Homes that Let You Live the Waterfront Florida Lifestyle, Even in Landlocked Orlando

It might be the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” but Orlando isn’t all castles and coasters. Surprising as it may sound, this landlocked city in the center of Florida offers plenty of thrills of the water-loving variety, too.

Though it’s miles from the coastal regions many associate with the Florida waterfront lifestyle, the metro Orlando area is home to hundreds of big, beautiful lakes. So whether you’re an avid boater or fisherman, water-skier or wakeboarder, you can find a home that puts one of nature’s watery amusement parks right in your own backyard.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s record-breaking Night-Pinel & Co. team specialize in bringing their clients’ high-end waterfront fantasies to life, having sold 30 lakefront homes in the last two years alone.

“Being able to live on or near the water is a universal ideal,” said Mick Night of Night-Pinel & Co. “We help our clients see that even when you live in the center of Florida, you don’t have to give up your dream of being on the water.”

Check out these fantastic lakeside listings currently offered by the team.

1640 E. Adams Drive
Set on two acres of prime lakefront property, this elegant Mediterranean-style estate, offered for $5,495,000, is like your own private luxury resort. From the grand, club-style pool and hot tub to the oversized boathouse with room for all the toys to the air-conditioned lakeside cabana with kitchen, this home makes every day feel like a vacation.

970 Via Lugano
Live the waterfront dream in every way with 120 feet of frontage and panoramic views of Lake Maitland. This spectacular 10,190-square-foot estate offers premier lakefront living that includes dock with boathouse, pool with hot tub, two-story screened-in sitting room, summer kitchen, multiple covered outdoor living spaces and a seating area with firepit. Listed for $5,725,000, this is the E-ticket lifestyle for sure.

10169 Tavistock Road
For the Fantasyland of lakefront living, look no further than this extraordinary property. A winding, private boardwalk leads you from the magnificent estate, across the expansive backyard and through lush tropical vegetation to a boathouse and dock on the shimmering waters of Buck Lake. Who needs Mickey and friends when you can enjoy all types of waterfront entertainment just outside your door?

“The lakefront property market in the Orlando area is really quite extensive,” noted John Pinel. “There are options for just about every budget and lifestyle.”

To find out more about these listings or one of the many other amazing waterfront properties available, contact the Winter Park, Maitland & Orlando area lakefront experts – Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s award-winning Night-Pinel & Co.

Coldwell Banker Independent Sales Associate Silvia Chudnovsky Co-Chairs Successful Major Fundraiser

Silvia Chudnovsky, an award-winning independent sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Miami Beach Lincoln Building office, recently served as co-chair for the Greater Miami chapter of Hadassah’s Major Gifts Celebration – The Power of Women Who Do. The event was an enormous fundraising success, with contributions that included a $1 million donation from a single donor.

Though this was her first time chairing this event, Chudnovsky has been involved with the Greater Miami chapter of Hadassah for more than 20 years. She is a passionate advocate of their work.

“An organization that began as a small mission to provide emergency care to infants and mothers in pre-state Israel has flourished over a century into two world-class medical and research centers in Jerusalem,” said Chudnovsky. “Hadassah is constantly discovering cures that it shares openly with the world. It also trains doctors and nurses and will without hesitation send their doctors and nurses to help when disasters strike anywhere in the world.”

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America, through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.

Bringing advanced medical care to all, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, earned Hadassah a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Hadassah also contributes its medical and social expertise as a member of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as a non-governmental organization (NGO).

Chudnovsky explains further, “Besides maintaining two state-of-the-art hospitals in Israel, children’s villages and providing money so children can attend summer camps, Hadassah is active at the state and federal level advocating for women’s preventive health and affordable child care, and against human trafficking, just to name a few. I would urge everyone to visit”

Rich Fleischer Named Regional Sales Vice President of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s East Central Region

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, the No. 1 residential brokerage in Florida according to Real Trends 500, has appointed Rich Fleischer as the regional sales vice president of the East Central Florida region. Fleischer will be responsible for overseeing the management and growth of 25 branch and satellite offices in the Orlando metropolitan area and on the Atlantic coast, from Flagler County south through Melbourne to Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

Fleischer holds a degree in economics from Penn State and brings 12 years of real estate experience to the position, most recently as the Florida Relocation Director for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. He has been a leader in the relocation business for the past eight years, working with companies in Massachusetts, California and Florida. He began his career in retail banking and mortgage.

“I’m truly excited and looking forward to my role as the Regional Sales Vice President and to working closely with such an incredibly dynamic and talented group of sales associates,” said Fleischer.

The Jills® Named No.1 Coldwell Banker® Team Worldwide

Coldwell Banker named The Jills® the No.1 sales team worldwide last week for the fourth consecutive year. The Jills®, who have been named the No. 1 real estate team by the Wall Street Journal across all brokerages in America by REAL Trends for the past two years, have closed more than a billion in sales the past two years alone.

