Apogee Beach Hollywood If the real estate bust was good for anything, it might be that it’s forcing developers to get more creative.
How 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.
Porsche Design Tower, Sunny Isles BeachDezer 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.”

Apogee Beach Hollywood

Apogee Beach Hollywood
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.”


Source: http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/120202/story5.shtml


South of Fifth – the most upscale residential corner of South Beach, a tropical oasis of waterfront elegance. Whether you prefer a sun-drenched afternoon by a heated outdoor pool or sailing, revel in the South Beach lifestyle. Savor award-winning international dining in a variety of casual venues. The famous Art Deco District is nearby with exciting shopping and the nightlife of the trendy South Beach. Here, the best of the best South Beach real estate rise over the Atlantic Ocean, South Point Park and the Miami Beach Marina. Only in SoFi (South of Fifth), you can find beautifully appointed guestrooms designed to draw on the tranquility of the tropics influenced by the magic of South Beach.

Icon, Apogee, Murano Grande, Murano Portofino, Continuum, Yacht Club and Portofino Tower are the South of Fifth ultra luxury condos, to find out which one would suit you the best, read more.

Last week we were writing about the Murano Grande – a luxury South Beach condo. You can find the post by clicking on Murano Grande.

Murano Grande South Beach real estate

This week we would like to present to you the Icon South Beach real estate, which, when visited, will make a huge first impression on you, but not only one time, anytime.

Icon South Beach real estate

Icon is one of the most “Impressive and expressive“, “luxurious and liberating” South Beach real estate. The entrance of the Icon South Beach condo is an extraordinary two-story lobby designed by the French designer Philippe Starck and it symbolizes the uniqueness of Miami Beach. He also created four themes to finish Icon South Beach condos. Find your favorite one! The Nature plan – airy with natural wood, the Classic approach – tailored with echoes of French chateaux and Scottish castles, the Culture plan with colorful baroque touches and the Minimal one – all about simplicity and purity. You are also free to create your own design style. Express yourself and create a home as individual as your fingertips!

Icon South Beach real estate

If you are interested in Miami Beach condos or South Beach real estate visit our website: http://www.bryanandbill.com/ or give us a call at 305-791-2349.

Miami real estateFlorida’s real estate agents say: “Dear foreigners, it is the right time to buy a property in the Sunshine State!”. It does not mean now or never but this kind of opportunity is better not to be missed! It is actually a double opportunity: prices are flat or declining and currency exchange is luring as foreign currencies are rising relative to the U.S. dollar. However, buying a bargain is not that simple. Visas, real estate regulations and currency rules are what every foreign buyer needs to be educated about to avoid mistakes. Nobody wants to be turned away at U.S. Customs or the bank. The U.S. government looks differently at a real estate transaction with a foreign individual or corporation involved.

There are three questions every foreigner should get the answers to. First of all, how to structure the purchase? Tax experts advise that because of real estate tax and other issues, a foreign buyer should hold the property in the name of a corporate entity. Secondly, how to finance the deal? After the mortgage crisis, lending institutions are no longer accommodating to foreign buyers. At best, they will get 50 to 60 percent financing from U.S. lenders. Thirdly, how to visit or manage the property? Generally speaking, after 9/11 the Unites States clamped down hard on visas. There are many types of them, which is the right one to obtain, it all depends how long the person wants to stay in the Unites States. The U.S. State Department provides basic visa definitions at http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html that may help foreign buyers understand their basic options.

Complex rules and regulations as well as paperwork should not discourage a potential buyer. Foreign buyers can always bring in legal and tax consultants so that the deal is closed with a minimum of trouble.

Miami real estate

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/09/2580783/florida-real-estate-tips-traps.html#storylink=cpy

buy sell real estateHave you thought of selling your luxury property? The most important and difficult step is to choose your agent. Do not rush as the decision you make will have results in closing the deal. You do not want to waste your time and your money, right?

When it comes to your property you deserve the best representation. Successful selling of a luxury real estate requires a particular character, a specific set of skills as well as the knowledge of and access to effective marketing tools.

Please find below a short list of the desired real estate agent skills. We also encourage you to put a comment under this post in order to share your opinions with us.

Make sure the agent you choose:

  • builds a long term relationship with its clients,
  • has experience in selling luxury real estate,
  • is always available for you as well as your potential buyers,
  • is easily reachable via phone or e-mail,
  • builds successful marketing strategies and uses the most efficient marketing tools,
  • gives your property a wide web exposure.

You need to consider the above mentioned practical tips while looking for the right agent to represent your luxury real estate. If you have any questions concerning how we work and in which way since 2004, we have successfully represented owners/buyers/tenants in $200M+ transactions selling the best of Miami Beach Condos, visit our website http://www.bryanandbill.com/ or give us a call at (305) 791 2349.

Midtown Miami Condos

November 14, 2011

This section in one of the greatest cities of the world, Miami, has been renowned and renovated at a rate that allowed the development of Midtown to flourish and shine in the Magic City. This project is a huge success and will continue to always be a must-see area in the city of Miami. There is a major urban shopping area known as “The shops at Midtown” which include many known retail stores. It will for sure continue to boom. Midtown Miami is also the place to be during Miami’s Art Basel week which hosts the Miami Art Fair.

The 2 Midtown Miami is a world of its own. It is one of the first projects that have a NY style which blends urban with everything that defines hip. It is amazing that it is located in an area which is one of the biggest development in the state of Florida. The future is here and it is for sure for the residents of the 2 Midtown. Restaurants, shops, cafes, gardens are all within a small reach which enriches the quality of life at the 2 Midtown.

