Developers Celebrate Topping Off Of Brickell City Centre’s First Tower

 

It was a day full of celebration on Monday, as the developers of Brickell City Centre commemorated the topping off of its first tower. The completion of the 40-story East Hotel warranted a full pig roast for the 700 construction workers who meticulously pieced the 263-room/ 89-apartment project together.

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Swire Properties expects to wrap up the first phase of Brickell City Centre by this time next year. Along with East Hotel, the initial phase includes high-end retail space, two office buildings, and two luxury condos with 780 residences. The $1.05 billion project broke ground back in 2012. However, finishing on schedule is a top priority for Swire, as construction costs continue to rise due to the impressive growth Miami is currently experiencing.

bccThe area surrounding Brickell City Centre has evolved steadily in the past four years, with 11 unique condominium buildings going up. As the official sales and marketing force behind the residential towers Reach and Rise, One Sotheby’s looks forward to the inevitable success and growth in Brickell City Centre’s future.

Oceana Bal Harbour Offers Ultra-Luxe Oceanfront Living

 

ONE Sotheby’s is patiently awaiting the fall 2016 completion of Oceana Bal Harbour, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive sales representatives of this new 28-story, 240-unit oceanfront project in paradise. Along with four penthouses and four duplex penthouses, Oceana offers beautiful one, two, three and four bedroom flow-through residences, all with unobstructed views of the Atlantic and Biscayne Bay.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, extra-deep balconies, and around the clock concierge services are only a few of Oceana’s luxurious features. Other amenities include: a movie theater, fitness center, and world-class spa. Outdoors, residences can enjoy the private poolside restaurant and leisure pool with cabanas.

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Adding to the already opulent environment, the tower’s main entrance will feature work entitled “Pluto and Proserpina” by sculptor Jeff Koons. Located on over five acres directly parallel to the beach and only steps away from Bal Harbour Shops, residences at Oceana Bal Harbour start at 2 million.

Click here to watch the world-renowned designers and architects responsible for the exquisite project describe their ideas for giving Oceana its design that incorporates both architecture and art.

Click here to read an article from The Wall Street Journal describing how residents of Oceana Bal Harbour will be given equal shares in owning the Jeff Koons sculptures on display on the property.

ONE Life Spotlight: The Great Entertainer

 

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. And with the holiday entertaining season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to garner expert tips in “The Great Entertainer,” where celebutante and party-thrower extraordinaire, Cornelia Guest, shares her secrets to posh, sophisticated entertaining.

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Anyone planning to entertain this season would do well to take a cue from Cornelia Guest, who knows a thing or two about throwing a great party.

Her first big bash was in 1982, when she celebrated her eighteenth birthday with her famous parents—C.Z. Guest, a Boston Brahmin, fashion icon and prominent hostess, and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, a polo champion and cousin of Winston Churchill. The guest list included a spate of celebrities and other high-profile family friends; supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, writer Truman Capote and pop artist Andy Warhol were among the crowd. The spectacular event took place at Mortimer’s in New York City, just before Guest’s much-publicized debut a few weeks later at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria. Shortly thereafter, a piece in The New York Times dubbed her the first “celebutante,” and in the ensuing years she became a fixture at charity galas and events hosted by Hollywood glitterati and the fashion crowd, many of whom appreciate her party-girl pedigree to this day.

Although she is well-schooled in the art of traditional entertaining—her mother, after all, was famous for the formal, multi-course meals served to the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—the irreverent Guest prefers a more personal, laid-back mode of entertaining. “What’s most important is to be true to yourself,” she says. “Whether it’s a pool party, a picnic or a black-tie dinner, you must be comfortable and have your personality shine through. The food, the decorations, the music and the people—you need to love them all.”

It’s these types of functions that Guest most likes to attend herself. She remembers fondly dinner parties thrown by Nan Bush and Bruce Weber. “Some of my favorite evenings have been at their house at the beach,” she says. “They throw lovely, fun dinners where people are doing limbo at 2 a.m.”

Another memorable evening was an anniversary party thrown by Rudolph Valentino. “It was one of the most beautiful parties I ever went to—I mean the food, the lighting, the people, everyone was beautifully dressed,” she says. “It was in Rome at the Temple of Venus, across from the Coliseum. It was unbelievable.” Both Weber’s and Valentino’s events were very “down to earth,” she says, and reflected the personality of the hosts.

As for Guest as hostess, some of her favorite nights took place here in South Florida, when she would spend winters in Wellington showing her horses. “Monday was our day off from the horse shows, so I would have parties on Sunday night,” she recalls. “I had found a great band that consisted of six family members down at the local bar, and they would come and play. They were fantastic, and everyone danced all night. I also loved using lots of orchids, as they are grown in Wellington, so they are easy. And bug spray was always important!”

