The Real Deal Miami

Argentinian journalist buys at Asia in Brickell Key: $2.55M

Unit last sold for $1.8M in 2012

February 08, 2016 01:30PM
By Katherine Kallergis

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Asia and Jorge Lanata

Asia tower and Jorge Lanata

A Brazilian entrepreneur who formerly led Nivea Brasil and Philips Latin America has sold his Brickell Key condo to Jorge Lanata, an Argentinian journalist.

Miami-Dade County records show Lanata and his wife, Sara Elizabeth Stewart Brown, paid $2.55 million for the three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit at Asia, 900 Brickell Key Boulevard. Lanata, who founded two Argentinian newspapers, has also directed documentaries, worked in radio and is writing a new book, according to published reports. Hernan Golod of Fortune International Realty represented Lanata. He said the journalist was looking for privacy and luxury.

The 2,500-square-foot residence is a corner unit with water views. Golod said Lanata collects art and that Asia has “incredible walls. Asia is the most luxurious building on the island,” Golod told The Real Deal. Unit 1804 sold for $1,020 per square foot.

Paulo and Patricia Zottolo were the sellers, according to county property records. They were the unit’s first owners, paying $1.8 million for the condominium in 2012. According to his LinkedIn page, Paulo Zottolo was CEO of Nivea Brasil and Phillips Latin America, and now heads the start-up Amazon Waters.

Swire Properties developed the 36-story building, which includes common area amenities on the fifth floor, racquetball and tennis courts, a 2,000-square-foot wet spa and wellness center, and concierge services. Asia was completed in 2008 and features 123 units. J Scott Architecture developed the condo tower.

Swire, which is developing Brickell City Centre over the bridge, has plans for more on Brickell Key. The company wants to develop the last vacant parcel into as many as 668 residential units.

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