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O Cinema Looking for Home at the Byron Carlyle

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Byron Carlyle Theater


Do you remember when the Byron Carlyle was one of the only movie theaters in Miami Beach? Well, O Cinema is interested in managing this wonderful North Beach Venue, bringing independent films and art installations to North Beach. O Cinema won the support for this endeavor from the Mayor’s North Beach Blue Ribbon Committee but the city commission wants to hear from its residents before approving.

We’ve seen the success of independent movie cinemas in South Beach, Wynwood, Miami Shores, as well as Coral Gables, and feel this will be a wonderful asset for residents and businesses alike in North Beach. Imagine having the opportunity to see a film like Chef or Volver right in your neighborhood.

Recently, O Cinema  sent an invitation of support to the community, which is copied below. If you’d like to see O Cinema call the Byron Carlyle home,  we ask that you show your support by contacting the commission at the email addresses provided or voice your support at the Commission chambers on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:00pm.  More information about O Cinema is available on their website http://www.o-cinema.org/about-o-cinema/.

Dear Friends,

For the last few weeks O Cinema has been in discussion with the City of Miami Beach about the future of the Byron-Carlyle theater on 71st street in North Beach. We have expressed our interest to the city in assuming the management of the building. Our goal is to bring movies back to North Beach and create the community’s first-ever independent art house cinema.

I am happy to say that we seem to have support among many of the Commissioners as well as the strong support of Mayor Levine, City Manager Morales, the City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs department as well as the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for North Beach and many prominent community members. However, in order for this to come to pass it is important that the city leaders hear from residents and business owners in Miami Beach who support our efforts.

We believe in the power of movies to transform lives and communities. We know that through its varied subjects and accessible prices, cinema is the grand unifier that can be entertaining, thought provoking, and inspire dialogue. We also know that a burgeoning community like North Beach, full of wonderful restaurants and charming streets, should have its own neighborhood cinema- a cultural beacon accessible to all.  O Cinema is a non-profit, mission-driven, community-based art house theater and our intention is to operate the space on a 7-day a week, year round basis and bring the best in independent, foreign and classic films to area residents and visitors.

To make this possible however, we need your help and we need your voice.

Please take a moment now and send a note of support to the Commissioners, Mayor and City Manager and let them know that as a resident/business owner in Miami Beach, you’d like to see O Cinema come to North Beach at the Byron Carlyle. It is important that they receive this message before the commission meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd when this will be discussed. You can copy and paste all their addresses (listed below) into one email of support. 

The discussion of O Cinema at the Byron-Carlyle will come up at the Wednesday, July 23rd commission meeting.  The item has been scheduled for 2pm.  We’d love to see you there to support our efforts and possibly speak during the public comment section.  Please email me at:  kareem@o-cinema.org if you can attend.

Mayor & Commissioner Emails:










Many Thanks for your support!



Your O Cinema family




Normandy Fountain Gets a Facelift

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Normandy Fountain Construction 2014

You’ve seen it. Towering amongst the swaying palms and boasting its proud history, the Normandy Fountain has been a landmark for almost 90 years and is now undergoing some serious repairs. The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel of North Beach and the City of Miami Beach are orchestrating the restoration of the fountain. The scope of work includes:

  • Repairing the interior plumbing and electricity
  • Restoring the concrete
  • Sourcing the original tile to replace missing or damaged tiles
  • Adding lighting to the fountain and surrounding walkways

Normandy Fountain Renovation 2014Photo Courtesy of Mayor Philip Levine

Residents are delighted to see the Normandy Fountain getting some much needed TLC. Built in 1925 by Henri Levy, the Normandy Fountain was one of the first structures built on Normandy Isle.

Normandy Fountain Circa 1925Normandy Fountain Circa 1925

The last revamp of the entire fountain and surrounding area happened in late December of 1996 in Phase II of the North Shore Streetscape Project (see page 2) in efforts to revitalize the North Beach community.

Normandy Fountain Construction 2014

The Blue Ribbon Panel also expressed the desire to make use of the surrounding area by putting in tables and chairs for the public use. Wouldn’t it be great to expand the sidewalk from the retail strip just west of the fountain to allow for outdoor seating at the cafes and restaurants? What are your thoughts?

