Miami is a hot market. Whether it’s the trendy Design District or the bustling Ocean Drive, real estate is one of the most attractive elements of the Floridian city. The city’s glamor is quantified in its subsequent real estate trades: everyone wants to own a part of Miami.
Last month, one of the richest people in the world purchased an entire block of the city in one of the largest real estate deals in Miami-Dade history According to an article from The Real Deal, an entire block of Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road traded hands for $370 million to the 79-year-old self-made Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega.
Ortega, whose fashion empire includes the well-known Zara brand is currently ranked by Forbes as the world’s fourth richest person, pegging his wealth at $70.2 billion.
In 2012, Forbes wrote that Ortega “seems to be using more of his free time to invest in real estate. He has pulled money from Spanish investment funds and poured it into buildings through his Ponte Gadea real estate investment firm.”
Investors started leasing the property in 1999, paying a total of $12 million for spaces that now go for $300 per square foot. Michael Comras was one of these investors who sold the property, saying, “It’s a project that we started 16 years ago, and Jonathan and I felt that we had really created one of the most incredible retail blocks on a High Street around the world,” The timing was right, and “it made sense to sell the asset.”
The sale to Amancio Ortego occurred this August. The Real Deal scoured the Ponte Gadea buyer until they traced the address to Amancio Ortega, who keeps a low-profile in Spain and abroad.
This is a great development in the Miami market. People notice where influential buyers such as Amancio Ortega put their money. And if that’s in Miami, then we are moving in a great direction.