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Renderings, or computer-generated photographs, have been a staple of the real estate industry for years. Developers and brokerages alike use these images to show potential buyers, communities and decision makers what their projects will hopefully look like when completed.
These days, those pictures are made using cutting edge technology that sometimes blurs the line between real and fake. Take this quiz and test your knowledge of local real estate. Can you recognize a project in only one photograph? Can you tell the difference between what’s real or a rendering?
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Question 1 of 8
It’s real! This is a photo of the Miami Beach Edition’s pool. The 294-room hotel, at 2901 Collins Avenue, is a complete remodeling of the former Seville Hotel by Ian Schrager and Marriott International. It opened in December 2014, and was sold for a whopping $230 million to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in February.Incorrect
Better luck next time!
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Question 3 of 8
You got it! This is a street-side photograph of the W Fort Lauderdale that’s getting a massive makeover thanks to the Related Companies, which paid $90 million to acquire the development in 2014. The company will renovate the unsold units in the condo tower, as well as the separate hotel tower’s public spaces.Incorrect
No way! Give it another try.
Question 4 of 8
It’s fake! This is a rendering of the newly announced Elysee Residences, headed for Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. The developers behind Biscayne Beach are launching the 100-unit, 57-story waterfront development at 700 Northeast 23rd Street.Incorrect
Don’t feel bad, this is a tough one. One surefire way to tell is the shadows on the building (or lack thereof!)
Question 5 of 8
You guessed it! This is a rendering of the Residences by Armani/Casa lobby. The condo project is a collaboration with Gil Dezer, who is also working on the well-known Porsche Design Tower, and the ubiquitous fashion brand Armani. It’s slated for completion in 2016, and will rise 60 stories from the site at 18975 Collins Avenue.Incorrect
Question 6 of 8
You’re good! This super-stylized balcony shot is from Miami Beach’s new 1 Hotel & Homes, developed by Richard LeFrak and and Barry Sternlicht. The condo-hotel at 2399 Collins Avenue launched earlier this year.Incorrect
Not quite, but that’s OK — this scene definitely looks too good to be true.
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Question 8 of 8
Don’t let those other towers fool you; this is a rendering! The highlighted development is the Melo Group’s upcoming 53-story Aria on the Bay condo tower. The firm got FAA approval for the tower’s height in March, and construction of its 647 units at 1770 North Bayshore Drive is expected to finish in 2017.Incorrect