In December, they closed over $55 million in property sales, with the sale of combined Units #3602, #3603 and #3604 in the Continuum for $27.5 million and selling a major Hollywood star’s home, pushing them over the half a billion mark for the year. In 2014, The Jills were involved in 10 transactions over $10 million and two over $20 million, including the sale of 30 Star Island for $28.14 million. The total number of transactions sides was 105, with nearly half of them being sales of luxury condominiums. The Jills market the largest inventory of exceptional luxury residences in South Florida’s most elite enclaves such as Star Island, Fisher Island, Indian Creek Island, the Sunset Islands, La Gorce Island, Palm and Hibiscus Islands, Venetian Islands, North Bay Road, Golden Beach, Miami Beach, Gables Estates and Tahiti Beach.

“Reaching a half-billion in sales volume even once is a tremendous accomplishment, but I’m not surprised that The Jills have done it two years in a row,” said Clark W. Toole, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Florida. “Their passion, dedication, work ethic and connections are unmatched.”

“The past year was exciting for our entire team. We closed several huge transactions, one of which was the most challenging of my career,” said Jill Eber of The Jills. “We put all of our time and energy into giving our clients the best representation possible for the best possible outcome.”

As the leading luxury real estate agents in South Florida and Miami Beach, The Jills have sold more than $2.8 billion in real estate since 2005. They have been named Florida’s No. 1 team for 12 consecutive years by Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, and were named the No. 1 residential real estate sales team in America by REAL Trends in 2012 and 2013 as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Their expertise and knowledge of the luxury market has helped The Jills achieve record-shattering sales, including the sale of the Versace Mansion and the highest recorded sale in Miami ever, the $47 million 3 Indian Creek.

The Jills team, which includes Jill Hertzberg, Jill Eber, Felise Eber, Danny Hertzberg and Hillary Hertzberg have been trendsetters in the luxury real estate market using innovative, targeted marketing strategies, which showcase their luxury properties via digital, web, print and advertising vehicles consistently reaching the desired results for their clients locally, nationally and internationally.

“Surpassing the half a billion milestone again is a true testament of the hard work of our entire team. Working with our families is a great privilege, especially when we all share in the same passion and dedication to provide the highest level of service to luxury real estate buyers and sellers,” said Jill Hertzberg.

The Jills ability to attract extensive media exposure as luxury real estate experts nationally and internationally, along with their extensive inventory and a client list that includes celebrities, Fortune 500 executives, diverse international clientele and long-time Miami Beach residents benefits both buyers and sellers in the South Florida real estate market.

Miami Realtor® Installed As District Vice President of Florida’s Largest Professional Association

Francisco Angulo, managing broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami, has been installed as District 4 vice president of Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional association. Angulo will serve his fellow professionals in District 4, which encompasses Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. He is a member of the Miami Association of Realtors®.

“There is strong demand for properties from both domestic and foreign buyers,” says Angulo, who is active in residential brokerage. “Prices for existing condominiums remain at 2004 levels, resulting in opportunities for buyers and investors, because of our lifestyle and the strength of our rental market.”

A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Angulo is a former president and member of the board of governors of the Miami association’s Residential Board. He has been a director of the state association and a member of various committees. He has also been a director of the National Association of Realtors®, serving on NAR’s global advisory board and as regional coordinator to South America. In the community, Angulo is a member of the Coconut Grove and Coral Gables Chambers of Commerce, and supports the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center and other organizations. He is also chairman of Coldwell Banker Cares – Miami-Dade County, a charitable arm of the real estate firm.

As district vice president for the state association, Angulo will focus on providing Florida’s Realtors with services to support buyers, sellers and investors. “We want our members to continue to deliver exceptional service while upholding the high standards of our profession," he says.

Angulo believes that Realtors are effective advocates for homeownership and leaders in civic and charitable organizations. “As Realtors, we care about the communities where we live and work,” he says. “I take pride in giving back through volunteer work and believe that by working together, we can do more for those in need.”

Largest Penthouse on the Market in Miami Beach Offered for $20 Million

Previews® Property Specialist William P.D. Pierce has co-listed the largest Miami Beach penthouse currently on the market with Meylin Rodriguez and Alex Gomez, who are also sales associates with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Miami Beach Lincoln Building office. The Blue Diamond penthouse, located on the 44th and 45th floor of the tallest condo building in Miami Beach, is a spacious 14,800 square feet and is listed at $20 million.

Featuring sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and the Miami skyline, the generous penthouse offers 8 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, 2 half-baths and 2 kosher kitchens. Three private master bedrooms each have their own private rooftop pool on the 45th floor, and four bedrooms have direct ocean views. The luxurious condo also features a gym room, office, private laundry room and maid’s quarters. The penthouse comes with a private cabana and five reserved parking spaces for the owner.

“The Blue Diamond penthouse is a unique opportunity to purchase the largest penthouse on the market in Miami Beach, and one of the largest in all of South Florida,” said Pierce. “The 360-degree views are truly breathtaking, and the iconic, illuminated blue diamond creates a distinctive setting for evening entertaining.”

Located on 500 feet of beachfront on Miami Beach’s “Millionaire’s Row”, the Blue Diamond and its sister property, the Green Diamond, are the tallest condo buildings in Miami Beach. The twin buildings are known for their distinctive blue and green diamond crowns that light up the Miami Beach skyline at night. Situated one mile north of South Beach at 4779 Collins Avenue, Blue Diamond amenities include indoor parking with 24-hour valet service, five high-speed elevators, high-speed wireless available at the pool, beach and café, beach and pool service, two lighted tennis courts and beachfront cabanas.

