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The oldest and most iconic buildings in Miami

Thursday, June 15, 2017
By Clarissa Buch

Think of your favorite city, and an old iconic structure probably comes to miami. There's the Empire State Building in New York, the White House in D.C., the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Because Miami is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America, it's hard to nail down just one building to define it. That's why we gathered eight historical sites that, as Will Smith puts it, say, "Welcome to Miami" — or ¡Bienvenidos a Miami! — best.

8: The standard spa

In the early 1950s, the Standard was known as the Monterrey Motel, and in the '60s, it became the Lido Spa Hotel. It attracted the hippest residents and tourists and boasted a swank nightclub that added to Miami's growing club scene. The Standard took control of the Lido in 2004 and reopened in 2006. And though the space has changed throughout the years, HistoryMiami's Paul George says the Standard "remains one of the most wonderful, funky hotels today."

7: William Wagner House

The oldest home standing in Miami-Dade County, the William Wagner house is believed to have been built in the mid-1850s, representing Miami's homesteading era. Wagner was one of the city's first permanent residents, actively involved in political and community affairs. He was also responsible for establishing the city's first Catholic church in 1875. In 1979, the building was relocated to Miami's Lummus Park, and today the structure is the only known house remaining from the city's antebellum era.

6: Miami-Dade County Courthouse

It's difficult to imagine the Magic City before the dozens of skyscrapers that dot the skyline. In 1904, the Miami-Dade County Courthouse was the tallest structure in the county — as well as the tallest building south of Baltimore. Two decades later, in 1925, a new building was erected in the same location to accommodate Miami's growing population. The 27-story structure was designed by Atlanta architect A. Ten Eyck Brown, who designed many courthouses throughout the South. The tower also housed the city's jail until it closed in 1961. Today the building is still used as the main civil courthouse for the county.

5: The Tower Theater

In the early 1920s, the Tower Theater was the place to catch an evening flick. One of the first and finest theaters in the South during its time, the Tower Theater is one of Miami's oldest cultural landmarks. In the early 1960s, when many Cuban refugees fled to the States, the theater served as a first look at modern American culture. With the influx of Cuban-Americans, the theater added English-language films with Spanish subtitles and later Spanish-language films. The theater closed to the public in 1984, and in 2002, the City of Miami gave Miami Dade College rights to manage Tower's theater operations. Now the space hosts cultural performances, educational talks, and English- and Spanish-language films.

4: Miami River Inn

A cluster of pastel wood-frame houses built in 1908 is considered to be Miami's longest continuously operated hotel. Situated in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, the structures have stood in East Little Havana for more than a century. Originally built as a Victorian boarding house, the property has recently been restored and is now occupied by Roam, a co-living space.

3: The freedom Tower

Walk through downtown Miami any given day, and the Freedom Tower is hard to miss. The 17-story vintage yellow building, which is illuminated in various colors at night, was built in 1925 during a real-estate bubble. In the 1960s, it served as a safe haven for Cuban refugees to seek assistance. The building was named the Freedom Tower because of the many Cubans who shuffled through the it in a span of about ten years. Now the space is known for hosting local arts and culture because it houses Miami Dade College's Museum of Art + Design and offices for the Miami International Film Festival.

2: The Olimpia Theather at the Gusman Center

The Olympia Theater celebrated its 90th birthday this year. The space looks to have many more years ahead of it. The theater was built in 1926 by Paramount, giving the Olympia an immediate connection to the film industry. "John Eberson, who designed it, built the theater to accommodate vaudeville as well as film — so live entertainment has been with us since the beginning as well,” Robert Geitner, executive director of the Olympia Theater, told New Times in February. Throughout the year, the downtown Miami space offers specialty screenings, premieres, and its Recent Cinema From Spain film series; it's also one of the hosts of the Miami International Film Festival. There are concerts and live entertainment as well, with musicians such as Kraftwerk, Jesus & Mary Chain, Sufjan Stevens, and Damien Rice having performed on its stage in the past year.

1: The Biltmore Hotel

In the early '20s and '30s, the Biltmore Hotel was frequented by celebrities, socialites, royalty, and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Glitz and glamour aside, the Coral Gables building has a spooky past thanks to the murder of gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh and the temporary repurposing of the Biltmore as a military hospital during World War II. Despite its rumored ghosts, the hotel is still one of the most sought-after destinations in South Florida. Every Sunday, the hotel's lavish courtyard hosts one of the finest brunch soirees in town. But if creepy stories are your thing, the Biltmore offers walking tours that touch on its mysterious past.

