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Tags:  South of Fifth district, miami beach condominiums, Portofino Tower, South Beach Condos, portofino tower miami beach, Portofino Condominium South Beach

A little known fact today is that The Portofino Tower was originally conceived and developed by German Developer Thomas Kramer. This developer was a true visionary, he was among the first large-scale investors in Miami Beach's South of Fifth Neighborhood, long before it was fashionable. Like many visionaries and true pioneers, he was also controversial and perhaps ahead of his time. By the early 1990's, the South of Fifth Street area of Miami Beach was a dilapidated, somewhat dangerous, and architecturally uninteresting part of Miami Beach. The Art Deco renaissance that began in the early 1980's in South Beach did NOT include the South of Fifth district. This area was not considered historically significant by Miami Beach's Art Deco Preservation league. As a result, the renovations and architectural renaissance that took place in the 1980's and early 1990's was NORTH of Fifth Street. Mr. Kramer had purchased the land which is now occupied by The Portofino Tower, the Yacht Club, Murano at Portofino, Murano Grande, Icon South Beach, and Apogee South Beach and other luxury South Beach real estate properties.

Thomas Kramer began development of the Portofino Tower, with the construction and sales eventually completed by Jorge Perez' Florida-based Related Group. Eventually, The Related Group took over the development and construction of the other Kramer-owned South of Fifth Street real estate projects. The original South Fifth Masterpiece- The Portofino Tower, was completed in 1997, and set a new standard for luxury, scale, and high-end finishes for Miami Beach. Located adjacent to the South Pointe Tower (and comprising the same master association), the Italian-inspired architectural style and 40+ stories of this luxury condominium building continues to impress local residents and visitors alike. This is a unique luxury building- with it's own spacious design and mostly larger flow-through luxury condominiums, with first class amenities. The Portofino Tower is a luxury condominium building located at 300 South Pointe Drive, adjacent to Government Cut and the newly restored South Pointe Park.

Portofino Tower Condo Miami Beach

No detail was spared in the construction of the The Portofino Tower, from the unique design of the shared spaces with a two story lobby and a spectacular fitness center in the sky, with incredible views of Downtown Miami, Fisher Island, the Atlantic Ocean, and the city of Miami Beach. The entry way features a 24 hour security booth, and additional security in the lobby Front Desk, Valet Service, as well as a concierge service desk for residents. Since the building was completed in 1997, I have had the privilege of representing many sellers and buyers. Almost all of my clients have LOVED living here, so I'd like to share the Top Ten Reasons why they do.

Top 10 Reasons Why The Portofino Tower is one of the most popular South Beach luxury condo buildings:

1. The strong management staff- Top notch and long-term employees.
2. Top-tier amenities- including two Tennis Courts, a billiards/entertainment room, and spectacular and remodeled fitness center in the middle of the building with amazing views, complete with a private aerobics studio.
3. Incredible Views of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Star Island, and the city of Miami Beach.
4. Location- South of Fifth Street, across the Street from Joe's Stone Crab, and adjacent to South Pointe Park.
5. Beautiful Kitchens- featuring Thermador Appliances, high end cabinetry, and large granite countertops in every condominium.
6. Hurricane Impact Windows throughout the entire property. This one feature puts this condo building one notch above all others built prior to the passage of the stricter construction codes of 2001.
7. The separation of traffic among towers- with elevators opening to semi-private and private foyers (in select condo units).
8. Financial Stability- There have been very few short sales in the building in the past year, yet the condo association is well managed and has delinquency rates under 5%, with strong reserves. Maintenance fees actually declined slightly in the past year.
9. Active Social Committees- The Board of Directors and management organize semi-regular social functions aimed at creating a sense of community among the full and part-time residents.
10. Flow-through & open, large flooroplans- Most condominiums in the building have two large terraces on opposite sides of the building featuring incredible views of both sunrises and sunsets.

 

Tags:  South Beach Condos, South of Fifth district, miami beach condos, Miami Beach Luxury Condos, Icon South Beach Condos

Icon South Beach paired developer Jorge Perez' Related Group with the contemporary design genius of Philippe Starck, and brought innovative concepts where the original owners were able to choose from four different interior design packages. These decorpackages included options such as flooring, lighting, closet systems, countertops, custom lighting, window treatments, and other design amenities in individual condos. The Icon South Beach condominium was conceived as a contemporary follow up to The Murano Grande. A unique luxury building- with it's own design, architectural style, and amenities- located at 450 Alton Road, just South of Fifth Street.

Located North of the Murano Grande, Icon Miami Beach consists of two towers with incredible views of Downtown Miami, the city of Miami Beach, the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The condoniminium building consists of One, two and three bedroom floorplans, all of which are available all with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors leading to oversized terraces. Featuring the contemporary and minimalist decor of Philippe Starck, Icon South Beach features two pools, one of the largest private fitness centers in all of Miami Beach, a private library, and many other amenities such as private massage rooms, and private his and her locker rooms. Located in the prestigious South of Fifth Street neighborhood, adjacent to the Miami Beach marina and the recently completed Fifth and Alton Shopping Center. This is one of the most spectacular locations and one ofSouth Beach's hottest addresses. Residents are just five minutes away from the Beach, South Pointe Park, and even Publix supermarket!

