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By Lana Bell | Agent in Sunny Isles Beach, FL
  • Sunny Isles Beach Will Pay $250,000 for Solis Building Demolition

    Posted Under: General Area in Sunny Isles Beach, In My Neighborhood in Sunny Isles Beach, Investment Properties in Sunny Isles Beach  |  June 17, 2014 11:25 AM  |  156 views  |  No comments

    If Edgardo DeFortuna and Manuel Grosskopf can get a demolition permit for the hulking, half-built structure on their newly acquired Solis site, the city of Sunny Isles Beach has agreed to give them a pretty serious perk. If DeFortuna and Grosskopf demolish the Solis building, they’ll receive a $250,000 credit, which will go to the cost of the Transfer of Development Rights on the property.

    Last year, DeFortuna’s Fortune International purchased the property (through their subsidiary, Sunny Isles Property Venture, LLC) for just under $41 million. Beachfront property in Sunny Isles Beach is prime real estate, as you can tell by a price tag of over $40 million per acre.

    Ocean Palms Constrcution

    DeFortuna and Grosskopf (of Chateau Group) have joined forces on this Sunny Isles beachfront venture, adding a neighboring Ocean Palms site, for an additional $40 million. The developers obviously see great value in the area, along with very serious growth potential, or they would not be pouring millions of dollars into developing in the area.

    Residents of Sunny Isles Beach should be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as Fortune International and Chateau Group join together to demolish a long-time eyesore. Construction on the Solis building began back in 2007. It was intended to be a 53-story residential building. However, when the housing market collapsed in 2008, construction was halted with the building’s skeleton standing at only 10 stories.

    The Solis Site

    For the past six years, the Solis site has been a point of contention. Developer Gil Dezer applied for extensions to his group’s building permit and hoped to begin construction again – after over half-a-decade – by the end of the fiscal year in 2013. However, that plan fell through, and DeFortuna was the lucky winner to purchase the property.

    If DeFortuna and Grosskopf can keep their momentum going, getting a demolition permit by May 1st, they’ll begin demolition by the first of June. This progress has to come as a serious relief to the residents of Sunny Isles Beach. After all, the desolate skeleton of the Solis building isn’t just an eyesore; it is a reminder of economic instability.

    It was only six years ago that the housing market collapsed. Economic instability and low confidence in the market created a lot of unemployment, lost savings, and general unease. As long as that building stands, the residents of Sunny Isles will have a property-devaluing eyesore that reminds them that even real estate is not a guaranteed investment.

    The sooner the Solis building can be demolished and replaced by successful constructions, the better off Sunny Isles Beach will be. That’s why the city is willing to credit these developers with a quarter of a million dollars to get the job on its way and over with.

    With incentive like this, DeFortuna and Grosskopf would have to be fools to remain stagnant on this project, and these men are definitely not fools. They’ve made wise and timely choices in their real estate ventures, and this; so far, $81 million project should be no exception.

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  • What Inspires Me to Be A Real Estate Broker in Sunny Isles Beach

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Sunny Isles Beach  |  April 10, 2014 1:05 PM  |  251 views  |  No comments

    Sunny Isles Beach has a reputation for new oceanfront luxury high-rise condominium community of the 21st Century and, in that regard, it seldom disappoints. Sunny Isles Beach real estate as well as other parts of Miami presents one of the most attractive luxury real estate markets in the world.

    To offer better service, I am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a negotiating expert, which gives me the necessary knowledge to help clients meet their goals with their property purchases, which is one of the things that truly makes working in real estate worthwhile.

    A property is so much more than another acquisition. While a property can be a great investment, at some level, it is always a home and helping clients to find exactly the property they wish to call their own is incredibly motivating.

    A Great Market

    The Florida real estate market is definitely heating up again. There are great opportunities for people to make investments in this market, and with people from all over the world being attracted to Miami real estate, I’m able to take advantage of my global connections, the resources I have at my fingertips and my expertise in this market to help people find exactly the properties they want.

