Klara Madlin Selected as NYC Brokerage for CANVAS

New York, N.Y. – Klara Madlin Real Estate (KMRE), a leading New York City-based brokerage firm providing sales and marketing for residential real estate and new developments, today announced that they will be representing CANVAS, the latest project of Miami-based NR Investments, to New York purchasers. CANVAS, a luxury high-rise located at 1630 Northeast 1st Avenue in Miami, FL – masterfully designed by renowned CFE Architects – is poised to become one of the city’s most iconic residences.

The 513-unit CANVAS features five unit models to choose from with panoramic views of Miami and the bay. Among its many desirable features and amenities, residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows; European inspired kitchens and bathrooms; expansive terraces and a parking space for each unit. With prices starting at $337,000, the 37-story, mixed-use high-rise offers a state-of-the-art gym, multiple pools, meditation lounge, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Additionally, a rooftop lounge is located on the top floor with a pool and bar area. With 24/7 valet parking, concierge and security, residents will at once feel comfortable and secure, as well as pampered and catered to at all times.

While the CANVAS lobby includes elegant restaurants and bistro, it is also just steps away from transportation, as well as cultural attractions and points of interest, including The Adrianne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet House, The Opera House, The Contemporary Perez Art Museum, The American Airlines Arena and much more. The convenience of the location will appeal to New Yorkers who are used to having everything at their fingertips. Additionally, being situated between Midtown, South Beach, Design District, Wynwood, Brickell and Downtown, CANVAS is in one of the city’s most trendy locations – another potential selling point for New Yorkers who love to explore the latest hip neighborhoods.

“Miami and New York are different in many respects – most notably in climate! – yet, the two cities are both cosmopolitan with an international population,” said Klara Madlin, co-owner and founder of KMRE. “NYC home buyers and young professionals looking for a second entry-level home, as well as empty nesters and ‘snow birds’ looking for second homes, often turn to Miami to to escape the brutal winter months. At Klara Madlin Real Estate, we’re excited about this partnership and for the opportunity to present CANVAS to our clients.”

Puerto Los Cabos becomes heart of local hotel scene

Arial_Puerto Los CabosLos Cabos, Mexico – Stretching 2,000 oceanfront acres in Los Cabos, Mexico, the $2.5 billion Puerto Los Cabos master-planned resort community is the largest development undertaking ever in the formerly underserved area and with more than 25 percent now open and operating, it’s creating a new heart within San Jose Del Cabo’s now booming hotel and residential scene.

Since breaking ground in 2005, Puerto Los Cabos has welcomed an impressive collection of luxury hotels, resorts and amenities. Most recently, developer Grupo Questro announced Mexico’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel and residences within the community and $70 million in pre-sales. In November, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort and Spa opened, with other hotel openings within the last 36 months including Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort and Hotel El Ganzo. Just outside the gates of Puerto Los Cabos development is also booming, including the five-star Hotel Mar Adentro that opened in December. An additional two more luxury hotels within San Jose Del Cabo are slated to open by the end of 2017, according to the Los Cabos Hotel Association.

Just five minutes from downtown San Jose Del Cabo, Puerto Los Cabos has played an important role in fueling the growth and popularity of the “other side” of Los Cabos. Puerto Los Cabos is home to luxury amenities available nowhere else in the region including a newly-built marina that currently offers 200 slips up to 400 feet in length; a drystack and boatyard with 150-ton travel lift and 24-hour security; a composite 18 holes of golf with nine holes designed by Greg Norman and nine holes designed by Jack Nicklaus; and a 12-acre Cactus Botanical Park that features more than one million plants, including a labyrinth of 1,000 bonsai bougainvillea and more than 1,500 species of cactus and succulents from around the world.

“Between the rare beauty of Puerto Los Cabos’ dramatic setting between the mountains and the Sea of Cortez to the world-class marina and golf courses, the development has raised the bar for authentic travel and residential experiences within Los Cabos,” said Alex Cuttler, director of marketing for Grupo Questro. “Demand continues for new experiences in Los Cabos with Puerto Los Cabos at the heart of many of the newest developments and openings.”

