Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Project on Hollywood's Intracoastal

Seaside Project at North Beach Hollywood

The informal Jimbo's Sandbar is one my favorite bar/ restaurant  on the water. It has been for some years now on the lot North of the old Martha's  Restaurant. One of the last informal places where you can still sip a beer at sunset and enjoy some wonderfully greasy appetizers, this would be my dream of the scenery all along the Intracoastal from Miami to Fort Lauderdale. No fashionable restaurants, no trendy disco's; this is just what I want.

Jimbo's Sandbar

I had been wearily thinking about the land next door, which we knew as Martha's, in the late 80's a truly romantic restaurant where we would meet our friends for a good dinner and some fun on the dancing floor. It is evidently getting ready for some major construction.

Looking alarmingly at the Margaritaville gigantic silhouette slowly rising at the Johnson Street beach parking lot site, I couldn't but worry.

I have read today in the Daily Business Review an article that somehow give me some peace of mind.

See why:

When Seaside Hollywood North Beach LLC approached the Hollywood City Commission for a zoning change and site plan approval for 3.3 acres on the Intracoastal Waterway, they weren't looking to increase density in their proposed Seaside Village project.

Developers John Passalacqua and Malcolm Resnick instead wanted to build less at 6024 N. Ocean Drive, the longtime home of iconic Hollywood restaurant Martha's on the Intracoastal south of the Dania Beach Boulevard bridge.

They've demolished Martha's and want to replace it with a condominium development set amid lush green landscaping and open space. Instead of the existing North Beach development district zoning, Seaside Hollywood sought a planned development designation that would limit the size of the project.

"It was clear to everybody that the density was about half of what the developer could have put on the property," said Seaside attorney Wilson Atkinson, a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Fowler White Boggs in Fort Lauderdale. "The commission complimented the project on its design and compatibility with the neighborhood and approved it unanimously" Wednesday.

Seaside controls about 900 feet of waterfront property with 720 feet of seawall and a 240-foot cove on the south end. But on land with entitlements for 61 units, the developer proposed a total of 23 units in five three-story buildings set 60 feet apart on the waterfront. Parking would also be generous—a 4:1 ratio.

Plans for the $15 million project include an 11-slip marina, dockage for boats up to 60 feet, a swimming pool and recreation center with a kitchen and barbecue area.
"We left a lot of money on the table. We really did," Passalacqua said. "But we also wanted to do the right thing."

Passalacqua, who's lived in the city 30 years, sits on Hollywood's planning and development board and is president of the North Beach Community Association Inc.—two roles that influenced his project ideas.

"We could have built anything allowable by code. The bottom line is you can do a development that will not give open vistas to the community, but we were very conscious about allowing the community to still enjoy the open vistas of the Intracoastal," Passalacqua said. "It's a lifestyle. We're not just giving square footage. It's about keeping with the integrity of the building and showing you don't have to overbuild to do the right thing."

Seaside developers had a bonus sometimes not available to their peers in areas with escalating land prices. The group acquired the land at a deep discount during a foreclosure action last year.

Broward County records show the parcel traded for $6.24 million eight years earlier. But Seaside Hollywood bought the note for $2.1 million and successfully entered a starting bid of $100 for the foreclosed property. To pay off three years of back taxes, they shelled out another $512,000 plus $250,000 in legal fees to clear notes on the property for a total investment of just under $3 million.

"We took a lot of risk. When you buy something like we did, you don't know how the court is going to treat it, so we also bought all the risks," Passalacqua said. "That's the message we're sending here. It's an example of conscientious development. I see the prices on some of these recent deals, and I understand most developers don't have that option because they pay too much. But we did what the community wanted. We're going to make money, but we're also going to the do the right thing."

Seaside Village will have a $26 million to $30 million sellout with units priced at about $500 to $700 per square foot. The developers are financing the project with partners Julie and Laurie Schecter, daughters of Aaron Schecter, who built the first Century Village in western Palm Beach County in the 1960s. The Schecters helped finance the land acquisition, and Passalacqua will fund the development with Resnick, CEO of Vintage Homes of Florida Inc. in Hollywood.

Vintage has built numerous South Florida residential projects. Its latest project, White Sands, is across the street from the Seaside Village site and includes 18 units priced from $1 million to $1.3 million.
"We didn't become greedy," Passalacqua said. "I know the end users will be very happy. I will leave something behind that shows we weren't pigs."