    Ideally, I’m able to bring together the perfect property and the investor who will appreciate it for what it is and be able to turn it into something that is uniquely their own.


    I have a staff of 20 expert agents who understand the cultures of people to whom we sell and who speak the native language of the buyers. That includes people who speak fluent Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Swiss.

    The Deal

    Of course, completing a real estate deal means more than being aware of the culture of your client and being able to speak the language. The language of real estate itself is something that requires skill to understand and I endeavor to make certain that my clients always get the best deal.

    Client Feedback

    Above all other things, I find inspiration in helping my clients. As this testimonial reveals, I do everything I can to give my clients the best possible experience and the best possible investment.

    “We had a fantastic experience working with you. We’ve never felt any pressure at any time and your experience and in-depth knowledge of the building as well as the local real estate market, made us believers. We couldn’t be happier at Turnberry Ocean Colony. You’ve been a pleasure to work with and a bright spot during this delightful process.”

    -Evan Y.

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  • The 4th Jade Tower Is Scheduled to Complete Fall 2016

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Sunny Isles Beach, Property Q&A in Sunny Isles Beach, Investment Properties in Sunny Isles Beach  |  April 10, 2014 11:36 AM  |  366 views  |  No comments

    The times are busy for Fortune International since they’ve broken the ground on one of the last oceanfront parcels in Sunny Isles Beach to construct the fourth high-rise tower – Jade Signature.

    The new tower will soar 57 stories and will offer 192 residences, all with 10 foot ceilings and ocean views, ranging from 1,378 sq.ft. to 9,183 sq.ft. penthouse.The new Jade Signature tower will have the characteristic parallelogram shape, which gives an interesting look and a very modern feel to the structure.

    The tower also feature units with floor-to-ceiling windows. Each of the units is provided with a 25-foot wide terrace and an ocean view.

    Sunny Isles Beach – The New Florida Riviera

    Ever since the beginning of Sunny Isles real estate boom era, the developer – Edgardo De Fortuna has had a dream to transform Sunny Isles Beach into the Florida Riviera.

    The Jade properties are good examples of some of the most popular types of luxury real estate in the Miami area. With amenities like that of a five-star resort, they provide residents with an easy way to enjoy the sunny weather in South Florida, with private and valet parking, state-of-the-art security and privacy enhancements and, of course, excellent views of and access to the ocean.

    Condominium properties have constituted the majority of property sold in Sunny Isles Beach over the past years. In fact, 375 condominium properties have sold over the last six months, while only seven single-family homes have sold in that same time period, rather revealing the popularity of condominium properties in the area.

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  • Sunny Isles Beach - The New Billionaire’s Retreat!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Sunny Isles Beach, Home Buying in Sunny Isles Beach, Investment Properties in Sunny Isles Beach  |  December 9, 2013 8:13 AM  |  295 views  |  No comments

    The newest Porsche Tower in Sunny Isles Beach is in it’s last sales stages with about $535 million in sales. This condo building attracts the world’s wealthiest - 22 billionaires have purchased units in Porsche Tower so far.

    The Design

    Porsche Towers promises innovation and design. The unique 57 story construction included 3 car glass elevators which will take owners and their cars directly to their units. These spacious duplex units - some are over 17,000 sq. ft. with terraces over 1,600 sq. ft - include private swimming pool, kitchen, and of course direct oceanfront locations. The project, which began construction in April 2013, is a combined effort between Gil Dezer, know for all Trump developments in Sunny Isles, and Germany’s Porsche Design Group, one of the leading European architectural companies.

    Don’t Miss Out

    As of now, over 80% of the 132 total units have been sold. The prices range from $4.5 million to over $30 million for the top-floor penthouse. The project is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2016. Please contact our office today to reserve your unit or for additional information.