Source: Miami New Times


High-end luxury homes all the rage in Miami

Thursday, June 08, 2017

High-end luxury homes all the rage in Miami

Property developer Gil Dezer owns 29 cars. And he plans to admire some of them from his couch in a swank Miami high-rise building, with the ocean in the background.

Yes, Mr Dezer is planning to park the cars IN his apartment.

Miami's 60-floor Porsche Design Tower - the first of its kind in the world - has glass-enclosed elevators that bring sports cars up to the plush homes of their owners.

The residential skyscraper, which has 132 units and opened in March, is the latest of several super-luxury buildings dotting the Miami coastline.

"Why wouldn't you have a Porsche?" asked the 42-year-old Mr Dezer, who developed the project at the request of the German automaker.

Of course, if you paid between US$5.5 million and US$33 million for your apartment, chances are you own a Porsche.

The tower, which was designed by the Sieger Suarez architectural firm, is located on Sunny Isles Beach, a barrier island off Miami.

The apartments include balcony pools, all with a glorious view of Miami Bay, high above the pristine sands.

But the building's signature feature is of course the three US$40 million "Dezervators" - named for the developer - that lift the vehicles of the billionaire tenants into their living rooms.

"If you love your car and you see it as a piece of art... this is the kind of place you're going to want," said Mr Dezer, who also played a role in the rise of Trump Palace and Trump Royale on Sunny Isles.

"Instead of hanging your art on the wall, you have your art right behind your glass divider in your living room."

How about a private island?

Tennis courts, saunas, gyms - those amenities are banal by Miami standards. In the southern Florida city's uber-luxurious market, "Dezervators" are the kind of thing needed to impress the super-rich.

From the balconies of Porsche Design Tower, you can see the twin 16-story towers of Prive, also designed by Sieger Suarez. The complex is located on a private island connected to the mainland by a members-only bridge.

How much will it cost? A cool US$2-8 million.

At The Grove at Grand Bay, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, two 20-story glass towers twist up into the sky with views over the waters of Coconut Grove.

The towers have rooftop pools - and a pet spa.

'All about flash'

"Generally if you're going to do anything wild and crazy, Miami's the place to do it," Mr Dezer said.

"This was a test bed for us, and the market here was always very good for new things." Florida has a history of zany investments.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, clever developers seduced millionaires with exotic proposals to invest in the mosquito-ridden swamp area.

Some of the earliest Florida developments were made by people like oil and railway magnate Henry Flagler, and railroad millionaire Henry Plant.

They entered the Sunshine State's real estate and tourism market "by trying to attract as many of their fellow millionaires that they could," said Craig Pittman, author of "Oh, Florida!" a book about the state's eccentricities.

Since then, Miami has been defined by the flashy and ostentatious, people "who want to say, 'Yes, I have a lot of money, and look at all of my possessions'," Mr Pittman told AFP.

He added: "Miami really is all about flash. The nickname is Magic City. You can't get much flashier than that."

A prime pop culture example is the 1983 movie "Scarface", starring Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant who becomes a millionaire drug lord.

The film "was all about the ostentatious use of ill-gotten wealth, and what happens to you when you do that," Mr Pittman said.

"People don't see that as a cautionary tale. They see that as something to emulate."

Miami's not-so-secret secret is that it is a safe haven for foreign investments - sometimes shady foreign money.

In early May, federal police in Brazil launched a money laundering probe linked to the real estate market in Miami. The investigation was named "Operation Miami Connection."

Safe investments

More than half - 54 per cent - of Miami foreign real estate buyers come from Latin America, according to the National Association of Realtors. Another 18 per cent are Europeans and 13 per cent Canadians.

A closer look at the figures show that Canadians were the top buyers of luxury apartments in 2016, followed by Venezuelans and Brazilians.

"When people feel like they want to put money into a secure investment, they think of the luxury apartment market in Miami and Miami Beach," said John Stuart, a professor at Florida International University's College of Architecture + The Arts.

The south Florida real estate market lost steam in 2016 due to the US presidential campaign, but experts predict it will stabilise this year.

"Pricing is adjusting to reflect more supply on the market," said Antoine Charvet, corporate communications director at Integra Realty Resources.

But for Mr Dezer, the Miami luxury market is in a world of its own, immune to market ups and downs.

