Louver House Grand Opening


Louver House, the new South of Fifth luxury residential building in Miami Beach has officially launched condo sales. This ultra luxe, boutique development will feature 12 exclusive units ranging in size up to 2,400+ square feet. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, along with developers Mast Capital celebrated the occasion with an intimate cocktail event at Il Mulino with architect Rene Rodriguez and top VIP brokers. Camilo-Miguel-Jr-Mayi-de-la-Vega-Rene-Gonzalez-Eloy-Carmenate-Mick-Duchon-Eddie-OteroEloy-Carmenate-Mick-Duchon-Daniel-de-la-Vega-Camilo-Miguel-Jr

Louver House will be the newest addition to an area known for its architecture, both art deco and mid-century. Its own modern design was the vision of architect Rene Gonzalez, who is responsible for the louver-lined balconies and the louvers that create the outline of a house that previously stood on the property. Developer Camilo Miguel describes the modern condos as “elegant, warm and forward thinking” saying “Louver House presents a design without compromise that reflects the vibrancy and charm of Miami’s exclusive South of Fifth neighborhood.” The sophisticated, stylish condos at Louver House start at $1.9 million.




Leveraging the Sotheby’s Network: Introducing Art & Home magazine


In the latest addition to Sotheby’s extensive marketing channels, comes the release of the first edition of Art & Home magazine. Featuring informative art and real estate articles, the literary collaboration solidifies the close ties between powerhouse brands Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s Auction House.  Alongside the latest auction updates, home design and art world trends, the content includes showcases of some of the most coveted homes in the world including ONE Sotheby International Realty listings.

The distribution list is as strong as the content. Magazines are delivered to elite Auction House clients who have spent between $50,000 and $5 million. This distribution plan promises exposure with a very qualified potential buyer group. The magazine reflects Sotheby’s ongoing commitment to extend the reach of our global network and connect elite buyers with exceptional homes.  Our expansive network allows us to better serve clients in the South Florida real estate market, connecting them with potential investors all over the world.

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Reach out for marketing opportunities offered by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and explore the digital edition of Art & Home here.


ONE Life Spotlight: Coastal Cuisine


Fall 2014’s edition of ONE Life magazine shines a light on world trends, culture and design as the proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. With the launch of the latest issue, we’re blogging the unique content available in this exclusive publication. Offering guidance on the best of Miami’s premier restaurants, “Coastal Cuisine“ showcases dining experiences that boast delicious food alongside stunning waterfront views.

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Juvia has been called Lincoln Road’s “sanctuary for the senses.” The penthouse restaurant—named for an indigenous Brazilian nut tree—sprawls over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor seating, and presents a different vista with each turn of the head. On one side, admire unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Art Deco district of South Beach; on the other, immerse yourself in a vertical garden that recreates the lush, tropical atmosphere of an Amazon rainforest. The chefs here combine the finest elements from the West Indies, France, Japan and Korea to send you on an unforgettable culinary journey. Begin with a selection of refreshing crudo, ceviche and sushi; move on to pan-seared duck magret, or indulge in fish and prime meats cooked on the Binchotan charcoal grill; conclude with lychee fruit soup or warm hazelnut ravioli. Long before you ride back down to earth on your private elevator, you’ll be planning a return visit. 1111 Lincoln Road, 305.763.8272, juviamiami.com

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You may not be able to arrive or depart in a gondola, but Cipriani’s Miami outpost rivals the Grand Canal in romance. Positioned where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay, the restaurant’s stunning waterfront setting is only part of the equation: Striped Venetian flooring, Murano chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows complete the nautical theme. Admire the view while you sip on a Bellini, the combination of prosecco and fresh peach juice that made the original Harry’s Bar in Venice famous. Of the many ways to start your meal, don’t miss the legendary carpaccio alla Cipriani—paper-thin slices of raw beef garnished with homemade mayonnaise and spicy arugula. Main courses are as light as scampi and Dover sole or as substantial as a veal chop or a 21-ounce grilled rib-eye steak. Service is attentive, friendly and intuitive. Make Hemingway proud and finish with a grappa. 465 Brickell Ave.,786.329.4090, cipriani.com