Whether in Florida or New York, one thing is always very important at a Guest function: the food. “I like to have lots of food options and serve dinners family style or as a buffet,” she says. A vegan and animal lover, she favors meals with organic produce grown in the garden of Templeton, her childhood home in Old Westbury, Long Island, or from local green markets. In fact, she published a book, Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures, brimming with tasty vegan recipes and insight from health and medical experts. But her company, Cornelia Guest Events—which has catered events for beauty and fashion groups like Estée Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, Jo Malone, Bulgari and Donna Karan, as well as charities like the Humane Society of New York—will serve whatever the client requests. “The things we are asked for at almost every party are pigs in a blanket, sliders and grilled cheese,” she says, noting that shrimp, meatballs, kielbasa and pizza are other popular choices. As for dessert, Guest lives by the motto “The more, the merrier.” “I love ice creams, sorbets, fruit, popsicles in summer, cookies and delicious cakes,” she says. “You’ve got to have at least two or three choices.”

Her refreshing, relaxed approach to hosting a party makes it abundantly clear that one needn’t be an aristocrat to entertain like one.

Find the full list of Cornelia Guest’s secrets for simple, elegant, fuss-free entertaining in the full feature in the Fall edition of ONE Life Magazine.  Click here to subscribe to all future issues.

December is Miami Heritage Month

 

The foundation of Miami’s ultra-chic hotspots and unrivaled beaches is the rich history of a city with deep multicultural roots. This December, the Great Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is spotlighting hidden cultural gems during Miami Heritage Month. Miami continues to attract attention as a rising star on the global stage with strong luxury offerings in every lifestyle category, however it is important for us to remember how we’ve been shaped by our past. Influenced by a wide range of cultures, Miami’s DNA is linked to its colorful roots.

The special #MiamiHeritageMonth program invites locals and visitors to explore: historic neighborhoods, the diverse background of Miamians, prevalent architectural styles from Art Deco to Miami Modern  and resources that might be helpful for visitors. Events like festivals, concerts, dance performances and art shows are also being hosted throughout the month as a physical symbol of cultural richness.

Reach out for more information on how ONE Sotheby’s is linked to Miami’s momentum as global leader.

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New SIR.com to Feature ONE Sotheby’s Listing Videos

 

Here at ONE Sotheby’s, we are ready and excited to be a part of all the new changes coming to the Sotheby’s corporate website. SIR.com is being revamped in order to feature more interactive multimedia for listings. These changes will not only focus on the home itself, but will showcase the lifestyle that comes with it. New features include in-depth property descriptions, high-resolution pictures, quotes from sellers, designers, and architects, and most notably, videos.

These videos will present potential buyers will beautiful shots of both the interior and exterior of the home, as well as footage of the surrounding area and community. Videos are part of a plan to provide buyers with more personalized, comprehensive information and will enable them to truly engage with our listings. By putting this information at the buyer’s fingertips, we elevate their home buying experience and allow them to interact with the properties firsthand. This is just one example of how Sotheby’s continuously puts innovative ideas and techniques into action.

Below is an example of our property listing videos that will be on the new and improved SIR.com

 

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ONE Life Spotlight: The Design District: The Hub of Miami’s Culture Club

 

The hotly anticipated, Fall 2014 edition of ONE Life magazine has officially arrived. With a keen eye for world trends, culture and design, the proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty covers the latest in South Florida luxury living and luxury real estate. With the launch of the latest issue, we’re putting a spotlight on the unique content available in this exclusive publication with a blog series highlighting the various sections featured. In the second installment of the series, we’re diving into the latest developments of Miami’s flourishing cultural center in “The Design District: The Hub of Miami’s Culture Club.”

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With master planner Craig Robins hard at work on the completion of Miami’s renovated Design District, a handful of new luxury retailers are set to open this fall. Valentino, Tom Ford,Fendi, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs are just some of the shops ready to open their doors, joining the likes of Celine, Dior Homme, Prada and Marni already in place. Shortly, the temporary Hermès store will be replaced by its permanent location—a 14,000-square-foot, three-story masterpiece with a rooftop garden.

The openings are the next phase in a multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan by Robins, president and CEO of Dacra, and his partner, L Real Estate. When Robins initiated the plan a few years ago, he wanted to transform the once-dilapidated area into a centralized hub of art, fashion and dining. When completed, the area will boast more than 130 luxury retailers, art galleries, antiques dealers, boutiques, showrooms and upscale eateries.

Most of the shops on 40th Street are already open, and after this fall phase, the remainder of boutiques and restaurants south of the street should follow suit by next summer. Palm Court, a center of various designer stores, is scheduled to open by the end of the year. Robins also has plans for luxury residential units in the heart of the district, with approximately 80 expected to be available by the end of 2015 or the first quarter of 2016.