Gallery: Palm Springs Home retains ‘purity’ of design

5Designed by Donald Wexler in 1954 for the owner of the champion racehorse Seabiscuit and purchased by Kirk and Ann Douglas in the mid 1950s as a retreat from their hectic lives in Hollywood, Palm Springs Home of Kirk Douglas has retained the purity of Wexler’s original design.

Now with updated kitchen and baths, it is the home where the Douglas’s raised their children, Michael, Joel, Peter and Eric, all of whom followed their father into the film industry.
Owned by the family for over 42 years, it has recently sold. Now at age 99, Kirk Douglas is one of the few Old Hollywood great actors still living and still writes a blog that has been hosted by the Huffington Post since 2012.


Sales launch at 30 Warren condominium residences

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.58.04 AMNew York, N.Y. – Cape Advisors, a New York City-based real estate development and investment firm, recently announced that sales have launched at 30 Warren — a ground-up, 12-story new development with just 23 condominium residences. Designed by Post-Office Architects, the building wraps from Warren Street to Chambers Street in Manhattan’s coveted Tribeca neighborhood. Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group is exclusively handling the marketing and sales, with prices ranging from approximately $2 million to $8 million. The sales center is now open at 99 Hudson Street, with visitation by appointment only.

“30 Warren will reshape an entire block front in the center of Tribeca with a thoughtfully crafted architectural facade featuring numerous setbacks and oversized picture windows that will offer each residence incredible light, air and views,” said Craig Wood, Managing Partner of Cape Advisors. “We are seeing prime Tribeca expand and slowly shift to the center with the transformation of Church Street and downtown Manhattan. 30 Warren is actively leading the way in this trend complementing the vitality of a historic neighborhood with fresh architectural thinking at the dynamic center of Tribeca.”

The residences at 30 Warren consist of one- to three-bedroom homes including three full-floor penthouses with direct elevator entry and library areas with custom millwork cabinetry. Many of the larger residences feature outdoor space including private balconies and sprawling terraces. The residences range in size from approximately 1,000 to over 2,500 square feet.

Pierce Boston launches state-of-the-art sales center

unnamed (3)Boston, Mass — Pierce Boston, the luxury condominium tower under construction in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, recently launched sales with the opening of its state-of-the-art sales center. As Boston’s luxury condo market booms, Pierce Boston pre-sales are emblematic of the market’s larger paradigm shift. More than 30% of the tower’s 109 condominium units have already been sold. Soaring 30 stories at the corner of Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue, Pierce Boston will be the gateway to The Fenway and reshape Boston’s skyline from the west with its dramatic profile.

“The interest and demand that we’ve seen for Pierce Boston would have been unimaginable in The Fenway just a few years ago,” said Leslie Cohen, Principal and Chief Operating Officer, Samuels & Associates. “It shows how iconic this building is and what this neighborhood has become, well beyond the market’s broader supply and demand dynamics.”

Pierce Boston’s modern design was created by world-renowned architects Arquitectonica, and is the firm’s first project in Boston. The interiors were crafted by CBT and feature thoughtful layouts and contemporary design throughout the public spaces and residences.

Designed to maximize views of Boston, Cambridge, the Charles River, and the Emerald Necklace with three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows, Pierce Boston will feature 109 luxury condominium residences starting on the 19th floor. With a mix of residences ranging from junior one-bed to two-bedrooms, prices will start at $1Million and occupancy is slated for 2018.

Residents will have access to a suite of lifestyle amenities including a fitness center with yoga studio, 24/7 concierge service and doorman, dedicated staff to plan events and social gatherings, private dining space, and 80 parking spaces. The 30th floor of the building includes a communal space for owners with spectacular 360-degree views of the city, library, and roof deck with a swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, outdoor fire pits and sky cabanas. The sky cabanas are a first for Boston and are available for owners to purchase.

