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Ricardo Bofill in Star Island

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 11, 2016


Bofill in Star Island – Miami Beach

There is currently a Ricardo Bofill designed project for sale in our own back yard, in none other than Star Island.  Miami Beach investor, Shay Kostiner, has approved plans for a 27,000 square foot home with 9 bedrooms, 8-car garage, rooftop and bay front pools, private dock with new sea wall and 209 feet of water frontage.


44 Star Island Drive,  is currently listed for $24,000,000 and it includes a 48,266 square foot lot plus amazing and one-of-a-kind Bofill’s approved project.  Marketing description reads as follows:

Build a custom waterfront estate on Star Island, the most exclusive address in S. Florida. This +/- 50,000 sq ft property includes pre-approved plans from world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill. With approved plans, you can quickly break ground on a home with the best of Miami living: Over 20,000 sq ft of modern space, beautiful water views, luxury finishes, 9 bedrooms & 11 baths, 8-car garage, both rooftop & bay front pools, private dock with 209 ft water frontage and new sea wall.

So here’s what’s important.  In a Miami full of boring, nondescript new projects that all look the same, the lucky buyer of this property will have a priceless piece of art by starchitect Ricardo Bofill.  If there’s something that says “timeless appreciation” … Bofill-designed-home DOES!


Who is Ricardo Bofill

When you hear Ricardo Bofill, please don’t just think “award-winning Spanish architect who heads Barcelona-based Taller de Arquitectura,” as often described by publications. Think of, “internationally acclaimed architect responsible for extraordinary urban projects that incorporate tradition, classical forms and geometry within contemporary architecture; one of the founding European Post Modernists!”


One of Bofill’s best known projects is his studio, Taller de Arquitectura,  located in a cement factory in Sant Just Desvern, Spain.   Bofill converted the abandoned cement factory from the late 19th centruy into RBTA’s studios and his personal residence.  It is a work in progress, we’re talking an extremely controversial place with surreal forms and elements, abstract volumes, and disorganized space, where form and function never made sense, allocated into a use chosen by the skillful architect.

“Seduced by the contradictions and the ambiguity of the place, we quickly decided to retain the factory, and modifying its original brutality, sculp it like a work of art.”

Here’s a man that claims 2 things excite and make him vibrate:  aesthetic feeling from beauty, and intelligence.  He was originally inspired by organic nature of Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto’s architecture. RBTA is responsible for numerous international projects, like The W Barcelona Hotel, and its design team undertakes projects in collaboration with local architects and engineers from city planning to interior design.


How Ricardo Bofill Defines Architecture

In his interview with Vladimir Begogolovsky of Arch Daily, Bofill states:

Architecture is a professional discipline. Fundamentally and artistically, architecture is about space and the relationship between time and space. Architecture needs to have a relation to the genius loci of every place. In other words, to its spirit and DNA. Architecture cannot be translated from one place to another. Architecture should be specific to every place. So what I try to do with this multidisciplinary approach is always to invent new projects, new styles. I want to reinvent myself. I don’t want to copy myself or repeat endlessly certain shapes, like some other architects… I want to adapt to local conditions and traditions. Architecture needs to be open to other disciplines. Architecture can’t be isolated. And since all other disciplines evolve, architecture should maintain a close relation to them to evolve as well.

Timeless and Passionate, in a setting like no other – 44 Star Island Drive, once finished, will be one of Miami Beach’s treasures and landmarks, one that will be coveted for years to come.





Miami Shores Limited Edition Drawing for Charity

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 9, 2016

I am beyond honored to let you know about my latest project.  For many years, as you may already know,  I’ve been a part of a local chapter of the Woman’s Cancer Association, called Heidi Hewes.  Heidi Hewes is a hands on, grass roots-type charitable organization, where there’s no overhead and no salaries.  Everyone is a volunteer 100% and all proceeds benefit grants for cancer research and education at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine.

Every year, Heidi Hewes organizes a “Home for the Holidays Walking Tour”, where 4-5 homes are opened to the community as a fundraiser.  I have been donating pen-and-ink renderings of the homes for this cause since 2009. (Here’s time lapse I did of me drawing one of these renderings).

This year, however, in addition to donating the pen-and-ink renderings, because it marks a very special, 25th Anniversary Home for The Holidays Walking Tour, I was commissioned to draw a one-of-a-kind, limited edition art piece that represents Miami Shores.  You can imagine my excitement – it is the first time anything like this has been done and not only was I honored to be picked, but gladly accepted the challenge and donated a full-color art piece as a fundraiser.

