Cantamar is a great community of well-maintained single-family homes
located in the Town of Cutler Bay, Florida (south Miami-Dade County).
We are well-located just minutes from shopping, major highways and Black Point Marina.
Our strong Homeowners’ Association with low fees
maintains Cantamar as a safe and attractive family-oriented community,
and also sponsors fun and free activities for both children and adults.

 

Welcome to our Website

The Cantamar Homeowners’ Association
maintains this website to keep our residents and the community informed
about our great neighborhood.

As always, any suggestions or comments are welcome!
Just email webmaster@cantamarhoa.org.

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Important Notice Regarding Tree Damage
9/20/17

Please be advised and aware that although some of the trees in the community were damaged by the Storm,
not all of them were damaged to the point of removal.

If you have a tree which you believe is unstable or damaged to the degree you deem necessary for removal,
please contact the Management Office and speak with Stephanie or email James at james@tgms.com.

James and our Landscape Company will then inspect and provide recommendations and photos to the Board for consideration.
We expect to get you a response from the Association in approximately two business days.

Owners may be required to replant trees if any are removed from front yards or swales
Also understand that removal of trees without the consent of the Association is a violation.

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Post-Irma Information from
Your Board of Directors and Management Company
9/16/17

Dear Cantamar Homeowners & Residents,

Cantamar’s Board of Directors and Management Company hope you weathered the storm safely with minimal damages to your homes and properties.

The Board and Management have concluded our assessment of the damages to the trees and landscape in the community.

Regarding cleanup of the Landscape Debris, we are advising that we will have our landscape service provider, Richwood, onsite soon to clear any common area debris around the lakes and entrances.

As for the pickup of the landscape debris for the swale trees or homeowner properties, that is the responsibility of each homeowner to cut and stack along the curbside swales. Please avoid blocking the street and sidewalk if at all possible. The Town of Cutler Bay owns the Streets, Swales and Sidewalks in the Cantamar Community. Therefore the Town in cooperation with Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida will be collecting the Debris as soon as the contractors become available.

This pick-up may be only for Landscape Debris and no other materials can be comingled with the clean Landscape Debris. If any other materials are with the landscape debris the entire pile may not be picked up. If you have other types of debris please make a separate pile.

For all smaller limbs, plants and leaves, we highly recommend that, to the extent possible, you place as much as you can in your regular trash (Green Bins). The regularly scheduled Town of Cutler Bay pick-up will take what is in these bins.

We will advise further as soon as we have more information from the Town of Cutler Bay and Contractors.

The Management office should be opening on Monday, September 18th as there was no power until Friday evening. Please note our primary concern is your well being and if you are in need of assistance or information, please contact our office at: (305) 255-0900.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

The Board & Management

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Annual Meeting & Election

We did not have a quorum for the Annual Meeting on August 17th,
so there was no Election.

The current Board members will continue to serve.
Thanks to Selma, Tom, Gus, Pete, and Orlando
for all they do for our neighborhood.
We look forward to another great year!

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Cantamar Softball Team Update

Our Cantamar Softball Team made it to the Spring 2017 finals,
but unfortunately lost the Championship Game 27-25.

The Fall season will start up in mid-August.
Here’s to a successful season and another championship!

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Independence Day Flags

Fourth of July flags

Many thanks to our Board of Directors for the festive flags displayed
throughout the neighborhood to celebrate our country’s Independence.

The little touches like this is one of the reasons we love Cantamar!

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Road Work: Safe Routes to School Roadway Improvement

The Town of Cutler Bay has informed us that an upcoming planned
Safe Routes to School Roadway Improvement project for Cutler Bay Middle School
is tentatively scheduled to commence on June 12, 2017.
Construction will take place during summer break.
Access to local roads will be maintained during construction,
however, traffic patterns in the area may be altered as the project progresses.

This project will consist of:

  • Replacement of existing damaged concrete sidewalks
  • Installation of detectable warnings (truncated domes) for sidewalks
  • Signing upgrades along the corridor
  • Milling and resurfacing at all intersections and as noted on plans
  • Thermoplastic traffic striping for crosswalks and stop bars (white and yellow)
  • Site restoration

The purpose of these proposed improvements is to provide safety and mobility for students/pedestrians
as they walk/bike to school thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

For more information, check out the flyer provided by the Town of Cutler Bay.

