Apogee: Defining South Beach Luxury

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on February 6th, 2016

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Apogee may be the pinnacle of luxury living in South Beach (click to see the website). The development of this newest addition to the South Pointe Drive in the prestigious South of Fifth neighborhood was only completed in 2008, and it offers the some of the most modern design and architecture in this stunning district. In addition to its remarkable aesthetic, Apogee features world-class luxury amenities, exclusivity, and gorgeous, sweeping views from your own living room.

Dazzling Design

The modern exterior and dazzling interior of Apogee are the result of a winning collaboration between some of today’s most renowned artists and design firms. The award-winning Sieger-Suarez Architectural Partnership is responsible for some of the most inventive, trendsetting architecture in South Florida and elsewhere. The partnership has designed several neighboring luxury high-rises, and continuously manages to outdo itself with a fresh, imaginative approach. In addition, the interior design was handled by Yabu Pushelberg, who has earned decades of nation-wide acclaim and respect for breathtaking interiors. The building also features artwork from Jose Bedia, a Miami-based, Cuban-born artist who contributed significantly to the tasteful luxury of the Apogee experience.

Privacy & Exclusivity

Apogee’s astonishing 22 stories contain only 68 luxury residence spaces. Needless to say, very few people gain the selective opportunity to lead a life in an Apogee luxury condominium or penthouse. Every unit features interactive smart panel controls and private elevator access with keyless fingerprint door entry. Finally, Apogee is staffed with 24-hour front desk and security personnel for protection and peace of mind.

State-of-the-Art Amenities

Apogee South Beach residents have access to luxury amenities that will rival those of any development in South Florida. Each condo features an oversized balcony terrace with an outdoor kitchen; privacy-tinted, floor-to-ceiling impact hurricane windows; subzero refrigerators; and wine storage. For convenient fitness and rejuvenation without even leaving the building, residents can visit the amazing spa and fitness center. For recreation, socializing, and heightened relaxation, Apogee boasts an infinity-edge pool set in a lush garden environment, and the building also offers an open-air party pavilion for larger gatherings. The convenience doesn’t stop there – you can also take full-time advantage of complimentary valet parking, a 24-hour on-site concierge, and on-site management to quickly address and resolve any concern you may have.

Glorious Location

There are reasons that South of Fifth luxury living is in such high demand, and Apogee maximizes the enjoyment of this remarkable location for its residents. Each unit offers panoramic views of the South Beach waterfront, the beautiful Fisher Islands, and a view of the city, utilizing a flow-through design and floor-to-ceiling windows to provide equally stunning views to the four units on each floor. If residents need to accommodate a boat up to 250 ft. the building is within walking distance of the Miami Beach Marina.

Apogee is more than just a living space – it’s meant to inspire and to define a lifestyle. Your new life starts here, in perhaps the most sought-after neighborhood in one of the nation’s most beautiful, sun-kissed locations.

Palazzo del Sol Penthouse Sells for Record-Breaking $35 Million

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on May 18th, 2015

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Exclusive Fisher Island real estate, which is home to a number of CEOs, athletes, billionaires, and stars from over 45 different countries that make up its 675 families, ranks as one of the highest per capita income zip codes in the US. It is to be expected that there are going to be some pricey homes in the area. However, even the residents who are accustomed to luxe homes and posh surroundings were impressed by the Palazzo del Sol penthouse that recently sold for a record-breaking $35 million.

Highest Island Sale Ever Recorded

The Palazzo del Sol, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2016, is a 47-unit tower and the first new construction in the area in over 7 years. The units are currently 47% under contract, and the buyers are from locations all over the world including Spain, London, Mexico, New York, Turkey, Venezuela, and Brazil. Penthouse 2 was purchased by a Russian buyer, who paid $3,602 for each square foot of the 9,715 square foot space. This is more than 2.5 times higher than previously recorded record sale, which was $13.5 million for a 6,170-square foot penthouse that had been built in 1992 and owned by Oprah Winfrey.

