Mario Chalmers Is Eager To Sell That Double Apartment He Bought From Drake
Earlier this week, Curbed reported that people are not necessarily lining up to purchase celebrity-owned real estate and it seems Mario Chalmers got the memo. According to the listing agent, they are reducing the price of his double condo at Marquis Residences to $2,990,000 from the original $4,000,000 ask… and there is still room to negotiate.
If you are a regular reader, you will remember that Chalmers purchased the condo from Drake in 2012 for $2.4M. Drake had previously purchased two apartments from the developer of Marquis and combined them to make one amazingly huge penthouse with a view of the American Airlines Arena. He even filmed one of his music videos from the apartment before the interior finish-out was completed. I wish I could remember the name of it, but I don’t really listen to Drake so the actual video name escapes me. Maybe someone can refresh my post-hurricane foggy memory. (UPDATE: Thank you to Eliot Ramos for reminding me that the video is ‘I’m On One’)
Anyway, In 2014 Chalmers decided that he did not like having a view of the office and put the property on the market for $4M. That didn’t work, so in early 2015, he took the property off the market for a bit. After getting traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in November, I guess he decided he doesn’t need the apartment after all, so relisted the property with a lower price of $3,590,000. And here we are today.
The Curbed article suggests that one of the reasons celebrity owned properties are difficult to sell is that they add upgrades that a typical buyer would not be interested in. That doesn’t really seem to be the case here. The upgrades are certainly a personal touch, but nothing out of the ordinary. Pharrell Williams also had a tough time selling his penthouse in Brickell, ultimately selling for more than $3 million less than his purchase price. Lil’ Wayne is also having an impossible time with his Miami Beach home.
It seems that the property is well-priced too, at least according to the recent comparable sales. This past December, unit 5106 sold with furnishings for $2.9M. At 3,800 square feet of interior space, that amounts to $763 per square foot. With the new price reduction, Chalmers is offering his place for $546 per square foot. It seems this is a great opportunity to purchase a trophy property at a bargain price.
Here are some photos from the MLS. Let us know what you think, and if you have any ideas of why this one hasn’t yet sold.