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Miami Marine Stadium Restoration Efforts are BACK!

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 6, 2016

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Restoration efforts for the Miami Marine Stadium are still in full force!  Back in 2013, we gave you a little history behind the Marine Stadium and explained the restoration efforts.  Since then, a lot has transpired and there are a lot of questions by a lot of people.

Miami Marine Stadium Timeline

Here’s a very brief, oversimplified sequence of events to put you up to date – my apologies if I missed anything important on the way:

  • 1963 – Marine Stadium built
  • 1992 – City of Miami got tired of managing the venue, claimed stadium was unsafe structure
  • 1992 – engineering study came back negative to demolish it and it was abandoned
  • 2008 – Friends of Marine Stadium organization was formed to start awareness and saving efforts
  • 2009 – Marine Stadium made National Trust for Historic Preservation – top 11 endangered structures list
  • 2009 – Marine Stadium added to Worlds Monuments Fund Watch List
  • 2010 – Miami-Dade County Commissioners allocated $3 Million to the stadium to start its historical preservation and return it as a venue for water sports and major concerts.
  • 2010 – Miami City Commission approved the Virginia Key Master Plan, including the stadium.
  • 2012 – Miami City Commission gave Friends of Marine Stadium 6 months to come up with comprehensive plan and 2 year to come up with funding
  • 2013 – Instameet organized by Miamism and National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2013 – Plan was presented with help of Gloria Stefan and unanimously approved by Miami City Commission
  • 2014 – Friends of The Marine Stadium implodes!
  • 2014 – City of Miami takes Marine Stadium restoration efforts back under their wing
  • 2015 – Boat show approved at Marine Stadium

Miami Marine Stadium Restoration efforts today

So what exactly is going on now?  Although City of Miami has agreed to restore the Miami Marine Stadium, it is not a priority in their “to-do” list and the restoration efforts are moving painfully slow.

Now that the boat show has moved from the Miami Beach convention center to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, it’s the perfect time to remind our city commissioners, that we want the stadium restored.

Sign Petition to restore Miami Marine Stadium

The National Trust For Historic Preservation is asking us to sign a petition to show our support and contact our City Commission.

The current restoration efforts are under the wing of The National Trust For Historic Preservation as well as Dade Heritage Trust, with support from the Boat Show.

Miami Boat Show at Marine Stadium

There will be a RESTORE THE MIAMI MARINE STADIUM kiosk during the boat show.

The kiosk will be located in the central courtyard of the Boat Show campus just outside the entrance to the stadium.

The National Trust is working with local visual performance artists to illuminate the structure using projections of vintage stadium footage so that attendees are able to fully appreciate its history and one-of-a-kind architecture.  The light installation will take place on Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14, beginning at 4:00 PM and running until 8:00 PM each evening.

Miami Boat Show – February 11-15th

Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium

We need to bombard our City Commissioners with emails letting them know how important this project is for us and for the city.  We need the project to be moved from the bottom of their priority list to the top!


and spread the word and encourage others to sign.

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Miami is The Happiest City to Work in Right Now

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 5, 2016

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According to, Miami is the happiest city to work in right now.  That’s right, Miami came in at #1!

Is it our climate? our night life? maybe our beaches!

To determine the happiest and unhappiest places to work, fulfillment-focused career site CareerBliss took a look at eight key factors that can influence an employee’s contentment, including work-life balance, an employee’s relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, general work environment, compensation, opportunities for advancement,  company culture, and resources.

Here are the top 5 happiest cities to work in right now:

  1. Miami – average salary $63,825
  2. Jersey City, New Jersey – average salary $78,107
  3. Mountain View, California – average salary $91,733
  4. Brooklyn, New York – average salary $53,907
  5. San Jose, California – average salary $96,209

Miami’s growing technology scene alongside some of the world’s best beaches is in a position to become a major technology hub,” said CareerBliss CEO Heidi Golledge. “With the growth of startups in the area comes high-paying jobs and happier company cultures focused on retaining key employees.

Thank you Chris Umpierre, Director of communications for the Miami Association of Realtors, for the good news!

No wonder we continue to find new homes and offices for people relocating to Miami!!  Contact Miamism Sales Team to help you with your move – choosing area, type of property, proximity to schools, and lifestyle is not easy!!


Brickell City Centre update – February 2016

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 3, 2016

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It’s so exciting to see the project going up!! If you are like me, every time you go by Brickell City Centre, you notice something new.  Well…the good news is that the project is close to being finished, here’s the latest update:

  • Reach, the first residential tower will get its TCO (temporary certificate of occupancy) as early as next week!!
  • Which means it will start closing immediately thereafter.  The tower is 94% sold.
  • Rise, the second residential tower (furthest west), is 45% sold and should get its TCO as early as April or May with May or June closing.
  • You can now buy with 20% down instead of 50% because of how close projects are to termination.
  • 90% of the office tower has been leased to a well known attorney firm
  • Saks Fifth Avenue will be the anchor to the mall
  • Expected opening date for retail side of Brickell City Centre is September 2016.
  • The Hotel is already taking reservations for May – “The East Hotel” a Swire brand out of Hong Kong.
  • Contact us for available inventory on either of the residential towers.

Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre is a $1.05 billion mixed-use development. Strategically located in the center of the Brickell financial district, this is the single largest project currently underway in downtown Miami. Brickell City Centre is anticipated to bring a whole new level of urban living and sophistication to the area.

