South Florida Real Estate Blog

One Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sponsors Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Week in London


One Sotheby’s International Realty recently sponsored the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Week in London, which closed with a grand total of $69.4 million in sales. The auction featured works from the most influential artists of the 20th & 21st centuries including pieces by Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Jenny Seville.

Two artist records were set at the Contemporary Art Evening Auction – Jenny Saville’s ‘Shift’ brought £6.8 million and Keith Haring’s ‘The Last Rainforest’ sold for £4.2 million. ‘Shift’ was acquired by the Long Museum for the forthcoming exhibition “She” – opening in Shanghai on 27 July.



Bidding was strong and competitive from the sale’s opening lots. The pieces most notably bid for were Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Nets’ (£677,000) and a buoyant Alexander Calder mobile (£1.7 million). A trio of works by Jean Dubuffet and two canvases by the sought-after painter Adrian Ghenie were also among the highest selling pieces at the auction.

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It was exciting to experience first hand the durability of the art market, with major results coming from the Contemporary Art Evening Auction.

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The Scoop: Weekend of July 4th 2016



Cheeca Lodge celebrates its 70th anniversary with updated dining and perks, with more surprises to come. The resort tapped Niven Patel, a Michael Schwartz protégé, as executive chef to implement new farm-to-table menus for all restaurants. His influence can already be seen in steamed Bouchot mussels in lemongrass broth, pictured, and wahoo crudo with shiitake mushrooms and green mango as homage to his wife’s Indian heritage. Nikai Sushi Lounge relocated upstairs with an expansive deck for ocean views. A highlight is hotategai sashimi of sliced, oversized scallops in a sweet garlic ginger sauce with a dollop of spicy aioli and sprinkle of masago. A 70th anniversary “rollback menu” serves popular rolls over the years and Asian-inspired cocktails for a mere $7 apiece during happy hour from Sunday to Wednesday.

81801 Overseas Highway; 305.712.7166;



After binge-watching the second season of Bloodline on Netflix, are you already missing its Florida Keys scenery and unsavory characters, pictured? Here’s something that will tide you over until the third season. Florida Keys Food Tours offers a Bloodline-themed pub crawl along with its regular history and culinary tour, which also features a few places filmed in the show. Long-time resident Sheryl Guerry Rose, who remembers when the Moorings Village resort was nothing but a wide-open beach with a single cottage when she moved to Islamorada as a young girl, leads small groups around approximately seven stops from restaurants to bakeries to breweries. The pub crawl visits as many local establishments, so come prepared! You know it’s time to climb back on the tiki trolley when she blows her conch horn.




Despite Bloodline’s bad behavior, Islamorada is like a tropical version of Mayberry. The village hosts an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration and glorious fireworks display at Founders Park, pictured, on Plantation Key starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10, but guests staying at participating resorts should wear their special wristbands for complimentary admission. Held from July 8-10, the family-friendly Islamorada Summer Classic boat tournament invites juniors, teens and adults to target nine fish species in the backcountry and ocean. Sign up by contacting Dianne Harbaugh at 305.522.4868. You’d never guess it’s summer judging from the number of people who come out for the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District’s Third Thursday Art Walks. This month’s event with live music and local fare occurs July 21, from 6-9 p.m.

86800 Overseas Highway; 305.664.6400; 151 Morada Way between Mile Marker 81-82;



Good Girl Juice & Café opened in Village Square at the Trading Post. The healthy eatery is a joint effort among the owners of uCúmbe lifestyle store and Bad Boy Burrito, an organic Mexican restaurant, located in the same charming enclave. Local produce appears in Beet the Best, with red cabbage and ginger, and citrus-based Morning Breeze with mint and chia seeds. Order the house tea of steeped soursop leaves and a healthier take on Thai iced tea due to almond milk and agave. The prepared foods case offers light bites with Asian and Mediterranean touches. Spicy soba noodle salad features organic tofu, edamame and cabbage, while spreads include roasted carrot and beet hummus; roasted eggplant baba ganoush topped with pomegranate seeds, and cauliflower tabouli sans bulgur for gluten-free eaters.

81868 Overseas Highway; 305.440.2961;



One Sotheby’s International Realty Invited To Participate In National Podcast!


Daniel de la Vega, the President of One Sotheby’s International Realty, was invited to participate in a national podcast series hosted by Louisville Ky’s leading luxury brokerage, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty.


During this podcast episode Greg, the host, asked a few questions to help his audience better understand the South Florida real estate market, as it is very different from the Mid-West!

One of the first topics covered a question about what one million dollars might be able to buy in Miami and surrounding markets.  In Louisville, Greg explained that $1,000,000 was a loose threshold for the luxury market, and was curious what the same amount might be able to purchase in our own market here.