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  • Parque Towers Sunny Isles Beach New Condo Development

    Posted Under: General Area in Sunny Isles Beach, Home Buying in Sunny Isles Beach, Investment Properties in Sunny Isles Beach  |  December 6, 2013 11:43 AM  |  284 views  |  No comments

    Parque Towers

    Parque towers is in the preconstruction phase and offers compelling properties for those who are looking for luxury in Sunny Isles Beach. The developer, Key International, has already completed several well-known buildings around the Downtown Miami area. This property will be situated on the river, right in the middle of Sunny Isles Beach and will consist of 1,032 acres that provide plenty of opportunities for recreation, excitement, and enjoying the beauty of the environment.

    The Property

    With restaurants and bars located right on the property, people will have all of the diversions they need right at home. The pool deck, kid’s club, business center, gym, private cinema, and performance theater will make it a great place to live. There will be two different floor plan options available. The larger of the two has three bedrooms and three and a half baths. The smaller has two bedrooms and three baths plus a separate den. To place a reservation, 10% of the asking price, which start at $700,000, is required. With the great deal of interest in Parque Towers, you will need to move fast to secure your perfect luxury condo. Please call (305) 336-0457 for additional information or to reserve your unit.

    The Right Property?

    Preconstruction is a great opportunity to get in on a condominium property at the best possible prices. This property promises to be one that will appeal to those who are looking for something luxurious, who have kids to entertain, and who need to be able to do business from home. Combined with beautiful views and a location right on the river, this Sunny Isles Beach property is sure to please.

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  • Innovation is Standard at Jade Signature Sunny Isles Beach Condo

    Posted Under: General Area in Sunny Isles Beach, Home Buying in Sunny Isles Beach, Investment Properties in Sunny Isles Beach  |  November 13, 2013 11:33 AM  |  323 views  |  No comments

    Jade Signature

    The highly anticipated pre-construction projects to hit Sunny Isles Beach, Jade Signature Condos, is perfectly situated to provide the best new homes in one of the most attractive areas. Modern interior designs and terraces as large as 25 feet combine in this amazing parallelogram-shaped building to create luxury living at its finest. Don’t miss out on this newest offering from Fortune International’s Jade building collection.

    Building Features

    The availability of private garages and smart technology throughout the building make these luxury condos modern and efficient. The location allows residents to enjoy access to the beach, city, and waterways of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The lobbies and landscaped gardens seamlessly attach to the beach and city. Just walking across the property allows you to feel as if you are at a resort.

    Residence Features

    Because of the unique design, Jade Signature views from individual units are limitless. Each condo features up to 5 bedrooms, expansive terraces, custom cabinetry from PYR, floor-to-ceiling windows, and ceiling heights starting at 10 feet. Service entrances and quarters are even available in many units. The designer kitchen is perfect for the entertaining chef in you with a built-in cappuccino maker, wine cooler, modern appliances, and designer cabinetry.

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  • Decadence and Opulence Combine to Create Mansions at Acqualina

    Posted Under: General Area in Sunny Isles Beach, Home Buying in Sunny Isles Beach, Investment Properties in Sunny Isles Beach  |  November 11, 2013 9:18 AM  |  253 views  |  No comments

    The Mansions at exercise

    For those who seek the best in life, the Mansions at Acqualina offer everything your could hope for in a luxury residence. Right next to the Acqualina Resort and Spa in beautiful Sunny Isles Beach, this building provides access to a little bit of everything

    Sports Enthusiasts Dream Come True

    The Mansions at Acqualina provide numerous opportunities for athletes and sports enthusiasts alike. With a virtual gold room, fitness center, private training sessions, and swimming pools, there is something here for everyone. After their excercise, residents can reserve a private cabana, relax in the Hammam Spa, and enjoy the exotic setting.

    Enjoy Your Life

    The Mansions at Acqualina offer everything you could look for in life. With grand room for large parties and functions, inhouse private cinema room, children's center, and dog park, you'll have all the amenities and luxuries you could ever need.

    READ MORE at the Sunny Isles Miami Real Estate Blog

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