What Types of Views to Expect from Your Miami Condo

The real estate market in Miami is filled with luxury style residences with a distinctive buyer in mind. Condo developments in Miami have been designed for buyers ready to soak in the beauty and wonders of Southern Florida, and even more so, the magic of Miami. Luxury condo developments in Miami offer eye-catching views, ranging from the sunrise over the ocean to the twinkling lights of the city, all while providing wonderful on-site amenities. Ocean Views Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the City of Sunny Isles Beach is a quick drive from downtown Miami and close to Ft. Lauderdale. With the close proximity to two popular Florida destinations like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and minutes away from great restaurants, clubs and shopping places, Sunny Isles Beach is the perfect location to find a luxurious condo with breathtaking views of the ocean. Private elevators, generous off-street parking and poolside bars are just a few amenities that are available in these condos. Some of the popular condo developments with spectacular ocean views in Sunny Isles Beach are: Trump Towers I-III, Ocean Condos, Acqualina, and Muse Sunny Isles (to be completed in 2017). River Views Condo developments along the Miami River have become a popular choice for buyers looking to experience luxury living in Miami. Mirroring the style of the famous San Antonio Riverwalk, the Miami Riverwalk is the perfect place to enjoy the dining and shopping scene of a revitalized Miami River area. The river area condos are near Biscayne Bay and Bayfront Park, offering beautiful views of downtown Miami. Amenities at these condos range from off-street parking and fitness centers to 24-hour security. Some of the popular condo developments where residents and visitors can indulge in luxurious river views are: One River Point, Brickell Towers and the to be completed Flagler on the River. City Views Downtown Miami Beach is a great choice to live, work and play. Luxury condo developments in downtown Miami cater to professionals who are ready to trade in that long commute for a place that is closer to work, and to the action of Miami Beach. Most of the condo developments in the downtown area offer a gorgeous rooftop pool and spa area, fitness center and places to shop on the ground floor. Some of the popular condo developments in the downtown are that are on the must see list for luxury condo seekers are 1000 Museum, 50 Biscayne, Carbonell and Santa Maria. Is there something special you are looking for in your Miami condo investment? Contact us today to discuss your goals, and how we can make your dream property a reality.

Upcoming Events in Miami

Arts, entertainment, and culture have long played a vital role in the magic that makes Miami such an extraordinary city. Take a look at some upcoming events that are sure to appeal to Miami visitors and residents alike. Phantom of the Opera: This play will occur from February 24th to March 6th at the Ziff Opera House. Phantom of the Opera is a timeless production that has been performed around the world in multiple variations. A cast of famous performers is coming to Miami to perform a rendition like never before. With the incredible acoustics of our very own opera house, the stage and lighting are certain to be amazing. Tickets begin at $112, and interested playgoers are encouraged to buy tickets as soon as possible. This event is available to viewers of all ages, and judging by sellouts in previous years, there is a major rush for premium seats. Although photography is strictly prohibited, there are many souvenirs at the gift shop to savor and remember the opera experience. The Miami Open: This tennis tournament will occur from March 21st to April 3rd at the tennis center in Crandon Park. Formerly known as the Sony Tennis Open, organizers have reacquired sponsors to host an extremely competitive tennis tournament. Professional players from around the world will travel to Florida for multiple rounds of action. Early rounds are scattered across the grounds, but as the tournament progresses, matches will be played on the famous center court. Tickets begin at $5 for preliminary matches. There will also be a special performance by Duran Duran that you will not want to miss. The Miami Open's atmosphere makes this tournament a favorite sports attraction for all enthusiasts. Arrive in the morning or evening to interact with players. South Beach Cultural Food and Walking Tour: These tours are very popular in the springtime. The tour is an all day event that takes you through the sights and sounds of south beach with stops for dining experiences along the way. At each stop, professional tour guides explain the historical nature and significance of the attraction. The culture of south beach is unique to Miami. Overall, there are many ways to get around. Between trolleys, walking, buses, and bikes, these tours have something for everyone, even Miami residents. Weekdays are typically less crowded, and because you will want to take many photos, better angles are possible with fewer people. Brochures, souvenirs, and maps are available as reminders of this special experience.

