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Friday, August 26, 2016

An Unprecedented Hospitality Experience For The Region

LOS ANGELES, CA — July 12, 2016 — Perched above crystal-blue Caribbean waters on the edge of the rainforest, a new luxury travel experience will soon come to life. Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has announced plans for Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama, a resort and residences set to open in 2019. The destination will feature 186 modern guest rooms, including 42 overwater villas along 457 acres of coastline — with three miles of private white sand beaches, plus sailing, surfing and hiking adventures just beyond the door.


The 42 overwater villas will offer breathtaking vistas of the Caribbean coast and ocean, each with its own private plunge pool and direct access to the ocean by deck. Exclusivity is all part of the experience — the destination, while a quick trip from Panama City, is accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter.


Among the countless options for adventure are rainforest zip-lining, snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding and deep sea fishing. The archipelago is also home to the San San Pond Sak wetlands, the most biologically diverse tropical coral reef in the region and the ultimate place for bird watching, bicycling and guided eco-hikes.

The eco-friendly destination of Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama allows only electrical cars and sustainable technologies. Its outdoor design has been meticulously planned with indigenous plants and tropical specialties that will be used in the preparation of local cuisine.


Culinary options are also ripe for exploration: There will be eight restaurants and lounges, ranging from an elite fine-dining enclave to a relaxed beach grill. Also planned will be indoor meeting space, a fitness center, a cinema lounge, a library, and a spa featuring private rejuvenation pools tucked in blossoming pockets of the rainforest.

Travelers attuned to Viceroy’s unmistakable attention to style and hospitality can expect its signature programming and vibe, made possible through curated, authentic local partnerships.


Viceroy Bocas del Toro is the result of a partnership between VHG and Hospitality Investors Group. Zurcher Arquitectos will oversee development and Wimberly Interiors will concept all aspects of interior design.

The sale of real estate and private residences will be managed by IMI and Venegas International Group. The destination is now offering 42 one and two-bedroom residences for sale to private owners for personal use or as investments that will become part of the resort's rental program. Spanning across the water, they are remarkable examples of effortless luxury, featuring indoor/outdoor living space, contemporary interiors and epic views of the lagoon and beach.

Additional information about the sale of private residences and real estate can be obtained from:

For additional information about the project and Viceroy Hotel Group, please visit viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/panama


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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Discover the Private Side of Miami Beach

Miami Beach has always been content to have its glorious shoreline bask in international fame, while to the west of Collins Avenue, the city’s enchanting landscape developed into its most coveted neighborhoods of waterfront homes.

Welcome to the private side of Miami Beach. Here, amidst a lush mosaic of islets, bays and waterways, you’ll discover an island called Nautilus, and a lake named Surprise. You will also find The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. An uncommon collection of 111 homes and 15 villas, designed by Piero Lissoni, and enriched by the exemplary personal service of The Ritz-Carlton. There is still a private side to Miami Beach. You just have to know where to look for it. 



Residence Features:


111 Ultra-Condominium Residences
15 Piero Lissoni designed Stand-alone Villa Residences
60 Distinct Floor Plans
Private Elevator Foyers in Most Residences
Wood Floor Plans
Stone Flooring in All Common Areas, Kitchens and Bathrooms
Boffi Designed Kitchen Cabinetry by Lissoni
State-of-the-art Gaggenau Kitchen Appliances
Expansive Stone Countertops in Kitchen
Oversized Glass-enclosed Rain Shower in Master Bath
Plunge Pools in Select Residences


Residential Amenities:

Tropically Landscaped Half-acre, Roof-top Pool Deck with Expansive Infinity-edge with Waterfall
Private VanDutch Day Yacht
36 Private Boat Dockages
Beach Concierge Services for Beach Club Access
Waterfront Social Room with Bar, Catering Kitchen and State-of-the-art Entertainment System
Poolside Grille Restaurant
Cinema-style Screening Room
On-site Spa with a Treatment Suite, Steam Rooms and Sauna
State-of-the-art Fitness Center
Art Studio

Price Range:From $2,000,000 to $40,000,000

Square Feet:From 2,000 Square Feet to 10,000 Square Feet


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brickell City Centre

Designed by developer Arquitectonica, Brickell City Centre aims to be “Brickell’s New Cosmopolitan Horizon.” This new Swire property is Miami’s newest mixed-use urban development. Currently under construction, Brickell City Centre will have a substantial impact on Miami’s future. With more than 11 acres of meticulous urban planning and inspiring design, Brickell City Centre will seamlessly integrate into the city’s existing streetscapes and transportation infrastructure. As a result, Brickell City Centre will connect with every aspect of Miami’s vibrant and metropolitan lifestyle.

