Ocean Drive

The Bentley Hotel On Ocean Drive Sold For $28M

The Bentley Hotel Ocean Drive

The Bentley Hotel Ocean Drive

The Bentley Hotel located at 510 Ocean Drive has been sold for $28 million, according to The Real Deal.

The building was sold by JKR Bentley Holdings LLC and purchased by Ocean & 5th Commericial LLC.

The 3 story Art Deco style hotel was built in 1939 and designed by John & Coulton Skinner.

In 1980, there was a Sanchez Restaurant on the ground level that has now become a TGIF Friday’s Restaurant.

TBT - Ocean Drive, South Beach in 1980 - Before & After

TBT (April 23, 2015) - Ocean Drive 39 years ago was very quiet compared to Ocean Drive in 2015. A CVS has now opened at 728 Ocean Drive and where Scarface was filmed.

The photo on the top left is what Ocean Drive looked liked in 1980. South Beach was a quiet area were many retirees lived including the buildings in the photos. The Art Deco buildings were falling into disrepair and the public was calling on the city to demolish them. Fast forward 35 years later and Ocean Drive is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. The Art Deco buildings were saved and Ocean Drive is now lined with restaurants and palm trees. 

TBT - "Scarface" Building On Ocean Drive Sells For $15M

728 Ocean Drive

TBT (March 19, 2015) - 4 years ago the building used in the movie Scarface was sold for $15 million. Demolition and renovation started on the building in April 2017 before finally being completed January 2018 and turned into a CVS.

The building that was used in the infamous chainsaw scene in the movie Scarface has sold for $15 million, according to the Real Deal. 

The property at 728 Ocean Drive and 6,500 square foot building was sold to New York based developers, Infinity Group. 

A Johnny Rockets restaurant operates from the ground level of the building. 

The building last sold for $8 million in 2011.

TBT - Glass 120 Ocean Close To Topping Out

Glass 120 Ocean In The South of Fifth District

Glass 120 Ocean In The South of Fifth District

TBT (October 29, 2014) - 4 years ago the 18 story Glass, developed by Terra Group, was about to top off in South Beach. After beginning construction in August 2013, the Rene Gonzalez designed building eventually opened in November 2015.

The last time we checked in on Terra Group's Glass 120 Ocean project they were starting to put on the 11th floor. Now they are working on the 17th floor of the 18 floor condo. 

Residents will be able to see views of the ocean, Miami and South Beach.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2015.

Clevelander On South Beach Sold For $20.6M

Clevelander South Beach

Canadian group, Jesta Group, has purchased the Clevelander Hotel on South Beach for $20.6 million, according to The SFBJ.

The Clevelander was built in 1938 by architect Albert Anis and totals 42,315 square feet with 60 hotel rooms.

Scarface Building Turned Into CVS At 728 Ocean Dr To Open This Weekend

CVS at 728 Ocean Drive

CVS at 728 Ocean Drive

Demolition started in April 2017 on the building that was used in the famous chainsaw scene in the 80's movie Scarface starring Al Pacino located at 728 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. The renovation is completed and a brand new CVS will be opening this weekend in February.

Built in 1953 by architect Don Reiff in a post war modern style architecture, the building was used as the Sun Ray Apartments up until the late 1980's when it was converted into a modeling agency office. In recent years the upstairs was vacant and the ground level was used for a Johnny Rocket's Restaurant.

Although much of the back of the building was demolished, the front façade of the structure was saved and renovated to it's original look with brick on the right side of the front. The three Art Deco Portholes have been restored in a white color.

New York based Infinity Group purchased the building in 2015 for $12.4 million.

TBT - This Was Miami Beach in 1927 - Before & After

The photo on the top left is what Miami Beach looked like in 1927, just one year after the hurricane in 1926 that caused major devastation in the Miami area. Notable streets such as Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue and 5th Street are plainly visible with not much development at this point. Fast forward 90 years later and the area has changed dramatically. High rises have gone up along West Avenue and the beach has expanded.