This is what I actually expect Seaside Village to become.

 ...If I can't have my waterside cafes, at least this would be acceptable.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Marina Palms Yacht Club - New Video Released

Watch this beautiful video about a 

wonderful waterfront project in North Miami Beach

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Paraiso Bayviews - One more Paradise Pre-Construction in Miami


Completion: Early 2017

Developer: Related Group

Architect: Arquitectonica (architects of Icon Brickell, Resort World Miami, American Airlines Arena)

Interior Design: Karim Rashid

Landscape: ENEA, Zurich

From an extraordinary vision to a spectacular neighborhood, Related Group’s master plan for an exquisite residential community is coming to fruition. We are pleased to announce the next phase of the Paraiso development – PARAISO BAYVIEWS by Karim Rashid.

A world of tranquility just minutes from the excitement of downtown Miami, Wynwood, the Design District, and Miami Beach.

A part of Edgewater’s new master plan neighborhood, with over 1000 lft of waterfront, lush parks and great outdoor spaces!



31st Street, close to the Bay

Edgewater offers one last opportunity to live in a waterfront property in Miami. Located in middle of the New Miami, blocks from Downtown (cultural facilities-museums, performing arts center), Midtown, Wynwood and Design District.

5 minutes from Downtown Miami & Brickell.

15 minutes away from Miami International Airport.




  • 44 stories

  • 396 units

  • Service elevators

  • Ninth floor Pool and amenities

  • Rooftop pool and amenities with Bay views

  • Ground level Lobby featuring Ultra contemporary design

  • 9 th Floor Amenities including Lap pool, luxurious pool deck, Tennis Court, Fitness Center, Residents Lounge Rooms, Screening Room, Spa and more.

  • Lush gardens

  • Access to adjacent Beach Club and other serv

  • ices soon to be announced…

  • Estimate maintenance at 62 cents per sqft




44-story residential tower designed by Arquitectonica

396 designer units with fabulous views of Biscayne Bay

Pricing starting at the $300′s, with retail on the ground floor


Incredible list of amenities on the 9th floor, including lap pool and tennis courts

An exclusive Roof-top Club with 50 ft inity pool, plus private treatment pools and jacuzzis

Memberships to Michael Schwartz Beach Club and Restaurant

Marina with watersports activities and available boat slips



   1BD + den / 1.5BA, 750 sqft

   2BD + den / 2BA, 1,100 sqft

   3BD / 2BA, 1,200 sqft



  • Move-in ready residences

  • Modern appliance packages

  • Nine foot ceilings

  • Floor to ceiling glass panels

  • Spacious terraces



10% at Reservation now

10% at Contract estimate July 2014

10% at Groundbreaking estimate November 2014

10% at 9 th floor estimate April 2015

10% at top-off estimate April 2016

50% at closing estimate end 2016-early 2017

For more information or reservation, please call directly

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


One of the top luxury pre-construction projects in the Miami area. 




Chateau Ocean Pre-Construction



An amazing beachfront building with only 58 units. Not for the budget oriented, for sure, but a fine example of how to put at use the best resources to accomplish unheard-of level of luxury and magnificence.



Sizes: 3,325 sq ft to 7,100 sq ft

Units: 58

Floors: 12

Price starting at $1,500 per foot 



at 94th Street and Collins Avenue, SURFSIDE.

300 ft of Atlantic Ocean frontage



10 ft ceilings in all residences.



Private elevators to all residences 2 Penthouses with private pools and the option of being combined.

All of the units are flow-through, views of either north or south and all of them with east and west views.

5 star amenities and 5 start concierge services without being a hotel.3,448 sq ft to 11,000 sq ft

All units are available for customization to their owner’s specific needs.



  • Outdoor balcony kitchen in all units.

  • Private Beach Club and private restaurant just for the residents and their guests.





  •  Amenities will include: Cigar and Wine Vault with billiards, Theater, and much more.

  • Walk to Bal Harbour Shops (2 blocks away)




    15 Mins to Downtown Miami




  • 30,000 Sq Ft of underground parking.

  • 28 Foot high Lobby Ceiling.