Listing agent William P.D. Pierce, a Previews® Property Specialist, is recognized among Miami’s premier real estate professionals and is well known for his listing the second-most expensive property in America in September, Le Palais Royal, located in Broward County and listed for $139 million. He was recognized as the No. 1 individual Coldwell Banker sales associate in South Florida based on closed sales volume in 2013.

Meylin Rodriguez and Alex Gomez are a married team and have worked together in real estate since 2005. Both bilingual, Rodriguez and Gomez serve a multicultural clientele in Miami Beach, with expertise in single family homes, condos and new construction.

Jana Caudill Affiliates with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Jana Caudill, a leading real estate expert of more than 18 years, has affiliated with the Naples Fifth Avenue office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Caudill is an experienced real estate professional from Northern Indiana who previously owned a Keller Williams franchise from 2001 through 2011. Caudill still owns and operates The Jana Caudill Team in Indiana, as well as three independent real estate brokerage offices. She has been enjoying the Naples area for years at the family’s vacation home, and has decided to make a permanent move to Florida to enjoy a better quality of life and to sell luxury real estate in Naples.

"I am excited about listing and selling homes with Coldwell Banker in the sunshine of Naples, which is one of the country’s most sought after luxury real estate markets,” said Caudill, a Coldwell Banker Previews International property specialist. “I plan to use the same commitment to excellence, high standards and proven ability to connect with buyers and sellers that helped me build a successful business in Chicagoland to do the same in Naples, focusing on luxury properties.”

Caudill is a Purdue alumna and started her real estate career in 1996 and is a top performer in Northwest Indiana. Her team continuously shatters sales goals in the Midwest, ending 2013 with over $80 million in closed transactions. The Jana Caudill Team has been ranked in the Real Trends 1,000 and the Top 200 Real Estate Professionals list by the National Association of Realtors.

Based on the 2014 Coldwell Banker Previews International® Luxury Market Index, released this past April, Naples is ranked in the top ten cities in the country with the most closed luxury home sales in the $1 million and $5 million and higher categories. In addition, Naples was ranked in the top ten for highest number of active listings priced at $5 million and $10 million and higher.

“Jana has an incredible reputation in the industry that will follow her to Naples,” said Sue Wolverton, regional vice president, southwest Florida, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. “Jana’s success can be attributed to building relationships and an unwavering ‘can do’ attitude. Her systemic approach to business and well-defined organization will be an asset as she grows her business in Naples. There is a reason she is ranked as one of the top agents in the country, and we are very pleased to have her affiliated as a Coldwell Banker sales associate.”

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT Welcomes David Hunter, New Commercial Director for Orlando

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT has appointed David Hunter as the new Commercial Director of Orlando. As a 28-year career veteran in asset management, David is highly experienced in overseeing property management and commercial brokerage services. He has extensive experience working with commercial and institutional clients, both domestically and abroad.

“I am truly excited to be a party of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT because of its stellar reputation and for the opportunity to work with institutional clients,” said Hunter.

Hunter will direct all of Central Florida, along the booming coastline from Flagler County through Brevard County, and east to Polk County. He will be based out of our Maitland Office.
“We are pleased to welcome David to our team. His state, national and international connections will be valuable as we continue to grow Coldwell Banker Commercial in this important region,” said Dee Maret, CCIM, Florida Director of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT. “We are eager to work with him on the expansion of our commercial property management division, as well.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Brent Allen Lists $6.75 Million Waterfront Estate

Brent Allen, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Annapolis Church Circle office, has listed 6201 Swan Creek Road for $6.75 million. The estate is located on a private and secluded peninsula along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, providing views of the surrounding farmland and the Chesapeake Bay. The virtual tour and website for the property can be found at:!privatefarm/c7la

Situated on 177-plus acres, the six bedroom and five and one-half bathroom home features beautiful 100-year-old reclaimed heart pine flooring, an open floor plan with an abundance of natural light, and five fireplaces. There are numerous options for casual or formal entertaining inside the house, outside on the sprawling lawn, or around the pool and hot tub. Retreat to the one bedroom cottage situated along the shoreline where the oversized windows provide captivating panoramic views of the Bay.

Across the sweeping acres, the estate also features a pool, a covered front porch, large deck, and balcony, a fenced-in hardtop tennis court, and a widow’s walk. The home is the ultimate retreat for outdoor enthusiasts with its many options for recreation. Boaters will appreciate the private pier with a boat lift and floating dock tucked in a protective cove on Tavern Creek. One may also launch boats from the property’s boat lift, floating dock or cement boat ramp.

“This is a gorgeous property for Mid-Atlantic residents searching for that perfect country home, but still desire all of the modern luxuries,” said Brent Allen. “The estate’s attention to detail accompanied with the gorgeous finishes, prime location, acreage, and Bay access makes it an extremely unique property.”