Verde at  PAMM

Outstanding restaurants in museums are nothing new; think of Michelin-starred The Modern at New York’s MOMA or the chic and innovative eateries at The Guggenheim in Bilbao. Neither of those establishments, however, can match the sweeping views of Biscayne Bay featured at Verde. Located at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, Verde delights diners with a panorama of the sun-flecked water and turns yachting into a spectator sport. The food is just as inspired as the view—the menu includes everything from Caribbean red snapper to squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese, accompanied by handcrafted specialty cocktails and food-friendly wines. Pressed for time? Verde’s coffee bar serves an array of sandwiches and salads, artisanal cheeses, pastries and fresh-squeezed juices. 1103 Bis- cayne Blvd., 305.375.8282, pamm.org/dining

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Il GabbIano

The sister restaurant of Il Mulino in Manhattan, Il Gabbiano envelops patrons in the same combination of warmth, elegance and old-world charm—with an outdoor terrace that juts out into Biscayne Bay. Diners are greeted with a cavalcade of complimentary antipasti: aged Parmesan, fried zucchini, and an array of breads and bruschetta. The Italian menu boasts pastas all made in house and span a range from classics such as linguine alla vongole to a rustic dish of orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe, as well as a half-dozen risottos prepared to order. Entrees include fresh seafood; creamy, milk-fed veal; and a hearty filet of beef with a Barolo reduction. Finish with a refreshing limoncello as you take in the view. 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305.373.0063, ilgabbianomia.com


Were it not for the mega-yachts and cigarette boats cruising up and down the Intracoastal Waterway, you might for a second think you were in Hong Kong, Istanbul, London or Dubai—some of the other locations in Chef Rainer Becker’s family of Zuma restaurants. Becker specializes in izakaya, an informal style of Japanese dining in which a variety of preparations are continuously brought to the table. In addition to sushi and sashimi, diners can experience delicate tempura, skewered meats and seafood prepared on the charcoal-fired robata grill, and signature dishes such as spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy. Your meal begins or ends at the sake bar and lounge, featuring 365 wines and 80 varieties of sake (including one brewed exclusively for Zuma in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture). 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305.577.0277, zumarestaurant.com

Find the full feature in our Fall edition of ONE Life Magazine.  Click here to subscribe to all future issues.

Riva Launches Penthouses With Private Dinner


The Riva development and sales team invited 24 top-selling brokers to the Riva sales gallery for an exclusive VIP preview of their Penthouse collection. The 15-story,100-unit tower will offer ocean-to-sunset views overlooking waterways, beaches, and the downtown skyline. Guests were served dinner from Casa D’Angelo while enjoying the extravagant Ft. Lauderdale views from Riva sales gallery’s waterfront terrace.



Considered the Venice of America, Ft. Lauderdale is truly a boaters’ paradise, and Riva will provide services and amenities that cater to their water-loving residences. Among them, a lobby-level café overlooking the river, private boat docks for residents, a recreation dock for kayakers and paddle boarders, on-site watersports club with rentals, River’s Edge Pool, and a river-view lobby. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the Riva Water Taxi. This resident-only boat service will be available to go across the river, dropping residents off for lunch, or taking them for a sunset cruise. Set for completion in 2016, units at Riva will start at $600,000.




ONE Sotheby’s Teams Up With Ronaldo and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers


Metropica is designed to reimagine and redefine the standards of urban living. Combining luxury, technology, amenities, and views, Metropica is its own dynamic environment.  Representing a revolution in modernism, Metropica is a multifaceted arena where life happens organically.

Introducing a new urban lifestyle, Metropica will play a large role in its surrounding community. Becoming the official sponsor of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer team is one example of Metropica’s community involvement, and has Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo as its new ambassador.

