South Florida Real Estate Blog

The Scoop: Memorial Day Weekend



South Beach’s iconic night life has a new haunt. Byblos, the delicious Mediterranean import from Toronto, expands with a 2,300-square-foot lounge on June 2. Velvet seating surrounds the statement bar’s silver and gold mirror fashioned into a snazzy zigzag pattern. Natural, wide-plank oak floors and geometric textiles link to the dining rooms’ seaside design. The idea is to transport guests atop their ottomans to an exotic locale—a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Collins Avenue. The adventurous mood extends to cocktail service performed as a traditional Middle Eastern tea ritual. Sip spiked teas and the signature gulab cocktail with rose-infused vodka, pomegranate and cardamom, while nibbling on canapés like labneh and beets and spiced kibbeh made with duck rather than traditional beef or lamb.

1545 Collins Avenue; 305.508.5041;


By now, you may have heard of Faena Theater’s pop-up performances. It’s a rare opportunity to see major stars from singers like Grace Potter to principal ballet dancers such as Benjamin Millepied in an intimate, 150-seat setting. On May 27, r & b hitmaker Miguel (“All I Want Is You,” “Adorn”), pictured, takes the stage as part of Faena Live’s spring concert series. C’est Rouge, a retro cabaret with jazz horns, tap dancers and Latin flair, kicks off weekly shows every Friday and Saturday on June 4; its Spanish choreographer Blanca Li has quite the resume. After studying with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, she founded her namesake contemporary dance company with commissions from the Paris Opera to Kanye West to Target. Reserve for all performances through Ticketmaster.

3201 Collins Avenue; 305.534.8800;



Fans of the Federal are happy to have their neighborhood eatery back, with a new name and direction to boot. After closing briefly to revamp their rich menu, founding couple Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold reopened as “The Fed” with healthier dishes like cilantro edamame hummus and salmon poke. They address fast casual dining’s obsession with carb-less bowls through build-your-own salads with proteins and other tasty toppings. Hailing from the Lone Star State, Zapata also used the time to create new recipes: custom fajitas, corn tostadas (go for the Gulf-sourced seafood) and tortas (burgers and grilled cheese with a twist). To make it feel more welcoming, especially for solo diners, they installed flat-screen TV’s and extended the bar. The refurbished décor’s sunset colors and neon accents pay homage to “Miami Vice.”

5132 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.758.9559.



PAMM is going full tilt for the holiday weekend. Tonight, the museum’s Scholl Lecture Series continues with multimedia artist Sam Durant whose 2008 politically-charged work Gallows Composite C (pictured) is exhibited in “Global Positioning Systems” on the second floor. IlluminArts, a collaborative vocal chamber music series, invites museum goers to watch rehearsals for American composer David Lang’s “the little match girl passion” beginning May 27, with the official performance on June 2; soprano Anne Carolyn Bird stars in his Pulitzer Prize-winning composition commissioned by Carnegie Hall and based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. PAMM’s new director Franklin Sirmans has been waiting for Saturday’s unveiling of “Luanda-Kinshasa,” Canadian artist Stan Douglas’s in-depth film about New York musicians in the seventies; the joint acquisition with LACMA is on view through September 25.

1103 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.375.3000;


Sotheby’s International Realty Takeover of The New York Times


Sotheby’s International Realty took over The New York Times homepage billboard! The takeover on May 18 lasted 24-hours, and reached all desktop visitors to the homepage.

The campaign was a huge success, reaching more than 3 million New York Times online readers. Our goal was to drive consumers to the Sotheby’s affiliate websites and introduce them to the homes in our extraordinary network.


ONE SIR at the 2016 Global Networking Event


One hundred ONE SIR agents travelled to the Wynn Hotel and Casino Las Vegas for the annual Global Networking Event. In total, there were approximately 2,000 top brokers from Sotheby’s worldwide affiliates in attendance. The conference was a complete success with an amazing representation of brokers from the ONE SIR team sharing the best of South Florida luxury real estate.


The theme of this year’s event was “Embrace the Moment.” Over the course of the three day conference agents attended large general sessions as well as breakout sessions. Company CEO Phillip White was one of the leaders of the firm-wide sessions. Information covered various topics within the international luxury real estate industry.