The $35 million penthouse #2 is one of three available in the space, and has many amenities, including:

• A private elevator
• 18-foot windows that provide panoramic views that include South Beach, the skyline of Miami, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Biscayne Bay
• An open floor plan
• Seven bedrooms
• Seven and a half bathrooms
• A theater
• An exercise room
• A bar and lounge
• Separate family and dining rooms
• Four terraces
• A zero-edge swimming pool
• Outdoor entertaining areas and a summer kitchen designed by Enea

The kitchen and bathrooms are Boffi, and include SubZero, Duravit, Dornbracht, and Gaggenau fixtures. Together, the combined indoor and outdoor spaces total 8,595 square feet.
The Palazzo del Sol itself is also designed to provide luxury and amenities that are meant to impress. These include a The Wright Fit fitness center, a hair and makeup salon, cinema style theater, professional fur storage, two lobbies, an aperitivo bar, private massage rooms, Kidville playroom, and integrated media meeting rooms.

Fisher Island itself has undergone $60 million in renovations to locations such as the Vanderbilt Mansion, the oceanfront Beach Club, and a wealth of additional amenities that include a championship P.B. Dye professional golf course, marinas, and a Spa Internazionale, which have all gone to attract even more of the international spotlight.

However, the addition of the Palazzo del Sol is adding to that international appeal and according to the leader of pre-construction sales for the development, Dora Puig, it is also “reasserting its position at the top of South Florida’s trophy real estate market”.

While the $35 million penthouse is in a class of its own, the rest of the units in the tower start at $5 million, which is none too shabby for the Fisher Island locale. With these prices, the island just might be making its comeback. See all condos on Fisher Island currently available for sale here: http://www.sunnyislesmiamirealestate.com/South-Beach/Fisher-Island/

Setai Hotel Sells for $90 Million

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on April 12th, 2015

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The famous Setai Hotel in Miami recently sold to the Nakash family for a cool $90 million. To understand the significance of the sale, it’s important to learn more about the buyers as well as the hotel.

Who Is the Nakash Family?

While you might not immediately recognize the name, you certainly know the work of the Nakash family. The family started Jordache Enterprises in 1969, the popular clothing company that makes a variety of different types of clothes, including shirts, jeans, and outerwear. The company started small, with just a couple of stores. After their largest store was looted and burned in 1977, they used the insurance money to incorporate their business and start manufacturing jeans. They made some of the most popular jeans in the late 70s and 80s. They are still doing quite well, as evidenced by their latest purchase.

The family paid $90 million to Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. for the Setai Hotel in South Beach, located at 2001 Collins Avenue. They have some big plans to make the hotel even more impressive than it already is. One of the family representatives called the hotel the “Jewel of Miami”, and said that they plan to improve the level of service and to offer even more luxury to those who stay there.

This is not the only hotel and high profile property that they own in the area. They also own the Versace mansion, now called Casa Casuarina, which they bought in 2013, as well as Hotel Victor.

What Does the Setai Hotel Offer?

The Setai Hotel is a mainstay in the South Florida area. It’s a popular Art Deco hotel that’s been in existence from the 1930s and has grown in size and popularity over the years. In the beginning, it was called the Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Located right next door to the hotel is the residential tower. The high rise luxury hotel and condominium has 38 floors and is one of the tallest buildings in all of Miami Beach. The hotel has a great look and style, and that’s one of the reasons that it is so popular for visitors and residents alike. The hotel includes a 10,000 square foot penthouse that has a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi. In addition, it even has a recording studio, which is something that you do not find in too many buildings in the area.

What Will the Changes Mean?

What does the change in ownership mean? The Nakash family has been involved in real estate holdings for quite some time now. They don’t seem to rock the boat or make large and unwanted changes. Chances are good that the Setai will simply see even more improvements in the coming years. The family seems dedicated to keeping the heart of the hotel the same and simply offering even more services and benefits for those who reside or visit there. It will be exciting to see what types of changes they do bring to the hotel and the area.