To launch this new and exciting partnership, Metropica is hosting a meet and greet with Ronaldo and the team. This celebration of Brazilian culture, music, and art will include a pop-up soccer field, interactive activities, and a raffle of autographed soccer balls. This event with the two-time World Cup winner, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and the ONE SIR team will be held this Saturday, January 18th from 2pm-4pm at the Metropica Sales Gallery in Sunrise. 

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Brickell City Centre’s Innovative CLIMATE RIBBON


As one of the largest multi-use projects in Miami, Brickell City Centre is expected to introduce a new level of sophisticated urban living to the area. A certain level of environmental responsibility comes with being such an innovative and impactful development, and many ideas were implemented in order to fulfill Brickell City Centre’s commitment to innovation.


Brickell City Centre’s environmentally progressive CLIMATE RIBBON is an architectural sustainability feature unlike any other. Intended to provide climate control so visitors can walk comfortably between stores and restaurants, the CLIMATE RIBBON does much more than simply protect people from unfavorable weather. The CLIMATE RIBBON will actively capture sea breezes to regulate airflow and temperature, as well as collect rainwater for reuse. Visitors will be able to enjoy the natural light in an open-air environment while exploring all that Brickell City Centre will have to offer.

ONE Life Spotlight| East Meets West: The World of Swire


Fall 2014’s edition of ONE Life magazine shines a light on world trends, culture and design as the proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. With the launch of the latest issue, we’re blogging the unique content available in this exclusive publication. “East Meets West: The World of Swire” provides readers a peek into the luxury development set to redefine Miami’s urban landscape at Brickell City Centre, and the impressive firm that has brought the ambitious plans to life.

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More than 30 years ago, Swire Properties turned a mere sandbar into what is now Brickell Key. Now the Hong Kong–based developer is ready to reveal its next Miami project: Brickell City Centre.

On a splendid Miami afternoon, the lobby of the former Northern Trust Bank building at 700 Brickell Avenue—now the residential sales gallery for Brickell City Centre, the newest Miami effort from Swire Properties Inc.—is a great engine of commerce. Representatives from ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Fortune International Realty are guiding clients through a massive architectural model of the mixed-use project set to begin completion in late 2015. The Arquitectonica-designed nine-acre property stretches along South Miami Avenue between Sixth Street and Eighth Street.

As waiters circulate serving coffee and drinks, video monitors beam out a Swire-produced promotional film, An Unfolding Story, extolling Brickell City Centre and Miami itself, with declarations of financial possibilities (“…the largest concentration of international banks in the world”) running below picture-postcard images of Brickell Avenue, cruise ships and general Miami dreamscapes.

In Phase Two of Brickell City Centre, 700 Brickell Avenue and 799 Brickell Plaza will be torn down to make way for a proposed 80-story tower—One Brickell City Centre. This will be a major mixed-use building and serve as a portal to Phase One of the $1.05 billion Brickell City Centre project.

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In a conference room on the tenth floor, far above the fray, Martin Cubbon, chief executive of the Hong Kong– based Swire Properties Ltd., is completely at ease, playfully throwing a lime in the air. When someone observes that Brickell City Centre must seem like a daunting, overly ambitious project, Cubbon points out, “Well, four or five years ago, it was a much more ambitious project. With Miami the way it is now, the decision to build Brickell City Centre feels like a perfectly reasonable business decision.”

Cubbon, who has just flown in from Hong Kong, is used to the big picture. The publicly traded Swire Properties Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary, Swire Properties Inc., are both part of Hong Kong–based Swire Pacific Ltd. Swire Pacific has five major operating divisions—property, aviation, beverages, marine services, and trading and industrial—with interests in everything from soft drinks (Swire has been a major Coca-Cola franchisee since the mid-1960s) to Cathay Pacific Airways, which serves some 182 destinations. These companies form a chunk of the nearly 200-year-old Swire Group.

Swire Properties Ltd. began in 1972 in Hong Kong when Swire turned the former Taikoo Sugar Refinery Compound and the Taikoo Dockyard into a mixed-use development called Island East, a 9 million-square-foot complex incorporating such developments as TaiKoo Place and Cityplaza.

