So the kids are home for the summer and you’re looking for a fun way to beat the heat? Head on over to Trampoline High, a 10,000 square-foot indoor trampoline park and aerobic exercise facility.
Located at 12395 SW 130th St., east of Tamiami Airport and just west of the Don Shula Expressway, this a great family escape that is just a few minutes drive away. The facilities include a large open jump court, a dodge-ball court, a multi-hoop basketball lane, toddler bounce house, bungee trampoline and party picnic table area.
Owners Madelaine and Peter Volum, along with another partner, opened Trampoline High on Feb. 14 and haven’t looked back.
“We own the building and when the last tenant left, we decided it was time to bring a personally rewarding business into the space,” said Peter Volum. “Instead of shuffling papers, we now get to see smiles, happy kids and just good old fashioned fun.
My kids are in college already. Even they enjoy it when they visit, so our family has proven trampolining covers all ages.”
Upon entering the facility, you are greeted with a sea of sound. The place feels energized.
Kids zig and zag in all directions, but are well supervised with yellow-shirted “bouncers”.
These staff members seemed genuinely cheery and went out of their way to assist, answer questions and make sure everyone was behaving with safely in mind.
“This is a place to have fun,” said shift supervisor Emily Harlow. “If they’re a little shy, we’ll get right in with them, but most of the time they make their own friends right away.”
“One of the most fun I’ve seen someone have is a 300-pound woman who held her own on the bungee trampoline,” said Bruce Spitzer, the general manager and safety consultant for the trampoline park.
“We’re going to add decoration to make it more like a party place rather than a warehouse,” said Volum. “We’re looking forward to installing colored lights and lasers along with a DJ station and a foam pit, maybe some gaming too; not video games, but air hockey, foosball and things that keep people active.”
Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 11a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Costs are reasonable. They also offer party accommodations. There is a special session with a DJ and free pizza on June 23. You can find out more at TrampolineHigh.com or by calling 786- 233-8381.
HOW’S THE REAL ESTATE MARKET?
The “how’s the real estate market?” question survives good markets and bad. Everyone always wants to know what his or her home is worth. Thankfully, these days, things are looking good and I can talk about market health rather than despair.
One thing that continues to drive me crazy is when the media says things like “Miami is on fire!” or “prices are up 8 percent from last year.” This is a huge disservice to everyone that really wants to know how the real estate market is doing.
The reason is because Miami is made up of hundreds of neighborhoods. So, to properly answer the question, one must look at a specific neighborhood. In my calculations, Pinecrest actually consists of dozens of neighborhoods. The same is true in Palmetto Bay, Coral Gables and other towns. Only after detailed analysis can you get a true answer to “how’s the real estate market?”
To give you a general sense of the Pinecrest market, I’ve compiled the following prices per square foot. Although it is a Seller’s market, make no mistake that if a house is listed too high, it will go stale waiting for a buyer.
All of Pinecrest $301 per square-foot
North of SW 120th Street $317 per square foot
South of SW 120th Street $287 per square foot Newer than year 2000-built $443 per square foot
Think you get the picture?
Think again. Numbers sometimes hide fact. In compiling my numbers there were two homes three houses away from each other. They were built the same year, had similar upgrades and were very good comparables, yet they sold with a delta of $62 per square-foot!
When you’re ready to hear a personalized answer to “how’s the real estate market?” get in touch. I can help you sell faster and sell smarter, or assist you in buying at just the right price.
Hal Feldman is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. Contact him with your story ideas or real estate questions at www.MiamiHal.com, [email protected] or www.facebook.com/MiamiHal.