This is by far one of the most popular buildings in all of Miami Beach, especially with the New York and East Coast"transplants". Icon Miami Beach tends to be particularly favored by the upwardly mobile and highly successful "Gen X" and "Gen Y" hip crowd that enjoys the many social benefits that this contemporary condo buildings offers its residents. The original vision of "Where you live is who you are", as conceived by Philippe Starck, is definitely reflected in Icon's younger residents today.

Top 10 Reasons why Icon South Beach is one of the most popular and "Hip" Miami Beach luxury condo buildings:

1. A strong social environment, with a beautiful bar and poolside food and beverage services.
2. Top-tier amenities- including a private lap pool, beautiful infinity pool deck, and a contemporary and oversized fitness center.
3. Incredible Views of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Star Island, and the city of Miami Beach.
4. Location- South of Fifth Street yet right next to the Miami Beach marina and the Fifth & Alton Shopping Center.
5. Amazing kitchens- Featuring Miele Appliances, high end cabinetry, and large granite countertops in every condominium.
6. Hurricane Impact Windows throughout the entire property. This one feature puts this condo building one notch above all others built prior to the passage of the stricter construction codes of 2001.
7. The separation of traffic among two towers- with elevators opening to semi-private foyers (in most cases).
8. Financial Stability- There have been short sales in the building in the past year, yet the condo association is well managed and has reduced delinquency rates to under 5% and has strong reserves.
9. Active Social Committees- The Board of Directors and management organize semi-regular social functions aimed at creating a sense of community among full and part-time residents.
10. Large Terraces- Every two and three bedroom condominium in the building has surprisingly large terraces, with all condos facing the Bay having extra large wrap around balconies.

 

Tags:  South of Fifth Neighborhood, Miami Beach Luxury Condos, South Beach Condos, miami beach condominiums, Murano Grande South Beach

The Murano Grande was conceived as a larger follow up to The Related Group's original South Fifth Masterpiece- The Murano at Portofino. A unique luxury building- with it's own design, architectural style, and amenities- the Murano Grande South Beach is a luxury condominium building located at 400 Alton Road, just South of Fifth Street.

Murano Grande Condo For Sale

No detail was spared in the construction of the Murano Grande, from the unique design of the shared spaces (conceived by The Rockwell Group), to the form and modern layout of the two story lobby. The Murano Grande evokes a contemporary feel, with a strong emphasis on the preservation of large open spaces. The lobby features a 24 hour security desk, as well as a concierge service desk. Since the building was completed in 2003, I have had the priviledge of representing many of it's sellers and buyers. Almost all of my clients have LOVED living here.

10 Reasons why The Murano Grande South Beach is one of the most popular Miami Beach luxury condo buildings:


  • 1. The strong management staff- Top notch and long-term employees.
  • 2. Top-tier amenities- including Tennis Courts, beautiful waterfall pool deck, and a well appointed gymnasium.
  • 3. Incredible Views of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Star Island, and the city of Miami Beach.
  • 4. Location- South of Fifth Street yet right next to the Miami Beach marina and the Fifth & Alton Shopping Center.
  • 5. Amazing kitchens- Featuring Miele Appliances, high end cabinetry, and large granite countertops in every condominium.
  • 6. Hurricane Impact Windows throughout the entire property. This one feature puts this condo building one notch above all others built prior to the passage of the stricter construction codes of 2001.
  • 7. The separation of traffic among three towers- with elevators opening to semi-private and private foyers.
  • 8. Financial Stability- There have been short sales in the building in the past year, yet the condo association is well managed and has reduced delinquency rates to under 5% and has strong reserves.
  • 9. Active Social Committees- The Board of Directors and management organize semi-regular social functions aimed at creating a sense of community among full and part-time residents.
  • 10. Large Terraces- Every condominium in the building has surprisingly large terraces, with all condos facing the Bay having extra large wrap around balconies.

Currently there are 40 condos available for sale at the Murano Grande. View the Listings.

 

Tags:  continuum miami beach, South Beach Condos, miami beach condominiums, South of Fifth, Continuum South Beach

Located at the southernmost tip of South Beach, with over 12 acres directly on the Ocean, makes Continuum THE most coveted condominiums in all of Miami Beach. There's something very special about these 12 acres of oceanfront land, which is where Continuum North and South Towers are located. A little known fact is that this parcel of land once belonged to a local tribe of Indians, and legend has it that this land has a mystical quality. Whether this is true or not, as far as sheer beauty, desireability, lifestyle, amenities, and location, The Continuum is by far the most spectacular luxury condominium development in the South of Fifth Street neighborhood (and probably in the entire state of Florida).

Continuum South Beach Condos Sales Data

Recently, I've worked with several multi-million dollar buyers looking to purchase in The North Tower, which is the newest of the two, and has more modern features such as touchscreen "smart" panels and a few other amenities that were not available in 2001 when the South Tower was built. The Continuum North two bedroom floorplans, in my opinion, are also better laid out and more functional than comparable two bedroom floorplans in the Continuum South Tower. Another little known fact is that the subcontracting work from the developer was also more detail oriented and tended to be of better quality than the South Tower finish work. For these reasons, and the improvement in the financial markets lately, are why we are witnessing buyer demand and a strong upward price trend.

Below are the last ninety days of closed sales from The Continuum - North Tower. Note that these average at over $1,000/SF, and that prices are slowly creeping back up to the pre-financial crisis levels.

Continuum South Beach Condos Recent Sales

 

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