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We’ve closed up shop for the time being

Dear reader,

We’re writing with some news: We’ve closed up shop at Curbed Miami, at least for the time being.

We’re leaving our home page curated with our best, and most resourceful stories and maps, including a smattering from our flagship, which will continue to cover Miami (and Florida) architecture, real estate, transportation, and urbanism news.

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For now, we’ll leave you with some of Curbed Miami’s greatest hits:

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The high-rise property made a cameo appearance in the 2016 Hollywood movie

A penthouse condo that made an appearance in the 2016 film War Dogs is back on the market with a new asking price. The 4,200-square-foot unstaged space includes four bedrooms, three balconies, a sleek kitchen, and a master bathroom shower with a red floral mosaic accent wall.

Located atop downtown Miami’s Marina Blue tower which opened at 888 Biscayne Boulevard in 2008, the home’s corner living room is the standout feature thanks to 20 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay, and the ocean beyond.

The condo listed for $5.49 million in 2016. It relisted exactly one year ago for $5.88 million before reducing its asking price to $4.9 million, according to records. The penthouse returned to the market late last month with a reduced price of $4.49 million. The listing comes from Mirce Curkoski and Albert Justo of The Waterfront Team with One Sotheby’s International Realty.

Directed by Todd Phillips, War Dogs is a dark comedy that tells the true story of two American arms dealers that landed in hot water after scoring a $300 million deal to supply weapons to the Afghan military. The condo in question was portrayed as the fictional home of character David Packouz played by actor Miles Teller, who costarred opposite Jonah Hill.

Warner Bros. A scene from War Dogs that was filmed in the unit.
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The sprawling Versailles-inspired home will be offered to bidders with no reserve

After four years on and off the market, an opulent 60,000-square-foot Hillsboro Beach estate known as “Le Palais Royal” will be auctioned off. First listed for a then national record-setting price of $139 million in 2014, the Versailles-inspired compound was expanded and bumped its asking price to $159 million the following year. The listing was withdrawn in 2016.

Designed by Miami-based architect Denio Madera, the home—which also goes by the nickname “Playa Vista Isle”—includes 11 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, a private IMAX theater, putting green, multiple pools and waterfalls, and enough 22-karat gold leaf detailing to make Auric Goldfinger blush. The roughly five-acre property stretches from the oceanfront to the Intracoastal Waterway and features dock parking for a pair of megayachts.

Concierge Auctions will start accepting digital bids on November 12 before concluding with a live auction scheduled for November 15. With no reserve in place, the auction will not require bidders to satisfy a minimum price for the transaction to go through. Current owner Robert Pereira, founder of a Massachusetts-based construction company, reportedly put more than $100 million into the estate’s construction, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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“Another sexy highway” is one step closer to becoming a reality

After winning preliminary approvals in June, a controversial plan to extend the Dolphin Expressway through the Everglades to West Kendall was OK’d by Miami-Dade commissioners on Thursday by a 9-4 vote.

The 13-mile project, according to critics, defies sound urban planning practices and threatens natural ecosystems. Earlier this year, the so-called Kendall Parkway plan earned the nickname “another sexy highway” in a sarcastic marketing campaign launched by Transit Alliance Miami.

While the final route of the six-lane extension is still being finalized, the new tollway will push beyond the county’s own Urban Development Boundary—a line that separates protected natural lands like the Bird Drive Basin wetlands from developments like subdivisions and malls.

In addition to likely making traffic congestion worse, encouraging suburban sprawl, and threatening the Everglades, opponents argue that the $1 billion plan could come at the expense of the kind of mass transit improvements the county actually needs.

Despite winning over the majority of commissioners and appearing to be a forgone conclusion, the project still needs to secure state, federal, and Department of Environmental Resources Management permits. Meanwhile, the county’s new “sexy highway” could potentially face some not-so-sexy lawsuits. Stay tuned.

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The project is aiming to take the title of the city’s tallest building

Downtown’s skyline could reach new heights thanks to a supertall tower unveiled by developers on Friday. Dubbed the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences, the combination hotel and condo skyscraper slated for 300 Biscayne Boulevard represents the Waldorf Astoria brand’s first foray into the Miami market.

The project comes from New York developer Property Markets Group (PMG), Toronto-based Greybrook Realty Partners, and Miami’s S2 Development. The team released a single rendering by local firm Sieger Suarez Architects showing a design resembling a series of glassy cubes stacked nine high.

Topping out at 1,049 feet above Biscayne Bay, the Waldorf Astoria could go on to claim the title of Miami’s tallest building—a distinction that currently goes to Brickell’s 868-foot Panorama Tower. The newly revealed building would also surpass the upcoming 890-foot Okran Tower and just squeak past the proposed 1,000-foot Skyrise observation deck and thrill ride.

The Waldorf Astoria development is expected to contain 140 hotel rooms and 400 luxury condos with pricing to be determined. Pre-sales are scheduled to launch in late 2019, reports the Miami Herald.

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The waterfront high-rise project is going vertical

After nearly a year of below ground work, the 57-story Missoni Baia condominium tower is beginning its skyward climb at 777 NE 26th Terrace in Edgewater.

The start of vertical construction follows some serious foundation work comprising more than 345 tons of steel-reinforcing bars, 2,250 cubic yards of poured concrete, and 190 individual piles driven a combined 12,000 feet into the earth.

