Incredible Views from the 50th Floor at Marina Blue

April 30, 2008 by Lucas Lechuga

Marina Blue condos

Once again, I visited Marina Blue yesterday afternoon. This time, clients accompanied me to see a 1,754 square foot 2 bedroom on the 50th floor. This is one of six units at Marina Blue with this floor plan.

Marina Blue condos

Take a look at the views that you get from a condo this high. You see everything! Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, the Atlantic Ocean and a number of islands such as Watson, San Marco, Palm, Hibiscus, Star and Fisher.

Marina Blue google map

Later, we also saw a 2 bedroom loft unit which I had been looking forward to seeing for quite some time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very impressed. To me, the floor plan felt much smaller than the 1,457 square feet stated in its floor plan. Has anyone else had a chance to walk through one of the loft units at Marina Blue?

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Anonymous
8 years 5 months ago

First!

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JL
8 years 5 months ago

“To me, the floor plan felt much smaller than the 1,457 square feet stated in its floor plan.”

Is the city codes office supposed to supervise footage accuracy? What stops a condo from shortchanging feet from the plans? I’ve always felt a lot of Miami condos were smaller than the claimed sq ft.

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carbonblackcab
8 years 4 months ago

lucas…does the condo in your pics have a unfinished floor?

I have seen a lot of houses/condos lately where the owner either never got floors installed (bare concrete) or was in the process of getting new floors when they encountered financial difficulty.

Anonymous
8 years 4 months ago

Carbon,

A lot of developers have been taking the hip (and cheap) way out by calling their units “decorator ready”, which means you should bring in your own decorator to decide what sort of flooring you want.

The trend started at the higher end buildings when the new unit owners would rip out the ‘standard’ flooring and replace with their own, and the developers realized they could save all that money on flooring and still charge the same amount.

Anonymous
Miami2008
8 years 4 months ago

The views are stunning. What about the overall feel of the building? How does it compare to Ten Museum or 900?

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AJ
8 years 4 months ago

Guys, if you think that these views are stunning, wait until you see the views from either Quantum or 1800 Club even from lower floors. It will blow your mind away. It does not have the ugly white round tin AAA in the foreground. Here are some pics I took from the 17,19,24 and 30th floors of Quantum and 1800 Club.

enjoy

http://picasaweb.google.com/biscaynebay/1800ClubQuantum

Anonymous
8 years 4 months ago

I would rather get it “designer ready” than with some cheap tile I would end up tearing up and replacing and spending even more money. However I really like how in the Plaza they deliver the Units with Carpet, that gives you a nice option to stay with the carpet and when you decide to put flooring it makes it very inexpensive to take out the carpet.

On another note those views are impressive

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AJ
8 years 4 months ago
I forgot to mention that for comparison sake, I added some pics in that same album, I took from Marina Blue. You can recognize those pics, when you see the the AAA in the foreground. Also another not so great thing about the Marina Blue or Park West Building view is that you have all the port cranes in your face and in 1800Club and Quantum views, you have almost all water and Island views. If you look closely, you can see Samir in one of those pics! Needless to say I am a complete fan of the 1800 and… Read more »
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AJ
8 years 4 months ago

Once you click on the link and open up the Picasa web album, choose the slideshow option and do not individually click the pics. The pics look the largest in the slide show option. The time is set for 4seconds each pic but you can reduce it. there are 110 pics. The best pics are in the end, that I took from 1800 club.

If you have any questions about these 2 buildings, ask me.

Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 4 months ago

whoever came up with the term “decorator ready” should be given a few mil from the developers. really, it’s the ultimate misnomer. nothing’s ready in these places other than you be reading to drop another 50k .

Anonymous
Miami2008
8 years 4 months ago

AJ, what do you think about the fit and finish and floor plans of 1800 Club? The views are awesome for sure. The large 1 bedroom unit (#11) on the south side on the building, did you happen to see the views from it?

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JR56
8 years 4 months ago

THOSE ARE SOME REALLY NICE PICS… I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH BOTH BUILDINGS. ON ANOTHER NOTE I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW THE ANSWERS TO JL’S QUESTIONS (COMMENT 2). CAN SOME PLEASE IF YOU KNOW, ANSWER THOSE…….

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AJ
8 years 4 months ago
Hi Miami ’08, I did not see the 11 line, but i have seen all the bay facing 2 bed lines and i believe the fit and finishes are the same for all other units there too. These are the issues I have with 1800. 1. I dont like the decorator ready floors. i wish they at least had a carpet like the units in quantum. 2. i dont like the closet doors. They are flimsy 3. i dont like the fact that there is individual hot water boilers in each unit instead of a central unit for the building.… Read more »
Anonymous
Condo Type Thang
8 years 4 months ago

Lucas – can you update the condo deals page?

