Jade Signature Sunny Isles

Some of the best, most luxurious and most expensive properties in the world are in South Florida, and the market for those high-end homes is hotter than ever. Buyers from all around the world vie for some of these gorgeous properties, and the recent sales at one of those prime properties, Jade Signature (click here to view the site), is a prime example of that.

Easily one of the most popular condominium complexes in the South Florida area, Jade Signature recently did the unthinkable. They were actually able to produce record sales that outmatched all of the other developments – including other quality luxury developments – in the span of a month. What is it that makes this property so special that they could amass $57 million in sales in a single month? Quite a few things, actually.

First, they have a great team of architects that created a truly high quality building. They also have great designers that make sure everything is perfect. When you look at the building and the units, purely from an aesthetic point of view, it’s actually easy to see how they were able to sell 70% of their units in that time. These units are luxury from top to bottom, and the building amenities help to sweeten the deal even more.

What Does the Building Offer?

The final property will feature high ceilings, floor plans that flow throughout the unit, large terraces and balconies, and beautiful oceanfront views that are simply stunning. You are right on the beach too, which is a huge draw for many buyers. While the units are phenomenal and are certainly reason enough to buy, the amenities in the building help to make it an even better purchase.

Located in beautiful Sunny Isles, the building will feature plenty of amenities that residents will love. They will have a two-story lobby with three grand staircases, a spa, several pools, and a beach grill. The building will also have a state of the art home gym so the residents can stay in great shape for when they head out to the beach. It will feature club rooms, a breakfast room, a library, kid’s room and teen room, lounges, a concierge, doorman, valet, and even guest suites.

Who Buys the Units?

Many of the people who are buying units at Jade Signature do not plan to use them as their primary residence. Instead, they are buying second homes, and they live in other areas of the country, or other areas of the world, most of the time. In fact, individuals from sixteen different nationalities have bought here.

Once you start to examine all of the great things that this 192-unit tower has to offer, it really does become much easier to see how Jade Signature became so popular with buyers here and abroad. It offers an experience to live in the lap of luxury right on the beach. The units really are going quickly though, so buyers who want to get in on the action need to act sooner rather than later.

To reserve your condo at Jade Signature please call (305) 336-0457

Sunny Isles Beach condo

If Edgardo DeFortuna and Manuel Grosskopf can get a demolition permit for the hulking, half-built structure on their newly acquired Solis site, the city of Sunny Isles Beach has agreed to give them a pretty serious perk. If DeFortuna and Grosskopf demolish the Solis building, they’ll receive a $250,000 credit, which will go to the cost of the Transfer of Development Rights on the property.

Last year, DeFortuna’s Fortune International purchased the property (through their subsidiary, Sunny Isles Property Venture, LLC) for just under $41 million. Beachfront property in Sunny Isles Beach (view site here) is prime real estate, as you can tell by a price tag of over $40 million per acre.

DeFortuna and Grosskopf (of Chateau Group) have joined forces on this Sunny Isles beachfront venture, adding a neighboring Ocean Palms site, for an additional $40 million. The developers obviously see great value in the area, along with very serious growth potential, or they would not be pouring millions of dollars into developing in the area.

Residents of Sunny Isles Beach should be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as Fortune International and Chateau Group join together to demolish a long-time eyesore. Construction on the Solis building began back in 2007. It was intended to be a 53-story residential building. However, when the housing market collapsed in 2008, construction was halted with the building’s skeleton standing at only 10 stories.

For the past six years, the Solis site has been a point of contention. Developer Gil Dezer applied for extensions to his group’s building permit and hoped to begin construction again – after over half-a-decade – by the end of the fiscal year in 2013. However, that plan fell through, and DeFortuna was the lucky winner to purchase the property.

If DeFortuna and Grosskopf can keep their momentum going, getting a demolition permit by May 1st, they’ll begin demolition by the first of June. This progress has to come as a serious relief to the residents of Sunny Isles Beach. After all, the desolate skeleton of the Solis building isn’t just an eyesore; it is a reminder of economic instability.

It was only six years ago that the housing market collapsed. Economic instability and low confidence in the market created a lot of unemployment, lost savings, and general unease. As long as that building stands, the residents of Sunny Isles will have a property-devaluing eyesore that reminds them that even real estate is not a guaranteed investment.

