How has the pandemic affected buying habits in your market?
The market back in March of last year was really scary. We didn’t know what was happening with Covid 19. But things quickly changed. People wanted to move to Miami (and still do!) because: We are open, the weather is amazing, Florida is spread out with a lot of space, taxes are low, and properties in Miami are a great value compared to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. As a result, the market has gone through the roof.
What was the most memorable property you’ve ever sold?
The property on La Gorce Drive was my fi rst big listing with my twin brother Aurelio. It was a big project of his, so it was really special: a spectacular 7,100-square-foot luxury home with impressive fi nishes.
What do you predict in your market in 2021 and 2022?
The market in 2021 will continue to be strong. Single family homes are very limited, especially luxury homes. Condos appeal to international buyers, among others, and, once people feel safe to travel again, the condo market will boom. Miami is more attractive than ever right now to a lot of people. We are getting an increasing number of tech companies from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Celebrities and CEOs are moving to the Sunshine State, so 2022 will be amazing. These buyers are bringing to Miami an expansive culture element that will put us in the same league as other top destinations.
What cities and neighborhoods are emerging as great places to live or work?
Of course, it depends on the kind of lifestyle you are looking for; I love Miami Beach because I live there! Brickell, Downtown Miami, Edgewater, Midtown and Miami Shores are all becoming hot places to live and work.
How do you match your client with the perfect property for them?
First, I ask them where they currently live and why they chose that location. Then I try to understand what they like and dislike about their current lifestyle, and help them to transition to the perfect home here in South Florida.
How did you get into the field?
I got into real estate because of my best friend, Patricia, who I have known since I was a child in Venezuela. Over a decade ago, I started to work at her brother’s company as a mortgage broker and quickly realized how much I was drawn to the real estate side of the business. Becoming a realtor was a natural progression.
5135 Lakeview Drive | Miami Beach
When you enter this newly renovated private compound, the complete vision will take your breath away. Magnifi cently unique and evocative of the grandest European estates. All fi nishes are handcrafted and one of a kind.
The entire second fl oor is dedicated to the principal suite and a full-length terrace overlooking the exquisite grounds. There are fi ve more bedrooms down each with en suite bath. A sixth picturesque guest suite overlooks the large pool and its stylish cabana/summer kitchen. In the main house you will enjoy volume ceilings, an elegant living room, a brilliant sun room an offi ce, and an oversized gourmet kitchen. Patios, porches, terraces, and glass enclosed lovely loggias connect this extravagant resort style home.
With approximately 7,268 sq.ft. under air and a huge 22,693 square-foot lot on a quiet golf course cul-de-sac, this is a jewel in the perfect setting. Two car garage plus generous storage. Large fl exible space includes a second offi ce, a gym plus an additional space for a theater, playroom etc. This is one of the best and rarest. Close to kid’s park, dog park and community center. Just blocks to the ocean
5135 Lakeview Dr, Miami Beach, FL
Beds: 6 | Baths: 6.5 | L/A: Approx. 7,268 SF
Lot Size: 22,693 SF | 2-Car Garage | | 2 Offi ces | Gym