History in the Making – The Shelborne Reopens

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on November 28th, 2014

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The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is one of the area’s most iconic hotels. Unfortunately, it’s been closed for the past three years as it underwent renovations. The property dates back to the 1940s, and still offers one of the most amazing Art Deco atmospheres in the city stemming from its 1950 embellishments. Today, the property reopens after years of being closed. Part of the Wyndham family of hotels and resorts, the reimagined Shelborne now features even more luxury and enjoyment than ever before.

History of the Shelborne

The Shelborne hotel first opened its doors in 1940. In the 1950s, it was heavily embellished with an Art Deco motif. Over the years, it became an icon of South Beach, one of the most memorable properties in the area. However, the relentless march of time took its toll on the hotel, and newer properties came to the fore in terms of guest interest. The Shelborne remained a historic location, but the clientele began to wane.

The Reinvention of the Shelborne

While the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach will retain much of its former charm and Art Deco beauty, there are some changes. The project cost $150 million total, and affect almost every square inch inside and out. One of the most noticeable changes is the addition of a high-end restaurant, the Morimoto South Beach. All guestrooms at the hotel have also been completely overhauled. The lobby has also been replaced by what the designer terms a “drawing room” complete with an apothecary theme.

The hotel now offers over 200 guestroom, as well as 11 deluxe suites. 15,000 square feet of event space is on offer, and the Shelborne also delivers a long list of exclusive entertainment experiences for guests to enjoy during their stay on the property.

While the designers went to great pains to maintain the property’s historic style, it is a complete renovation, and returning guests will find the difference is as noticeable as night and day.
All in all, the renovation and reinvention go a long way toward giving the Shelborne a new lease on life. Reservations are already being made by guests anxious to get a look at the new design, or to experience the vaunted restaurant. It’s just one more thing that makes life in South Beach (and Miami as a whole) so wonderful.

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Pumpkin Key for Sale

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on May 26th, 2014

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Have you ever dreamed of owning your very own island? Many have, but few get the chance to realize the dream. Right now, though, you have the chance to make it happen. Pumpkin Key, Florida is for sale. Its owner – the widow of George Berry, a Chicago businessman – has listed the property with Sotheby’s Realty (click here to view Sotheby’s site) for $110 million. Whether you’re purchasing for your retirement or as an investment opportunity, this is an offer that only comes around once in a lifetime!

If the price seems a bit steep, well, then you aren’t looking at the big picture. You’re not just purchasing a piece of property, after all. Included with that price tag, you’ll get Berry’s 5,000 square-foot house, a dock master’s private accommodations and office, and two caretaker’s cottages. Although the property is marketed as a potential family home, it also offers 12 large bay front lots on it, so there is a great potential for further real estate development. In addition, the tennis courts at the center of the property also serve as a helipad, and golf cart paths circle the island. There is also plenty of wildlife, both night and day, which maybe attractive to a potential buyer.

Lying less than a 50-minute boat ride from Miami, Florida, and just ten minutes by helicopter to the city’s infamous South Beach. Pumpkin Key is located in Card Sound, off the west coast of North Key Largo. The 26-acre island is part of the gated Ocean Reef Club community, and it’s north of Route US 1, giving it more privacy and security than most of the other Keys. With its prime location, let’s discuss some of the reasons you might want to buy your own slice of paradise.

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Your Personal Playground

The Florida Keys are famous for their pristine beauty, beautiful weather, and glorious beaches. This chain of islands running south from the coast of Florida have been a vacation destination for people from all over the world for decades upon decades, and it’s no wonder. Each Key has its own appeal and its own flare.