The sooner the Solis building can be demolished and replaced by successful constructions, the better off Sunny Isles Beach will be. That’s why the city is willing to credit these developers with a quarter of a million dollars to get the job on its way and over with.

With incentive like this, DeFortuna and Grosskopf would have to be fools to remain stagnant on this project, and these men are definitely not fools. They’ve made wise and timely choices in their real estate ventures, and this; so far, $81 million project should be no exception.

Click here to view Sunny Isles Oceanfront condos for sale

Sunny Isles real estate

Are you ready for an evening of family fun and music? Every third Wednesday of the month, the city of Sunny Isles Beach presents a different band in its Sunny Isles Serenade Concert Series. Every season for over a decade, this concert series has brought free, family-friendly fun to Sunny Isles Beach. On March 19th, you’re invited to listen to rockin’ classic covers by VIVA.

However, there’s so much more to this concert series than just great music. There’s also a variety of delicious food for sale, great atmosphere, and a playground for the kids to play on while you enjoy some great rock and roll.

The Sunny Isles Serenade Concert Series began its first season over twelve years ago, with the grand opening of Sunny Isles Beach’s first park. Now, over a decade later, Heritage Park is still as beautiful as the day it was first opened, and the Sunny Serenade is more popular than ever.

As always, entrance to the park is completely free. You’re encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs to lounge in comfort on the grass while you listen to great music, relax, and watch the kids have a ball on the playground or the dance floor. Of course, you’re also encouraged to get up and do some dancing, yourselves. The Sunny Serenade is here for your enjoyment.

Rock the Night Away

Most of the bands that play at the Sunny Serenade specialize in classic rock, though some special nights feature dance shows and ethnic music. Even on these nights, though, the dance floor is open to anyone who wants to cut a rug.

The weekly concerts start at 7:30 and last 90 minutes. For couples and families with older kids, that gets everyone home and in bed in time for school or work in the morning. For those with younger kids, you might be carrying them out of the park by the end of the night, but they’ll have had so much fun and tired themselves out so much that you can bet that they’ll sleep the whole night through.

You can rest assured, when you bring the kids with you, they won’t hear anything that you don’t want them to. This concert series is family oriented, and most of the featured bands play classic rock. That means you can dance to the songs of your youth, and your kids can get a glimpse of what you were like when you weren’t much more than a kid, yourself.

Details and Schedules

The Sunny Isles Serenade Concert Series runs from September through May, each year, taking full advantage of our beautiful southern Florida weather. The concerts always start at 7:30 PM and are over by 9:00. This year, our series is slated to run through May 21, 2014, so there is one more week left to enjoy it! If you have any questions about a particular concert, band, or the whole series, feel free to call the Cultural and Community Services Department at (305) 792-1706.

Regalia Sunny Isles

If you’ve been following the case of architect Sieger Suarez versus Arquitectonica International, you already know that Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership sued Arquitectonica for using plans their architects had created over a decade ago before they were replaced for the Portofino South Beach project.

In 2000, Seiger Suarez was the architectural partnership in charge of designing the Portofino building for Arquitectonica. However, that year the architectural firm was dismissed from the project and replaced. Twelve years later, Sieger Suarez brought litigation against Arquitectonica, stating that they not only used Sieger Suarez designs, but that the developers also did not pay an invoice for $150,000.

These are serious allegations. However, as John Shubin – one of Arquitectonica’s attorneys and a partner at Miami’s Shubin & Bass law firm – states, the claim seems far-fetched. Why didn’t Sieger Suarez make any claims for that invoice back in 2000, or at least sooner than 12 years after their contract was terminated?

Hesitation May Have Lost the Case

Well, whether Seiger Suarez should have acted sooner or not, the judge presiding over the case has ruled in favor of Arquitectonica. It has been determined, in federal court, that Arquitectonica’s luxury Regalia condo tower does not bear enough resemblance to Sieger Suarez’s designs to merit any recompense. Furthermore, it was ruled “with prejudice”, which means that Sieger Suarez may not attempt to file another suit in the future.

The Regalia tower (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SITE) began construction in 2012, after a long stall in development. The project is back on track and should be completed soon. These ultra-luxurious condos are sure to be the envy of all of the Sunny Isles Beach area. The 42-story tower will have only one unit per floor, giving its residents 360-degree views and as much floor space as they could ever want. Pricing begins at over $1,500 per square foot.