For Mr Charvet, south Florida is "the French Riviera of the eastern United States, and Miami is Monaco."

Source: The Business Times


Gorgeous furnished townhomes in Nicaragua

Thursday, May 25, 2017

12 Exclusive Townhomes fully equipped and furnished
located in Nicaragua

Residencial Oasis was born from the vision of Arvil S.A. In building an urban complex where quality of life, harmony and tranquility are a priority. Residential Oasis offers the opportunity to create a home in a safe and top quality environment where modern and classic elements are combined to make this complex the ideal residence.

Contact me for more information.


International millennial buyers are eyeing Miami luxury real estate: AREAA panel

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recent studies and surveys have shown that most millennials cannot afford to buy a home in major U.S. real estate markets, let alone a pricey condo in a luxury tower in Miami.

Yet, real estate experts who participated in the Asian Real Estate Association of America 2017 Global Luxury Summit this past weekend claim a small, high net-worth segment of the coveted demographic are increasingly shopping for homes in South Florida.

Karen Chau, Asia general manager for real estate tech company Investorist, told attendees at the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell that Chinese millennials are bullish on real estate. A recent study by HSBC found that nearly 70 percent of young adults in China are already homeowners.

“Many buyers in China are millennials who have been educated in the U.S. and have gone back to China to further careers but still consider U.S. real estate a desirable and sound investment,” Chau said.

During a panel discussion on millennials and luxury real estate, Coldwell Banker’s The Jills sales associate Danny Hertzberg said he’s had success with young entrepreneurial buyers looking to acquire luxury properties in Miami. “They are in their mid-twenties to early thirties and come from a start-up, tech background,” Hertzberg said. “And they are expecting a very high standard from the brokers they hire.”

Hertzberg said millennial clients he has worked with are proactive buyers who conduct listing searches on their own, as well as compile market data on neighborhoods where they want to buy. “They have done their due diligence on everything,” he said. “That means you have to come in with more. They want someone who can add value and not someone who just comes with a bunch of listings.”

Panelist John Jones, a private mortgage banking and area sales manager for Wells Fargo, said roughly 54 percent of millennials who seek home financing are college-educated women. “Lenders have to differentiate themselves by customizing the types of products they are offering,” Jones said. “For instance, they want to know what different payment options are available. They want to know how they can maximize their home ownership.”

Hertzberg added that real estate experts must have a savvy social media strategy to interact successfully with millennial buyers. “Their worlds have shifted to Instagram,” he said. “International luxury millennials may not have a Facebook account, but they certainly have Instagram, which is something everyone should put their energy into. After all, real estate is all about images and video.”

This was the first year that the association, known by its acronym AREAA, hosted its annual global summit in Miami. More than 700 real estate professionals attended the three-day event.

“Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to Miami’s local community that is interested in servicing the Asian American market,” said AREAA Greater Miami chapter president Jesse Ottley. “I think in the next 10 years, we will see a shift in Miami, and a big part of that will be the influence of Asian investors settling down here.”

Source: The Real Deal


Grove at Grand Bay... Where luxury meets the sky

Thursday, April 06, 2017




3 Bedrooms + Den | 4 Full Baths | 1 Half Bath | 2,095 SF | List Price $2.7M

Live in a unique luxurious complex Grove at Grand Bay. This twisting dancing glass tower with private elevator has 3 bedrooms+ den, 4.5 bathrooms and 12-foot ceilings. All bedrooms have bay views. Amazing 700 SF balcony with electric grill and refrigerator. Gourmet kitchen with Quartz counter tops and Miele appliances including wine cooler, espresso maker and gas stove. Amenities include rooftop pool, butler and pet services. Offered for sale and for rent: $10,500 per month, with furniture $11,000.


3 Bedrooms + Den | 3 Full Baths | 1 Half Bath | 2,036 SF | Rental Price $11K/month

High end luxury living in the heart of Coconut Grove, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths unit with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Amazing 700 sq ft balcony with electric grill & refrigerator. Gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, private elevator. Amenities include roof top pool, exercise room and sauna. Ready to move in. Live the South Florida lifestyle in Coconut Grove’s newest and most luxurious condominium. Creativity and design have been set free in this unparalleled haven.