Without further ado, I present to you “Radiant Legacy”


200 Limited edition, signed and numbered prints are now for sale, at $50/each (click on link)

Printed on Hahnemuhle Paper – Archival 200 Year
11″ X 14″

Ethereal beauty that you can’t touch, radiant legacy that’s ever present – defining our now and protecting our tomorrow.

This drawing symbolizes the energy that surrounds us from those that have left us and whose legacy will not only forever be with us, but will empower us into giving back and improving each other’s future.

25th Anniversary Miami Shores Print to benefit Heidi Hewe’s Chapter of The WCA

Building upon the theme of community and giving back this holiday season, Elizabeth Hitt and Catherine McLaney, Co-Chairs of the 25th Annual Holiday Walk, have commissioned an original art work by Ines Hegedus-Garcia titled “Radiant Legacy”.

As explained above this work symbolically celebrates both our heritage and our future. It is on sale for $50.00 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Woman’s Cancer Association who support grants at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

To symbolize our commitment to community involvement and partnership, a framed print has been donated to The Miami Shores Village in honor of our 25th Anniversary.

About the Artist

Ines Hegedus-Garcia, a Miami Shores resident and local REALTOR specializing in architecture, historic homes and architecturally significant real estate, has been providing the Holiday Walk home renderings since 2009. Ines has had a love for art since she was a child and became an architect for that very reason. Her passion has been translated into her real estate business in the form of photography, drawings and marketing. Her art ranges from simple pen and ink drawings, to conceptual color pencils in which she interprets landscapes and their context into intricate, yet simple patterns and textures.

PLEASE consider participating in the walk by purchasing tickets, as well as purchasing a limited edition print of Radiant Legacy.







Miami – the next Global City

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 7, 2016

The media will always report somber news and will always tell you about bubbles bursting and powers declining but we’re here to paint a better picture.  Of course it benefits us, as Miami REALTORS, to tell you about why Miami is an important Global City and to tell you why buying in Miami is a safe bet.  But if you read, you know we tell is like it is, and we don’t give distorted perceptions and never have false pretenses.

Miami is a Global Hub

Our goal is to have clients for life, not just one transaction.  We will tell you when an investment is not sound and have been known to make recommendations against buying certain properties.  With that said, and knowing that real estate has ups and downs, there have been so many great changes in our amazing city and it’s important to note them.

We started this series with Why You Need to Invest in Miami Real Estate Right Now, back in October 2014.  We will add to that article and will link to media sources to reinforce its importance.

Miami real estate is here to stay.  It’s not a passing movement, it’s not a bubble, it’s not a fad.  Of course it will have its ups and downs like any real estate market in the history of the industry, but there are exciting changes that make our city, Miami, the place to invest in NOW.  We, as Miami REALTORS, embrace those changes, feel privileged to be witness to this amazing growth, and are here to help you, our clients, understand the reasons to buy and invest in Miami now.

Miami is being called “The New Manhattan,” the “next big tech hub,” the “yachting capital of the world,”  just to name a few.  Here are crucial points why Miami is growing in popularity, and why it’s more than just a winter escape, but be warned, there will be a lot of links to support what we’re saying.  Be ready to click away, read and then come back to us ready to buy.  We will help you determine where to buy according to your needs.

Miami’s Education is ranked Top Notch

University of MiamiThis one hits close to home because there’s no way a city can reach global importance without good education. Miami can now boast, not only because its public school system continues to improve, but our university system is now ranked top in the nation! The University of Miami ranked Top School in Florida by National Magazine and continues to be in Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. (#goCANES … my alma matter).

Here are some great stats about South Florida Education compiled by The Miami Association of REALTORS and presented in last months’ International Congress:

