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Michael Comras plans to bring a new vibe to the retail market in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Comras and his senior director of retail leasing Jeffrey Evans were hired to handle leasing for the three major property owners along a four-block stretch of Las Olas Boulevard, which control about 90 percent of storefronts: Las Olas Companies, Barron Real Estate and Hudson Capital Group. In all, the Comras Company is handling about 250,000 square feet of retail space from Route 1, where the Cheesecake Factory is, going west toward the canal.

“Those four blocks for years have been sort of held back,” Comras told The Real Deal. “These independent owners are banding together to remerchandise and restrategize.”

He and Evans are launching leasing at ICSC New York on Monday and Tuesday, and have started wrapping storefronts with new marketing materials. The 250,000 square feet includes 50,000 square feet of new space and another 50,000 square feet that’s underway, Evans said. Las Olas Co. is building Las Olas Place, a two-story, 30,000-square-foot retail and office building next to American Social, a restaurant and bar on the corner of Eighth Avenue and the boulevard.

Comras declined to provide asking rents, but said that market rents currently range from $70 a square foot to $80 a squre foot. He plans to bring in similar tenant mixes like those on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and Sunset Harbour, and in Coconut Grove, including small fitness companies, home furnishings and accessories, athleisure, and high-tech stores.

Just west of the Las Olas shops is Fort Lauderdale’s central business district, where the Related Group is building Icon Las Olas. To the east are high-end single-family homes, and to the north, Flagler Village, which is undergoing significant redevelopment geared toward attracting millennials and baby boomers. More than 40 projects are in the pipeline in Flagler Village.

Comras said he plans to redirect those consumers, who would otherwise go to Town Center at Boca Raton in Palm Beach County or Aventura Mall in Miami-Dade.


America’s exhaustive and exhausting two-year presidential cycle is drawing to a close, which means that the White House will soon have new — or, at least, newly returned — residents. Spread across 18 acres, the mansion is 55,000 square feet, with 132 rooms, including three kitchens and 35 bathrooms. Still, the White House is considered modest compared to the official residences of some other heads of state. The property was built for one purpose only — as a symbol of American political stability. It has never been bought or sold. “In view of the frantic nature of many election campaigns, it is amazing that there has never been an interruption in the lawful exchange of residents at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” writes the White House Historical Association on its website. Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating on its market value. Zillow estimated the value of the property at $393 million. That, of course, includes a large premium for its historical significance.


The year that President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name. At various times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House” and the “Executive Mansion.”


The denomination of U.S. currency that features the White House. The bill is slated for a redesign in 2020, with Harriet Tubman, the former slave and abolitionist, replacing President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner. The reverse side, which features the White House, is expected to remain unchanged.


The number of Christmas trees decorating the White House in 1997, during the Clinton administration. The display eclipsed the Eisenhower administration’s long-held record for most trees, that of 26, which were installed throughout the building’s six floors.


The year the British Army set fire to the White House, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. The building had been completed just 14 years prior. The marauding Brits torched not only the White House, but other Capitol buildings, the culmination of a campaign of terror aimed at forcing the U.S. to capitulate. Before destroying the house, troops reportedly stopped to eat the dinner First Lady Dolley Madison had laid out in the dining room.


The annual yield that the White House, which has 15 to 16 bedrooms, would generate if it was converted to a rental or a B&B. That comes to about $5 million a year, using L.A.- based Gray Real Estate Advisors’ $90 million valuation. But Zillow’s annual rental estimate is nearly five times higher at about $25 million a year.


The number of days the White House is open to the public free of charge. American citizens can submit a request through their Congressional representative no fewer than 21 days — and no more than three months — in advance. The tours are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. By comparison, Élysée Palace, the French presidential residence, is open only one day a year.


The number of pieces inside Lego’s “architectural replica of the real-world White House,” which retails for $49.99. The assembled model stands 3.9 inches high, 8.8 inches wide and 5.6 inches deep. Lego’s version of the United States Capitol Building is twice as big and expensive. It has 1,032 pieces and costs $99.99.


The number of hours it will take expert movers to help the President-elect and his or her family transfer their possessions into the White House on January 20, 2017. While the swearing-in takes place, movers will remove the Obamas’ possessions. Former White House usher Gary Walters, who worked on five presidential move-ins, described it as “well-organized ballet choreography.”


The number of gallons of white paint it takes to cover the White House. The building first took on its current hue in 1798, when it was covered with lime-based whitewash to protect the stone facade from freezing. In 1818, a coat of white lead paint was applied.

~The Real Deal


With only a handful of new apartment deliveries in Fort Lauderdale over the past year, growing demand for rentals has started to strain the city’s supply.

A new report from brokerage Marcus & Millichap shows a dearth of new construction helped shrink Fort Lauderdale’s vacancy rate to 3.2 percent in the third quarter. Rents, on the other hand, spiked 8 percent year-over-year to an average of $1,614 per month.