Anonymous
Raffi
8 years 4 months ago

AJ, I have always been a big supporter of Quantum, I think it’s the best building out there considering location, views, etc. also the layouts for even the small 1/1 feel bigger than a lot of other 1/1’s. what I dont agree is that they will weather the storm, I think no building downtown will weather the storm, they are all gonna drop in price nose first.

Anonymous
SBKI
8 years 4 months ago

You must be kidding swimming anywhere near near pace park[assuming you are not homeless.] Samir must be sharing his koolaid with you!

Anonymous
Miami2008
8 years 4 months ago

Thanks AJ. I do appreciate the pics and your honest observations. Wife and I are looking for a vacation and future retirement home here in Miami. Would love to get something by the beach but can’t afford the $. looking for a safe bet for the next 5 – 10 years+

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Richard
8 years 4 months ago

Quantum and 1800 Club both have fantastic common areas with all the bells and whistles and the decorator left nothing for the new owners to buy. The long hallways got to me in 1800 Club. A lot of the units in both buildings have privacy issues with neighboring buildings close at hand.

Anonymous
JGM
8 years 4 months ago

AJ,

If you visit the area surrounding Quantum as well as Park West at night, you might reconsider going outside after dark. These are nice buildings in very ugly neighborhoods.

No way either area will surpass Brickell.

Anonymous

AJ,
JGM is not accurate. IT is perfectly safe at night around Quantum and Park West. If you have a 38 magnun handgun or large knife it will deter anyone from bothering you. Also, if you get a gun permit you can carry on a holster as you walk around your property. Very safe, no fear……….

Anonymous
The Ace
8 years 4 months ago

The “Smart Money” may raise there price to $127.50 a sq ft as a premium for the view but don’t bank on it!

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AJ
8 years 4 months ago
Wow, that kicked up quite a storm. settle down guys. You got to give the devil its due. I have never been a fan of Brickell. I dont know why, but I just dont like it. It feels like paseo de colon in Buenos Aires or Bogota or such minus all the excitement. No views at all for most buildings. It doesnt give a homey feel. So are the buildings in parkwest. From Key Biscayne to San Souci, the only place that caught my fancy is the Omni area around the pace park. It actually feels like a place you… Read more »
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AJ
8 years 4 months ago
Miami ’08, I have a pad on the beach, but I cannot imagine retiring there. It is also a 1 bed. That is why I am looking for a 2/2 in a less crazy place but accessible to all the craziness if I wanted to. These 2 buildings fit my requirement perfectly. If you are considering a non bayview unit due to the price factor, then definitely go for the 1800 Club, as that building has the best pool deck with a bayfront verandah and party room with great views. So even if you dont have water views from your… Read more »
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AJ
8 years 4 months ago
Hi Ace, I dont want to argue with you. Maybe you are right. May be some units in some building might hit low numbers as you say. But the question is will you be able to get one? Do you have ready cash and the bargaining clout to snag a unit when such a thing happens? I am talking everyday with industry insiders and there are vulture funds and hedge funds with millions of dollars ready to gobble up these units at pennies on the dollar. they have the money, the connections and the bargaining power. They get the first… Read more »
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Mo
8 years 4 months ago
AJ, You are out of your mind! The 25 year American credit expansion is over. There are THOUSANDS OF PROPERTIES BEING DUMPED ON MARKET!!! There is a gross oversupply at inflated asking prices. There are condo towers still under construction! Most of these condos have been blacklisted and banks won’t lend to buy. This is total insanity! Those vulture funds will be crushed under the weight of their carrying costs. Have you ever looked at previous housing crashes? They aren’t V shaped! This isn’t like calling a bottom on the stock market. Houses won’t gain nominal value for at least… Read more »
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JGM
8 years 4 months ago

AJ,

Maybe these buildings will offer security escorts in order for residents to walk their dogs, or go biking, running, etc, etc…..

The omni area is literally one block away from overtown. Buy Brickell, Gables, Coconut Grove, but who in their right mind would want that area….

Anonymous
carbonblackcab
8 years 4 months ago
JGM, AJ, With the economy going down, crime is going to go up as it always does. It takes a long time for neighborhoods to improve and given the population loss in miami, it will take even longer. The people who are leaving are not criminals, but average middle class type folks. If you look at Zillow.com and look at prices for prime real estate on sobe or any area in south FL, you will be very suprised to see how affordabel all the nice areas were until about 2001/2002. On a slightly different note, my financial advisor told me… Read more »
Anonymous
JR56
8 years 4 months ago

QUESTION, did anyone hear of national mortgage intrest rates dropping to about 2% ???? i was informed of this last night.