The estate is just minutes away from some of the Chesapeake Bay’s finest marinas and waterside restaurants. While the home is nestled in a private and remote location, it remains close to major Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Mid-Atlantic is a leading residential real estate company with 39 sales and resort rental locations and more than 2,000 sales associates serving the communities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, the Maryland/Delaware Beaches and Washington, D.C. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is a subsidiary of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. Worldwide, the Coldwell Banker network includes 3,100 offices with nearly 85,000 sales associates spanning more than 50 countries. Every day, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage properties are exposed to 16 million buyers on more than 725 high-traffic websites.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Danielle Goldstein Lists Exclusive Jade Ocean Penthouse and Condominium

Danielle Goldstein, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Fort Lauderdale Las Olas office, has listed 17121 Collins Avenue Unit #PH4405 for $6.9 million and Unit #4201 for $4.25 million. The penthouse and condominium are located in the sought-after Jade Ocean tower overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The penthouse is a four bedroom, four bathroom, 4,303 square-foot luxury residence with floor-to-ceiling windows, 22-foot ceilings and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by an award-winning designer, this gorgeous space was customized with the most luxurious finishes. The two-story residence features quartz stone flooring, wood paneling, impact windows, European Snaidero cabinetry, a gourmet kitchen, den, family room and living room.

“This penthouse was completely gutted and revamped with sophisticated colors and textures to create a high drama look,” said Goldstein. “The main entry has to be one of my favorite spaces in the penthouse. The first thing you notice when walking into the main entry is the breathtaking Swarovski crystal chandelier; it really does take your breath away.”

The second 2,824 square-foot corner unit features four bedrooms, four bathrooms adorned with elegant stone finishes and white marble throughout. Unit #4201 boasts beautiful reflective dome ceilings with mood lighting, custom walk-in closets, a gourmet kitchen equipped with Miele and Sub Zero stainless steel appliances and an impressive wrap-around balcony with direct views of the Atlantic Ocean and city.

“Every room in this space is a work of art. The privacy, opulence and spectacular views are ideal for personal use and entertaining,” said Goldstein.

Jade Ocean is located at 17121 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. The technology-advanced 50-story glass tower features infinity-edge pools, a spa with lounge area, sauna, massage and steam rooms, state-of-the-art health club, elegant social lounge, private cinema and business center.

Retired MLB Player Puts Fort Lauderdale Home on Market

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate, Giselle Bonetti of the company’s Weston office, has listed the home of retired Major League Baseball player, Magglio Ordonez for $4.39 million. Located at 181 Nurmi Drive, the 9,928-square-foot residence encompassed six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and one half bath. The home is situated in Nurmi Isles with 120-feet of dockage on the canal. Ordonez had a 15-year career as a right fielder playing for the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

“We truly enjoyed building this home from the ground up. The large, spacious room and the fine details of the home are what standout like the hand-carved wooden railings and moldings, custom build outs and wall finishes,” Dagley Ordonez, Magglio’s wife. “We loved being near the water and having our own small piece of the ‘Venice of the America’.”

The Ordonez’s had the home custom built in 2005, and it features a gourmet chef’s kitchen, family room, bar, formal dining room, spa, his and hers master bathrooms, master suite, oversized guest rooms, office and an elevator. Unique features include custom woodwork and cabinetry, detailed iron work and stained glass windows. The home boasts outdoor features like summer kitchen, spa, pool and dock that can accommodate up to an 80-foot yacht.

“It is a real thrill to work a baseball legend like Magglio Ordonez. The family’s love for this home really shines through,” said Giselle Bonetti, Coldwell Banker Previews International property specialist. “The luxury home market within the $3 million to $5 million range, have been very strong this last quarter. This new listing further strengthens the marketplace and relationships with my major league baseball clientele.”
Previews®, Coldwell Banker’s luxury marketing platform, has been serving the needs of luxury home buyers and sellers since 1933 and is exclusively available to Coldwell Banker Real Estate and its nearly 85,000 sales associates and 3,100 offices in 50 countries and territories around the globe. In 2013, Coldwell Banker agents handled more than 20,000 transaction sides of homes priced at $1 million or more, averaging $102.7 million in sales every day.

On the Market: Minerva Homes Partners Up with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Allen Snow , who is affiliated the brokerage’s Midtown office, was selected by Atlanta-based Minerva Homes as the listing agent for five of their communities: Axis Condos and Townhomes, Berkeley Village, East Avenue Cottages, Linden Place and Oakview Townhomes. Snow’s partnership with Minerva began in 2012 with East Avenue Cottages. He has closed more than $3.5 million in Minerva properties in the first half of the year, and has approximately $7.3 million in closed sales of their properties since 2012.

“Minerva is meeting the needs and wants of todays InTown purchaser by delivering spacious, well designed townhomes in the midst of established walkable neighborhoods. Coldwell Banker is thrilled to be providing sales and marketing services for these exciting communities,” Collin Ellingson, managing broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Midtown branch.

Snow’s most recent Minerva developments are Axis Townhomes and Linden Place. Axis Townhomes and Condos are located in Candler Park, five minutes east of downtown. The development consists of 12 three bedroom residences starting in the high $400,000’s. The townhomes will boast an open floor plan, 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite and quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances and private outdoor spaces. Linden Place is a 26-lot development featuring three-story townhomes with numerous floor plans. This neighborhood is located close to Emory University and the Center for Disease Control. Prices range from the high $300,000 to the mid $400,000.

