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Real Estate Showcase - Florida Properties


Western luxury blends with Eastern harmony at TAO, a new resort-style residential development in western Broward County, offering the same amenities as oceanfront condos but at a somewhat lower price, and within minutes of major shopping, culture and highway access.

“Not everyone wants to pay the high prices to be near the beach,” says Jim Rosewater, partner and project director for Weitzer Communities, the TAO developers. “Our prices are $100 to $200 per square foot lower than on the water…We’re pioneers in a changing landscape, bringing the first high-rise within ten miles to this area.”

TAO’s two 26-story towers offer 396 decorator-ready residences with sunset views. The tranquil grounds include a sparkling lake, sandy beach, tennis, putting green and meditation garden. TAO is across from Sawgrass Mills Mall, one of Florida’s top tourist attractions, as well as venues for sports, concerts and shows. Priced from the $400,000s to the $700,000s.




Miami’s South Beach is about to get an infusion of urban-chic resort life with the Paradiso Luxury Residences and Hotel Gansevoort South, at 24th Street and the ocean. Paradiso, as it’s called, will comprise the five-story Hotel Gansevoort South (the new southern outpost of the trend-setting Hotel Gansevoort in New York’s Meatpacking District), topped by two floors of condo-hotel units and eight floors of luxury condo residences. Condo owners will have access to all hotel amenities.

Paradiso’s Juda Chetrit and Ari Pearl note that the tower will be crowned by a rooftop pool deck like that of Manhattan’s Gansevoort. Other resort attractions: a 40,000sf spa and fitness center, tri-level beach club with infinity-edge pool, and a city block of shops and restaurants. Says Pearl: “We’re taking all of the great features of New York’s Gansevoort and transporting them to the greatest tropical playground on earth.” Prices start at $600,000.



High-rise luxury and 24/7 convenience define Trump Grande Ocean Resort & Residences, an 11-acre oceanfront development in Sunny Isles Beach. The $700 million project, from Donald J. Trump with Michael and Gil Dezer of Dezer Development, consists of a condo-hotel: Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort, and two 55-story condo towers: Trump Palace and Trump Royale.

“We think we nailed it when it comes to luxury in Miami,” said Gil Dezer, president of Trump Dezer Development. “It’s the first project in the area to incorporate a hotel and condos on one piece of land. This means a resident can get maid service, concierge service, or a hamburger at three AM.”

Trump Grande has a pristine private beach, state-of-the-art fitness centers, heated pools and tennis. Trump Palace, opening in November, has two penthouses left: $2.7 to $2.9 million. Trump Royale, which recently broke ground, is 10-15 percent unsold: $600,000s to $11 million.

“In addition to Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, buyers can also investigate lesser-known oceanfront communities,” says The Corcoran Group’s Bunny Hiatt. “You have everything - great beaches, culture, shopping, restaurants - within easy reach of towns like Manalapan, Point Manalapan, Hypoluxo Island, Ocean Ridge, Gulf Stream, Delray Beach, Jupiter and Jupiter Island.”