From the exquisite natural beauty of Bahia Honda to the Sunset Festival and other funky tourist attractions of Key West, vacation goers love the drive down US 1, with all of its different takes on what paradise can be. Who hasn’t dreamed of buying their own little (or big piece) of this amazing paradise? Pumpkin Key gives you a unique opportunity.

Not only is it adjacent to North Key Largo and part of a gated community, but it’s also far enough away to avoid tourists and maintain as much privacy as you want. The island has 16 lots, only two of which have been developed, leaving all kinds of room for exploration and play.

You could do everything or nothing with the rest of your land. Enjoy your own private dock and beach. Take a boat ride around your own island. Build a guest house in one of the lots adjacent to the house or on the other side of the Key, if you like.

A Great Real Estate Investment

If you’re an investor, Pumpkin Key has a lot of possibilities. With 15 undeveloped lots, you could purchase the property and begin building them out or selling them as-is to people who want to purchase their own tiny piece of paradise. While $110 million is not a small price tag, this property has a lot of potential as an investment.

Not everyone can afford their own island, but a lot of people want to invest in retirement properties in the Keys. You could potentially make a lot of money by investing in Pumpkin Key now. For more information please call Sotheby’s Realty office at (305) 336-0457.

1500 Ocean Drive Condo – Oceanfront Gem in SoFi

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on January 29th, 2014

1500 Ocean Drive Miami Beach

Take a look out of any of the condominium properties located on the east side of 1500 Ocean Drive Condo (click here to view listings for sale) and you will see some of the most expansive, beautiful Atlantic ocean views imaginable. To make it even better, there is a private beach right on the Atlantic, where you can go down and enjoy the beautiful tropical weather and cool off in the water.

This is a luxury condominium development that has plenty of amenities to offer. If you want a combination of a great place to live and all of the amenities that you would expect out of the finest resorts in the world, 1500 Ocean Drive Condo may be exactly what you’re looking for.

This is located right in the middle of it all in South Beach, which means that you will never have a lack of things to do when you call 1500 Ocean Drive Condo your home.

The Property

Like many of the upscale condominium developments in South Beach, 1500 Ocean Drive Condo features great security. Security is available around-the-clock and there is a combination of staff security and computerized security that makes this a great place to call home if you’re worried about your privacy. You will also find the front desk open 24 hours per day, and there is a concierge service there to help you with whatever you need.

When you drive into the property, the valet parking service will take your car and make sure that it is parked safely and securely. There is assigned parking with covered spaces and, between that and the security, you don’t have to worry about anything happening to your vehicle.

On-site amenities include complementary fitness classes, such as aerobics, yoga and Pilates. You can arrange for a massage, take advantage of the fitness center on your own or go for a swim in the heated pool. There are also saunas and steam rooms available on the premises and, if you just like an old-fashioned work out in the sun, you will find direct access to the beach. There is a beverage and food service available for when you just want to enjoy the beach and don’t particularly want a work out on a given day.

Upscale appliances, granite countertops and an all-around gourmet design characterized the kitchens in the units. The bathrooms come with bidets, the windows have a beautiful tint that allows you to see outside and enjoy the view but that gives you complete privacy and the bathrooms are luxurious in every way.

Buying a Property

1500 Ocean Drive Condo is in a very desirable location that offers plenty of things to do and plenty of great people to meet. It is also an intensely private property, which makes it ideal for people who have a bit of fame and who want to keep things safe and secure at home. This makes this property desirable enough that you will want a good realtor working with you to ensure that you’re aware when a good deal comes on the market and that you get in on it with the right timing.

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Icon South Beach Condo Miami Beach

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on January 13th, 2014

Icon South Beach

Situated right in Miami Beach, Icon South Beach (click here to view available listings) provides you with very easy access to plenty of things to do. You’ll find that there is a great deal of nightlife available in the area and, if you don’t feel like going out and getting wild, you’ll find upscale shopping and plenty of great places to enjoy lunch, dinner or anything else. This is located very close to the Miami Beach Marina, making it ideal for people who have a boat and who intend to get out on it as much as possible.

This is an upscale condominium property in every way, so the building itself is provided with a variety of amenities that are certain to offer residents with every bit of luxury that they expect.

Icon South Beach Condo offers plenty for the fitness enthusiasts. There is an infinity edge swimming pool located right on the bay front, providing a perfect place to go swimming and stay in shape while taking in one of the most beautiful views imaginable. If you want to make it a little bit more intense on yourself, you can get personal training through the establishment, and take advantage of the health club and the fitness center located on the grounds. There are even steam rooms with a great locker room.

For more relaxing times, there is a café bar that gives great views of the bay. You can dine inside or outside. There is also a coffee and tea area where you can relax if you don’t really feel like eating.

The professional staff provides all of the services that you will need, including mail and package handling. There are business services available right on site, as well, so you never have to feel like you can’t get the assistance you need when you need to take care of business.

Parking is handled by a valet that is available 24 hours per day. When you come into the building, you’ll be taken aback by the 20-foot ceilings. There is a conference room available for having business meetings and, if you’re worried about security, you’ll find it available to you 24 hours per day.

Each of the residences has floor-to-ceiling windows that are hurricane resistant and that offer spectacular views. High-end appliances, walk in closets in the bathroom, marble flooring and more make this the epitome of luxury. The cabinetry is European and, for the true gourmet, you have your choice of granite or marble countertops, making it easy to cook up a wonderful meal in your own home. Of course, being located in Miami Beach, you’ll never find a restaurant very far away if you feel like eating out.

Finding a Deal

Miami Beach Real Estate (click here to view properties) is very popular and recent numbers show that oceanfront condos as well as luxury waterfront homes are moving briskly in this area. If you are interested in Icon Beach Condo, you will want to work with a broker who has a great deal of experience in Miami’s exclusive condo market and who knows a good deal when they see one.

Continuum – North Tower Condo Miami Beach

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on January 7th, 2014

Continuum Miami Beach

Offering a combination of great city views and great ocean views, the Continuum Miami Beach is a great place to call home. This is part of the SoFi neighborhood, one of the most exclusive locations in Miami and a great place to be if you like plenty of diversions and plenty of luxury.

The Continuum North Tower Condo provides a great deal of privacy and security, which makes it entirely appropriate for people who need to be sure that they can get away from it all, even if they happen to be among the wealthy and the famous.

The Property

Get in shape at a top-notch fitness center or just enjoy a casual game of tennis with your neighbors, either and everything in between are possible at Continuum North Tower. The property has a sauna, a cold plunge, a pool pavilion, spa treatments, a whirlpool and more located on the premises. Essentially, the Continuum North Tower offers everything that the best resorts in the world would offer you, except you have access to all of this right from your own home.

Security being so important to many of the residents, there is a 24-hour service located all over the property. You do not have to worry about having your privacy infringed upon at Continuum North Tower. If you want to enjoy all of this privacy but have a great view on top of it, go ahead and check out the Infiniti lap pool located on the rooftop. You’ll find few better views of South Beach or the Bay than you will from this location.

There is a valet parking service and a concierge available 24 hours per day. There is also a front desk that is open around-the-clock and, if you need to take care of business at home, you’ll find a conference room available to you.

Once you get to the residences themselves, the luxury really kicks in full force. High-end appliances and gourmet kitchens make this ideal for people who like to cook at home and like to have a good time doing it. There are smart building services located throughout, which allow you to contact the valet, the concierge or take advantage of the building’s other amenities. Of course, being that many of the people who live in these residences need to stay in touch with their business, every unit is set up for high-speed satellite, cable and data access from the start.

High-end bathrooms, living areas and 10-foot high ceilings with terraces make this a beautiful place to call home and ensure that the view is not wasted.