The CEO of Cirque de Soeil, Daniel Lemmare, was the keynote speaker. Another notable speaker was Sotheby’s Chief Marketing Office Wendy Purvey, who spoke on new marketing techniques to be implemented worldwide.


A key takeaway was that 75 of the top 250 realtors in the US are part of the Sotheby’s affiliate network, a statistic we’re extremely proud of.


Our Development Division presented some of South Florida’s most luxurious listings, including Turnberry Ocean Club, Boulevard 57, Brickell City Centre and One Thousand Museum.


The Global Networking Event provided our agents the opportunity to speak with affiliates from around the world, especially between sessions and at the cocktail reception held at the Encore Beach Club.


The event served to strengthen and create new relationships with other luxury real estate professionals around the world. Find out what our agents had to say about the Global Networking Event, search social media using the hashtag ‪#‎SIRGNE.


The Scoop: Weekend of May 19th



This weekend is the perfect time to check out new restaurants and activities in Coconut Grove. The Coral Reef Yacht Club’s former chef and his Peruvian wife opened 33 Kitchen. The couple is winning over regulars with homemade aji amarillo, corvina ceviche and Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) dishes. Save room for yuzu pie, whose tart taste is reminiscent of key lime, served in a Mason jar with whipped cream. The LoKal’s owners sate seafood and cider cravings with their new Spillover (pictured). Marine fare for Key West conch salad, lobster BLT’s and Gulf shrimp mac and cheese is sustainably sourced from Trigger Seafood. On May 21, explore the historic neighborhood through a complimentary bike tour. Held every first and third Saturday morning, rides meet in front of City Hall (3500 Pan-American Drive). Sign up here

3195 Commodore Plaza; 786.899.0336. 2911 Grand Avenue; 305.456.5723;



It seems that for every juice bar that opens, a doughnut or taco shop isn’t far behind. South Miami now claims both. Honeybee Doughnuts uses buttermilk recipes from the founder’s Italian grandmother decorated with cute bee confections. It’s no surprise that low-fat and gluten-free versions, such as the banana beehive pastry, don’t outsell the decadent maple bacon doughnut. Other hits are guava and cheese; Valrhona chocolate and pecans, and dulce de leche topped with fresh berries. The South Florida dining team behind ROK: BRGR expands with TacoCraft across the street soon. Just like the original location in Fort Lauderdale, it specializes in authentic Mexican street fare down to homemade tortillas. With more than 150 types of tequila, expect a killer happy hour too. Hours extend to late night and brunch. 7388 Red Road; 786.773.2770; 5829 SW 73rd Street;



Tickets are still available at the door for Pérez Art Museum Miami’s second annual Corporate Cocktail tonight at East, Miami hotel. Art-supporting professionals will enjoy a reception followed by a seated dinner at Quinto La Huella hosted by Sarah Arison and JP Pérez, among others. Find details here.

On May 24, Alter restaurant collaborates with Justin Cogley and Ron Mendoza, executive chef and pastry chef, respectively, for Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel. Cogley, a James Beard award nominee, also received Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef” and the title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux. Purchase seats here.

Twenty restaurants are participating in Taste of the Gables at the Westin Colonnade Hotel (180 Aragon Avenue) on June 2. Receive a discount with the code BIDCG25 when reserving tickets here. 223 NW 23rd Street; 305.573.5996;



Speaking of East, Miami, Brickell’s brand-new hotel welcomes guests beginning May 31. With properties in Hong Kong and Beijing, it’s the brand’s foray into the Western Hemisphere. Accommodations including 352 rooms, suites and residences—which add up to three bedrooms, full kitchens and laundry facilities—range from 300 to 1,800 square feet. Their contemporary design features rain showers and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also great news for local and visiting foodies alike. Before the hotel’s big reveal, diners are welcome to book a table at Quinto La Huella as of May 23. Its sister restaurant Parador La Huella in Uruguay won placement on San Pellegrino’s list for Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The concept centers on a blackened steel parrilla to grill rib eye, sweetbreads and arroz negro (squid ink and shrimp rice). 788 Brickell Plaza; 305.712.7000;;


Introducing the Club House at Mansions of Doral


For the first time, see what the Club House at Mansions at Doral will look like in these newly released renderings. The private Club House will include a state-of-the-art fitness space, wellness center, spa, massage room, event venue and sun deck with swimming pool. Picture an exclusive community dedicated to exquisite design and luxurious living.

