Incredible Star Island Home

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Just before you enter Miami Beach, you're going to find a series of islands that are manmade.  If you've driven through the MacArthur Causeway or admired the view from one of the Miami high-rises, chances are you've spotted a few of these islands.  Among them is Star Island, a neighborhood that, as you might guess from its name, maintains a high degree of desirability among celebrities and public figures you may be familiar with.  Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio, actor Don Johnson, Sean “Diddy” Combs and former professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal are just a sample of the many names that have chosen to live in Star Island, or once called it home.

If you would like to experience Star Island yourself, there is an incredible property for sale known as 1 Star Island Drive.  The property is a seven bedroom, eight bathroom estate found among a stunningly massive 58,332 square foot corner lot.  Exploring this lot you're going to notice the elegant two-story Floridian villa and its open verandas plus a separate guesthouse that offers plenty of privacy for when you happen to have visitors staying at this enchanting estate.  Some of the features include a private dock, a resort-style pool, and some of the most captivating waterfront and sunset views in South Florida.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you’re interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


The Holiday Experience in South Florida

beachSantaWhat do you imagine whenever the holidays come around?  You might think about lots of snow, taking a stroll through places like New York's holiday themed stores while wearing heavy winter gear, or making snowmen.  Depending on how long you've been in South Florida or if you've never been here, you may know that's not quite how the holidays work down here.  The temperatures rarely dip into numbers necessitating anything more than a sweater or light jacket, and the last time it snowed here was in the late 1970s.

Over here, the majority of the holiday decorations are found over at Santa's Enchanted Forest, a carnival full of decorations, rides and things to eat that calls itself the largest holiday theme park in the world.  Basketball fans will probably be flocking to the American Airlines Arena on Christmas Day to see the Miami Heat square off against the New Orleans Pelicans.  From the Y100 Jingle Ball to The Nutcracker performed by the Miami City Ballet and The Christmas Palace store selling holiday items galore, the holiday experience in Miami is just as festive, albeit in a unique way.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you’re interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


Ritz-Carlton Residences Sells Its Penthouse

ritzCarltonSunnyIslesOne of the most eagerly anticipated projects in Sunny Isles Beach is the Ritz-Carlton Residences.  Announced earlier this year, the project breaks from the hotel or condo-hotel tradition and instead presents itself as an ultra-luxury condominium with its services provided by none other than the illustrious and highly respected Ritz-Carlton brand.  Set to be built on Collins Avenue, the 51-story project will take up two lots and will have a little more than 200 units.

Although the Ritz-Carlton has yet to be built and isn't expected to open until 2017, the anticipation and demand for the project is high.  A wealthy buyer has already snapped up the penthouse located on the 51st floor, which is actually a combination of two units.  The penthouse boasts over 7,700 square feet of living area and will have five bedrooms plus 6.5 bathrooms.  There will also be a terrace with a summer kitchen, infinity edge pool, and a private garden.

Some of the amenities Ritz-Carlton Residences is expected to have include more than 250 linear feet of beachfront, a resort-style pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, guest suites available as short term rentals, a restaurant and lounge available exclusively to residents, a club for children and teenagers, plus much more.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you’re interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


Winter Events in South Florida

winterfestLogo-1Art Basel is one of the biggest events in South Florida and although this year's art celebrations ended last week, there are still plenty of events going on during the winter season, including a major one that begins this weekend.  Here are two you may be interested in.

The annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade takes place up north in Fort Lauderdale near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  More than a million people usually come out to watch all of the different boating vessels navigating the 12-mile stretch on the New River.  It's the seventh largest one-day event in the country.  You can watch the parade and sip on a tasty cocktail this Saturday from the Grandstand Viewing Area starting at 7 pm.

Next month marks the debut of Art of Rum, an event by South Florida Distillers celebrating the synthesis of mixology and art.  There will be local mixologists on hand preparing fantastic cocktails based on the work of local artists for guests to try.  The festivities begin on January 30th from 7 pm to 11 pm and there will be music plus meet and greets and cocktail demonstrations.  Tickets for Art of Rum cost $25 or $75 for VIP access, which includes unlimited cocktail tastings.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you’re interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


The Underline Will Transform the Miami Metrorail

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The Miami Metrorail is among the most convenient ways of getting around many major parts of the city.  Hundreds, if not thousands of commuters use it every day to get to work and it's also one of the best ways to stay away from traffic during major concerts or city events.  The areas below the Metrorail aren't the most eye-catching thing to behold, comprised largely of a paved or dirt path that serves its intended purpose but looks drab.  With the Underline, these ugly paths are set to be transformed in a big way.

The Underline will focus on the underutilized land below the Metrorail, extending from the Dadeland South station all the way to the Brickell Station near the Miami River, transforming all of the area into a lush, linear park full of art and a beautiful urban trail.  With the Underline, bicyclist and pedestrian safety will be improved thanks to more than 95 acres of verdant, open space.  Over nine miles will be set aside for art installations, boosting the economy and encouraging development along US1.  The UM School of Architecture Studies and New York-based James Corner Field Operations are overseeing the design of the project, which has yet to announce a definitive timeline for completion.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you’re interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


Notable Art Basel Events

artBasel-1Have you been to one of the Art Basel-related events yet? The 14th edition has already started, drawing tons of people looking to admire the artwork, meet budding artists, enjoy the food, or attend one of the many parties taking place during the event.  With so much to see and do at the Miami Beach Convention Center and the various satellite fairs taking place, you may be wondering where to go.  Here are a few recommendations.

