Crowds flocked to the Kentucky Derby this past weekend to join in on the annual equestrian festivities. This year was the 139th race, which was won by a horse named ORB in front 151,000 spectators. In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby we’re featuring the best listings in South Florida that would be a dream home for any horse lover.
15990 Griffin Road
Circle S Farm is an equestrian paradise. Situated on 50+ acres in the town of Southwest Ranches, this estate features nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, three barns with a total of 88 horse stalls, four furlong training tracks, an equestrian figure 8 pool and an equine surgery room. The property is considered a premier South Florida Thoroughbred Training Center and Breeding Farm.
Listed for $29,999,137. For more information on this listing visit: http://bit.ly/107a8aI
15430 SW 256 Street
Tucked away in the Redlands, sits on 2.5 tree covered acres and has a beautiful eight stall horse barn complete with feeding room and a tack room. The home has over 5,500+ square feet and sprawling lawns. It’s the perfect location to live the calm country life.
Listed for $500,000. For more information on this listings visit: http://bit.ly/12LVYcN
The real numbers for the first quarter are in and they all point to real recovery. The latest issue of TRENDS ‘1st Quarter 2013 Update’ offers a comprehensive analysis of the activity in Miami-Dade and Broward counties from January through March. Overall sales continue to increase along with prices, which rose an average of 13.7%. Inventory continues to be absorbed quickly in both counties and there has been an 18% decrease in the number of properties for sale compared to the first quarter in 2012.
In the luxury sector of Miami-Dade, sales of properties in the $1-$5 million rage showed a 30% increase. Condos also did well, and now the average price per square foot is averaging $721. Condos in Coconut Grove, Miami and Brickell continue to sell, and Aventura has the most condo units closed with a 72.7% increase in sales over last year. Broward’s $1 million – $5 million condo sector had an extremely significant rise with an 85.7% increase in sales.
Overall both the Miami-Dade and Broward markets continue to show stability with the majority of higher priced sales in cash. International buyers are still strong but we have recently seen the return of the working wealthy start to make investments.
Bellini Williams Island unveiled its model residence, designed by Artefacto, with a Grand Opening event on April 18th. In attendance were South Florida’s top brokers along with developer Martin Margulies and ONE Sotheby’s CEO Mayi de la Vega. Guests had the opportunity to see the new unit and enjoy sunset cocktails and bites at the Bellini Williams Island Condo Sales Center.
Artefacto outfitted the unit with luxury furniture and accessories to create a modern and sophisticated space taking advantage of the panoramic views and spacious living areas. Bellini Williams Island will be complete this spring and will offer residents fabulous amenities, which include access to Williams Island’s renovated spa and health center, private security, concierge and more. You can also visit the developer’s website here – www.belliniwilliamsisland.com.
This year ONE Sotheby’s International Realty was the official Fort Lauderdale and Miami real estate sponsor of the Sony Open Tennis Tournament that takes place every March in Key Biscayne. For two weeks our agents greeted tennis fans from around the world in a luxurious air-conditioned tent that was decorated with displays of the top real estate listings in South Florida. With thousands of visitors attending the tournament from all around the world, it was the perfect opportunity to connect and create relationships with potential buyers and sellers.
Throughout the entire event our brokers were on hand to explain to guests about the positive shift in the Miami real estate market as well as real estate market in South Florida and they also had the chance to meet with other agents from Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate offices in Aspen and Turks and Caicos. Stephan Burke, a ONESir Broker, was approached by a buyer interested in purchasing a $20million+ home close to the Coconut Grove area that conveniently walked over to the tent and got more information about current listings. Another agent, Patrick Vysata, met a lady from France that has just sold her villa with the Sotheby’s Realty affiliate in the region and would be interested in purchasing a second property in South Florida soon. Our agents said that many visitors were interested in our developments including Cielo on the Bay, 1000 Museum, Altos Del Mar and Bellini Williams Island.
Overall it was an exciting two weeks filled with the best of tennis and real estate. We are already looking forward to next year’s event and have been cultivating the leads we made!