It may be difficult to envision what’s to come. But when fully realized, the architecture, art installations and landscape design of this unique district will give a nod to the tropical modernism of Miami. “It feels more like a park rather than a streetscape,” says Nathan Browning, principal of Island Planning Corp., the company behind the landscaping. “A functional park that also incorporates art and sculptures and murals to soften the concrete atmosphere.”

Architecturally, each building draws distinct inspiration from Miami, from façades that replicate rainfall and foliage to geometric, art deco storefronts. Work by Aranda\Lasch, Sou Fujimoto, Moorhead and Moorhead and K/R, adds simplified modernity to the area, as their commissioned buildings continue to evolve the landscape of the district. A pedestrian promenade—named Paseo Ponti, after Italian architect and designer Giò Ponti—stretches over four blocks and three streets. Anchored by two plaza areas, the promenade emphasizes the importance of a relaxed atmosphere, where visitors can take their time strolling through the district’s plethora of sophisticated stores.

Ben Aranda of Aranda\Lasch says his firm was hired to design two of the district’s buildings: the Buena Vista Building and the Aranda\Lasch Building (an event space). He says his design goal is to convey “a new appreciation for the neighborhood and how it has transformed, adding that the event space will provide a commanding view of the area. “Our idea was to emulate and do a contemporary reinterpretation of art deco, which we think works for this new profile of luxury retail in the design district,” he says.

Already attracting artists, fashionistas and culinary aficionados,the new Miami Design District is quickly on its way to becoming a mecca of cutting-edge culture

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

Exceptional Firm, Exceptional Team: ONE Sotheby’s Broker Spotlight — Joanna Berg

 

For Joanna Berg of the de la Vega Team, her career as a successful buyer’s agent is enhanced by her competitive pursuits on the tennis court. Her love of the sport of tennis started young but has blossomed as an adult. Having attended the Nick Bolliterri adult tennis academy several times and being a member of an active Miami community, opportunities to compete have been numerous.

Joanna relishes the opportunity to continue honing her craft in single & doubles matches with professional coach guidance playing at a 4.0 level. She recently competed in several Pro-Am Tournaments where she had the pleasure of playing with greats like Cliff Drysdale and Roy Emerson. A World Team Tennis (WTT) tournament offered the opportunity to play for the US G&E team. She won locally and played in the Nationals in Palm Springs where her team achieved 3rd place. Other wins of note include tournaments at Ocean Reef, Oceanside Country Club, and Grove Isle.

Joanna believes tennis helps her thrive as a top-producing ONE Sotheby’s agent because both tennis and real estate requires focus, training, and dedication. The mental toughness require to advance can be applied on and off the court to drive continued confidence, patients and of course determination to win! Reach out to Joanna to get details on her current Fall Island Tennis Tournament where she is a ladies doubles semi-finalist. Good luck moving into the finals Joanna!

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One Thousand Museum Breaks Ground

 

A celebration was held on Friday, December 5th to mark the official groundbreaking of the highly anticipated One Thousand Museum. Masterfully designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, this residential project is expected to be a true piece of contemporary art, an original architectural sculpture.  Luxury real estate brokers were in attendance, joined by guest of honor Zaha Hadid herself to celebrate the occasion.

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As construction of the 709-foot tower officially begins, interest in its duplex townhomes, half floor residences, full floor penthouses, and single duplex penthouses is at an all time high. A breathtaking fusion of art, architecture, and design, the limited number of One Thousand Museum residents will enjoy all the unparalleled convenience and luxurious amenities of a six-star lifestyle. For Zaha Hadid Artcitects, One Thousand Museum will be the first residential skyscraper built in the western hemisphere.

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The Scoop from ONE Sotheby’s: Special Edition Art Basel, Vol 2.

 

ONE Sotheby’s has just released Vol. 2 of our insider’s Art Basel guide reserved for the true art enthusiast. This second volume includes information on the last half of the global art fair weekend going on now in Miami Beach. Continue to leverage ONE Sotheby’s as a trusted resource during trending events in South Florida.

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FAIR WARNING: Better wear comfortable shoes to walk Miami Art Week’s largest assemblage of fairs ever. After perusing Art Basel, don’t miss its Public sector at Collins Park or reintroduced Film sector with screenings at New World Center and Colony Theatre; Miami artists Naomi Fisher and Quisqueya Henriquez created décor and art for the “Dancarchy Refuge” tropical bar and Collectors Lounge, respectively. At DesignMiami’s 10th anniversary, Wynwood’s own Gallery Diet exhibits local artist Emmett Moore’s Miami-minded pieces. Art Miami rings in 25 years with more space and the addition of a sound exhibition for its adjacent contemporary fair Context. Two enormous tents for Untitled and Scope fairs are located on the South Beach sand. While at the beach, catch the U.S. debut for Theo Jansen’s display of wind-powered creatures titled “Strandbeests” (shown here).

artbasel.com. designmiami.com. art-miami.com. art-untitled.com.scope-art.com.