“I am noticing the buyers for Linden Place and Axis communities are very pragmatic and diligent. Yet, with all of these developments, buyers are showing interest because they want a home that is walking distance or in close proximity to desirable amenities and entertainment ,” said Snow, a Coldwell Banker Previews International ® property specialist. “I see my partnership with Minerva homes as a smart move for strategic growth. Capturing interested buyers in the in-town market and finding them the right new construction community is where I excel.”

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Spotlights Housing Trends in Five International Markets

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today released a snapshot look on several international housing markets. The information was provided by local Coldwell Banker® affiliates in featured markets based on their views of recent housing trends for five diverse European cities.

"As a premier international real estate company, Coldwell Banker Real Estate has the pulse on various global markets,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Our buyers and sellers are increasingly pursuing opportunities beyond traditional national boundaries, and so we consider it prudent to effectively showcase important housing markets around the globe.”


• Barcelona – On the road to economic recovery. After six consecutive years of price reductions, Barcelona is now experiencing price stability, especially in the luxury segment. The 7,893 first-quarter unit sales reflects an increase of 14 percent over the previous quarter, also marking the first quarter in eight years that both sales and price increased at the same time.
• Berlin’s average time on market to sell is eight to nine months. Berlin is experiencing record lows in inventory, below 2 percent on average and 1.5 percent in most central areas of the city, due to the strong economy, low interest rates and an increase in population. With the population forecasted to increase by 7.2 percent by 2030, the market is facing a significant shortage of supply with only 6,500 new residential units being built per year compared to the projected need of 11,000 annually. Berlin is largely a rental market, yet the homeownership rate has increased to approximately 15 percent largely due to an influx of first-time buyers.
• Bucharest - The largest city in Romania is seeing a surge in new home construction with nearly 1,500 completed in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 900 in the first quarter of 2013. This level of individual and state building in the first quarter of 2014 is similar to those figures experienced during the economic boom period. Overall, real estate transactions are up eight percent through the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year.
• Malta, one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, has been relatively stable although there has been a cultural shift towards renting via long term leases as apartments are being built to replace older homes. Like many markets, 2014 has brought renewed strength to the housing market beginning to erase a 40 percent combined price drop from 2008-2013 when banks stopped all developmental loans. Prior to 2008, Malta experienced annual price increases of 10-15 percent.
• Rome is seeing positive signs after seven years of real estate sales contraction. In the first quarter of 2014, 6,579 properties were sold in Rome, which was a 0.6 percent increase year-over-year, while pricing decreased over previous quarters.

Barcelona. The majority of foreign buyers coming into Barcelona are from the United Kingdom (14 percent overall), followed by France (11 percent), Russia (9 percent), Germany (8 percent), Belgium (7 percent), Switzerland (6 percent) and the United States (3 percent).
Bucharest. American buyers make up less than one percent. The majority of foreign buyers come from Spain, Hungary, Austria, Germany, U.K., Israel, Turkey and China.
Berlin. Berlin, especially West Berlin, has traditionally been very popular among Russian buyers and this trend continues in today’s market. Italians are the second largest group of foreign buyers with a noticeable increase from southern Europeans led by Italy, Greece and France.
Malta. Foreign buyers are mostly European (10 percent overall) with a small percentage of Americans on the island (0.3 percent). Other noticeable foreign buyers are coming from Asia (3 percent), Russia (2 percent) and Africa (0.7 percent).
Rome. The majority of foreign buyers are from Russia (12 percent overall), followed by the U.K. (10 percent), Germany (9 percent), France (8 percent), U.S. (7 percent), and China (5 percent).

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Melanie White Sponsored Positive Athlete of Georgia Program

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Melanie White with the company’s Dunwoody office, strives to make a difference in the community by being one of the first people to sponsor the Positive Athlete of Georgia program.

Positive Athlete Georgia is a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to Georgia professional and collegiate sports teams to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition and to learn how to give back to their community. Current and former professional athletes are members of this organization, and high school athletes will be invited to join based on being nominated by a coach, school administrator, parent or fan for the annual Georgia Positive High School Athlete Awards.

“The stories of some of these children are truly inspiring,” said White. “After seeing the many challenges these kids are faced with, I became very passionate about the program and believe they deserve to be recognized for their hard work and positive attitudes.”

Developers Selected Dondi Hopkins to List Two New Developments

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate, Dondi Hopkins of the company’s Plantation Lakeside office has been named the exclusive sales agent for the Reserve at the Ranches in Southwest Ranches and Heritage Estates in Plantation. Hopkins has been recognized by Coldwell Banker as a top producer in 2013 and specializes in luxury real estate and new construction.

The Reserve at the Ranches is the creation of Ellish Builders and The Spear Group. It is a private enclave of eight new custom homes on gated, full-acre home sites. Pricing begins at $2 million for a 6,000-square-foot estate and there are three sample floor plans, the Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. The Merlot homes consist of six-bedrooms, six-bathrooms and one half bath, dining room, living room, family room and three-car garage. The Syrah offers five-bedrooms, five-bathrooms and one half bath, dining room, office grand parlor and three-car garage. The Zinfandel includes six-bedrooms, six-bathrooms and two –half baths, dining room, living room, family room, library, theatre/media room, billiard room and a four-car garage.

