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Mid-Century Modern Restoration in Miami Beach Coming Soon!

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 31, 2014

I was lucky to be able to tour an amazing restoration project of a mid-century modern home in Miami Beach that will be listed for sale in the next month or so.  Not only did I get the lowdown directly from the developer, but the project architect, Robert Gallagher, was there as well to explain their concept, vision and process.

This Miami Beach home had only one owner before the investment group purchased it with the intention of re-designing it.  Gallagher’s challenge was to retrofit the home to current 2014 lifestyle standards while at the same time staying true to the original architecture.  Not an easy task, but I can tell you that there is nothing like working with great bones!  The clerestory windows throughout, hints of original curved walls, and the scale of the spaces is what gives the home a wow factor.

Miami Beach Mid-century Modern by RAM companies

Who is this real estate developer who defeats the common stigma of cheap finishes and fast turn-around for a quick buck?  I felt like I was talking to a mythical character, it was one of those “pinch me” moments where I looked around to see if everything was in fact real and not a dream.  Father and Son team (Howard and Todd Goldenfarb) from the RAM Companies, pride themselves in quality construction and have been managing and developing real estate for more than 3 decades.  Their projects vary from industrial, office, retail, historic restoration, to award-winning residential developments.  And when I asked Todd what all the projects had in common, he responded that quality was always their goal with fine attention to detail, landscaping, and most importantly, the finished product.

Miami Beach Mid-Century Modern Coming Soon

Miami Beach mid-century modern restoration

The home is situated in The Upper North Bay Road area of Miami Beach, we’re talking right across the street from bay front mansions and estates, in a very prestigious and quiet area.  The glass kitchen back-splash faces right into the private gardens of one of Barry Gibbs estates.  Talk about LOCATION!

Robert Gallagher went out of his way to make sure no detail was missed in this home’s architecture.  They converted the garage to  guest quarters, made sure Master bedroom was complete with his/hers closets, vanities, toilets and the end product is over 3,000 square feet of living space with 4 en-suite bedrooms and extra powder room for guests.  The living/kitchen areas are open with volume ceilings and incredible light – the focal area is a low modern gas fireplace that hides a TV den in a cozy, yet functional space.  I did not get a chance to see the limestone that will be used for flooring, but can’t wait to see the finished product.

The house has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. It’s also smart where lighting, sound and cameras can be controlled remotely from smart device.  And it’s also generator ready with quick plug-and-play installations.  The outside captures a beautiful balance between hard and porous surfaces and although the mature landscaping was not yet installed, it was sitting aside anxiously waiting to be part of the home.

One of my favorite features of this beauty is the cypress clad eyebrow car port in the front that extends to the property line.  Gallagher incorporated a sky-light by the front bedroom window so that the large overhang would not take light away from that room.  The product, together with the whimsical columns reminiscent of MiMO District, is pure awesome.  Timeless standards from the mid-century era, combined with contemporary finishes to fit our lifestyle will make the buyer of this property quite lucky.

I can’t wait to show you photos of the finished product.  Goldenfarb and Gallagher told me that their goal is to be able to collaborate with Poliform for staging and final presentation of their project.  That would be the culmination of a quality home with quality furnishings that will impress the pickiest buyer.

Needless to say, if you are interested in buying this property, please contact me.  The price tag will be under $3 Million, and well worth it.


Paraiso Condo Complex Miami

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 30, 2014


The New Paraiso Condo Complex in trendy Edgewater Miami is now in pre-construction and is comprised of 4 towers.  Here’s the master plan to make it easier to understand.

Paraiso Bay Miami - Master Plan

Paraíso is a Master-Planned Community by The RELATED GROUP (The largest private condo developer in the world), consisting of 10 acres with 1000 linear feet of waterfront along Biscayne Bay in the trendy neighborhood of East Edgewater.

