Standing at the Apogee in Miami’s market

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Sep.September 09, 2008 11:37 AM

The most expensive ZIP code in the U.S. calls Miami Beach home: Fisher Island.

Known as a place where celebrities get away from it all, Fisher
Island boasts a median sale price of $3.4 million, according to Forbes
magazine.

But Fisher Island may have to make room at the top for Apogee. Many
property brokers agree this brand new project is the most luxurious
condominium tower on South Beach. It’s where the top sale in Miami
Beach happened so far this year.

The highest-priced residential property sold in Miami Beach this
year was a brand new penthouse unit in Apogee, which sold on March 12
for $15 million, according to data from research firm Trulia.com.

Apogee sits on the tip of South Pointe, home to some of the poshest
high-rise condos and homes in the state. Some of Apogee’s neighbors are
Yacht Club at Portofino, Continuum and Icon South Beach.

The next highest-priced home sold for $11 million in March. It was
a 4,627-square-foot home with six bedrooms on Palm Island. In all, 24
properties sold for more than $4 million in Miami Beach through
mid-August, Trulia reported.

That translates to around one multi-million-dollar sale at that
price level a week in Miami Beach during the first seven-and-a-half
months of 2008.

“We’re not finding much activity under $700,000 in Miami Beach
because those buyers are tapped,” said Kevin Tomlinson, a broker at
Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell in Miami Beach. “The higher you climb, the
more activity there is in the market. The $2 million to $7 million
range is hot.”

While there is an overabundance of inventory, luxury retail brokers
who serve Miami Beach predict even more opportunity ahead at the
highest end of the market.

Cash buyers are common, and when the credit crunch eases transactions are expected to spike.

“We are on pace to crash the record for the number of transactions
in a year. Our best year ever was 24 multimillion-dollar transactions
in 2006,” said Tom Grimshaw, a broker at Real Living Properties in
Miami.

“We’ve already had 18 closed sales this year. I’m expecting it to pick up in September when the Northeasterners come down.”

Miami Beach’s most expensive sales this year

Top sales in Miami-Dade’s highest-end market

1. 800 S. Pointe Drive, #2201: Sold for $15 million on March 12, 2008

2. 16 Palm Avenue: Sold for $11 million on March 7, 2008

3. 24 S. Hibiscus Drive: Sold for $10.6 million on May 5, 2008

4. 4420 N. Bay Road: Sold for $9 million on July 22, 2008

5. 7143 Fisher Island Drive: Sold for $8.3 million on Jan. 2, 2008


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