Interior Design Trends in Luxury Miami Condos

Luxury Miami condos are known for their sleek design and impressive views of the city. Those who want to create an elegant environment can furnish the condo with modern decor that makes a statement. Condominium owners can create a setting that is truly quintessential Miami with a few interior design modifications. Dramatic Chandeliers Although dramatic chandeliers should be used very sparingly, they can truly set a room apart from the rest of the living space. Depending on the room and additional décor, the light fixture can include an oversized shade that is the focal point in the room, or one that features crystals. Either way, this accessory is sure to make the room stand out from the rest of the condo. Leather Sectionals Leather sectionals are cozy, and create an inviting setting for those who are looking to create an interior that feels more like “home.” These sectionals are sleek and stylish, which will help the home look modern and updated without feeling cold and utilitarian. Opt for a sectional that has a neutral color to blend in well with the surrounding decor.  Platform Beds Platform beds are part of the increasingly popular “minimal” décor style. The bed sits low on the ground and doesn't have a headboard, making it a unique item that will allow the condo to look more open and modern. Add decorative pillows and a duvet cover to create a balance between contemporary style and the coziness of home. Brass Fixtures Brass fixtures add a pop of detail and can be used on kitchen cabinets or furniture throughout the condominium. The metallic detail will make the condo look luxurious and modern. Consider the colors used throughout the condo before opting for brass, as stainless steel or silver colored accents may look better with certain colors and materials. Mid-Century Chairs Mid-century chairs that are retro and stylish will dress up the dining room and can fill in a bare corner that needs an extra piece of decor. Use mid-century chairs that are dramatic and unconventional to incorporate an item that draws attention to specific areas of the condo. Lucite Furniture Lucite furniture stands out for the clear design of the product, which makes it look upscale and modern. Retro inspired shapes and pieces evoke memories of traditional 80’s Miami design. Consider adding a Lucite console in the entryway, or using a Lucite coffee table for a Miami exclusive modern-yet-retro look. You can add books or flowers on your Lucite coffee table for extra pops of color.

Living on Brickell Key, Miami

Brickell Key, Miami is an exclusive island with a variety of condos and amenities. With so much to offer, the island is sure to appeal to today's most discerning condo buyer. Consider some of the factors that make this a prime location for a condo investment. Condominiums are the primary component of Brickell Key real estate. Some of the most famous condos include Carbonell, Courvoisier Courts, and Three Tequesta Point. These buildings were constructed in the 1990s, have twenty to thirty floors, and feature nearly three hundred total units. The size of a unit can vary depending on which floor it is on, the developer's floor plans, and development location. Ample distance between each building ensures a peaceful, private environment. Some developments such as the Tequesta condos are connected, which leads to a larger complex with additional features. Newer condos include Asia, Isola, and St Louis.  No matter which development you choose on Brickell Key, you are sure to be pleased with bountiful amenities, facilitating both work and play. Catering to residents' physical and athletic needs, many buildings feature pools, gyms, squash courts, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and more. For convenience and security, developments often feature below-ground parking structures. Conference rooms and banquet halls are ideal for gatherings, movies, and presentations.  Residents in Brickell Key condominium developments often have complimentary access to all of these amenities. Additional amenities such as massages, spa services, and onsite dining are offered by many buildings, but typically have fees associated. Residents can register guests at the front desk for overnight periods to secure parking passes. When you are looking for a condo, make sure to consider which amenities are critical to your goals and lifestyle.  Does it sound like a property on Brickell Key may be ideal for you? Contact us today to discuss what features would make a condo "home" for you. 

