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.