Flamingo South Beach North Tower Canceled?

February 16, 2008 by Lucas Lechuga

Flamingo South Beach North Tower

Earlier this week, I received an email from someone stating that they had heard rumors that the North Tower of Flamingo South Beach had been canceled. I asked around and it seems that, while nothing has officially been announced, there are plans to give deposit money back to contract holders of units in the North Tower of Flamingo South Beach and to maintain it as a rental building. I’m assuming that the option to convert the Center Tower will not be exercised by MCZ/Centrum and that it too will remain as a rental building.

This is actually great news for owners of condos in the South Tower at Flamingo South Beach, as well as for owners of condos located in the surrounding neighborhood. There will now be much less condo inventory hitting the market. The three towers comprising Flamingo South Beach have a total of 1,688 units. I’m not sure how many of these are situated in the North and Center Towers, but my guess would be that it is something close to 1,100 units. That’s 1,100 less condos that would have otherwise become available on the market (if my estimate is accurate).

I’m just wondering if this will mean that the plans for the courtyard will now be scrapped. The renderings for the courtyard looked fantastic! I’m sure this additional element calculated into the decision-making process of someone who purchased a condo in the South Tower of Flamingo South Beach.

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Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 7 months ago

although mcz isn’t going to fail anytime soon, this is a major blunder on their part. they bought at peak prices (it was the biggest condo conversion purchase in s.fla in terms of dollars). no way are they rolling in enough cash to service their debt. considering what they were trying to do, i’m assuming they had a two year i/o loan that’s already been refinanced or extended by now. that must be some pricey debt.

Anonymous
Generalmagic
8 years 7 months ago

As a local South Beach realtor, I have also heard these rumors. The prices were way too high for a building that was built in the 1960’s. The developers were very lucky to have sold the units in the south tower at the top of the market. It most likely means they are going to scrap the designs they had for the courtyard. However, doesn’t it mean that condos owned in the south tower will be worth even less because now they are sharing property with a rental community

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

jcrimes,

I may be wrong but the way I understood it is that MCZ purchased an option to convert each tower. They exercised the option to convert the South Tower. I guess they are deciding not to exercise that option for the North and Center Towers. I don’t think they actually paid for all three towers upfront. I may be wrong though but I remember reading something about that when the “acquisition” announcement was made.

Anonymous
carbonblackcab
8 years 7 months ago
Here is the url to the news story about flamingo apts sale: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2006/02/20/daily8.html Here is a blurb: The deal includes Denver-based seller AIMCO’s rights to the rental complex’s marina on Biscayne Bay. MCZ/ Centrum Developers also plopped down $5 million – non-refundable – for the option to buy the 614-unit north tower for $169 million and the 513-unit center tower for $267.5 million. If MCZ/Centrum Developers exercises those rights, it will spend $600 million for the 1,688-unit complex. —————- So, MCS/Centrum has an option to buy each tower and paid a fee for that right. I do agree that they… Read more »
Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

In my opinion, the view of the bay is much better than the view of the ocean. However, being able to walk down to the beach within 5 minutes is worth a lot.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

I live in Flamingo North Tower & this cancellation does not surprise me a bit – the amount of money they asked for 2/2 on 7th floor was just ridiculous – well over 500K. North & South Towers were built in 1969 and do not constitute to luxury by today’s standards – but they want ultra lux prices. At least rent is somewhat reasonable – and it is a nice community geared towards European taste

Anonymous
brian
8 years 7 months ago

Definately expected. The building was once a rental tower owned by one landlord, and turned into a rental tower owned by hundreds of different landlords. Certainly not a place to live full time as an owner if you’re spending $500k+.

Also Lucas…I wouldn’t call it a 5 minute walk to the beach unless you are running full sprint and not waiting for stop lights! That is a very long walk, especially in the hot summer!