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New Board Member

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Orlando Muñoz was named a Director at the April Board Meeting.
We welcome Orlando to the Board and look forward to our now-complete Board of Directors
continuing their work to keep Cantamar one of the best places to live in Cutler Bay.

You can learn a little something about Orlando (and all our Board members) on our Meet Your Neighbors page.

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Cutler Bay Real Estate

(Updates thanks to Pete Quintas, board member and local Realtor)

Real Estate Update

August 2017 Update

The median home price in Cutler Bay, FL is $374,900.
Currently, there are 250 homes listed in Cutler Bay which include 52 condos, 4 foreclosures.

Cantamar Average selling price between 8/01/2016 and 7/31/2017 is $336,600.
Homes sold were 24; average sale price per square foot was $139.47 and annual turnover was 9.6%.
The highest transaction in Cantamar sold for $432,000 on 7/14/2017.

Click here for details.

May 2017 Update

Your home is one of your most important assets.
Like any other investment, you should know everything you can about its value and marketability.
That is why I am happy to report that the subdivision of Cantamar is one of the most desirable and safest places to live in Cutler Bay.
From 4/1/2016 to 3/31/2017, 22 homes were sold with an annual turnover of 8.8%.
Average sale $329,700 and avg price per sq ft $135.86.
Cutler Bay and Cantamar continue their price growth at a rate of 9.2% from March 2016 of last year.

May 2016 Update

Cantamar has become one of the most desirable communities
to purchase a single family home in the Town of Cutler Bay.
Sales are starting from $300,000 to $409,000.
The average days on the market in Cantamar is 90 days.
There are six homes currently active in Cantamar ranging from $300,000 to $399,000.

The median home value in Cutler Bay is $267,500.
Cutler Bay home values have gone up 10.9% over the past year.

Cutler Bay ranked 16th in Nerdwallet’s 2015 review
of 227 Communities in Florida
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The consumer-based economic site based their ratings
on the marketability of homes, affordability, growth and tax rates.
To read the article and see what other communities made their list, visit their website.

And, of course, Cantamar is one of the premier communities in Cutler Bay!

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Renting Out Your House?

Be sure to notify the Management Company if you are planning to rent out your house.
Potential renters have to apply to rent in our community, and an interview will be held with them.
Click here to read the Amendments to our Documents regarding Renters’ Screening.

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Looking Good (Again)!

April 2017 Update:
CPM Services came out again in mid-April and left our streets spotlessly clean.

Scroll down to see the process and how heavy the leaves were in the streets before the work was done.

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For several years, the Association had been looking for a company
to clear the streets of the heavy leaf fall that happens twice a year in the Spring and Fall.
Our Manager worked to locate a company that could perform the job the way he envisioned,
with two workers with backpack blowers clearing from the sidewalk,
blowing everything into the street and then the sweeper truck picking up the leaves and debris.
Finally, he found “CPM Services” that could provide these services.
Not only did they do this service, but it was at such a reasonable cost,
the Board couldn’t help but give them a try!

It proved to be a great service which we intend to do 4 times a year:
twice each for the Spring and Fall leaf drop.

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Thanks for our Beautiful Tree Canopy

Tree trimming was recently completed to ensure that our trees continue to grow in a healthy manner.
This keeps the trees healthy and attractive, so that in the future they will continue to provide shade
throughout the neighborhood with their wonderful canopy.

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Congratulations to the
2017 “Beautiful Landscape” Competition Winners

There were so many Beautiful Landscapes this year
that we are awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners along with two Honorable Mentions.

The Winners are:

1st Place: 20515 SW 89th Avenue
This Home was an Honorable Mention last year, but really stepped up to take 1st Place this year.

The 1st Place Winner will be recognized with a sign in front of their home,
and a $50 gift certificate to Home Depot.


2nd Place: 20631 SW 87th Court


3rd Place: 8754 SW 206 Lane


Honorable Mention: 8830 SW 204th Street


Honorable Mention: 20642 SW 90th Place


Congratulations to these Beautiful Landscapes!
And to all who spruced up: the neighborhood is looking great!

The judges would also like to commend our Past Winners 
for maintaining their beautiful lawns:

2016 Winner: 8744 SW 206 Lane

2015 Winner: 8831 SW 204th Lane

2014 Winner: 8984 SW 206th Street

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Cantamar has joined the ranks of great Carnival spots
such as Rio, New Orleans, and Trinidad by hosting a Mardi Gras party!!!

