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YotelPad: Chic Living in Downtown Miami

Miami is a growing city and companies like MIAMI, also known as CBMiami, work hard to keep on top of the ever increasing demands. MIAMI is a company known for micro hotels, their most recent project, YotelPad, stays true to their brand. This YotelPad will be the first location along the United State’s East coast.

Aria Development is the company responsible for the development of the YotelPad concept. The YotelPad will be part hotel and part residence. YotelPad is an extension of the original YOTEL and the YOTELAIR cabins. The luxury appointed apartments were purposefully designed as compact homes, known as ‘PADs‘, allowing a traveler an economic, yet stylish place to stay when traveling the world for business or for pleasure.  Located in downtown Miami (227 NE 2nd Street) and boasting 208 residential units situated above 250 hotel cabins, the new YotelPad is looking to be a star of downtown Miami.

David Arditi, Principal of Aria Development, shares his enthusiasm for the project when he reveals the motivation behind the construction of the new YotelPad, “Downtown Miami is emerging as a high-energy place to live, shop and work. With YotelPad Miami, we are meeting the strong demand for service-oriented, urban-chic apartments.”

The Yotel brand was created with space and technology optimization in mind. The intent of the Yotel brand is to use the technological advancements and ideal downtown location to appeal to their intended market, which are young professionals and potential investors. Yotel is no average hotel and residence. It offers state of the art amenities such as a gourmet coffee bar, an on location restaurant and bar and a space for co-working. It also offers a lounge, a 24/7 gym, ample storage, bike and gear lockers, a pool deck, and even its very own on site pet spa. To top it all off, there is concierge service for even the most discriminant resident. What’s not to love?

The location will offer several different living options, besides the hotel cabins there will also be studio apartments as well as both one and two bedrooms apartments.  The floor plans feature beautiful floor to ceiling glass doors. The units vary in square footage with the studio apartments at 425 square feet and the luxurious two bedroom units coming in at a well appointed 700 square feet with luxury ensuite bathrooms and fully equipped kitchenettes.

“We see great synergy in combining the innovative, high-design elements of the YOTEL brand with modern, urban residences in a city like Miami,” explained Fahad Al-Shamlan who is the Vice President of Investments & Acquisitions for AQARAT. AQARAT is a leading real estate company from Kuwait. AQARAT has joined forces with the development company in the creation of the new YotelPad brand in Miami.

The estimated date of completion of this project has not yet been released but the units will be well worth the wait. The starting price tag for units inside the Yotel are estimated to be around $250,000.

YOTEL launches YOTELPAD – a smarter way of living. Five new YOTELPAD deals mark YOTEL’s arrival in the extended stay segment reinforcing the brand’s ability to optimise space through clever design and smart technology. (PRNewsfoto/YOTEL)

Will Miami be Amazon’s Newest Headquarters Location?

Miami city officials have been on the edge of their seats waiting for information on where Amazon will host its second headquarters.

“We would like to move Miami forward in the process so we can continue to learn more about your community, your talent, and potential real estate options,” words written by Amazon executive, Holly Sullivan. She continued on, “Please email me back with available times for a call so we can discuss next steps.”

Miami was one of 20 other locations within the United States and Canada to be considered as a hub for Amazon’s new headquarters. The additional headquarters will provide an estimated 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment monies to the winning city, enticements that have caused more than a little excitement in local governments. These numbers are figures Amazon has quoted city officials, which has sparked competition between the final 20 cities under consideration. 238 cities and regions applied to host the newest Amazon headquarters. Many locations used motivators such as promised tax breaks to encourage Amazon to look to them to host. Miami, an international city, also added a youthful, professional work pool to draw from, which is always an appealing feature for new businesses.

Some other contenders besides Miami are obvious choices like Denver and Dallas, as well as some more unexpected locations such as Columbus, Nashville, and Newark. Austin, Los Angeles, and New York also made the list of finalists. For larger cities like Los Angeles and New York, having Amazon on their list of employers would really boost their lead in the tech industry.

The remaining of the 20 finalists are the following locations; Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Montgomery County, Virginia, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Washington and one location outside of the United States, Toronto, Canada.

