Omega, the luxury watch brand, is celebrating the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, which began today, by dressing up their store in the Miami Design District and scattering big Olympic-themed kchotchkies around the neighborhood. One of those is a diorama-like display near the shape of a giant fake pool meant to be an ode to Olympic swimming. Out in the sweltering Miami heat, without water, is it just a big blue tease?
Condo king Jorge Perez, CEO of the Related Group, has listed his longtime home in Coconut Grove, a waterfront villa with over 10,000 square feet of space, for a whopping $33 million. Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the listing has now officially hit the MLS along with photos of the exterior and interior of the house. Ever wonder how the guy who built half the condos in Miami actually lives? Well, check it out.
The estate at 41 Arvida Parkway in Gables Estates is currently the most expensive listing on the market in Miami-Dade County. Located on a primo corner lot abutting Biscayne Bay and a canal, the $54.9 million property has, shall we say, a very sort of unique look to it, and has been on the market for almost a year, listed by the well-known and frankly quite preeminent, for better or worse, The Jills Zeder Group.
A richly illustrated and photographed new book on Cuban modernist architecture by Victor Deupi and Jean-Francois Lejeune, both professors at the University of Miami, is a comprehensive survey of an architectural era, which until now has remained largely hidden from view. For several decades on the cusp of the Cuban Revolution, both before and after the event, modern architecture thrived in Cuba.
The Dade Commonwealth Building, built in Miami's halcyon 1920s, the year 1927 to be exact, has stood the test of time. Its unique rooftop crenelation, according to historical lore, was due to a hurricane that hit during construction, slicing the building at the eighth floor and causing the builders to just leave it there. Now it's on the market, according to a listing at Loopnet, for a total of $21 million, with permits approved for its demolition with the exception of the first three stories of the facade.
Designed by its owners, husband-and-wife architectural team Derek and Lisa Vander Ploeg, this 4,800 square foot Boca Raton house was inspired by the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Although they skipped some of the more ornery aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, like how he had a habit of custom-designing everything from the building, to the furniture inside it, and even sometimes the silverware, the house still oozes with Wrightian details.
The top penthouse at the Mansions at Acqualina, part of the decadent Acqualina resort that's so popular with Russian oligarchs and their mistresses, has sold for a whopping $27 million. According to a publicist, that makes it the third most expensive condo sale in Miami-Dade County, ever.
A unique single-family-house-cum-industrial-loft-esque listing in South Beach, just off Lincoln Road, which has bounced on and off the market since 2017, with successively lower and lower prices, is back, this time asking $2,250,000. That's only $250,000 more than the owner paid for the place, way back in 2013.
This over-the-top technicolor wonder has everything, or at least the current owners probably think it does. They've obviously poured a lot of love into the place, a certain amount of money into it, and whatever modicum of taste they have. Located on quite a nice lot in Lighthouse Point, with canals on two sides, the house is awash in color and full of kooky nicknacks. Want a fake fireplace with painted-on flames? Check! A turquoise, lavender, and pink wrap-around deck? They've got that too. Tacky sculptures of every imaginable kind? Don't bother going to the flea market, because they're all here.
A spectacular piece of land jutting out into the Bal Harbour Marina, which was the location of the Bal Harbour Yacht Club and was listed less than four months ago for a whopping $65 million, is apparently under contract, according to a note on the website of its broker, Douglas Elliman. Although the pending sale is not yet being promoted by either the P.R. teams of Elliman, seller's agent Tony Imbesi, or the seller himself (and Tony's dad) Joseph Imbesi, if the listing price was achieved, it will be the newest record for the highest-priced single-family residential sale ever in Miami-Dade County.
Adam Newmann, the long-haired, Kabbalah-following, enigmatic, and egotistical false prophet of WeWork, who was ousted from the company with a severance package that made him a billionaire, has just bought two prime pieces of Bal Harbour real estate for $44 million. Located next to the $65 million peninsula of land where the Bal Harbour Yacht Club used to be, these two properties were purchased from the same investor, Joseph Imbesi, who is parceling off the grand old club's formal landholdings and carefully selling them off.
This monolithic three-story concrete bunker-like building, jazzed up with a contemporary wedge-shaped entrance and a scattering of random windows along the facade, is actually a luxurious private parking garage designed to hold a collection of fifty cars. Located at 3070 SW 38th Court, the 12,354 square foot structure, which also contains an office, a lounge area, and an expansive roof deck, has recently been sold for $4.7 million.
A few days after the Big Bubble covered the sale of Brickell Flatiron Park, from the developers of the Brickell Flatiron tower behind it to a new, and as yet undisclosed, contingent of investors, the Miami Herald posted their coverage of the sale. In that Herald article, the Big Bubble's concern that the park could be fully developed over, turning what is one of Brickell's few green spaces into a retail development, seems like it may be answered.