Our Mardi Gras party was held March 25, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, at the Front Entrance,
and was well-attended by young and old alike.
Residents got into the spirit of the event by wearing masks and beads.

Dance music was provided by the extraordinary DJ Flip
who kept people on the dance floor until the very end.
Mateo’s Food Truck provided exquisite artisanal pizzas thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The evening was full of laughter, camaraderie, and good spirit
allowing for neighbors to catch up with each other and meet new friends.

Cantamar has named Luisa, Queen of Cantamar’s Mardi Gras 2017
and we wish her a wonderful and successful reign. Until next year!!!

Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler! Let the Good Times Roll!

Click here for photos from the evening.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Do you know what our Documents state about
Parking on the Street, Lawn or Sidewalk?

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Section 7.9 explicitly states that all vehicles must be parked within Homeowner’s property (driveway or garage)
and NOT on the street, NOT on the front lawn, and NOT on the sidewalk.

HOWEVER, we understand that when we have guests, they do need a place to park so parking
IS ALLOWED ON A TEMPORARY BASIS on the street.
Parking is not allowed on the sidewalk or the front lawn. Vertical parking across the lawn is NOT permitted.
This TEMPORARY street parking is for party or day guests (it does not apply to overnight guests visiting from out of town).
Overnight street parking is NOT allowed.

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Do you know what our Documents state about
Signs, Commercial Banners, and Posters on our Front Lawns?

Real Estate Update

Section 7.23 of our documents states that No Signs are allowed in front of our properties
except for a “For Sale” or “For Lease” sign and
these are not to exceed 2 feet square (288 square inches: 24″ x 12″, 18″ x 16″).
The only other sign permitted is for an “Open House.”

The rationale for this is to maintain a tidy looking community.

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Christmas Decorating Contest Winners

Cantamar sure looked festive this year. It made for a difficult job for the judges.
After much consideration, winners were awarded in 4 categories along with one honorable mention.
Congratulations to all the winners!!
And thanks to all who decorated and made our neighborhood look great for the holidays!

Best All Around: 20435 SW 89 Avenue

great neighborhood Cutler Bay Christmas decorating winner with sign

Most Traditional: 20725 SW 89th Avenue

Most Tropical: 8933 SW 206 Street

Most Colorful: 8850 SW 204 Street

Honorable Mention: 8934 SW 206 Street

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Santa in Cantamar!

On Sunday, December 18th, Santa arrived in Cantamar for a brief visit.

Our warm weather was quite a change from the North Pole,
but a light breeze kept Santa comfortable.
And it was certainly better than last year’s rain,
or all the snow up north.

Christmas music (all the mentions of snow in the songs brought that snow to mind)
and snacks contributed to the festive atmosphere,
and, of course, the kids enjoyed their chance to talk to Santa.

Many thanks to all our neighbors who donated toys
to the Cutler Bay Police Toy Drive.
They will be greatly appreciated by the Police
and the children who will receive them.

Click here for more photos from the event.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle

The Social Committee is pleased to announce that the winner
of the Turkey Raffle is Esther F. from 206th Lane.
Congratulations, Esther!

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Another Great Cantamar Halloween Party

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Halloween night 2016 brought out a lot of little ghosts and goblins
(and princesses, politicians, superheroes and other characters).
Yep, it was another great turn-out.
The weather was nice – cooler than last year – but windy.
In fact, it was so windy, we couldn’t put up the front blow-up entrance because of the wind.
But that didn’t stop us from a really fun time.

We had a lot of participation in the contests: mummy wrapping, apple bobbing,
best costume under 10 years of age, best costume from 10–15 years of age.
And we’ll long remember the entertaining dance performance.

The winner of the Weigh-the-Pumpkin Contest was Mark P. from 206th Street.
Congratulations, Mark!

Check out the photos from the event including
the dance performance and the kids’ contests winners.

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Check out our Bulletin Board for these earlier stories:

2017 Budget Approved

Mailbox Replacement
Squatters
Renters’ Screening
Muscovy Ducks – Fun to watch, but a hazard
Online Bill Pay for HOA Dues
Don’t Lose Your Ficus