Casa Bella Update 11/27/23

Related Group and Alta Developers Close on $240 Million in Financing from Cain International for Casa Bella Residences by B&B Italia in Miami



Leading real estate developer Related Group (Related) and partner Alta Developers today announced the closing of $240 million in financing for the highly-anticipated residential tower, Casa Bella Residences by B&B Italia (Casa Bella), which broke ground earlier this month in Downtown Miami’s burgeoning Arts and Cultural District. The loan was provided by Cain International (Cain) — a privately held investment firm with over $16 billion in assets under management.


“We’re proud to partner with Cain to bring Casa Bella Residences by B&B Italia to life,” said Nick Pérez, President of Related’s Condominium Division. “This collaboration underscores our commitment to creating an exceptional residential product that will enhance and elevate the surrounding neighborhood. The capital infusion strengthens our ability to deliver on this commitment, as we redefine the standard for design-driven living within one of Miami’s most in-demand residential destinations.”


Located at 1400 Biscayne Boulevard, Casa Bella represents the first residential partnership for the famed Italian design house, B&B Italia, known around the world for its high-end collaborations with legacy brands such as Rolex, Hermès, and Rolls-Royce. With architecture by Arquitectonica and interiors by renowned designer Piero Lissoni — who also serves as creative director for B&B Italia — and the B&B Italia team, every aspect of the building is envisioned as an oasis, offering a refined Miami aesthetic rooted in contemporary Italian design.


The transaction builds upon Cain’s existing investments in Miami which include 830 Brickell, Una Residences and The Delano. Cain has originated over $7.5 billion in loans globally since its founding in 2014 and has committed over $2 billion in new loans throughout the United States since 2019.


“This was an opportunity to build on the core principles that have guided our lending strategy to date; working with outstanding sponsors to deliver exceptional assets in markets we believe in,” said Matthew Rosenfeld, Head of U.S. Debt at Cain International. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Related as they continue to shape the future of this leading global city.”


Newmark arranged the transaction with a Debt and Structured Finance team led by Co-Presidents Jordan Roeschlaub and Dustin Stolly alongside Executive Managing Director Nick Scribani, and Holden Witkoff.


Over 80% of Casa Bella’s 319 residences are now in contract. Earlier this year, Casa Bella set a price record with a contract signed for a 5,893-square-foot triplex penthouse for $12.6 million, or $2,138 per square foot, signifying the neighborhood’s most expensive condominium sale on a price-per-square-foot basis.


The residences at Casa Bella range from one to four bedrooms and feature soaring ceilings, sweeping views, private elevator access, state-of-the-art kitchens with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and an exquisite selection of European fixtures hand-picked by the B&B Italia team.


Casa Bella’s Penthouse Collection comprises 10 meticulously designed homes with seven distinct floor plans, the crown jewel of which is a pair of 54th-floor triplex residences with private rooftop terraces, each featuring spa pools and indoor/outdoor summer kitchens with panoramic water views. The 54th floor is also home to two duplex penthouses, spanning 4,100 and 4,560 square feet.


To further elevate the luxurious lifestyle experience, Casa Bella offers two full floors of amenities complete with stunning vistas overlooking Biscayne Bay. Offerings include a spacious venue for hosting events, a wine vault and private tasting lounge, as well as a plush private theater and co-working spaces. A world-class wellness center caters to fitness-minded residents, featuring professional-level equipment, as well as dedicated yoga and spin rooms, while the spa facilities offer an array of on-demand services including massages, facials, blowouts, and manicure/pedicures.


Outdoors, landscape architect Enzo Enea envisioned a pool deck with lush Italian-inspired gardens to create an oasis within Downtown Miami. The 80-foot lap pool is surrounded by private cabanas and shaded lounge areas, as well as an open-air lawn for yoga and meditation. A poolside bar and Mediterranean café will have light bites and refreshments on offer. On the 56th floor, residents can access the tower’s rooftop pool and terrace, which is complete with a state-of-the-art observatory.


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