Una Residences, luxury residences on the Brickell waterfront

Una Residences will consist of only 135 condos in a 47-story luxury tower. Each unit will feature a private elevator entry, ranging in size from 1,100 to 4,786 square feet. Located in South Brickell, Una will be the first waterfront boutique building to be built in the neighborhood since 2004.

Una Residences Porte Cochere

Una takes its inspiration from the elegant shapes and materials of classic yacht design. Instantly recognizable by the sweeping curve of its dramatic silhouette, the building’s glass surface brilliantly reflects the dazzling sunlight, while the floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of a coveted setting on Biscayne Bay. From a distance, the iconic tower is recognizable by the smooth, light-metallic surface and striking silhouette that recalls the natural shape of a wave.

Una’s setting in the scenic Brickell waterfront area takes advantage of the natural beauty of South Florida as well as all the conveniences of Miami. Direct waterfront access, walking paths, public parks, and bike routes make it easy to engage with the brilliant landscapes all around. A peaceful, idyllic residential neighborhood with a wealth of dining, cultural, and retail destinations, plus plenty of options for running, cycling, and boating, all just steps from Una’s front door.

Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Una is being developed by OKO Group, in partnership with Cain International.

Una Residences will feature:

  • Unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the city skyline
  • High efficiency and noise reducing floor to ceiling exterior glass
  • Three levels of underground parking
  • Three swimming pools including lap pool, family pool , and bayside pool and a Jacuzzi
  • Kid’s splash-pad area & kid’s room
  • Entire fourth floor dedicated to health and fitness curated by the AMAN group including yoga and personal training areas, his and hers dressing rooms, saunas, steam rooms and in door and outdoor massage treatment rooms
  • Movie theater
  • Catering kitchen and private dining room
  • Indoor and outdoor owner’s lounge
  • Private marina with boat slips for sale
  • Exclusive access to the Grand Bay Club in Key Biscayne
  • White glove services
  • Baywalk access

Residential features include:

  • Private elevators and elevator entries into each residence
  • Expansive 10-foot wide terraces with effortless lift and glide floor-to ceiling doors and glass balcony railings
  • At least 10’8″ ceiling heights
  • Chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau ovens, electric induction cooktops, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerators/freezers
  • The master suites comes with separate his and hers closet and bathrooms
  • Utility room with full-sized washer and dryer
  • Flow-through residences with east-to-west ocean and city exposures on the top floors.
  • Two Penthouses, each with a private pool and 11’7″ to 12’4″ ceiling

Construction is expected in 2019 and completion by targeted to be completed by 2021.

Residences may be secured with 20% of the purchase price at contract.

An additional 10% will be required six months after contract signing, 10% once construction reaches the 25th floor and 10% at top off. The final 50% will be due upon completion in late 2020.

Residences start from $1,035,000.

Click here for an e-brochure about Una Residences and contact me for specific pricing and floor plans.

Maria Lopez, Realtor
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

 

Hidden Homeowner Costs

Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you’re just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of homeownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you’ll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home.

Closing costs

There are several smaller fees that add up to a rather large sum when you’re going through the closing process-loan fees, attorney fees, underwriting fees, and more. They typically add up to 2-5% of the purchase price. For a $300,000 home – roughly the national median – that’s in the neighborhood of $10,000, so be sure to budget for it.

Appraisal

Your lender will require an appraisal, and the appraisal fee (a few hundred dollars) comes out of your pocket.

Inspection

The few hundred dollars you’ll pay for a home inspection is money well spent, but it’s something you have to keep in mind during the purchase process. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing the house is free from any major issues, and you’re making a smart, solid investment.

Insurance

Although homeowners insurance isn’t legally required, it’ll almost certainly be required by your lender. Further insurance, such as flood insurance, may also be required (depending on your location).

Home Owners Association

If you’re living in a property or community with shared spaces, you’ll almost certainly have an HOA fee. This pays for things like trash removal, maintenance of common areas, and for recreational facilities like gyms and swimming pools.

If you’re in the market for a home and are considering your options, reach out to me and I’d be glad to help you.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

3 Psychological Hacks That Will Help You Sell Your Home Faster

From real estate agents to home buyers, there are so many tips out there on how to sell your home that it can be overwhelming to determine which tricks will boost your success rate and make the sale.

If you’re looking for a few sure-fire hacks for getting your home off the market quickly, the following may do a lot of the hard work for you so that selling won’t remain a worry for long.

Stick To A Neutral Palette

Neutral colors like white and gray may seem like a boring approach to design, but they’re actually a great way to grab a potential buyer’s attention.

While an especially bold color like red or dark blue can distract the viewer, neutral tones will not jar the eye and will enable the viewer to see the features that your home truly offers. Instead of a space they can’t see for the color, they’ll be able to pay attention to the details that really matter.