The 4 towers were designed by Arquitectonica with interiors by renowned designers.  The concept of the project is to “Reconnect with Nature” – a balance of relaxation and adventure as well as fun in the sun.  The complex offers exquisitely designed private residences as well as an unparalleled array of exclusive amenities and services.

Located in Edgewater, Miami’s hottest new neighborhood, within reach of the nearby hip Wynwood Arts District, thriving Midtown, the evolving Design District, and the downtown arts and entertainment district.

PARAISO master-planned community

For more information on each of the condos within Paraiso, click on each link below:

ONE Paraiso

Paraiso Bay – Tower 1 and Tower 2

Paraiso Bayviews

You can also email us at for more information or call us – someone in the Miamism Sales Team is always ready to help.

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Miami Green Houses from the past

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 27, 2014

To say that mid-century architects were more practical is an understatement.  Yes we’ve seen a sudden “Green Movement” taking over, and NO, I don’t think this is bad, quite the contrary, its something everyone should be aware of.  But looking at Miami’s architecture, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for those buildings of the 50′s and 60′s.  I have a special soft spot for certain architects like Wahl Snyder, Marion Manley and Alfred Browning Parker.

Alfred Browning Parker by Miami Herald

When I walk into a house designed by either three, I feel it!  My heart starts racing and there’s an unquestionable passion felt throughout the home, passion transmitted by the designer through the construction and details of the space.  I walked into a small Alfred Browning Parker home with a client not long ago and instantly knew it was his – I asked the agent, “Was this home designed by BP? And they said…who????” OK …let me not go there.

123_doors02_green_home_rnv.embedded.prod_affiliate.56Alfred Browning Parker was the master of utilizing space, wide overhangs, clerestory windows and massing to take advantage of our climate without air conditioning.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence is obvious in his work, because of the organic nature and use of local materials.

Wahl Snyder’s signature was to bring exterior spaces into the living areas; he would work with cross ventilation and create seamless transitions between the inside and outside of his spaces.  Materials were key and clerestory lighting was a must.  Take a look at his Miami Shores Residence.

Marion Manley was Florida’s first licensed woman architect and at 75 she was still busy designing good quality homes.  She used local materials, high ceilings, cross ventilation and never ignored our tropical climate.

These three architects are the epitome of the green movement without today’s technology, without air conditioning and without the hype.  Georgia Taske of The Miami Herald wrote a beautiful article about 2 homes designed in the 60′s by Manley and Browning Parker.  Both homes are open to their surroundings, and both are models for green living today.  Georgia Taske also tells us about Alfred Browning Parker’s visit to Miami a few months ago (he’s 90) and how he teaches his University of Florida architecture students about 5 basic principles:

“Build Simply – Build as directly as possible with no complications – Use the materials at hand and keep these sparse -  Let your building love its site and glorify its climate – Design for use; make it beautiful.”

I will end this article with a quote by Janet McIlvane, a research analyst with the Florida Solar Energy Center because it really defines the shift in housing and design that is evident in current times.

“After World War II, there was a move away from individually crafted homes”

“We began to produce homes with a subdivision production mind-set.  We were going to build 30 houses, not one, and build them all alike.  And in that transition, we started looking at how to make things easier, how to build more easily and quickly.

That’s how the industrial revolution transitioned into the housing market. So we jettisoned the front porch, made the windows smaller and sealed up our houses.  In Florida, those were the very components that allowed us to survive in the hot, humid climate.”

*photos by Nuri Vallbona / Miami Herald Staff*

**This article was originally written and posted on September 5th, 2007.  Since then, we have seen a huge shift in architecture and design here in Miami towards “sustainable design” – makes me happy to see that big architecture firms are finally getting it and government agencies are hiring those that take the environment into consideration**


Kai at Bay Harbor

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 24, 2014

I am loving these new buildings in Bay Harbor Islands.  Modest, modern and the perfect scale.  Here’s a project in pre-construction with an estimated completion date of October/November of 2015.  Kai has already started construction and they are moving quickly with some inventory still available.  Please contact us if you are interested in buying a Kai Condo in Bay Harbor.

