Miami Beach: A Lot Like London

“You can’t compare Miami Beach to any other city in Florida,” says Tara West, Managing Partner of Miami’s premiere luxury real estate firm, Park Miami Realty. Outside of Florida, however?

“It’s much like London,” she says, speaking to the incredible international pull of her adopted home city. Global flair is great, but Miami bests London on two fronts: “The weather is superb, and it’s not as expensive, by far.”

She would know.

A stint selling high-end villas in Greece led her to relationships with developers from the UK to Croatia – relationships that she has introduced to Miami’s lush international market.

“People are traveling here from all over the world,” she says. “It’s an international destination.”

Luxurious spreads serve as second, third, and fourth homes to her global clientele, though finding that perfect primary perch is just as much her specialty. High-end, luxury-style homes are in exceptional demand, and West is attacking the market head-on.

Hailing from the suburbs of Washington, DC and educated at American University, West did her time in the halls of the Senate and the shadows of K Street, serving as VP for one of the country’s top PR firms.
“My son was 3, my hours were insane. I was driving home at midnight, and it was ridiculous.” Burnt out and discouraged, she looked to the sunshine of Miami to rescue her life – and sanity.

Since moving south, West has come to dominate the luxury residential real estate market in Miami, Miami Beach and Boca Raton. She credits her drive to exceed her clients’ expectations for her extensive success in the exclusive field of high-end properties.

“You either love it, or you think of it as a chore,” West says of her career. “I really, sincerely love selling real state every day.  I look forward to working with my clients, many of whom have become good friends.”

To contact Tara, call 305-926-8223.


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Miami: A Multicultural, Multilingual Hub

While Miami has always been known for its Cuban flavor, the Miami of today has evolved into a multi-cultural, multi-lingual hub of commerce, art and recreation; a delicious confluence of French, Asian, Russian, Haitian and Latin Americans to mention just a few.

"Miami is extremely international," says Vivian Serralta of Re/Max United Realty. "I enjoy being a Realtor in a dynamic market of various cultures and lifestyles. People come to Miami for the beaches and nightlife, then they fall in love with area. It is ever changing, always exciting, and offers something for everyone."

This includes everything from jet-setting entrepreneurs opening new business offices to Europeans looking for luxurious second homes and snowbirds tired of mud season.

What's the attraction?

For all its glamour and cosmopolitan air, real estate in Miami is still modestly priced. "Compare it to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or any place in Europe," says Serralta. "not only is it less expensive, you get more for your money." 

There is star struck South Beach with its fabulous hotels and vibrant nightlife and Downtown Miami with the Performing Arts Center and upcoming Museum Park. In fact, beyond the sparkling ocean, glorious sunshine and unrivaled party scene, Miami has come into its own as a mecca for the arts. It is the home of the eight day literary party known as the Miami Book Fair International as well as Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. Add to that not one, but four professional sports teams and you have the definition of a "Magic City."

It's sexy, it's hot, and not surprisingly, "the luxury market is booming," Serralta says. 

Take the 10,000 square foot beauty on close to an acre that she's listed in the beautiful suburban village of Pinecrest, the hidden gem that many Miami celebrities call home.

The gated, two-story, six-bedroom home on the village's prestigious north side features wonderful entertaining space, a gorgeous kitchen, both open and covered balconies off elegantly-scaled main rooms and bedrooms, a sweeping entry courtyard, and a fabulous pool.

"The right balance of modern and old-world, it is sleek and very clean in style. The home is luxurious without ostentation," she says.

Un peu de Français, un po' di italiano, um pouco do Brasil -- in other words, the ultimate Euro-chic residence in the perfect location.


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Sizzling Miami

Miami, Florida is a multicultural destination and a true testament to the sizzling city that has raised the bar for international playgrounds everywhere. With a variety of waterfront property on the market, the city offers homes that will meet the demands of even the most discriminating buyers.

Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg have been business partners in their famed city home for nearly 20 years. The “Jills” have seen the transformation of the Miami market, and have a finger on the pulse as cool ocean front high-rises like the St. Regis plan on opening their doors to the public-all while building a solid business from the ground up and creating invaluable bonds in the community.