The Heritage Estates are a brand new, Brookman-Fels development. The Hopkins Team has three Heritage homes listed, all of which include a 16-foot by 32-foot pool with marble coping and Jacuzzi with waterfall. Their listing at 11028 Blackhawk Boulevard is priced at $1.65 million, is a six-bedroom Additional exterior features include 2,000-square-feet of marble pavers and an outdoor summer kitchen with porcelain tile tops, a 30-inch Alfresco gas grill, stainless steel appliances with a stacked stone finish. The interior features include stainless steel Thermador appliances, modern cabinetry, large kitchen island with seating and Caesar stone countertops and energy efficient amenities.

“The new construction projects in South Florida are very excited because it is showing strength in economy,” said Hopkins, a Coldwell Banker Previews International ® property specialist. “I truly enjoy working with the developers and with buyers looking to build their dream home from the ground up. These new developments are already in high demand and the builders are moving forward with construction.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s William P.D. Pierce Lists Double Penthouse Unit in W South Beach

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate, William P.D. Pierce of the company’s Miami Beach Lincoln Building office, has listed double penthouse units 1926 and 1928 in the W South Beach. The 4, 300 square-foot double unit has a direct oceanfront floor plan with views of the ocean, bay and the city. The units can be purchased as one for $19.9 million, or separately. Unit 1928 is listed for $17.9 million and Unit 1926 is listed for $2 million.

“It is all about the view. This combined unit has the only unobstructed views to the north, south, and east and west, that is currently on the market in South Beach,” said Pierce, a Coldwell Banker Previews International ® property specialist. “People want to live in the residences at the W South Beach because it is the ultimate in luxury living on the shores of one of the world’s most fashionable and glamorous beaches.”

The four-bedroom, five and one half bathroom penthouse has an open floor plan which includes a maid quarters, den/media room, four terraces (totaling 800 feet), 12-foot ceilings, chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. Unique features of the penthouse include Calcutta marble flooring throughout, leather walls, crocodile textured doors, liquid nitrogen privacy glass in the master bedroom and Japanese soaking tub with his and hers showers in the master bath. The penthouse has a whole house automation system from Control 4You which operates the audio, visual, lighting, temperature and sun shades from an iPhone.

The W South Beach is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Residence ownership includes use of the amenities on the W South Beach property including oceanfront with private beach access, two outdoor infinity-edge pools, secret garden with fountains, private pool cabanas, three onsite bar/restaurants (Mr. Chow, Wall and Dutch), full service security, rooftop tennis and basketball courts and fitness center. The W South Beach is also home to a vast art collection from world renowned contemporary artists.

Pierce is recognized amongst Miami’s premier real estate professionals and is well known for his record breaking sale of the $34 million penthouse at The Residences at the Miami Beach EDITION in 2013. He was recently recognized as the No. 1 individual Coldwell Banker sales associate in South Florida based on closed sales in 2013.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Giselle Bonetti Lists Carlos Beltran’s Estate for $4.5 Million

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate, Giselle Bonetti of the company’s Weston office, has listed the home of the New York Yankee’s centerfielder, Carlos Beltran for $4.5 million. Located at 3515 Windmill Ranch Road in Weston, the 13,316 square-foot estate encompasses eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and one half bathroom. The home is situated on one and a half acres of land in Windmill Ranch Estates. Beltran previously played with the St. Louis Cardinals, who became free agent and signed Yankees last fall.

“We really loved the Weston community and this home. It was our own estate, with plenty of land and privacy. This is a very family-friendly property with ample room for kids to play. The basketball court and putting green were just a few of our favorite spots on the property,” said Beltran.

This home was built to suit in 2004 and features his and hers master bath suites, exercise room, billiard room, library, loft, butler’s pantry, catering kitchen, chef’s kitchen with double Bosch dishwashers and refrigerators, wine room , detached guest house and industrial elevator. Outdoor features of the home include a putting green, basketball court, a greenhouse and an oversized negative edge pool with SAM lighting. The home boasts high-tech features like a whole house AGIS sound system and Lutron lighting system.

“Carlos Beltran has been one of several Major League Baseball clients in the last few years. I love working with MLB players, mainly because of my love and respect for the game,” said Coldwell Banker Previews International associate, Giselle Bonetti. “My level of service has no limit, nor time or schedule and my team operates at a private concierge level. We help them find a sanctuary of privacy, and will assist in coordinating every aspect of their move, from packing their belongings to hiring a nanny for their family.”

$19 Million Sunset Island Property Hits the Market in Miami

Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s No. 1 sales team worldwide, The Jills, and Gilles Rais, of the Gilles Rais Fine Homes Team with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Las Olas office, have co-listed a $19 million modern Mediterranean estate on a double waterfront lot on Sunset Island 3. Located at 1525 West 24th Street in Miami Beach, the home underwent $2 million of interior and exterior renovations over the last two years, and is brimming with luxurious amenities.

