Friday, October 31, 2014

SLS LUX: Another Brickell Masterpiece

Because of the successful sell out of SLS Brickell, another SLS hotel and residence property is about to begin construction in Brickell --  SLS LUX.  Situated just a few blocks from its sister property and within the Brickell Heights property, this new Related project plans a 57-story tower with 450 condominium residences and 12 penthouses that will ooze luxury.  With Jorge Perez's passion for fine art and unique design, SLS LUX is about to bring the best of both worlds to what will become a highly sought after address in all of Brickell. 

The Masterminds of SLS LUX
SLS LUX  is a combination of some of the elite minds of the real estate development and architectural world.   At the helm is none other than Mr. Brickell himself, Jorge Perez, CEO of the Related Group which can be credited for being part of re-energizing real estate development in Miami over the past two to three years with the likes of Icon Bay, Icon Brickell, SLS Brickell, Paraiso Bay and others.  The Related Group has partnered with other icons in the industry including The Allen Morris Company, Arquitectonica (no surprise there),
world renowned Yabu Pushelberg for the interior design, and sbe Founder and hospitality guru, Sam Nazarian, with other SLS hotels and residences (SLS South Beach and SLS Brickell) along with some of the best restaurants and night clubs under his belt. But what makes SLS LUX stand out above the rest is the museum-quality works of art by artists Fernando Botero and  Fabian Bergos throughout the property.  On top of this, prominent lighting artist, Ana Isabel Martinez is designing the first LED facade.

Location of SLS LUX
In terms of location, SLS LUX is literally right in the center of everything.  Situated at 801 South Miami Avenue, SLS LUX is planned to sit adjacent to Mary Brickell Village and the Brickell City Centre, currently under construction.  Within walking distance are restaurants, shopping, businesses and everything else needed to make living here easy and convenient. 

SLS LUX Features and Amenities
There is so much planned for SLS LUX that it seems we need to break it up into smaller categories.  This complex looks like it will be different from the other Related projects simply because of the art planned. 

Features.  Botero sculptures will be placed in several places including the front sidewalk and other prominent areas of the building.  sbe restaurant by chef Katsuya Uechi and a lounge by SBar are expected on the ground floor.  And, amazingly, there looks like a huge ninth floor indoor/outdoor sports and entertainment  area that offers:
  • A huge lap pool
  • Beach front entry pool
  • Multi-use sports center that includes a tennis court (yes tennis court), soccer area, bocce ball court and more
  • A state-of-the-art fitness center, rock climbing wall
  • Outdoor bar and kitchen with grill area
  • VIP access to other SLS properties' and Brickell Heights (under construction)
  • Too many features to mention

Building Services.  In addition to the stand-out features of SLS LUX, residents have access to the services offered at SLS LUX Hotel.  These building services include:

·         24-hour valet parking
·         24-hour security service
·         Butler and "While You're Away" services
·         Concierge services
·         Dry cleaning and laundry
·         Housekeeping
·         In-room dining
·         Nanny/babysitting
·         Overnight shoeshine
·         Personal IT support assistance
·         Pet services
·         Plant maintenance
·         Pre-arrival provisioning and grocery shopping
·         Translation services

Residence Amenities.  If the building services and features are not enough, each residence offers the following amenities:

·         Fully finished residences with several choices of imported porcelain tile flooring
·         Elegant semi-private and private elevators with biometrics technology
·         9' and 12'- smooth finish ceilings for residences and penthouses, respectively
·         Some penthouses with private rooftop pools and outdoor spas
·         Amazing gourmet-kitchens with imported cabinetry and stone countertops (choices pre-selected by Yabu Pushelberg) as well as high-end stainless steel appliances
·         Home Automation system
·         Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
·         Pre-wired for high-speed communications multiple telephone lines and cable
·         Private vestibules in all residences
·         Rain Showers and spa tubs in all master bathrooms
·         Barbecue grilling areas on terraces of some residences
·         "Smart Building" technology features custom SLS LUX app, that links residents to SLS Brickell professional concierge services and building amenities
·         Spacious, fully finished walk-in closets in all master bedrooms
·         Spacious terraces with glass and aluminum railings
·         Stunning views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline
·         Two self-parking spaces available for most residences

SLS LUX Real Estate Information
SLS LUX plans to offer one, two, three and four-bedroom prices for residential properties.  There are 10 floor plans from which to choose some of which offer dens and plenty of room to move.  Following are the selected floor plans:
Prices average about $600 per square foot with list prices falling between the mid to upper-$600s and well over $1 million.  Penthouse properties will be offered with list prices higher possibly topping $3 million.


