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Hot Home Trend: Black Is Back

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Black is getting popular in home design. Black fixtures, appliances, and even black furniture are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the new year.

Black fixtures are replacing brass or rubbed bronze as a trendy home hardware in 2018.

Black makes a great finish because it goes with anything. In matted finishes, it can also be easier to clean than your lighter, polished metals–so that’s definitely an added perk for homeowners too.

Black cabinets in the kitchen are getting trendy too. To offset the darkness, some homeowners are mixing the black cabinets with lighter cabinets. Check out this one from Weston Lodge…

Black stainless appliances are also gradually gaining more momentum in the kitchen. Black stainless was once again being showed in the newest appliance models at CES 2018, the consumer electronics show this year. As  more smudge proof, black stainless is proving itself as a trendy alternative to traditional stainless.

Photo credit: Samsung

Photo credit: Samsung

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YotelPad: Chic Living in Downtown Miami

Miami is a growing city and companies like MIAMI, also known as CBMiami, work hard to keep on top of the ever increasing demands. MIAMI is a company known for micro hotels, their most recent project, YotelPad, stays true to their brand. This YotelPad will be the first location along the United State’s East coast.

Aria Development is the company responsible for the development of the YotelPad concept. The YotelPad will be part hotel and part residence. YotelPad is an extension of the original YOTEL and the YOTELAIR cabins. The luxury appointed apartments were purposefully designed as compact homes, known as ‘PADs‘, allowing a traveler an economic, yet stylish place to stay when traveling the world for business or for pleasure.  Located in downtown Miami (227 NE 2nd Street) and boasting 208 residential units situated above 250 hotel cabins, the new YotelPad is looking to be a star of downtown Miami.

David Arditi, Principal of Aria Development, shares his enthusiasm for the project when he reveals the motivation behind the construction of the new YotelPad, “Downtown Miami is emerging as a high-energy place to live, shop and work. With YotelPad Miami, we are meeting the strong demand for service-oriented, urban-chic apartments.”

The Yotel brand was created with space and technology optimization in mind. The intent of the Yotel brand is to use the technological advancements and ideal downtown location to appeal to their intended market, which are young professionals and potential investors. Yotel is no average hotel and residence. It offers state of the art amenities such as a gourmet coffee bar, an on location restaurant and bar and a space for co-working. It also offers a lounge, a 24/7 gym, ample storage, bike and gear lockers, a pool deck, and even its very own on site pet spa. To top it all off, there is concierge service for even the most discriminant resident. What’s not to love?

The location will offer several different living options, besides the hotel cabins there will also be studio apartments as well as both one and two bedrooms apartments.  The floor plans feature beautiful floor to ceiling glass doors. The units vary in square footage with the studio apartments at 425 square feet and the luxurious two bedroom units coming in at a well appointed 700 square feet with luxury ensuite bathrooms and fully equipped kitchenettes.

“We see great synergy in combining the innovative, high-design elements of the YOTEL brand with modern, urban residences in a city like Miami,” explained Fahad Al-Shamlan who is the Vice President of Investments & Acquisitions for AQARAT. AQARAT is a leading real estate company from Kuwait. AQARAT has joined forces with the development company in the creation of the new YotelPad brand in Miami.

The estimated date of completion of this project has not yet been released but the units will be well worth the wait. The starting price tag for units inside the Yotel are estimated to be around $250,000.

YOTEL launches YOTELPAD – a smarter way of living. Five new YOTELPAD deals mark YOTEL’s arrival in the extended stay segment reinforcing the brand’s ability to optimise space through clever design and smart technology. (PRNewsfoto/YOTEL)

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Will Miami be Amazon’s Newest Headquarters Location?

Miami city officials have been on the edge of their seats waiting for information on where Amazon will host its second headquarters.

“We would like to move Miami forward in the process so we can continue to learn more about your community, your talent, and potential real estate options,” words written by Amazon executive, Holly Sullivan. She continued on, “Please email me back with available times for a call so we can discuss next steps.”

Miami was one of 20 other locations within the United States and Canada to be considered as a hub for Amazon’s new headquarters. The additional headquarters will provide an estimated 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment monies to the winning city, enticements that have caused more than a little excitement in local governments. These numbers are figures Amazon has quoted city officials, which has sparked competition between the final 20 cities under consideration. 238 cities and regions applied to host the newest Amazon headquarters. Many locations used motivators such as promised tax breaks to encourage Amazon to look to them to host. Miami, an international city, also added a youthful, professional work pool to draw from, which is always an appealing feature for new businesses.

Some other contenders besides Miami are obvious choices like Denver and Dallas, as well as some more unexpected locations such as Columbus, Nashville, and Newark. Austin, Los Angeles, and New York also made the list of finalists. For larger cities like Los Angeles and New York, having Amazon on their list of employers would really boost their lead in the tech industry.

The remaining of the 20 finalists are the following locations; Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Montgomery County, Virginia, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Washington and one location outside of the United States, Toronto, Canada.

Amazon had to whittle down the contenders from 238 to 20, and rejected applications from Detroit, Phoenix and San Diego. In addition the company rejected all bids coming from Mexico. A large number of cities along the east coast made the list, the company straying away from the already booming technology hubs that are wound in the West.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Ms. Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development, gave some insight into their thought process. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.” Amazon has been keeping a lid on most of their requirements for companies to make the cut, giving only small details to entice cities to make a bid for their business. Amazon was very forward regarding the fact that the decisions they made are strongly based on the initial criteria they established. The decision was not made lightly. Over a dozen people within the company worked together to build the list of the final 20 cities under consideration.

Now that the list has been whittled down to 20, Amazon will reveal more information with city leaders and work with them directly to find the city that works best for them.  Amazon will make their selection later in 2018.

Amazon is looking for specific details from the final 20, including potential building locations to host the large headquarters as well as crime and traffic stats. Amazon is also looking for prime tax incentives that will help defray the costs of building and operating a business as large as the internet giant.

Apple, another prominent leader in technology announced they are also looking to build a new, large location.  They will not be using the same selection process as Amazon. Rather than having a public bidding war, they will research locations and decide for themselves which US city will be the new home for Apple’s newest location.

TeCompetition will be strong and cities will eagerly await the decision of Amazon.

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