Another of Swire’s massive mixed-use projects is Pacific Place, which recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. The Hong Kong property comprises three office towers, serviced residences, luxury retail tenants like Shanghai Tang, and five-star hotels Island Shangri-La and Conrad Hong Kong.

Swire’s reach extends beyond Hong Kong. The company has developed a number of mixed-use spaces on mainland China—including TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou, with a shopping mall, two office towers, a culture center and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel; and Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing, which includes a cinema, a landscaped piazza, a rooftop terrace, a luxury hotel and 1.3 million square feet of retail space.

“Our mixed-use projects are urban environments that have no specific boundaries and flow into the city at large,” Cubbon says. “In addition to offices and living spaces, they serve as social centers, with bars, restaurants, hotels and department stores—places that are used by everyone.”

In Miami, Swire has been in the real-estate game for decades—since the company purchased Claughton Island in 1979. “It was just a sandbar off downtown Miami back then,” Cubbon points out. Swire spent a billion dollars transforming the island into Brickell Key. Now the lushly landscaped island boasts the condominiums Asia and Tequesta Point, among other properties, as well as the twin-tower office development Courvoisier Centre and the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

A self-described “finance guy,” Cubbon was raised on the quiet Isle of Man in the British Isles, a long way from the urban buzz of Miami and Hong Kong. “As a child, I can remember my parents going to Miami Beach on holiday and sending back a postcard,” he recalls. “To all of us at home, Miami seemed like the most exotic place imaginable.”

After attending university in England, Cubbon became a chartered accountant and eventually moved to Hong Kong. He consulted for a bit and then settled in at Swire in 1986, serving as internal audit manager at Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. In 2009, he became chief executive of Swire Properties Ltd. “It’s a very tactile, involved job,” he says. “I’m accountable for quite a bit.”

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The scope of Brickell City Centre alone proves that. For a start, Phase One will have a 565,000-square-foot retail center—co-developed with Whitman Family Development—as well as an office complex; EAST, Miami hotel; and two residential towers, Reach and Rise.Throughout the building process, Swire Properties spent $700,000 to transport mature oak trees, some more than 100 years old, from the site of Brickell City Centre to the recently opened Museum Park. To Cubbon, Swire is always conscious of “being sensitive, sometimes overly sensitive, to creating a good environment. In part, it’s self-interested philanthropy, but our aim is to be accepted into every community we do business in.”

Cubbon made his first visit to Miami in the early 1990s. “I stayed in downtown Miami but went over to South Beach,” he recalls. “It really was—and still is—America’s Riviera.” For him, the changes in Miami since the 1990s are both profound and subtle. “Now when I go to dinner parties here, the guests are a much more intellectual, varied and cosmopolitan crowd,” he says. “There’s a focus on the arts and culture, as well as the possibilities of architecture—just look at what Frank Gehry is doing at the YoungArts campus on Biscayne Boulevard.”

Brickell City Centre is part of a cultural shift that’s happening all over the world today. In a different era, residents in London, Paris or New York kept a big house in the country-side, with a staff and gardeners. Now an increasing number of people prefer to be close to the advantages of city life. They might opt to downsize a big country house and buy an apartment in the midst of a wholly different city. And with Miami gaining more international acclaimQatar Airways, for instance, recently launched direct service between Doha and Miami International Airport—it is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after urban environments for the global set.

Cubbon has witnessed the draw of Miami firsthand. “One of my friends with a private jet, someone who could live anywhere, keeps a condo in Miami,” he says. “His place is relatively small but right in the middle of things. Rather than a big house in the Hamptons, it’s easier for him to fly to Miami. When he leaves, he locks the door and forgets about the place. We’re seeing that people around the world are buying true second homes here, not just a place to park their money.”

