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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Never has a Sweet 16 been so delicious!

Chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies from all over the world will come together today to celebrate the one thing that unites us all as human beings: enjoying delectable, mouth-watering FOOD! The 16th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival begins today, running from February 22-26, and will showcase over 90 culinary events on both South Beach and Fort Lauderdale featuring a variety of world- renowned chefs and food personalities.

Appreciation of tasty food and cocktails is not the only reason behind this scrumptious extravaganza, ALL ticket proceeds from SOBEWFF benefit Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Throughout its 16 years, the festival has raised an incredible $24 million for FIU. Additionally, students are given the rare opportunity to gain real-world experience organizing and working the largest food festival in the nation.

I encourage everyone to attend the festival and try some wonderful food, meet your favorite chefs, and give to a great cause!

Below is a list of events being touted as highlights of the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23
    Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli
    Info: 7:00 p.m. — North Venue, Beachside at Delano. Entrance at 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

  • Friday, Feb. 24
    Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray
    Info: North Venue, Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Entrance at 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
    Info: 9:45 p.m. – Announcement of the following awards: Heineken Light People’s Choice Award, Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Award (as judged by Ayesha Curry, Emilio Estefan, Jill Martin, David Bromstad, Adam Richman & Rev Run), and Red Robin’s Best of the Bash Award

  • The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown hosted by Robert Irvine
    Info: Surfcomber, A Kimpton Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

  • Saturday, Feb. 25
    Goya Foods' Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations
    Info: Grand Tasting Village, Beachside — 13th Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

  • 3:30 p.m. — KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration with Tanqueray brand ambassador Snoop Dogg and Guy Fieri. "Snoop Dogg will also take to the tables in the courtyard between the Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents immediately following the demonstration for a short spin on the ones and twos to close-out the day."
  • BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus
    Info: 9:00 p.m. — North Venue, Beachside at Delano. Entrance at 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

  • Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri
    Info: 10:00 p.m. — Monty's Sunset on South Beach, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach
    "Part Jeopardy, part Family Feud for the culinary world." Guy Fieri hosts as Team A: Valerie Bertinelli, Scott Conant, Ayesha Curry, Robert Irvine & Michael White take on Team B: Josh Capon, Todd English, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron May & Marc Murphy.

  • Sunday, Feb. 26
    Goya Foods' Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations
    Info: Grand Tasting Village, Beachside — 13th Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

  • 12:00 p.m. – "Brand new David Grutman Experience" in the courtyard between the Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents.

  • 3:00 p.m. – David Grutman Experience featuring sounds by Ingrosso.Goya Foods' Swine & Wine presented by The National Pork Board hosted by Cindy Hutson
    Info: Biltmore Hotel, Miami — Coral Gables, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

  • 7:45 p.m. – Announcement of the Goya Foods People’s Choice Award and National Pork Board Critic’s Choice Award

The Full Taste Fort Lauderdale lineup:

For more information about the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, click here!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

I’m excited to tell all of you about my newest Berkley South listing!

If you love sunshine, gorgeous water views, and a large home-like condo near the beach, then Berkley South unit 9L may just be the perfect place for you to call home! This spacious, sunny southwest 2 BR/ 2 BA corner unit instantly showcases a very large open space filled with sunshine through its many windows, and is conveniently located only two short blocks from beautiful sandy white beaches. One of the first rooms you will notice upon entry is the bright eat-in kitchen complimented by stainless steel appliances and an impressive over-sized pantry. Host fabulous parties with friends and invite them to enjoy delicious culinary delights in your radiant dining and living room area, which is highlighted by 6 windows and a floor-to-ceiling glass slider that allow a stream of natural light to create a warm, airy atmosphere. After enjoying a nice meal invite your guests to enjoy the large private balcony. This sun-drenched terrace gives way to some of the best views in Fort Lauderdale, where you can enjoy the mesmerizing cerulean South Ocean waters or admire million dollar mega-yachts coasting down the Intracoastal Waterway over cocktails. From uplifting sunrises in the morning to colorful sunsets at night, 9L allows you to appreciate picturesque views every day from the comfort of home. Two large bedrooms complete with roomy walk-in closets provide the perfect finishing touch for this immaculate Berkley South condo.

If you have not heard about the wonderful upgrades currently taking place in The Berkley South community, then allow me to update you on all of the great things you have been missing! Berkley South is currently in the midst of a $4.5 million renovation project, which includes new hallways, a stunning new 2nd floor amenity deck with Infinity heated pool, BBQ grill pavilion area, green space, new tennis court, and stylishly redesigned clubroom! Those who love to be active will delight in the new jogging track around the building and remodeled Fitness center with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the revamped pool deck. Furry friends are also not a problem for anyone interested in buying Berkley South unit 9L, as the building is PET FRIENDLY! As a resident, take advantage of bike and kayak storage, a full time manager on the premises, direct beach access, garage parking, and the security of a professional front desk host in the lobby at all times. To top it all off, Berkley South is also a very financially stable building.

