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The properties located at 2940 and 2920 North Bay Road occupy more than 96,000SF of prime waterfront land in Miami Beach; one with a dilapidated Mediterranean-style home and the other, an adjoining vacant lot. Most recently sold as one piece in 2006, the property traded for $13M. Since then, the lots were subdivided, creating two folios, which one may assume could yield a great return but, was purchased going into a bad market. Listed for $6.9M, 2940 North Bay Road closed today for $4.038M/$426SF…WOW!

And the lucky winner is? A local developer, who confided to me that this will be the last house in which he resides, it’s a keeper. He plans to renovate the 9,476SF manse. I’m all for preservation and old world style, but many buyers make the mistake of trying to save a home because they think they will spend less $$$ by using the existing structure. While under construction, at a point too far along to turn back, homeowners often realize that the renovation is costing them much more than starting from scratch. Not that he asked, but I believe that this house is a tear down. It’s in very bad condition with low ceilings and an odd floor plan. Either way, he did buy a great property at a good price and will do well in the future with this investment.

The adjacent 52,360SF of land, that’s 170FT of water frontage ladies and gentleman, is ripe for the picking. Listed at $7.9M, who’s ready to make a STEAL?! Who wouldn’t want to be Miami Vice producer, Michael Bay’s neighbor. Formerly Hulk Hogan’s residence, Bay picked it up 2900 North Bay Road for $17M.



 

SUNSET ISLAND 1: 1400 W 28 STREET, MIAMI BEACH, FL

It seems that the players in the wealthy sector of today’s market remain stubborn + liquid; generally I have seen a large gap in offers between buyer and seller. During the first two quarters of this year, the resistance among sellers to reduce has prevailed at the top end. Consequently, 2009 delivered ONLY 3 residential sales in Dade County that closed over $10M; one of which was Shaq’s Miami Beach estate @ 26 Star Island-listed for $22.5M, closed in June for $16M.

Q3 2009 is revealing the drop in the market across the board. Reality is slowly penetrating the inventory of luxury waterfront residences. The property located at 1400 W 28 Street on Sunset Island 1 in Miami Beach just closed today for $9.5M. Purchased in 2006 by a Los Angeles hedge funder for $11.6M, it was listed in July 2008 for $15.9M. A distinct rally is underway for Miami Beach’s waterfront homes.

PROPERTY VITALS FOR 1400 W 28 STREET:

Lot Size: 20,000 SF
On the H2O: 100′
Living Area: 9,933 SF
7 bed / 7.5 bath
Built in 2003



 

With a keen eye for beauty and perfection, esteemed plastic surgeon, Leonard Hochstein conceived a 21st century Mediterranean style palazzo in Miami Beach. Completed in 2007, 1647 North View Drive is over the top opulent beginning with its point of entry, a 12′ door. Dr. Hochstein enlisted Simmons and Saray Interiors Group to assist in his vision: to create a residence that offers views of Biscayne Bay’s sparkling, tropical waters from every room (minus the 13-seat theater and service quarters).

Mission accomplished, this peaceful waterfront estate is located on the north side of Sunset Island 1, situated on a 22,580SF lot, it boasts 129′ of water frontage. The European influence is apparent throughout the 9,994SF interior. Elaborate appointments include:

Illuminated 14′ diameter stained glass domed foyer
Custom painted frescoes
Venetian plastered walls
Solid marble archways + columns
Two master suites (one with red onyx master bath)
Chefs kitchen
Wine cellar
Billiard room
Gym
Glass mosaic tiled infinity edged pool with underwater seating
4-car garage
New dock



 

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