The residential Miami real estate (view home page site here) market has traditionally been well served by Latin American buyers and investors. Now those same investors are helping to support the area’s office market by investing in office condos in Miami. This both supports and spurs on Miami’s expansion in office space and the number of businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the city.
One of the most visible ways that Latin American investors are helping make Miami a thriving place to call home is the creation of Ofizzina 1200. This office/condo/suite amalgamation will stand 16 stories tall, and will house 47 office suites. It will be located at 1200 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, and will span an impressive 97,000 square feet of office space in a Mediterranean themed building.
There are several other business developments in and around greater Miami these days other than Ofizzina 1200. Another can be found along the riverfront in Downtown, where the Coto supermarket family of Argentina paid $125 million for a construction site. The same family also purchased 19 office condos at 1200 Brickell Avenue earlier in the year. (CLICK HERE for Miami commercial real estate)
Not for Immediate Use
While Ofizzina 1200 will be constructed for immediate use as business space, many Latin American investors are buying existing rentals and transforming them into office condos, then turning around and either leasing or selling them outright. Some experts point out that this allows investors to pay $180 per square foot initially, but sell for $300 per square foot after reconfiguring the space for the needs of business owners. That’s a significant amount of profit, and it also serves the Miami area where there are few places investors actually want to be, despite the ongoing business expansion within the city. That expansion is more than sufficient to support multiple luxury office building projects, as well as office condo development.
Other Business Developments Downtown
While Latin American investors are doing a great deal to bolster the economy in South Florida, there are other noteworthy developments. One of those is the 17-acre site that will soon become Miami Worldcenter. It will create an estimated 18,000 jobs, and will house condos, retail space, bars and nightclubs, restaurants, a massive conference center, and even a 1,000-room hotel. Of course, there’s also Brickell City Centre, a massive mixed-use project already under way. BCC will feature residential areas, business areas, and even the first Cinemex north of the US-Mexico border.
Add to that explosion and expansion of business the burgeoning real estate market (which recently hit a six-year high in term of price), and you have a true recipe for success. Miami residents look forward to putting the lingering effects of the recession behind them, and for many, that might occur much sooner than for other areas of the nation where real estate prices are still depressed, and businesses are vanishing at an astonishing pace.
Miami, already a world-class city, is poised to take on a leadership role on the international business scene comparable to its reputation as one of the best places to live.