Prestigious Universities
● Greater Miami is home to 438,000 full-time and part-time students, making it the eighth largest “college town” in the nation, according to a 2016 report from Florida International University and the Creative Class Group. It ranks 16th of the 50-plus metros with populations of over a million with its 67 percent retention rate of graduates.
● South Florida is ranked 10th in the nation for the most F-1 visa holders (18,617). The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program.
● Chinese students comprise the largest number of foreign students in South Florida, with more than 2,600 students. Venezuela (1,574) is second on the list.
● The University of Miami, a private institution in Coral Gables, is ranked as the 44th best university in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2017. Miami is ranked No. 1 among Florida schools. The University of Miami is known as a research institution, and research opportunities begin at the undergraduate level. More than 180 majors and programs are available across nine schools and colleges.
● Designated as a top-tier research institution, Florida International University in Miami emphasizes research. The public institution has the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the School of Computing and Information Sciences’ Discovery Lab.
● Miami’s Florida International University, the first U.S. university to establish campuses in China more than a decade ago, has about 5,000 Chinese students. FIU has a partnership with the Tianjin University of Commerce in Tianjin, China.
● The University of Miami has 942 students from China, the most among all foreign countries, according to the school’s 2014 student enrollment figures
● South Florida has seven universities/colleges and five law schools. Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the nation. MDC has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college or university in the country (92,085 credit students in 2014-15).

Strong Schools
● Miami Dade County Public Schools receive more National Magnet Schools of Merit Awards than any other school district nationally.
● Miami offers 460 choice programs in all grade levels, which is the most of any Florida school district and among the top in the country. Miami, which has 345,000 students, has 102 magnet schools. A whopping 56.3 percent of Miami-Dade students attend non-traditional and advance school programs. South Florida has five colleges and universities; three law schools.
● Miami is home to some of the nation’s top private schools. Miami’s Ransom Everglades School finished as the top-ranked private school in the nation in 2016, according to Ranking factors included SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, student and parent reviews, and more.

David Beckham will bring MLS Soccer to Miami

Seems too good to be true and Beckham has had a number of road blocks to reach his goal, but they have bought the land for the stadium, and there are talks about working with Miami-Orlando Railway investors.  Most importantly, David Beckham says he WILL BRING MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER to Miami – check out Bloomberg’s interview in September.

…Here’s where we left off

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Miami as a Financial Hub

According to The Business Insider, Miami is already the 2nd most popular financial hub in the country after NYC  and refers to Miami as a financial gateway to the Americas.

Jennifer Odence from The Hedge IT Blog says that Miami is,

Currently home to over 60 international banks and 100 alternative investment companies, Miami and its busy Brickell Avenue has emerged as “Wall Street South,” and according to Forbes is luring many financial firms away from more traditional hubs such as New York and Greenwich, CT.

Miami as a Tech Hub

According to Fortune, Miami is making a different name for itself as a booming hub for technological innovation.  From large-scale technology conferences, Microsoft’s first U.S.-based “Innovation Center” in Miami, to start-up incubators opening up shop in Miami and organizations like the Knight Foundation who are investing in the build-out of the city’s entrepreneurial community.

And what about the idea of Miami being a tech hub of the Americas?  The Huffington Post tells us that,

The region in and around Miami has long pinned its financial fortunes on real estate and banking, but a combination of factors — the recent recession that shook those economic drivers coupled with an increase in cloud computing, the rapid growth of mobile devices in Latin America, and the area’s vast health care industry — now have civic leaders and local entrepreneurs making a push to diversify into the tech industry.

And lastly, we’ve told you about Richard Florida, founder of the Creative Class Group and his views of why Miami is more than just a vacation destination.  But Florida also tells us how start-ups are surging back in the urban cores of big cities including urban Miami.  Richard Florida states,

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The past decade or so has seen the region become a fantastic destination for arts and culture. The whole area is beginning to attract a new generation of talented people in their 30s and 40s, who are far less tethered to their jobs. Digital technology enables them to work from anywhere and they are choosing Miami.  These people don’t just work in tech per se, they work in and are creating a wide range of businesses, many in the health and lifestyle sectors. Miami is really beginning to achieve in the lifestyle space.

Miami has lower taxes

Enough said, California and New York drive traffic and big businesses to Miami because of lower taxes, and Miami Today gives us examples.

Miami Shopping, Gastronomy and Culture

Art Basel embraces the artworld with the biggest international art event and has helped Miami’s transformation into a cultural hub .

And what about Miami as the Yachting Capital of the world?  In addition to The Miami International Boat Show, The Huffington Post reasons,

Factor in 3,000 hours of sun annually, and it’s obvious why this South Florida town would be the ultimate Stateside haven for a boat-up luxury lifestyle

And shopping is not just your regular shopping.  In addition to Bal Harbour Shops (the most lucrative shopping mall in the world), we have Miami’s Design District – a destination for luxury shopping and dining, headed by Craig Robbins, as well as Swire’s Brickell City Centre.