Discard The Oversized Items

Most of us have an old, bulky piece of furniture that we still haven’t bothered to get rid of, but when preparing your home for viewings you may want to finally let go of this ostentatious piece.

A bulky furniture item will make an undersized space look even smaller, whereas – in a large, sprawling space – it will swallow the size of the room. Instead of a large-scale item, stick to classy, medium-sized pieces that will effectively complement each other.

Keep Personal Items To A Minimum

It may seem like personalizing your home, from pictures all over the fridge to movie posters, will add to its appeal, but it can actually take away from the impression that potential buyers will get.

While a home that has a few personal touches here and there can make it more memorable, too many of these little details may actually make the viewer feel out of place. Since the end goal is an offer on your home, enabling potential buyers to imagine themselves in your space is key.

There are an endless amount of tricks involved in a successful home sale, but there are a few little hacks you can do that may work wonders on the minds of potential buyers.

If you’re almost ready to put your home on the market and are considering your options for selling, please feel free to contact me for more information.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

 

Thinking About Downsizing? Here’s What You Need to Know About Life in a Condo

The shift from home living to condo life may seem like a minor one, but there are plenty of things that will differentiate your lifestyle other than size when it comes to making a condominium purchase. If you’re contemplating this move and wondering about some of the things that this might entail, here are a few factors that are worth considering.

The Fees You’ll Have to Pay

While a smaller condo is unlikely to have the same associated costs as a large home, you will be paying a monthly condominium fee that will be covering maintenance and insurance so that many repairs and upgrades won’t have to be paid out of pocket.

While this cost will not cover each and every maintenance issue that can occur in a condo, it should keep you covered for many standard home costs. When purchasing a condominium, it’s important to read about what this monthly fee entails.

The Life of Central Living

Life in the suburbs can often mean that you’re far away from the amenities of the city, but many condominiums are built in areas that are full of restaurants, pharmacies, cultural centers and grocery stores which are only a short distance away.

If you don’t mind getting into the car to run your errands, this might not be that important to you, but if you enjoy the exercise and like having amenities close by this type of living situation can be a welcome change.

Less Room for Stuff & Storage

Condo life can certainly eliminate many of the responsibilities of having a home, but if you’re downsizing there’s a possibility that you may have to get rid of a large number of items to successfully fit into your new space.

If you’ve thought about the decision a lot and are convinced that condo living is the right choice, it’s still worth considering how much storage space you will have in your new home so that you can plan for this change, and shift your living style to fit the demands of a smaller space.

There are a lot of things to think about if you’re planning to downsize into a condo, but if you’ve considered the space you’ll have to work with and the conveniences that will make your life easier, you’re probably already prepared for the shift.

If you have any questions about moving into a condo, give me a call and I will happily help you.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

The Best Way to Submit an Offer Below the Asking Price

You’ve found it: A large new home for your family. It’s in the area of the city that you love, with the perfect architectural style and lots of room for entertaining guests. It would have been perfect for you, but there’s only one problem – you’re not quite ready to pay the price the seller is asking for. You’ll have to put in an offer below the seller’s asking price – a risky move.

Although you will be rolling the dice with an offer below asking price, there are ways that you can increase the likelihood that your offer will be successful. Before you submit your offer, use these three strategies to make it more appealing.

Work Out Other Terms in the Seller’s Favor

If you’re going to ask for a lower selling price, it helps to show that you’re willing to compromise on other terms – that way, you come across as a reasonable human being and not a bargain hunter.

By offering to give the seller the better deal on other terms, you’re showing that you want to close a sale – and the seller will see you making an effort to come to an agreement and respond in kind.

There are several ways to do this. When you submit your offer, see if you can negotiate an arrangement that has you paying the closing costs or a closing date that works better for the seller. Or, offer to make the down payment in cash or give the seller a larger deposit.

Arm Yourself with Facts to Make Your Case

If the home you want to buy is priced well above fair market value, you can easily use that to your advantage and turn it into a benefit for the seller.

First, you’ll want to look up property values for similar homes in the area. You should also investigate how long it takes homes in that area to sell and the difference between the average asking and average selling price in the area.

If you can show the seller that their asking price is above their neighborhood’s average sale price or that their home has been on the market longer than the average home (or both), then you can make a strong case for a lower offer.

Submitting an offer below asking price can work, but it’s not something that should simply be done on a whim. It takes careful planning and a great strategy to actually win a bid if you’re coming at a below-asking price.

Feel free to reach out to me if you are or someone you know is in a similar situation and I would be happy to help in any way possible.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

The Crimson, New Waterfront Residences in Edgewater

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The Crimson Miami
601 NE 27th Street
Miami, FL 33137

The Crimson is a boutique LEED-certified residential building in the Edgewater neighborhood in Miami.  The property fronts 240 feet of direct waterfront, and rises 20-stories tall containing only 90 residences in one, two and three bedroom floor plans as well as four townhomes and six penthouses.  The residences feature panoramic skyline and water views of Biscayne Bay.

