When many people think about residential real estate in Miami Beach, they immediately start thinking about all of the residential properties and condominiums that are available right on the beach. However, as plentiful as they are, residential real estate is certainly not the only game in town. Commercial property is also a big seller, as is demonstrated by two recent sales that brought in a large amount of money.
South Beach Gallery/Home of Romero Britto
Brazilian artist Romero Britto recently sold his home, which also serves as his gallery and showroom called Britto Central. The building, located at 818 Lincoln Road, has been a fixture of the area since 1935. The last time this property sold, which was in 1993, it went for $335,000. The sale price this time was $34.5 million.
The buyer was a company based in Montreal called 818 Lincoln Investments. The manager of the buying company was Danny Lavy, who also happens to be the CEO of Elite Group Inc., a company that distributes household products.
Another Lincoln Road Building Brings in the Big Bucks
Just one week after the sale of the gallery, another retail building in the area, just a short distance from Britto’s gallery, sold for, again, $34.5 million. In this deal, JSRE Acquisitions bought the 716-720 Lincoln Road property. This building was bought by a company called 718 Lincoln Owner, and there was no financing recorded.
The seller was Investment Group of Miami, who had actually owned this 7,500 square-foot property in South Beach for twenty-one years before making the sale. This building is nearly as old as the gallery, having been constructed in 1936. It is just between Forever 21 and H&M. Currently, the company that leases the property, RFK, says that the two businesses occupying the spaces in the building are Cache and American Apparel.
What Will Happen at These Sites?
It does seem quite strange that within a week of one another, two properties very close to one another would sell for the exact same price. While there is the possibility of a connection, very little is actually known at this time, and it could merely be a coincidence.
Of course, there is also the possibility that a large company, or conglomeration, could be buying up land and properties in the area as a means to begin planning a future development. Again, it’s too early to tell exactly what will happen at these sites. They could continue in their current capacity with absolutely no changes whatsoever.
Still, it should be quite interesting to watch and see what does happen, and to keep an eye on the area to see if there might be any more of these big dollar sales in the coming weeks and months. After all, it is important to keep this area of Miami Beach in mind. It has a great location that is quite popular with developers, and there is every chance that we could be seeing the very beginnings of one or more new developments.