And talking about dining, we can’t forget the celebrity chef scene in Miami – from Michael Schwartz to Top Chef’s Jeff McInnis.

And when it comes to museums, we don’t just have the new PAMM, the list will impress you.

Miami as Top City in Wealth

Ocean Drive Magazine tells us why the world’s billionaires re staying put, but most importantly, Miami makes it into Knight Frank’s TOP CITY IN WEALTH report, and staying up there in their prognosticated next ten years.

Miami was also identified by Forbes as best places for business and careers.

Miami’s Infrastructure

A lot of money is being dumped into Miami’s infrastructure, from The Port of Miami in order to accommodate megaships from The Panama Canal, to The Port of Miami Tunnel just finished under Biscayne Bay.  We’re also seeing major work in Miami’s expressways by The Department of Transportation.

We can’t forget All Aboard Florida, the high-speed train that will connect Miami to Orlando; Or Miami Central Station which will serve as Miami-Dade County’s first all-inclusive ground transportation hub.

An important city is nothing without a great airport and Miami International Airport is undergoing a $6.4 Billion improvement project.

The City of Miami has also adopted a new zoning code guided by New Urbanism and Smart Growth known as Miami 21.  Miami 21 is a form-based code whose goals are to create neighborhoods by the interaction of buildings and streets, it promotes a sense of place and encourages walkability and has high emphasis on making everything compatible through orientation and design.

Starchitects in Miami

This is one of the most exciting for me because in addition to seeing Arquitectonica all over the place, we started seeing well-known architects like Herzog & De Meuron in the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, then Frank Gehry in The New World Symphony, and the much-anticipated 1000 Museum by Zaha Hadid.

But star power doesn’t stop there, huge architecture names like Carlos Ott, Enrique Norten, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhas, Richard Meier….the list goes on and on and the projects are magnificent! All making our Miami even better than it is today.

Miami as Top Beach City

And I left this one to the end because it’s sort of a “DUH” statement and it’s the main reason Miami has the popularity it has – perfect weather all year round and makes National Geographic’s Top Beach Cities List.





Daylight Savings Time Reminder – Fall Back 2016

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 5, 2016

daylight savings time

Daylight Savings Time is here again!! Time to feel awkward again for a few weeks with dark evenings and light mornings (or the other way around, I never know).

Remember to adjust your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep!

DST starts on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 AM

This announcement has been brought to you by The Miamism Sales Team – Architecture REALTORS at your service!!


Alfred Browning Parker Home Reduced in Miami

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on November 4, 2016

We have told you about this amazing architecturally significant home that’s currently for sale in Coconut Grove.  Alfred Browning Parker is one of our favorite mid-century modern architects and the master of Tropical Modern Architecture.

3003 Seminole St – Coconut Grove home by Alfred Browning Parker

Reduced to $2,500,000

One of the most magnificent examples of Alfred Browning Parker homes we have seen.  This one has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, has 3,100 SF of living space and sits on a gorgeous 18,225 SF piece of property which is the epitome of ABP’s homes and tropical architecture design.  He designed it for himself after all, so expect all the bells and whistles that comes with Tropical Modernism.

Coconut Grove Alfred Browning Parker - 3003 Seminole St

Marketing description reads:

Woodsong, the signature creation by iconic “tropical organic” architect Alfred Browning Parker for his own residence.  Holds court on a magical & exceptionally private 18,000 SF lot set on one of Florida’s premier Palm Gardens.  Comprised of 3 pavilions connected by a 90 foot lap pool, each providing distinctive views of lush verdure & singular palms.  The property is further enhanced by a koi lagoon & waterfall, sauna and cabana shower room. Named by Wallpaer Magazine as one of the top 10 homes in the world.

Miamism Sales Team – Architecture REALTORS in Miami

The Miamism Sales Team, as your Architecture REALTORS, specialize in architecturally significant homes in Miami.  If you need to know more about ABP – here it is:

Alfred Browning Parker was known as the leader of Miami’s modernist architectural movement.  He was known for his green designs which married local materials to suit South Florida’s climate.  He built pre-air conditioning, so his homes took advantage of air currents, landscaping and light.  ABP’s spaces were organic and managed to seamlessly bring the outdoors in.  His architecture was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and his motto was “Make it useful and make it beautiful.”  He was way ahead of his time when sustainable design was not even in our vocabulary and will remain an inspiration for years to come.

Contact us to set up an appointment to see the property above and any other architecture homes in Miami.