Midtown 2 Miami CondoMidtown 2 Miami CondoMidtown 2 Miami CondoNearby is the Paramount Bay Condo. This is a gateway to culture, fashion, commerce and everything that can ever be desired. Luxury is perfected and specifically designed in a way that the residents of the Paramount Bay Condo will definitely live a happy life. The future is a title that defines the Paramount Bay Condo with smart home technology as your hands could control everything inside your home. There will also never be a problem as onsite technology will give you the access to the concierge to fix any issues if they would ever arise. With amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, every single day is a magical mystery through the sunrises and sunsets shine through the rooms.

Looking for a Miami Realtor? The Bill and Bryan Team are here to help. Visit their site www.bryanandbill.com to view thousands of South Beach Condos and other Miami Real Estate all updated daily.Paramount Bay Miami condoParamount Bay Miami condo

Epic Miami CondoAs the major financial district of the Magic City, Miami, the gateway to the Americas is found in the neighborhood of Brickell. This is one of the most important areas in the entire city of Miami as it is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the nation. Brickell is also one of the fastest growing areas in the city of Miami including the iconic skyscrapers that define this tropical city. Right at the center of Brickell is the Mary Brickell Village that has a great concentration of restaurants, boutiques and high-class retail.

The Four Seasons Residences encompasses all aspects that define the Brickell area. Past the 40th floor the area for residential condos begins; therefore people who call the Four Seasons home have some of the best views in the entire city of Miami. In all directions you have wonders such as the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne, and all viewable through fabulous floor-to-ceiling windows. Perfection is the Four Seasons’ middle name, so the 40,000-square-foot Sports Club/LA Miami is one of the numerous amenities that are exclusive to the Four Seasons Residences. Quick fact: The Four Seasons is the tallest building south of Manhattan on the US eastern seaboard.

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Four Season Miami condoRight around the corner is the extraordinary 900 Biscayne Bay condo with amazing 63 floors that overlook all the best locations in Miami. The 900 Biscayne Bay is just a stroll away from the Bayfront Park and the Bayside. Residents of the 900 Biscayne Bay are witnesses to the future as this multi-story masterpiece is equipped with semi-private elevators leading up to double-door front entrances that give access to your own piece of heaven.

900 Biscayne Bay Miami condo

900 Biscayne Bay Miami condo

Brickell is full of jewels and the Icon Brickell condo is one of the neighborhood’s most luxury condos. 3 Towers with 1,800 units gives the title of largest complex in Brickell to the Icon Brickell. Life is perfected in the Icon Brickell as amenities of all kinds are available to the residents of this Miami condo.

Icon Miami condo

Icon Miami condoThe Jade, Santa Maria and the Epic condo are also representatives of the best Miami condos. All with great amenities, comfort, elegance and all are a gateway to the future.

Epic Miami Condo

Brickell is definitely the place to live in to see development and progression. We are looking forward to see what the future of Brickell will bring! Visit our website: www.bryanandbill.com for more details or call us at 305-791-2349.

South BeachSleepless Night, a citywide celebration of art, music and dance, traditionally runs from sundown to dawn on the night of the autumnal time change (thus forgoing the extra hour of sleep for fun). This year that falls on Nov. 5.

The idea began in Paris in 1984 – with Nuit Blanche, or White Night – and has since spread to 11 other major international cities, including Rome, Madrid and Montreal.

“Art Deco Weekend was the start of it all 35 years ago, but then came Art Basel 10 years ago, and now we’ve got Sleepless Night. Thanks to these three events, the cultural scene here has exploded,” says George Neary, the associate vice president of cultural tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Statistics suggest he makes a fair point. Last year, Sleepless Night attracted 130,000 people, with an estimated 27,000 coming from outside the area. Art Basel drew 46,000 people, with an estimated 10,000 from outside Florida. And Art Deco Weekend, the granddaddy of the celebrations (actually the grandmother since the event honors Barbara Capitan, credited with saving the Art Deco district from demolition) draws 200,000 visitors, 40,000 of them from out of state.

Sleepless Night was begun to give art and culture lovers a reason to come to Miami Beach in early November, when business is slower. This year the celebration begins Saturday. Art Basel follows Dec. 1-4. Art Deco Weekend is Jan. 13-15.

A case also could be made that Sleepless Night, the neophyte in the group, has become Miami Beach’s signature arts event.

South BeachInternationally appealing singers, dancers and performance artists perform alongside such award-winning local favorites as the Florida Grand Opera, the Miami City Ballet and the Miami Symphony Orchestra, as well as local standouts such as internationally known jazz vocalist Nicole Henry.

For this one night on Saturday, Miami Beach is more than South Beach as the city is divided into four cultural zones, which encompass 80 venues such as the Bass Museum and the New World Symphony.

This year’s schedule includes Sarruga, a Barcelona-based street theater group that will provide huge dancing fish puppets; Brazil’s Livio Tragtenberg, who will present “The Cabinet of Dr. Strange,” a “composer” in the form of an extinct animal; “The Carpetbag Brigade,” a group from San Francisco that utilizes acrobatic stilts, physical theater, modern dance and circus arts; and “Project Bandaloop,” an aerial dance troupe, which has performed on the cliffs of Yosemite National Park, and will perform its new work “Bound (less),” using the city’s new Frank Gehry-designed New World Center.

South BeachAll of the cultural performances are free. Museums waive their admission fees. Luxury bus coaches transport people from place to place, with onboard entertainment and films shown on the vehicles as well.

Finally, those who stay up all night will be treated to breakfast on the beach as the sun comes up.
Source: http://sleeplessnight.org