South Dakota Bank Files $12M Foreclosure On Oceanfront Site In Miami Beach Area

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Condo Vultures® LLC

A $12 million foreclosure action has been launched against an oceanfront development site in Sunny Isles Beach that is to house a proposed 43-story luxury condominium tower featuring only one unit per floor, according to the Condo Vultures® Foreclosure DatabaseTM.

BankFirst of Sioux Falls, S.D., filed the foreclosure action, also known as a Lis Pendens and/or Notice of Default, in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeking repayment of $11.7 million on a predevelopment loan originated in 2006. BankFirst's loan is secured by a 1.1-acre development site located between Collins Avenue (State Road A1A) and the Atlantic Ocean.

Originally purchased for $9 million, or $181 per square foot, in July 2001, the 49,830-square-foot development site is now assessed for tax purposes at $15.7 million, or $315 per square foot, by Miami-Dade County. BankFirst's loan was made at $235 per square foot.

"This is not the first oceanfront development site to go into foreclosure in Greater Miami Beach," said Peter Zalewski, a principal with the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based real estate consultancy Condo Vultures®. "A courthouse auction is scheduled for September on a slightly larger development site also located between Collins Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean. The judgment amount on that site, however, is twice as much."

A few miles south on Collins Avenue, a 1.4-acre oceanfront property zoned for a high-rise condo tower in Sunny Isles Beach is scheduled to be auctioned off in the next 60 days to the highest all-cash bidder, according to

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Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

yes they look so nice but Foreclosures are such tough on to stomach.

Nov 22, 2011 04:11 AM