1) Coral Gables: Miami Heat shooter Shane Battier is showing a penchant for historic preservation with the $3.22 million purchase of an impeccably restored 1926 colonial revival house with wrap around balconies, and a "great party backyard." And if he wants to swap a basketball for a nine iron, he's right next to the fifteenth hole of the Riviera Golf Course.
2) Sunny Isles Beach: Good, high quality renderings have finally hit the floor of starchitects Herzog & de Meuron's new Miami condo tower, in Sunny Isles Beach. The fifty seven story tower has a few interesting twists, like see-through units, and a flying concrete donut thingy. Do check it out.
3) Venetian Islands: Sadly, iconic Miami Beach architect Morris Lapidus' old duplex apartment, with its wonderfully curving staircase and gold Pompeiian dining room with lucite dining set for eight, has been almost completely destroyed, as was revealed by a recent $1.3 million sale. Don't blame the seller though, who fired back (anonymously) saying that most of the apartment had already been destroyed when he/she bought the place a year ago.
4) South Beach: Renderings of South Beach's 1 Hotel & Residences, the first property for Starwood's new brand of environmentally conscious luxury hotels have been revealed. Although it's important to go green, one does wonder why the color scheme is just so... beige.
· Curbed Miami [miami.curbed]