South Florida’s top brokers and VIPs gathered at Bellini Williams Island for a special fete hosted along with Art Nexus Magazine showcasing Contemporary Brazilian Art. The event started with sunset cocktails and later moved into the sales center for a special presentation with developer, and art collector Martin Margulies along with Celia Sredni de Birbragher, Editor-In-Chief of Art Nexus Magazine. They both discussed the select pieces on display from their personal collections and how the Brazilian culture, as well as its investors, has influenced South Florida.
Guests also had the opportunity to visit the newest model unit at Bellini condo furnished by the luxury Brazilian furniture company Artefacto. The model units will all feature pieces from the Artefacto collection that are modern and sophisticated. For more information about Bellini Williams Island visit www.belliniwilliamsisland.com
Eric Ripert Kitchen by Poggenpohl
Efficiency and beauty come together at Bellini Williams Island, who has just announced a new collaboration with celebrity chef Eric Ripert and the luxury kitchen brand Poggenpohl, to outfit each penthouse with groundbreaking, eco-friendly kitchens. Whether you’re a amateur chef or culinary star, the Eric Ripert Kitchen by Poggenpohl will exceed all the standards for a high-design yet practical cooking space.
This specialized kitchen will feature state-of-the-art appliances by Miele, as well as spacious cabinetry with pull-out drawers, quartz countertops, wine storage units, coffee and espresso maker and an island seating for entertaining guests.
Chef Eric Ripert says “We used the knowledge of Poggenphol in terms of the mechanics, and at the same time used the expertise of a professional chef. We’ve combined our talents and vision to make a kitchen that is beautiful, and at the same time ultra efficient.”
Bellini Williams Island is the first condo development to offer the Eric Ripert for Poggenpohl kitchen, aside from an already long list of ultra-luxe amenities. For more information about the development visit www.belliniwilliamsisland.com
Victoria Sampaio of ONE Sotheby’s with the award
Madeleine Romanello organized the event.
On Thursday, March 21st, brokers and agents from ONE Sotheby’s attended the Inaugural Better Beach Awards hosted by the Real Estate Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at the at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach. Guests at the event included realtors, architects, developers, designers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs that gathered to honor the best in each industry.
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s President Beth Butler received the “Most Innovative Method of Marketing Award” for the company’s forward thinking and effective marketing initiatives in areas such as social media and international outreach. Other awards categories included, The Green Award, the Innovative Designer Award, the Better Beach Citizen Award, and the Most Spectacular Restoration Award.
Madeleine Romanello, who is part of the ONE Sotheby’s team and also an active member of the MBCC Real Estate Committee, organized the event.
Seth Feuer of ONE Sotheby’s
ONE Sotheby’s Agents Raymond Bolduc and Miriam Poggio visited Argentina to showcase the best South Florida properties to local brokers and real estate investors. They shared information and materials on our latest condo developments that include Cielo on the Bay and Altos del Mar as well as exquisite waterfront estates and penthouses.
Latin Americans, including Argentines, Brazilians and Venezuelans have helped the rebound of the South Florida real estate market by purchasing second and third homes for investment purposes. At ONE Sotheby’s one of our main marketing initiatives is interacting with these investors to show them the opportunities in the area and get them interested in what South Florida has to offer.
Our agents have more international trips in the coming months, stay tuned!
Our Agents set up brochures and marketing materials for their presentation in Argentina.
The newest marketing initiative in the ONE Sotheby’s portfolio is the ‘Only With One’ campaign that highlights the benefits and exposure that clients buying or selling their homes receive when partnering with our firm. The new site is a virtual platform that shows how ONE Sotheby’s works with major media and online outlets at a local, national and global level to market properties to an affluent audience.
The site also showcases others benefits that come with working with ONE Sotheby’s. This includes privileged access to the Sotheby’s Auction brand, whose clients include 68 of the 100 richest people on the Forbes list. It also means being featured in numerous ONE Sotheby’s International Realty branded publications and specialty sites dedicated to niche markets and property categories. There is also access to networks such as the luxury marketplace, JamesEdition.com, the International Herald Tribune, and “The Business of Extraordinary Living” section of the Wall Street Journal.
No other Miami real estate company can match up to the worldwide exposure that ONE Sotheby’s International Realty has access to. For more information what it means to buy or sell your property with ONE Sotheby’s, visit www.onlywithone.com