There is no place like home when it comes to designing a successful mixed-use housing project, according to Yizak Toledano, founder and CEO of Aventura, Fla.-based Sky Development. Toledano's latest project is in his own backyard: City Park Aventura, a 7.4-acre project of 53 townhomes and 51 condominiums and penthouses along with retail, offices, and a 16-story hotel.

“We are based here, so we understand the market,” Toledano says. “Having the knowledge of being a local business owner makes my life easier because I know the city needs something like this.”

The residents seem to agree. The $180 million project already has a waiting list of 600 buyers for the 104 units that will go on sale in October.

Toledano credits the demand with the lack of supply: There are no other units in Aventura's pipeline. But he also commends the look of the project, which was designed by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founder of Miami-based Arquitectonica.

Fort-Brescia used compositions of solid and glass on the building façades. He staggered hotel windows to create an informal atmosphere for the hotel while using monumental glass openings to give the offices a corporate feel. The housing employed a “more playful arrangement of balconies and windows,” he said in an e-mail.

The housing will be built in the second phase of the project, scheduled for early 2008. Residents will be able to move in by mid-2009, Toledano says. For information, call 305-682-1212, or visit

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