 Amazon had to whittle down the contenders from 238 to 20, and rejected applications from Detroit, Phoenix and San Diego. In addition the company rejected all bids coming from Mexico. A large number of cities along the east coast made the list, the company straying away from the already booming technology hubs that are wound in the West.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Ms. Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development, gave some insight into their thought process. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.” Amazon has been keeping a lid on most of their requirements for companies to make the cut, giving only small details to entice cities to make a bid for their business. Amazon was very forward regarding the fact that the decisions they made are strongly based on the initial criteria they established. The decision was not made lightly. Over a dozen people within the company worked together to build the list of the final 20 cities under consideration.

Now that the list has been whittled down to 20, Amazon will reveal more information with city leaders and work with them directly to find the city that works best for them.  Amazon will make their selection later in 2018.

Amazon is looking for specific details from the final 20, including potential building locations to host the large headquarters as well as crime and traffic stats. Amazon is also looking for prime tax incentives that will help defray the costs of building and operating a business as large as the internet giant.

Apple, another prominent leader in technology announced they are also looking to build a new, large location.  They will not be using the same selection process as Amazon. Rather than having a public bidding war, they will research locations and decide for themselves which US city will be the new home for Apple’s newest location.

TeCompetition will be strong and cities will eagerly await the decision of Amazon.

Chinese Investors are in Love with Miami.

Miami is a city that appeals to Chinese investors. It’s viewed as a global city and as a great investment. Caroline Li Griffith, a private real estate investor from Zhenjiang offers her insight on why Miami appeals to Chinese investors. “As a real estate investment, Miami has much lower price points than Shanghai and Beijing which is very attractive.”

Griffith, having just purchased her third luxury condo in Miami, is a bit of a self-proclaimed expert. She divides her time between Miami and New York. The laid-back atmosphere, friendly people, and beautiful weather in Miami had her falling in love. Griffith prefers buying her condo units in their pre-construction phases. She explains, “When I buy pre-construction, I can pay in installments before completion which is also attractive.” Her most recent purchases were located in the Paramount Miami Worldcenter. Prices for one-bedroom units begin around $800,000 and two-bedroom units just over $1,000,000. Completion on her units isn’t expected until 2019, but Griffith is looking forward to the financial benefits those condos will bring.

Miami condos offer more than just comfortable living. Griffith purchases condos not only for her own enjoyment, but also because of the attraction to world travelers who are looking for more than a hotel. “I like condos for investment because they are easier to manage.” She has options to explore though, as she is debating on renting one of the units to her mother who currently resides in Argentina, or keeping it for herself as a second home.

Miami is a hub for foreign money, especially coming from Latin America. The cash flow appeals to Chinese investors. Expert William Hardin, PhD (Professor of Finance and Real Estate at Florida International University in Miami) explains why Miami is so appealing to purchases, both foreign and domestic, “Miami is being developed as a product for people who want to own high quality real estate at a certain price point. Developers here have been very successful with that and it’s got what today’s investors from China want.”

Hardin continues on, “The wealth created in China is staggering. Real estate investment in the United States especially in a booming and fast growing metropolitan city like Miami represents little economic risk to them. They see real estate here as discounted. If this level of luxury product even exists in Beijing or Shanghai, the prices can easily be three to four times more. It’s a lifestyle for the Chinese and other foreign investors which is really a consumable investment where they can take a return and get their money out.”

Some companies such as One World Properties, are creating real estate services focused on primarily selling Miami property to Chinese investors in Shanghai. Peggy Fucci, CEO of One World Properties elaborates on this “There is so much business coming from China that I felt I needed to establish a strong presence there. I found traveling a few times a year isn’t the same as having a permanent office.”

Fucci an expert, having been in the real estate field for several years states her clients typically purchase two properties. Similar to Caroline Li Griffith they plan to use one of the properties as an investment and the other as a personal property.

“Miami has long been an international city appealing to a mainly South American market. I’ve seen the demographics change over the last five years. The Chinese now rank as our third top buyer. With all our luxury amenities including; shopping, dining and entertainment they see Miami as the Hong Kong of the West,” Fucci explains.

Miami will continue to draw international investors.

With a giant new slide, your next adventure is at Aventura Mall

The luxury Aventura Mall, considered one of Miami’s top shopping destinations with around 30 million visitors per year, celebrated the opening of its newest attraction, the “Aventura Slide Tower,” on December 15. You can experience the adventure sliding through a 93-foot-tall glass and steel tubular tower designed by German sculptor Carsten Höller and the Miami firm Permuy Architecture.