The next question was about the quantity of homes and condos valued at one million or more that might be sold in any given year.  Judging by his reaction, it appears that Greg was not quite ready for the answer that Daniel provided!

After shocking Greg with his luxury home answer, Daniel went on to explain in this podcast episode that the Miami region is undergoing a boom in infrastructure investment and being mindfully developed in a way that will ensure solid future growth for years and years, which is just one reason that we are so bullish on the local market.

Greg wrapped up his Miami real estate podcast episode with a bit of a trick question… how familiar with Louisville and Kentucky was Daniel?  Listen to the full podcast, or read the full transcript here, to see how he handled this curve ball, but we think he nailed it!

ONE SIR Highlights from GNE 2016


One hundred ONE Sotheby’s agents recently joined 2,000 other Sotheby’s affiliates at the 2016 Global Networking Event held in Las Vegas. The theme of the event was ‘Embrace the Moment: Inspire. Celebrate. Innovate.’ The conference brought together top agents from around the world to share ideas, trends and successes in their respective markets to further strengthen the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

ONE SIR and Evoker joined together to create a behind the scenes video, highlighting the best of the conference. From networking socials to informative panel discussions to showcasing exclusive developments, GNE 2016 helped strengthen relationships with other luxury real estate professionals around the world.

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See the full video here.


Scenic Sotheby’s Instagram Takeover


We’re taking a day trip to the white sand beaches, emerald waters and new urban towns of Northwest Florida for an Instagram Takeover with our affiliate Scenic Sotheby’s! 

187 San Roy Road
Staggering views of one of Northwest Florida’s rare coastal dune lakes & the Gulf of Mexico will fool you into believing you’re on your own private island. 187 San Roy Road is located on one of the most inspired pieces of white sand beach the 30A corridor has to offer with few homes and even fewer people. $7,595,000 WEB ID: 3KV4SS

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17 Moongate Court

On the east end of 30A is where you’ll find 17 Moongate Court. Fronting a stone alley with fountain leading directly to emerald gulf waters & white sand beach, this courtyard home with pool is meticulously built to FORTIFIED… For Safer Living® standards, as all homes are in Alys Beach. $4,985,000 WEB ID: 5YJJZY

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Lot 3 The Bluffs at Sandy Shores
30A’s most anticipated new luxury waterfront homes are nestled between Alys Beach & Rosemary Beach behind the gates of The Bluffs at Sandy Shores. Concrete construction brings clean-line architecture to life. Completion of the 7,726 sq. ft. home on Lot 3 is scheduled for September. $9,250,000 WEB ID: THY277
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1900 Ninety Eight Penthouse #1002
Construction of Destin’s first gulf front condo since 2007 has progressed to the 10th floor, the foundation of this luxurious penthouse at 1900 Ninety Eight. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the two-story living room frame panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning only more from the rooftop pool. $2,995,000 WEB ID: JMBDZ6

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26 East Saint Lucia Lane
Alluring design bearing McAlpine Tankersley Architects’ signature & quality finishes meet at 26 E. Saint Lucia Ln., embracing The Retreat’s refined lifestyle. The remarkable concrete-constructed home with wine cellar presides over 70 ft. of beach within one of 30A’s only guard-gated communities. $6,550,000 WEB ID: 23XX4T

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Between its 40,000 gallon resort-style pool & its 5th-story rooftop deck, 42 Miami Street is the perfect place to end any Northwest Florida beach day. Perfectly situated to capture gulf views from each floor, this sleek coastal contemporary has been masterfully configured to provide unparalleled amenities. $3,795,000 WEB ID: GPKMZT
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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Leads National Rankings for Individual Sales Volume


We are excited to announce that Sotheby’s International Realty leads national rankings in the most recent REAL Trends/WSJ Report.  In the 2016 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “Top Thousand” report the Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories. Three ONE SIR agents, and 45 total agents from Sotheby’s affiliates, were among the top 250 individual agents by transaction volume in the country. Sotheby’s had more agents in the top 250 than any other real estate company, a tremendous accomplishment for our company.

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ONE SIR proudly acknowledges our agents Jorge Uribe, Dennis Stevick and Jo-Ann Forster for continually performing at an exceptional level.

See the full list of the 2016 Individuals by Transaction Volume here. The Sotheby’s affiliate agents who made the list are as follows:

The Scoop: Weekend of June 23



From June 29-July 1, Macchialina’s chef owner Michael Pirolo is bringing back his popular panini pop-up for lunch. The menu stars a roasted pork, broccoli rabe and fontina cheese sandwich inspired by the famous DiNic’s counter in the Reading Terminal Market (he recently flew in the real deal from Philadelphia, so his kitchen staff could nail it). An open-faced turkey sandwich on brioche is dressed in giblet gravy and garlic aioli. Emanate Goodfellas with a meatball parm sub or the Godfather, an Italian hero with prosciutto, mortadella, provolone and olive oil and vinegar. Vegetarians can rest easy with an eggplant, white bean and tomato panini. Add a shot of mezcal to coconut and avocado milkshakes, or share banana cream pie. Feeling generous? Order lunch for the office, since delivery is available.

