Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Native Realty Completes 60,000 Square Feet in Transactions Over the Past 90 Days in Broward County, FL

Jaime Sturgis
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –– Native Realty, the pioneering Fort Lauderdale commercial real estate firm, has enjoyed a blistering stretch of deal making over the past 90 days. During that span, the firm has completed 60,000 square feet in lease transactions throughout Broward County.

Among the most notable recent transactions arranged by Native Realty were General Provision’s long-term lease for a brand-new location in downtown Fort Lauderdale and JEY Hospitality’s 10-year deal for an entertainment/dining venue in Fort Lauderdale’s Music & Arts South of Sunrise (M.A.S.S.) District within the popular Flagler Village neighborhood.

 For the General Provision transaction, Sturgis represented the homegrown co-working space operator in the five-year lease for more than 6,000 square feet located at 300 SW First Ave. – next to the mixed-use X Las Olas project.

Sturgis represented landlord RWL 4 Inc. in the JEY Hospitality lease. The 810 NE Fourth Ave. property, which includes 3,247 square feet of converted industrial buildings that were most recently occupied by a bar named Jump The Shark.

Amanda Roy

Native Realty also arranged leases totaling 35,590 square feet with auto companies Mennet Cars LLC and Auto Beast LLC at 735 W. Broward Blvd. Sturgis represented landlord Best Buy Repos, Inc. The firm’s Amanda Roy represented Auto Beast LLC.

Other recent deals handled by the firm include:

·         A 2,159-square-foot lease with Fitonomy Inc. at 2821 SW 23rd Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Sturgis represented landlord 84 Business Center, LLC, while the firm’s Sara Dorfman represented the tenant. 

           Native Realty also represented both sides to lease the last available suite in this project – totaling 2,040 square feet - to Browning Productions and Entertainment. Browning is about to be acquired by a larger publically traded company. Native Realty’s listing at 2821 SW 23rd Terrace is now 100 percent leased.       
Sara Dorfman

·         Two leases totaling 2,000 square feet within Flagler Uptown (750 N. Flagler Drive in Flagler Village). This center is now 100 percent leased. Sturgis represented Form Hair Studio in one transaction, while Roy represented Mokshatopia Hookha House in the other.

·         Sturgis represented both sides in Zebra Champagne’s 625-square-foot lease at 746 NE Third Ave. within the M.A.S.S. District.

·         Jaime Sturgis just completed two leases totaling 1,400 square feet at The Hive, one with popular The Wander Shop and the other with a new Poke Restaurant (Poke LoLo) from the chef formerly behind the popular Phat Boy Sushi restaurants. This center is now 100 percent leased. Sturgis represented the landlord.

·         Sturgis and Roy represented the landlord in a 2,232-square-foot lease with The Way Home Treatment Center at 1100 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Wilton Manors.

The Hive Compex, Fort Lauderdale, FL
·         Sturgis represented both sides in a 3,000-square-foot lease with renowned international Jiu-Jitsu school Renzo Gracie Academy at 535 NE 13th Street.

·         Garden Box, a live music operator, signed a 1,452-square-foot lease at 545 NE 13th Street. Sturgis represented the landlord, while Roy represented the tenant.

“It is exciting to continue expanding our role in curating emerging neighborhoods within Fort Lauderdale’s urban core and throughout Broward County,” Sturgis said.

 “Additionally, we completed a significant deal in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale with General Provision’s new location and a number of new tenants to Flagler Village and 13th Street. We look forward to keeping the momentum going throughout 2018 and beyond.”

A Fort Lauderdale native, Sturgis has been a driving force in identifying the city’s urban neighborhoods with untapped potential and generating leasing and investment sales activity in those emerging markets. He has dominated the Flagler Village neighborhood, completing 500,000 square feet in transactions in the last three years to help the now-popular area become a true live, work and play destination.

Native Realty is headquartered in Flagler Village’s the Hive – a popular complex with retail, restaurants, offices, a vintage arcade bar and yoga studio.

Integra Realty Resources, U.S.A. Parking and many more. Native Realty is headquartered in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village at 908 N. Flagler Drive. 

For more information, please contact:

Eric Kalis
Account Director, BoardroomPR
Bank of America Plaza | 1776 N Pine Island Road

HFF announces $30.359 Million recapitalization of student housing property in Athens, GA

David B. Keller
INDIANAPOLIS, IN –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $30.359 million recapitalization of River Club Apartments and River Club Townhomes, two student housing communities operated as a single property, which serve the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia.  The properties total 366 units and 1,134 beds.

