Coconut Grove Townhouse Market Is Slow!

Real Estate Agent with EWM Realty, International 3028618

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I pride myself on "telling it like it is" in real estate and when it comes to the Center Grove townhouse market I have no problem admitting that things are TOUGH.

There have been only 2 townhouses to close in Center Grove in the past 30 days (14 all year).  These are alarmingly low numbers for the townhouse market which has already taken a big hit over the past few years.   It seems that most buyer's interest has turned towards single family homes either out of preference or necessity.

There are several contributing factors that have lead to the perfect storm here:

  1. It is extremely hard to get a townhouse to appraise right now (you may remember my recent letter to an appraiser).
  2. It is impossible to get FHA financing for any townhouse that is categorized as a "condo" (which many are).
  3. Just about every owner in Center Grove purchased during the boom and is having a hard time accepting the true value of their unit.
  4. Now that single family home prices have come down it is possible to buy a house for the same price as a townhouse.  Most people prefer a home over a townhome because they typically offer larger pieces of land and more character.  Check out the two properties below listed for the exact same price.

The first is a townhouse located in Grove Enclave.  This is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse with 2,350 square feet of living space priced at $499,000.

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The second property is a single family home in the South Grove priced similarly at $500,000.  This is my listing and is located at 3792 Kumquat Avenue.  Details of the home include 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,674 square feet of living space on a 7,400 lot.

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Riley Smith | The Riley Smith Group

Coconut Grove Real Estate Specialist

Direct: 305-342-1623

Office: 305-960-5318


3560 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133

Comments (1)

David Obbee - Agoura Hills, CA

Riley: I appreciate your honesty.  Personally, I love townhomes because of the common maintenance- it's really nice not to have to mow your own yard!  From the pictures you provided, they look like lovely homes.  I hope things pick up soon- good luck, thanks for sharing!

Apr 20, 2010 04:21 AM