820 Alton Road; 305-534-2124;



Island Company, South Florida’s homegrown, resort lifestyle brand, debuted its largest store and first hotel location at the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. The 3,500-square-foot boutique replete with signature rum bar is decorated with fun props like a retro Land Rover. Founder Spencer Antle decided to go bigger after selling his men’s and women’s fashions and accessories, home and sun care for more than a decade on property. That his new space directly faces the beach was also a no-brainer. Summer picks include a one-shoulder mini-dress in white linen and maxi indigo caftan with side buttons. Need a gift? Purchase tropical-scented candles made with a hand-poured, natural soy blend in fragrances like banana daiquiri and Tahitian vanilla. Visit his West Palm Beach and Naples shops, too.

One North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard; 954.237.7227;



If you think the end of Miami’s growing season means no fresh produce at farm stands, then head to the Upper Eastside Farmers’ Market at Legion Park on Saturdays. The year-round event imports organic fruits and veggies from northern Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Here’s a glimpse of this week’s items: spaghetti squash, blackberries, watermelons, Vidalia onions and shitake mushrooms. Florida-based Seely’s Ark and Arrowhead Beef provide poultry and NY strip, respectively. Create an instant picnic with Indian chutneys and spreads from Nisha’s, and hummus including rosemary artichoke or black bean from Seeley’s. Flavored kombucha, smoked fish dips and goat’s milk kefir complete your list. While shopping, sip a juice perfectly concocted by Clive at Nature Boyz’s booth; recipes feature sugarcane, mango, the exotic rose apple and more.

6659 Biscayne Boulevard;



In the mood for a great documentary? Tonight at 7 p.m., O Cinema’s Wynwood location screens When We Were Kings. Focusing on the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” match, Leon Gast’s film is considered the most intimate portrait of the legendary boxer and former Miami resident. The director of the quintessential Miami movie, Scarface, is the subject of a new documentary by Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha). De Palma follows the prolific career of Brian De Palma, whose films include Carrie, The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible. It premieres locally tomorrow at Miami Beach Cinematheque with frequent screenings over the next couple weeks, along with a special one-time showing of his cult classic Sisters starring Margot Kidder on June 30.

90 NW 29th Street; 305-571-9970; 1130 Washington Avenue; 305.673.4567;






Brickell City Centre Celebrates Retailer Diptyque


Following the recent announcement that Brickell City Centre will open its retail component in November 2016, ONE SIR hosted a special pop up shop with Diptyque. One of the highly anticipated retailers, Diptyque is a well-known candle and perfumery company.


Attendees learned more about Brickell City Centre, observing the model on display, while sampling delectable small bites. Diptyque shared with guests a variety of their scented candles and perfumes, which we available for purchase at the event. 


The event served as a sneak peak of Brickell City Centre’s future. A carefully curated list of retailers and restaurants will make this transformation project a success with the local community as well as with international travelers to Miami.

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ONE Sotheby’s Launches YoungArts Partnership in NYC


This year has been a year of innovation and growth for ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. Amongst the achievements that we are most excited to share is our new partnership with The National YoungArts Foundation which was launched at a dinner in NYC this Spring. The launch marked the beginning of our official corporate partnership with this renowned artistic institution. But as many of you know, it aligns with our historic commitment to supporting the artistic community in South Florida and beyond with signature programs and a rotating art collection in our Miami Beach office.

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Mayi de la Vega, Daniel de la Vega, Veronica de la Vega

We believe luxury real estate and fine art goes hand in hand. Our belief is supported by our actions. Our firm has actively sponsored Sotheby’s art auctions on a global scale and has participated in every stage of our local community’s emergence as an artistic hub. Over the past decade, South Florida has nurtured its reputation as a rising force in this world by hosting Art Basel annually, courting cultural venues like the Faena Forum and creating space for a plethora of new museums. ONE Sotheby’s has been involved in different ways at the foundational level of all these initiatives. We are proud to have contributed to our area’s elevated role in the global artistic discourse, and we will further that influence on a national level with the renowned YoungArts Foundation.

The partnership is a perfect fit. Like our own Sotheby’s brand, YoungArts has a rich history. The foundation was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Moving forward, we will work in tandem to support a wide range of annual programs with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. ONE Sotheby’s will be included in all of YA’s collateral for the Miami, L.A. and New York market as their official corporate partner.