“There’s a synergy that has worked so well for us over the years,” says Jill Eber. “When people come to us, between the two of us, we have the combined knowledge of the entire market.”

In fact, the Coldwell Banker real estate duo has been known to work with the A-list, representing homes on some of the most exclusive areas such as Fisher, Sunset, Star, Indian Creek , and La Gorce Islands. Just in 2012, the Jills closed at $450 million, and show no signs of slowing down in 2013.

“I think that Miami is still an opportunity in relationship to other metropolitan cities. Our prices are still a deal for people in the heart of Manhattan,” says Jill Hertzberg. “You can’t even find a single family waterfront home there, but those exist here.”

One property in this category is the exquisite townhouse at the 40-story hotel Setai. This 3,650-square-foot oceanfront bi-level unit oozes Miami chic, from the lofty walls of floor to ceiling glass to the all-white interiors. Luxurious upgrades include remote control lighting in all rooms, sleek lacquer cabinetry in the kitchen, and blackout curtains for the utmost in privacy.

While the nightlife, shopping, and white powder beaches make Miami a destination, but the people make the oceanfront city an international escape. Whether it’s strolling down South Beach’s famed Collins Avenue or soaking up sunshine at a private beach club, Miami’s international appeal is evident in the people and homes that make the city one-of-a-kind.  

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Miami, Florida is a multicultural destination and a true testament to the sizzling city that has raised the bar for international playgrounds everywhere. With a variety of waterfront property on the market, the city offers homes that will meet the demands of even the most discriminating buyers.

 

 

Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg have been business partners in their famed city home for nearly 20 years. The “Jills” have seen the transformation of the Miami market, and have a finger on the pulse as cool ocean front high-rises like the St. Regis plan on opening their doors to the public-all while building a solid business from the ground up and creating invaluable bonds in the community.

“There’s a synergy that has worked so well for us over the years,” says Jill Eber. “When people come to us, between the two of us, we have the combined knowledge of the entire market.”

In fact, the Coldwell Banker real estate duo has been known to work with the A-list, representing homes on some of the most exclusive areas such as Fisher, Sunset, Star, Indian Creek , and La Gorce Islands. Just in 2012, the Jills closed at $450 million, and show no signs of slowing down in 2013.

“I think that Miami is still an opportunity in relationship to other metropolitan cities. Our prices are still a deal for people in the heart of Manhattan,” says Jill Hertzberg. “You can’t even find a single family waterfront home there, but those exist here.”

One property in this category is the exquisite townhouse at the 40-story hotel Setai. This 3,650-square-foot oceanfront bi-level unit oozes Miami chic, from the lofty walls of floor to ceiling glass to the all-white interiors. Luxurious upgrades include remote control lighting in all rooms, sleek lacquer cabinetry in the kitchen, and blackout curtains for the utmost in privacy.

While the nightlife, shopping, and white powder beaches make Miami a destination, but the people make the oceanfront city an international escape. Whether it’s strolling down South Beach’s famed Collins Avenue or soaking up sunshine at a private beach club, Miami’s international appeal is evident in the people and homes that make the city one-of-a-kind.  


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South Florida: Synonymous with Beaches and Sunshine

South Florida is synonymous with beaches and sunshine, but the southern part of the peninsula is home to a burgeoning cultural scene too. World-class museums, symphony halls, and famous art festivals seem to complement the region’s beach lifestyle, adding an element of cosmopolitan to these naturally gorgeous cities. Whether you prefer to spend your time indoors or out, South Florida has opportunities for everyone to enjoy the famous cities of West Palm Beach, Wellington, and Fort Lauderdale.

The outdoor activities alone could keep one occupied for days. Presenting traditional water activities such as kayaking in West Palm Beach or jet skiing in Miami all the way to playing a match of polo in Wellington, Florida, southernmost cities of Florida offer any activity under the sun.  Palm Beach County even holds the title of having more golf courses per capita than anywhere in the United States, and well-manicured ones, at that.

Chappy Adams, principal of the real estate brokerage Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach County, has been representing properties in the area since 1987. He is a resident expert on the various cities that represent his home.

