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AVENTURA, Fla. – Linda “G”, with Florida Prudential Realty in Aventura, isn’t seeing much of a slowdown in the luxury condo market in the Miami area. On the contrary, she is busier than ever.

As a South Florida waterfront specialist and the top producer at WCI’s One Bal Harbour before she joined Florida Prudential Realty early this year, Gustafson serves buyers and sellers of high-end, waterfront condominium residences in the Aventura, Williams Island, Sunny Isles Beach the Bal Harbour areas and beyond.

“I am extremely busy with current listings which include new construction as well as completed tower residences that are only a few years old,” she said. “I am showing properties to snowbirds from New York, Massachusetts, Chicago, Canada and elsewhere who are looking to purchase second homes in ‘paradise.’ They are coming here even more so as a result of the recent blizzards up north, wanting to enjoy our great weather. And they are coming earlier and staying later than in the past.”

According to Gustafson, the enviable South Florida lifestyle continues to fuel the demand for luxury condominiums, especially if they are on the ocean or Intracoastal. She cited as examples the tower residences at One Bal Harbour on the ocean and Haulover Inlet, and at BellaMaré on the bay at Williams Island.

“These locations are particularly popular and desirable, not only because the floor plans were designed to ‘live’ like single-family homes, but because these buildings offer many upscale amenities and personalized services. Both One Bal Harbour and BellaMaré are also close to world-class shopping (i.e., Bal Harbour Shops, Aventura Mall), great restaurants and other attractions that have made South Florida a global destination,” she noted.

Gustafson said that some of her clients represent another segment of the market. “They already own luxury condos in South Florida but want to ‘move up’ and upgrade their surroundings to something newer and grander,” she pointed out.

Listing as well as selling luxury condo residences in the $1 million to $10 million price range, she is one real estate professional who hasn’t seen any cooling down in the market.

“I feel that South Florida is a market unto its own – a truly unique gem. People want to live here, either full-time or part-time, and they will continue to come. We are not dependent on the local market alone for home and condo sales. People from other areas of the U.S. and out of the country (i.e., Europe, South America, Central America) have the desire and the means to buy real estate here.”

Linda also remarked that she is working with a broad spectrum of ages. “There are baby boomers (empty-nesters approaching retirement age) and families with children seeking a carefree living environment. They don’t want the upkeep associated with a single-family home.”

Commenting further, she added, “Years ago, families would not even consider living in a condominium building because they were dominated by retirees. But, in recent years, and because luxury condos are so large, they now have most features one would find in single-family homes, plus wonderful on-site amenities and services, they are a very attractive place to call ‘home.’”

To contact Linda “G” - office: (954) 456-1675 or cell: (305) 335-7144or email:

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