The slide is one of the features of the mall’s newest expansion, which will cost $214 million. Designed by renowned architect Carlos Zapata, the new wing will create a welcoming connection between the internal and external environments, highlighted by art and sculptures. Other additions to the wing include a rooftop garden, a luxurious food hall, a 7,000-square-foot VIP lounge available for private events, a covered parking garage and plenty of renowned new tenants.

Some of the new occupants include the anticipated return of Zara with a two-level 34,000-square-foot store, Burberry, Topshop Topman store, the first Florida location of the British brand, plus a Tesla auto store.

To ride the free slide, first you must climb a nine-story stair, and at the top you lie on your back atop a slide mat. The high-speed stomach-dropping takes about 15 seconds, and you need to be at least 44-inches tall to try it out. To guarantee safety, four mall employees will guarantee your ride goes easily.

Aventura Tower Slide

Time of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (night time will be added in the future)

Height: 93 feet

Cost: Free

Homeland Security Expanding Airport Preclearance to 11 New Airports

The Homeland Security Department has selected 11 new airports located in different countries to receive the US Preclearance – a program that will allow US immigration and customs agents to screen travelers to the United States prior to shipment, including Brazil. Among the selected Brazilian airports are Guarulhos (SP) and Galeão (RJ).

GRU – Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo
[Sao Paulo International Airport – Brazil]

The proposal is to help reduce flight delays and make life easier for passengers who have connections in the United States and who often face long queues for immigration at the time of landing.

By doing the immigration procedures in Brazil, the passengers would disembark in the United States as if they were in domestic flights, without having to face queues. The selected airports along with the Brazilians were: Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City, Milan, Rome, Edinburgh, Osaka, St. Maarten and Iceland. Currently, only six have the US Preclearance.

However, there is no set deadline for the measure to be implemented. Agreement signed between the Brazilian and American governments is required to make this a reality.

More Improvements Coming to Fort Lauderdale Airport

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will soon fully live up to its moniker. Renovations already started, and is one of the largest ever performed by airports in the country. As of December 19, Concourse G of Terminal 4 has gained new boarding gates along with a coffee shop, newsstand and gift shop. The place now has higher ceiling, more natural lighting and a modern architectural style. By the end of 2018, there will be more restaurants including a Burger King, Kafe Kalik and A Taste of the Caribbean.

The space has new seats and places to recharge electronics, spacious bathrooms and at the end of this month the Customs and Border Protection collection area will be opened making customs easier for international travelers that with other improvements, expediting the screening of international travelers arriving at the airport. Terminal 4 with Spirit Airlines services, Jet Blue and many international airlines also will gain many needed improvements.

The airport’s refurbishment projects are part of an ongoing $2.3 billion capital improvement project that included the expansion of the Federal Highway that was completed in 2014.

The airport plans to include a hotel next to the terminals, reconfiguration of the road leading to the airport to reduce traffic congestion in front of the terminals and larger areas of cell phone chargers. Also included in the expansions are corridors linking one terminal to the other that improves accessibility and safety for passengers who can move freely between the four different terminals. The change will also allow passengers to move from one terminal to another without having to re-enter security for the different terminal.

In 2018, the airport will witness a faster growth than any other country for the next 20 years. The renovation of Terminal 2 and 3 is still underway and will feature more shops and restaurants to modernize the spaces.The first connector between Terminals 3 and 4 has been in operation since November 2016, as well as new stores at the terminals.

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The 3 Most Luxurious Bal Harbour Condos Available on the Market Today

The 3 Most Luxurious Bal Harbour Condos for Sale in November 2017

People who are looking for a sexy, vibrant, and culturally diverse lifestyle move to Miami. People who are looking for luxury, style, and prestige move to Bal Harbour. And people who want to take luxury living up a notch refuse to settle for anything less than the most luxurious condos in the area. Here are the three Bal Harbour condos for sale that top the list.

St. Regis Bal Harbour Condo – 9701 Collins Ave # 1701S, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Luxurious Bal Harbour Condos - 9701 Collins Ave # 1701S, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
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This gorgeous seven-bedroom unit takes over the entire 17th floor of the stunning St. Regis at Bal Harbour Condos. Spanning 13,254 square feet and overlooking the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic, this residence offers floor to ceiling windows that overlook the water and the city. An expansive outdoor terrace is the ideal place for a romantic dinner overlooking the water or a night to remember with friends. The Italian designed kitchen pops with color and is complete with high-tech appliances, ample counter space, custom cabinets, wine cooler and stainless steel fixtures. This unbelievable unit has everything you need, but in the off chance you’re missing something, white glove butler service is available to assist you. The bathrooms mirror the finest spas, the living spaces provide plenty of room to entertain guests, and serves as a blank canvas for residents to create the custom space of their dreams. Not only is the unit the best in the area, the five-star amenities of St Regis Bal Harbour will exceed your expectation. A resort style pool, on-site dining, fitness center and world-class spa make living here not only luxurious, but comfortable and convenient as well. Sitting at $22,200,000, this massive waterfront condo redefines Miami luxury

Oceana Bal Harbour Condo – 10201 Collins Ave # 2401S, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Bal Harbour Condos - Oceana Bal Harbour - 10201 COLLINS AVE # 2401S, BAL HARBOUR,
Bal Harbour Condos - Oceana Bal Harbour - 10201 COLLINS AVE # 2401S, BAL HARBOUR -

Oceana Bal Harbour is easily one of the most prestigious buildings in Miami. It is in this stunning 27-story building that you will find this breathtaking three-bedroom condo. Overlooking the water and spanning 4,185 square feet, this massive corner unit is the ultimate high-rise living experience. This unit is located on the 24th floor, giving residents unbeatable views of the water from their private outdoor terrace (and every other spot in the home for that matter!) The gourmet kitchen has everything your personal chef needs to work his/her magic, including stainless steel appliances, gorgeous counters and an elegant marble island. The three massive bedrooms offer rest and reprieve from the rest of the home, while the open floor plan allows the kitchen to flow seamlessly into the other common areas. Morning people can watch the sunrise from the east facing balcony, while night owls can sip a cocktail from the west side and watch the sun set. Oceana Bal Harbour offers a wide variety of luxury amenities, such as a movie theatre, two pools, beach service, spa and fitness centers and on-site restaurant. This three bedroom, 4 bath luxury unit is on the market for $16M but won’t be for long

Oceana Bal Harbour Condo – 10201 Collins Ave # 2201, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Luxury Bal Harbour Condo for sale at Oceana Bal Harbour
It’s no surprise that on a list of the three most luxurious condos in Miami, that Oceana Bal Habour would be home to two of them. This beautiful unit has three bedrooms, four bathrooms and offers 4,185 square feet of living space. Located on the 22nd floor, this unit offers city, ocean and Intracoastal views. It is located on the south corner of the building and has a wrap around balcony and floor to ceiling windows throughout. The chef-inspired kitchen is an architectural masterpiece, combining beauty with function and giving residents plenty of space to work their culinary magic. Marble and glass work together to create a clean and crisp environment, and the open floor plan makes it easy for residents and guests to move freely throughout the unit. With access to some of the best amenities on the beach, residents of Oceana Bal Harbour enjoy low maintenance living in one of the most highly desired building on the beach.
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People move to Miami with a certain lifestyle in mind. They picture gorgeous people on gorgeous beaches, trendy brunch spots, sexy nightclubs and mouthwatering culinary options. You can find these things all throughout Miami, but if it is an exclusive, luxurious and prestigious waterfront lifestyle you’re after, these three incredible condos need to be on the top of your “must see” list.

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An Insider’s Guide To The St. Regis Bal Harbour Condo Building

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Condo Building

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A quick Google search for “most luxurious condos in Bal Harbour” will almost always bring The St. Regis Bal Harbour up as a top search result, and for a good reason. Living at St. Regis is an experience all on its own, offering residents unparalleled service combined with world-class amenities and breathtaking residences.

Elegant Architecture and Design Elements

Living here is like being on a full-time vacation. The stunning building sits on 9 acres of oceanfront property and was designed by famous architects and designers such as Yabu Pushelberg. The focus of St. Regis is elegance and luxury, and every inch of the building has comfort and style as its focus. Rooms have an Art Deco feel about them, featuring blue and grey color schemes to mimic the ocean below. The dramatic front lobby greets residents and guests as they enter and offers a professional staff to meet all of your needs.

