Miami Digs: THE BOND – Luxury living in the heart of Brickell

Posted by in Uncategorized | June 20, 2013

The Bond

Miami developer Alan Ojeda’s Rilea Group expects to begin construction at 1080 Brickell Ave. as early as August on a 44-story, 323-unit luxury condominium called The Bond.  The project drew strong interest at a pre-construction sales event Wednesday evening, tallying more than 130 reservations to purchase units on the spot.

Ojeda, a savvy developer with a reputation for simplicity and quality, has built a variety of high-profile residential and commercial projects in the area. They include the 1450 Brickell office tower, where the developer is headquartered, known for its hurricane-resistant features like stronger glass and a back-up generator. Other projects include One Broadway apartments and the Sabadell Financial Center at 1111 Brickell Ave.

“I’m looking for a very urban, New York/London feel. Not flashy, but solid, sound elegance,” Ojeda said. He has worked with The Bond’s architect, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, and its general contractor, Miami-based Coastal Construction, on four projects. “We have a team of proven experts,’’ said Ojeda, who is owner and CEO of Rilea Group.

Prices will run from about $300,000 to more than $1 million for units ranging from studios to three bedrooms. Prices will average $500 to $600 a square foot.

The building will include two pools, a fitness center and spa, 24-hour valet parking, a 595-space garage, a children’s area and business center. While it is nearly all residential, it will have a 5,000-square-foot restaurant in the lobby.

Building approvals for The Bond are already in place. Ojeda had planned to build a condominium on the site in 2007 but shelved plans as the market soured. He sold the land to MDR Toledo LLC, a unit of Madrid, Spain-based MDR Americana, a private equity firm, which also has offices at 1450 Brickell and is an equity partner in the project.

The 1080 Brickell site, tucked between Brickell Avenue and South Miami Avenue, is surrounded by other condominium sites. Related Group is building 1100 Millecento and a hotel/condominium project that has signed the hip SLS brand.

Other nearby development sites are in play, including the Capital at Brickell site at 1420 S. Miami Ave. and the Brickell Flatiron site at 1001 S. Miami Avenue, according to Peter Zalewski, principal at Bal Harbour-based Condo Vultures, which closely tracks the South Florida condominium market.

“If there is one area that has the potential to be overbuilt, it’s this area here,” Zalewski said. “I’m going as far as calling it ‘the condo triangle.’ ”

Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate, which is overseeing pre-construction sales, said the project’s prestigious Brickell address combined with its central location near restaurants and shopping and the developer’s pedigree are a magnet for sales, as is the nearby Metromover and trolley service.

Cervera Lamadrid said the current financing model for pre-construction condominiums – which requires unit buyers to pony up 50 percent of the price during the construction process and the balance at closing – helps buffer the market from overheating.

“I think we’re all very protected by the payment structure. There is so much money on the table,” Cervera Lamadrid said. “We know ‘If you build it, they will come.’ We’re going to have a vibrant urban core.”

Let’s do the math on this 4,438 sq. foot Penthouse at Brickell East, located at 151 SE 15th Road, just next to the Four Seasons Miami. It is currently the only condo for sale in Brickell with 6+ bedrooms.

Average Sale Price per square foot in Brickell in May 2013 = $397.

That differential of $105/sq.ft yields $466,000 for renovations, just to get to “average”.

Brickell East was built in 1983 as a small boutique condo building just at the intersection of the residential and the business areas of Brickell Avenue. It’s position straddling the entire block from SE 15th Road to SE 14th Road allows it residents to enjoy terrific city views and bay views that will remain protected by the wide tree lined median of SE 15th Road.

The only change that will affect some views to the West is the construction of Echo Brickell. If I had to choose a neighbor, this Carlos Ott designed building would definitely be on the list.

If you are looking for a large, two-story residence, with all of the amenities and privacy and security that a condo building provides, then you need to ask us to show you this residence.

Here are more details:

Six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms
Five balconies – one on every corner for unlimited views
Double height ceilings with upper and lower floor open galleries
Three kitchens
Two living rooms
Two dining rooms
Parking for two or more cars
Expansive Panoramic City and Ocean Views
Walking distance to all Brickell area hotels, business district and dining and entertainment
Asking price $1,295,000 (reduced from original $1,575,000)
This is an amazing opportunity for a large two-story condo, in Miami’s most sought after location.

For more information text or call Michael direct at 305-467-7204 or email at

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