Normandy Fountain Construction 2014

Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Bandshell Arial Shot - Tagged

This year’s Miami Beach Fourth of July festivities will be held in North Beach! The Fire on the Fourth Festival will have food trucks, live music, fireworks, and more. The event will take place from 9am to 9pm at the North Shore Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Avenue.

This event is free and open to the public and has something for all ages.

The Line-Up

9:00am – Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach

11:00am – Food Trucks

12:00pm – Live DJ

2:00pm – Amber Leigh Band

4:00pm – Marshall Brothers Band

7:00pm – Spam All Stars

9:00pm – Firework Show

Green Monkey Yoga is free and will be held on the beach directly east of the Bandshell. The food trucks will roll in at 11am and will last through the night, along with live concerts by the Marshall Brothers Band, an Allman Brothers Tribute Band from South Florida, and Miami’s own Spam Allstars at 7pm, with their funky electronic blend of Latin music, dub, and hip hop.

Free shuttles will run from 11am to 10pm with two park and ride locations – one at the North Beach Bandshell and the other at 42nd Street and Sheridan Avenue. The shuttles have a maximum wait time of 30 minutes and can be flagged down at any MDT stop along the route.

Trolley Route Map Fourth of July

Trolley Route Map

This local event is a great way to enjoy your Independence Day amongst neighbors in a fun, safe, and explosive way! We love this year’s line-up, especially with our very own Spam All Stars! Who would you like to see perform at next year’s Fire on the Fourth Festival?

North Beach Trolley Coming Soon

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

North Beach Trolley Example JPG

North Beach is soon to acquire its very own trolley service! The North Beach Trolley will run Monday through Sunday between 8:00AM to 12:00AM. The trolley is FREE and open to the public and is scheduled to begin service in October 2014.

The route will offer service between the stretch of 65th street to 88th street and from the western tip of Normandy Isle to Collins Avenue. The route passes through all of our commercial, recreational, and residential districts and targets our local parks, schools, and bicycle stations. With a minimum of 4 trolley carts on route at all times, the expected average wait time will be 10 minutes.

North Beach Trolley Route with Parks with logo JPG  North Beach Trolley Route with Schools with logo JPG

North Beach Trolley Route with Land Use Codes JPG

The vehicle amenities include:

  • On board cameras
  • Air conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • GPS tracking and mobile tracker app
  • Automated ADA Lift
  • Exterior destination signs
  • Automated stop announcements
  • Automated voice information system
  • Automated passenger counters

Below are some samples that the North Beach Trolley carts will be modeled after:

North Beach Trolley Example  Trolley Example - Interior JPG

Trolley Example - Interior 2 JPG

Another great feature of the proposed North Beach Trolley route is that it coincides with existing Miami-Dade transit routes.

The City of Miami Beach conducted a residential survey to determine the need for the trolley.

  • 78% of North Beach residents claimed an automobile as their primary form of transportation.
  • Only 23% of residents in Miami Beach rated traffic flow as excellent or good
  • 67% of North Beach residents stated there was not enough parking in Miami Beach
  • Nearly half (49%) of residents claimed they would take a local bus circulator

City of Miami Beach Survey for North Beach Trolley Use

Based off of this study, the availability of a local trolley in North Beach could potentially increase traffic flow and parking availability in the area. Perhaps it is long overdue. Miami-Dade County identified a need for a transit circulator in North Beach back in 2007. The original study resulted in a planned circulator route from 65th street to 96th street and from Biarritz Drive to portions Collins Avenue.

The new proposed route will offer more access to Collins Avenue and a less disruptive path through the more quiet residential areas.

We feel that systems like these help bring our community closer together. Stay tuned on our blog for further updates on this project as we approach its expected start date. We love to hear your feedback. Will the North Beach Trolley become your primary means of local transportation?