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World-Class Amenities

St. Regis Bal Harbour Condo - Ocean View from Balcony

The resort features state of the art amenities geared towards making life easy. Things like a business center, two waterfront pools, a world-class spa, butler service, Kid’s Club, and 24-hour concierge makes living at St. Regis comfortable and convenient. Multiple on-site dining options allow residents to eat like Kings and Queens without dealing with Miami traffic. Private cabanas and daybeds around both infinity pools add a touch of luxury to this peaceful retreat, and the 14,000 square foot spa is sure to soothe away the stresses of the day. A high-tech fitness center helps residents lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Family Friendly

Although this resort exudes elegance and sophistication, St. Regis has not forgotten about the littlest members of the family. Kids activities and family-friendly events make this five star resort a place where everyone can kick back and relax, The Sea Turtle Club, aimed at kids 5-12 years old, combines art, music, playtime at the pool, sports, team building and beach exploration for the youngest St. Regis residents. Bike rentals, family dining options and family sized cabana rentals are just a few of the things that make St. Regis stand out above the rest.

Butler Service

A signature trademark of St. Regis’ five-star services is the butler service. Available in suites only, butlers offer assistance to residents, such as beverage service, garment pressing, packing and unpacking services, and more, all of which can be requested via email.

St. Regis Bal Harbour opened in 2012 and has been providing five-star luxury living experiences for people ever since. The stunning building has 243 guest rooms total and rises 27 stories above the white sandy beaches. For the ultimate VIP lifestyle experience, St. Regis Bal Harbour has everything you need, and even a few things you never knew you needed.

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Living Room

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Dining Room

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Looking To Buy A Condo in Bal Harbour, FL? Check Out The 6 Most Luxurious Condo Buildings in Miami’s Bal Harbour

Buying A Condo in Bal Harbour?

Bal Harbour is one of the most affluent areas in Miami and a popular place for families and traveling professionals to invest in condos right on the water. This gorgeous area has extravagant restaurants, high-end shopping venues, elegant spas and some of the most dynamic and creative art and cultural exhibits in the area. For luxury living in one of the most desirable areas in Miami, check out these six breathtaking condos in Bal Harbour.

St. Regis Bal Harbour

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This elegant oceanfront building has earned the coveted Forbes Five Star award in 2017 and offers residents high-end luxuries and unparalleled service. With a world-class spa, two infinity pools and an award-winning on-site restaurant. Made up of 282 spacious units, this gorgeous building offers 1-4 bedroom with floor to ceiling windows, elegant, spa-inspired bathrooms, sprawling private suites and fully furnished chef-inspired kitchens. Home to some of Miami’s most high-profile residents, the St. Regis Bal Harbour is the definition of luxury and style.

Harbour House

This incredible, Harbour House, beachfront building towers 16 stories above the sandy whitebeaches of the Atlantic. With units ranging from 481 square feet to an impressive 1,407 square feet, these fully furnished units offer unbeatable views of the water and unique, open floor plans that make every spot in the home the best spot in the home. With five-star amenities like an outdoor spa, resort style pool with private cabanas and tennis courts, living here is like being on a permanent vacation.

Oceana Bal Harbour

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This new addition to Miami’s stunning skyline offers 1-4 spacious units with gorgeous views, expansive outdoor terraces and contemporary “flow-through” residences. Just steps from Miami’s hottest shops, most-talked-about restaurants, and vibrant nightlife, Oceana Bal Harbour takes waterfront living to a whole new level.

One Bal Harbour

Built in 2008, this 26 story Miami masterpiece has recently been upgraded to offer the best of the best in luxury living. One Bal Harbour ranges from 2-5 bedrooms, these spacious and open residences offer incredible views of the water and high-tech features to make life easier. Gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms, and floor to ceiling windows make each residence feel chic and romantic, while a state of the art fitness center, resort-style pool and a 10,000 square foot spa cater to those looking to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour

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The name everyone associates with high-end living has made its mark in Bal Harbour. The Ritz Carlton brings its elegance, modern amenities and unparalleled service to the white sandy beaches of Miami. With units ranging from 510 square feet to a massive 3,289 square feet, this luxury building is exactly what distinguished buyers are looking for in a Miami condo. Spacious residences with unbeatable views, resort-style amenities for ultimate comfort, and a location that puts residents smack in the middle of everything hot in Miami, the Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour redefines Miami beach luxury.

Bellini Bal Harbour

Bellini Bal Harbour is the perfect blend of traditional Miami style and modern conveniences. With sprawling floor plans, private outdoor retreats, gourmet kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms, each residence feels warm and welcoming. Floor to ceiling windows offer gorgeous views of the water, and upscale amenities such as a rooftop pool and sundeck, owner’s lounge, and world-class health and fitness center make residents feel like true VIPs every time they come home.

There is no shortage of options when it comes to high-rise living in Miami, but for those who work hard and play harder, these luxury condos give beachfront living a whole new meaning.

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