$138 million loan is a vote of confidence in Miami condos

There’s a bit of angst over whether Miami condos have hit the risky glut stage because no one wants a repeat of the Great Recession debacle.

However, there is recent significant financing that shows some strength in the market.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association has granted a $138 million construction loan to Two Roads Development’s Elysee Miami, a 57-story waterfront tower in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. Two Roads earlier gained a $16.5 million construction loan from Mosaic Real Estate Credit, a Calabasas, California-based alternative lender, The Real Deal reported in 2017.

The new loan came after the project nears a key benchmark: 50 percent sold. Vertical construction began last month after 5,000 tons of cement were poured for the foundation. Completion is expected in 2020.

There are plenty of luxury condos for sale in Miami-Dade County: More than 2,725 formally listed at a minimum price of $1 million, according to an Aug. 1 report from Condo Vultures Realty. That’s about a 34-month supply based on sales of nearly 80 units a month during the first half of the year. Six months is consider a balanced supply.

One advantage Elysee may have is that is somewhat of a boutique project with only 100 units. Another may be the design by South Florida architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, who was previously on the cover of SFBW. There’s also a notable interior designer. Then there’s the location near the city’s museums, performing arts center and the cool neighborhoods of the Design District and Wynwood.

“Elysee’s waterfront location, combined with Bernardo Fort-Brescia’s innovative architecture and Jean-Louis Deniot’s sophisticated designs, continues to resonate with local and international buyers alike in the form of strong presales—a powerful combination that has attracted a financing institution as prestigious as JPMorgan,” says James Harpel, Chairman and Senior Partner of Two Roads Development.  Two Roads is developing the project with entities managed by New York-investment firm DW Partners.

Elysee’s three-tiered telescoping shape will provide direct 180-degree bay and city views from every residence.  Paris-based Jean-Louis Deniot, whom is listed by Architectural Digest as a top 100 designer globally. He designed the building’s common area amenity spaces. It’s his first high-rise condominium design project in the U.S.

Amenities at Elysee will include access to the building’s 30th floor Owners’ Sky Lounge, home to a grand salon lounge and bar area, a grand dining room and professional-grade chef’s kitchen, a library, a private theater, and a wine room. Residences will feature private elevators and foyers,  10- to 12-foot ceilings, and large east- and west-facing terraces where residents can enjoy sunrise and sunset views.

Priced from about $1.5 million to upwards of $10 million, Elysee’s half-floor and full-floor residences range from three- to five-bedroom layouts measuring between 2,300 and 4,000 square feet.

Edgewater has shown other signs of strength, including the Aria on the Bay Tower at 1770 N. Bayshore Drive, which was featured in SFBW’s Great Places and Spaces. It was also designed by Forte-Brescia and has buyers including musical performer Timbaland and New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. It’s more than six times bigger than Elysee with 648 units. Developer Melo Group obtained a $95 million construction loan in 2015.



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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.