February 15, 2012
The mobile California Roll House by Violent Volumes was designed to be assembled and disassembled in record time. It is a project able to show us how design and technology can join their efforts to make enjoyable to live also one of the most human-unfriendly environment, the desert. Made from fibre-reinforced plastic and supported by carbon trusses, the material that is wrapped around the shell extends out onto the ground as a kind of platform for activities, night time dining, and in general to distinguish between the cube and its surrounding landscape. To maximize space, doors are automated using hydraulic power, and bedrooms are separated using either curtain dividers or bookshelves. In addition to being very interesting to look at, this home’s microclimate – controlled electronically – is actually very comfortable. During the heat of the day, the glass panels’ transparency can be manipulated to let in very little light, and later, when it’s cooler, daylighting can be extended. Modularized skylights permit even further light.”
February 9, 2012
The W South Beach real estate is a paradise blended with luxury in such a unique way that living in one of its residences is like living in a dream. The W South Beach is described as “Something much grander than a mere hip hotel”. The beach is the backyard; the front yard is the sleepless South Beach with its fabulous nightclubs and world-renowned restaurants featuring celebrity chefs – MR CHOW and Solea. Downstairs is another paradise with 5 distinct bars, a pool with a pool-side dining feature, and best of all, a whatever/whenever service which literally means that your wish is the command of the W South Beach real estate. Its resort-style pool described as “The lushest pool experience in Miami” by ELLE. All residents are perfectly sized, with ocean views to enjoy the summer breeze off the Atlantic Ocean and to enjoy some of life’s best feelings. Right outside the doorsteps is everything one needs, a fitness center, restaurants with world-renowned chefs, the most ideal location in the entire city, a never ending variety of things to do, places to go to, so therefore paradise is at your disposal. The W South Beach real estate is waiting with open arms and ready to give it all, it has to make all dreams to come true.
W Hotel and Residences South Beach is a 19-story tall, pet-friendly building consisting of 511 hotel units. All units face the ocean with unobstructed views and consist of studios (600sq/ft), one bedroom condos (800-1,100sq/ft) and two bedroom condos (1,200sq/ft). 5 bungalows of 1,350sq/ft are also available. All of the units have a ceiling height of 9 feet.
February 8, 2012
PROGRESSIVE. CONFIDENT. BRILLIANT.
BrickellHouse, located in Miami’s most prestigious and exclusive area – Brickell, represents the future of urban living. Because of its complexity and modernity it is a condominium that you have never seen before. BrickellHouse is Miami’s latest and most revolutionary address filled with advanced technology. It symbolizes the progressive lifestyle as life in Miami’s Brickell moves at the pace of technology. There is so much energy that thrives in the downtown environment of BrickellHouse.
THE CENTER OF MODERN LIVING.
BrickellHouse Miami condo is a state-of-the-art building, with cutting-edge green-building technology that includes a secure, fully automated parking garage. BrickellHouse Miami condo features a roof-top situated on the 46th floor, with a swimming pool and a sundeck with stunning water and skyline views; a 50-foot-long lap pool with poolside cabanas and a large heated whirlpool spa; a luxury spa with a sauna, steam and private treatment rooms; a fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center with HD TVs and wireless audio and many more amenities.
BrickellHouse Miami condos offers unique residences which boast floor-to-ceiling windows and feature inspiring views of city skylines and the crystal-blue horizons of Biscayne Bay. They have spacious modern layouts from 500 to 5000 Sq.Ft. with expansive private balconies. Open layouts are highlighted by high-end finishes and high-tech conveniences. BrickellHouse Miami condos reflect a forward-thinking approach to life and aesthetics in every possible manner.
MIAMI’S MODERN MOVEMENT.
BrickellHouse Miami condo is located in Miami’s most chic and progressive neighborhood, just minutes away from other popular destinations such as Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. In the close proximity are: the New World Symphony, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing arts as well as the American Airlines Arena. That’s not all, there are several large urban projects to arrive like the $3 billion Resorts World Miami, a 10-millionsquare-foot complex that is slated to include Miami’s first casino and the new Miami Art Museum (MAM) which will be located in the heart of water-front Museum Park.
If you want to buy at the best prices, now it is definitely the time to buy in Brickell!
Miami’s landmark condo-hotel continues success through turbulent market
The Residences at W South Beach real estate reports a total of $250 million in sales to date. This noteworthy milestone for the project follows a series of 40 closings between May and September 2011 with prices averaging over $1600-per-square-foot.
The 408-unit oceanfront condo-hotel has consistently maintained its premium price point since the inception of sales in 2006, just prior to the market crash that caused the South Florida real estate bubble to burst and a high percentage of projects to halt efforts. Pricing at W South Beach continues to far exceed that of its neighbors, with many of surrounding properties selling at over $1000-per-square-foot.
“I am thrilled with the sales results we are seeing at W South Beach,” said David Edelstein, the property’s co-owner and developer. “We launched this project before the market crashed, worked our way through the worst economic downturn in our lifetime, and have come through it with sustained and well-above average pricing. At the end of the day, we are delivering a truly exceptional product in a remarkable location.”
The high quality and unique residential experience at W South Beach has proven to be a driving force for sales, with experienced, existing owners purchasing additional units. Forty percent of sales in 2011 were from repeat buyers or a direct result of referrals from other unit owners at the property.
The trend of repeat buyers at W South Beach has been particularly prevalent among American families. Citing three specific transactions between May 2011 and March 2012, two owners upgraded to units more than double the size of the original purchase, and one upgraded from a two to three-bedroom residence. Traditionally, the owner will enter one or both in the hotel program.