Residences range from 807-2,010 square feet and penthouses feature expansive rooftop terraces with summer kitchen connections and private hot tubs.

Amenities at The Crimson include an eighth floor pool deck, landscaped promenade, sundeck, hot tub, outdoor/indoor mini-theater, cyber cafe, lounge, business center, and state of the art fitness center.

Building Features: 

  • Architectural Design by award winning IDEA architects
  • Tailored interior design by world-renowned Tremblay L’ecuyer (TLA)
  • LEED Silver certified building reduces energy and water consumption
  • Energy efficient VRF™ cooling system
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Assigned covered self parking
  • State-of-the-art security access for all residents
  • Private residential storage

Residence Features: 

  • Beautiful bay and skyline views
  • Smooth-finished 9’6” ceilings
  • All residences offer spacious terraces with glass railings
  • Custom-finished entry and interior doors
  • Stainless steel finished door fixtures
  • Custom designed foyer with wood accents
  • Front loading stacked washer/dryer
  • Energy efficient air-conditioning system with touch control thermostat
  • Superior wall sound insulation
  • Energy efficient, high impact windows and sliding glass doors
  • Bay windows on select residences

Gourmet Kitchens

  • Contemporary Italian kitchen cabinetry designed exclusively by TLA featuring superior wood finishes
  • Elegant quartz counter tops
  • Bosch Appliances:
    • European-style stainless steel refrigerator
    • Built-in microwave, dishwasher, oven and cooktop
    • Smooth surface ceramic cooktop
    • Stainless steel under-mount double sink
    • Single lever kitchen faucet with pull-out spray
    •  Cabinet lighting feature
  • All kitchens include custom backsplashes
  • Spacious sliding pantries

Bathrooms: 

  • Contemporary vanity and mirror designed exclusively by TLA
  • Marble walls and flooring
  • Frameless glass shower enclosures and baths
  • Smart faucet operating system located on opposite side of shower head
  • Superior European-style fixtures and sinks
  • LEED standard toilets with dual flush
  • Elegant quartz countertops
  • Built-in shower storage niche
  • Superior European-style bathroom accessories

Technology and Security at The Crimson:

  • Smart home security recognition system
  • Smart building and security monitoring system at lobby
  • Controlled door access throughout public/common areas
  • Advanced smart-building wiring for TV, multiple telephone/ data lines and ultra high speed internet access in each residence
  • Free Wi-Fi within the common areas

The property was completed in late 2015 and a few developer units remain.  The builder is offering two years of property taxes to buyers as an incentive to help close out the property.  For investors who may wish to rent out their unit, there’s a rental guarantee of $2.85 per square foot and property management services for two years at no additional charge.

Units can be purchased with as little as 3.5% of the purchase price as the building is FHA-approved.  Prices start from $521,500 up to $1.1 million for the two-bedroom penthouse with a private rooftop terrace.

Residences are delivered move-in ready and come with one assigned parking space.

Monthly maintenance is $.54 per square foot.

The Crimson is located on the bay of Edgewater, Miami’s newest and most in-demand neighborhood.  The Design District, Midtown Miami, and the Arts & Entertainment District are just a short drive away, and offer a multitude of shopping and dining experiences.  The Arts & Entertainment District contains the Adrianne Arscht Center, the American Airlines Arena, The Perez Art Museum and the Frost Museum of Science, opening soon.

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To find out more about the available units at The Crimson, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

Aston Martin Residences, the first residential development by the luxury automaker in the U.S., now available for purchase

Aston Martin Residences, building render
Aston Martin Residences will sit at the mouth of the Miami River, on a 1.25 acre site and will feature 391 luxury condos with breathtaking views.

U.K.-based Aston Martin has partnered with Miami-based G and G Business Developments on the first branded residential condo project from the luxury automaker.  Aston Martin Residences will be an ultra-luxury, condo development in Downtown Miami. it will sit on the vacant, 1.25 acre waterfront lot located east of Epic Residences. Designed by Luis Revuelta and Bodas-Miani-Anger, Aston Martin Residences will include 391 condo residences in a 66-story high rise. A design team from Aston Martin will be in charge of designing the condo tower’s common areas and amenities, including its fitness center, spa, and lobby.

The units at Aston Martin Residences will range in size from 698 square feet to 18,811 square feet. Construction of Aston Martin Residences is expected to begin in the Fall of 2017 and be completed in 2022.

Located at 300 South Biscayne Boulevard Way, Aston Martin Residences will offer exceptional views of the Miami River, Biscayne Bay, and the Brickell skyline. Additionally, Aston Martin Residences will be within walking distance to Whole Foods and a brief drive to Brickell City Centre, Mary Brickell Village, the American Airlines Arena and Adrianne Arsht Center.