But then, Cubbon has always believed in the future of Miami. “Events like Art Basel are just lip gloss on what was already a great city,” he says. “Miami has always had good bones. Even at a time when it seemed lost, it still had the weather, the beach, easy links to Europe and South America and a solid multicultural community. In 2008, when America seemed to be teetering on the edge, you could go to Brickell Key, sit by the water and know that Miami was going to be fine.”

Find the full feature in our Fall edition of ONE Life Magazine.  Click here to subscribe to all future issues.

Louver House, South of Fifth – Design without Compromise


ONE Sotheby’s is pleased to introduce Louver House, the South of Fifth luxury development designed by renowned architect Rene Gonzalez. The boutique property offers 12 spacious residences accessed by private, high-speed elevators. The units feature the finest interior design with oversized, private terraces along with lush gardens. Each design element serves to extend the living space of every residence to the outdoors. Luxury amenities include gated entry, secured garage parking, 24-hour security, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor yoga studio, rooftop garden deck and an infinity edge pool.

Gonzalez explains this luxury project further “Designed to be part of its environment, Louver House embraces the tropical qualities of the South of Fifth neighborhood and reinterprets them for contemporary living.” The developer, Camilo Miguel Jr., also had a grand vision, “I wanted to develop a luxury residential building that is elegant, warm and forward thinking. A design without compromise that reflects the vibrance and charm of Miami’s exclusive South of Fifth neighborhood.” The Miami Beach residences range from $1.9 Million – $3.6 Million. Contact our exclusive sales team for more information 305-203-0170.

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Upcoming Sotheby’s Auctions to Present Priceless Treasures


Auctioneers since 1744, Sotheby’s is an innovative global art business that offers clients the most extraordinary opportunities through private sales galleries and worldwide selling exhibitions. From wine and diamonds to art and furniture, Sotheby’s auctions are sure to please affluent buyers of all interests.

Below is a short list of hot ticket items being presented at auctions in January and February. For more information on upcoming Sotheby’s auctions and auction items, visit their website: http://www.sothebys.com/en.html


Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1982. This piece will be presented at the Contemporary Art Day Auction taking place this February in London, and is estimated at 200,000- 300,000 GBP ($300,000- $450,000).

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This uniquely beautiful 18 karat gold, diamond, emerald and enamel bangle bracelet is estimated at $35,000-$45,000. It will be presented at the Important Jewels Auction happening this February in New York.

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This bottle of 50-year-old Dalmore NV single malt whisky will be auctioned off at the Finest and Rarest Wines, Spirits & Vintage Port Auction. It is estimated at 6,000-7,000 GBP ($9,000-$10,000). The auction is set to take place this month in London.

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Exceptional Firm, Exceptional Team: ONE Sotheby’s Broker Spotlight — Pier Paolo Visconti


Diving is a passion for ONE agent Pier Paolo Visconti. As a Miami local for 15 years, he has access to the strongest waters for his chosen hobby, a fact which drove him to get his first certification in Thailand in 2000. Since then, he has developed his technical diving  capabilities. Technical diving describes all diving methods exceeding the limits imposed on depths/immersion time for recreational scuba diving. It involves the use of a special breathing gas mixture called Trimix which consists of oxygen, helium and nitrogen.

Pier has racked up thousands of hours and countless unique experiences in his diving career. In his weekly dives, he pursues shark feeding without a cage, observes hammerhead shark migration and goes wreck diving. Wreck diving in places like the Spiegel Grove site off Key Largo has captured his attention as it allows him to explore sunken ships which offer beautiful sights and considerable danger in dark places. Pier recommends diving excursions anywhere from Pompano to Islamorada as fabulous diving coastline.

Diving teaches strong lessons which translate into the real estate realm. Pier explains that scuba diving reinforces the importance of staying calm, especially when the sport is even more dangerous than sky diving. Like in major luxury real estate deals, diving has no margin of error, forcing the agent to approach all experiences with a commitment to perfection. Even when stuck in a wreck, Pier digs down to maintain control of emotions. Refusing to resort to panic is a strong asset in high-pressure negotiations. Reach out to learn more about our high quality estate agent team dominating the South Florida real estate market.

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