Much like Miami, Fort Lauderdale — and Broward County in general — has seen a wave of demand for apartments stemming from buyers getting shut out from the increasingly expensive housing market, according to the report. Even with the county’s median income rising to an all-time high of $55,200, the report states, Broward’s $293,200 median price for a house means homeownership is still out of reach for many residents.

The growing popularity of neighborhoods like Flagler Village among millennials, who typically favor renting over homeownership, is also contributing to the increased demand.

Development activity is starting to ratchet up in response. Of the 7,300 apartments under construction in Broward with delivery dates spread between this year and 2018, 1,800 are within Fort Lauderdale. Even with that influx of new supply, Marcus & Millichap forecasts that vacancies will continue their gradual fall, causing rents to rise.

~Courtesy of The Real Deal


Florida’s wealthiest residents have some new neighbors. An influx of the ultra-wealthy has boosted Florida to third place for popularity among billionaires in the Forbes 400 list.

Nine new billionaires from the Forbes 400 are calling Florida home this year, boosting the state’s roster of the ultra-wealthy to 40. That’s also seven more billionaires on the list than Texas’s 33, the lowest number the state has seen since 2000, according to Forbes.

And as one might expect, many of Florida’s richest made their billions from real estate. By The Real Deal’s count, 19 of those billionaires in the state list their primary source of wealth from properties, financial markets or money management. Although he’s not on the Forbes 400, Starwood Capital founder Barry Sternlicht recently said he and several other executives were also switching addresses to Florida during the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference.

Among those who made the move last year: Interactive Brokers Group founder Thomas Peterffy, who became Florida’s richest resident last year when he left the ritzy enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut for Palm Beach. Forbes pegs his net worth at $12.6 billion, ranking him No. 32 on the list.

One of the main factors driving the wealthy to Florida — besides the tired tropes of sun, sand and palm trees — is the state’s lack of state income and estate taxes, Forbes reported. That perk alone saved Tom Golisano, who chairs payroll company Paychex, $5 million when he moved to Florida in 2009.

Apartna Mathur told Forbes that Florida’s attractiveness to the financially savvy can also be chalked up to favorable business conditions and bankruptcy laws, which protect personal personal real estate from seizure. [Forbes]Sean Stewart-Muniz

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As South Florda braces for Hurricane Matthew lines at grocery stores and gas pumps continue to grow. Currently Palm Beach County is under a hurricane warning while Broward County remains under a tropical storm warning. Yesterday Governor Rick Scott declarded a State of Emergency and ordered partial activation of the Florida National Guard. According to the Sun Sentinal the weather service put odds of hurricane force winds of at least 74 mph at 20 to 25 percent. The Florida Power & Light Co. announced it was activating its emerygency reasponse plan, preparing to deploy 4,000 workers to restore power. In light of these looming events we have compiled a list of items that should be in your emergency survival kit to help you weather the storm.

The Core Emergency Survival Kit

• Water – one gallon per person, per day.

• Food – nonperishable and canned foods, along with a non-electric can opener.

• Sanitation and personal hygiene items.

• Flashlights with extra batteries.

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio. If battery-powered, have extra batteries.

• Extra clothing and blankets.

• A first-aid kit.

• Emergency cash and checks – credit cards may not be dependable if there is a power outage.

• Electronic chargers, including chargers that can be used in your vehicle.

• A whistle to signal for help.

• Duct tape.

• Copies of personal documents – including a home inventory list, insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.

• Bug spray.

• Pen and notebook – use to keep notes, important phone numbers, etc., if power is out and electronic devices are not working.

• Baby supplies – diapers, wipes, infant formula, food and bottles.

• Pet food and extra water for your pets.

• Medications – if you, a family member, or a pet rely on daily medications, be sure
to include at least a three to seven-day supply.

• Copy of your insurance policies – both home and auto.

• Wills, trusts, deeds and birth certificates.

• Account numbers – bank accounts, insurance accounts, etc.

• Personal and family records.

• Copies of licenses and/or ID cards.

• Medical records.

• Legal and financial documents.

• An inventory of your home’s contents.

• Photographs of your home and your belongings.

As we prepare for Matthew and lines grow longer and longer please remember we are all in this together so be kind to one another and help your neighbors and the elderly as best you can. Please make sure you are prepared as well as possible and stay safe!




Two veteran restaurant groups have agreed to build new locations directly on the beach through a partnership between a developer and the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

The same company that owns Grille 401 Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, the Piñon Grill in Boca Raton and Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines signed a deal to open the Pompano Beach House just east of the new Pompano Beach Pier parking garage at 10 N. Pompano Beach Blvd. The 6,700-square-foot restaurant should break ground in October and open in September 2017, said Timothy L. Hernandez, principal of New Urban Communities. Pompano Pier Associates, which is owned by Hernandez, Kevin Rickard, Rick Caster and Brian Grossberg, was selected by the CRA to lease and develop the commercial space in and around the parking garage.

Hernandez said the Pompano Beach House will offer burgers, steaks, chops and fish.

