Dezer wins height approval for Sunny Isles’ tallest condo tower

Gil Dezer and Days Hotel by Wyndham Thunderbird Beach Resort

Gil Dezer and Days Hotel by Wyndham Thunderbird Beach Resort

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the height for what would be the tallest tower in Sunny Isles Beach.

Dezer Development could build up to 743 feet above ground, or 749 feet above sea level, on the property at 18401 Collins Avenue.

Dezer owns the Days Hotel by Wyndham Thunderbird Beach Resort on the site. Property records show Dezer Hotel Management Ltd. paid $6.78 million for the hotel in 1996. The five-story, 180-room building was built in 1955 on a 3.56-acre site.

Dezer Development CEO Gil Dezer said that he is “years away from demolishing the hotel” but that it would eventually be developed into a luxury condo tower.

At the height approved by the FAA, the skyscraper that Dezer eventually builds could be the fourth tallest in the Miami area and in the state of Florida.

A few blocks north, Dezer and the Related Group recently received their temporary certificate of occupancy for the Residences by Armani/Casa at 18975 Collins Avenue. About 30 units remain for sale at the 308-unit tower. It’s 649 feet tall.

Dezer declined to say when he plans to launch his next condo project, but said he will wait until Armani/Casa is fully sold.

The Sunny Isles-based real estate firm is also working on plans for the Intracoastal Mall in North Miami Beach, where Dezer could build roughly 2,000 residential units, 2.5 million square feet of commercial space and buildings up to 40 stories tall on the east side of the property at 3501 Sunny Isles Boulevard, along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Porsche Design Tower penthouse includes space for 11 cars

Renderings of Porsche Design Tower (Credit: Metrostudio) and its penthouse (Credit: Metrostudio and VIRTUAL Graphics & Animation Studio)
At Porsche Design Tower, an elevator for your luxury cars and an attached private garage may not be enough. So developer Gil Dezer is offering a new amenity aimed at car aficionados.
The penthouse, priced at $32.5 million, includes the option to store up to 11 cars – in a 3,000-square-foot car gallery (with city and ocean views) that’s connected to the four-story residence. 
Car gallery (Credit: VIRTUAL Graphics & Animation Studio). Click to enlarge.
Potential buyers have the option to use the car gallery to store seven cars on their own, or three with a living room, bar and billiard table. The 16,915-square-foot penthouse will have four bedroom-suites, 6.5 baths and two separate two-car garages.
Dezer Development broke ground on the building, at 18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, in April 2013. The beachfront development offers a range of atypical amenities, including man caves and balcony plunge pools, as well as the “Dezervator,” a patented car elevator named after the tower’s developer. The elevator will hoist cars and residents up to any one of Porsche Design’s 132 condos. Check out a video of the “Dezervator” in action here.
Six units remain at the 60-story tower, which is expected to open by the end of this year. The developer is handling sales in-house, according to a spokesperson. It topped off in October.
Dezer showed off part of his luxury car and plane collection this week on CNBC’s “Secret Lives of the Super Rich.”

