Monday, April 28, 2014

Five Things to Do in Miami During the Summer

In just a couple of months, summer in Miami will be in full swing.  Even though it is hot, there is always so much to do.  From festivals to baseball to neighborhood activities, no one ever says that they are bored when living in Miami.  Here are just a few of our favorite things to do.

Outdoor Theatres.  There are several outdoor spots in Miami that feature movies after dark.  At night when the Miami sun goes down and the bay breezes kick in, there is nothing like heading over to one of the venues that have set up an outdoor movie theatre to set up beach chairs, blankets, and picnics for an evening of family fun.  Most people who attend these events come early and throw Frisbees or kick the soccer ball until it is time to settle in for a good movie (sometimes even first run movies).  Some of the venues even offer earlier shows for kids then feature more “grown up” movies.  Some of the more popular spots to attend an outdoor movie are Biscayne Park, South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, and other spots throughout Miami-Dade County.  The best part about attending outdoor movies is that if there is a fee, it is typically nominal just to cover the expenses of showing the movie. 

Miami Seaquarium.  Probably the only cooler thing than the aquarium itself is its location on Virginia Key in the middle of Biscayne Bay.  The Miami Seaquarium is open year-round and offers shows and exhibits with much of the sea life in the waters surrounding Miami and Miami Beach including dolphins, whales, sea turtles, manatees and other creatures.  As the oldest oceanarium in the US, this is a fun place to take family and friends who visit during the summer.   We suggest that you check out the Miami Seaquarium website before you make plans as the shows frequently change and new exhibits come throughout the year. 

Head to the Beaches.  Yes, summer in Miami is hot but there is no better place to enjoy the sunshine than one of Miami’s area beaches.  A great place to spend the afternoon is on the Virginia Key Beach (go after you have been to the Miami Seaquarium).  It is such a great place to swim and enjoy the afternoon, take your dog out to run along the water and fetch balls or simply take a little while to walk along the surf.  Another area beach that offers plenty of space to spend the day is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park located at the south end of Key Biscayne.  This is the perfect place for swimming, fishing along the seawall, climbing the Cape Florida Lighthouse and ending the day at the restaurant, Boater’s Grill.  And, of course, if you want to enjoy the Miami sunshine in full fashion, head over to South Beach.  Not only is it interesting on its own, you have all of the South Beach excitement and action at your fingertips. 

South Beach.  While on the subject of South Beach, this part of Miami offers so much to do all year long.  Here you have some of the best shopping, dining, nightlife and, of course, people watching in all of Florida.  On top of that the beach is amazing.  The atmosphere, along with the unique architectural designs, is why so many people choose to live in South Beach – there is nothing like having white sugary sand and crystal blue water practically at your doorstep while being able to have everything in South Beach within arm's reach. 

Dine Out.  When we say “dine out,” we mean eat outside.  Evenings in Miami are most always balmy and most area restaurants take advantage of the breezes by offering outdoor seating.  From the restaurants and cafes on Lincoln Road in South Beach to the newly opened and relocated spots in the Design District to our favorites in Brickell, there are so many options that you can literally not eat at the same place twice all summer long.  Some even look at it as a challenge and a great way to discover new favorites. 

Full of Summer Activities
Miami is full of summer activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.  For those of us who live here, it is so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives that we can forget about all that this unbelievably beautiful area offers so much to do. So step back and remember that we are very fortunate to live here.  Take advantage of it and get out there this summer! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The W South Beach – Indulgent Living in Miami Beach

The W Hotel is known all over the world for its luxury and style.  The same holds true for its property situated in Miami Beach.  It is the perfect combination of quintessential Miami Beach lavishness and total indulgence of living at the W Hotel and Residences in South Beach. 

