By Lauren Billingslea Dowlen
Luxury Sales Associate

With a strong background in marketing, community involvement and business development from her years as a non-profit fundraising professional, Lauren offers clients the perfect package of personal guidance and local expertise. Read more about Lauren.

Last month, amidst the election rhetoric surrounding development and traffic in Coral Gables, neighboring city South Miami approved a revised plan to redevelop the Shops of Sunset Place. The developers, a partnership of both national and local investors, spent over a year on the revisions to the original plan. They spoke with local residents, city officials and merchants. The results were unanimously approved and feature green space and an amphitheater on the Red Road side of the development, 17-story apartment and hotel towers on the US1 border, as well as a pedestrian bridge, among other features including more contemporary-designed retail space.  What will this new revitalization bring to the hometown feel of downtown South Miami?
The intersection of Sunset Drive and Red Road has long been a literal crossing of the roads – bridging Pinecrest, South Miami, High Pines and Coral Gables, as well as offering an outlet to US1 and west Miami. This intersection, often clogged with traffic during peak hours as we are all well aware, is so familiar to many of our clients. Some of our favorite cafes, restaurants, boutiques and salons are found within this several-block radius. Often we run into friends, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances along these sidewalks. Whether it’s getting glammed at Gleam Hair Studio, grabbing lunch at Cafe Pastis or shopping at Isabel and Country French for that unique housewarming gift, South Miami is both practical and charming. Truly this crossroads leads to many of Miami’s finest and desirable neighborhoods.
South Miami’s motto is the “City of Pleasant Living” and this is evident in many parts in the small municipality. Parks like Palmer Park and Dante Fascell Park are popular among families and those looking for outdoor activities. South Miami Middle School is a well-known magnet for the arts. Leafy streets are prevalent as the city urges tree plantings to provide shade and clean air.
The housing market in South Miami offers properties for all different price points. Small, boutique developments such as Orr’s Pond and Parkside Village exude privacy and exclusivity while offering excellent proximity to major roads.  Newer built properties in the area east of US1 and west of Red Road have been selling between $1.5 – $2.4M. More modest single family homes in this area, mostly ranch style, are selling between $700,000-$900,000. If you’re looking to sell or buy in the ideal location of South Miami, we at Lowell International Realty are at your service. Whether you are thinking to purchase brand new construction, remodeling a home along a quiet canal, looking for privacy in a boutique development, seeking easy access for a commute, or living near the crossroads of several vibrant neighborhoods, we are here to serve you.


1537 San Remo Avenue

Coral Gables FL 33146


Phone: 305.520.5420

Fax: 305.539.3713