Now that the lawsuit has been dismissed and no copyright infringement has been found, Arquitectonica is free to continue their project and sell these amazing condos to buyers interested in a true luxury lifestyle in southern Florida.

Regalia Will Provide Serious Luxury

While a 12-year hold for the project may seem a bit long, it actually turned out to be the best move possible for Arquitectonica. The Regalia tower has managed to miss the housing bubble and the collapse of the real estate market. While it was in the planning phase for many years, it will now emerge at the perfect time for property values and investments.

This lawsuit and its outcome should come as a warning to architects, designers, and developers. As an architect or designer, if you feel that your designs have been compromised or lifted from you, your only recourse is to act immediately, lest it look as though you’re trying to profit from someone else’s project. As a developer, you’ll need to ensure that your plans are solid and that you have full rights to use them before you begin construction on your project. You don’t want to lose money that could have otherwise been protected.

Turnberry Ocean Club

Yesterday, Jeffrey Soffer of Turnberry Associates announced its plans to develop a new all-glass 52-story tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida called Turnberry Ocean Club. Sunny Isles Beach, with an already a reputation of the 21-st century luxury oceanfront high-rise community, is probably one of the busiest South Florida markets for luxury residential condo construction. (To view properties for sale in Sunny Isles Beach CLICK HERE)

The new Turnberry Ocean Club will be designed by Carlos Zapata and will feature 154 units, 3 units per floor, all with ocean views, 52 floors – 649 feet high, ranging in size from 2,750 to over 10,000 square feet, with price ranging from $3M to $22M. The construction will begin early 2015 and the building will be ready for occupancy mid 2017. This will be the company’s 13th luxury residential development in South Florida.

Back in 2006 Sofer targeted Sunny Isles Beach and successfully sold both towers of Turnberry Ocean Colony. However, back in 2003 Turnberry Associates developed Oceania Island Tower V and prior to that it was Porto-Vita Towers and Townhomes, the luxury residential development in Aventura. Over the interview with Miami Herald, Jeffrey Sofer said “I think we have some of the best assets in the world, We’re in a great city and it’s still cheap compared to the rest of the world.”

The Sofer family, a diversified developers of more than $7 billion in commercial and residential projects, are taking construction to the new hights, adding on to the company’s signature projects: Aventura Mall, the Fontainebleau and Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Miami resort. Other major projects are on the roster in Nashville and elsewhere in Florida as the company pours hundreds of millions of dollars into new development. In addition, Jeffrey Sofer is working on bringing casino gambling to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and to expand the Fontainebleau resort brand globally.

If you’re interested in reserving a unit at the new Turnberry Ocean Club, please contact Lana Bell (305) 336-0457

Miami condos for sale

Sunny Isles Beach has a reputation for new oceanfront luxury high-rise condominium community of the 21st Century and, in that regard, it seldom disappoints. Sunny Isles Beach real estate (click here to view the site) as well as other parts of Miami presents one of the most attractive luxury real estate markets in the world. In fact, it is so attractive that it brings people from all over the world and, in part, that is what inspires me to be a real estate broker in this affluent, diverse and exciting real estate market.

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is of the most prestigious real estate firm in the world and speaks directly to the market for luxury properties. To offer better service, I am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a negotiating expert, which gives me the necessary knowledge to help clients meet their goals with their property purchases, which is one of the things that truly makes working in real estate worthwhile. A property is so much more than another acquisition. While a property can be a great investment, at some level, it is always a home and helping clients to find exactly the property they wish to call their own is incredibly motivating.

A Great Market

The Florida real estate market is definitely heating up again, according to multiple sources, including the http://www.miamiherald.com/business/real-estate/ Miami Herald. There are great opportunities for people to make investments in this market, and with people from all over the world being attracted to Miami real estate, I’m able to take advantage of my global connections, the resources I have at my fingertips and my expertise in this market to help people find exactly the properties they want. Ideally, I’m able to bring together the perfect property and the investor who will appreciate it for what it is and be able to turn it into something that is uniquely their own.


I have a staff of 20 expert agents who understand the cultures of people to whom we sell and who speak the native language of the buyers. That includes people who speak fluent Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Swiss. With a great deal of cultural knowledge and the ability to speak to people in their own languages, we are able to make certain that the investments that international buyers are making in the Miami areas is understood to the greatest degree of detail and that buyers can proceed with confidence when they find a property that they want.

