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Matt Damon’s Miami Beach home REDUCED!

November 22, 2013

Matt Damon’s Miami Beach home has been reduced from $20,000,000 to $18,999,000 – that’s almost a whoopin’ 6% reduction!  Check out our previous article on the hunk’s magnificent Miami Beach Manse.

matt damon's Miami Beach home for sale via miamism.com

Thank you Curbed Miami for giving us the scoop on Matt Damon and his Miami Beach home being for sale.  I have to admit that I don’t have many crushes on actors, but there’s something about Matt Damon – he won me over with his “Good Will Hunting” performance and I would probably be star struck if I saw him (GASP).  So enough about Matt and let’s talk real estate.

This North Bay Road home boasts almost 13,000 sf of living space with 7 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms.  It has 170? of open bay water frontage and sits on a 43,690 sf lot.  It was built in 1935 and obviously remodeled (DUH) and although it has a nice charming 30?s feel to it, it also feels modern.

It is modestly priced at $20 Million $18.999 Million and could have Chris Bosh as a neighbor close by …and not to mention “Matt Damon appeal.”

Here are some exterior shots:

Matt Damon Miami Beach by Miamism.com

 

The marketing description reads (let me know if you need translating):

Your own private retreat in the heart of Miami Beach awaits you on prestigious upper N Bay Rd. Situated on a rare double lot w/170? of water frontage, Maravilla boasts breathtaking, unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay & beyond. The pool house w/full summer kitchen allows for easy entertaining & a rooftop terrace provides panoramic views of the entire property. The 2-stry main house features a theatre rm, wine cellar, custom ofc, oversized living rm overlooking the water, gourmet kitchen. 2BR/2BA guest hse.

And finally, the interior:

matt damon miami beach by miamism.com

 

If you are interested in this house or any other Miami Beach home, please email us at mattdamonmb@miamism.com.  No curious onlookers please, just real buyers…and don’t get offended if we ask for proof.

**property information courtesy of South East Florida Multiple Listing Service**

Miami Beach Historic Homes For Sale – L. Murray Dixon

October 16, 2013

The Miamism Sales Team would like to let you know about 2 amazing Miami Beach historic homes for sale right now, designed by famed architect Lawrence Murray Dixon.  You know we specialize in architecturally significant homes in Miami, so it’s our job to let you know about these 2 Miami Beach Historic homes that are for sale.

Lawrence Murray Dixon, aka L Murray Dixon was responsible for designing several South Beach hotels like The Victor, The Tides Hotel, and The Raleigh, just to name a few.  He was also the architect of The Temple House in South beach together with other notable residences.  Dixon was one of the most prolific architects practicing in Miami Beach in the late 30′s and early 40′s and built everything from modest homes to large scale hotels in the Art Deco style in Miami Beach.  According to “The Making of Miami Beach: 1933 1942: The Architecture of Lawrence Murray Dixon,” written by 2 of my University of Miami architecture professors, Jean Francois Lejeune and Allan Shullman,

What makes Miami Beach remarkable is not only the way in which Dixon and his colleagues used Art Deco to meet the local need for lower cost resort architecture, but the way in which they adapted the style to incorporate local motifs and historical styles. The result is the unique architecture of South Beach, as it is now known, the largely restored international vacation hotspot, and the country’s first twentieth-century architectural district to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

4532 Sheridan Av – Miami Beach home by L Murray Dixon

Priced at $1,600,000

This is the type of home that gives me goosebumps.  Just look at the terrazzo floors!!  This 3,309 sq.ft. home located just south of Surprise Lake in Miami Beach, has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and sits on a 7,500 sq.ft. lot.  It has been recently remodeled and as you can tell, key architectural features are intact.  It has a separate guest house with bedroom and full bath.

Miami Beach Historic Home for sale - 4532 Sheridan Av - L murray dixon

2315 N Meridian Av – Miami Beach Home by L Murray Dixon

Priced at $1,050,000

A diamond in the rough in the truest definition of the statement.  Here’s the chance for a buyer with a passion for historic homes to restore a pristine property.  When I say pristine, I mean the details because the home is in obvious need of renovation.  I always tell clients that I rather grab a home in bad shape to restore, than one that has been butchered through the years.