Paraiso Bay of Edgewater: Miami Condominium Spotlight

Paraiso Bay is a set of twin, 53-story, luxury high-rise condominium towers in the Edgewater community of Miami, FL. Each of these condominium buildings are host to 325 stunning, waterfront residences on Biscayne Bay. Paraiso Bay has an extraordinary architectural style all its own, designed by Arquitectónica; this exclusive condominium is one of South Florida’s most distinctive high-rise buildings. Paraiso Bay is a masterpiece in the making with interiors designed by United Design of London and landscape architecture by Enzo Enea of Zurich. With the Wynwood Arts & Entertainment District at your doorstep and Biscayne Bay as your backyard, Paraiso Bay has found the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure in the Magic City. Paraiso Bay Amenities: With over three acres of fourth level, elevated amenities this new luxury waterfront condominium is sure to please. Paraiso Bay homeowners can enjoy the circular, zero-entry heated swimming pool, an outdoor spa and lush tropical gardens all along the beautifully landscaped resort terrace deck. There is also an elegant clubroom with billiards, a catering kitchen and multimedia facilities for use by the residents. Other amenities include a tennis center with two courts, a state-of-the-art, fully equipped fitness center overlooking the pool deck resort area and a health spa with men and women’s steam and sauna facilities. Residents and guests can also relax in the private screening room with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and theater-style seating. With so much to offer, words can't do justice to the elegance found at Paraiso Bay. If you are ready to experience the true South Florida living lifestyle, please contact us today to get a VIP Tour of the condominiums for sale at Paraiso Bay in Miami, FL.   Image Resource from

Miami Real Estate Developer Ugo Colombo Talks Concrete and Condominiums During Brickell Flatiron Foundation Pour