The 9,570-square-foot Oceanic restaurant is slated to break ground on the same site in June 2017 and open in spring 2018, Hernandez said. Oceanic is owned by Raleigh, North Carolina-based LM Restaurants, whose other brands include Bluewater, Taverna Agora and Carolina Ale House. The first Oceanic is at the base of a pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

“The city of Pompano has made a great investment in revitalizing its beachfront with landscaping, restrooms, wide sidewalks and a large parking garage,” Hernandez said. “This will differentiate it from other beachfronts, where parking is a problem.”

New Urban Communities is also offering leases in 6,000 square feet of commercial space in the parking garage and three site pads between the parking garage and the beach with development potential of 7,000, 5,200 and 6,200 square feet.

Hernandez said he’s in negotiations with a beachwear store for the largest space. The smaller space will probably be subdivided into two or three restaurants. The 6,200-square-foot space, which will have an unobstructed view of the beach, will probably be a restaurant, he said.

Quick service restaurants are also the most likely tenants for the garage commercial space given the heavy foot traffic expected there on weekends, Hernandez said.



John D'Angelo was named among the top 1% of Fort Lauderdale's 6,180 Real Estate Agents according to HomeLight. D'Angelo has over 250 condo transactions to his name, over 100 more than the next closest realtor.

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This stunning Chelsea Model in The Las Olas River House features 2 Bedrooms, and 2.5 Bathrooms with outstanding river and city views from every room. Tile flooring in the living areas and wood floors in the bedrooms will keep alergies at bay. A foyer entry will undoubtedly impress guests while the upgraded gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, black absolute square edge countertops, italian glass tile backsplash and wolf induction cooktop will make entertaining a breeze. The moterized window treatments in all rooms, custom lighting and ceiling fans for those warm Florida evenings complete the luxury of this unit. All that and much more not to mention all that The Las Olas River House offers including 5 star resort like amenities.

Towering over the Downtown Fort Lauderdale skyline standing an impressive 42 stories tall sits the prestigious luxury condo Las Olas River House. This uniquely designed contemporary condominium situated along the banks of the New River has the esteemed distinction of being the tallest building in Broward County, Florida and is also proclaimed as the tallest residential building between Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta, Georgia. The Las Olas River House was inspired by the famous sculpture of the Winged Victory which stands in the Louvre in Paris. Las Olas River House offers the finest in luxury urban living in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Living in walking distance of the charming 24/7 Las Olas lifestyle, residents have access to 100’s of great restaurants, clubs, cafés and shops. Every night is Saturday night on Las Olas Boulevard; all you need to do is walk out your door.

As it rises to 42 stories and reflects from the towers of glass the beautiful sights of the downtown Ft Lauderdale skyline. The soaring waterfront views from the floor-to-ceiling windows are breathtaking and offer views of both the New River as well as the Atlantic Ocean. A luxurious oversized day spa and fitness center exclusively for its residents is right inside this Ft. Lauderdale square city block building. Las Olas River House condo also includes a sixth-floor cocktail bistro lounge and separate quiet library area as well as private meeting rooms and a major conference area for meetings and conducting business… all of this plus 24/7 valet, security, and front desk service.

Fort Lauderdale’s prestigious Las Olas River House also contains “Smart” building features that allow all its residents to access all the building’s amenities at a touch of a button.

Residents at Las Olas River House enjoy impressive amenities including poolside cabanas that include full baths, 5-star concierge services, private dining rooms, library and a bistro lounge for private entertaining.

Never before has Las Olas had an address like this. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is more than a relaxed complement to South Beach offering an equally trendy and lively lifestyle like that of its neighbor down south. Las Olas Boulevard is known as the premier place to live or visit in Fort Lauderdale. Outside you’ll find yourself in the heart of Las Olas –Ft. Lauderdale’s best of the best area just steps to the booming arts and cultural district and lovely streets with clubs and restaurants of your choice, and of course the world-class beachfront. Las Olas Blvd. has always been Fort Lauderdale’s most charming thoroughfare and is at the forefront of everything from fashion boutiques and art galleries, to memorable restaurants, sidewalk cafés and clubs. At the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale with the fabulous New River coursing along nearby with its daily parade of majestic boats is one of those rare addresses that has only grown more alluring over the years. Within a short walk you’ll find the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Riverwalk and the Museum of Art.

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It is with great honor we can announce that the long awaited Icon Las Olas, has finally opened its doors!

The Related Group teamed up with award-winning Sieger Suarez Architects, South Florida’s leading architectural firm specializing in luxury residential high-rise design, and South Florida-based Interiors by Steven G, a high-end interior design firm that truly embodies luxury.

Towering above Las Olas, Icon is set to be Fort Lauderdale’s tallest building and boasts unprecedented ocean and river views. With a total of 272 residences ranging from 960 to 1,926 square feet, Icon Las Olas has a total of 13 floorplans that accommodate all different lifestyles.

The amenity list will surpass every expectation, from a stunning Sky Terrace for sunbathing and socializing to a refreshing, gorgeous dipping pool, luxury spa and so much more.

We invite you to visit us at D’Angelo Realty where we are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to show you what it means to Live Famously at the Icon Las Olas!


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