Diversity in Miami

Miami offers luxury living, sophisticated infrastructures, and an abundance of cultural amenities. As a way of example, overlooking the bay in downtown Miami, you will see PAMM, the Perez Art Museum of Miami, an incubator of international art and educational programs. In addition, Miami is becoming a global shopping destination. Most recently, the design district is flourishing with more than 100 luxury branded boutiques including Cartier, Céline, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Hermés, Margiela , Poltrona Frau, Tom Ford to name a few. Miami’s design district has now been established as one of the premiere international design and fashion hubs.

Although Miami has consistently been the international gateway to the Americas, the new international demand is being driven by influencers from the northeast seeking to enjoy the exhilarating lifestyle of this subtropical metropolis.

“I’ve been a resident of South Florida for many years and I can tell you, unequivocally, that Miami is a unique place for both work and play. We call it the Magic City because it’s rife with diversity and excitement. The vibrancy of our physical and cultural landscape is second to none.”

Pat Riley,

President, Miami HEAT

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Monday, September 24, 2012




Zachary Fagenson



Foreign buyers, particularly Latin Americans, were hailed as South Florida's saviors during the recession and the slow recovery of the condominium market.


Now, a new breed including Argentine developer Manuel Grosskopf is taking it a step further, making big bets on Miami-area real estate.


Grosskopf, along with his father, Sergio, plan to break ground on the Chateau Beach Sunny Isles at 17457 Collins Ave. in January 2013. The 35-floor, 84-unit oceanfront project is about 45 percent sold, Grosskopf said. He said the final cost of construction has not been determined.


Buyers paying an average of $850 per square foot for units ranging from 1,500 to 5,000 square feet are coming from across Latin America, primarily Brazil and Argentina, as well as from Russia.


Buyers are required to put down a series of deposits during the course of construction for a total down payment of 70 percent of value.


The Grosskopfs, prominent developers in Latin America, have built a number of residential buildings and shopping centers in Argentina and Uruguay. Those include two other high-end Chateau projects similar to the one planned for Sunny Isles Beach: The Chateau Libertador Residence and Chateau Puerto Madero Residence in Buenos Aires.


Their Hallandale Beach-based company, Chateau Ocean LLC, with Manuel Grosskopf as managing member, has been snapping up a variety of prime South Florida properties. They range from the Ocean Palm Motel site at 15795 Collins Ave. to the site of the proposed Paramount Park condo tower at 728 Biscayne Blvd., and an adjacent lot, in downtown Miami.


The Ocean Palm Motel has been torn down and by the end of the year will be the site of the Chateau Beach sales center.


Grosskopf said he's focusing on one project at a time, especially in Sunny Isles Beach, where buyers pay millions of dollars for luxury towers with numerous amenities. At the same time, he said buyers today aren't just investors looking to turn a quick profit.


"These buyers are not paying 20 percent cash down," he said. They're "much stronger than they were before. … Now you are seeing deposits from 30 percent to 80 percent, even 90 percent" of the cost of the unit.


"The market is real, it's the end user, it's the person that's" going to be living there, he added.


Despite holdings in both northern and central Miami-Dade, Grosskopf said his current focus is on the Sunny Isles area.


"In Sunny Isles, projects were sold at $250 per square foot and now those projects — even if they already are 10 years old — are trading in the $500 to $600-per-square-foot range," Grosskopf said.


Earlier this year he purchased the Best Western Oceanfront Resort at 93rd Street and Collins Avenue in Surfside for a staggering $50 million — nearly five times the assessed value of $11.2 million.


Grosskopf declined to give details about what will rise in place of the Best Western, saying only that it will be a "very, very high-end condominium, [with] low density, less than 90 units."


