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Topping Off

When the first project to be developed on the west side of Collins Avenue in more than a decade tops off, attention must be paid. The site: 17550 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach. The edifice: the 17-story Aurora luxury condo. Executives from Verzasca Group looked on as construction crews poured the final floor, marking the completion of the building’s main structure. Despite the pandemic, the builder has continued working in order to stay on track to meet a delivery date in the third quarter of 2021.

“This is an incredibly exciting moment for Verzasca and everyone involved in the conception and development of Aurora,” says Verzasca Managing Director Tim Lobanov. “The topping off ceremony represents a significant milestone for our company and gives us an opportunity to express our gratitude to those who made this project possible.”

The boutique building’s two and three-bedroom residences range from 1,385 to more than 2,150 square feet. Prices start in the $900,000s, making it arguably the most attainable luxury project in Sunny Isles. Reflecting the newly turbocharged South Florida market, the 61-unit project is 65 percent sold, with buyers coming from all over the world. “Buyers are really responding to the combination of value, luxury and lifestyle that Aurora offers,” says John Warsing, director of sales. “We think our recent construction milestone will give us some new momentum as we head into the buying season in a couple of months, even in context of the new world we live in.”

The project was designed by world-renowned Revuelta Architecture International, with engineering services provided by DeSimone Consulting Engineers and Stantec. Interiors by Steven G. is already dazzling prospective and recently signed-up owners with its designs for the common areas and amenities.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

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.