• The Miami River Project October 10, 2015
    Miami River Project

    Miami River Project

    The Miami River Project directly on the river. Recently a few new residential and mixed use projects have been announced indicating that the Miami River is transitioning into a trendy residential and commercial area.  An area that once nobody was interested in is now one of Miami hottest commodities with prices soaring.

    One of the largest projects announced is the Miami River Project, which I’ve mentioned in a recent newsletter. The project will consist of 4-million Square Feet featuring:

    • 2- 60 story towers
    • 1,678 residential units
    • 330 hotel rooms
    • 176,350 Sq.Ft of commercial space
    • 66,000 Sq.Ft of offices

    Imagine living in an ultra luxury tower and having access to your residence by means of a Biometric security system, now you can at One River Point.

    One River Point – The Twin Tower project at the Miami River will be spectacular.

    It will be the first residential tower within the project. The project’s two 60-story towers will be designed by internationally known architect Rafael Viñoly.

    The ultra luxury towers were just granted approval and will feature a Biometric security system –

    What will make One River Point unique is the high-tech security features that appeal to those who come from countries where robberies and kidnappings are more common, the developer disclosed it to the Miami Herald, recently in an interview. The elevators will be equipped with biometric scanners that will take residents to their floor after confirming their identity by scanning their faces. Sensors will track the location of employees working in the building, who will be required to carry radio-equipped key cards at all times. The building will also have a dedicated, 24-hour security room, along with vaults where residents can store art and other valuables.

    This is pretty special making the units amongst the most expensive in downtown Miami, with prices starting at $850 per square foot. A total of 350 units will be offered at prices that start at $850,000 and go up to $12 million.

    Amenities will include a robotic parking garage, private elevator landings, private club with a media room and cigar lounge, poolside café and butler service and more.

    The Miami River Project is one to keep your eyes on.

    Read more on the history of the Miami River The Miami River History here.

    For more details on this special project call me directly 305-951-3588.

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  • Miami Points of Interest September 3, 2015

    Miami Points of Interest:

    Miami and its beaches – Miami is best known for its beaches and tropical weather. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy our world renowned vacation destination.

    PortMiami is Miami-Dade County’s second most important economic engine contributing $27 billion annually to the local economy. It is recognized as the Cargo Gateway of the Americas.

    PortMiami is also known worldwide as the Cruise Capitol of the World, welcoming more cruise passengers to its terminals than any other port in the world.

    Miami International Airport continues to grow with record setting numbers this past year, with more than 40.9 million in 2014, an increase of nearly 380,000 from the year before. Last year was the fifth record-breaking year in a row for MIA!

    Miami International Airport services 141 non-stop destinations a key to Tourism, business and Real Estate.

    Miami Health District is already the second-largest health district in the United States.

    The University of Miami is a private university located in Coral Gables. The university enrolls over 16,000 students from around the world.

    The University comprises 11 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. In 2014, for the sixth year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked UM among the top 50 universities in the country in its “Best Colleges” listings. U.S. News also cites several of its programs in “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

    Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the nation. With seven campuses, two centers and more than 165,000 students from across the world, the College offers over 300 programs of study. One of their main locations in Downtown Miami is one of the most popular with students.

    International Business: 39 International Banks, $120.49 billion total trade, $67.93 total export, $52.56 billion total import.

    International Organizations: 73 Consulates, 42 Bi-National Chambers of Commerce, 21 Trade Offices.

  • The New Miami August 25, 2015

    The New Miami is here! Miami, known as the American Riviera is attracting the wealthy from every part of the world.

    According to the Knight-Frank survey of cities that are most important to high-net-worth individuals, Miami ranks sixth in the world, compared to a seventh place ranking in 2014. In the western hemisphere, only New York ranks higher.

    Miami is also now ‘firmly on the radar’ of wealthy investors from mainland China.
    Here are some of the cities ranked in the survey for 2015:

    1. London
    2. New York
    3. Hong Kong
    4. Singapore
    5. Shanghai
    6. Miami

    Did you know that more private jets fly between Miami and New York than any other route in the country?

    According to another study by Knight-Frank 2015 wealth report shows Miami to New York being the busiest route for private jet traffic in the country!

    The study, which cites data from NetJets and other sources, lists the route as the second busiest in the world in 2013. Only Moscow to Nice was higher, although that route has likely seen a drop in traffic this year due to the Russian economic crisis.

    Studies have also shown that there are more passengers on commercial flights between the Miami and New York metropolitan areas than any other route in the country.
    Private top ten routes include:

    1. Moscow to Nice
    2. Miami to New York
    3. New York to Los Angeles
    4. London to New York

    Last but not least Downtown Miami’s transformation has caught the attention of USA Today!

    The article notes how Downtown Miami has gone from boom to bust to boom again, with the population more than doubling in recent years. Local historian Paul George is quoted as saying that Downtown Miami is in the middle of a ‘complete turnaround,’ and that we are witnessing a ‘monster transformation.’