This 3,279 sq.ft. home has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, interior courtyard and detached guest house.  The terrazzo floors are gorgeous and look at the staircase!  The lot is 10,400 sq.ft. and personally, I feel that  the buyer of this property will be a lucky one.

2315 N Meridian Av- L Murray Dixon Miami Beach

Shakira’s Miami Beach Home for Sale

August 1, 2013

Shakira Miami Beach Home For Sale

Miami Celebrity Real Estate News spreads quickly!! We just heard that Shakira is selling her Miami Beach home for $14,950,000 $12,990,000.  Please say it isn’t so!! First Matt Damon, and now Shakira :(

The listing history shows that she purchased the property back in August of 2001 for $3,380,000, but she added square footage and totally remodeled it.  It also shows a few cancelled listings at $5.9 Million back in 2005 and 2007 as well as $45,000 rentals.

The home is located on North Bay Road and it’s obviously a waterfront home with open bay views.  Features are:

  • 8,355 sq ft of living space
  • originally built in 1951 – so we’re talking Mid-century modern taken to current contemporary standards.
  • 20,726 sq ft lot
  • 100′ + of water frontage
  • 6 bedrooms / 8.5 bathrooms
  • dock and boatlift

Home description in ALL CAPS:

MINIMALISM, SIMPLICITY & PURITY OF LINE EMBRACE THIS COMPLETELY REMODELED MIAMI BEACH WATERFRONT ZEN SANCTUARY ON NORTH BAY ROAD.  LIGHT WOOD FLOORS SPRAWL THROUGHOUT THIS 6B/8.5B RESIDENCE, PROVIDING 8,355 SQ.FT. OF LIVING AREA.  STATE-OF-THE-ART KITCHEN, MIELE APPLIANCES, SUB-ZERO REFRIGERATOR, IPE HARDWOOD POOL DECK, DIRECT ACCESS TO BAY & DOCK, MASTER ON SECOND FLOOR W/NURSERY OR OFFICE, SPLIT PLAN GUEST QUARTERS, GYM AND MUCH MORE.  ALL MINUTES AWAY FROM THE GLITZ & GLAMOUR OF SOUTH BEACH!

Here are some photos of the property and interior pics were omitted to protect Shakira’s privacy .

Shakira's Miami Beach Home For Sale via miamism.com

If you are interested in purchasing this home, please contact us at Shakira@Miamism.com or call Ines directly at 305-206-9366

Billy Joel sells Miami Beach home

June 14, 2013

Where are all of our Miami Celebrities going? Hopefully to new and better things…..locally.  We told you back in May of 2012 that Billy Joel listed his Miami Beach home for $14,750,000.  Well….the scoop by The World Property Channel is that he has sold it for $14 Million to fashion mogul Diego Della Valle (Reportedly worth $1.55 billion, Mr. Valle is the owner of Tod’s shoes and a majority shareholder in Saks Fifth Avenue, according to Forbes magazine.)

Billy Joel's Miami Beach Home by Miamism.com

The Piano Man singer bought the 8,881-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion for $13.5 million in 2006, according to the Real Estalker. He will most likely lose money after all fees are paid.

As we told you back in May of last year:

The house has 8,881 sf of living space, with 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 1 half bath.  It sits on a 30,330m sf lot and has a private dock , amazing pool area and views to die for.

Tax records show that the home was purchased in February of 2006 for $13.5 Million.  The selling description reads:

Elegant 7 bedroom 8.5 bath Mediterranean waterfront estate is situated on prestigious La Gorce Island.  this 8,881 sq ft home boasts expansive open areas with breathtaking views of the bay.  Luxurious bar with wine cellar, gourmet chefs kitchen, formal living and dining room, office and sumptuous master suite all of which showcase the finest details and finishes.  Perfect home for entertaining with outdoor summer kitchen.  Over 150 feet of water frontage.

Here are some photos:
Billy Joel selling Miami Beach Home - miamism.com

Billy Joel's Miami Beach Home by Miamism.com

Billy Joel's Miami Beach Home by Miamism.com

Congrats Mr. Della Valle and welcome to the neighborhood!!

Remember we are here to help you sell or buy your dream Miami Beach home or condo!  With architectural expertise and specializing in luxury real estate, historic homes and architecturally significant properties!