Ugo Colombo is one of South Florida’s most influential developers. From Milan, Italy, he came to the United States in 1983; three years later founding CMC Group, a fully-integrated real estate development company. Colombo has created many luxury properties—Epic Residences and Hotel, a condominium and hotel; the Santa Maria and Bristol Tower; Grovenor House in Coconut Grove; Porto Vita, a Mediterranean-style village in Aventura; and Beach House 8, a boutique condominium on Miami Beach. He owns The Collection, a top performing luxury car dealership housed at 4000 Ponce, an office/retail space. Currently, Colombo is developing Brickell Flatiron, a 64-story glass tower with 549 residences within walking distance from Brickell City Centre – and it’s preparing to go vertical.  Last weekend, Colombo and a crew of about 700 construction workers from general contractor Moss & Associates effectively stopped traffic for 24-hours in the heart of Miami to conduct a massive concrete foundation pour, which paved the way for vertical development to begin. We sat down with Colombo during the massive operation to get his insight on his approach to design and development. Here’s what he had to say: Q:  How would you describe your approach to the development process? A: Maybe it’s my Italian blood, but I prefer to take painstaking measures that ensure every project detail falls into place. I believe that my work is a reflection of my values, so I get very involved in the entire development process and rarely take a back seat. I am committed to seeing a well-thought-out vision executed through quality design. My ultimate goal with any project is to build timeless, livable works of art. Q: What is your favorite part about the development process? A: The process of selecting the materials and finishes. I am a stickler for perfection, so we travel to Italy to hand select interior materials, finishes and customize the cabinetry. Upscale European design, innovative technology, and top-of-the-line appliances is what our customers have come to expect. I appreciate those who appreciate the effort and time we put into our buildings, so I always go the extra mile. Q: What do you think sets your buildings apart from other developments? A: Our commitment to quality & innovation. We take our time on each project, paying attention to every single detail from the finishes to the technology. Attention to the smallest details has become CMC Group’s mark of distinction. Buyers recognize that our projects are built to last. Q: What is your favorite building feature at Brickell Flatiron? A: The 64th floor rooftop amenities level. As one of the tallest residential buildings in Miami, the rooftop at Brickell Flatiron houses an incredible pool, spa and fitness center. Soaring 700 ft in the sky provides spectacular views that can be appreciated even while running on the treadmill. Q: What is your design philosophy? A: I always begin building from the inside-out. I feel that quality & effortless functionality are the essential ingredients of a memorable, elegant living space. Q: What is your vision for Brickell Flatiron A: Once complete, Brickell Flatiron will be a retreat in the center of one of the most desirable parts of Miami. We’re not offering gimmicks; we are offering a high-quality product, timeless design, and an unmatched location. Our buyers will benefit from the prestige of living in Brickell – a brand synonymous with an upscale, urban lifestyle – which is known on an international level and is sure to maintain its reputation and value. Q: Last queston: favorite Brickell eatery? A: Zuma. Not just because it is located in one of my developments (EPIC Residences & Hotel). It really has some of the best sushi I have ever tasted. During the pour, the strip of SE 11th Street between the project site and the sales center was temporary closed and normal traffic flow did not resume until pouring concluded late Saturday evening.  When it was all said and done, nearly 150 mixing trucks carrying 1,250 truckloads rotated in shifts to bring approximately 12,500 cubic yards of concrete weighing more than 50 million pounds into a massive excavated hole for the tower’s concrete mat, which sits on top of 700 100-foot-deep steel pilings. Upon its completion in 2019, Brickell Flatiron will be one of the tallest residential towers in the U.S., Hovering 736-feet above street level. With its distinct flatiron shape and prominent position at the epicenter of downtown Miami’s Brickell Financial District, the 549-unit building was designed by architect Luis Revuelta and interior architect Massimo Iosa Ghini of Italy’s Iosa Ghini Associati.  Units range from 1- to 5-bedroom condos, with a limited collection of penthouse and duplex residences available, measuring up to 6,246 square feet in size. All units will be adorned with the finest materials, including Italian-made custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, Italian marble floors, high ceilings with recessed lighting, custom Italian doors, energy-efficient windows, and glass balcony railings. Brickell Flatiron’s 64th-floor rooftop Sky Spa, Sky Pool and Sky Gym will offer residents inspiring 360-degree panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami’s glimmering cityscape. Residents will have access to a host of therapeutic services and other offerings including private steam, sauna and locker facilities, and a 6,300 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center with Pilates, yoga and aerobics studios. Additional features will include a resort-style lap pool and children’s pool on the 18th floor, access to the Flatiron Theater with stadium seating, an executive meeting room, a billiard and cigar room, a wine cellar, a 24-hour concierge and parking valet, on-site vehicle washing and detailing, and electric car-charging stations. Unit prices range from $465,000 to $2.5 million, with penthouses priced up to $15.5 million. For more information about Brickell Flatiron, including preconstruction sales opportunities, please contact Cervera Real Estate at 305.400.7400, or visit the project’s sales & design gallery at 1001 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130. Learn more at 

ICON South Beach | Miami Condominium Development Spotlight

As construction completed in late 2004, acclaimed architect Phillippe Starck saw his vision for ICON South Beach come to fruition. As the sixth tallest building in Miami, it is designed to promote a luxury lifestyle, enhanced by water and city views from every residence. Nine floor plans featuring one to six bedrooms are offered across the building’s 289 residences, ensuring that there is a layout to suit nearly any taste, goal, or need here. Regardless of which floor plan you choose, you are sure to find only the finest features and materials. Although each unit was constructed to the taste of the original buyer, nearly every residence in the building features high quality porcelain or marble in every room. Residents also enjoy modernized kitchens, with granite countertops and custom cabinetry. The bathrooms have not been overlooked either, with ample marble throughout. The building’s opulence is conveyed upon entering the Starck-designed lobby, which features breathtakingly high ceilings and luxurious finishes. Residents at ICON South Beach enjoy an array of resort-style amenities as well, including two pools, a billiards room, a library, well-equipped fitness center, event rooms, and meeting rooms for business and recreation. There are multiple services accessible to ICON residents as well, such as a concierge, receptionist, 24-hour security, valet parking, and even a dry cleaner service, among others. Pet-lovers will be happy to know that domesticated cats and dogs are welcome in the residences with no size or weight restrictions. Rentals are available at ICON South Beach, with a minimum of six months for any leases, and no more than two leases per year. Does ICON South Beach sound like the luxury Miami condo development for you? Contact us today to learn more about the condominiums for sale at ICON South Beach in Miami, FL.