Finding Your Home

If you are looking for absolute luxury, Continuum North Tower Condo might be exactly what you want. Between the beautiful architecture, the many amenities and the location right in Miami Beach, it is not at all difficult to understand why so many people want to call this their home and why this may be the ideal property for you.

Foreign Buyers Are Purchasing the Top Condos for Sale in South Beach

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on May 28th, 2013

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For any investor, retiree, or vacationer hoping to spend significant time in South Beach, there are endless amenities available. The South Beach real estate market is within easy access of deep-sea diving, private plane and yacht charters, water sports, golf, tennis, art and boutique shopping, and year-round gorgeous weather.

The top condos for sale in South Beach

are available for jaw-dropping, staggering prices. However, they are not without their beauty, style and an amazing view. Recent sales have fetched in the high $20 and $30 million range.

Buyers from all over the world, especially the Latin American countries, are seeing the advantage of purchasing condos in southeast Florida. These absentee buyers are recognizing the incredible value from some of the available top condos for sale in South Beach. Alternatively, there are many US citizens that are looking to South Beach as a safe haven for their investments.

The Rebounding Real Estate Market

Rebounding from the recent burst bubble in the real estate market, Southeast Florida condominiums are in high demand. The luxury market for South Beach condominiums is hotter than ever. Record prices for condominiums in South Beach are being met every month.

Southeast Florida has experienced over a dozen consecutive months with higher sales and prices on their homes, townhomes and condos. Many developers are seeing the advantage of striking while the iron is hot. Within the last year, more than two dozen preconstruction condos on South Beach have been slated for immediate construction.

Statistics indicate that Asians, Europeans and Latin Americans are representing more than 80% of the new condo purchases in the South Beach area. Many of them are willing to put down large deposits in an effort to scoop up many of the low-price deals still available. The existing condominium market is likely to reach its full capacity no later than the end of next year. Presently, it is experiencing a vacancy rate of less than 8%.

Ideal Real Estate for Speculators

Southern Florida, and especially South Beach, has always been a place where the speculator seeks to find their many riches. Many of these investors recognize the tradition of the bust-boom cycles that happen every few decades in South Florida. The single biggest advantage over the current bust-boom cycle is that most of the investors and speculators are from foreign countries, and are seeking the best place to flood the market with their strong currency.

Many of the Latin American investors are dealing with their country’s government overreach, and political turmoil, which can often make it difficult to maintain a diversified portfolio by keeping assets in the country. Alternatively, purchasing the best condos for sale in South Beach provides the opportunity to rent it out while keeping the asset secured.

Some of the top pre-construction condos for sale in South Beach

offer the perfect safe haven for investors and speculators. As economies continue to collapse around the world, Southeast Florida offers a unique, rich and rewarding investment opportunity. Investors can take advantage of the up-and-coming real estate market, as it rebounds from the US recession of 2007.

Introducing The Latest Luxury Boutique Condo South Of Fifth – Marea

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on May 14th, 2013

Marea South Beach

Marea Miami Beach Condo

The newest South of Fifth pre-construction project Marea Miami Beach

is a brand new luxury boutique-style, twin-tower condominium with only 7 floors. Located at 801 South Pointe Drive, right across from Apogee, which is one of the most sought after Related Group condo on South Beach Miami, Florida.

Marea South Beach Condo

With only 30 residencies and 4 spacious penthouses, the apartments will offer 2 and 3 bedrooms and will range between 1,525 and 2,336 Sq. Ft. with most famous Fisher Island, Bay and Miami Beach views. The new Marea condo will be located in the most sought after SoFi (South of Fifth) area of Miami Beach and will offer easy access to the beach as well as other popular attractions such as Nikki’s beach, Prime 112, Miami Beach Marina, Joe’s Stone Crab and many more.

This is a collaboration project between The Related Group developer, Sieger-Suarez architect and Yabu Pushelburg interior designer and landscape by Enzo Enea.