A Melvin Grossman-designed house The Beatles spent a day hanging out at on the occasion of their first U.S. tour—when they played at the Deauville Hotel—at 5750 North Bay Road, has been submitted for total demolition, according to MDPL officer Daniel Ciraldo. It had been built in the '50s for Thunderbird Motel owner Paul Pollak, and according to this memoir of the event, apparently the Beatles themselves "were quite impressed with the house." · In 1964, The Beatles came to my house [Chicago Tribune]
Everything in a New York minute, over at Curbed NY...
1) Upper West Side: The usually critical Curbed commenters went gaga over this triplex penthouse of a billionaire activist, which sold this week for $42 million. Originally listed for $48M, the place is the product of a major renovation by Shelton, Mindel & Associates.
2) Soho: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi failed to find a buyer for his duplex penthouse last year, but he's put it back on the market with a slightly reduced asking price of $37.5 million.
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1) Everywhere: Denim is the backbone of American style, so naturally we had to scope out where to find the perfect dungarees in town. From cigarette to boyfriend fit, here are 14 stores that won't make denim shopping a daylong event, unless of course, you want it to be.
2) South Beach: If King James can give menswear designer Michael Bastian his approval, we think you can swing him an eye too. We sat down with the designer last week at Cottage Miami, to talk menswear, the perfect hangover shirt, and what on earth is up with his leopard print designs for men?
"$56.5 million is just for the property. They must have paid an undisclosed additional amount, likely in the tens of millions, for the non-real estate assets such as furniture, art, receivables and brand intangibles. Last time around, Edelstein/Nazarian paid $39.5 for the real estate and (reportedly) $15.5 for the rest."—Eleazar David Meléndez [Here's Tommy]
1) Everywhere: If you're wondering where to go for brunch, but don't want to take a chance on a crappy or overpriced meal, check out our No Bull, Just Brunch, Bunnies and BellinisEaster brunch map. We've rounded up a variety of options for whatever your budget and whatever your mood. Happy Easter.
2) MiMo: Here's what people are saying about Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova's Taperia Raca. So far, the verdict seems positive. Taperia Raca is nowhere near as hyped up as the duo's first restaurant, Eating House, was when it first opened, but still looking good.
3) Brickell: Manadarin Oriental's new restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, has been up and running for about a month now. We decided to check in with chef Diego Oka to see how the first week went down. Seems like all was good. Read about it here. · Eater Miami [miami.eater.com]
Here's the Miami Downtown Development Authority's plan (courtesy of the DDA)... well it's more like a conceptual cross-section concept really, for Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown. The fully developed site plans are yet to come. The Boulevard will be converted from an eight-lane road with blah sidewalks and parking lots for medians, into a 'grand promenade' that's pretty much the total opposite. Picture two lanes of traffic in each direction, parallel parking, wide sidewalks, kick-ass bicycle lanes, and a huuuuge park-like median where the actual promenade part of the grand promenade would go.
Neighbors object to the $180,000-ish price tag that Miami Worldcenter is paying the city of Miami to take over several blocks-worth of city streets, saying it's far too little money for the primo real estate. [Real Deal Miami; Previously]
Holy cow. New infrastructure projects can get bogged down in study after study, like Baylink was, or apparently you can do this. The City of Miami Beach and Mayor Levine want to buy north half of the block at 5th Street and Alton Road that contains the Pier 1 Imports and the Burger King, in the hopes of using the entire block for a transit hub for Baylink. They already own the southern half of the block. The block is strategically located right off of the MacArthur Causeway, which Baylink would traverse.
All that's required for the purchase to go through is an appraisal of the property (totally normal) and the approval of the city commission (which Levine has in his pocket). They've already got the $26 million to pay for it in a redevelopment fund. Meanwhile, this looks like a mighty fine spot for a Metrorail station, no? · Miami Beach may spend $26 million on new transit hub [Miami Herald]
All Aboard Florida has launched a new, expanded website with lots of details, facts and figures and, of particular interest to Curbed, a single rendering of what looks to be the Miami Grand Central Station. Although the site doesn't say this is the Miami station, the courthouse in the background, as well as a glimpse of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, show that yes, this is the first publicly released presentation rendering of AAF's Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed Downtown Miami station. Up until now, the best we've seen are massing studies.
Douglas Elliman just published their1Q 2014 Real Estate Market Reports covering Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach. The report author Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, lover of charts and graphs, breaks down the Miami market for us so far this year.
[Via Douglas Elliman]
With the rising price trends of the past several years, Miami sellers are being pulled into the housing market and that is beginning to cause listing inventory to rise. But before I get to that, here are a few top level observations on the Miami residential market that were observed during the preparation of the 1Q 2014 Elliman Report: Miami Sales. A lot of high points were reached this quarter:
- Fourth consecutive quarter with highest median price recorded since 2008 (post credit crunch). - Highest number of 1Q sales in 8 years. - Highest non-distressed market share (69.4%) in the 4 years it has been recorded. - Fastest average marketing time in the 8 years it has been tracked. - Inventory rose from year ago near record low, gains concentrated in non-distressed inventory as prices rose.
"Why turf grass that will dump more fertilizer, etc., into the Bay? Don't know who the landscape architect is, but what we need is natural groundcovers -- peanut grass, sun tolerant moss ferns, etc., and perhaps a lot of salt tolerant real grasses! What a different look?!"-purplest [Museum Park Finally Looking Park-Like With New Grass]