  • pools for all residents, including two rooftop
  • pools where you can enjoy a sunrise coffee or
  • sunset glass of wine
  • Private elevator to each home
  • 2,500 sf fitness center
  • 1,700 foot spa with private treatment rooms
  • Parking with choice of valet or self-parking in a
  • private two-car garage
  • Children’s playground
  • Private dining room
  • Club room
  • Library
  • Resident’s lounge
  • Area for teens
  • Children’s area
  • Pet spa
  • Curator-maintained art gallery on site.
  • Support personnel: a full-time concierge


Investment options in Nicaragua

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tags:  Investment options in Nicaragua

12 Exclusive Townhomes fully equipped and furnished
located in Nicaragua

Residencial Oasis was born from the vision of Arvil S.A. In building an urban complex where quality of life, harmony and tranquility are a priority. Residential Oasis offers the opportunity to create a home in a safe and top quality environment where modern and classic elements are combined to make this complex the ideal residence.

Anti-seismic construction system, insulated roof, acoustic thermal walls, ceramic floors and European cabinetry with impact retainers, polarized windows and so much more...

Contact me for more information.


DRASTICALLY REDUCED! Gorgeous Units For Sale And Rent At The Magnificent Grove At Grand Bay

Friday, March 03, 2017

Tags:  Investment options in Nicaragua

UNIT 602 - N
3 beds | 4.5 baths | 2,095 SqFt

Also available for rent:

UNIT 702 - N
3 beds | 3.5 baths | 2,036 SqFt

Live in a unique luxurious complex "Grove at Grand Bay". This twisting dancing glass tower with private elevator has 3 bedrooms+ den and 4.5 bathrooms. All apartment has bay views. Amazing balcony with 700 SF with electric grill and refrigerator. Gourmet kitchen with Quartz counter tops and Miele appliances including wine cooler, espresso maker and gas stove.

Signature Property Features

  • Fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Three-acres site with 320 feet of frontage on historic Bayshore Drive
  • Exclusive rooftop deck with infinity pool and private cabanas
  • On-site chef
  • Butler services
  • Concierge services
  • 24-hour security
  • Gated and controlled access
  • Well-appointed lobby
  • Pet catering services including pet spa

Residence Features

  • Twelve foot wide private terraces
  • Other residence types have two designated parking spaces in the garage
  • Private elevators in each residence
  • Twelve foot high ceilings
  • Gas ranges in the kitchen
  • Electric ranges in the summer kitchen on the terrace
  • Floor to ceiling glass windows
  • Service elevators


7 Challenges That Will Make You More Successful

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tags:  Investment options in Nicaragua

7 Challenges That Will Make You More Successful

By Dr. Travis Bradberry

It’s truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.

Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people back.

Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania has studied this phenomenon more than anyone else has, and he’s found that success in life is driven by one critical distinction—whether you believe that your failures are produced by personal deficits beyond your control or that they are mistakes you can fix with effort.

Success isn’t the only thing determined by your mindset. Seligman has found much higher rates of depression in people who attribute their failures to personal deficits. Optimists fare better; they treat failure as learning experiences and believe they can do better in the future.

This success mindset requires emotional intelligence (EQ), and it’s no wonder that, among the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested, 90% of top performers have high EQs.

Maintaining the success mindset isn’t easy. There are seven things, in particular, that tend to shatter it. These challenges drag people down because they appear to be barriers that cannot be overcome. Not so for successful people, as these challenges never hold them back.

1. Age. Age really is just a number. Successful people don’t let their age define who they are and what they are capable of. Just ask Betty White or any young, thriving entrepreneur. I remember a professor in graduate school who told our class that we were all too young and inexperienced to do consulting work. He said we had to go work for another company for several years before we could hope to succeed as independent consultants. I was the youngest person in the class, and I sat there doing work for my consulting clients while he droned on. Without fail, people feel compelled to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do because of your age. Don’t listen to them. Successful people certainly don’t. They follow their heart and allow their passion—not the body they’re living in—to be their guide.

They follow their heart and allow their passion—not the body they’re living in—to be their guide.

2. Negativity. Life won’t always go the way you want it to, but when it comes down to it, you have the same 24 hours in the day as everyone else does. Successful people make their time count. Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, they reflect on everything they have to be grateful for. Then they find the best solution available, tackle the problem, and move on.

When the negativity comes from someone else, successful people avoid it by setting limits and distancing themselves from it. Think of it this way:

If the complainer were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke?

Of course not. You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with all negative people.

A great way to stop complainers in their tracks is to ask them how they intend to fix the problem they’re complaining about. They will either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.

