Jason , I wish that was the case here in Miami, but for some reason, just like one of the three, 60 story Brickell Icon condo towers sold out here in two days, but we here all know here in Miami, that the real construction won't actually start for at least 6 to 9 months, why is that ??? :cheers:Jasonhouse said:In other words, they start closing on the reserved units today... So hopefully, construction will begin within 60-90 days.
leglace said:Oh by the way. Tampa & the D.O.T. still hasn't resolved the balcony issue for the outermost unit (Unit 16) on Tampa St. They are in fact moving forward with the Cafe's. But I think there is a possibility that the most inexpensive unit gets a little extra break in price if they do need to exclude the balcony. That would make it only the 2nd unit available without offering a balcony, I believe. So starting prices could go down if this isn't resolved.
The lottery isn't done yet. People will be getting phone calls between now an July. There are lots of winners who do not come up with a sufficient down payment.
I got unit 15 the 2 bedroom. Every floorplan has a major flaw. Unit 15 had the flaws I could most live with and within the price range I wanted. They start at $282,000.00. That is the most affordable 2 bedroom. There was only 2 units priced under $200,000.00. I believe unit 16 was one of them. Most of the 1 bdrms were priced between 218,000.00 to 280,000 including the sky collection (25-32 flr)dudeintampa said:If you don't mind me asking, which floorplan did you choose? Also, were the prices in line with what they were telling people? (Most units under $200k)
leglace said:Every floorplan has a major flaw.
When I say flaw, I mean how one plan put the laundry room inside a walk-in closet. Another has the bar so close to the small family rm, there is no where to put stools. Another plan has a fat column right in a path of a corridor from the entry. Some have next to no closet space, and some put the SGD to the balcony smack through where the furniture wants to be for the family rm. Most plans do not have a feasable location for a nook table.Jasonhouse said:Just about every floor plan in every tower I've seen had a major flaw IMO... Most egregious to me were the loft style projects, which all seemed to feature amazing wastes of floor area as thier selling point.
Jason, did you look at the Towers @ Channelside?Jasonhouse said:The Franklin Residences is one of the ones that bothered me greatly. I looked closely at the floor plans for it (and the Arts Center Lofts), as my parents were looking at buying a unit with me, or on thier own... If we/them had bought in either place, it was determined that a significant gutting of the interior would have to be done to rework the floorplan and make it livable and efficient... And niether developer was interested in selling a shell unit at a lower price, so we/them bought nowhere.
The core problem that I see with so many of them is that a great deal of living area must be sacrificed to circulation needs. That is, as you have said yourself, many units have doors and windows in locations which result in there being nowhere to put furniture. (unless one is to create an "island' living space away from the walls, with the perimeter serving as the main circulation, but this quickly shrinks 20x20 rooms to be 12x12, defeating the entire purpose of spending $500k+ to get a 2,000 sqft unit.