with the property, also provides no cost gas service to the estate.

A short walk away sits several exquisitely built equestrian facilities. Sensational riding areas and approximately 25 acres of fenced-in turnout pastures provide an unparalleled equestrian experience. Several other structures including a 40x60 insulated and heated building with a concrete floor that drains—perfect for a workshop, and three 12x24 foot wooden buildings. For more on this spectacular estate, contact Karen Marshall of Keller Williams Realty.


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Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch boast some of the most luxurious equestrian and ranch properties on the Florida market. “These properties are ideal for someone with a young family and a strong interest in the outdoors or an early retiree who has a dream to live in a place where they can have privacy and stretch their legs,” says Ronnie Dewitt, licensed realtor and founder of Ronnie Dewitt and Associates, Inc. who is also an accomplished equestrian competitor.

A gorgeous 9.61-acre estate is on the market in the elite equestrian community, Panther Ridge. This majestic gated two-story estate has 6,338-square-feet of living area nestled in the heart of 9.61 acres, and the driveway meanders past sparkling blue lakes on the right and left and exquisitely manicured lawns. Inside you will discover 22-foot ceilings, a romantic fireplace in the sitting room and a spacious kitchen with top of the line appliances, a wine room, disappearing sliders in family room that leads to the salt-water lap pool and waterfall spa, and an outdoor living area with full kitchen and fireplace, plus a fire pit and charming gazebo. This luxurious property backs up to the Concession Golf & Country Club.

Another custom equestrian estate for sale is a stunning two-story home on 15 acres inside Panther Ridge. This gated estate features 5,090-square-feet of living area, 22-foot ceilings in the great room, a wet bar, media room, fireplace and chef’s kitchen. The home is manicured with mature landscaping and is equipped with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, heated salt-water pool and spa. On property is a workshop with enough space to host a variety of cars, boats, or other toys, and above the workshop a full guest apartment can be found. Your four legged children will be prancing with delight in their custom built barn, complete with tack room & ceiling fans & lights in every stall.

If you are in need of more land, consider a working ranch property that rests on over 55 acres of land and includes an original 1920s 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home as well as the original barn. The main home is an enormous 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath estate built in 2007 with top of the line finishes. A new barn complete with electricity, water, and tack room is included, and the entire property is gated, fenced and cross-fenced. Perfect riding and hiking trails wind through the 55-plus acre property.


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Ocala and Marion County, Florida

Located in the heart of Florida, the Ocala/Marion County region has made a name for itself as the Horse Capital of the World, and with good reason. Boasting a warm climate, friendly residents, rolling hills, and year-round outdoor activities, Ocala is a city with a unique mixture of rural and urban lifestyles quite unlike any other area in Florida.

Majestic tree-lined country roads, lush grass pastures, endless Live Oak trees: Ocala is a verdant city, using its natural resources to full advantage. Each year, there are any number of outdoor festivals, from Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS), to Polo Events for residents and visitors to enjoy. The HITS event is one of the largest hunter/jumper shows in the United States. The five-week event is held just North of Ocala and draws a crowd from across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.   Another world-class event is the Live Oak International with combined driving and show jumping events

Ocala’s equestrian lifestyle can be seen in recent statistics, as well. Marion county was ranked third nationally (just behind two counties in Kentucky) in total value of horses sold annually. Between 40 and 50 breeds are represented in the area, while nearly 29,000 residents are employed in the county’s thoroughbred industry alone.

Joan Pletcher has lived in Ocala since 1985.  While the thoroughbred business is what brought Joan and her husband to the hospitable city, Joan spends her time in the real estate market, specializing in selling equestrian property, ranches and land.

Joan would like to share a spectacular property known as Classic Acres. This equine property situated on 195 acres features lush pastures, a sports courtyard with a pool, English garden and summer kitchen.  The five-bedroom home showcases mahogany walls and ceilings, standing seam metal roof, and unique carved brick wall murals. Farm facilities include brick barns with a total of 21 stalls, offices, and labs, three additional barns with more stalls, three employee homes and a six-unit dormitory.