Source: The Real Deal Miami

400 Sunny Isles project tops $200M in new condo sales

400 Sunny Isles rendering
Amid a growing supply of condos available for purchase on the Miami-Dade County barrier island, the new 400 Sunny Isles complex fronting the Intracoastal Waterway has sold off 96 percent of the total units to generate more than $200 million in recorded transactions as of Tuesday.
Developer sales in the 400 Sunny Isles Condominium project featuring a pair of 21-story buildings — known as the East and West towers — with a combined 230 units, with more than 375,000 square feet of salable “unit area” space in Sunny Isles Beach, began to be recorded on Dec. 8, according to Miami-Dade County records.
To date, at least 221 units in the 400 Sunny Isles project — developed by a Delaware corporation led by Inigo Ardid — have traded for a combined $206 million, which works out to a price of more than $930,000 each for an average of about $570 per square foot of “unit area” as of Tuesday, according to government records.
The project’s East tower has sold 129 units out of 133 total units for nearly $114 million  — or $882,000 each — for an average of less than $560 per square foot of “unit area.” The West tower has sold 92 units out of 97 units for more than $92 million — or $1 million each — for an average of nearly $590 per square foot of “unit area,” according to government records.
Individual units in the 400 Sunny Isles complex have transacted at prices ranging from less than $550,000 to more than $2.8 million each. On a price per square foot basis for “unit area,” individual condos have traded from as little as $421 to as much as nearly $1,000, according to government records.
Currently, 82 units in the 400 Sunny Isles project are listed for sale at a price of more than $1.4 million each, for an average of more than $660 per square foot as of Wednesday, according to data from the Southeast Florida MLXchange.
No condo units in the 400 Sunny Isles project have been resold or are currently under contract on the MLS, according to the data.
Sunny Isles Beach — a popular seaside destination for international and domestic buyers alike — is the fourth most active market east of I-95 in South Florida, based on more than 3,165 total units announced during this cycle that began in 2011.
The only South Florida markets with a greater number of condos announced during this cycle are Greater Downtown Miami with at least 22,850 units, the Hollywood-Hallandale Beach area with more than 4,800 units and the Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Beach market with more than 3,350 units as of Monday, according to the preconstruction condo projects website (For disclosure, my firm operates the website.)
It is worth noting that the Aventura market on the mainland across the Intracoastal Waterway, to the west of Sunny Isles Beach, is the fifth most active market with 21 new condo buildings and more than 3,000 units announced during this cycle.
Currently, five new condo buildings with 436 units have been constructed in the Sunny Isles Beach market. An additional six buildings with nearly 1,025 units are currently under construction, according to
Combined, the number of new units completed and under construction represents about 46 percent of the total pipeline of new condos slated for development during this cycle in Sunny Isles Beach.
At least 15 new condo buildings with more than 1,700 units — some 54 percent of the total pipeline announced — are currently in the planning or presale phase of development in the Sunny Isles Beach market, according to the data.  
Aside from the new condo pipeline, the Sunny Isles Beach market currently has more than 1,335 units being marketed for purchase at an average asking price of $1.4 million each or nearly $655 per square foot, according to the Southeast Florida MLXchange.
In 2015, buyers acquired nearly 775 condo units at an average price of about $738,750 or more than $440 per square foot.
Based on the 2015 resale transaction pace of 65 units monthly, Sunny Isles Beach currently has more than 20 months of supply of condos available for purchase, according to the data.
A balanced market is considered to have about a six-month supply of units available for purchase. More months of condo units available for purchase suggests a buyer’s advantage, and less months indicates a seller’s advantage in negotiating transactions.
Overall, South Florida developers have already completed 59 new condo buildings with more than 4,350 units east of I-95 in the tri-county South Florida region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. An additional 132 new condo buildings with more than 14,225 units are currently under construction in South Florida.
A combined 233 new condo buildings with nearly 31,650 units — about 63 percent of the total tricounty pipeline — are currently in the planning or presale phase of development in South Florida.
The unanswered question going forward is whether the buyer pool on the barrier island is deep enough to absorb all of the Sunny Isles Beach condo units that are available for purchase at this stage of the current South Florida real estate cycle.   
Peter Zalewski is a real estate columnist for The Real Deal who founded Condo Vultures LLC, a consultancy and publishing company, as well as Condo Vultures Realty LLC and CVR Realty brokerages and the Condo Ratings Agency, an analytics firm. The Condo Ratings Agency operates, a preconstruction condo projects website, in conjunction with the Miami Association of Realtors.

Source: The Real Deal Miami

Sneak peek: New renderings of Aurora in Sunny Isles Beach

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Verzasca has released new renderings of its Sunny Isles Beach condominium, Aurora.
Bay Harbor Islands-based Verzasca launched sales for the 61-unit mixed-use tower in the fall and has reached the 30 percent sales mark, managing director Tim Lobanov told The Real Deal. About 70 percent of those buyers are from Latin America with Argentinian buyers leading sales. In the United States, a majority come from New York and Maine.
Units start in the low $800,000s and go up to about $1.5 million for the southeast line, Lobanov said. Verzasca International Realty, led by John Warsing, is handling sales and marketing. Buyers at Aurora will receive a one-year membership with JetSmarter, a private jet charter. Amenities will include an indoor and outdoor yoga lounge, a pool deck, pet area, children’s playground and play room.
Verzasca plans to break ground on the 17-story building during the first quarter of 2017 with an estimated completion date of 2019. Lobanov said the sales center, built out in the former Denny’s building, will open in April complete with a model kitchen and bathroom, conference space, scale model and kids play area.
The developer downsized the condo design, which received approvals in July, by reducing the height of the building and the number of units. Verzasca cut the number of residential units to 61 from 77 and the height of the building, including mechanical fixtures, to 204 feet from 210 feet. Aurora is being designed by architect Luis Revuelta of Revuelta Architecture International.

Source: The Real Deal Miami