Pierce Boston provides The Fenway’s first luxury ownership opportunity, appealing to suburban empty nesters and neighborhood trade-up buyers, in addition to younger innovation sector entrepreneurs and investors.

“As a natural evolution of The Fenway’s master planning process, Pierce Boston now occupies a coveted gateway parcel in the maturing neighborhood, providing the neighborhood’s first luxury homeownership opportunity,” said Sue Hawkes, president and CEO of The Collaborative Companies, Pierce Boston’s exclusive sales and marketing agency. “The Fenway’s edginess, combined with Pierce Boston’s striking design and amenities, has positioned us for faster success than we had even anticipated.”

Cooper Hewitt announces winners of 17th Annual National Design Awards

unnamed (2)Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Director Caroline Baumann recently announced the winners of the 2016 National Design Awards, recognizing excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines in 11 categories. Now in its 17th year, the annual awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt.

This year’s recipients are Moshe Safdie for Lifetime Achievement; Make It Right for Director’s Award; Bruce Mau for Design Mind; Center for Urban Pedagogy for Corporate & Institutional Achievement; Marlon Blackwell Architects for Architecture Design; Geoff McFetridge for Communication Design; Opening Ceremony for Fashion Design; Tellart for Interaction Design; Studio O+A for Interior Design; Hargreaves Associates for Landscape Architecture; andAmmunition for Product Design.

“The National Design Awards are a vibrant component of Cooper Hewitt’s education arm through which the museum engages year round with design lovers of all ages across the United States and throughout the world,” Baumann said. “This year’s class of winners reflect design’s remarkable empathy for contemporary social concerns: from promoting workplace productivity to preserving vernacular traditions to encouraging civic engagement. These designers and design firms cross disciplinary boundaries, explore innovative materials and develop new models of problem-solving in pursuit of these goals.”

Golden Oak at Walt Disney unveils new plans

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Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — This week, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort announced plans for its newest neighborhood, Kingswell. The new neighborhood will feature the last estate-sized homesites available for purchase within the community. Sale of select homesites will begin today, with prices of finished custom homes to start at $3 million.

Custom single-family homes in the new Kingswell neighborhood will range from approximately 5,000 to 7,000 square feet and feature design and architectural inspiration from European and Caribbean influences. The initial homesites released boast approximate half-acre lots, some with scenic water views. The Kingswell neighborhood is planned to include 53 total homesites.

“Golden Oak offers the best in luxury experiences with a unique opportunity to live at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Page Pierce, vice president of Disney Resort Real Estate Development. “We’re excited to welcome residents to our new Kingswell neighborhood where families can build special, lifelong memories for generations to come.”

Luxury Brooklyn development nearly sells out

image002Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Stahl Organization (Stahl), developer of Downtown Brooklyn’s (DoBro) luxury residential development, 388 Bridge Street (388 Bridge), announced today that they’ve reached 90 percent sold. The 53-story luxury, hybrid building features 144 condominium units and 234 rental units. Designed by renowned architecture firm SLCE Architects, the development has limited inventory in its Penthouse Collection, which features some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after residences.

“Achieving this milestone demonstrates that 388 Bridge is the first choice for prospective buyers in Downtown Brooklyn,” said Roger Fortune, Vice President of Stahl. “The tower has set a standard for-luxury living with its top-of the-line residences, and 388 Bridge has continued to experience success as home owners seek well designed, spacious homes.”

The Penthouse Collection, a collection of two- to four-bedroom homes, offers a variety of desired qualities, including custom interiors, expansive Manhattan skyline views, and spacious private terraces. Included in the collection are only a few of the last remaining duplex penthouses, featuring over 1,500 square-feet of private, outdoor space. Penthouse and condo home owners have access to the exclusive 1,245-square-foot, fully equipped, 46th floor Sky Lounge, providing the opportunity to relax or entertain with the NYC skyline as the backdrop.

