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Bal Harbor Shops signageAfter seeing a few of its key retail stores leave such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier or Dior for Aventura Mall or the Miami Design District over a couple of years ago, The Bal Harbour Shops have launched their “counter attack”. First, they are partnering with Swire Development, the Hong Kong- based developer, for the retail component of ambitious mixed-use development Brickell CityCenter, which will be located West of South Miami Avenue, between SW 7th and 8th streets. Second, they will expand by sf 200,000 within the next couple of years. After endless years of negotiation with their neighbor, the Church By The Sea, they got to negotiate to use their land and develop a more modern, eco-friendly church. The Whitman family, who owns the shopping center, also bought the Suntrust Bank  building located on 96th Street and Collins avenue, to expand further their presence in the neighborhood. The Bal Harbour Shops are quite famous for their average sales amount per square foot, which is said to be the highest in the United States : $2,793 of sales per square foot in January 2013, a 15% increase from January 2012.

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artist RETNA-designed facade of new Louis Vuitton boutique in the Design District ( photo from http://www.freshnessmag.com )

A few months ago, I wrote about the evolution of the Miami Design District, progressively turning into the new luxury mecca of South Florida. The new retailers who are going to change the spirit of the area are now progressively appearing. CARTIER opened a few weeks ago. LOUIS VUITTON opened is boutique earlier this week. The luxury retailer commissioned L.A. based street artist RETNA to create the facade of its temporary store in the Miami Design District. Over the past decade, graffiti art has gained recognition in the art world. It has been exhibited in major contemporary art museums and street artists have been collaborating with fashion and interior designers to revamp their collections. The LOUIS VUITTON boutique will be moving to a permanent location in the area once the new shopping center, created in partnership between Miami-based developer Craig Robins and the LVMH group opens, sometime in 2014. Until then, nobody knows how pedestrian traffic will change and how these developments will impact the lifestyle of Miami residents and visitors.

Another luxury retailer, certainly less known to most Floridians, will also open in a temporary space, next to Michael’s Genuine Food and Wine restaurant, early December, just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach : AGNONA. This exotic sounding name is the name of an elegant Italian women ready-to-wear brand, that was bought by ZEGNA in the late 90s. The subtle sophistication of this line should be an interesting addition to the area.

Agnona clothing ( Photo from http://www.veraclasse.it )

Since the announcement of the transformation of the Miami Design District was officially made a few months ago, retail space and residential real estate prices have jumped. The neighboring condos located in Midtown 2 and Midtown 4 now sell at approximately $360 a square foot and asking retail space lease prices go for $100-150 per sf per year ( vs. $50 over a year ago ).

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Upcoming Cartier boutique in the Miami Design District

A few months ago, I wrote about a few tenants leaving the Bal Harbour Shops to plan to open a boutique in Miami’s Design District. Miami Developer Craig Robins, who owns most of the properties located in the Design District, recently announced a $312 million mixed-use project to be created in partnership with luxury group LVMH to transform the area into Miami’s new luxury destination to open in 2014. The city still needs to approve the project, however, it is expected to feature a selection of boutiques from the LVMH group ( Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Pucci, Bulgari, …) as well as a few others such as Hermès ( in which LVMH holds approximately 20% shares ) and Cartier, a shaded pedestrian promenade, filled with trees, a mid-rise condominium, a hotel, cafes and restaurants. Even at a time when the announcement that new high-end boutiques were going to join current Design District tenants like Christian Louboutin and Marni was not official, commercial and residential real estate values rose significantly in the area, which development impacts areas stretching from the Design District to Midtown and Wynwood.

Midtown 2 and 4 buildings, full service condominiums, which are located just four blocks South of the Miami’s Design District are actually experiencing an increased interest from renters and buyers as a result of the news  about the Craig Robins‘ developement plan.The developer for Midtown still had units to sell from 2007, when the market collapsed. The last round of developer sales started in March. As of today, there are only 13 developer units left for sale at Midtown 2 and 300 new units at Midtown 4 are being launched. Prices are very accessible, starting in the low $300,000 for a one bedroom apartment up to over $ 1 million and the value of real estate in the area is showing a continuing potential for increase . The neighborhood has been attracting people who left Miami Beach for a more urban and bohemian living environment

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