Anonymous
Wild Bill
8 years 7 months ago

Miami Beach requires a 40 year certification for older buildings. Anything in regards to life safety, electrical and structural will need repaired. Good luck buying an older building that only had cosmetic improvements. Good luck to the landlords who haven’t found flippers to buy your old rental building. Good luck to residents who purchased the first phase of a glorifyed rental community.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Brian,

I wasn’t referring to Flamingo South Beach when I said that it would take 5 minutes to get down to the beach. I was referring to condo buildings residing on the beach. I figured that it would take 5 minutes by the time you left your condo, took the elevator down and made your way to the beach.

I was basically saying that the view from the bay side is much better but the accessibility of the beach from the beachfront condos is a big plus.

Anonymous
brian
8 years 7 months ago

Lucas – I misunderstood your first statement. You are correct.

But views of the ocean are much better in my opinion, especially in the day time. But views help sell units, but people enjoy location much better. And west avenue just isnt a nice location compared to the rest of south beach or miami beach on the ocean or south point side.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago
Legal disclaimer –this entry below is based on rumors of MCZ dropping their tower conversion plans- I don’t think MCZ and AIMCO ever planned on this potential outcome and I would assume a big mess with lawsuits if the project stops with only the South Tower being converted. To say the least, having 1 tower condo-only is a very awkward layout when you have 3 towers looking into 1 shared courtyard and shared parking/amenities. Right now, there is a cordial relationship as MCZ and AIMCO are “partners”, but what happens if/when this partnership ends. What happens when/if MCZ leaves the… Read more »
Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago
Brian, I do agree that beachfront condos do deserve to be priced much higher than bayfront condos because of fact that the beach is easily accessible but I would like to add a few reasons why bayfront condos may hold an advantage to beachfront condos. 1) Views are much better on the bay side, especially at night. Your view from the oceanfront condos at night is nothing but blackness. The bayfront condos have a beautiful view of the Miami skyline. 2) The traffic can be horrendous if you live on the beach side of South Beach. I picked up a… Read more »
Anonymous
Generalmagic
8 years 7 months ago

JL,

I could not agree with you more. I have been thinking the same thing since The Flamingo went Condo. I used live there and the developer offered me my unit at $500 sq ft. I simply laughed. For years now I kept saying there is now way for them to sell the entire project. IF THE RUMORS ARE TRUE, than I am not sure what is going to happen.

Anonymous
snowy
8 years 7 months ago

am i glad i found this site we were on the verge of buying a unit in north tower. the developers were trying to say they had a better location in the south tower we should consider now i see the truth behind all this you may have saved me a lot of headaches

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Lucas,

We are due for a closing count.

Anonymous
Julian
8 years 7 months ago

Suspect that the Flamingo is run by a Master Association which the developer/landlord will always control. The condo boards for each tower probably have a minimal say in certain tower specific issues and a budget accordingly, but basically it wouldn’t be in their remit to change things as discussed here.

But if not….

Anonymous
BFG
8 years 7 months ago
I don’t know that I’d be too happy about this if I were an owner of one of the South Tower units. Yes, there will be less supply on the market, which is a good thing, in general. However, this cancellation (assuming it happens) would be a very public admission by the developer that those units are not worth what the South Tower people paid for them. If they were, then the developer would proceed with selling more of them in the North and Center Towers. So, clearly, the South Tower owners are underwater. Also, owning a condo in a… Read more »
Anonymous
Jay
8 years 7 months ago
Lucas, I agree wholeheartedly that the west/bay side of South Beach is, in many cases, preferable to the east/Ocean side. Along West Avenue and Bay Road, the environment is much different than what you get on Washington/Collins/Ocean. The west side is a much quiter, cleaner, safer neighborhood with the tourist and traffic-related headaches. As a result, you find far more working professionals and year-round residents on the west side of the island, which is simply more livable. And yeah, that bay view is pretty nice as well. If you’re on vacation, go near the ocean, but if you plan on… Read more »
Anonymous
Condo owner
8 years 7 months ago

Apartment to condo conversions rarely financially benefit the eventual condo owners.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Condo Owner –

Nonsense. Everyone who flipped their condo conversion unit in 2005 and 2006 made out like bandits.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Something very similar happened to my mother-in-law in Fort Myers. They had the downpayment taken care of for their new condo and 2+ years later it still hasn’t been completed. Now, they have to fight to get their money back.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

I’ve heard many stories about this type of thing. Too bad it isn’t better regulated or something. It just doesn’t seem right!