The planned schedule for deposits is:
  • 10% at Reservation
  • 10% at Contract (or balance of 20%)
  • 10% at Groundbreaking
  • 10% at 9th floor
  • 10% at Top-off
  • 50% at closing

Luxury at Its Finest
SLS LUX represents luxury at its finest.  This property is, without a doubt, a continuation of its SLS sister properties in Miami and maybe even one step further.  Because SLS Brickell sold out within a month of launching reservations, SLS LUX seems to show that it may do the same. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Centro Lofts Miami

There are a lot of condominiums under construction and even more in the works in Downtown Miami and the surrounding neighborhoods right now.  Each has its own architectural flavor that adds to the Miami skyline and appeals to different buyers who want to experience living in Miami.

Centro Lofts epitomizes today’s urban life in one of the most exciting tropical cities in the world.  Officially under construction and set to be completed in late 2015, the 36-story, 352-unit project is an edgy, new Downtown Miami condominium project with loft loft-style residences and a vibe that is unlike any other in the city – in the entire southern quarter of the US.

People Bringing the Ideas to Life
The people bringing the ideas to life include some of the development world’s most innovative developers, architects and designers.  Newgard Development Group is the genius behind wanting to develop Centro and has partnered with Seiger Suarez Architects and forward-thinking designer Yves Behar to create one of the most urban-influenced condominiums.  One of the other major condominiums for which they are involved is Brickell House.   

Location of Centro Lofts Miami
Centro is located in the heart of Downtown Miami at 151 SE 1st St Miami, FL where residents who want an urban pedestrian-friendly lifestyle in the center of everything.  Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Bayfront Amphitheatre, and the American Airlines Arena are all within a short walk in addition to the upcoming Museum Park, Brickell, and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. restaurants, shopping, and the beautiful Bayfront Park and Biscayne Bay.  On top of this, the major transportation hubs of Miami are less than 15 minutes from Centro.     

car2Go – Miami’s Only Hub
Centro Lofts is the first designated car2go hub in Miami.  car2go is a new approach to metro transportation where customers have access to vehicles via a mobile app or internet to use to simply reserve it, drive it and park it.  With 240 vehicles set to be available at the company’s newest hub, car2go Miami will be the eighth US city to jump on board with this innovative idea of transportation.  There is no need to own a vehicle when living at Centro – when residents want to go anywhere that is a bit far to walk, car2go is a great way to go.

Centro Lofts Amenities
Just as anyone would imagine, a property like Centro is going to have the coolest amenities and with Yves Behar designing the interiors, the plans go all out.  Not only does it have the first dedicated hub of car2go in Miami, the plans show a condominium that is sustainable and environmentally conscious.  Community amenities include:
  • Triple-height lobby entrance
  • 24-hour reception desk
  • Full-service valet parking
  • Ground floor Anchor restaurant
  • Secured key-fob entry access
  • High-speed controlled elevators
  • Outdoor pet area with secure, access controlled entry/exit
  • Two-story Penthouse recreation area
  • Fully equipped fitness center with spa
  • Skyline residents lounge
  • Resort style pool with panoramic city and Bay views

As for residence amenities, the plans show that each residence has a loft design with dramatic effects that give Centro its contemporary style – think high ceilings and open living areas.  Several of the amenities include:
  • 10-foot exposed elevated ceilings
  • Floor to ceiling energy-efficient and sound-reducing windows
  • Concrete flooring
  • Oversized closets
  • Custom kitchen and bathroom fixtures with modern flair and design
  • Stainless-steel appliances that are energy-smart
  • Stone counter tops and back splashes
  • Italian kitchen and bathroom cabinetry
  • Separate showers and soaking tubs in select units
  • High-efficiency air conditioning

Centro Lofts Real Estate
Even with so many options and amenities, the idea behind Centro is to make them more affordable so that they appeal to the type of buyers who want to live in the center of all of the action for which Miami is known. 

Construction is tentatively slated to be complete by the end of next year – 2015.  The most recent photos show that they have gone up three floors with construction so far.  At this point, there are currently 10 units listed for sale with list prices between the upper-$200s and upper-$400s for one and two-bedroom lofts.  Centro is perfect for first-time buyers as well as investors in the market for Downtown rental properties.

A New Twist to Miami Real Estate
Without a doubt, Centro Lofts Miami offers a new twist to Miami real estate to bring a contemporary element to what is considered one of the most exciting cities in the country or world.  Buying at Centro Lofts is the perfect opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new idea which will become more prevalent throughout the area. 

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