I am incredibly excited about new listing 9L, and can’t wait to show it off to all serious buyers! To arrange a private viewing, please contact me at realtor@joannedwards.com or 954-770-8525. I look forward to seeing you soon!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

High quality designer finishes and modern luxury are uniquely embodied in this stunning 2 bedroom 2 bath oceanfront condominium. With 1,700 square feet under air, luxurious upgrades from top to bottom, and unobstructed panoramic ocean views at every turn, you’ll enjoy a perfect setting for relaxing and entertaining.

Upon entering luxurious corner residence 15B the elegant renovations immediately draw your attention, with skim coated tray ceilings, crown molding, and lustrous 24 inch Porcelain floors creating a notable first impression. An abundance of natural light streaming through two walls of almost floor to ceiling impact glass windows guides you into the spacious open living and dining area, a striking feature that can be found in almost every room of 15B. LED stripe candescent lighting in the living room and two domes with antique gold silver leaf in the breakfast and dining area provide the perfect amount of style and sophistication, while breathtaking views of the Ocean, Birch Park, and Intracoastal Waterway make for a dazzling backdrop! Enjoy the best views Fort Lauderdale has to offer every day on your private balcony, appreciating the beauty of nature as the sun rises over the sparkling Ocean waters and lush Birch Park greenery. Invite friends over to marvel at the lit up mega-yachts cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway at night as you enjoy good wine and conversation. With views like this, your condo is immediately transformed into the most exclusive getaway in town.

The luxury continues into the open chef’s kitchen, which boasts a variety of upgrades such as hi-end custom cabinetry, beautiful thick quartz counters, mosaic tile backsplash, and brand new stainless steel appliances. The split floor plan of 15B is especially convenient for those who plan to show off their luxurious condo to guests, as it provides an additional layer of privacy. Both bedrooms are generously-sized and display magnificent views. The reconfigured luxury en suite Master bath is full of stunning upgrades which are sure to impress. A large customized walk-in closet in the master bedroom and frosted glass pocket doors complete this remarkable condo, which is in perfect move-in condition for any serious buyer.

Park Tower is a highly sought after boutique building comprised of 66 units, 4 units per floor. Located directly on A1A it is in the ideal location, with the beach and beautiful Birch State Park only minutes away. The building is pet friendly and allows dogs of all sizes. Resort-style amenities include a heated freshwater pool behind the building, BBQ, fitness room, updated clubroom and extra storage. It’s all about the beach location!

Park Tower unit 15B is a hidden gem, being sold at an incredible value in one of the best locations in the country! Contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com to discover what true luxury is all about!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

This Corinthian listing is ready for move-in ASAP!

Luxury furnished turnkey SUB-PENTHOUSE annual rental 22D is perfect for anyone who appreciates beautiful renovations, unbelievable water views, and an elegant atmosphere. Upon entering this 2BR/2BA unit, the luxurious custom upgrades greet you at the door, as you are welcomed by an impressive foyer entrance, double tray ceiling with Venetian plaster, and sleek 24” marble flooring that flows throughout the entire unit. The open floor plan of 22D is complimented by an abundance of natural light that flows through hurricane impact glass floor to ceiling windows and sliders, creating a bright, airy environment. Beyond these sliders is a spacious private balcony, the perfect place to revel in spectacular DIRECT Ocean, park, and endless south views down the Intracoastal Waterway! Take in the beauty of a picturesque sunrise over the water in the morning or marvel at million-dollar mega yachts over a glass of wine with friends. This residence makes breathtaking views from the convenience of home an everyday reality.

The upscale renovations continue into the open gourmet kitchen. Beautiful mahogany cabinets, granite counters with full classic glass tile backsplash, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and wine cooler will inspire you to reach new culinary heights! For your convenience, there is a concealed private trash chute behind the kitchen cabinets and an adjacent utility room with full size washer and dryer. One of my favorite aspects of sub-penthouse rental unit 22D is that the gorgeous views spill into the two spacious bedrooms, where dazzling visions of the Fort Lauderdale city skyline await. The en suite master bath is full of fabulous renovations, including granite topped custom Mahogany vanities with dual sinks, large walk-in shower with seamless glass shower enclosure, and tray ceiling. The guest bath has a combination tub and shower and the same exquisite finishes. Solid wood frosted glass doors and custom designed walk-in closets complete this chic Corinthian listing.

The Corinthian is one of my favorite luxury condo buildings in Fort Lauderdale, due to its direct location along the Intracoastal Waterway, close proximity to fabulous shopping and dining, and excellent resort-style amenities! These amenities include 24 hour security, garage parking, a 3 room fitness center, heated rooftop pool, clubhouse with full kitchen, and 2 level library with floor-to-ceiling water views.

This furnished turnkey sub-penthouse annual rental with PANORAMIC water views is ready for move-in! To see it for yourself, contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com!

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