Adams notes that the South Florida market is still favorable for investment. In fact, Canadian buyers are now representing a large portion of international sales in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

“South Florida has historically been one of the safest investments when it comes to real estate,” says Adams. “The market over-corrected itself and prices fell 50% or more in some cases; so if you look at a 30-year trend line, prices are still at least 30% below where they should be.”

Factor the favorable investment climate with the year-round sunshine, beaches, and great outdoor lifestyle to be had, and it’s easy to see why South Florida has been a longtime favorite of locals and visitors alike.


Java Head in Miami, Florida

Java Head is a beautiful estate built with old-world craftsmanship and the finest materials. 3-acre property includes gardens, tennis court, pool, 4-car garage, 2 cottages and 125-foot coral rock carved protected boat slip with ocean access. This 11,865-square-foot interior, 7-bedroom main house has art moderne theme. Massive living room has 23-foot cathedral ceiling with gargoyles and encased dark wood panels, oppulent stone fireplace. 2 round doorways, "moon gates" lead to living room and dining room. Stone pathways, ponds, fountains, waterfalls. All these features including the very dramatic troughs create nature's paradise! For more information, contact Joan Andre at 305-904-0007 or Kathleen Morris at 786-556-6166.


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Yachtman's Paradise in Miami, Florida

Reduced over $10 million! The deal of a lifetime. This extraordinary mansion sets a new standard in luxury! Enjoy over 21,000 square feet of living space with 375 feet on the water with 6-deluxe bedroom suites, 14 baths, 9 bars, theater, dockage for up to a 115-foot yacht and ocean access. For more information, contact Amorette Robertson at 305-496-8218.


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There's Nothing Like It: South Florida

When you think of the Southeastern United States, you may think of year-round moderate temperatures, gorgeous white sandy beaches, warm Atlantic waters, rich culture and sunshine. That is exactly what you’ll find in South Florida… and more!

“There is never a lack of things to do in South Florida!” says Amorette Robertson, Broker-Associate of One Sotheby’s International Realty in Miami. “Every day can be an adventure.” 

In South Florida, you can spend your days exploring pristine beaches, sailing the sparkling blue waters and dancing the night away under swaying palm trees. Among the endless number of outdoor activities like biking, water skiing, tennis and golf is a wide array of cultural activities like symphonies, live shows, art galleries, and museums. Miami Beach is also home to Art Basel, one of the most popular art shows in America, as well as boat shows, air shows, boat and horse races, and a number of professional sports teams.

“Many families relocate to our area for better weather, a lower tax rate, diverse business opportunities, a healthier lifestyle and a lower cost of living than many other major cities,” says Robertson. With a diverse international community, rich culture and ample living options, it is no wonder there is an upswing in the real estate market in South Florida.

In fact, one of Robertson’s premiere residences is a breathtaking 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom 8,500-square-foot home. The home was built in 2012 on a double lot and 120-feet of waterway. No detail was overlooked in creating this incredible home. The main house features high ceilings, a great room with a full wet bar, an expansive kitchen fully equipped with appliances for the ultimate chef, limestone flooring throughout, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and gorgeous bay views. This exquisite property also has a 700-square-foot cabana house, dockage for a yacht up to 100-feet, and an infinity pool and jacuzzi. “This home is a perfect synergy of outdoor and indoor living space,” says Robertson. Entertain at home on the massive rooftop entertainment deck or walk to South Beach’s hottest spots! This is one glamorous property that exemplifies South Florida living.

With limitless possibilities filled with adventure and the perfect places for rest and relaxation, it’s not easy to get tired of beautiful South Florida. In fact, we would bet it’s next to impossible.


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Miami, Florida

Just picture a 4,427 square foot penthouse with white glass floors, on the 46th floor of 3 Tequesta Point on Brickell Key, perhaps the most exceptional residence in this ultra-exclusive, island community.

"These are extraordinary views," said Diane Lieberman, the broker/owner of SBI Realty, which is handling the property.  "Two story, unobstructed views of the bay and the ocean beyond."

Fabulously customized by the owner of the haute design firm Baltus, this open plan, 3-bedroom condo soars to gasp inducing heights and glitters with expanses of glass that frame that view from every window.  

In a location second to none,  minutes to Coral Gables, South Beach and the downtown business district, the condo offers rarified facilities to match, including valet service, a pool and spa, racquet-ball and squash courts, and a fantastic two-level gym.

As the owners of the South Beach Group, Diane and her husband Alan have snapped up and restored apartment buildings and hotel gems like the Catalina, Rivera and the Metropole, becoming "the largest boutique hoteliers in Miami Beach," she says.

SBI Realty, with its two offices and multi-lingual staff is, however, entirely her own baby: "I started it in 1999 and have been growing it ever since," she says. 

A couple that plays as hard as they work, the Lieberman's make the most of Miami's sophisticated tropical lifestyle, playing polo and tennis and serving on the boards of the New World Symphony, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and  MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art.

"Living in Miami is the best kept secret in the world," she says. "To wake up every day to sunshine puts a positive spin on the rest of your day."


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South Florida’s Luxurious Lifestyle

Well-groomed beaches, grandiose resorts, and a vibrant nightlife scene, South Florida is a playground for those who seek a luxurious lifestyle.

Coldwell Banker real estate associate Joline Rivard has been immersed in the South Florida real estate market for 12 years, and has seen the area evolve. In addition to the powder beaches, and variety of waterfront properties, she notes South Florida as being a cultural icon, preserving the identity of its residents and beaconing others to enjoy the destination.

One can experience assorted cuisines from around the world. Art and antique shows are held at least monthly, you can take a cruise ship to any destination, and there’s the famous South Beach,” says Rivard. “There are just too many activities to list but most importantly, everyone from around the world is welcome!”

With such international flair, it is no surprise that Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beaches are attracting interest abroad.  Currently the trend is multiple parties are bidding on properties, and more often than not, the bidder is from overseas.

One property that will garner much attention is an exclusive mid-century modern home designed by famed Miami architect Peter Jefferson. The 3,000 square-foot North Grove home marries custom design and privacy into a flawless package.

An open design and light feeling is achieved on the interior through ample windows that look out onto the property’s manicured garden surroundings. Whether the homeowners are lounging on their sunny backyard deck, diving into the pool, or relaxing under one of the property’s numerous Banyan Trees, the home will provide a modern sanctuary to both owners and guests.

South Florida presents itself as a sophisticated destination with a unique coastal lifestyle all its own. With residents who have lived there for many years, and a steady stream of newcomers, sunny South Florida may hit the perfect combination of tradition and trend.  


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Seaside in South Florida

Between the traditional architectural designs of Palm Beach and the wildly tantalizing and contemporary designs of Miami architecture, buyers interested in seaside and waterfront properties have a plethora of styles of residences to choose from – but they’re going quickly.
            Nicole Higgins of Seaside Properties Group, Inc. in South Florida, specializes in luxury oceanfront condominiums and single family homes on the water, from Palm Beach to Miami.  “Waterfront homes offer fabulous ocean views, as well as a certain tranquility that cannot be duplicated living in any other location,” says Higgins. In addition, waterfront property is so limited that part of its appeal is the constant demand and ease to maintain superior market value.
            Waterfront living, especially in South Florida, offers a variety of popular activities including all forms of boating and the newly popular paddle boarding. Being such a culturally diverse area, residents also have access to some of the finest dining in the country, professional sports venues, world-class shopping and exciting night life. Of course, there is the year-round sunshine and beautiful, ocean. .
 
           The Palms, Oceanfront Villa VI embodies splendorous beachfront living. This 5,580-square-foot property, on the market through Seaside Properties Group, Inc. for just over $3.5 million, is a gorgeous 4-story Villa. With 3 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a two-story great room and media rooms, this magnificent Villa is the perfect oceanfront single-family home. The living room has beautiful, calming views of the ocean through the two-story floor to ceiling glass walls. The Villa also has an 830-square-foot terrace where you can enjoy spectacular views of Florida sunrises and breathe in the tropical air. Between the private 2-car garage, 24-hour security guard gate and valet parking as well as full beach and pool service and state of the art recreational facilities, Villa VI located at Fort Lauderdales most elegant address, The Palms.

 

Niki Higgins
Seaside Properties Group, Inc.
(888) 242-4422
nhiggins@spg.cc
www.spg.cc


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Luxury in Miami – Versace Mansion

Located in the heart of South Beach at 1116 Ocean Drive is an iconic oasis that once belonged to renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace. The astounding estate, Casa Casuarina, more commonly known as the Versace Mansion, is a prime property currently on Miami’s housing market.

Walking through the gates of Casa Casuarina is like stepping back in time. Architect Alden Freeman was inspired by the oldest existing house in the Western Hemisphere, the “Alcazar de Colon” in the Dominican Republic, when building the estate in 1930. The 19,000-square-foot mansion has 10 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, two professional kitchens, two dining rooms – one with its own bar. Each bedroom in Casa Casuarina is its own luxuriously themed suite, and every room has been professionally decorated to the last detail. The mansion was built with the finest stones and materials, not stopping at what lies in the center of the estate – a 54-foot-long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold and an outdoor dining area.


 

“Casa Casuarina is truly unique,” says Jill Eber of The Jills real estate services in Miami. “It is the crown jewel of luxury real estate in South Florida. It is a reflection of Versace’s impeccable taste.”
            Something not many people know is that the Versace Mansion has its own observatory that opens to the beautiful views of the South Hemisphere. At night, you can relax and witness some of nature’s most miraculous galaxial miracles.
            In addition to the amenities this property has to offer, the incomparable attention to detail and use of art, fabric and textures in the design of the house makes the Versace Mansion a beautiful place to entertain and indulge in all Miami has to offer. The potential buyer is someone who wants a trophy property; who understands Miami and has an appreciation for art, design and history.


During the day, residents of Casa Casuarina can lounge on the gorgeous white sandy beaches of South Beach or dine in some of the finest restaurants in the country. Miami offers residents something that can’t be found anywhere else. Living in the Versace Mansion would be living in a paradise within a paradise.
            “Very few people get the chance to own a museum or iconic property of this stature,” says Eber. “Casa Casuarina is rumored to be the second most photographed property next to the White House.”


Jill Eber
Coldwell Banker, The Jills
305-915-2556
www.thejills.com


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Sotheby’s International Realty

Fort Lauderdale has become internationally known for its pristine beaches, endless waterways, fine dining and the crowning jewel, Las Olas Boulevard.  It’s a world-class city that offers luxurious, year-round resort-style living.  ONE Sotheby’s International Realty estate agent Brian Hero has lived in the area since 1995 and has watched the city evolve into a sophisticated destination on Florida’s Gold Coast.

 

“There really is no other place like it in America,” says Hero. “Besides an enviable year round climate, you have the benefits of waterfront city living but on a smaller scale than in Miami.”

 

During the last decade, downtown Fort Lauderdale has changed dramatically, and has set the stage for upscale condominiums, high-end fashion boutiques and posh lounges, which have added a stylish vibe to the city.  Upscale restaurants like YOLO and the neighboring O Lounge have made downtown a popular stop for locals and visitors alike.  With more restaurants and nightlife options slated to open this year, downtown Fort Lauderdale has become a vibrant scene, and shows no sign of stopping.

 

Luxury hotel chains, such as the W and Ritz Carlton, now call Fort Lauderdale home and offer guests glamorous new oceanfront resort options.  Whether it’s a short getaway, beach wedding, or anniversary weekend, the resorts offer relaxation with the convenience of outdoor activities, dining and shopping within walking distance.

 

With Fort Lauderdale’s home market on the upswing, buyers are showing interest and lining up to look at waterfront properties.  The Fort Lauderdale market still offers value, as compared to the Miami and Palm Beach markets.  Buyers have flocked to the beach town from all over the world to invest in this desirable location.  With over 300 miles of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale is an ideal spot for boaters and vacation-goers looking for a laid-back vibe with sophisticated amenities.

 

Fort Lauderdale offers an unprecedented mix of an easy beach lifestyle and a cosmopolitan city.  Fine restaurants, chic hotels and luxury condominiums may dot the downtown, but the city still retains the charm that makes it a quintessential Florida destination.


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Premier Estate Properties

Living where others vacation is the pleasant reality that Premier Estate Properties associate Julie Jones has grown accustomed to. After sixteen years in the Fort Lauderdale real estate market, Jones could not be happier with the vibrant, oceanfront city she calls home.

Part of the allure of Fort Lauderdale is its prime location. With Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale airports all at a traveler’s disposal, reaching a hotel or ocean side beach house will become a much simpler task.

“You can fly into an airport and be poolside within an hour of arriving,” says Jones. “With so many vacation destinations, you arrive, and then you have a two-hour drive.”

Of course, a trip to Fort Lauderdale would not be complete without a stop at the beach. Pristine white sands meet lazy waves, and form the perfect backdrop for a quintessential Florida Beach home.

 Premier Properties presents to you three unique properties that are each remarkable in their own right. Oriana-by-the-Sea invokes the feel of a Mediterranean villa, placed in an intimate enclave of 34 residences. The 3,300 square feet duplex is within walking distance to resorts, restaurants, and shops; but with an oceanfront courtyard pool, modern fitness center, and ocean views from your living room, you may never want to leave.

If you are looking for a larger residence, look no further than the Pelican Isle Deepwater Estate. The custom-built home spans over 7,000 square feet, and is situated on the Rio Toledo Canal, ideal boating enthusiasts. The stately design of the British Colonial home is elegantly flanked by tropical gardens and lush palm trees, and features an indoor outdoor living area complete with a lagoon-style saltwater pool.

For those who want the ultimate in luxury, Harbor Beach Deepwater Estate will not disappoint. The seven-bedroom home is nestled on the sandy shores of a wide ocean access bay, guaranteeing Technicolor sunsets and panoramic views. Open rooms and Island-inspired design make this home a great option for entertainment.

Sunshine, sand, and an abundance of city-style amenities, Fort Lauderdale has made a name for itself as a sophisticated boater’s paradise in the South of Florida. With its temperate climate and relaxing pace, living in this oceanfront gem may inspire you to live like it’s a vacation everyday.


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The Top 10 Pools

Almost every luxurious estate includes a pool area that complements the home, whether it be located inside or outside or both.  Pools come in many  exquisite designs – lap pool, classic, free form, infinity,  as well as many other choices that are available.  The pool area offers relaxation,  as you take in the sun , exercise and  quite often a place for entertaining your guests.   We have selected some of what we feel are the top pool areas to give you some ideas for creating your own exclusive pool area.

Miami Beach, Florida • Sildy Cervera, Cervera Real Estate • www.oceanhousesouthbeach.com

Highlands, North Carolina • Terry Potts, Country Club Estates • www.sageemanor.com

Miami, Florida • The Jills, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate • www.thejills.com

Las Vegas, Nevada • Tanya Murray, Realty Executives • www.tanyamurray.com

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida • Julie Jones, Premier Estate Properties • www.luxuryrealestateftl.com

Bethel, New York • Christine Sweetman, The Chapin Estate Sales Office • 845-583-4900

Paradise Island, Bahamas • Natasha Vythoulkas, Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty • 242-393-8630

Ocala, Florida • Joan Pletcher • www.joanpletcher.com

Cape Cod, Massachusetts • Jack Cotton, Sotheby's International Realty • www.JackCottonRealtor.com

Las Vegas, Nevada • Sherri Warf, Simply Vegas • www.SimplyVegasRealEstate.com


The International Allure of Miami

Miami is an incredibly beautiful city known throughout the world for its commerce, cultural diversity, music, and arts. South Florida’s central business district is located in Miami, emitting a profusion of lights over neighboring South Beach. With its sun kissed sand, art-deco hotels, and exhilarating night scene, South Beach poses as the face of Miami’s international allure. Latin beats, Jazz, and subtle down tempo music fill the streets from Lincoln Road to 1st street. A flourishing art scene functions not only to inscribe a sense of aesthetic wonder but also brings people together, generating a network of artists, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs. And of course the beach, with its endless stretch of golden sand meeting the blue and emerald Atlantic, sets the stage for all of these developing activities taking place in this culturally diverse milieu.

 

Lincoln Road:

Let’s begin our tour of South Florida with a stroll along Lincoln Road, replete with street performers, outdoor dining, shopping, restaurants and an eclectic mix of Miami natives and out-of-towners. Running north and south, Ocean Drive features side-by-side Art Deco architecture, exemplifying the ambiance we’ve come to recognize as distinctly “Miami.” South of 5th street, the South Beach scene heats up-hotels and beautiful lofts are situated within walking distance of fine dining as well as swanky lounges, bars, and clubs.

Developments in South Beach and the surrounding Miami area signal the area’s growing, changing, trend-setting and culturally vibrant character. Diane Lieberman of South Beach Investment Realty emphasizes the value of Miami’s creative influences, including the Art Basel exhibition, the MoCA museum, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The Design District’s Wynwood Art Walk offers monthly opportunities to gallery hop while imbibing cocktails in the company of other connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

Diane also credits Miami’s New World Symphony, a first-rate orchestra that provides free Wallcast concerts to park-goers. By synthesizing its ever-changing natural beauty, arts, and entertainment venues, South Beach has successfully marketed itself as not only a great place to live, but also as an oasis where influxes of new buyers are thriving and enriching the local scene.

 

Miami Ocean House:  

Established in 1896, Miami is best known for its 15 miles of fabled beaches, beautiful people, and year-round sunshine. Of course there’s more to its charms than that. The city has a booming art scene, authentic music and food, many vacation apartments, and a variety of historic architectural styles. As Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate Services, says, “The biggest perks of living in the area are the weather, the fact that the city is easy to get in and out of, and the multicultural people who live throughout Miami.”

This subtropical city is home to 150 ethnicities who speak more than 60 languages, making up a population of close to 2.5 million people. It’s no wonder this popular destination is so well known for its authentic music and cuisine. According to Alicia, “Someone could go around the world with the variety of cuisine this city has to offer.” All these different cultures add to the color and life of this city, providing a broad world view for residents and tourists alike. Miami has the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture. A perfect example is Ocean House, a restoration of the former Walburne Hotel. This condominium is a classic example of Miami modern architecture, influenced by the Art Deco and Streamline Modern periods. The property exterior retains many of the design details of Miami’s Art Deco history, while the interior marvelously blends the past with contemporary touches, including an opulent pool deck, cabanas and full beachfront luxury amenities. 

Alicia’s favorite thing about Ocean House is “how it makes people feel at home while still providing them with a relaxing tranquil place to get away.” She adds that “it’s neatly nestled in a friendly, pedestrian neighborhood that’s literally four blocks away from Ocean Drive.” Today, the property exudes the charm and beauty of the old Walburne Hotel, while eclipsing it as the ultimate South of Fifth oceanfront residential address. A multi-million-dollar historic renovation makes Ocean House a residence like no other, in a place that is the envy of South Florida and far beyond.

 

Villa Magnolia:

Art isn’t always a painting or a sculpture. A masterpiece can be a home, steeped in unparalleled appointments and furniture. Such is this 12,879 square foot palatial estate, designed like no other. Resplendent and lavish, customization abounds. “Nothing is left untouched,” says Jill Hertzberg of The Jills, one of the listing agents.

“From Lalique faucets to matching-grain Macassar Ebony throughout, the home is filled with exquisite finishes,” adds Jill Eber, Hertzberg’s partner at The Jills.

Villa Magnolia sits on 200 feet of wide waterfront, offering a front-row seat to dazzling sunsets, dripping with breathtaking, fiery hues that blanket the sky. Electric gates open to reveal a majestic neoclassical home towering above verdant foliage, giving the property a dose of South Florida’s tropical ambiance. The rotunda foyer features a soaring 40-foot ceiling, curved marble and a striking two-sided staircase. The rest of the home is as luxurious as the grand foyer.

“This is the finest and most unique home in South Florida,” says Howard Marcus who is co-listing with The Jills. High end details include hand-crafted stone throughout the interior and exterior; specialized European paint finishes; 15-foot coffered ceilings; a third-level rooftop entertainment area and sun terrace; temperature-controlled 850-bottle wine room; a magnificent, large kitchen with a built-in 750-gallon aquarium in the eat-in breakfast area; art-filled living and dining rooms; a media room with a 10-foot screen; and a glass and granite elevator. Two infinity-edge pools, one right off the master suite, and a wide-open waterfront view create an ambiance befitting the South Florida lifestyle.