Built in 2008, the W South Beach is a glorious condo-hotel with the most amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.  With 500 condo-hotel suites on 20 floors made up of studios as well as one, two and three-bedroom residences, the W South Beach is hands above many Miami condominiums throughout South Beach and all of Miami-Dade.   Additionally, for elite owners, the bungalows and penthouses are beyond compare. 

People Who Made the W South Beach Possible
The W South Beach is owned and operated by Tristar Capital and RFR Realty.  Several heads came together to make the idea of the W Hotel and Residence in South Beach a reality.  Renowned designers from all over the world were asked to be part of the process including famed architect, Costas Kondylis who partnered with NBWW & Associates (Fontainebleau Resort and Residences and 1080 Brickell) to create the property that now is a South Beach oceanfront landmark. 

Location of the W South Beach
There is no better location than that of the W South Beach – directly facing the Atlantic Ocean and within blocks of all that South Beach has to offer.  Located at 2201 Collins Avenue, residents and their guests can walk to Lincoln Road and its top rated restaurants as well as the best shopping destinations in all of South Florida.  Additionally, a short drive lands those who want to go at the best golf in all of Miami Beach as well as just across the bridge is hip and happening Downtown Miami, the Wynwood Arts District and the up and coming Design District.

Amenities at the W South Beach
Where do we even begin?  There are so many amenities in each residence as well as throughout the entire property.  As for community amenities, first and foremost, there are the 300 feet of pristine oceanfront land with private beach access; two outdoor infinity-edge pools; private pool cabanas with flat screen TVs; a secret Garden with fountains and private outdoor showers; access to the world-famous Bliss Spa; a door attendant and multilingual staff; foreign currency exchange; 24/7 security; and much, much more.  Oh, and residents and guests are extended the same courtesies as those staying through the hotel itself.

Inside each residence, property owners can expect to find perfectly designed and fully furnished residences; spacious glass balconies with incomparable views of the beach; ceilings that exceed nine feet in height; a full kitchen with high-end appliances (catering kitchens in some units); wood and marble flooring throughout each residence; imported cabinetry, spa showers and beautiful marble sinks in the bathrooms with soaking tubs in the larger residences; W Hotel signature down bedding (if you have stayed at a W Hotel, you know how great their beds are); two plasma televisions, CD and DVD player; state of the art technology including wireless high-speed internet service, and an iPod docking station, multi-line telephones and Bose wave radios; custom closets with built-in cabinets and shelves; owner closets with locks; and, so much more. 

Real Estate at the W South Beach
At the W South Beach, accommodations include luxurious studios along with one, two and three bedroom residences that range in size from just under 600 square feet to almost 3,000 square feet for an upper level penthouse with amazing 360-degree views.  With W South Beach real estate, property owners have the ability to lease their residences on a short or long term basis – or even live there themselves! 

List prices typically start in the mid-$800s and climb to $15,000,000 for three-bedroom upper floor penthouses.   The most recent sales were one-bedroom units and sold in a couple of months of listing.  Currently, there are about 35 properties listed for sale at the W South Beach. 

As for W South Beach rental property, rental rates start at $5,000 and go all the way to $40,000 per month.  The units at the W South Beach are fully furnished and offer everything that discriminating guests want.  Most of the listed rentals feature short term rates but are also available on a long-term basis. 

For investors, another option for leasing is to set up the leasing through the W’s in-house property management program.  Because the W South Beach operates as a hotel as well, the rates for this plan may be substantially more as they typically charge anywhere from $700 to over $7,000 per night. 

As a gauge, the beautiful Setai is situated next door and caters to the same discriminating buyers and guests.  List prices at the Setai start at over $1 million and exceed the $20 million for upper floor larger residences.  As for Setai rentals, monthly rates typically start around $5,000 and climb to well over $30,000 - $40,000. 

