Top 5 Luxury Mansion Rentals for Super Bowl 44

As some of our fans know, with the 2010 Super Bowl Miami fast approaching, we are hosting a pre-Super Bowl week in honor of the event, and to get helpful tips out to our readers on where to stay, dine, and what to drive in South Beach.  Following is our top 5 picks for luxury condo rentals and mansion rentals in Miami, because for some, a luxury hotel just is not big enough:

•    South Hibiscus Island Estate
•    Villa 16
•    Pinetree Drive Mediterranean Mansion
•    Collins Avenue Villa
•    Alton Road Estate

Sexy-time at the WIlliam Beaver House

The William Beaver House in Manhattan's Financial District, so named for its locations at the intersection of WIlliam and Beaver streets, was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects. The new construction rental building which was started by the Manocherian family in 2004 was sold to SDS Investments in October 2005 for $90 million bucks. SDS investments realizing how hot Andre Balaz was, invited Balazs to co-develop and brand WIlliam Beaver House. The 47 story high-rise offers 319 units, including airy two-bedroom layouts, ten duplexes with private terraces, 48 custom furnished units and three penthouses. WIlly Beav units feature nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings, eight foot windows, Burmese teak floors, hotel-like amenities plus in unit washer/ dryers and this is in Manhattan, don't forget.

The building was being marketed by the Sunshine Group but as of late the sex bomb is now in the hands of Prodigy International. Formerly the co-broker firm with CORE Group, Prodigy brings in the more Miami and foreign-based niche luxury buyer. Good news for William Beaver's luxury hotel-home vibe which is only about 67% sold.  Of some 169 units sold only 80 have closed thus far and Prodigy ballparks that 10% to 15% of buyers will walk away from closing sans deposits.

The gold-flecked building Balazs dreamt up at 15 William Street, looks more like it is still under construction thanks to the yellow splotches of brick dripping down the building. Prodigy remains hopeful and Prodigy President claims to have big deals in the works. So he says he is in the midst of completing a sale for $40 million in units with a group of Italian buyers and a Colombian buyer is buying up another group of units. Many investors are renting out their units and, or turning them back over to Prodigy to rent out but who knows what to believe these days.

Real estate companies in FiDi show some 30 rental units currently available in William Beaver, priced from about $2,900 up to $7,000 per month. As for the still unsold units, those are not for rent which seems like it would mean less money in the bank for Prodigy, Andre Balazs & Co. Apparently, William Beaver can afford to take its sweet old time. The luxury rental property is pretty sensational and absolutely worth a walk-around; if you're into Andre Balaz as much as we are then check out his newly opened space in Los Angeles too! “Balazs is one of the city's great authorities on sophisticated living”


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The Icon Times Two

If you're into the Icon luxury residences buildings on South Beach, now is your chance to get a double dose. A one-of-a-kind, combined apartment just came on the market. The original owners bought an 05-unit and 06-layout unit on the 34th floor and then busted through the walls; merging the units into a four bedroom, four bathroom 3,094 square foot apartment. This merged Icon apartment features stone floors, flat screen televisions and designer furnishings. Basically the apartment is over the top! The current asking price is $3 million, that's about $969 per square foot. Although the Icon does not sit beachfront, it is only a few blocks walk away. Plus, Icon residence have private access to an exclusive bay dock that sits behind the building. So you can really live it up in the Icon and then just walk out back to your yacht and go for a cruise. That's Miami living! Take a walk through but be careful because you may just fall in love.

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Super Bowl XLIV and Pro Bowl 2010 vs Imagine LIfestyles Luxury Rentals

The 2010 Pro Bowl and then, Super Bowl XLIV are coming to Miami! Will Smith sang it best, "Party in the city where the heat is on. All night, on the beach 'till the break of dawn. Welcome to Miami, bienvenido a Miami!" The NFL has awarded the 2010 Super Bowl to Miami, Florida. It will be the record breaking tenth time Miami is hosting the mega-melee. Making Miami the only place to be next January/February. Don't like Super Bowl?  Then we don't know where you came from but, regardless, Miami is still the place to be in January and February. The important people retreat to Miami in prime season, Super Bowl or not. 

Hundreds of thousands of people will be invading South Florida so get your game face on.  Book a place on South Beach now because the beach is booking fast.Try the Setai Hotel & Residencies or the brand new, not-even-opened-yet W Hotel & Residencies. Both hotels are on the sand in the center of South Beach and come equipped with pools, spas, gyms, etc. Or opt to stay a few minutes off the beach in a luxury building like the Icon, resort amenities sans the hotel part.  

Next, rent an exotic car or luxury car service because the street game is about as fierce as Super Bowl.  If a car isn't branded Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini or an equivalent, then you're not playing with the big boys. Go home, this is Miami and a prime valet spot is the goal. Take advantage of the Miami heat and rent a convertible; acceptable convertibles in Miami would be: an Aston Martin DB9 convertible, Ferrari F430 Spyder, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Porsche 997 convertible, Rolls-Royce 100 EX convertible or a Bentley GTC convertible. Get the picture? All you do is name the exotic dream car, make a call to Imagine Lifestyles and voile, score big next Super Bowl!

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South Beach’s Best Beach Penthouse, Ever!