    The report also notes that the number of downtown restaurants has doubled, along with new museums, hotels, retail centers and other projects that have recently opened or are under construction.

    If you want to know more about Miami and our wonderful areas, contact me, I’ve lived in Miami all my life, who better to guide you 305-951-3588.

  • Canvas Miami Residences March 28, 2015


    Canvas Miami Residences pre-construction in the Arts and Entertainment District.  The Arts and Entertainment District connecting the Wynwood Arts District and Design District to Downtown Miami is now emerging.

    The two residential buildings West of NE 2nd Ave and 17th Street are Parc Lofts Condominiums and The Filling Station Rental Community, now renting for $ 2400+ sizes ranging from 900 – 1400 square feet lofts.

    NR Investments also part of The Filling Station, is the developer for  “Canvas” which is already selling well at attractive prices. Located at 1630 NE 1st Avenue, this project will consist of 37-stories, 513 units at an average of $ 450 per square feet. Units range from 620 sqft studios to 1110 sqft two bedrooms/two baths units. All residences feature 9 foot glass from floor to ceiling, with European design kitchens and bathrooms, finished flooring throughout the apartment, delivered ready for move in.

    One block South of the metromover makes getting around easy. From this enviable location, Canvas  residents can enjoy immediate access to the neighboring Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Arts & Science Museums, the Miami World Resort, theMiami Design District and the Wynwood and Midtown area for shopping and entertainment along with a myriad of dining options and boutiques. Within just 10 minutes one can be enjoying the pristine beaches of Miami Beach, all of Brickell’s financial district, and quick access to Miami International Airport.

    The Canvas Miami Residences team includes CFE Architects known for their work at Grove Isles amongst others and Roman Jones of the Opium Group taking care of the dining and entertainment.


    • Sunset/Sunrise pools accentuated by wooden benches and lush gardens
    • Recreation spaces designed for tranquility
    • Modern high tech gym tranquil meditation garden
    • Pet play area sauna & steam room modern game room
    • Cinema room indoor & outdoor lounge
    • BBQ enclave raquetball court


    • Expansive pool decks
    • State of the art fully equipped fitness center 24-hour valet parking
    • 24 hour attended security services high speed internet access business center
    • Maintenance 0.60-.70 cents per sq.ft.


    • 5 unit types
    • Countless views
    • Each residence offers 5-7″ wide private terraces
    • Tinted, impact resistant, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and windows
    • Advanced technology “smart building” pre-wire with fiber optics for high speed internet, data/voice cable tv access
    • Modern design cabinetry in kitchen and bathrooms
    Studio 620 SF | 57.59 m2
    A1 | 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom 800 SF | 74.32 m2
    A2 | 1 Bedroom + Den / 1.5 Bathroom 910 SF | 84.54 m2
    B1 | 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom 940 SF | 84.54 m2
    B2 | 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom 1110 SF | 103.1 m2
    This is an affordable development, best priced in the Arts and Entertainment district and its immediate surrounding. Great to make it your primary residence or for investments. Rental prices are soaring and there is a high demand for housing. Many young professionals are moving to the area and as Miami grows the area will grow along with it.
    For more information call now 305-951-3588.
  • Downtown Miami ePrix In Full Speed March 24, 2015 Downtown Miami ePrix In Full Speed


    Downtown Miami ePrix in full speed this weekend during the Formula E Miami ePrix Race. Biscayne Boulevard was transformed into an electric car speedway.

    Twenty Thousand spectators filled the streets of Downtown Miami to watch the Miami ePrix in the making. Some of the best seats in the house were literally in the house where residents from Marina Blue, 900 Biscayne Bay, 10 Museum, and The Marquis watched from their residential balconies.

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    There were 10 teams competing each with four cars and a total of 39 laps. The top three winners were:

    Nico Prost of the e.dams-Renault Team
    Scott Speed of the Andretti Team (the only American in the field)
    Daniel Abt of the Audi Sport ABT Team

    Marco Andretti was looking forward to the Miami ePrix, describing the US setting as “no better city for a race”.

    The Miami ePrix was seen live in the states on Fox Sports 2. It was wonderful for Miami, another great way to show everyone all that Miami has to offer. They had live shots from all over town, the warm weather, the cars, the speeds, it was exhilarating.

    It attracted many well known celebrities, media personalities, and executives. One seen and speaking to the media was Sir Richard Branson who joined the Virgin Racing Team in the paddock. Branson stated “It has been a privilege to be here today with the team to see the backstage action, the working of the garage and to support the drivers. This has been a great day all round even without finishing on the podium and Miami has been such a great venue for this ePrix.” Branson, founder of the Virgin Group compromises more than 400 companies, including Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic .
    The Miami Museum park was filled with food trucks and vendors, there was a large screen in the middle of the park showing the race and many were gathered watching from that very spot. Bounce houses for children, and activities were also part of the celebration. The bay was filled with boats including the Seafair and VanDutch offering VIP services for the elite.