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Residents of Mansions at Doral will be able to choose from more than 100 customizable options and 35 floor plans for a home that is truly unique.

Explore the property website then schedule your private presentation of Mansions at Doral by calling (786) 505-5484.

The Scoop: Weekend of May 12th



Saturday is shaping up to be a good time in the Miami Design District. Following the success of its jazz brunch on Mother’s Day, Cypress Tavern decided to turn it into a weekly event on Saturdays, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Listen to Marcus Grant Mutes & Roots Trio, while enjoying a 3-course menu served family style with bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas. After a power nap, get glammed up for the Fun-Raiser Prom to benefit the Miami Rail. Gallery Diet owner Nina Johnson-Milewski founded the local edition of the respected arts publication based in Brooklyn. She, along with co-hosts Terry Riley and Debra and Dennis Scholl, promise a grand party with a live performance by Goin’ Ghost in the Palm Court (140 NE 39th Street). Reserve tickets here:

3620 NE Second Avenue; 305.520.5197;



Barbara de Vries, a local fashion designer and anti-pollution activist who became known for chic jewelry made from repurposed plastic collected on beaches, has expanded with the Renaissance Slipper. Designed exclusively for Faena’s Tierra Santa spa, the concept eternally recycles shoes’ materials for zero waste—worn slippers are returned to their original factory in Georgia to be reborn, thus ensuring their plastic doesn’t end up in oceans and landfills. Presented in silky bags, clients find their cherry-red hue so happy and their design so comfy that they pick up a pair to take home or gift. For the spa, she also launched the BdeV collection. Loungewear and dresses come in designer fabrics from ateliers such as Valentino and Chloe with exquisite details from tassels to handmade wax-dipped tags. 3201 Collins Avenue; 786.655.5570;;



South Beach will have a new boutique hotel when the Plymouth reopens near the Bass Museum of Art in time for summer company and Miami Swim Week. Think Hotel Group, whose portfolio includes the nearby Boulan South Beach, restored the Art Deco gem and tapped New York’s famous Blue Ribbon to expand with its first sushi bar and grill in Florida. They were also smart in bringing Fernando Santangelo on board. The New York designer specializes in iconic properties, such as Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles and the Raleigh here. He found an instant inspiration in Russian artist Roman Chatov’s original, jewel-toned murals in the rare, oval-shaped lobby. Blue Ribbon provides poolside fare at coral-colored cabanas, too. The 110 guest rooms’ décor marries Mediterranean and clubby British charm. 336 21st Street; 305.405.5070;


Looking for a different food experience that really wows? Here’s something that isn’t exactly the average dinner out. On May 19, Quality Meats hosts a pig roast with a Florida heritage breed known as a Red Wattle, as part of its themed cookouts that will be held regularly throughout summer. (We’re telling you now since last month’s barbecue with a whole steer sold out swiftly.) Chef Patrick Rebholz (pictured) will smoke the whole hog on the terrace for a four-course feast. Cuban old-timers will appreciate his chicharrón popcorn and seasoned crispy pig ears—and those are only the snacks. The main meat event is served with fresh tortillas and sides like charred wedge salad, queso mac and baked beans. Steve Santana, who owns Taquiza across the street, concocts refreshments. 1501 Collins Avenue; 305.340.333;


Celebrate the Metropica Lifestyle


Metropica recently hosted an event in partnership with Lifestyle Magazine and Rick Case Auto.

Attendees were encouraged to experience the lifestyle of Metropica. They were treated to light bites and delicious cocktails while touring the Sales Center, which is set up like a model unit.


Rick Case showcased their auto collection, including the Maserati K900 and Genesis.


Guests were also encouraged to take home a copy of Lifestyle Magazine’s newest edition.


Get to Know ONE: Marisela Cisneros


“I must have been meant to be a realtor, because the first house mom and dad bought, I found it.”

Marisela’s 20+ year career has provided her with extensive knowledge of Miami’s real estate market. Her clients benefit from her drive to provide professionalism and consistency every day. Marisela served as Director of Sales and Relocations as part of the ONE Sotheby’s International Realty founding team.