Building Information:

  • 1-5 bedroom Residences, Duplexes, and Penthouses
  • Residences ranging from 698 SF. to 18,811 SF.
  • Residences from $531,000 to $7,000,000
  • Penthouses from $14,000,000 to $35,000,000 for the Triplex PH with private pools, three kitchens and a Aston Martin Vulcan automobile

Residential Composition:

  • Levels 3 through 14: River Residences
  • Levels 15 through 45: Panoramic Residences
  • Levels 46 through 51: Sky Residences
  • Levels 56 through 62: Penthouses
  • Levels 63 through 66: Triplex Penthouse
Aston Martin Residences
Aston Martin Residences will soar 66-stories into the sky and house 391 luxury condos.

Residential Amenities & Services:

  • Interior architecture by acclaimed architects BMA & Revuelta Architecture International
  • Full service building with concierge and hospitality inspired services
  • Super Yacht Marina facilities
  • “The Aston Martin Club” membership
  • Building designed with helipad on rooftop
  • 24 hour valet and covered garage self parking
  • Valet charging stations for electric cars
  • Valet Butler
  • Additional bicycle and private storage spaces
  • 10 destination controlled super hi-speed elevators and separate dedicated service elevators
  • Digital connection to concierge and all building amenities from every residence
  • Rooftop infinity pool located on 55th floor
  • Fitness Center and spa with meditation room and treatment suites
  • Private Steam, Sauna, and locker facilities
  • State of the Art Business Center and conference rooms
  • Art Gallery and Art Lobby on 53rd floor
  • Private residence movie theatre, event space, Kids Playroom, Teen Center, and game rooms
  • Virtual golf
  • Beauty salon with blow dry station, pedicure chair, manicure table, and wash stations
  • Pet-friendly building

Level 52 Amenities:

  • Amenities Lobby
  • Lobby
  • Art Gallery
  • Art Lobby
  • Teen Center
  • Business Center
  • Kids Playroom

Level 53 Amenities:

  • Amenities Lobby
  • Fitness Center / Bar
  • Spinning Room (Gym)
  • Meditation Room
  • Punching Ball Room
  • Gym Changing Rooms
  • Fitness/ Spa Lounge
  • Barber Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Changing Rooms Her/ His (Spa)
  • Spa Shop + Spa Lobby
  • His & Her Spa Lobby
  • Spa

Level 54 Amenities:

  • Amenities Lobby
  • Theater Lobby
  • Theater 1 & 2
  • Virtual Golf
  • Secondary Lobby

Level 55 Amenities:

  • Heated pool
  • Spa
  • Pool Deck and bar
  • Vestibule/ Vending Area
  • Grand Living Room/ Bar
  • Secondary Lounge
  • Chef kitchen
  • Service kitchen
  • Informal lounge

Residential Features:

  • Premium white marble flooring throughout living areas, kitchen and bathrooms
  • 10 FT. ceiling height in residences
  • 12 FT. ceiling height in penthouses
  • Expansive floor plan layouts
  • Floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors throughout residences
  • Balconies with finished porcelain flooring
  • Custom Bulthaup brand kitchens
  • Top of the line kitchen appliances
  • Bathrooms with custom designed cabinetry
  • Panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Atlantic ocean and the Miami skyline

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The Triplex Penthouse

The crown jewel of Aston Martin Residences will be the triplex penthouse.  Unit #6301 comes with an Aston Martin Vulcan, it’s Aston Martin’s 800 horsepower supercar, there are only 24 in the world and it’s a car that is not for sale, it will be gifted to the owner of the triplex penthouse.

The penthouse is a magnificent, totally customizable, 18,811 sq. ft. of interior space, offering 360-degree views of the bay, the ocean and the city.  It is located on the 63rd, 64th and 65th floors, at the highest point in the building, surpassing all other buildings surrounding it.  As there is no more land on which to develop in this area, the views from the penthouse will never be obstructed.

The residence comes with four assigned parking spots and a private, secure lobby for the residents of the 01 line.

Deposit Requirement: 

Residences can be purchased now with 10% of the purchase price upon signing a sales agreement.  Additional deposits will be required as follows:

  • 10% of purchase price due at the beginning of construction (estimated Fall 2017)
  • 10% of purchase price due at the time of completion of foundation (estimated Fall 2018)
  • 10% of purchase price once the building pedestal is completed (estimated Spring 2019)
  • 10% deposit at top off (estimated Fall 2020)
  • 50% remaining balance at the time of closing (Estimated 2022)

Sales have recently started and a few units have been released at Friends and Family pricing.  Contact me for more details about the units available and pricing information.

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Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com