    It was a wonderful, fun event for all. We look forward to it again in the future. Keep your eyes out to be part of it, whether you live in Miami or not!

  • Miami Formula E Race February 28, 2015 Miami Formula E Race

     Miami Formula E Race

    Miami Formula E Race is coming to Downtown Miami. Biscayne Boulevard will be part of this exciting event. Bringing back car racing to our city!

    Miami and Long Beach are the two US cities to play host to Formula E Race.

    This innovative Electric Racing Series features ten teams for one hour races with top speed of 135mph and zero emissions.

    Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag stated:

    “We want to promote the use of electric cars in cities around the world…cities that are at the front of the green button.”

    For those of us, that grew up in Miami and have been anxiously waiting for another Grand Prix, here it is, with a twist, “electric cars, the wave of the future”.

    Grand Prix of Miami took place between 1983 and 1993 in the streets of Downtown Miami. For the race car enthusiast, it was exhilarating!

    Now back to our streets, the Miami Formula E Race set to run around Biscayne Boulevard and the American Airlines Arena, through Southwest 12th Street and Southeast Second Avenue, turn right on Southwest 14th Street and down back to Bayshore Drive and back to Biscayne Boulevard.

    The set up is underway! They need a total of four to six weeks to set up the circuit that runs through its downtown area.  All work on the circuit is being done at night not to disrupt traffic flow in the area. 

    Miami Formula E race, set to take place on the streets of downtown Miami, Fla., on March 14, 2015.

    Andretti Sports Marketing has been chosen to organize the Miami Formula E Race.

    Miami stands to profit from the race in several ways. The Formula E event will create 240 direct and 2,000 indirect jobs. The visitor count is expected to hit 25,000 and the race event will net the city some $10 million.

    Miami city commissioner, Francis Suarez, had this to say of playing host to the racing event:

    “I think this is precisely what Miami needs.  It reminds me of my teenage years when I grew up watching the Miami Grand Prix.  This is precisely the kind of visionary project that we should support and be engaged in.”

    Congratulations to the City of Miami for bringing this event to our city! We are all looking forward to it.

    For Miami Formila E track info and tickets: Car Racing in Downtown Miami

    For more information on Downtown Miami call me 305-951-3588 your Downtown Miami specialist.

  • Biscayne Boulevard Beautification Project February 21, 2015

    Biscayne Blvd


    Biscayne Boulevard Beautification Project

    Biscayne Boulevard Beautification Project with plans for more greenery and pedestrian friendly streets moves forward. 

    Biscayne Boulevard lanes will be narrowed from eight lanes to either four or six. Biscayne corridor from Northeast eighth street south to Biscayne Boulevard Way will be affected. Parking spaces will also be decreased from 388 to 187 but nothing has yet been approved. The decrease in parking spaces will cost the Miami Parking Authority $1.2 million a year revenue, large number! 

    “The Miami DDA is in the process of building a three-dimension model that should be ready in the next two to three weeks,” Eric Riel Jr., team leader of planning, design and transportation for Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, said Friday. This model will be used during meetings with state officials. 

    The plan would replace a shared bicycle lane with a dedicated lane and widen sidewalks. Cost for medians is $24 million. 

    In April this plan was voted in and was announced, as one of my earlier newsletters discussed. As it was said back then, “We have an opportunity to create a grand promenade. There are not many other areas where this could be done,” said authority board member Jerome Hollo. He also went to say, “This will be something great.” Fewer lanes, he said, will slow traffic, making pedestrians safer. 

    The good news is that a city study concluded that traffic impact would be minimal once lanes were closed, authority documents say. Some in the area disagree with this statement. As for myself being a Downtown Miami resident, I’m not too sure how this will impact the traffic. There is bumper to bumper traffic when events are in town, Miami Heat games, etc. The traffic is only before the event and once the event is over. I have yet to see Biscayne Boulevard traffic back-ups on regular days. 

    The Florida Department of Transportation must agree to reduce lanes and the parking authority must trim parking spaces and reconfigure what’s left, in order to move forward.

    Miami-Dade County must redesign intersections, develop a phasing plan, and submit construction documents to relevant agencies. It’s the Miami’s Downtown Development Authority’s task to find funds for the project. 

    Already, many Citi Bike stations have been installed throughout the area. These bikes makes it easier for tourist and locals to get around, but we do need to make our street safer. Biscayne boulevard beautification project will assist with this issue, but is this the only way? For more on

    Only time will tell if this project will be approved. It’s one of the major projects and I believe, most complicated to date, due to traffic change in such a major boulevard. 

    What are your opinions? 

    Contact me for more on what’s coming to the area 305-951-3588 Downtown Miami Specialist!