While an equestrian lifestyle may draw people to Marion County initially, its natural beauty, relaxed pace of life, and Southern hospitality keeps residents happy. Whether you are an avid horse enthusiast or an amateur, there’s never been a better time to discover what makes Ocala so unique.


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Fort Myers, Florida

Tropical temperatures present the perfect climate to train for the next horse show.  If a trophy horse farm or an iconic rural retreat in sunny Southwest Florida is what you’re looking for, look no further.

Historic Fort Myers, made famous by Edison and Ford, hosts many events including an art celebration the first Friday of each month, but that isn’t the only place to find hand-crafted beauty.  Just minutes from downtown resides a piece of luxury art sitting in a gated community.   Once inside the gates, a rearing stallion sculpture guards the grand entrance to this 3 bedroom home with a 4 car garage.

The first floor master suite offers a complete 360 view of the 4-acre Equestrian estate, which the homeowner designed.  In the master suite, a glass fireplace separates the sitting and sleeping areas while the bathroom offers a large walk in shower and soaking tub to decompress after long days of training. Just off the master bath sits the over-sized closets with built-in features.  The second floor offers two en suite bedrooms and a large game room with a balcony to enjoy the peace and tranquility overlooking a living masterpiece of timeless appeal.

The dining room boost a tray ceiling hand painted mural, designed and painted  by a German Artist, sure to be a topic of interest for guests.  A full bar, large fireplace with a sculpted mantle of galloping horses reaching to the second floor ceiling, and the open pool provide you and your guest plenty of room for mingling in the finest southern style.  A guest house with an outdoor kitchen serves as a mother-in-law suite or a pool cabana.

The Olympic size arena is the finest in Lee county for dressage training, a private 6 stall barn is complete with an additional 4 car garage, tack room and 2 bedroom apartment offering the finest facilities for the horse handler.  The wild mare will be tamed in no time with the most elite, personal training in the arena.

For a personal tour or additional information, contact Deborah Smith, Realtor®, at  239-826-3416 or visit www.premiersothebysrealty.com.


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Luxury Real Estate Website Design: Nature Can Inspire Extraordinary Design -Part 4

This article series on Luxury Real Estate Website Design was inspired by a special behind-the-scene tour of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and a private viewing of their sample collection of sea shells and other mollusks.  In Part 3 we showed an example of creating a Wine Country personal brand identity based on the colors of red and white wine: burgundy and gold. Here, in Part 4, we circle back to our samples of shells and focus on the texture of the sea scallops that are also variations of burgundy and gold colors. 

In the same way a change in one minor component of DNA creates an entirely different species, so it is true that slightly different combination or variation of colors and textures can create an entirely different brand.  Certainly, there are a number of luxury real estate marketing professionals in the Wine Country.  But, expressing one agent’s personal brand by factoring in unique gradations of colors and textures that reflect personal values and personality traits, results in a brand identity that stands out from all rest. 

Texture is created graphically through light and shadow of colors and also the repetition of patterns.  Notice how the proportions of burgundy and gold seen in the stripes and the spaces between stripes of these two scallops depicted above create two distinct designs and identities.  The difference in DNA between the two is minor yet the outward appearance is quite dissimilar.

Scallop on Left

Wine Country Burgundy (from Part 3)

Scallop on Right


One of the greatest challenges of luxury real estate marketing professionals is expressing their unique promise of value. In our luxury real estate strategic branding and website design practice that is exactly what we help them to do. In Part 5 we will show how an oyster, from the Chesapeake Bay, inspired the team brand identity of the luxury real estate market leaders in Virginia waterfront homes.

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara County has long been lauded as the American Riviera, boasting a healthy mix of outdoor activities in the scenic backdrop of mountains, valley and beaches. Championship golf, tennis, water sports, cycling, beach volleyball and hiking are all at one’s disposal in Santa Barbara and Montecito alike. One sport, however, has been a longtime favorite of property owners in Santa Barbara County, boasting a rich history that is entwined with the development of the area itself: horseback riding.