The Deal

Of course, completing a real estate deal means more than being aware of the culture of your client and being able to speak the language. The language of real estate itself is something that requires skill to understand and I endeavor to make certain that my clients always get the best deal. That means that I leverage my knowledge of the local real estate market to enable my clients to take advantage of the best possible timing to make their deal and that I bring to the table the negotiating skills that I have developed over many years as a broker.

Above all other things, I find inspiration in helping my clients. As this testimonial reveals, I do everything I can to give my clients the best possible experience and the best possible investment.

“We had a fantastic experience working with you. We’ve never felt any pressure at any time and your experience and in-depth knowledge of the building as well as the local real estate market, made us believers. We couldn’t be happier at Turnberry Ocean Colony. You’ve been a pleasure to work with and a bright spot during this delightful process.”
-Evan Y.

Miami real estate

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Sunny Isles Beach Branch is gearing up to provide the best real estate resource for the South Florida real estate market. Our site covers the markets for commercial real estate (view site) as well as residential properties. In addition to this, we provide top-performing brokers as well as valuable insights to the local market place. Our knowledge of local market is superb when it comes to luxury oceanfront condos and waterfront homes.


Miami Florida has some of the finest luxury real estate in the world and, because of that, the most expensive properties on the market are always of interest to not only investors, but simply to those who want to know what’s out there for people who are looking for something that is a bit beyond luxurious. Our Trends Magazine is a semi-annual, comprehensive study of South Florida real estate market activity from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, including in-depth data analysis by neighborhood. (Click here to view).

What’s In Store?

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about South Florida’s real estate market. Not only has the worst of the financial crash long since passed, the real estate market is showing a great deal of promise in terms of how it may shape up in the future. In fact, some real estate experts are predicting that the boom and bust cycle that has characterized South Florida real estate has switched and now the market is once again heating up. Interestingly, one of the reasons, at least in part, is because of one of the greatest strengths that South Florida has always had: it’s appeal to international residence.

Brining in the Cash

Investors, as well as new residents from Latin America, Russia and Europe who are looking for luxury real estate have been picking up some of the most desirable properties regularly. This has brought some stability to the market and, in the future, it may ensure that the boom and bust cycle isn’t so much a part of South Florida’s real estate market at all. With a diversity of properties available, including waterfront properties that sell in the millions and residential homes that sell for very reasonable prices, South Florida has enough diversity among the real estate market to keep such investors happy.

Our website offers all currently available listings in from Fort Lauderdale to South Miami all with photos, maps and extensive statistics information to provide all available data to our clients. Please see the site here – http://www.sunnyislesmiamirealestate.com/. In addition, we’re always eager to help and educate our clients in using the tools we provide as well as our professional opinion. If you’re looking to list a property, please contact our office at (305) 336-0457 and we will provide market analysis report and well as comparable properties report and will get you the best possible price on the market.

Contact us today to learn about the future of the market and how it may stack up in terms of investment potential. With great properties being available and investors from all over the world demonstrating an interest in picking them up, the real estate climate in South Florida is likely to be just as sunny as the weather in the near future.

Miami real estate

The economy is back in full swing in southern Florida, and it is largely being powered by real estate. According to the Miami Herald, recently released numbers show that real estate has been the number one contributor to economic growth. In fact, $.31 of every dollar added to the economy comes from real estate, according to the reporting period.

Currently, the tri-county area has an economy of $274 billion. That economy grew by 3.5% over the last year. Not only is this good news, it’s actually incredible news. This is the biggest increase in the economy since 2006 and it is ahead of the national average, which currently sits at 2.5%.

This is a wonderful contrast to the stark reality of only five years ago. The Florida real estate market took one of the hardest hits during the Great Recession but, as many real estate experts predicted at the time, it has come roaring back to life. The new construction is rampant, there has been an increase in both the value of homes and the sale of homes – which is good news for buyers and sellers – and the real estate market itself has done 8.4% better than it did in 2011, according to the reporting.

Helping the Economy

The real estate uptick in Florida has helped the entire economy. During 2012, according to the reporting, the amount of government spending was essentially flat. The activity in the real estate market, however, has helped the economy tremendously, aiding in offsetting some of the declines in government spending and some of the significant drags on the economy, according to the Miami Herald.