Kai at Bay Harbor

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Kai at Bay Harbor is designed by Arquitectonica with a total of 7 floors and 57 residences.  There are 1 to 3 bedroom residences available and it’s located on the North side of the east island in Bay Harbor with west exposure on the canal, overlooking single-family homes of Bay Harbor east island.

Kai at Bay Harbor Location Map

We told you about Riva Bay Harbor a few weeks ago, which is already built – but here you have another gorgeous project in an amazing location and pre-construction pricing ranging from $515,000 to $1,225,000 for designer-ready units.
Built by 3D Developers made up of 3 development groups that decided to join forces:  Brick O., Equipo 18, and Blue Sky Developers.  (From Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina)

Kai at Bay Harbor Residence Features

  • Glass enclosed balconies
  • European style cabinetry
  • Marble floors in baths
  • Jacuzzis in Master Baths
  • Polished granite countertops
  • Top-of-the-line appliances

Kai at Bay Harbor Building Features and Amenities

  • Pool deck and swimming pool
  • Exterior lounge areas
  • Fully-equipped fitness center
  • 24 hour front desk and concierge
  • Marina

I don’t often get excited about pre-construction projects in Miami and can still count the ones I love in one hand (The Porsche Tower , One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid , Beach House 8, and One Ocean South Beach.) What I love about Kai is not only the scale, but the modest pricing which will make these fly off the market.

We can send you floor plans, brochure and deposit structure upon request, just email us at

Condo Name:  Kai at Bay Harbor
Architecture: Arquitectonica
Developer:  3D Developers
Location:  9940 W. Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154



Paramount Bay Condos – Market Report for September 2014

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on October 20, 2014

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Paramount Bay Condos Real Estate Market Report

There are currently 33 Paramount Bay Condos for sale: (3 less than last month)

  • Highest priced listing is unit PH4702 $4.4 Million *4 bedroom / 4.5 bathroom penthouse
  • Lowest priced listing is unit 705 for $700,000 (1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms)
  • Pending Sales (properties under contract): 7 (3 more than last month)
  • Closed sales in September: 4 (compared to 1 in August)

The Paramount Bay Condos sold in September 2014 were the following:

  • PH4402 – developer unit originally listed in October of 2013 for $3.8 Million, and selling for $3.1 Million ($699/sq.ft.)
  • 3901 – listed in July for $1,350,000 and selling in September for $1,175,000 ($671/sq.ft.)
  • 2207 – originally listed in November of 2013 for $1,250,000, selling in May for $1,185,000 – listed again 2 weeks later for $,185,000 and selling for $1,160,000 ($643/sq.ft.)
  • 604 – listed in March of 2014 for $749,00, with several price reductions and selling for $650,000 ($524/sq.ft.)

The average price per square foot in September was $634 compared to this year’s average of $609 and 2013′s average of $596.  It is obvious that floor height, condition and views of the residence will ultimately determine the closing price, but Paramount Bay continues to show gradual appreciation.

Everyone’s unanswered question is how the values will change once there is more ready inventory in the Edgewater area, like Icon Bay or The Paraiso project.  We will just have to wait and see.  The demand for land in the areas continues to be strong and The RELATED group just paid $29 million for a property on Biscayne Blvd, just north of The Arsht Performing Arts Center.



The Miamism Sales Team specializes in Paramount Bay and can represent you in the sale or purchase of a condo.  Please contact us  We prepare monthly market reports to keep you informed of sales stats at Paramount Bay.

We are now also providing these quick services to help with your real estate needs:


For more information about this Miami condo building, take a look at  Paramount Bay Condos written after my visit in September of 2012.  You can also visit to go straight to source of information.

Condo Name:  Paramount Bay
Architecture:  Arquitectonica
Interior Design:  Lenny Kravitz
Location:  2020 N Bayshore Dr – Miami, FL 33137