Ideal for Discriminating Buyers

The W South Beach is ideal for discriminating buyers or anyone who has a certain level of expectation for what they need and want in luxury Miami real estate.  To own property of this magnitude that is tied to the reputation of the W Hotel is incomparable.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brickell Heights, vivir en el corazón de Brickell

Ubicado en uno de los distritos más revalorizados y populares en la ciudad de Miami, se alza un nuevo proyecto en el corazón de Brickell. Una vez completado, los planes indican que Brickell Heights tendrá 690 unidades y 85.000 pies cuadrados de espacio comercial en dos torres de 49 pisos. Las unidades de vivienda en las torres tienen previsto ser de una, dos, tres y cuatro dormitorios, con áticos en las plantas superiores y un salón. Las unidades oscilan entre los 900 y 9.000 metros cuadrados.

En una ciudad con tanto movimiento como Miami, y con esta ubicación tan céntrica, el estacionamiento de Brickell Heights es probablemente una de las características más atractivas del proyecto, en él se expondrá un gran mural pintado por el artista Fabián Bruno.

Localización de Brickell Heights
Situado en una zona importante de Brickell, Brickell Heights estará entre el Mary Brickell Village y Brickell City Centre. Esta ubicación es, literalmente, cerca de todo en Brickell, así como a pocos pasos de la bahía de Biscayne.

Localizado en este lugar, Brickell Heights brindará grandes comodidades durante el día, así como maravillosas opciones para el entretenimiento en las noches.

Involucrados en el proyecto
Jorge Pérez, director general de The Related Group está a la cabeza de este nuevo proyecto de condominios. Una vez más, Arquitectonica, ha sido escogido para diseñar los edificios junto con el Grupo Rockwell, conocido por el diseño de otros proyectos del grupo como Icon Brickell, Icon Brickell Bay y SLS.

Servicios en Brickell Heights
Las características propias de Brickell Heights todavía se están planeando, pero dentro de los atractivos de este nuevo condominio se incluyen: gimnasio exclusivo para los residentes, una azotea estilo rascacielo que ofrecerá impresionantes vistas de la Bahía de Biscayne y el horizonte de Miami, una terraza ajardinada en el octavo piso con tres piscinas, varias salas de entretenimiento para eventos privados, un club infantil, una sala de proyecciones, y, por supuesto, como la mayoría de otros servicios de condominio, conserjería las 24 horas, un mostrador de seguridad y recepción, personal multilingüe, servicio de estacionamiento las 24 horas o aparcamiento de autoservicio con estacionamiento asignado en un increíble garaje de ocho pisos, así como internet inalámbrico de alta velocidad en todas las áreas de la comunidad.

Cada apartamento contará con acabados modernos, hermosas vistas, interiores diáfanos que ya estarán decorados. Algunas de estas características incluyen piso a techo tintado, ventanas de cristal, techos altos, amplias terrazas a las que se accede desde las zonas de estar y dormitorios con barandas de vidrio y aluminio contemporáneas (los apartamentos ubicados en las esquinas contarán con terrazas 360). Los planos de la cocina muestran electrodomésticos de acero inoxidable , armarios a la medida italiana, encimeras de piedra con un cómodo bar de desayuno en la mayoría de las residencias y pisos en porcelanato.

Brickell Heights Bienes Raíces
La construcción está programada para comenzar a mediados de 2014 con la culminación a finales de 2016. Los precios de lista fluctúan dependiendo del tamaño y la ubicación de las unidades. A continuación se presentan el rango de precios de lista de Brickell Heights:

Square Feet
1Bed / 1Bath
1Bed / 1.5 Bath
1Bed / 1.5 Bath
1Bed /2Bath +Den
1Bed /2Bath +Den
2Bed / 2Bath
2Bed / 2Bath
2Bed / 2Bath
2Bed / 2Bath
2Bed /2Bath +Den
2Bed / 2.5 Bath +Den
3 Bed / 3.5 Bath +Den
3 Bed / 3 Bath
3 Bed / 3 Bath
4 Bed / 4.5  Bath
PH- 4803
3 Bed /  3 Bath

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