This Week in Luxury: Cervera's Blanquita Rivero tops list of Miami-Dade's priciest condo sales

At the top of Miami-Dade luxury condo sales last week was unit LPH4S at Oceana Key Biscayne, a lower penthouse with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and ocean views. Listing agent Blanca Rivero of Cervera Real Estate closed the $3.42 million deal after the unit spent 194 days on the market, proving that failure cannot cope with patience and persistence. Its purchase price breaks down to $2,004 per square foot. Oceana Key Biscayne was completed late 2014. The sleek glass tower designed by Arquitectonica sits directly on the beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. Its 142 residences vary in size from 1750 Square Feet to 7500 Square Feet.        

Closings underway at Bjarke Ingels-designed Grove at Grand Bay; Only 1 PH available

Grove at Grand Bay will soon start recording closings, marking the first new condo tower for Coconut Grove in more than a decade and the first in the United States for Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels. Terra Group completed the 98-unit, twin 20-story development at 2675 and 2669 South Bayshore Drive, developer David Martin told The Real Deal. It’s sold out with the exception of a penthouse currently asking $28 million. Cervera Real Estate is handling sales for Grove at Grand Bay, which launched in 2012. Martin said that about half of buyers are domestic, including empty-nesters looking to leave their homes in the Grove, Coral Gables and Pinecrest. The remaining 50 percent are international buyers relocating to South Florida. Among them are Fortune 100 CEOs, doctors, attorneys and entrepreneurs, Martin said. The building has its temporary certificate of occupancy with closings set for this week. Interior build-outs should be completed within three months, and move-ins expected for the next four to six months, he said. Units range from 1,300 square feet to the 10,000-square-foot, full-floor penthouse. Prices ranged from about $1 million to $14 million, excluding the penthouse. The glass towers are also conducive to art in a project that includes about $1.2 million of artwork in common spaces, he said. Ingels designed the twisting towers along with architect John Nichols of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates. “Bjarke maybe did 100 study models of the building,” Martin said about the design. Raymond Jungles handled the landscaping, which includes roughly 500 trees and more than 15,000 plants. Amenities will include rooftop pools, a spa and gym, a pet spa and a bicycle space for every resident. The project is aiming for LEED Gold certification. Coconut Grove has come into the spotlight as of late with a focus on commercial activity. The demand for office space outpaces the supply, Martin said, and the restaurant and retail scene is also changing: the Shops at CocoWalk sold to Federal Realty and local partners; and Panther Coffee, Kit and Ace, and Harry’s Pizzeria are all new tenants to Coconut Grove.

Cervera CEO inks record-breaking $23 million sale for vacant land on Indian Creek Island

Veronica Cervera Goeseke, CEO of Cervera Real Estate, represented the buyer, along with her son Nickel M. Goeseke. The $23 million sale of the vacant lot at 2 Indian Creek Island Road marks the highest price ever paid for vacant land on Indian Creek Island. Indian Creek is a private playground for the ultra-wealthy, with just about three dozen homes, each with waterfront views on lots in excess of an acre. Among its residents are some of America’s 500 wealthiest people, according to Forbes, including activist investor Carl Icahn, car dealership mogul Norman Braman and hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert. Still other residents include singer Julio Iglesias, retired Dolphins coach Don Shula, Colombian banker Jaime Galinski, Turnberry Associates co-CEOs Jackie Soffer and brother Jeffrey Soffer and Spanish-language TV personality “Don Francisco,” whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger.