Each year Nelson teams up with the Miami Beach PAL (Police Athletic League) to make sure every family has a Happy Thanksgiving by donating turkeys and baskets full of food to low income families. This year was no different. This morning, several community members, leaders and police assisted in distributing Thanksgiving baskets to over 500 families at Nautilus Middle School. The basket included a 1-12 lb. turkey, vegetables, canned goods and a 2 liter Coca-Cola donated by the Coca-Cola Company. This is the 35th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway.
Founded in 1958, the Miami Beach Police Athletic League (oldest PAL in Florida) has an impressive track record as a community crime prevention program.
Under the leadership of a full-time police officer as Executive Director, and with vital assistance from a volunteer board made up of citizens and local law enforcement officers, PAL offers the youth of the community an array of recreational, athletic and educational activities. Programs are designed with a two-fold purpose: to create better relations between law enforcement officers and youth, and to prevent juvenile delinquency.
For almost 50 years, thousands of youths (ages six to twenty-one) have been involved with PAL programs.
Many former PAL participants have become accountants, attorneys, doctors, educators, fire fighters, police officers, and professional athletes, just to name a few.
For more information on how to get involved or donate, please visit www.beachpal.org .
Nelson & Sammy Sosa
Former major league slugger Sammy Sosa has purchased an oceanfront estate in the secluded enclave of Golden Beach.
The 7,273 square foot home, located on more than one-half acre at 667 Ocean Blvd is a two-story, 7 bedroom, 8 ½ bath estate and has 75 ft of direct oceanfront views.
Built in 1998, the property last sold for $6.4 million in 2002. The home was designed to maximize its oceanfront location, with ocean views throughout. Sosa, who is eighth on the all-time home run list with 609 round-trippers, is frequently spotted throughout Miami.
“Sammy is a big fan of Miami, and it’s wonderful that he has chosen to purchase a home here,” says Nelson. “This is one of the most beautiful homes in all of Golden Beach. I’ve no doubts he is truly going to enjoy it.”
Building on a successful three-year run, Ketel One and MIAMI magazine have hand-selected South Florida native and EWM’s very own Top Producer, Nelson Gonzalez, to compete for the title of Modern Hispanic Gentleman.
Nelson is one of four gentlemen in the running for the title. The gentleman who scores the most votes will win a $5,000 donation for his charity.
To read more about Nelson, his charity (Miami Beach Police Athletic League or PAL) and to cast your vote, click on this link. It only takes a minute.
Living large in South Florida is easy to do if you can find the right home. CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo found paradise at a waterfront mansion on Miami Beach’s Allison Island.
Video and script credit belongs to CBS4 Miami.
Another stunning contemporary home with an amazing waterfront view is up for sale in this week’s Living Large segment.
“The house was built new in 2006, and it’s about just under 8,000 square feet. The asking price is 8.4 million,” said Realtor Nelson Gonzalez. “It’s got plenty of bedrooms, plenty of entertainment space, great pool, great dock, and a fabulous view.”
The house comes with a fully equipped multi-functional living room.
“It converts into a media room that converts into an entertainment bar room, so you have quite the bar,” said Gonzalez. “There’s a very large screen that comes down and of course you have the projector that comes out of the ceiling. When that’s up, it’s completely gone and you can’t even tell that it’s there.”
For those who like to spend their time in the kitchen, it comes with a temperature controlled wine room that overlooks the beautiful view of the water. The kitchen is also stocked with top of the line Viking appliances and Brazilian Blue Bahia counter tops.
“Which are very rare and very hard to find,” according to Gonzalez.
Upstairs are the seven bedrooms, of which the master suite is said to whisper “Namaste.”
“It’s really got a great vibe to it. It’s nice because you have the bed on one side with the direct view of the water and then you have a sort of sitting area on the other side with a private master terrace with a hot tub and then you have the romantic side with the fireplace,” said Gonzalez.
The master bath comes with double sinks, a soaking tub and a steam shower with a downtown view.
“The entrance way has double height ceilings,” said Gonzalez. “It’s almost three floors, which is a great spot to give your speeches here.”
If you’re not into climbing stairs the elevator can take you to the over-sized rooftop party deck.
“We’re facing south, so on the weekends you have the cruise ships. You have all these beautiful boats here, Port of Miami,” said Gonzalez.
And here’s a bonus, the entire 8,000 square foot home is elevated which gives it a nice, luxurious cruise ship feel.
Video, Production and copy credit: Miami CBS Local Channel 4 News
High in the sky, atop the penthouse of the hotel, sits a multi-million dollar, elegant-rocker beach chic apartment ready to be sold to the right owner.
“You got 2,647 square foot, three bedrooms, four baths, great big outdoor decks and a complete rooftop desk with a pool and a Miami skyline on South Beach,” said realtor Nelson Gonzalez.
If anyone is planning on purchasing this pricey penthouse, it comes with a price tag of a whopping ten million dollars.
But, as Petrillo says, it is worth every dollar.
Upstairs, on the top of the 33-hundred square foot roof top terrace, you can see an amazing view of the ocean side and all the buildings in the city of Miami. Not to mention, the private plunge pool and sundeck, where only the birds can get a glimpse of anyone taking a dip.
Back inside, the living room and kitchen are both spacious and convenient. All of the hotel amenities come with the room, including a stocked mini bar.
And although the apartment is for sale, it can also go into a rental pool.
“This unit has the furniture package for the W Hotel so when you’re not using it, you can have some income out of it because they rent it all the time,” said Gonzalez.
The master bedroom has a truly modern and comfy feel to it, especially with the touch of a crackled mirror backsplash over the bed.
“Each guest bedroom has their own amenities,” said Gonzalez. “It also has double doors and its own big deck.”
In each bedroom, you can spot the beauty of both downtown and the beach side views. Everything is detailed, from the artwork to the lovely light fixtures and furniture, and it is all included in the price tag.
If you are the type of person who wants to live in a luxury penthouse condo with all the amenities of a first class hotel, you should be living large in the W Hotel on South Beach.
Video and copy credit to: Miami CBS Local Channel 4 News
You are invited to view two beautiful properties in Morningside and North Bay Road this Sunday, November 24th from 1pm to 5pm.
690 NE 50 Terrace | Morningside from 1pm to 5pm
Sited in the Historic Morningside Neighborhood, this newly renovated, Mid-Century Modern Home features a Grand Open Floor Plan, Impact Windows, Huge Private Master Suite with Wraparound Terrace overlooking Morningside Park.
4715 N Bay Road | Miami Beach from 1pm to 5pm
This Charming Villa on Exclusive North Bay Road features Luscious Landscape, Original Details, Wood Beam Ceilings, Terracotta Floors, Large Formal Dining, a Sparkling Mosaic Pool with Fountain and Outside Fireplace.
Aerial: 5800 North Bay Road
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Aerial: 5800 North Bay Road
Article and Interview by Melanie Gray of The Real Deal.
Nelson Gonzalez grew up watching his dad buy and sell land in his hometown of Miami and across central Florida. Today, he’s the real estate player — holding the title of senior vice president for Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors and directing a team of brokers who specialize in ultra-posh properties.
For Gonzalez, though, the best part of his day is when he’s making a deal himself. It’s where his heart is — and has been from Day One, when he went for a job interview 27 years ago at Wimbish Realty in Miami Beach.
“Before I said ‘Hello’ to the receptionist, something clicked and I knew this is what I wanted to do. “
Gonzalez landed the job and sold a house before his first week was over. He learned early on that relationships would be fundamental to his success — and that he had a knack for them: “I can develop a rapport with anyone. I ask the right questions about what the buyer or seller is looking for and really listen for the answer.”
Since 1998, Gonzalez has made EWM’s Top Producer list. Last year, he ranked first among the company’s 900 brokers in dollar volume — $262 million in sales, including $116 million at the Surf Club in Surfside.
Now, here are a few thoughts from Gonzalez on the luxury market and what’s ahead for housing:
You had 23 listings in early September. Eleven had asking prices of about $7 million or more; your two most expensive were waterfront estates for $40 million and $37 million. What are the challenges of selling such pricey homes?
On Miami Beach, $5 million to $10 million is not considered so expensive anymore (crazy!). Certainly, [for] any property over $10 million, the buyers are more knowledgeable in what they are looking for, and negotiating the deals is more challenging.
Is there a saturation point in the high-end market? What is it? How far away is it?
At this point, the inventory levels for high-quality homes are very low. The demand has continued to increase since the beginning of 2012 and the inventory levels have continued to drop. Until recently, there had been no new construction since 2007. [Now,] there are a few new high-end homes coming on the market, which is good [and will help with inventory].
How has selling luxury real estate changed over the years? And what changes do you expect to see in the next few years?
With the emergence of the Internet and especially social media, there is more opportunity for global coverage for our markets. I see that getting stronger in the next several years.
South Florida is the land of record real estate deals — nearly $3,000 per square foot, for example, for a non-oceanfront unit at Apogee South Beach, and $34 million for a penthouse at Ian Schrager’s Edition project, which isn’t even built. Are these prices realistic?
The prices are realistic and, in comparison to other top cities — New York, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco — are still inexpensive. The buyers are the next level of buyers in that a very high percentage of deals are paid in cash. They are looking for the best and are willing to pay for it.
What’s the biggest change recently as far as the largest group of buyers coming to the market?
The high-end market is still the international buyers, but slowly the domestic buyers are buying as well. The Brazilians, Latin Americans and Russians are the largest groups. I believe Asian buyers will soon be a large part of the market here as well.
What is the most surprising thing about the South Florida market now?
I did not think the real estate market in Miami would rebound as quickly as it has, and come back stronger than ever.
What is the most troubling thing about the South Florida market now?
There is not enough inventory to fill the demand. Two-thirds of all home sales in Miami close without financing from a lender; six years ago, only a fifth of sales were all-cash. I personally have not closed a financed deal in over four years. We are experiencing another level of buyer in the market. That said, banks are finally lending again, although they are being much tighter on their requirements, which I feel is good for the market.
Original Article can be found at this link.
Join Nelson Gonzalez to a Broker’s Open at this Beautiful Modern Waterfront Home for light bites and refreshments this Tuesday, September 24th from 12pm to 2pm.
1374A S Venetian Way | Miami Beach, Fl | 33139
7 Bed 7+ Bath | 7,880 sf. | 10,500 sf. Lot | 60’ Waterfront
Stunning Modern Waterfront Home with Fabulous Miami Skyline Views. This 2006 Contemporary Spacious Home offers Light Filled Rooms with Soaring Ceilings and Water Views. The Large Kitchen features blue Bahia Brazilian Granite Counters, Cooking Island and Viking Appliances. Large Master Suite has its own Private Terrace and His/Her Closets. The Ultimate Panoramic Views from the Rooftop Terrace with a Summer Kitchen make it Ideal for year-round Outdoor Entertaining.
For more information, please click the following link.
Join Nelson to a Broker’s Open at the Charming Mediterranean “Villa Elena” for a Catered Lunch Event.
6420 Allison Road | Miami Beach, Fl | 33141
6 Bed 6+ Bath | 6,379 sf. | 29,160 sf. Lot | 135’ Waterfront
This Charming Mediterranean Waterfront Property was Designed by Renowned Architect Maurice Fatio in 1936 for Samuel H. Bowman on a Guard Gated Island midway between South Beach and Bal Harbour. It is said to be the most beautiful house on Miami Beach. With 135 feet of water frontage facing west on Biscayne Bay waterway, this Private 29,200 square foot lot is sited for Afternoon Sun and Spectacular Sunsets.