“As we grew, they needed management and specific officers to take care of the agents. When they came to me with specific issues, I wasn’t only management; I’ve been in their shoes, I listen to what’s going on.”

She has reinforced relationships with feeder markets including Argentina, Hong Kong, Spain, Greece, and key market cities in the U.S. She has also participated in the Leadership Council, the Sotheby’s International Global Networking Event and the Sotheby’s Latin American Art Auction in New York City.

Learn more about Marisela Cisneros.

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The Scoop: Mother’s Day Weekend Edition



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Celebrate Mother’s Day by gifting mom with a fun experience. For fit moms: exhale Core Fusion co-creators Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp visit Bal Harbour to teach class on May 13 and May 23. (participants also receive a copy of their new book, “Barre Fitness”). Register here. For gardening gals: Paradise Farms hosts an edible flower tour and brunch on May 8. The 5-course vegetarian menu features pineapple coconut granola, oyster mushroom and fennel risotto, and mimosas with nasturtium flowers. RSVP here For musical mamas: The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” from May 10-22. Hear all her hits like “One Fine Day” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” throughout the Brooklyn legend’s career (pictured).

10295 Collins Avenue; 305.455.5411; 19801 SW 320th Street; 305.248.4181; 201 SW Fifth Avenue;


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Could Cuba get any hotter? As Americans rediscover the Caribbean island, the Wolfsonian-FIU shows how foreigners, beginning with Christopher Columbus, have always been fans. “Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction” exhibits rare photographs, ads and posters dating from 1959 and earlier through August 21. The bulk of its works are culled from Vicky Gold Levi’s recent major gift to the museum. Learn how Hollywood, hoteliers, gangsters and travel agencies created Cuba’s image as a fun-spirited destination to dance the rumba and mambo, sip mojitos and smoke cigars in cabarets and casinos. Music lovers shouldn’t miss costumes worn by Celia Cruz and Olga Guillot. Tonight’s preview reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a Bacardi bar, naturally, allows attendees to mingle with the curators and be entertained by Cuban musicians and dancers.

1001 Washington Avenue;


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The second annual Maison&Objet Americas returns with nearly 300 international exhibitors from May 10-13. This year’s theme is “Wild,” and guest speakers include Eugeni Quitllet, who has collaborated with brands from Christofle to Air France. Like Art Basel, events are taking place throughout the city. Architect Rafael de Cárdenas, who wins M&O Americas’ Designer of the Year Award 2016, installs “Neon Jungle” in the Miami Design District (160 NE 40th Street). His tropical lounge serves libations and popsicles from May 10-15, while the nearby Panerai store exhibits “Simple Joys—Panerai Celebrates People & Passion with Eng Tay.” Miami Ironside times several key openings during the week. Espasso, a showroom for 20th-century and contemporary Brazilian art and design, expands its New York, Los Angeles and London footprint. Locally-based knitwear collection KREL (pictured) also opens a boutique.


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Need some spring sizzle in your beauty routine? First get the season’s It hair style, the choppy bob or its longer sister dubbed “the lob” that was all over the red carpet at the Met Gala. Miami stylist Danny Jelaca has perfected the wispy, textured cut typically done when the hair is dry for more movement that lays between straight and dramatic tendrils. He also offers hair smoothing treatments whose blends of jojoba oil, apple stem cells and fatty and glycolic acids ready hair for boat and beach days. Developed by a Brazilian chemist, they use 22 of the 24 amino acids that naturally appear in hair. Next, book the 4-hour Goddess Ritual Day Package (custom facial, massage, spa lunch) at Faena’s Tierra Santa Healing House through May 31.

500 South Pointe Drive; 305.604.9696; 3201 Collins Avenue;

Kai at Bay Harbor Model Units Now Open


The Kai at Bay Harbor has opened two model units for prospective buyers. The Kai is a seven story development with 57 residences designed by Arquitectonica. There are spacious 1 – 4 bed residences, with floor-ceiling windows, and glass enclosed balconies.

See photos of the units furnished by Addison House then schedule a private showing: (786) 288-0874. Learn more about this exclusive development here:

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Model Unit 4A

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