New Construction in North Shore Resort District – 6372 Collins Ave

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
View from Collins Ave

View from Collins Ave

Another new project is hitting North Beach and it may be one of the most unique design concepts we’ve seen yet! This ultra-modern, 6-story building will harbor 19 high end residences with the finest amenities and exclusive features. Proposed to reside at 6372 Collins Avenue, the project will be nestled between Collins Avenue and Indian Creek Drive, with quick access to the 63rd street bridge.

View from Indian Creek Dr

View from Indian Creek Dr

From the lobby to the rooftop, the building’s proposed design boasts a contemporary look with a retro MiMo feel. Upon pulling in to either driveway off of Collins Avenue or Indian Creek Drive, the valet will await your arrival, ready to whisk your car away to the street-level parking garage equipped with a total of 19 spaces on electronic car lifts, allowing for double the amount of parking space (38 spaces total) for residents to share.

The planned mezzanine-style lobby will encompass a staggering 1,600 sqft with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an expansive concierge desk. The luxurious grand entrance only sets the stage for the high standard of living that this building will provide its residents.

On the second floor, the main hall will overlook the lobby below with residences on the west side of the building. With all of the building’s floorplans, we really enjoyed seeing the architect’s diverse use of space, with fully enclosed foyer entrances and transitional hallways, to very open flow-through living and kitchen areas. The non-traditional curved glass walls also complement the fresh modern design that the building offers.

6372 Collins Ave Site Plan and Second Floor Layout with watermark logo JPG

Each residence will have a wrap-around balcony that will run along the entirety of the unit. Floorplan A will enjoy a second private balcony that functions as an entryway to the residence. But by far, the most interesting aspect to the exterior space on Floorplans A and C on the second floor would be the balcony extension catwalk that opens up to an uncovered, patio-style landing. In total, Floorplans A and C measure up to a spacious 1,710 sqft – and that’s not including the expansive outdoor space!

Floorplan B, nestled in the center of the building, offers a more humble but equally impressive design. Although it will come in slightly smaller at 1,489 sqft, the organized layout creates the best use for every inch of space. While floorplans A and C offer 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, floorplan B comes equipped with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a half bath located off the kitchen; all as equally spacious as the rooms in the other units. In addition to the master bedroom suite, one of the additional bedrooms will feature an in-suite bath as well, making for each bedroom to have their own bathroom in this floorplan. The hallway leading to the bedrooms can be closed off, providing privacy while residents entertain their dinner guests.

These residence floorplans A, B, and C, will be repeated on floors 3 through 6. However, starting on the third floor, floorplan D, residing on the east end of the building, will offer a very different design with no shared walls to other residences. Opening up to an elegant, elongated foyer, the master bedroom on the NE wing of the residence will feature a walk-in closet leading to the in-suite bath. Down the hallway to the rest of the unit, the hall opens up to a large living area which is seamlessly adjoined to the corridor-style kitchen. The most impressive feature of this living area will be the expansive floor-to-ceiling glass walls that will flawlessly contour the entirety of the room. The additional 2 bedrooms will share a full bathroom that will come equipped with a bathtub and a separate walk-in shower. Floorplan D will also have more storage area, as the main hallway will be lined with closet space. These residences in particular will harbor 1,600 sqft of interior space with an expansive balcony hugging the length of the residence.

6372 Collins Ave Floorplan Layout Floors 3-6 and Rooftop with watermark logo copy

The most rewarding part of living at these retro-modern residences will be the ability to enjoy what will be one of Miami Beach’s most beautiful rooftop pool decks. Not only does the building’s location provide for excellent views all around, but the rooftop will also feature two BBQ areas, a bar, exercise equipment, and a Jacuzzi for maximum relaxation. With lounge chairs lined up seamlessly, basking in the sun will be most enjoyable with the nice cool breezes exchanging between the ocean and the bay.

Arial View from Collins Ave

Arial View from Collins Ave

Roof Pool Area West View

Roof Pool Area West View

This design has been approved by the Design Review Board and the developer is currently working on obtaining the proper permits to begin construction. Stay tuned for our updates on the status of this project and more! If you’re interested in purchasing a new construction residence, you can rely on us to find what’s coming to North Beach before anyone else. Contact us today!


Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show returns to Miami Beach

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of www.homeshows.netIt’s that time again! The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show is returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center this month between March 21 – 24.

The nationally recognized event features exquisite collections of international products and services related to home improvement and enhancement. The exhibits feature a wide range of decorative tastes, and spark creativity in attendees by giving indoor and outdoor design ideas. Tickets are $10 per adult and $1 for children under 11 years.* During the event, attendees will:Photo Courtesy of www.homeshows.net

  • witness the showcasing of new products available in the market
  • experience first-hand, new services being offered
  • attend free seminars to learn home improvement tips
  • talk with industry experts for personalized advice

This year’s headline speaker is Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen Fanuka from the DIY Network. More fun will include wine tastings, cooking shows, an interactive art show featuring local artists, and more!

We will be there checking out the cool exhibits and hope to see you there as well!

*Tickets are per diem and discounts are available if you order online.

Visit the website for more details and discount ticket pricing.

Photos Courtesy of www.homeshows.net

Photo Courtesy of www.homeshows.netPhoto Courtesy of www.homeshows.net

Friday Night Movies at North Shore Park Bandshell

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

North Beach Bandshell Arial Shot

The North Shore Bandshell has been a major hub for music events and celebrations in North Beach. Centrally located at 7275 Collins Avenue, the venue will be hosting a movie night every Friday at 7:00 PM until May 2014. This event is free and open to the public. Below is the movie schedule:

Bandshell Movie Schedule 2014

Bandshell Movie Schedule (Click to download and print)

All movies are rated either G, PG, or PG-13 making it appropriate for viewers of all ages. These types of events help create a sense of community and are the reason why North Beach has the reputation it does for being more family-oriented. What makes North Beach home for you?


2013 Annual Sales Report – MultiFamily in North Beach

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Last year in this northern neighborhood of Miami Beach, halfway between the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and  Bal Harbour, some savvy investors picked up 49 multi-family properties for a total of 618 units with over 441,000 sqft in  North Beach. Selling at half the price of it’s more well known South Beach neighborhood, sale prices in North Beach averaged $154.53 per sqft or $113,902 per unit. Besides just stretching the value of the dollar, North Beach properties are a decade younger, and the average unit size is  21% larger than those in South Beach. Check out the link below for a list of what sold in 2013.

Closed Sales 2013 North Beach

Our favorite sale last year was  2005-2023 Calais. When the owner contracted Urban Resource to manage  this property, the annual rent was $107,000 with expenses just over $48,000. Prior to selling the property, Urban Resource not only increased rents to over $133,000, but also brought expenses down to $25,000 annually. 2005-2023 Calais sold at a 7% CAP. More importantly, the property featured over 21,000 sqft of land with 143 feet of waterfront, making it a prime site for future development. Something that seems to be in high demand these days.

2005-2023 Calais – 10 units waterfront sold April 2013 for $1,320,000

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So what is selling in 2014? Already, nine properties in North Beach have sold in the first six weeks of the year for a total of 62 units. In addition, one of the last vacant waterfront lots measuring 1.06 Acres sold for $11,250,000 or at  just over $243 per sqft of waterfront land.

Opportunities for solid investments exist here in North Beach, and Urban Resource is ready to give you a tour. Don’t miss the boat and give us a call.


Miami Beach announces Sunset Harbour Neighborhood Improvements

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As most of us envisioned, Sunset Harbour has become quite a  favored destination for Miami Beach residents & visitors alike. Located just on the northwest edge of South Beach, this enclave offers some of the best dining, clothing stores, specialty fitness classes,  and cold-pressed organic juice  anywhere,  as well as its own Publix & Fresh Market. In case you missed it, Sunset Harbour won neighborhood of the year. It’s no surprise either, given some of the public amenities as well, like the bayfront Maurice Gibb park with shaded playground, the public boat ramp, and the new parking garage that offers a plenitude of parking in Sunset Harbour.

So what else, may you be wondering, could make this neighborhood better?

Last week, the city of Miami Beach presented a neighborhood improvement project to residents that will start towards the end of this year.