Water Skiing in Miami Beach

June 12, 2013

Funny enough, we did this video 3 years ago and never shared it here at Miamism.com.  We had so much fun water skiing yesterday with the whole family that I decided to share.  Many have asked that I give my perspective of why I love Miami so much and what makes it such a great place to live.

Water skiing is one of those great things to do here.  Please don’t miss the Miami Beach real estate porn in the background.   We were skiing right in front of Ricky Martin’s home before he sold it as well at Chris Bosh’s home before he bought on North Bay Road.  We’re talking the same area where Matt Damon’s home is as well as A-Rod’s newly sold $30 Million crib.  Phewww! talk about a heavy paragraph full of Miami Beach celebrity homes!!

Remember, we don’t just share pretty pics and interesting information – we specialize in luxury real estate and architecturally significant homes in Miami. Call us to buy or sell your Miami Beach homes!

A-Rod sells his Miami Beach Mansion

May 23, 2013

We told you back in August of 2012 that A-Rod had listed his Miami Beach home for $38 Million and now we have word that he sold it for $30 Million to a supposed Palm Beach Resident.

A-rod selling miami beach home

I’m sure his neighbors will be happy since they were complaining about all the parties at A-Rod’s crib.  Take a look at the construction photos we took while the house was being built – a true modern masterpiece!

A-Rod's Miami Beach Home - construction by miamism

Before the North Bay Road home was pulled off the market in January, it was listed for $38 Million with 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 2 half-baths and almost 20,000 sf of living space.  And did we mention the 275? of open bay water frontage?  This Miami Beach celebrity home is nothing short of spectacular and almost makes Chris Bosh’s home look like in-law quarters.  And although Anna Kournikova’s home was short of a tennis court, Alex’s crib even has a batting cage.  The selling description reads as follows:

Uninterrupted, panoramic views of the water and the Miami Skyline fill this extraordinary new Modern Masterpiece sitting on over an acre of lush grounds on prestigious N Bay Road in Miami Beach. Completely gated and walled in featuring 275 ft. of water frontage and 2 docks. Over 20,000 sq.ft. of chic and elegant spaces completely surrounded by 12? walls of impact glass. Finely detailed with extensive use of Coral Rock, White Oak floors, Ipe wood, Marble and exquisitely decorated by renowned Edward Briggs design. Zen like outdoor/indoor living spaces, Gourmet open kitchen, spectacular Home Theater, covered terraces, vanishing edge heated pool, outdoor kitchen area and Guest House. Amazing separate gym with steam room overlooking the bay. 2,200 sq.ft. Master Suite with atrium, sitting area, his and hers baths and oversized closets. Rooftop Deck and 3,000 sq.ft. sports room. Commercial sized elevator, Full home Generator, Creston lighting, 16 security cameras and surround sound system throughout.

House Porn at its best, that’s why we love Miami Beach.  Here are some photos:

Congrats Alex!! You made a killing!! But we don’t want to see you go, so please tell me you have another Miami project in mind.

Your perfect Miami Beach Realtor

May 3, 2013

If you are thinking of selling your house, what’s the ideal Realtor for you?

  • Is it the one that will tell you what you want to hear?
  • Is it the one that will list your house at the highest price?
  • Is it the one that works for the biggest brokerage?

If you are like most people, you will talk to a couple of Realtors to get an idea of pricing and see how the market is doing.  You may have an idea of what your house is worth and hope your number is close to reality.  You may even have a grasp of reality but know your house is superior and NEED to sell for more than the market dictates.  Even if you don’t know it, you establish a selling strategy before you even interview a Realtor – you set goals in your head of what you want to happen and have pre-conceived ideas on how to achieve those goals.

When the time comes to interview different Realtors, you will end up hiring the one that comes closer to your predetermined plan.  This may be a good thing if your plan comes close to reality and what’s happening in your local real estate market – but what if you are really off?

So let me ask you a question from a Realtor’s perspective.  Wouldn’t it be easy for me, as a Miami and Miami Beach Realtor, to tell you what you want to hear in order to get the listing?  It would look great in my long register of listings, even if the house doesn’t sell – it’s a numbers game, so the more listings I have, the better the chance I have of selling and making money.

Why can’t you realize that overpricing your house will not benefit you!!