Chateau Beach and the Best Western projects should keep Grosskopf's company busy for the next several years. He said that's exactly the time frame he needs before considering developing the 728 Biscayne Blvd. property or any other holdings in downtown Miami.


 The plan is to "put two buildings, one on each site," he said.


Grosskopf said he won't consider moving forward with downtown projects until nearby developments, including the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, are completed in the 29-acre Museum Park.


"We believe the area is getting better and better," he added. "Miami is becoming more an international market and the weather, the security will continue to make it attractive for foreign buyers."


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Premium content from South Florida Business Journal by Oscar Pedro Musibay, Reporter

Date: Friday, August 17, 2012, 6:00am EDT


Father-and-son real estate developers Sergio Grosskopf and Manuel Grosskopf are ready for a new challenge.

The family is now focused on its first solo luxury condo project in the U.S., with Manuel Grosskopf at the helm. Chateau Beach Residences, at 17475 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach, is an 84-unit, 33-story building that is expected to begin vertical construction in January.

Units are sized from 1,500 to 5,000 square feet (the penthouse and Sky Villa are much larger) and are priced an average of $850 a square foot. Monica Venegas of Venegas International Group is the sales broker.

During the last 15 years, the Grosskopfs have built high-rise condominiums in downtown Miami. As partners inTerra Group, they built Quantum on the Bay and 900 Biscayne.

Sergio, 67, and Manuel, 37, also closed on several purchases, including a corner site near Gulfstream Park in Broward County and the Florida Power & Light Co. building in western Miami-Dade County. Amenities at Chateau Beach will include a private restaurant, fitness center, cigar lounge, kids’ playroom, beach service and spa.

About 40 percent of the units have the 10 percent deposit required for a reservation, Manuel Grosskopf said. Buyers will be paying up to 90 percent of the market value of the units as the project progresses, with the money being used to finance construction, he said.

Buyers are coming from a diverse group of countries, including Russia, Brazil and Argentina. So far, none are from the U.S.

Beth Butler, president of One Sotheby’s International Realty, said the Grosskopfs’ plans fuel the luxury condo boom under way in Sunny Isles Beach. She said the city is a brand, like Ocean Drive or Brickell Avenue, to South Americans.

“The Sunny Isles area is known by name,” she said. “Brazil and Argentina especially know it and like it. The beach is a big draw. The proximity to Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour are also big pluses.”

Popular location

Several developers have launched sales on luxury projects in the same area including The Dezer Group, which is building the Porsche Design tower, and Jules Trump and Eddie Trump, who are building Mansions at Acqualina.

In South America, the Grosskopfs are known for shopping mall development and management, and condo development.

They built and managed the Alto Palermo and Alto Avellaneda shopping malls, and managed the Paseo Alcorta and Abasto shopping malls, all in Argentina.

In the late 1990s, The George Soros Group and real estate company IRSA S.S. bought the properties the Grosskopfs owned and managed. Manuel Grosskopf became director of the portfolio under the new ownership.

In addition to Chateau Beach site, the Grosskopfs own the Freedom Square site, next to Miami’s Freedom Tower. They also own 700 Biscayne, which has been approved for both condominium units and a hotel. But these projects will not be launched for several years, Manuel Grosskopf said.

They own a site at the corner of Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway, next to Gulfstream; sites in Hollywood; and the Best Western Hotel in Surfside, among others.

As for the 635,000-square-foot FPL building, the property, at 9250 W. Flagler St., is about 70 percent leased by FPL-related companies. Grosskopf is looking to open a data center of at least 50,000 square feet on the ground floor, and may develop the surface parking lots at the property.

The Grosskopf family has a strong record of luxury condo development. In Punta Del Este, Uruguay, they built the Coral Tower, Beverly Tower and Millennium Tower and Le Jardin Residence. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, they built Chateau Libertador and Chateau Puerto Madero.

Despite their past volume of construction, the Grosskopfs are not like The Related Group, developing a wide spectrum of projects simultaneously. The family has focused on luxury condominiums and they plan to continue in that niche, Manuel Grosskopf said.

“We like to eat one strawberry at a time,” he said.

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Monday, March 19, 2012
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