On Floors 3-9 there will be 6 residences per floor.
On Floors 10-11 there will be 4 units per floor.
On 12th Floor: 3 Pent-houses with private roof-top terrace and swimming pool.


New Payment structure as follow:

30%  at contract
20%  60 days after signing the contract 
50%  at closing.


Designed by Arquitectonica

Developers: Chateau Group


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

ECHO AVENTURA -Top Luxury in Aventura Pre-Construction


Prices: $792,000 to $3,087,000
Sizes: 1510 to 4020 Sq. Ft.
Units: 190
Waterfront: Yes


  • 190 luxury residences on 5 acres of Aventura waterfront

  • World class architecture by Carlos Ott + Yabu Pushelberg interiors in a first time collaboration

  • All private elevator access

  • Residences equipped with private service suites

  • Bayfront infinity-edge pool with views of the Atlantic Ocean



  • 4,000 square foot fitness center with state-of-the-art gym and yoga room

  • Resort-style poolside service / breakfast and lunch clubroom

  • Private cooled storage space for all Tower East Residents

  • Two private porte-cochere entrances

  • Atrium event room with floor-to-ceiling windows accessible by dedicated glass elevator

  • Exceptional concierges services




  • Custom interiors by Yabu Pushelburg

  • Apple home technology included in all residences

  • Floor-through residences featuring unobstructed water views

  • Each residence offers a bayfront terrace with summer kitchen

  • 18 penthouse residences with private rooftop terraces and plunge pools

  • Private elevators and foyers

  • 10 ceilings slab-to-slab with floor to ceiling windows



  • Spacious residences with great room, family room, dining room and breakfast nooks

  • Private service suites with bathroom

  • Individual unit access high-speed elevators

  • Wolf Gas Stoves and custom hood

  • Side by side paneled SubZero/Wolf appliances

  • SubZero Duel Temperature Wine Storage

  • Built-in coffee and espresso machine

  • Midnight bar in the master suite



  • Oversized soaking tub

  • Grand master his and her walk-in closets

With a contemporary lighting package, including recessed lighting, dimmers, and Lutron lighting

All residences come equipped with custom Italian cabinetry, built-in SubZero/Wolf appliances, and exquisite stone countertops.

Paint selections included and come recommended from Yabu Pushelburg to compliment flooring selections

Each residence offers an unprecedented level of efficiency through a smart home technology experience. Includes integrated audio, video and lighting systems controlled by Apple devices.

Flooring selections included and come recommend by Yabu Pushenberg.




  • 24-hour concierge service

  • 24-hour valet service & covered self parking

  • Daily continental breakfast for all residents

  • Pet walking services for all residents

  • Personal poolside service

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

What do I like about the Marina Palms?

Years ago, South of Aventura, on Biscayne Blvd., I used to take my boat for service at a shop in the Maule Lake Marina.
It was a large place with lots of docks, slips, boat storage; my boat mechanic happened to have his shop at the Marina.

Most of the time I would reach it by water.  On my boat, going South, about a quarter mile before reaching the then called Shooters waterfront cafe (now Duffy's), at the 163 street bridge, there is a canal on the right (west) side of the Intracoastal.

A couple of blocks bordering some homes and you would  be on  open waters: Maule Lake. We would often water-ski on the lake, or throw a fishing line for the kids, or just anchor the boat to enjoy the quiet waters at the sunset.

On the West edge of the lake was the large Maule Lake marina.
Years passed; my mechanic moved out of the marina, my kids grew up, but I still navigated the canal  close-by on my way to Bakers-Haulover inlet which is the point I use to head offshore. 

On its Biscayne Blvd. front, there was an outdoor furniture store right next to it.  It’s gone now. Not that it was such a great view, but I had grown used to seeing the hundreds of boats of all sizes around the docks or on trailers. I think that US customs stored on the site some seized vessels going to auction.

A little more than a year ago I noticed that something was going on and then there was a large sign announcing a waterfront construction. And I realized that the land would be used for residential homes.
I remember that the first thing that came to my mind was that whoever owned the land had a great idea. Right on Biscayne Boulevard, where no one expects to sea water, there was the open bay, and you could  now see what was actually water and the Maule lake. 

Whatever is your idea about developing Miami, anything that means a sensible usage of the waterways makes me happy.