3. Toxic people. Successful people believe in a simple notion: you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Just think about it—some of the most successful companies in recent history were founded by brilliant pairs. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple lived in the same neighborhood, Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft met in prep school, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google met at Stanford.

Just as great people help you to reach your full potential, toxic people drag you right down with them. Whether it's negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people create stress and strife that should be avoided at all costs.

If you’re unhappy with where you are in your life, just take a look around. More often than not, the people you’ve surrounded yourself with are the root of your problems.

You’ll never reach your peak until you surround yourself with the right people.

4. What other people think. When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own destiny. While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to hold up your accomplishments to anyone else’s, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within.

Successful people know that caring about what other people think is a waste of time and energy. When successful people feel good about something that they’ve done, they don’t let anyone’s opinions take that away from them.

No matter what other people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain—you’re never as good or bad as they say you are.

5. Fear. Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination. Danger is real. It’s the uncomfortable rush of adrenaline you get when you almost step in front of a bus. Fear is a choice. Successful people know this better than anyone does, so they flip fear on its head. They are addicted to the euphoric feeling they get from conquering their fears.

Don’t ever hold back in life just because you feel scared. I often hear people say, ”What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Will it kill you?“ Yet, death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you...

The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while you’re still alive.

6. The past or the future. Like fear, the past and the future are products of your mind. No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future. Successful people know this, and they focus on living in the present moment. It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re constantly somewhere else, unable to fully embrace the reality (good or bad) of this very moment.

To live in the moment, you must do two things:

1) Accept your past. If you don’t make peace with your past, it will never leave you and it will create your future. Successful people know the only good time to look at the past is to see how far you’ve come.

2) Accept the uncertainty of the future, and don’t place unnecessary expectations upon yourself. Worry has no place in the here and now. As Mark Twain once said,

Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.

7. The state of the world. Keep your eyes on the news for any length of time and you’ll see it’s just one endless cycle of war, violent attacks, fragile economies, failing companies, and environmental disasters. It’s easy to think the world is headed downhill fast.

And who knows? Maybe it is. But successful people don’t worry about that because they don’t get caught up in things they can’t control. Instead, they focus their energy on directing the two things that are completely within their power—their attention and their effort.

They focus their attention on all the things they’re grateful for, and they look for the good that’s happening in the world. They focus their effort on doing what they can every single day to improve their own lives and the world around them, because these small steps are all it takes to make the world a better place.

They focus their effort on doing what they can every single day to improve their own lives and the world around them...

Bringing It All Together

Your success is driven by your mindset. With discipline and focus, you can ensure that these seven obstacles never hold you back from reaching your full potential.


Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder ofTalentSmart® the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries.

Dr. Bradberry is a LinkedIn Influencer and a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The World Economic Forum, and The Huffington Post. He has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, andThe Harvard Business Review.

(as published on Entrepreneur Magazine)


Live in a unique luxurious complex

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Tags:  Investment options in Nicaragua


This unique ultra modern unit with private elevator has 3 bedrooms + den and 4.5 bathrooms. Bay views throughout unit. Huge balcony approx 650 SqFt. Kitchen features electric range, refrigerator, gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops. Miele appliances including winer cooler and expresso maker.


  • State of the art fully equipped fitness Center overlooking the pool deck
  • Three acres site with 320 feet of frontage on historic Bayshore Drive
  • Exclusive rooftop amenities deck with infinity pool and private cabanas overlooking dramatic Biscayne Bay and Coconut Grove skyline.
  • On-site chef
  • Butler services
  • 24-hour security and controlled access


Aston Martin Plans First-Ever Residences in Miami

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tags:  Investment options in Nicaragua

Aston Martin Plans First-Ever Residences in Miami

Aston Martin’s first-ever foray into the real estate market kicks off with the Aston Martin Residences, a 66-story waterfront tower in downtown Miami, which will be helmed by developer German Coto, CEO of G and G Business Developments. Equipped with around 390 condominiums, the sail-shaped tower will be designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Mian Anger and offer views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.

Aston Martin’s design team will oversee the tower’s interior spaces, which include a two-story fitness center with ocean views, two exclusive lobbies, and a full-service spa. In addition to seven penthouses and a duplex penthouse (each with private pools and picturesque terraces), the tower will feature one- to four-bedroom condominiums. Other highlights include an infinity pool on the 55th floor and a private yacht marina. The project breaks ground in summer 2017 and is set to open in 2021. (

Source: Robb Report


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