A few blogs ago we told you about Apogee luxury living, the new-ish residency building on South Beach. Penthouse A is on the market and arguably the best luxury condo residence on the beach. The Apogee is one of the most privileged addresses in one of the most desirable neighborhoods - South of Fifth (SoFi), also known as South Pointe.

The Apogee Penthouse is an ultra glamorous, three level corner home with ocean, bay and city views. The Penthouse is 6,853 square feet with six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. Plus, an 11,000-plus square feet rooftop terrace with private pool and summer kitchen.

The main living area boasts 22-foot ceilings with floor to ceiling windows. Plus, the luxe Apogee Penthouse has a private elevator,  two-car private air conditioned garage and staff quarters. This Penthouse is like the ultimate dream home but up high in the sky. As the Apogee modo goes, "More than you need. All that you desire." The Apogee, Penthouse A, dream home could be yours for $22 million.  If you can afford it then go take a look, if you can't then keep dreaming.

The W Hotel South Beach is Here. Luxury Condos on Miami Beach Florida.

The W Hotel South Beach has been accepting reservations for a June 1, 2009, opening. The W will bring new, more modern designs by Yabu Pushelberg to the beach that is art-deco. The W Hotel & Residences will feature 317 rooms, all with direct ocean views on oceanfront property. Each room will feature plush signature W beds, which are to die for. Plus, W rooms will be fully wired with the latest technology and entertainment systems available. The resort will introduce its Living Room on the Ocean, featuring a secret garden with two infinity pools, fountains, and private pool cabanas with flat screen TV’s.  Mr. Chow is one of the sexy new restaurants that will open in the W Hotel. The W will, additionally, boast a 9,600 square foot Bliss® Spa and 12,000 square foot SWEAT® gym. The W hotel means business when it comes to luxury. The hotel will redefine luxury on the beach and will be the new "it" spot on Miami Beach. Mark our words!

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One of the More Expensive Homes on Miami Beach for Sale.

The good life in Miami Beach is just a sale away because one of the most expensive homes in Miami is on sale. The luxurious pad was designed by Maurice Fatio and sits on the exclusive Sunset Island 1. There are four Sunset Islands which are located in the heart of Miami Beach. This specific home sits on the tip of the first, northernmost of all the islands which is one of the best locations to be. The lot is 70,886 square feet, with 453 linear feet of land on Biscayne Bay. The home itself  is 11,388 square feet and is listed for $29,900,750. That price tag includes 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, Olympic size pool and the expansive tropical grounds. This property which is named La Tranquilla, not Tequila, sold in June 2000, for $8,425,000. Less than two months later, the property was listed again, for $11,500,000 and the price was raised once more before the listing was cancelled. Now the property is one of the most expensive in Miami Beach, something doesn't add up. The home is nice and all but not $29 million nice, maybe the listing is a mistake. Maybe somebody involved needs to fix or re-think the listing price if they actually intend to sell.

More Bang for Your Buck on Miami Beach, The Apogee Luxury Residences

The Apogee, at 800 South Pointe Drive is one of the premier residential buildings on South Beach.  The Apogee has only 67 luxe residencies,  four apartments to each floor, each with a private elevator.  All Apogee units feature 10 foot high ceilings, a midnight kitchen in every master bedroom, and a summer kitchen on each balcony.

Most recently an Apogee unit on the 11th floor sold for $6 million which was down from the $8 million asking price or at a discount of 12%. In former times, a 12% discount didn’t happen but not so in the currently depressed Miami real estate market.  Apogee unit 1104 was a spacious 4,154 square feet divided into four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The luxury unit was said to have intoxicating Biscayne Bay and Fisher Island views. One of the best assets about this apartment was its terrace which extended 11 feet beyond the apartment’s exterior wall, making the terrace 2,400 square feet alone. This was an incredible unit, in a more incredible building at an even more incredible price. Luxury real estate bargains are happening all over Miami Beach as we speak.  Get in on the real estate free-for-all!


Setai for Sale on Miami Beach. Luxury Real Estate For Less.

The Setai Hotel is a 40-story extreme-luxury, high rise on prime Miami Beach real estate. The Setai houses 175 residencies with panoramic ocean views, floor-to-ceiling windows and on-site five star hotel amenities. There are studio, one, two, up to five bedroom units, which range in size from 850 to 6,000 square feet. The Penthouse units have private terraces and decks with lap pools. More to look forward to at Setai: 24 hour security and valet, SubZero and Gagenau Appliances, posh beach club and sexy, lounging bars. Right now there are about 47 Setai units for sale, thanks to the economy. Listing prices are way down and buyers should take serious advantage now. A few deals worth looking into would be, unit 2105 which is an 821 square foot, one bedroom unit, listed for $1,350,000 which is 10% lower than its original purchase price. There is 1801, a two bedroom, two bathroom, 1,198 square foot unit listed for $1,575,000 which is 19.2% lower than the original price. Then, there is unit 360 which is a five bedroom, five bathroom that is listed for $5,995,000, down 14.3% from its original purchase price. The moral of the story is take advantage of Setai deals and short sales! The question isn't why but why not? The Setai is the building to be in on Miami Beach, get in while the getting is good.