One of economist from St. Thomas University notes that real estate is one of the most fundamental areas where economic recovery needs to happen. According to the numbers, real estate is, indeed, providing a vital foundation for further economic growth and, with many new properties coming onto the market, it’s likely that new money will be added to the economy through the real estate sector at an impressive rate.

Where It’s Coming From

South Florida has always been an area characterized by a very diverse population. Its geographical position puts it in excellent proximity to Latin America and many of the most active real estate investors have come from Latin America. Europe, Russia and the Middle East have also contributed a great deal of money in terms of real estate investment and, because of that, South Florida real estate has become very attractive to other investors, both foreign and domestic.

In this competitive market, the combination of new construction, attractive properties that are already available and motivated buyers who want to get in on this market while it is growing at this rate make it necessary to have an experienced and intelligent realtor working with you to make a deal. Areas such as Sunny Isles Beach real estate, Miami Beach real estate and other highly desirable addresses go quickly, and the numbers seem to show that they are going to start moving even more quickly than they have in many years.

Top Producer Award 2013 Sunny Isles Beach

MIAMI (Jan.22nd, 2014) – Lana Bell, a luxury real estate agent with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty (click here to view the site), has been honored by Miami-based lifestyle television show, The Top 100, with the 2013 Top Producer Award for possessing the highest track record of residential transactions over $1 million in Sunny Isles Beach.

The Top 100 features Miami’s key players in development, real estate, entertainment, fashion and food, and airs in primary buyer markets like New York, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela. Lana Bell was honored in the real estate category for her leading sales success in Sunny Isles.

Lana Bell has been one of the premier luxury real estate agents in Miami since 2002, specializing in ultra-high-end oceanfront condos, waterfront homes and pre-construction property investments in Sunny Isles, Miami Beach, Aventura, Fisher Island, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Hallandale. She co-founded her own successful real estate firm, Sunny Realty, with her husband, Leon. In early 2013, Sunny Realty, which achieved more than $100 million in sales in 2012, merged with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, bringing a team of agents who speak seven languages.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from The Top 100, and I am thrilled to be a part of such an exceptional team at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Lana Bell. “We are proud to unite our global clientele with outstanding luxury properties in South Florida, and we look forward to the strong momentum in the year ahead.”

Founded just five years ago by CEO Mayi de la Vega, and now numbering more than 350 agents in eight offices, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty achieved total sales of more than $1.6 billion in 2013, realizing a 36 percent growth year-over-year from 2012. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is ranked by 2013 REAL Trends 500 as No. 102 of the Top 500 U.S. Brokerage Companies by closed sales volume, jumping from No. 145 in 2012. With an average sales price of $1,114,944, the firm is listed amongst the nation’s top 50 firms by average home sales prices.

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About ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
As the fastest growing luxury real estate brokerage firm in South Florida, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty has eight offices in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Brickell and Key Biscayne, and has recruited more than 350 agents since its inception in 2008. In addition to its luxury brokerage division, the firm also boasts a development sales division, representing some of South Florida’s most successful and prestigious condo developments. In 2013, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty achieved sales of more than $1.6 billion, and under the direction of CEO Mayi de la Vega, realized a 36 percent growth year-over-year from 2012, holding the majority market share of properties sold for over $1 million. For more information, visit www.onesothebysrealty.com.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc.
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

Porsche Tower Sunny Isles

The newest Porsche Tower in Sunny Isles Beach is in it’s last sales stages with about $535 million in sales. The $560 million condo attracks the world’s wealthiest – 22 billionaires so far have purchased units in Porsche Tower.

The unique 57-story construction includes 3 car glass elevators which will take owners and their cars directly to their units, spacious duplex units – some are over 17,000 sq.ft., spacious terraces – over 1,600 sq.ft. wich include private swimming pool and kitchen, flow-thru layout and of course direct oceanfront location make this building the new billionaire attraction.

Porsche Tower Sunny Isles

The construction began in April 2013 and the developer was able to secure a large construction loan in October. The project is a combined effort between Gil Dezer, known for all Trump developments in Sunny Isles and Germany’s Porsche Design Group, one of the leading European architectural company.

Porsche Tower Sunny Isles

As of now, over 80% of the 132 total units have been sold out. The price ranges from $4,5 million to over $30 million dollars for the top-floor penthouse. The project completion date is fall of 2016. Please contact our office to reserve your unit or for additional information – (305) 336-0457

Porsche Tower Sunny Isles

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Content published by Lana Bell