Many agents out there will list it at whatever price you want – it’s simple (and one of the reasons the Real Estate Industry has such a bad reputation).  Here’s another scenario: you may think, let’s list high now and we’ll see if the market responds and then we will lower the price. …but you wait, and wait and wait.  You don’t lower the price and then blame the agent for not doing their job.

I just want you to be realistic here.  Please think strategy before you even list your home.  Please take a deep look into your pre-conceived ideas of what is to happen, and hire a Realtor because they will get the job done right.  Take a look at their reputation, at their ability to market the property not only locally but nationally and abroad.  Take a look at how they will make your property stand out from other listings,  how they will communicate and how available they are.

Then make an educated and rational decision of who’s the best man for the job.  And if you decide not to hire the best one for the job, at least know why you did it.

I’ll leave you with a great article written by a colleague in Tucson:  The Effect of Great Marketing – And Good Pricing

The intent here was to make you think – Please know that our team will always tell it like it is – no fluff, just plain truth.  Keep in mind that if you are looking for fluff, we may not be the perfect Miami Beach Realtor for you.

*original article from July 2010

Matt Damon’s Miami Beach Home For Sale

April 14, 2013

matt damon's Miami Beach home for sale via miamism.com

Thank you Curbed Miami for giving us the scoop on Matt Damon and his Miami Beach home being for sale.  I have to admit that I don’t have many crushes on actors, but there’s something about Matt Damon – he won me over with his “Good Will Hunting” performance and I would probably be star struck if I saw him (GASP).  So enough about Matt and let’s talk real estate.

This North Bay Road home boasts almost 13,000 sf of living space with 7 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms.  It has 170′ of open bay water frontage and sits on a 43,690 sf lot.  It was built in 1935 and obviously remodeled (DUH) and although it has a nice charming 30′s feel to it, it also feels modern.

It is modestly priced at $20 Million and could have Chris Bosh as a neighbor close by …and not to mention “Matt Damon appeal.”

Here are some exterior shots:

Matt Damon Miami Beach by Miamism.com

 

The marketing description reads (let me know if you need translating):

Your own private retreat in the heart of Miami Beach awaits you on prestigious upper N Bay Rd. Situated on a rare double lot w/170′ of water frontage, Maravilla boasts breathtaking, unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay & beyond. The pool house w/full summer kitchen allows for easy entertaining & a rooftop terrace provides panoramic views of the entire property. The 2-stry main house features a theatre rm, wine cellar, custom ofc, oversized living rm overlooking the water, gourmet kitchen. 2BR/2BA guest hse.

And finally, the interior:

matt damon miami beach by miamism.com

If you are interested in this house or any other Miami Beach home, please email us at mattdamonmb@miamism.com.  No curious onlookers please, just real buyers…and don’t get offended if we ask for proof.

**property information courtesy of South East Florida Multiple Listing Service**

Architecture and Miami Beach Real Estate – How do These 2 Work Together

March 23, 2013

Time to bring an old article back to life from April 2007 – The concept of combining my architecture expertise with our Miami Real Estate Business keeps separating us from our competition.  Make no mistake though, architecture consulting is exclusive  to our real estate clients…continue reading my thoughts from almost 6 years ago!

architectural rendering

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Miami, and hence all the Hurricane stuff you see me with.  I worked with a couple of big firms both locally and abroad and then started my own architecture firm doing additions and remodelings in Miami Shores and Miami Beach as well as other neighboring cities.  I did several projects, including the design of the Brockway Memorial Library addition in Miami Shores, and always helped friends visualize the potential of homes before buying them.

That’s when the vision of our business was born.  If so many of our own friends had benefited from my architectural consulting services prior to purchasing a home, wouldn’t it be ideal if I had a Real Estate License and offer those same services to potential customers? (the answer was a really LOUD YES!!!)

As a Miami Beach home buyer, when working with me, you will gain from having free architectural consulting at your fingertips.  Finding the “perfect home” is no easy task, properties will need some work and some changes most of the time.  Whether it is to open a kitchen out to a family room or to “formalize” a dining room, or to add a master suite to a property,   as our customer you will benefit from me sitting down with you to help identify your needs. I usually sketch out numerous schematics and will come up with a conceptual plan.  Having worked in the field and built additions, I will be able to estimate the cost of construction and will then lead you to an architect or design professional that can finalize the plans.