Felicia Marquez, Mayi de la Vega

Felicia Marquez, Mayi de la Vega

Daniel de la Vega, Sarah Arison

Daniel de la Vega, Sarah Arison

For our President Daniel de la Vega, this partnership is personal. His attraction to YoungArts stems from a true respect and love of the arts. The outcome is a partnership which continues to elevate the ONE Sotheby’s brand beyond the conventional and into the extraordinary. Daniel explains,  “We found that the team at YoungArts was providing a platform for young artists, in all facets of the arts world, to express themselves through a series of different events. I don’t know anywhere else where young artists can learn from YoungArts Alumni such as Ghery, Zapata and the late Hadid, just to name a few.”

Daniel explores the unexpected to continually evolve the brand into new luxury spaces. YoungArts is the latest example of this. “We are the only luxury real estate company to have stepped out of the box and partnered with an organization like such. I am excited to work with these artists in many capacities.” As a next step, Daniel will be hosting a contest at our Miami Beach office which will engage various YoungArts painters. The winner will paint a mural on the side of our of our buildings. We can’t wait to see the beautiful outcome. Stay tuned for partnership milestones as we keep growing with the artists we support.

Daniel de la Vega, Veronica de la Vega

Daniel de la Vega, Veronica de la Vega

The Scoop: Weekend of June 17th



Noble House Hotels & Resorts, whose portfolio boasts upscale properties from Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys to Mountain Lodge at Telluride, renovated and expanded its Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale with some serious Scandinavian flair. Room décor touches on beach shabby chic through rustically painted walls in pale hues and pops of printed textiles. Book the recently added Sky Suite, the 12th-floor penthouse, for its 1,100-square foot balcony with an outdoor shower and soaking tub. Perched a floor below for sweeping ocean views, the new PURE Spa uses only the best product lines such as Babor and Sparitual. Try its Maria Akerberg Luxury Facial with the namesake skin-care line straight from Sweden. The setting’s minimal design with whitewashed wooden floors extends to cabanas for outdoor treatments.

2000 North Ocean Boulevard; 954.568.9431;



The Betsy has been busy. The boutique hotel reinvented BLT Steak as LT Steak & Seafood to celebrate its oceanside locale. Executive chef Laurent Tourondel adds dishes like poached Alaskan king crab dipped in yuzu butter, and grilled Ora king salmon served with a summer bean salad and confit lemon aioli (pictured). Red meat eaters still have their share of options, too, including a new short rib bao bun with pickled jalapeno, chimichurri and watercress. Save room for his gourmet version of tres leches and rum raisin ice cream topped with chili confit pineapple. Meanwhile, the property is in the midst of a major expansion and renovation with the adjoining Carlton Hotel. The Henry Hohauser-designed Art Deco annex will feature 69 suites and rooms, a casual restaurant and an herb garden.

1440 Ocean Drive; 305.673.0044;



More than 80 restaurants in South Florida are cooking for the 28th annual Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry. The event, which features a silent auction and after party at R House, takes place at Soho Studios in Wynwood on Friday, from 7-10 p.m. (the VIP portion begins an hour earlier). Purchase tickets here.

Is your father a foodie? Treat him to a six-course, collaborative dinner by Azul’s Benjamin Murray, pictured, and Eating House and Glass & Vine’s Giorgio Rapicavoli at Mandarin Oriental Miami on June 21 and 22. A peek at the menu shows duck with black truffle miso and sunchokes, and mango curd with white chocolate and a Meyer lemon glaze. Whether made with smoked Japanese cedar or sake basil granite, cocktails for the optional pairing appear equally creative.

2136 NW First Avenue. 500 Brickell Key; 305.913.8358;



Need more ideas for Father’s Day? The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne hosts Sunday brunch with seatings from 12:30 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park’s classic car show also offers cigars for pops and crafts for tots on Sunday; pack a picnic and listen to live music. Nature guides accompany 2-hour bay cruises at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. departing from the Deering Estate at Cutler. The Fontainebleau’s Ultimate Father’s Day Experience package for up to six guests includes a cabana, butler service, jet ski rental, Cohiba cigars, and food and drinks. Tack on the Chief Treatment, a 50-minute Swedish massage with a hamman bath, at its Lapis Spa. Couldn’t score tickets to the NBA Finals? Treat him to an old-fashioned ballgame when the Marlins take on the Colorado Rockies this weekend.

455 Grand Bay Drive; 305.365.4156; 3485 Main Highway; 305.442.6866. 16701 SW 72nd Avenue; 305.235.1668; 4441 Collins Avenue; 305.538.2000; 501 Marlins Way; 305.480.1300;