Luxury Miami Project Goes Back To Lender
A luxury condo building in Miami Beach has gone back to its lenders. The Miami Herald reports that South of Fifth, a $73 million luxury condominium building has gone back to its lender, after a foreclosure auction. The project at 135 Ocean Drive, first went into foreclosure back in 2009 as the original developer struggled to pay back a $73 million loan to iStar Financial. The project was yet another South Florida victim of bad timing, it opened in 2009 just as interest and prices were tumbling in the area.
The Herald article describes the transaction as a friendly foreclosure: the lender obtained a final judgment of $90.8 million against defaulting developer BR Villa Luisa in December and took back ownership of the property Tuesday. Now it falls to iStar to sell the 29 available condos at the 32-unit property. Listings on the Kleer Team website say that they have been instructed by project lenders to sell at reduced prices to qualified buyers. Prices listed range from $400,000 to $6.8 million. Amenities in the building include valet parking; full-time concierge; a pool facing the ocean and whirlpool spa; fitness center; private lounge and more. Some residences have wrap-around balconies and penthouses have their own, 4,000-square-foot rooftop terraces with private pools and summer kitchens. Although this isn't great news, it seems like this foreclosure has been in the works for a while. Overall much of the real estate news we've seen coming out of Miami is pointing at a slow recovery in the sales of luxury condos.