Miami has this incredible network of canals, lakes and all kind of waterways that is almost unique for a large city.  If you have lived here and never took a ride on a water taxi, enjoyed a drink and a sandwich on a friend’s boat, 

....or hopped at a waterfront bar for a icy beer and some greasy fried appetizers; if you haven’t gone around admiring the mansions seen from the canals, or woken up early and headed out half asleep  to try for some snapper or Spanish mackerel, then you haven’t really lived here. 

And if you can do it from the backyard of the place where you live, then you should bless the day you arrived here.

Marina Palms is somehow one of the versions of this dream. A couple of buildings with all the bells and whistles of modern luxury, resting on a lake, with close ocean access. 

Large apartments with magnificent views and all you can think of in terms of amenities and lavish comfort. And all this in a quiet but so desirable area, steps from Aventura, its full-time shopping, some of the best restaurants and bars in Miami, a few minutes from the classy Bal Harbour, the Atlantic Ocean beaches, the new neighborhoods of Midtown, and the Arts District, casinos, racetracks and shopping centers.

But then again, it’s always the closeness of the water what captivates me. 
At its price level, it might very much become my top choice over most of the new construction in the territory between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Here what the developers have to say about the Marina Palms 


Marina Palms Yacht Club and Residences

In North Miami Beach, very close to Aventura,  Gulfstream Village, yet at driving distance from South Beach, Brickell and the most coveted areas of South Florida, a new project on the water, that will include boat slips for all its units, is the talk of the town.


Marina Palms Yacht Club and Residences brings the yachting lifestyle back to Miami with the county’s first luxury condominium and yacht club project in two decades.
The luxury condominium development will pamper residents with white-glove amenities, high-end
finishes and unparalleled, personalized services, while the private, full-service marina will offer 112 boat slips for yachts up to 90 feet in length, and deepwater access to Haulover Inlet, just 20 minutes away,


Gated entry
Secure garage parking
24-hour professional security and video surveillance
WiFi throughout all common areas
e-Concierge app for iPad/mobile access to Marina Palm’s
wide array of services and amenities.
High-speed elevators
Lavish spa with sauna, steam and private treatment rooms
Men’s & women’s locker rooms
State-of-the-art fitness center
Professional grade studio for yoga/pilates
News café with daily newspaper service
Club room with 100”+ television
Billiards table with bar
Executive business lounge with conference room
Pet-friendly environment

112-slip private marina for yachts up to 90 feet in length
Full-time dock master
Full service yacht club concierge
Fueling services
Dockside high speed internet and cable TV
Well-equipped sundry store
Picturesque marina promenade 

Water sports including boating, jet skiing, kayaking,
water skiing, wind surfing and snorkeling
Lushly landscaped, 14-acre lifestyle enclave on
750 linear feet of prime waterfront
Resort-style pool deck with infinity pool, hot tub
and stunning waterfront views
Outdoor gourmet kitchen
Dedicated children’s pool, children’s outdoor playground
Convenient dog park access at East Greynolds Park

24-hour valet parking
Personal butler service
On-site car wash service and detailing
Pool attendants
Tennis club membership
Pet station
Pet spa services
Activity rooms for children and teens

Imported Italian cabinetry by Snaidero with stone countertops
Grohe bathroom fixtures
Subzero and Wolf appliances
Elegant floating Italian bathroom vanities by Snaidero
Frameless glass enclosed showers with hand-held head in bathrooms
Generous 8-foot deep private terraces with glass railings
Expansive marina and panoramic water views of Intracoastal and beyond
Freestanding soaking tubs in master bathroom
Large walk-in closets
Smart technology ready
Solid core doors throughout
Sound insulated walls throughout
Spacious open floor plans with ceilings heights in excess of 9’
Full-sized, front loaded washer and dryer in every residence

1. Contact me at 954-296-6741 or 1-800-416-2747  and request inventory of available units.

2. Let's go visit the building's site, elect a unit and fill out reservation form.

3. Write a check or wire funds payable to Chicago Title Insurance Company for 10% of the purchase price.

Schedule of payments
10% at Reservation
10% at Contract
20% at Ground breaking
60% at Closing

THE NORTH TOWER IS SOLD OUT (except a very few pent-houses).


Presented by: 

Henry B. Nathan

Luxury Waterfront Real Estate Specialist

 United Realty Group 

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