If you happen to be into skating, visit The Skateroom at the Delano South Beach.  Over thirty decks are available for sale in limited quantities depicting artwork by renowned pop artist Andy Warhol, such as his iconic 32 Campbell's Soup Cans and the Gold Marilyn Monroe triptych.

Interested in admiring some artwork while also staying fit?  Visit the SoulCycle Pop-Up at 1 Hotel South Beach.  The poolside cycling studio will include live art by Los Angeles-based Gregory Siff and will continue until tomorrow.

Over in Miami's Art and Design District, admire the contemporary artwork of more than 20 contemporary designers and artists at the Fearless Artist Pop-Up Gallery.  The art will be on display from 10:00 am to 4:00 am until its last day on December 6th when it will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you're interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


Exciting Art Basel Events

smashedCanvasAre you ready for Art Basel?  Perhaps Miami's most important art-related event, Art Basel is a huge showcase of artwork by famous as well as up and coming artists looking to present their creativity to the world through various mediums.  With the ever-growing crowds and popularity, many local businesses seek to take advantage of the event.  Let's take a look at some of the events going on during Art Basel.

There is an area in Miami's Wynwood area known for its craft beer, cocktails and bite-sized food.  Smashed Canvas is opening exclusively for Art Basel as a pop-up in this area and will have food and drinks plus entertainment and a few surprises in store.  Located on 29th Street, the area surrounding Smashed Canvas will feature an entire block painted with a mural by over 20 Art Basel artists.

Speaking of Wynwood, the plant that was once used to manufacture RC Cola will be one of the places transformed during Art Basel as part of The Basel House & the Bushwick Collective Block Party starting noon till late Thursday, December 3rd, through Sunday, December 6, at the Mana Urban Arts Project.  Artists will be painting all over the place and the event will also feature live music and appearances by names like rapper Fat Joe plus food courtesy of local food trucks.  Best of all, admission to the event is free!

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you're interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


Chateau Group Set to Launch New Sunny Isles Project

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The Chateau Group has contributed to many projects throughout South Florida, but its name has been in the news a lot more than usual thanks to the several different projects set to emerge, like the Chateau Beach in Sunny Isles to the upcoming 52-story Ritz-Carlton set to begin construction next year.  Chateau Group is now setting its sights on yet another project in Sunny Isles Beach.

Sunny Isles Beach city commissioners recently gave the okay for a site plan intended for a 56-story building.  The mixed-use project will consist of a pair of towers and will contain just over 430 Sunny Isles Beach condos for sale, 90 hotel and apartment units, and 60 hotel rooms.  The project's address will be 18801 Collins Avenue.  Although it does not have an official name yet, the odds are that much like the Ritz-Carlton, it will bear the name of a hotel.

The Chateau Group is also responsible for the Fendi Chateau in the nearby town of Surfside.  The twelve-story building is also expected next year and will have 58 units with two to five bedrooms.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you're interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


The Rise of West Brickell

One of Miami's largest developments is Brickell City Centre in the Brickell area.  The ambitious project consists of a series of condominiums, apartments, and shops and it's about to finish its first phase of construction.  The project is just one of many contributing to a massive interest in the Brickell area.

While Brickell as a whole has maintained a fervent degree of interest, the area to the east of Interstate 95 and west of Brickell Avenue is seeing an even greater interest.  In fact, it's become unofficially known as West Brickell.  This area is ripe for development, and there are plans on the horizon to turn Miami's financial district into one of the most lucrative markets in South Florida.

One of the projects being planned is called Miami River.  The mixed-use development will include a fusion of commercial and office space, hotel rooms and more than 1,600 residential units in the area between Second Avenue and I-95, appropriately right by the river.

Other projects set to emerge in the West Brickell area include the Brickell View Terrace residential tower, the 47-story 1010 Brickell, and the luxury boutique tower Le Parc at Brickell.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you're interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.


The Aurora Condo Launches Its Sales

auroraCondoThe Aurora condo is among the most recently announced buildings set to join the existing collection of Sunny Isles Beach condos for sale.  After some necessary downsizing, the seventeen-story project by renowned architect Luis Revuelta has recently launched sales.  The new Aurora condominium will have a total of 61 units as well as a collection of lanai residences and a penthouse, all of which will be located on the building's fourth floor and above.  Residences will have at least 1,500 square feet of living area or 2,100 square feet.

The full list of amenities expected within the 204-foot Aurora building have yet to be revealed but buyers can expect to find a large pool deck area, a modern fitness center, and a social area so future residents can relax and spend some quality downtime or get to know some of their fellow Aurora condo neighbors.  Aurora is also expected to have commercial space on the ground floor and 135 parking spaces among two floors.  Smaller units will have two to three bedrooms with prices starting in the upper $600s per square foot, or low $800,000s.

This update is brought to you by Jon Gilman, a specialist in Sunny Isles condos for sale.  Whether you're interested in buying in Jade Beach, Jade Ocean, Echo Brickell or would like to explore a Sunny Isles Beach rental, contact Jon to assist you in discovering why the city is among the most valuable and in demand in South Florida.  Call 786.486.9560 for any questions on Sunny Isles real estate.