The first residential tower, Reach, is now for sale and already on 10th floor of construction.  This project is perfect for those that like to be in the middle of the action, close to everything.  There will even be a metro-mover station at Brickell City Centre that will connect you to the rest of Brickell and Downtown Miami.

Brickell City Centre overview

Brickell City Centre is a transformational mixed-use project by Swire Properties, same developers that did Brickell Key.  It’s a high-end shopping and entertainment center with 2 residential towers, 2 office buildings and a flagship hotel.  The Whitman Family, owners of Bal Harbour Shops are involved in the retail aspect of the project.  The whole project is designed by Arquitectonica with a sustainable and climate driven concept.

The only aspects of the project that will be sold to the public will be the residential towers, Reach and Rise.  The rest of Brickell City Centre will be owned and managed by Swire properties.  The first condo tower, Reach, is now for sale in pre-construction, averaging about $630/square feet.  These prices are expected to change according to demand and Brickell City Centre is already guiding prices for other projects in the vicinity.  When information becomes available about Rise, the second condo tower, we will let you know. (So check back with us)

Brickell City Centre Video

We would love to represent you in a purchase here, call us to schedule an appointment.

Remember our team is ready to help you with your Reach – Brickell City Centre purchase and of course surrounding condos as well. Call us for details 305.758.2323 or  We will be glad to send you a digital brochure on the property.

Condo Name:  Reach and Rise – Brickell City Centre
Architecture:  Arquitectonica
Interior Design:  Richardson Sadeki
Location:  701 S Miami Av – Miami, FL 33130


How’s the Miami Shores Real Estate Market Doing? January 2016

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 1, 2016

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How’s the Miami Shores Real Estate Market Doing?

There are currently 103 Miami Shores homes for sale:

  • Highest priced listing is $3,999,000 for the bay front home at 1300 NE 94 St (has been listed since December 2013)
  • Lowest priced listing is $265,000 for the foreclosure in need of repairs at 19 NW 109 St.
  • Pending Sales (Properties under contract): 26
  • Median Sales Price in January: $470,000
  • Closed sales in January: 8

The 8 Miami Shores homes sold in January were the following:

  • 161 NE 105 St – foreclosure listed for $395,000 in October of 2015 and selling for $375,000 ($296/sq.ft.)
  • 169 NW 97 St – originally listed for $449,000 in October of 2015 and selling for $425,000 ($262/sq.ft.)
  • 10417 NE 2 Av – originally listed for $529,999 in August of 2015 and selling for $330,000 ($180/sq.ft.)
  • 1561 NE 103 St – foreclosure listed for $475,000 in October of 2015 and selling for $455,000 ($229/sq.ft.)
  • 10635 NE 10 Ct – East of Biscayne Blvd – listed for $549,000 in August of 2015 and selling for $485,000 ($275/sq.ft.)
  • 1060 NE 105 St – East of Biscayne Blvd foreclosure – listed for $634,900 and selling for $711,000 ($285/sq.ft.)
  • 10659 NE 10 Pl – East of Biscayne Blvd – originally listed for $849,000 in 2014, with several price reductions and rented – finally relisted for $829,000 in June of 2015 and selling for $780,000 ($215/sq.ft.)
  • 285 NE 103 St – listed for $895,000 and selling for $800,000 ($251/sq.ft.)

The average price per square foot in Miami Shores in January was $249, compared to 2015’s average of $264.  It’s common to see decreases in the market on certain months, depending on the type of inventory that sells.  3 out of the 8 sales last month were foreclosures, that’s what makes the sales graph fluctuate.

Please do not interpret this slight drop to mean the market is collapsing in Miami Shores.  We like to explain it as a conservative market that continues to correct itself.  What’s important to point out is that homes that are in move-in condition are the ones selling for top dollar.

Today’s buyer finds it difficult to calculate updates and considers those a risk.  Homes that need work sit on the market longer and sell for less.

If you are a buyer in Miami Shores, pay attention to the average price per square foot.  The home that sold last year at $264/SF was an “average home”, in need of repairs – it was not an immaculate property where everything was updated – those sold in excess of $300/SF and in cases, close to $400/SF.

Miami Shores House of The Month

The Miamism Sales Team recommends the amazing historic, Mediterranean revival home designed by Kiehnel & Elliott and  built by the Shoreland Company in 1926 on Shoreland Blvd.

284 NE 96 St - Miami Shores

284 NE 96 St – Miami Shores

Amazing 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2-car garage – over 3,351 sq.ft. of living space – all the bells and whistles expected from Kiehnel and Elliott:  cuban tile floors, wood-beamed ceilings, hand-stenciled woodwork, casement windows, arches…a true gem at $537/SF.

Asking price $1,799,000

Please contact us for more information and to coordinate a showing appointment.

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Miamism Fridays – Continuum South Beach

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on January 29, 2016

Continuum South Beach by Antoine Fletcher

Back to our Miamism Fridays series, this time with a magnificent aerial shot of The Continuum South Beach Towers, in South of Fifth or South Pointe, in Miami Beach.  What an amazing sunrise captured by photographer extraordinaire, Antoine Fletcher aka @aguywithanikon on Instagram.

Please go tell him that there’s nothing wrong with his photos looking like paintings, on the contrary!!  And to see more of Antoine’s work, please visit

An ONLY IN MIAMI moment – a true MIAMISM!