Santa Barbara’s popular equestrian lifestyle can be traced back to roots in the all American pastime of polo. Historical philanthropist Max C. Fleischmann (founder of the Santa Barbara Foundation) played a large role in the development of polo fields in the county. The East-Coast transplant adopted Santa Barbara as his home in the 1920s and made an indelible mark on the county’s history, along with other early industrialists and fellow sportsmen who moved to Santa Barbara during this time.

Santa Barbara County has kept some of its history alive by foregoing subdivision development. This translates to historical homes beautifully restored to their original grandeur, streets lined with mature trees, and the comfort of knowing Santa Barbara County is much less chaotic than its Southern California neighbor, Los Angeles.

“You are ten minutes from the downtown area from anywhere in Santa Barbara,” says Sotheby’s agent Suzanne Perkins. “The weather is also fantastic: there is no smog, no bugs and no humidity.”

One particular property in Suzanne’s portfolio is the perfect option for those looking to embrace the equestrian lifestyle in Santa Ynez. Newport Farm is a 38-acre equine paradise. In fact, it has earned the nickname of being the “Pebble Beach of equestrian properties.” While the property features a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom main residence, manager’s home, and 3 guest apartments, many upgrades can be seen in the barn facilities. Newport Farm boasts 92 horse stalls, a state-of-the-art Foaling Barn, 16 large irrigated pastures, and training, cutting and roping areas.

A slower pace of living and the casual elegance synonymous with Santa Barbara awaits those who seek a new lifestyle in the American Riviera. Discover your inner adventurer while you savor the treasures of a one-of-a-kind area.


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Clark & Company in Paso Roblesm California

Fruit trees and lavender leave an impressionable aroma to anyone who visits the land of HZ Farms. Look out onto the rolling hills to imagine the next best vineyard, farm, or grazing area—the possibilities are endless. The Old West may be long gone, but what’s left behind is an ideal that has spanned across generations to this day—ranch life. Currently zoned for agriculture, this ranch is just one of many offered by Pete Clark and Clark Company.

Ranches across the central coast are perfect settings between nature and society, not far away from the big cities of San Francisco of Los Angeles, the smaller city life of Paso Robles, and endless entertainment attractions. 

Retreat to acres of unruffled wilderness located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and connect to nature like settlers before us did. Experience serenity, breathtaking valley vistas, abundant wildlife, and towering trees across the gentle topography. Ranches here boast an abundance of woodland and wildlife for both nature enthusiasts and outdoor sportsmen, alike. 

Big city life is never too far—let the Paso Robles Municipal Airport take you to your city destination, but with a private escape why would anyone ever want to leave? The airport offers private hangars for general aviation as well as fuel and line services, aircraft maintenance, hot air balloons and restaurants. 

Enjoy San Luis Obispo County’s cool Mediterranean climate with mild winters in the 40s and casual summers in the 70s. 

Pristine parcels of land sit waiting for discovery and settlement in Paso Robles and on the entire Central Coast of California.


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Posted on: 4/13/2013 at 2:02 PM
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Ranch Marketing Associates

Ranch Marketing Associates (RMA) transcends traditional ranch real estate firms by utilizing the most comprehensive and innovative methods for bringing investment-quality American West ranch, farmland and recreation properties to the global marketplace.  RMA implements fully-integrated, custom marketing campaigns using an extensive arsenal of traditional and state-of-the-art tools to accurately present each property and bring capable buyers and sellers together in the shortest amount of time possible.  

Founding partners Ron Morris and Billy Long assembled the most talented and professional team of ranch real estate brokers in the western United States. Together, they have created a brand that is trusted and respected locally, nationally and globally and offer their knowledge and experience to those interested in buying or selling land holdings. 

The seasoned brokers at Ranch Marketing Associates live the western lifestyle and provide true insider perspective of the land including ranch, farm and recreation real estate.  RMA brokers have complete understanding of agriculture production, natural resources management, conservation easements, wildlife habitat, contracts and negotiating, multi-specie grazing, water and mineral rights, and construction and restoration.   