Anonymous
carbonblackcab
8 years 4 months ago

JR56. The 2% rate is the one that is charged between banks and federal reserve for overnight loans. That rate is not connected to mortgage rates directly.

30 yr fixed is around 5.8%. Check out http://www.bankrate.com/ for latest on mortgate rates

Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 4 months ago
AJ real hedge funds are not looking to buy condos in miami. the business model and fee structure of a hedge fund would make such an investment suicide. simply, you need to show year to year positive return to justify your 2/20 in fees. what you’re talking about and from what i’ve seen on my end is groups of unsavvy wealthy people (doctors) saying “let’s start a fund and buy properties in bulk.” these people will get crushed. the big boys, i.e., the vornados of the world, who actually can buy in bulk and make it work, are not even… Read more »
Anonymous
Raffi
8 years 4 months ago
Mo, I’m gonna have to disagree with almost your whole argument. first of all you are way too pessimistic, life is too short to be bitter, you should know your a doctor. second of all if you do some research you will see that over 90% of loans are still being payed on time (In the United States as a whole), If that is the case I dont see how freddie mac or fannie mae can fail, and interest rates are not gonna shoot up to 20% . I agree that we are in a global economic downturn but it… Read more »
Anonymous
Raffi
8 years 4 months ago

Hey Lucas do you get royalties when people post their advertisments here? If not you should charge. haha.

Anonymous
Renter Tom
8 years 4 months ago
Mo, I agree with most of your post, but not: “It will culminate with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failing and being nationalized. The United States will lose it’s AAA credit rating and the resulting interest rates will shoot up to 20%. Even if somehow the GSEs do survive , foreigners are already slowing the purchase of treasuries. This will eventually force our govt to raise rates or face hyperinflation.” I think there will be a global slowdown and the US has always been a safe harbor for investing. So, I don’t see the calamity that you outlined. I do… Read more »
Anonymous
carbonblackcab
8 years 4 months ago

raffi…i agree. Economy is not going to collapse and things will return to normal in a few years. I am seeing people mentioned hoarding food and buying gold coins to prepare for the great depression on other blogs. hahahaha.

No doubt, there will be a lot of pain felt in the miami real estate market, but things will bottom out and people will start buying once prices drop to affordable levels.

Anonymous
NJ
8 years 4 months ago

Purchased a 1/1 for cash at Quantum and closed last month. It’s a vacation/retirement residence . So far we consider the view, building and location to be great. In the morning it’s coffee on the terrace watching the boaters heading to Picnic Island and in the evneing it cocktails overlooking the evening soccer games in Pace Park. We’re just a small sample in a challenging market but this slice of Miami seems to work for us.

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AJ
8 years 4 months ago
I agree with raffi, Life is too short to be bitter and pessimistic. i used to be a subscriber to the doomsday scenarios but I am a believer in human endurance. Earth and earthlings have managed to survive and prosper against all odds over a million years when theoretically they almost had no chance. barring an Apocalypse Now, we should be ok for quite a while. Up until the 80’s we were kind of medieval in existance, relatively speaking. Then cam ethe internet and revolutionised the way we live and work. All this prosperity that you see since the 90’s… Read more »
Anonymous
AJ
8 years 4 months ago

NJ,
Exactly why I loved those 2 buildings. Can you tell us how much you closed for and how much is the asking price and price per SF. It helps the other bloggers here. tks

Anonymous
gustavo
8 years 4 months ago

The truth is that “some” bought at high price believing higher price in the future-but the contracty happened.

And now “some” are not buying believing lower future price- ….let’s see what will happen.

Many are expecting lower prices to buy, but nobody is taking on account that as soon as sales increase price will go up…Last, nobody is taking in consideration interest rate which is in the low 6 right now and was around 5.5 a few months ago.

Anonymous
Renter Tom
8 years 4 months ago

gustavo – I think it is clear that prices will continue to decline throughout 2008. There will be no quick turnaround in housing. Price declines were actually ACCELERATING Feb-Mar MoM numbers. The bottom line is SUPPLY is what will determine prices, and supplies are rising as non-owner occupied homes come on the market (for whatever reason, foreclosures etc.). Financing — at any rate — is minimal. I heard a story of a $4.5M condo purchase with 50% down that could not get financed so the unit is back on the market….unbelievable.