I can also assist you, as our real estate buyers, with other design consulting aspects like materials and color selection as well as furniture arrangement.  My enthusiasm is endless when it comes to design.

As a Miami Beach home seller, the advantages are endless.  I will ask that you acqarchitectural pen and ink sketchuire floor plans of your properties (most cities will have floor plans and are easy to order); I will have those floor plans ready to show any prospective buyers.  I will also help you identify any weaknesses in the current design of your property and will accentuate all the positive features.

I will help you stage your property with a very detailed list of suggestions that is customized to you and your particular property.  I will even help you hire the right construction professionals to prepare your home for showings (like floor refinishers, carpenters, painters, etc.).  A lot of our customers are absentee owners and we take care of the coordination of these jobs for them.

Having a passion for architecture and for helping people visualize the potential of a property is what makes my job so much fun.  Our customers will tell you how I light up when I see a good space (they will also tell you what my reaction is when I visit “butchered homes”), how I will go out of my way to make their dream a reality within their financial parameters.  I am an architect by profession, but a Realtor by trade, the combination of these is what we offer to our customers in unmatched service.

7 things to consider when buying a Miami Beach Waterfront Home

February 20, 2013

If you are buying a Miami Beach waterfront home, you are likely to have a boat or will be considering a boat in the near future. We are constantly asked a number of questions regarding waterfront purchases and Rick and I decided to write a list of 7 important factors to consider when buying a waterfront home in Miami.

Miami Beach Waterfront Home

Miami Beach Waterfront homeCondition of Sea wall –

    It is important for anyone buying a waterfront property to get a seawall inspection by a structural engineer or a seawall specialist.  Inspections should include not only the actual seawall but also settling cracks within the main house, patios and pool as well as dock areas.  Because most canal systems in Miami and Miami Beach are artificially made or made with landfills, the integrity of the seawall could ultimately determine the integrity of the structure of the home.  Doing a visual inspection of seawalls of adjacent properties is also recommended in order to avoid future settling.

Miami Beach Luxury HomeType of waterfront property

    – If you look at an aerial view of Miami and Miami Beach, you will notice that there are numerous types of waterfront properties:  lakes, rivers, canals with direct ocean access, canals with fixed bridges, canals with no ocean access, non-navigable canals, and bayfront homes, to name a few.  Depending on the type of boat you have, you will need to consider fixed bridges (clearance heights), depth of canals, and proximity to bay and or ocean access.  There are several waterfront communities in Miami and Miami Beach that have direct ocean access but you have to navigate at idle speed for miles which can mean being on your boat for a couple of hours before you can really do some boating.

Miami Beach waterfront real estateBoat Dock

    – it is important to inspect not only the condition of an existing dock, but also if the type of dock can accommodate your boat. There are a lot of canals in Miami with natural coral sea walls and no docks – you may not want to dock your boat next to natural coral.  If there is no dock on the property, it may be a good idea to contact DERM (Department of Environmental Resources Management) about what kind of dock they will allow in a particular canal.  DERM may even send an inspector out to the property in order to make recommendations.

Miami Beach Real EstateDavits and/or Boat Lift

    – depending on the size of the boat, most boat owners will not keep the vessel inside the water and use davits and/or boat lifts to raise the boat out of the water while not in use. Whichever your choice, make sure to inspect existing davits or make sure the existing seawall can accommodate a boat lift of your choice.

Miami Beach Luxury HomeProtection from the elements

Bayfront homes are obviously the most desired type of waterfront property but can also leave your property very exposed to the elements (weather and hurricanes).  Canal front properties are said to protect not only your house, but boats as well in case of increment weather.  This doesn’t mean that you should not purchase a bayfront home, it means you should consider location when purchasing.

Miami Beach Luxury Real EstateLocation of home within a canal

    – because of the intricate design of canals in Miami and Miami Beach, some canals may be comparable to dead-end streets.  These canals, depending on currents and wind may accumulate debris and garbage that can become a nuisance.  If a property is located at the end of a dead-end canal, make sure you ask about accumulation of debris throughout the year.

Miami Beach Luxury HomeInsurance Costs

      – just keep in mind that property insurance costs will be higher for waterfront homes, especially open bay properties.

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