Ranch Marketing Associates stays abreast of new marketing opportunities, rapid changes and developing trends surrounding the Internet and delivers visually inspiring, comprehensive marketing packages for every property regardless of size or price. 

Understanding the importance of combining localized traditional marketing methods with an expansive global market presence, RMA developed a technologically advanced yet easy to navigate website, www.RMABrokers.com. The website features professional photography that captures the unique character and attributes of each ranch, high resolution retina display imagery, enhanced interactivity with Google Earth maps application, an expansive and illustrative photo gallery, and links connecting visitors to Affiliate websites. 

In an industry where there are many choices, it is reassuring to know a ranch real estate firm exists which is tried and true.  Ranch Marketing Associates is often imitated but never duplicated.


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"Living the Dream" of Life in Beach Paradise

Linda Miller began "living the dream" of life in beach paradise in 1998. With happy childhood memories of family times at the shore, she fulfilled a youthful prediction that "one day I’m going to live there.”

In 1998, she got her Florida Real Estate license and began selling paradise, also known as Scenic 30A -- the 17 mile, palm-lined stretch of Florida highway that follows the Gulf of Mexico from Destin to Panama City Beach.

This is the epicenter of the Traditional Neighborhood Development, or New Urbanism, where small town life meets the future -- and everyone lives a five minute stroll from downtown.  "You can park your car and leave it while you're on vacation," she says with delight.

Linda was first fascinated by Seaside, the globally famous TND where The Truman Show was filmed. Created thirty years ago, Seaside was followed by Rosemary Beach, WaterColor,  Watersound Beach, and Alys Beach -- each improving on the original model and connected by a 17 mile bike path.

Linda now serves as Broker at Rosemary Beach, just 25 minutes from the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, with it's European-styled town center and wealth of fine restaurants and shops.

"Of course the beach is the main attraction, that sugar white quartz sand and turquoise water," she says. But there's also standing paddle boarding in the coastal barrier lakes that flow in and out of the Gulf with the tide. "YOLO, it's called, for 'you only live once!'"

Blessed with 6 grandchildren, Linda loves the fact that they always want to visit "Mimi" at the beach….and they bring their parents along too. She would love to find you the perfect home for your family to start making memories. Call Linda at 850.974.8885.



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Miami Beach: A Lot Like London

“You can’t compare Miami Beach to any other city in Florida,” says Tara West, Managing Partner of Miami’s premiere luxury real estate firm, Park Miami Realty. Outside of Florida, however?

“It’s much like London,” she says, speaking to the incredible international pull of her adopted home city. Global flair is great, but Miami bests London on two fronts: “The weather is superb, and it’s not as expensive, by far.”

She would know.

A stint selling high-end villas in Greece led her to relationships with developers from the UK to Croatia – relationships that she has introduced to Miami’s lush international market.

“People are traveling here from all over the world,” she says. “It’s an international destination.”

Luxurious spreads serve as second, third, and fourth homes to her global clientele, though finding that perfect primary perch is just as much her specialty. High-end, luxury-style homes are in exceptional demand, and West is attacking the market head-on.

Hailing from the suburbs of Washington, DC and educated at American University, West did her time in the halls of the Senate and the shadows of K Street, serving as VP for one of the country’s top PR firms.
“My son was 3, my hours were insane. I was driving home at midnight, and it was ridiculous.” Burnt out and discouraged, she looked to the sunshine of Miami to rescue her life – and sanity.

Since moving south, West has come to dominate the luxury residential real estate market in Miami, Miami Beach and Boca Raton. She credits her drive to exceed her clients’ expectations for her extensive success in the exclusive field of high-end properties.

“You either love it, or you think of it as a chore,” West says of her career. “I really, sincerely love selling real state every day.  I look forward to working with my clients, many of whom have become good friends.”

To contact Tara, call 305-926-8223.


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