“The privacy and amenities of this Sunset Island estate are in high demand for the Miami luxury real estate buyer,” said Jill Hertzberg of The Jills. “Living on a guarded island is like being on your own oasis just outside Miami, within walking distance of Lincoln Road. It reminds me of the Hamptons on the outskirts of New York City.”

The sprawling 9,696 square-foot, three-story property is home to seven en-suite bedrooms, eight full and two half bathrooms, dual two car garages and 156 feet of deep waterfront with docking for a mega yacht. The estate boasts six custom-made Fendi Casa chandeliers with an approximate value of $1 million, marble and hardwood floors, custom wood work and custom Fendi Casa furnishings. Features of the home include a grand foyer with imperial staircase, formal living room, chef’s kitchen with Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, wine storage, dining room, club room, rooftop terrace, and an elevator. The interior furnishings are not included in the price, but are available for purchase.

“It is rare to find a double waterfront lot on more than half an acre, making a property like Villa D’Este with 27,300 square-feet of land extremely desirable. To put it into perspective, even with the 9, 626 square-foot home on the property, there was still room to install a small soccer field with regulation size goals, a trampoline, a playground and a lawn, with land to spare. ” said Gilles Rais, a Coldwell Banker Previews International ® property specialist.

The master suite encompasses the entire second floor and features expansive views, his and hers bathrooms with steam showers, a guest-room sized master closet and spacious terrace. The six guest suites feature private bathrooms and walk-in closets. The exterior of the home boasts lush and manicured landscaping, a courtyard garden replete with center fountain, covered terrace on first and second floors with cascading steps to the pool and spa. Security and safety features have also been updated and include a Sonos® whole house control system, two-remote controlled gates, one walking gate and a whole house generator.

Tim Elmes Sells $12.5 Million Home to Canadian TV Star

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associate, Tim Elmes of the company’s Fort Lauderdale Las Olas Office, closed on 1000 Riviera Drive in Fort Lauderdale for $12.5 million. The home was built in 1938 for the Anheuser-Busch family. Designed by Francis Abreu, protégé of Addison Mizner, the 12,533-square-foot estate encompasses six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and four half bathrooms. Located on an Intracoastal point lot, it has 525 feet of deep water frontage with wide water views, and is one of the largest waterfront properties in East Fort Lauderdale. Wekerle also owns another residential property in Fort Lauderdale, which was just listed for $10 million with Tim Elmes.

The home is located on a 52,896-square-foot lot. Unique outdoor features include an oversized lap pool, outdoor band shell with sprawling lawns, 12-foot-privacy hedges, banyan trees and ample waterfront dockage. There is a two-bedroom guest home on the property in addition to a media room, chef’s kitchen and gym in the main house. The most recent upgrades to the home include double glazed hurricane impact windows and a city gas whole house generator. Wekerle will be the seventh owner of this estate, and has not been owned by an Anheuser-Busch family member since the late 1960s.

"I have been a Florida resident for 25 years. My late wife fell in love with this house at first sight. We would take boat rides on the Intercoastal and were enchanted with this estate and its spectacular view. This house represents both emotional and physical value. My family and I look forward to creating many memories at this historical home,” said Wekerle.

Michael Wekerle is CEO of Toronto-based Difference Capital, Inc., a merchant banking firm. His company manages and invests in a variety of businesses. Michael has personally invested in commercial properties in Fort Lauderdale and the Canadian rights to Mark Wahlberg’s burger franchise, Wahlburgers®. Most recently, Wekerle was asked to be the newest Dragon on the CBC network’s hit-show, “Dragon’s Den”.

“There is nothing quite like working with a skilled and successful CEO. He is the kind of buyer who knows what he wants and goes for it. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Michael on the purchase of this estate and the listing of his current home,” said Elmes, a Coldwell Banker Previews International ® property specialist.

For more information on Tim Elmes, please visit his website at

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES Donates $25,000 to the University of Miami Crohn’s & Colitis Center

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES, the charitable arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, has donated $25,000 to the University of Miami Crohn’s and Colitis Center. The center, which is a state of the art facility that provides a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease, is the only one of its kind in Florida. In recognition of this generous gift, the Center has named one of its four infusion chair suites in honor of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES. The check was presented to Maria T. Abreu, M.D., director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center on June 12, 2014.

“Coldwell Banker’s® independent sales associates and employees were honored to be part of the fundraising efforts for the Crohn’s and Colitis Center. By supporting this center, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES can make a difference in the lives of those who need care for these diseases. We all look forward to continuing the support for this very deserving cause,” said Duff Rubin, regional vice president, southeast Florida, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. CARES support for organizations such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Center are made possible by the generosity and fundraising efforts of Coldwell Banker employees and independent sales associates throughout the State of Florida.

Leading the CARES effort to support the center was Mitchell Cook, senior vice president and general counsel for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. His son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1999, and he has been an avid fundraiser and community advocate for the treatment of this disease ever since. In addition to their support of the center, he and his wife were long time Board members and fundraising committee chairs of the Florida Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and have previously been recognized as CCFA Volunteers of the Year.

“I know first-hand how challenging these diseases can be and how incredibly important it is to have a center like this in Florida. Nearly 80,000 people in the state of Florida alone are affected by these debilitating diseases, with the peak incidence of diagnosis occurring between the ages of 15 - 25. Dr. Abreu is an internationally renowned expert on inflammatory bowel disease. Patients and their families from across the State and beyond will benefit from her medical expertise and her leadership and vision at the center,” said Cook.

