Miami Luxury Developments: Tides Are Changing for the Better

By March 12, 2017News

Experts say confidence is returning to the market after sales and construction slowdown

It hasn’t been an easy road for Miami developers of late, with sales—and construction—slowdowns happening across the market.

But experts say the tides are changing.

“Miami in general has woken up because the election is over, like the outcome or not,” said Dora Puig, principal broker and owner of Luxe Living Realty, and director of sales and marketing for the new Palazzo Del Sol condo tower on Fisher Island. Before the election, “there was a giant wait-and-see attitude,” she said.

The real estate market started to slow down mid-summer last year and never really came back, she said. “Prices flattened and dropped a bit in 2016–not a crash by any means,” Ms. Puig said. “It feels like a minor correction and we’re now getting traction again.”

“There is a lot of confidence back in the market,” said Anna Sherrill, an agent with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. But, “I wouldn’t call it a strong market yet.”

The strongest part of the market may be “affordable luxury.”

“Everything up to $5 million is moving really quickly,” Ms. Sherrill said.

As far as neighborhoods that are seeing strong interest, Ms. Sherill pointed to South Beach. Also, there are new luxury developments in Miami Beach and Coconut Grove as well.

In the rest of Miami, though, new developments have grinded to a halt, Ms. Sherrill said. “The supply that’s on the market is high,” she said. “We need to eat up the supply first before we add more to it.”

Developers want to get their buildings finished and sold out before launching anything new, said Harvey Daniels, vice president of development sales at ONE Sotheby’s. “People are being a lot more cautious.”

But generally things are looking up in 2017, said Mr. Daniels. “The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 will be a very interesting time in Miami real estate,” he said.

Below, a list of new properties coming onto the market this spring:

‬‬ at 3161 Center St., Coconut Grove

This elegant new glass structure soon rising in Coconut Grove is aimed at local empty nesters. Aptly named GlassHaus, the five-story contemporary structure will feature floor to ceiling glass, open floor plans, stone flooring and top-of-the-line appliances. These are large, livable residences targeted to local affluent couples moving out of their big houses who don’t want to compromise on style and would never leave the Grove. The 23 units will include three on the ground floor, off of a Zen garden, then four more floors of five units each. The apartments will have 
Italkraft kitchens with 
Bosch appliances and 
Duravit bathroom features. The building will stand on a 22,000 square-foot lot on 27th Avenue, two blocks from Biscayne Bay and three blocks from the heart of the village of Coconut Grove. The owners get membership in the waterfront Coconut Grove Sailing Club three blocks away. Owners also have use of the building’s fleet of electric bikes. Sales will launch this spring, with construction expected to start in the late fall and completion by fall 2018.

Number of units: 23‬‬
Price range: Starting at $440,000 for a one bedroom plus den up to $1.2 million for a three-bedroom unit
Developer/architect: GD8 and Element Development LLC/Varabyeu Partners
Apartment sizes: 900 to 2,200 square feet
Front desk lobby with staff
; gated underground parking with assigned spaces and electric chargers
; state-of-the-art fitness center
; rooftop club with pool, sundeck, summer kitchen and dining terrace under the stars

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