Crews are already working on the columns and shear walls of the building’s amenity deck and roughly 400-car parking garage. The pace of work is expected to accelerate as the tower rises higher, with crews expected to pour roughly one residential floor per week.

Perched on the edge of Biscayne Bay, the glassy design from Asymptote Architecture will top out at 649 feet. It will include 249 residences offered in one- to five-bedroom layouts styled by New York interior designer Paris Forino.

The Edgewater project is the latest local development to partner with a luxury consumer brand—in this case Italian fashion house Missoni. Building amenities include five swimming pools, an elevated tennis court and fitness center, a spa, media room, children’s playroom, and a pet spa.

Missoni Baia comes from developer OKO Group and partner Cain International and represents OKO’s first Miami project. The Vladislav Doronin-led company plans three more local projects including Brickell’s 47-story Una Residences designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture.

Construction on Missoni Baia is expected to be complete by late 2020, according to its developers.

Construction progress on the Missoni Baia site between September 11 (bottom) and 20 (top).
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The South Beach development is the French architect’s first and only residential project in Florida

As vertical construction continues on SoBe’s Monad Terrace, the team behind the unique waterfront development has released fresh renderings showing new angles of its dramatic design from Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel.

The images provide the best glimpse yet of the project which features a pair of buildings wrapped around an infinity-edge lagoon and vertical gardens of native Bougainvillea and Passion Vines. The first level of the 14-story complex sits atop a more than 11-foot structural podium that safeguards against rising sea levels.

Working with local architect of record Kobi Karp, Nouvel created equally eye-catching and innovative interiors for Monad Terrace. Perhaps most interesting are the “honeycomb screens” attached to the inner surface of the development’s glassy, angular facade. The detail diffuses sunlight and provides residents with privacy while maintaining water views.

JDS Development Group broke ground on Monad Terrace near the intersection of Alton Road and 14th Street last year and announced $62.5 million in construction related financing last fall. The project is currently above ground and is on track to open in summer 2019.

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The sale marks highest price achieved for a condo in Brickell in a decade

A luxurious triplex penthouse atop the upcoming 64-story Brickell Flatiron tower has sold for $13.2 million. The yet-to-be-completed residence will combine two condos—a three-level and single-level unit—and sets a new record as Brickell’s most expensive condo sale in the last 10 years.

The six-bedroom home was purchased by Jacob Vogel, a marine industry executive from Chicago. The combined space spans 7,850 square feet, not including its large terrace and private pool deck. It features dramatic double-height ceilings, wraparound views, a dedicated four-car garage, and private elevator access.

The Brickell Flatiron’s upper-level duplex and triplex penthouse units are priced between $6 million and $15.5 million. With Vogel’s purchase, three of four total penthouses are now sold, according to a statement from developer CMC Real Estate president Vanessa Grout. The remainder of the 527-unit high-rise is already 85 percent sold.

Designed by Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini, Brickell Flatiron tower broke ground at 1001 S. Miami Avenue in March 2016 and is on-track to open next year. Vogel was represented by Karen Elmir of Cervera Real Estate and Brett Firestone of Florida Capital Realty.

Update: This post originally covered only the $11.25 million sale of one unit that comprised the two-unit transaction. It has been updated to reflect the correct unit size, bedroom count, and sale price of $13.2 million.

CMC Group/Massimo Iosa Ghini CMC Group/Massimo Iosa Ghini CMC Group/Massimo Iosa Ghini
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The sale sets a pre-construction record for the Brickell area

The second of two luxurious triplex penthouse condos under construction in the 64-story Brickell Flatiron tower sold for $11.25 million. The unbuilt residence set a new record as Brickell’s most expensive pre-construction sale, fetching $1,734 per square foot. The three-level, five-bedroom space was purchased by Jacob Vogel, a marine industry executive from Chicago.

The yet-to-be-completed home spans a total of 9,349 square feet with 6,487 square feet of interior room plus a 2,862-square-foot terrace and private pool deck. It features dramatic double-height ceilings, wraparound views, a dedicated four-car garage, and private elevator access. Despite the recent record-breaking sale, the property was listed at an even higher asking price of $15.5 million earlier this year.

The 549-unit Brickell Flatiron project comes from developer CMC Group and Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini. The tower broke ground at 1001 S. Miami Avenue in March 2016 and is on-track to open next year. The transaction was represented by Karen Elmir of Cervera Real Estate.

CMC Group/Massimo Iosa Ghini CMC Group/Massimo Iosa Ghini CMC Group/Massimo Iosa Ghini

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Brazilian-born driver Enrique Bernoldi bought the three-bedroom condo last fall

After less than one year in his latest Miami Beach digs, retired Brazilian race car driver Enrique Bernoldi has listed his three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condo for $7.8 million.

One of 43 units in Fisher Island’s Palazzo Del Sol building, the nearly 3,800-square-foot home sports a contemporary interior from designer Christina Leon. It features architectural wooden accent walls in the foyer and between the dining room and den. The home has two outdoor terraces and a children's room with a pair of sleek race car beds.

Bernoldi, 39, raced for the Arrows Formula 1 team during the 2001 and 2002 seasons before serving as a test driver for the BAR Honda team from 2004 to 2006. He went on to compete in the Indianapolis 500, the GT1 World Championship, and the Brazilian stock car series.

The retired racer and his wife Luisa reportedly paid $6.5 million for the Fisher Island home late last year. The couple moved from a 2,508-square-foot unit in Miami Beach’s Continuum building that sold for $6 million. The properly was listed with The Jills Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

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