Anonymous
Tony
8 years 7 months ago
Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Tony,

Thanks for the link. I guess the rumors were true. It’s good to see that I beat the newspapers to the punch. Keep sending me rumors and I’ll do my best to validate them.

Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 7 months ago

Lucas
thanks for the correction. on second thought, these guys were brilliant for giving themselves an out.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

jcrimes,

“Always leave yourself outs. Applies to a player’s life away from the game as it does at the table.” That’s a quote from one of my favorite movies “Rounders”. I guess MCZ was smart enough to leave themselves an out.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago
I’m curious how the foreclosure situation is in the Flamingo South Tower. Is it too early after closings for foreclosures to start piling up… if it were to pile up? One of the things that made me go Hmmm a few months back is that 2 recent MCZ/Centrum South FL condo Conversions -Cite and the Tides- were making the “Most Foreclosures” lists in mid 2007. “The leading condo developments on the foreclosure list were Sailboat Pointe in Oakland Park, Jade Residences at Brickell Bay in Miami and The Tides of Hollywood Beach. Twenty condo owners at Sailboat Pointe, a condo… Read more »
Anonymous
OVERSEER
8 years 7 months ago

BE CAREFUL NOW LUCAS…….you don’t want to say anything that’s going to get ANYONE in an uproar and start suing again……LOL

Anonymous
Flamingo South Owner
8 years 7 months ago
Yes, always leave some outs! MCZ/Centrum are very experienced developers and purchased the South Tower outright, then had options. They never had to carry the North as far as financing. The team sold 700 units in the last 20 months, one of the worst in recent history. Even though the South went fast and was 97% sold out, the North seemed to stall at 33%, not a chance in this environment to have a bank finance the North with only 33% pre-sales no matter what the track record on the South. True, the rest of the courtyard won’t be redone… Read more »
Anonymous
Generalmagic
8 years 7 months ago
Flamingo South Tower, Your points are well taken. The only problem is the South Tower will be sharing property with a rental community. That in its self could pose a problem with regards to value. Also, just wait till other owners who paid top dollar for the condos stop paying the condo fees thus potentially creating assessments for those who actually want to live at The Flamingo. This seems to be a new trend in many of the condos in South Beach. The people in the rentals also share the same amenities you have. Just my opinion.
Anonymous
Sean
8 years 7 months ago

Does anyone know the status re sales at the Mondrian?

Anonymous
ctvlateta
8 years 7 months ago

TO: Flamingo South Owner

Knowing what you know now. Would you still buy your condo for the same price?

There’s going to be a lot of litigation regarding this issue. The fact is you were sold something that is not going to be finished.

Anonymous
JR
8 years 7 months ago

What a ripoff to Flamingo South owners!!!!! They should give a partial refund or pay maintenance fees for 2008/9 in return

Anonymous
Le K
8 years 7 months ago
I been several times to the Flamingo in the last 2 years and for me, it is simply paradise…. filed with beauties and sun. If the possible cancellation of the conversion of the two remaining towers cause to keep the current beauties-euro-latina crowd, and the fabulous sunday party at the north pool, then the south buyers will have made the best deal of their life when buying in Flamingo !!! But the paradise has its price… for the price asked for a small studio facing the wall, I got a few month ago a 2200 scare foot brand new home,… Read more »
Anonymous
BFG
8 years 7 months ago
I’m sure the 100 or so (according to MLS listings) people that own south tower units that are trying to sell them right now are thrilled by the fact that they’re only going to lose maybe 30% of their purchase price instead of 50%. And to the owners who are not planning on selling – they must be happy knowing that it is costing them twice as much to live there as it does their neighbors who are renting and enjoying the exact same lifestyle for a fraction of the cost (you can rent a South tower unit from one… Read more »
Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

So it is NOT canceled – http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2008/02/18/daily7.html?ana=from_rss – just trouble with selling enough crap at sky high prices.