“We fully anticipate the remaining penthouses to continue to drive interest from prospective buyers, as they provide a level of luxury living that cannot be found elsewhere at this price point,” said Vanessa Connelly, Sales Manager of Halstead Property Development Marketing, the exclusive sales and marketing team for the development. “388 Bridge residences continue to achieve the highest price per square foot for the neighborhood, and we are confident the remaining penthouses will experience the same success.”

Zaha Hadid teams up with The Moinian Group

New York, N.Y. — Leading United States real estate firm, The Moinian Group, proudly announced today they have been collaborating with the visionary architect, Zaha Hadid to develop one of her last designed buildings in the world, an innovative new project in New York City.

Commissioned by The Moinian Group more than a year ago, Zaha Hadid and her team at Zaha Hadid Architects explored the unique possibilities for the site located at 220 Eleventh Avenue site in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood, where they’ve been working to combine signature residences with an unprecedented space to house a world-class cultural institution.

“We must invest in cultural spaces. They are a vital component of a rich urban life and cityscape, they unite the city and tie the urban fabric together,” explained Zaha Hadid in 2015.

Dame Zaha Hadid’s paintings and drawings, currently showcased in a landmark retrospective exhibition in Venice, Italy, are included within some the world’s most respected collections such as MoMA New York, MoMA San Francisco and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Hadid’s work has also been showcased in critically-acclaimed exhibitions at museums such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

“As the world celebrates Zaha’s remarkable legacy, we are delighted to be announcing her unique collaboration with The Moinian Group for New York, a city that greatly influenced her creative work,” said Patrik Schumacher, Partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, who worked with Hadid for almost thirty years.

220 Eleventh Avenue has been designed as a natural addition to Chelsea’s renowned artistic community with a collection of signature loft-like condominium residences, a collection of penthouses and a cultural institution to establish itself as the hub of the world renowned art district that is West Chelsea.

A frequent visitor to New York, Hadid has translated Manhattan’s powerful geometries and rhythms to create a singular design within her repertoire  that is very much of New York; integrating the city’s unyielding spirit and distinctive vernacular with the finely-detailed craftsmanship of her acclaimed jewellery collaborations . Additionally, The Moinian Group is currently in discussions with institutions to be based at 220 Eleventh Avenue.

“We are deeply honored to develop one of Zaha’s final creations and cement her astonishing legacy forevermore here in Manhattan. She was a special woman and a friend who we all miss very much,” said Mitchell Moinian of The Moinian Group. “Preserving the artistic integrity of this project is paramount in order to engrain the spirit of Zaha herself into the streets of Manhattan.”

FIABCI World Prix Celebrates 25-Year Jubilee

unnamed2016 FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Award winners were honored at an exclusive gala ceremony attended by hundreds of guests from 40 countries during the FIABCI 67th World Congress.  This year’s World Congress took place in Panama City, Panama and marked the 25th Year Jubilee of this prominent award.  Considered the “Oscar” of the real estate industry, the Prix d’Excellence is a prestigious honor that recognizes real estate development projects that best embody excellence in all real estate disciplines involved in its creation and illustrates the FIABCI ideal of “providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs.”  The Wall Street Journal is the media sponsor of the world awards program.

Winners were selected by an international panel of experienced real estate experts and were evaluated on concept, architecture, engineering, profitability, marketing results, environmental impact and benefit to society.“The FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence celebrates the best and most innovative real estate developments from around the world.  This year’s awards were highly competitive and set a global standard for premier leadership, innovation, sustainability and long term planning,” explained Danielle Grossenbacher, FIABCI World President.“Winning this prestigious award highlights cutting edge innovation at its very best, demonstrating a premier level of achievement in all aspects of real estate development.  The Prix d’Excellence is one of the greatest globalhonor a real estate development can receive,” continued Dr. Yu Kee Su, FIABCI Asia Pacific Executive Director.

Mr. Yeow Thit Sang, the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Committee President explained that this year there were 16 World Gold Winners and 13 World Silver Winners.  “Submissions for the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence have grown significantly with winning projects originating from Armenia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan,” he explained.