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Every day is a different experience in Miami Beach.  Its ever-changing landscape and the diversity of the Miami Beach real estate market present exciting new ventures, opportunities and events that make it one of the most dynamic cities in all of sunny South Florida.

Our Miami Beach real estate blog is always being updated with the latest real estate news about Miami Beach and its neighboring areas, including local events and exciting new happenings.  As part our ongoing efforts to provide you with the most comprehensive information on Miami Beach and its collection of varied property, we will highlight and acquaint you with a new, acclaimed Miami Beach condo each month.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Four Seasons may be regarded as the pinnacle of luxury but not everyone has the deep pockets to stay in one of its ultra affluent suites and residences.  The other name that comes closest to matching this opulence is the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach condo; another respected name in luxury hotel and condominiums that some would say puts all other Miami Beach condos to shame.

The Ritz-Carlton condo is on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road which is arguably the most popular open air shopping and dining area in South Florida.  This also means that it’s easy to reach popular Ocean Drive on foot within a few minutes.  You’ll also find that the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach condo offers lots of amenities that range from personal shoppers to water sports, children’s activities, elevated swimming pools, conference facilities, a pair of restaurants and even a clothing store.

Since this is after all the Ritz-Carlton, the residences and guest suites come with plenty of luxurious and upscale features that go far beyond the expansive balconies and the beautiful color schemes found in each unit.  If you’d like to be in the heart of Miami Beach and within walking distance from all of the sun and fun, make sure to take a look at the stylish Ritz-Carlton condo.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
How much does architecture contribute towards your decisions to purchase a certain condominium? The Miami Beach condos are a joy to look at as many of them tend to stray from the common rectangular mold of a residential building. Bentley Bay for example has a uniquely “bent” or curved design which is subtle but manages to uniquely stand out.
 
Perhaps where unique design is most noticeable is in the Waverly South Beach condo, a pair of Miami Beach condos with a brilliantly colorful exterior and roofs that are indeed shaped as if they were waves. The design of Waverly South Beach is impressive but they also amazes when you explore what’s inside. Rest, relaxation and recreation are top priorities in the Waverly South Beach thanks to the inclusion of things like tennis courts, billiards, relaxing gardens, a Feng Shui lobby, volleyball, swimming pool, and barbeque areas. To further round things out, Waverly South Beach also has a business center and even a convenience store.
 
Since Waverly South Beach has Miami Beach condos with up to three bedrooms, they’re very flexible and you can rest assured that the western location near the waterfront will translate to gorgeous views from the private balconies. Why live in a generic building when you can choose a creatively designed high end condo by the waterfront at Waverly South Beach?
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Friday, October 23, 2009
The Miami Beach condos on Ocean Drive and within the area known as South of Fifth are considered some of the finest residential buildings in the entire city. One of the tallest condos in the city calls the area home, namely the soaring Portofino Tower. Piercing the Miami Beach skyline at 44 stories, this soaring luxury Miami Beach condo near the southernmost tip of the city has some of the best views in South Florida and is perhaps rivaled only by the taller Four Seasons Hotel Miami.
 
One of the best features of the Portofino Tower condo is its resident club found on the 29th floor of the building. On top of offering standard amenities like a cutting edge fitness center and spa, the club also includes game rooms and a theater that makes it easy to meet and greet fellow Portofino Tower neighbors or have something fun to do on a rainy day. For additional recreation the building also features tennis courts and sparkling swimming pools.
 
If you truly want to experience some of the incredible views of Miami Beach, Fisher Island and downtown, choose one of the Portofino Tower condo residences near the upper floors. The floor to ceiling windows and huge outdoor terraces will allow you to experience the breezy ambiance and the gorgeous landscape while the high end kitchens and marble bathrooms ensure you’re living like royalty in one of the finest Miami Beach condos in the city.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
One of the most popular Miami Beach condos is the ICON South Beach, a building on Alton Road often singled out for its design and the people behind its creation. More recently, the ICON name has been attached to ICON Brickell, a trio of high rises in downtown Miami’s Brickell district that have earned a tremendous amount of acclaim. Unfortunately the buildings have yet to see buying activity pick up but that may be changing very soon.
 
In an effort to increase the appeal among buyers and bring activity closer to that of the Miami Beach condos of the Miami Beach ICON, The Related Group—best known as the developers behind ICON Brickell and several other much-admired projects--will be lowering the prices by more than 25 percent. The condo is still having trouble with buyers who are reluctant to pay full price on pre-existing units when the market is still seeing prices fall. The price reduction may change all that.
 
ICON Brickell, along with a few Miami Beach condos is one of several condominium projects that are offering incentives in an attempt to woo buyers. If you’ve ever read anything about ICON Brickell but have been deterred by the luxury price tags, these reductions may finally allow you to live and experience this much celebrated Miami condo.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Many people tend to believe Miami Beach condos are the “crème de la crème” when it comes to the finest property available yet they often forget that the nearby downtown Miami area is also home to some of the most impressive condominium buildings like ICON Brickell for example.  In fact, you could say that downtown Miami has the best condominium that surpasses the Miami Beach condos since it is after all the home of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami.

If for some reason you’ve never heard of the Four Seasons, it’s considered one of, if not the most luxurious, respected and upscale hotel chains in the world.  The Four Seasons Hotel Miami, which offers a mix of office space, hotel suites and residential units near the top floors, offers this same degree of luxury.  What’s more, the building itself also happens to be the tallest skyscraper in all of Florida; it’s just under seventy stories tall at 64 floors.

As you would expect of a building with such a respected name attached to it, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami comes with an exhaustive list of features and amenities that range from spa treatments and personal shoppers to a complimentary sports club membership, an onsite restaurant, affluent lounge and even a dog walking service.  Explaining the residential features will not do the building justice, the units of the Four Seasons Hotel truly have to be seen for yourself in order to appreciate how impressive and comfortable they are.  Forget about Miami Beach condos, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami defines the pinnacle of luxury.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Homeowners seeking to sell their own Miami Beach homes often wonder why a real estate broker is considered necessary when there is always the money saving option of selling the property themselves.  After all, For Sale by Owner (commonly referred to as a FSBO) isn’t something new; it’s quite common in fact.  Unfortunately a FSBO can be a lot more challenging than it initially seems.

One of the most critical components is determining the right price.  Since the Miami Beach real estate market has changed so dramatically, you cannot go by past sales entirely and unlike a real estate agent your resources are severely limited compared to theirs.

And then there’s the important listing phase.  To the homeowner’s credit, many real estate websites exist nowadays that allow them to list their home for free to a large audience.  Well, not quite as large when compared to the MLS which is seen by general consumers as well as Miami Beach real estate agents and other realtors around the country.

This isn’t to say that choosing the FSBO route will ultimately end unfavorably.  There are numerous cases where diligent homeowners have been successful using this selling approach, it’s just tougher in today’s uncertain market where competition is fierce and buyers remain a bit scarce.

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