Sunset Harbour Improvement Fact Sheet

Sunset Harbour Improvement Fact Sheet


This first of 3 presentations held by the city was a pre-design meeting to gather resident input and feedback on the city’s proposed improvements. Many welcomed the improvements noted, which include new storm water drainage, water lines, new sidewalks, better lighting and new pavered crosswalks. The city announced that a 4th pump station was being considered on the corner of Dade Blvd & Alton Rd to assist with the seasonal king tides and that Pump Station three was being modified for better design flow.  The water drainage pipes would also be wider to allow for quicker drainage, especially when experiencing high tides and heavy rain. The current budget for this capital improvement is $2.3Million.

Once the city completed the presentation, they actively listened to resident input which included:

  • Adding more pedestrian crosswalks in the neighborhood, especially along 18th St from Sunset Harbour Dr to Alton Rd
  • Adding a 4 way stop at the corner of 18th St & Bay Rd and consider one also at 18th St & Sunset Harbour Dr
  • Widening sidewalks to allow for more pedestrian traffic, especially along Sunset Harbour Dr and 18th St
  • Monitor outdoor cafe seating to ensure pedestrian access to sidewalks
  • Consider removing parking along major pedestrian areas to expand sidewalk and allow for a better pedestrian experience

The meeting was very positive, well organized, and informative.


Pages from Sunset Harbour Neighborhood improvements plan

Click image for full presentation


The next meeting will present the project at 30% design and approval, which residents are welcome to provide input.

With all these wonderful improvements coming to Sunset Harbour, its no surprise available condos sell or rent quickly. If you’re considering a move here, give us a call for the inside scoop on what’s coming up. As a resident of Sunset Harbour, we’re always looking for good neighbors.

MiMo Preservation in North Beach

Monday, September 9th, 2013


MiMo Architecture


Ah, the Golden era of Miami Beach…. It was the mid 1940’s, and the South Beach Art Deco District was significantly present & built. North Beach offered development opportunities to young and emerging architects looking to place their mark on the Post War Modernist Movement. With the help of some Starchitects like Norman Giller, Morris Lapidus, Melvin Grossman, Robert Swatburg, and others, our treasured MiMo District in North Beach was born.


MiMo on the Beach Fun


To best describe MiMo design, think about the jets & automobiles of the era, mix in some fun like cheese holes and boomerangs, then add a bit of Sinatra, Davis, and Martin. New construction and development in South Florida was at an all time high, with newcomers calling Miami home, and tourists flocking to Miami Beach for the best entertainment under the sun. The Rat Pack performed often, and the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show from the Deauville. The most recognized MiMo treasure would be the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, which has been used as the backdrop for several movies. Our favorite would have to be James Bond’s Goldfinger. (Click photo below to view short clip.)


Fast forward to Miami Beach in the early 2000′s, and we come upon a familiar scene. With South Beach’s Historic Art Deco District, mostly preserved and internationally recognized, Miami Beach looks on to save another treasure in their city, MiMo buildings. After the successful renovation of the Fontainebleau, the city created a guideline for MiMo restoration to assist property owners how to best preserve the MiMo architecture in North Beach.  As MiMo buildings now average 65 years in age, many require some upgrades to meet current code.  This helpful guideline makes recommendations for the following:

  • Railing repair or replacement
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Window & door replacement
  • Landscape design
  • Roof replacement
In our Real Estate experience, and as evident again with the Art Deco District in South Beach, preserving the charm and design features from the original build, enhance the curb appeal and first impression which positively affect the property value. For a landlord, this increases the rent value and reduces costs by decreasing vacancies.

One of the most interesting options available to a property owner considering MiMo Preservation in North Beach is to allow the development of unused FAR (Floor to Area Ratio – used to calculate build-able square feet on land) on a historic building. So long as a developer met MiMo guidelines on the design, she could essentially build another story on the existing structure. The new construction would still need to adhere to current code for new build, but this is a great alternative to trashing and demolishing a MiMo treasure and build all new construction. Property owners could make existing units larger by adding another story, and by reducing the number of units. Although this option has been available for almost a decade, no one has taken advantage of it in North Beach, until now.