Author Archives: Drew Backoff

Developers Tell Condo Buyers: You Don’t Need To Bring Your Car

For luxury homeowners who want to kick the car habit, these condo developers have an alternative. By Alina Dizik (source: The Wall Street Journal) At San Francisco’s Lumina, residents can use an app to rent a car from the building’s private fleet of eight Audis, like this one. PHOTO:STEELBLUE   At Lumina, a 42-story condo building in San Francisco, homeowners pay anywhere from $900,000 to $15 million for a luxury residence with a one-car limit per unit. Alternatively, homeowners can ditch the car, get a credit of $10,000 and rent one … Read More

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How And Why Multifamily Development Is Different In This Cycle

    GlobeSt.com caught up with Greg West, president and Chief Development Officer of ZOM, to get some insights in part one of this exclusive interview. MIAMI—Greg West, president and Chief Development Officer of ZOM, is currently developing close to 2,000 rental apartment units in Miami’s urban core. He was also recently appointed to serve a two-year term as the chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida and Caribbean chapter. At the helm of an organization that serves as a leading advocate for responsible land use, West discussed exclusively with GlobeSt.com the … Read More

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ULI Announces 2017 Vision Awards Project of the Year Winner

October 16, 2017 marked another successful Vision Awards Event with over 650 in attendance.  And the results are in and the 2017 Project of the Year Winner goes to… Brickell City Centre Finalists Included: 1. Miami River Inn 2. Porsche Design Tower 3. Grove at Grand Bay 4. Monarc at Met3  

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Drawing Buyers of All Ages to Florida’s Walkable Suburban Downtowns

For years, Florida was considered a sunny retirement community, a haven for northerners looking to escape harsh winters and higher taxes. But as the state’s university system has grown, industry has expanded and drawn more corporations to Florida’s largest cities. The influx of professional opportunities has drawn younger generations to settle or remain in Florida, prompting an interesting demographic shift for real estate developers. With so many generations to serve in Florida’s increasingly attractive housing market, how can developers be sure their product supply will appeal to their target audience? … Read More

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