The HFF team worked on behalf of the borrower, an entity managed and controlled by The Scion Groupto secure the seven-year, floating-rate loan through Freddie Mac’s CME Program.  

The securitized loan replaced existing Fannie Mae financing, and will be serviced by HFF, a Freddie Mac Multifamily Approved Seller/Servicer for Conventional Loans.

River Club Apartments comprises two- to four-bedroom units with private bathrooms, hardwood-style plank flooring and flat panel TVs.  The property is situated on 93 forested acres at 1005 Macon Highway along the Oconee River. 

Located adjacent to the Apartments, River Club Townhomes is a 32-acre, gated property, which offers three- and four-bedroom floorplans within two-story townhome units. 

Mark Sixour
Community amenities at both properties include swimming pools; volleyball, tennis and basketball courts; fitness centers; computer labs; car wash stations; private tanning salons; and on-site bus stops with service to UGA. 

The properties were 100 percent occupied for the 2017 to 2018 school year, and are within three miles of campus.

The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower included senior managing directors David B. Keller and Mark Sixour.

For more information, please contact:

HFF Public Relations Specialist
(713) 852-3500

Rhodes+Brito Architects Appoints Michelle Tatom Director of Business Development in Orlando, FL

Michelle Tatom

ORLANDO, Fla. --- Rhodes+Brito Architects in Orlando has appointed Michelle Tatom Director of Business Development for the firm. 
Ruffin Rhodes, co-founder and partner at Rhodes+Brito Architects said Tatom has 20 years of experience in directing business development activities in partnership with local programs for several aviation authorities, ensuring federal compliance, contract compliance and contract administration.
Tatom seamlessly carried out those duties in management positions she held at the Metropolitan Nashville and Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authorities.
  More recently, as Small Business Development Director at GOAA, Tatom was responsible for overseeing small business activities and programs supported by the aviation authority in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and other local programs for small businesses.

Ruffin Rhodes
In her new role at Rhodes+Brito, Tatom says her goal is to take the company to the next level of financial growth, portfolio growth, and to broaden its geographic reach into other markets beyond Central Florida.  
“We are thrilled that Michelle has joined our team. Her reputation speaks for itself and we look forward to seeing the positive impact her knowledge and experience has on our growth,” said Rhodes.

For more information, please contact:

Ruffin Rhodes, Rhodes+Brito Architects, 407-648-7288
Maximiano Brito, Rhodes+Brito Architects, 407-648-7288
Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142

Grupo Velas Introduces Exclusive Residential Development Off Sea of Cortez in Gulf of California

Two-star Michelin Chef Sidney Schutte

GULF OF CALIFORNIA -- May 23, 2018 -- An exclusive residential development from Grupo Velas, Velamar Residences by Grand Velas Los Cabos is slated for completion in November 2018.

 It features 40 Smart Home-condos all with water views of the Sea of Cortez, a lushly landscaped swimming pool and garden area, gated entry, and covered parking.

All units, ranging in size from 2324 sq. ft. to 3840 sq. ft, offer three bedrooms and three bathrooms, high ceilings, marble floors, spacious terrace, and fully-equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

Upon purchase, owners can select the finishes of the closets and baths before installation. A highlight of ownership, owners have access to enjoy the facilities of the Grand Velas Los Cabos, ranked No. 1 in the destination on TripAdvisor, through a custom membership.

 Privileges include valet parking; business center; three infinity pools, including an oceanfront adults-only Serenity Pool; beach; Technogym Fitness Center with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation; select spa and wellness programs; kids’ and teens’ club; Wi-Fi; and more, all complimentary at the resort.

 Residents may dine at Grand Velas Los Cabos’ five gourmet restaurants led by top chefs, including two star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte, four bars and coffee shop for an additional cost.

Pool side, Grand Velas Los Cabos overlooking Sea of Cortez

Velamar is located 5 minutes from the beach on an elevated stretch inland, between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Presale pricing starts at $410,000 USD. Furnishing packages are available at extra cost. A rental pool for condo owners is available. For more information, please call 1.888.417.9070, email or visit

For more information, please contact:

Megan (Sterritt) Taylor
KWE Partners
1581 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1103  |  Miami, FL 33129
t.  786 247 4812 |