That just gives me an excellent business idea – why dont I become a developer & make bamboo huts and sell those for $million$ dollars :+)

Anonymous
Buyer Tom
8 years 7 months ago

Margus – Be sure to put granite countertops in those bamboo huts so you can get double the price!

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Actually at the moment there are about 17 listings for sale in Flamingo South Beach: http://miami.condo.com/BuildingDetails/AvailableUnits.aspx?ID=1403088

And 4 foreclosures ( http://www.condo.com/MapSearch/MapSearch.aspx?LocationID=72595 – you need to zoom in & uncheck “has photos”)

Anonymous
Mr Waverly
8 years 7 months ago

Actually there are 90 units listed at the Flamingo as of 11:40pm , Feb 20, 2008. Not sure where 17 came from.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

Yep, 90 listings. I guess the condo.com site doesn’t pull all of the listings or something.

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

There was some issue with our mls data yesterday – at the moment we have listed 78 for sale and 44 for rent

Anonymous
edgar
8 years 7 months ago

I wonder if anyone got any money back, I went to the sales office this morning and they said that they are not giving the deposits back, so if any one got it please post it.
Thanks

Anonymous
liv
8 years 7 months ago

Lucas,
In your capacity as a realtor, are you able to contact Flamingo to confirm if deposits are or can be returned?

Anonymous
8 years 7 months ago

edgar, So you’re saying that they are canceling the north tower but not giving deposits back to contract holders? Like ever or just for the moment?

liv, they won’t be any more inclined to tell me then they would be to tell you.

Anonymous
liv
8 years 7 months ago

Lucas,
From the article, I didn’t get the impression that they are canceling the north tower…just waiting until “sales hit the critical threshold”.

But the article did say they are giving back deposits, so a little strange what was relayed to edgar.

edgar…did u show the article to the sales agent?

Anonymous
pfj
8 years 6 months ago

I own in the south tower and have already contacted attorney. this is going to be a mess of epic proportions.

Anonymous
8 years 6 months ago

The best about this is that now we can proceed knowing what the units will be worth and strategize in order to maximize the profit of these investments.

Anonymous
Flamingo North
8 years 6 months ago

Can Margus or someone explain how you accessed the foreclosure site and determined the number of foreclosures? I got directed to a US Map and put in Miami Beach, FL and got 39 pages. Any way to narrow this?
FYI I have a deposit on a unit in the North Tower and was told to email the Sales Director, which I did Sat., and they would send the forms to get my deposit back. Not sure how long it will take.

Anonymous
Owner in South Tower
8 years 6 months ago
I think everyone should just calm down. It doesn’t sound like they’re canceling the conversion but they haven’t reached the 80% threshhold of units sold to complete the conversion and so if people are getting antsy they’ll give them back their deposit. I absolutly love living at the Flamingo and don’t regret buying my place for a minute (I was a renter and got a discount so I paid a fair price pe square foot for South Beach). As far as sharing with renters – isn’t that all of South Beach / Miami Beach? All condo buildings have renters in… Read more »
Anonymous
pfj
8 years 6 months ago

owner in south beach you are right about the flamingo being a nice place however you are misinformed about the develpers plans. they are bailing from the project. none of the work to the common grounds will be completed. the gym and parking lot will be in buildings owned by Aimco. the north tower will not be updated to match the south tower.

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