ONE Sotheby’s opens new office location in Aventura, FL


ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is happy to announce a new location in Aventura, FL. The office is located in one of South Florida’s growing communities, which is filled with over 300 luxury developments and businesses. Aventura is an ideal town where many professional families live. The city is home to tourist attractions, yacht clubs and one of the largest malls in the US, making it a sought after neighborhood.

This location will mark the ninth office for the luxury property realty group, which includes Fort Lauderdale, Bar Harbor, Sunny Isles, Brickell, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and South Beach. aventura

4 of South Florida’s Top Ten Best Selling Real Estate Agents for 2012 are with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty


At One Sotheby’s International Realty we always strive for the best. Whether it’s providing the latest resources and tools for our agents or exposing our area’s real estate opportunities to the rest of the world, our priority as a company is to always be on top of the luxury market with the best service and professionalism. Our strength is in our agents and we are proud to announce that 4 of South Florida’s top selling real estate brokers/teams are under the ONE Sotheby’s umbrella. Combined they each sold millions of dollars worth of luxury properties in 2012 and we look forward to seeing even more success for 2013.

Here’s a look at who they are:

Mayi de la Vega: The mastermind behind ONE Sotheby’s, Mayi has built her career on selling multi-million dollar homes throughout Miami. 2012 was no different and the influx of international buyers looking to invest definitely led to some of the highest sales of the year.

Jorge Uribe: Specializes in Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Miami, Miami Beach and Fisher Island. Sold one of the highest priced properties in Miami-Dade County in 2012

Eloy Carmenate: Specializes in Miami Beach luxury real estate. With an office right on Ocean Drive, he has his pulse on the ever changing real estate market in the area.

The Coto Team: This father, daughter and son team focuses on Key Biscayne. For years they have been selling the areas most luxurious homes and they broke records in 2012.

Unique Homes Features Two ONE | Sotheby’s Properties in Ultimate Kitchen Search


The kitchen is at the heart of any home. This one is in Fort Lauderdale's Coral Ridge neighborhood.

Unique Homes, a website devote to the world of luxury real estate is currently running a contest to find the world’s ultimate kitchen.

Two ONE | Sotheby’s properties were nominated out of twelve – one in Fort Lauderdale and the other in Delray Beach.  South Florida is the only part of the globe with two entries among luxury properties in New Jersey, California, Utah, Arkansas, Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico.  Two other Sotheby’s International affiliates made it into the mix in Texas and New Zealand.

With top-of-the-line appliances and materials, both kitchens are designed for gourmet food and wine aficionados, large families and those who love to entertain.


The stunning kitchen at 2900 NE 37th Street.

Number one on the list is a lavishly decorated kitchen, part of a 9-bedroom luxury waterfront estate in Fort Lauderdale at 2900 NE 37th Street, within walking distance of exclusive Coral Ridge Country Club.  The home also boasts stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway and three docks.

This spacious, open layout kitchen was featured in Forbes Magazine’s Ultimate Kitchens for the Holidays. With a butler’s pantry behind the kitchen, the space is ideal for anyone who hires staff for cooking or just throwing a big party. Eileen Kedersha, who represents the property, was quoted in the article: “This kitchen essentially has another kitchen behind it so that if you are having parties, you have plenty of room.”


This Delray Beach kitchen is also a finalist.

While equally stunning, the Delray Beach kitchen is more contemporary in style sporting a sleek, minimalist/maximalist look. The kitchen is number five on the list.

The 4-bedroom, waterfront home at 954 Banyan Drive not only boasts a gourmet kitchen, but also separate bar and lounge area in a sprawling environment, lit by sunshine from windows on high ceilings.  With a spacious living area next to the kitchen, the space is suited for open style entertaining. Gourmands will appreciate how the kitchen doubles up on appliances – two refrigerators, freezers, ovens and dishwashers.


An ideal space for entertaining with an open style kitchen at 954 Banyan Drive.

Voting is currently underway for the Ultimate Kitchen.  You may click here to choose your favorite. The Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach finalists are number 1 and 5, respectively. Those who vote can enter to win a Kindle Fire.


Local foodies who love kitchens will enjoy the Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens, a fundraising event for the Coral Gables Community Foundation, where guests visit select private kitchens in the City Beautiful throughout the day for food, tastings, cooking demonstrations and more. Save the date for January 26.

– Maria de los Angeles is a freelance wordsmith based in Miami.

ONE | Sotheby’s Closes on Four Luxury Properties


5111 Pinetree Drive and an adjacent lot sold in Miami Beach for $8.5 million.

Springtime has been a banner season for ONE | Sotheby’s associate Ralph Arias. In just over a month, he closed on four major residential transactions, ranging from $4.4 million to upwards of $9 million.

The sales included a Gables Estate residence and a 40,000 square foot bay front lot on Miami Beach’s Star Island.

One of Arias’ most notable sales was a little further north on one of Miami Beach’s most beautiful roadways, Pine Tree Drive. Arias closed on 5101 and 5111 — a lot and adjacent residence, respectively — for a total of $8.5 million.

Built in 1929 on 1.7 acres of land, the residence offers 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 170-feet of water frontage on Indian Creek. Any sport lover would love to call this place home: the property features a swimming pool and fitness center, as well as tennis and basketball courts.


Tropical luxury in Miami Beach.


Arches give way to a view of Indian Creek and Miami Beach's most renown hotels such as the Eden Roc and Fountainbleu in the distance.

Arias has nearly 20 years of real estate brokerage experience and has been a top producer for ONE | Sotheby’s International Realty since 2005. No stranger to the ultra luxurious residential market, Arias has brokered record-breaking transactions over $10 million for South Florida’s most prestigious addresses. He is on the top half of 1% of all real estate agents in the country and has attracted many clients in the limelight, including Shaquille O’ Neal, Ricky Martin and Dwayne Wade — to name a few.

– Maria de los Angeles is a freelance wordsmith based in Miami.

ONE | Sotheby’s Opens New Brickell Office


We are excited to announce the opening of our new Brickell office in the heart of Miami’s Financial District. This will be our 7th office in South Florida, which will give the company access to the business community in Downtown Miami. The opportunity to open this space was made possible by by joining forces with Larusso Realty Inc., that are established as top brokers in the area. ”Having this office in the heart of South Florida makes sense because it gives the Sotheby’s brand presence in such a prestigious area.” says company President and COO, Beth Butler.

Stefano Lorusso, founder of Lorusso Realty Inc, has been operating in South Florida since 2004.  The focus of his organization is primarily high end residential real estate in Miami Beach and South Miami.  His team consists of 6 multi-language professional real estate agents. With a strong focus in the European clientele for South Florida, the Brickell office for will have personnel that speak Italian, French and Spanish.

“As we keep growing with international buyers we need the solid foundations and global network of Sotheby’s International Realty, says Stefano Lorusso. “ONE | Sotheby’s is the perfect match for our organization and we look forward to working with them.”

The new Brickell office will house 20 new agents and is located at 999 Brickell Avenue, Suite 900. To see all of ONE | Sotheby’s listings in Brickell, click here: Brickell Listings.