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POWER PARTIES: Thursday brings on some of the most anticipated events. Power couple Aby and Samantha Boardman Rosen welcome guests to their exclusive annual dinner at the W’s Dutch and “Metamorphosis” after-party at Wall where Dom Perignon pours til dawn. Meanwhile, Visionaire’s always-packed annual bash heads to newcomer Edition’s Tropicale oasis this year for its 64 Art The Platinum Edition starring artist John Baldessari. RSVP to visionaire@framenoir.com. Paper Magazine’s buzzworthy “Break the Internet” cover of Kim Kardashian comes to life at its 1111 Building blowout. Luxury brands honor collectors Mera and Don Rubell’s 50th wedding anniversary with a cozy Casa Tua lunch following the couple’s annual open house at their private museum in Wynwood, which also celebrates two decades. Hungry for more? Hit Alan Faena’s mid-day Argentine asado at his pending namesake compound’s sales center tomorrow.

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LIMITED-EDITION MISSION: There’s a lot to buy besides art this week. Alchemist boutique collaborates with Snarkitecture design duo and haute brands like Rick Owens and Chrome Hearts for Airball, an installation with basketball courts to shoot hoops and purchase limited-edition streetwear; its soiree is Friday evening. Get first dibs on the Webster’s Art Deco-inspired swimwear collaboration with Eres, which celebrates the launch at Friday’s store luncheon, as well as Façonnable’s capsule collection for men featuring Jean Cocteau’s signature art themes (shown here). Several artists including FriendsWithYou were commissioned for delightful pool floats as perfect holiday gifts for Floridians; 50 editions per design are available at Thegreyarea.com. Art works and avant-garde fashion by Bernhard Willhelm and Walter Van Beirendonck collide at The World of Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody, a pop-up market through December 15.

1009 Lincoln Road; 305.531.4653, shopalchemist.com.

1220 Collins Avenue, 305.674.7899,

thewebstermiami.com. 91 NE 40th Street.

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SOUND OF MUSIC: If anyone has any steam left after last night’s performance by Miley Cyrus courtesy of Deitch Projects and Tommy Hilfiger, more music is in store. The National YoungArts Foundation imports English musicians, including James Blake tomorrow and SBTRKT on Saturday. Exotic London chanteuse FKA twigs (shown here) will wow music lovers in YoungArts’ event tent with her stateside debut tonight, as electronic music quartet Future Brown also stages its U.S. premiere with vocals by dreadlocked D.C. native Kelela for PAMM’s one-year anniversary. Edition Miami Beach’s nightclub Basement brings in stellar acts like tonight’s James Murphy and Soul Clap,Friday’s Lee Foss and Saturday’s Louis Vega. Meanwhile, Basel veteran Le Baron by way of Paris pops up at the Delano’s FDR again for late-night revelry. Indie band du jour Future Islands plays Basel Castle on Saturday.

pamm.org. basementmiami.com. morganshotelgroup.com.baselcastle.com

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ONE Life Spotlight: Brickell City Centre High Design

 

The hotly anticipated, Fall 2014 edition of ONE Life magazine has officially arrived. With a keen eye for world trends, culture and design, the proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty covers the latest in South Florida luxury living and luxury real estate. With the launch of the latest issue, we’re putting a spotlight on the unique content available in this exclusive publication with a blog series highlighting the various sections featured. To kick-off the series, we’ll start with an editorial covering Brickell City Centre and the exciting plans for the ONE Sotheby’s exclusive development.

To build an impressive project, particularly one the size and scope of Brickell City Centre, takes an impressive team. In “Brickell City Centre: High Design” the author dives in to developer Swire Properties’ focus on achieving cutting edge, innovative design. From the renown designer Hugh Dutton to Miami-based Arquitectonica among others, the firm has assembled an international, world class team. The LEED registered project puts sustainable functionality at the forefront of its design philosophy with its signature CLIMATE RIBBON that will shade four city blocks, capture sea breezes and collects rainwater.

With a deluxe luxury shopping and entertainment center, two residential towers, an office complex and hotel– finagling the many elements of the infrastructure is certainly no easy task. These leading design firms are up for the challenge, however, shaping Brickell City Centre to be “‘the new hub of activity for the urban core of Miami– this city’s version of Rockefeller Center.’”

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

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