Stephen Weinraub Named Branch Manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Delray Beach Office

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has named Stephen Weinraub as the new branch manager of the company’s Delray Beach office, where he will lead 80 independent sales associates. Weinraub brings 14 years of experience in real estate.

Weinraub has had a long career selling real estate, reaching award levels of sales, time after time. A trainer and coach for agents in the highly desirable Los Angeles market for many years, and a successful business owner. Weinraub takes a very practical approach in helping his agents remain at the top of their field.

“I’m truly excited and looking forward to my role as branch manager for such an incredibly dynamic and talented group of agents,” said Weinraub. “My experience in recruiting, business planning and providing professional development will be very helpful in supporting the Delray Beach office.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Mid-Atlantic Collects Over 70,400 Pounds of Food During Healthy Food Week

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Mid-Atlantic recently partnered with the United Way of Central Maryland and Molly Shattuck, founder and CEO of Molly Shattuck Vibrant Living, for its second annual Families Living United Healthy Food Week. The weeklong campaign took place in the beginning of May and resulted in over 70,400 pounds of collected healthy food.

“I am thrilled with the results of this year’s Healthy Food Week, which was more than double from last year,” said Dean Cottrill, president, Mid-Atlantic, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Coldwell Banker believes very strongly in giving back to the community and I hope that through our involvement and support, we have helped give families the resources they need to maintain a healthy diet.”

Families Living United Healthy Food Week benefits United Way’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative, which aims to expand access to nutritious foods for low-income individuals and communities who lack the resources necessary to consume a healthy and consistent diet. Key to UWCM’s Initiative is its focus on nutritious food. Food insecurity is correlated with an increased susceptibility to illness and negative health outcomes like diabetes, heart disease and childhood obesity. It is also shown to slow cognitive development among children – affecting their ability to succeed in school and beyond.

“Healthy and nutritious meals play a huge role in the lives of both children and adults,” said Shattuck.
“We are happy to lend a helping hand in bringing healthy foods to the tables of individuals and families who are less fortunate.”

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT Sales Associate Liz Menendez Announces Commercial Property Lease Transaction

Brent Coons D.C. and Tampa Chiropractic, LLC, a chiropractic clinic, has leased a 1,258-square-foot office space at 3315 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa. Liz Menendez, CCIM, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Tampa, represented the owners, Kevin and Sherri Robles in the transaction. Kim Koletic with B.J. Weeks Realty, Inc. represented Coons.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Florida is a leading full-service residential real estate company with more than 75 offices and 4,800 sales associates serving the communities of Central Florida, Palm Beach, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay. Worldwide, the Coldwell Banker network includes 3,100 offices with over 85,000 sales associates spanning 50 countries. Every day, properties listed and marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate are exposed to 16 million buyers on more than 725 high-traffic websites. For more information or to view local listings, visit

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT Sales Associate Ruth Duncan, CCIM Sells Retail Commercial Property in downtown Clearwater

Photo Land Trust has purchased commercial property at 526 and 532 South Ft. Harrison Avenue. Photo Land Trust will use the property for redevelopment. Ruth Whitney Duncan, CCIM, a commercial broker associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT in Tampa Bay, worked with George L. Fulmer, Sr., George L. Fulmer, Jr. and the Photo Land Trust in the transaction.

George L. Fulmer, Sr. has owned the properties since 1963. This property has been the location of Fulmer Photo Service as well as the residence of Mr. Fulmer and his family since 1963.

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT is one of the leading commercial brokerages in Florida with more than 135 commercial sales associates and 64 offices involved in commercial transactions. Nationwide, Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT is the 12th largest corporate-owned commercial real estate brokerage and the commercial real estate brokerage division of NRT LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Doris Robinson Lands Impressive $2.395 Million Listing

Doris Robinson, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Buckhead West Paces Ferry office, has listed the home of Dr. Charles Hatcher, Jr., the former CEO of Woodruff Medical Center. The property is located at 1105 Lullwater Road and is listed at $2.395 million.

This 4,098 square-foot historic Georgian residence has four bedrooms, including a master suite with two full bathrooms, two walk-in closets, coffee bar and a beautiful walk out lounging deck. Additional features of the home include a mahogany family room, butler’s pantry, spacious guest house, art studio, library and two sun rooms, perfect setting for reading and relaxing.

The exterior boasts beautifully manicured gardens, a swimming pool and spa. The home also features a spacious back foyer entrance perfect for entertaining with a wet bar including storage for wine, liquor and glass and an ice machine. The home was most recently renovated in 1989 which included an addition, designed by architect Ken Lynch.

“Although this home has been exquisitely restored with modern and luxurious amenities that suit today’s lifestyle, the historic ambience remains through its unique original features,” said Robinson.

Dr. Charles Hatcher, Jr. bought the house in 1963 after moving to Atlanta to work at Emory University as a Thoracic surgeon. After reaching that title, he moved up to become the CEO of the Woodruff Medical Center, which encompasses all of Emory Medicine.