Anonymous
Al
8 years 4 months ago
Observations: I live in Quantum, is nice to live here next to Pace park, more residential, the sea breeze, close to everything in downtown. BUT, I am paying $701 in maintenance, while in the condo next door, 1800 Club, a similar sized unit pays only $480. An extra parking space will cost $20,000 in 1800, I paid $25,000 at Quantum for an extra parking spot, and got assigned parking on the 12th level, THAT SUCKS! Do you know what is like to get in and out of the 12th parking level? …around and around and around… I think we got… Read more »
Anonymous
8 years 4 months ago
I think sayig that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will tank and get nationalized is a possibility but only if the government steps in and forces these agencies to buy the papaer from the lenders as a bail out since we will see many banks go bankrupt as all these REO’s hit their books. Regular banks thatgive out loans do not have mark to mark accounting as the financial brokerages so this inventory will be coming all this year and going on their balance sheets, which will cause them a liquidity problem and they will fail Unless that happens I… Read more »
Anonymous
NJ
8 years 4 months ago

AJ – We paid $350 psf for the 4oth floor and the Atlantic Ocean looks good from here.

AL – Got a space on the 4th floor parking but do understand the round and round thing would get tedious. I don’t recall evers seeing in writing anything about a roof top terrace or steam room, but a yes on the sauna which is in place. Told verbally a small storage locker in the garage was part of the deal, but turned out it was an option at close 4 years later. More life lessons.

Anonymous
Steve
8 years 4 months ago

Mo, that must have been some good scotch you were drinking while writing your post at 2:45 this morning. Still recovering?

Anonymous
AJ
8 years 4 months ago
Thanks NJ, That is about right. In this economy, a good water view should be worth between $300-$350/SF. They were initailly priced at $450-$500/SF at preconstruction prices of 04/05. So you got a decent deal. This is how I justify the $300-$350 price tag for water view units: Sure there is a condo glut and there is more to come. but there is one point that people are forgetting; for every 20 units that are coming up with partial or no water/bay view, there is just 1 unit with clear and unobstructed water/bayview. (alright, I pulled this number right out… Read more »
Anonymous
AJ
8 years 4 months ago
Al, I am sorry about your predicament. That is one reason I like 1800 more than Quantum. Their pool is really nice, great bayfront verandah, steamroom along with sauna, jacuzzi, Better management, Set more to the bayfront than quantum. But I do not expect the low HOA in 1800 to last long. So breath easy there. as far as the 12th floor, parking, you did not do some hard bargaining. At 25K, you should have demanded that you be accomodated in a lower floor. the developer has them but kept them reseved for some hard nosed customers or friends. Sorry… Read more »
Anonymous
Mo
8 years 4 months ago
Anonymous
bubbleRefuge
8 years 4 months ago

Gustavo,
As sales increase I think you will see price declines until excess inventory is burned off. This is because prices drops stimulate sales increases especially for mid prices and low priced houses and as more mid-end market low-end market homes sell, they influence the average down.

Anonymous
SoBe Buyer?
8 years 4 months ago
Regarding Fannie and Freddie tanking/failing and requiring a government bailout, it’s possible. And if Congress continues to push these GSEs to take more risk than is prudent, odds of failure are better than even. Read this to understand why Fannie and Freddie are at risk of failure: http://wallstreetexaminer.com/blogs/ducalion/?p=139 The article I linked above to was written well before both GSEs reported billions of dollars in loses early this year. In 2003, the NY Times wrote ( Fannie Mae’s Loss Risk Is Larger, Computer Models Show): http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A07E5DD1731F934A3575BC0A9659C8B63 And, last December, Bloomberg wrote (Fannie Mae Has $3.55 Billion Fourth-Quarter Loss): http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&refer=home&sid=aQcFPvFOSpv0 Most… Read more »
Anonymous
RCR
8 years 4 months ago
At this time there is an infinite supply of condos as there are more coming on the market monthly than getting sold. I would not be sitting around waiting for a bounce back up to sell and I would not be in a hurry to buy fearing I missed a bottom. Unfortunately, the incredibly negative “national” housing news is nothing for South Florida because we are so special with all of our celebrities, foreign buyers, yadayadayada… Take the the negative national news and amplify it accordingly to take into account the gross excesses that took place here. It has nothing… Read more »
Anonymous
Renter Tom
8 years 4 months ago
I play the fool’s game. In South Florida, I predict that home prices will drop BELOW 2003 prices in nominal dollar terms. We have seen a historic 28% price drop so far. A total price drop will easily exceed 1/3 for sure…I’d bet all of my money on that. Probably a 43% price drop is what will happen for South Florida when the bottom is reached (note: it is actually much higher in REAL dollar terms). Put me on the record for that. So, take peak prices, multiply by 0.57 and there you go… By the way, what do people… Read more »
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