The portfolio of buyers at W South Beach is a global mix, with 65% from international markets that include Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Nigeria. The property’s domestic buyer profile includes residents with first homes primarily along the East Coast, including New York and South Florida, as well as those from other U.S. cities such as Nashville and St. Louis.
The diverse range of buyers has helped push sales for all unit types. Studios sell in the largest volumes with upper penthouses selling at the highest absolute dollar amounts and highest price per square foot. Resales have also become a focus for W South Beach with the recent addition of an in-house division dedicated to these specific types of transactions.
W South Beach has become the go-to destination on Miami Beach’s bustling Collins Avenue for both locals and jetsetters. Its extensive list of services and amenities has distinguished it from other hotels and condominiums; offerings include a designated residential concierge and W’s signature Whatever/Whenever service. Additionally, W South Beach is home to the internationally renowned Mr Chow, New York’s famed eatery, The Dutch, Bliss Spa, Warren-Tricomi salon, retail outpost, Therapy, and Miami’s hottest nightclub, Wall. The property has attracted a slew of high-profile events and happenings during Art Basel, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Winter Music Conference, and Super Bowl in 2010. Famous faces spotted at W South Beach include Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Bono, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Kate Walsh, Hilary Swank, Rob Lowe, Cameron Diaz, Alex Rodriguez, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, among many others.
February 2, 2012
If the real estate bust was good for anything, it might be that it’s forcing developers to get more creative.
Try high-rise condos with elevators for cars that allow you to park next to your living room — even if it’s on the 20th floor. Or a shopping center adorned with artwork, and a parking garage that lets you pull up to the retailer of your choice. Or try turning a former landfill into a mixed-use development. Those were among the plans discussed Friday during a developer roundtable organized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also stopped by.
To have developers gearing up for projects, “it means there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” Mayor Gimenez told about 100 people at the lunch hosted by law firm Bilzin Sumberg at 1450 Brickell Ave.
“It’s good to have these workshops because it means there’s work,” the mayor said, adding that his administration will streamline the permitting process. “We’ll do everything in our power to make it easier for you to build and create, and to continue to create this beautiful city.”
Developers on the panel talked about how much of today’s tight post-crash real estate market is about finding a niche, whether that’s offering unconventional luxuries to stand out to wealthy foreign buyers or simply scouting for previously overlooked sites to get the most land for the money.
Local developer Gil Dezer is getting creative with help from Germany-based Porsche Design Group in a project catering to wealthy buyers, particularly from abroad.
“We’ve come up with the car elevator,” Mr. Dezer said.
Dezer Development and Porsche are partnering on the Porsche Design Tower, where elevators are to lift cars into the sky to high-rise condos, each with its own parking space in a glass-walled showroom.
The 57-foor, 132-unit tower is planned for Sunny Isles Beach. Mr. Dezer said the building would have the world’s first elevators with their own fire-suppression system. The units are expected to be priced up to several million dollars each.
“We’ll be charging for the parking space as part of the units, instead of giving it away free in a garage,” Mr. Dezer said. The high-rise parking “offers more security, which is important to a lot of our South American customers.”
Another project catering to well-heeled foreign buyers is the 49-unit Apogee Beach in Hollywood Beach. Developer Carlos Rosso, president of Related Condominium Division, said units are selling for about $1 million on average, with the company requiring buyers to pay at least 80% of the price before completion.
Mr. Rosso said about 95% of buyers at Apogee Beach come from Latin America.
“The more we go to feeder markets” outside the US, “the more we find that the cash is in South America,” he said, adding that Miami has the potential to become “the New York of Latin America.”
Brett Dill, president of the Swerdlow Group, described a somewhat different approach. Instead of buying relatively little land and building vertically, his group is planning a mixed-use development on a 180-acre site off Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami that was once a landfill.
Named Biscayne Landing, the project will feature about 800,000 square feet of retail and plenty of open space, and eventually could include up to 3,500 housing units, Mr. Dill said.
“We’re actually underutilizing the land, but there’s such an abundance of it,” he added. “There’s almost an unlimited capacity for development [there] in the next 10 years.”
Jeff Berkowitz, president of Berkowitz Development Group, said his firm has been waiting for several months for permits from the City of Coral Gables for the proposed Gables Station. The project would feature four levels of upscale retail — about 333,000 square feet in total — divided by a 1,450-space parking garage. The project also will feature nearly $1 million worth of art on public display, Mr. Berkowitz said.
“The garage will be done so cars can go to the front doors of retailers they like to visit,” he added. “This will be a trophy project. We hope to get the permits in the next two months. Then we hope to get enough leasing done that lenders will give us enough money to go forward.”
February 1, 2012
The miracle that is the Continuum condo, encompasses all of life’s wonders, magic and greatest sensations. Located in the evolving SoFi district of the world-famous Miami Beach, the Continuum is one of the hottest spots in South Florida and one of the best Miami Beach condos. Every day waking up to panoramic views of the ocean on one of the balconies of the Continuum is only possible while living at the Continuum South Beach real estate. There is a choice of 15 styles of residences, all fully equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, some of the most futuristic amenities exclusive to the Continuum such as an electronic key system, and coveted interior design that make these bathrooms and kitchens one-of-a-kind. To top it all off, the Continuum’s ideal location nearby the incredible Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road makes it possible to live life to the fullest.
The Continuum South Beach real estate is on the “desire list” of many of people. You are probably wondering what is available there for sale. There is nothing easier to find it out than visiting our website: www.bryanandbill.com/condo/Continuum-South-Beach. The biggest choice is for 2 and 3 bedroom units as well as studios while there is only one 7 bedroom apartment and a penthouse available. The price starts at $773 for a townhouse and goes up to $3,524 for a beautiful 7 bedroom apartment located on the 36th floor.