My Neighborhood: SoFi, Miami…

    The year was 1992. Professional tennis player Yury Bettoni had left Ethiopia, where he was born, to train in the U.S. when he visited Miami for his first American vacation. Bettoni fell under the city’s spell and eventually moved here with his mother in 2012. They chose the quiet, residential South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood, where Bettoni still lives. “It has a peaceful, special energy and a rich Art Deco history in its two- and three-story buildings,” he says. The athlete and coach, who has appeared in Ballers and is a business partner in the high-end Italian kitchen brand Italkraft, has a passion for fine design, so naturally he feels at home in this architecturally striking neighborhood. In fact, he says he can’t imagine living anywhere else.

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