Miami’s Most Fabulous Condo Amenity Decks Of Today
Thursday, July 17, 2014, by Sean McCaughan
A quick look back: less than a year ago and these Developments are still timeless……
Time was, way back a hundred years ago, if you lived in an ‘apartment house,’ bam, that was it, you owned an apartment among many others. And it was in a building with thick brick walls protecting ladies in lace-up girdles from the dangers of nature. Then, bam, came the idea of ‘Resort Style Living’ in, where else, but postwar Miami, when apartment buildings began duplicating the life style of the large new luxury hotels then making their debut. The Fontainebleau and Eden Roc inspired the Seacost Towers and Crystal House. Basically. And that legacy lives on in the garden of delights known as the modern-day Miami amenity deck.
Miami’s Downtown Development Authority has released a video that provides a glimpse of what the skyline will look like when the current crop of construction projects have been completed.
The video helps to visualize the massing of Miami’s evolving skyline by showing buildings that are existing, under construction, planned and proposed. Existing buildings are in white. Buildings where construction is underway are represented in blue, while planned and proposed towers are represented in green and purple, respectively.
It doesn’t include every project, and isn’t exact about height. Fast-rising Edgewater is mostly ignored.
Swire Properties President Stephen Owens told a forum last week that ‘there’s no question’ that sales of condos at Brickell City Centre have slowed down.
Owens told the audience that the market is ‘at half the pace’ compared to last year. He blamed it on more discerning buyers, and said that it was a sign of a healthy market. His comments were reported by The Real Deal.
As of March, 17% of units at Swire’s Brickell City Centre RISE condo tower has been sold. That compares to nearly 80% sold at REACH, which launched sales earlier.
Dezer Development president Gil Dezer echoed Owens’ sentiments last week, saying that ‘there’s the same number of buyers’ as before, but more projects. He also said that it was now a healthier market, and that it wasn’t ‘normal or stable’ when units were selling out as fast as they were last year.
Instacart, an on-demand grocery delivery service, officially expanded to Miami on Tuesday.
Instacart customers don’t need a Costco or BJ’s membership to shop from those stores, the company says. The service is available in most of Miami’s metro area, including Miami Beach, Downtown, Brickell, The Roads, Coconut Grove, West Flagler, Little Havana, West Miami, Coral Way, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Miami airport area, Virginia Gardens, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Civic Center, Little Havana, Wynwood, Midtown/Edgewater, Buena Vista, Liberty City, Brownsville and Little Haiti. Shoppers can check if they’re included in Instacart’s delivery zone at Instacart.com/locations/Miami.
To start deliveries, new customers can open an account at Instacart.com. TO get $10.00 off your first order, use the personal invite link at http://inst.cr/t/ZR36us .
“We had thousands of requests for service in the Miami area, and strong interest from retail partners such as Whole Foods Market and Winn-Dixie, so the time was right,” said Apoorva Mehta, founder and CEO of Instacart. “We’re thrilled to bring the first on-demand grocery delivery service to Miami.”
Instacart is based in San Francisco and with its debut in Miami, is available in 16 cities. The company connects customers with independent contractors, or personal shoppers, who shop for the customer and deliver the orders.
Whole Foods Market also announced that it istesting delivery in Palm Beach County with food technology company Cravy.