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Developer Catalfumo sells off remaining units at Singer Island condo

Developer Catalfumo sells off remaining units at Singer Island condo

By Alexandra CloughPalm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Posted: 4:40 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2010

Builder Dan Catalfumo has completed the bulk sale of about 150 unsold units at his luxury 2700 North Ocean condominium on Singer Island in Riviera Beach.

The buyers include a Miami development group, the Flagler Group, and an unnamed New York hedge fund, real estate sources said. The deal closed on Friday.

Ricardo Dunin, president and founder of the Flagler Group, declined to comment today . “Our publicist will contact you tomorrow,” Dunin wrote in an e-mail.

The purchase price of the condo units could not be determined immediately, and the sale has not yet been recorded in Palm Beach County records. Randall Greene, vice president of development for Catalfumo, said the company would not comment. Dan Catalfumo was out of town and unavailable for comment today .

But people familiar with the deal said the sale frees Catalfumo, a high-profile Palm Beach Gardens developer, from any debt on the project. Palm Beach County records show Catalfumo borrowed $190 million from Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati to build the luxury project. The mortgage was recorded in April 2006, according to county records. Word is the new buyer will assume the remaining $80 million left on the mortgage, which has been paid down through condo sales.

A Fifth Third bank spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The twin-tower 2700 North Ocean condominium is part condo, part hotel suites. About 100 of the 27-story’s 242 units are hotel suites, dubbed resort units by Catalfumo. It could not be determined how many condo units, and how many condo-hotel suites, were part of the sale.

The bulk sale follows an aggressive television and print ad campaign blitz featuring Catalfumo personally hawking the oceanview condos at discounted prices. “I would rather offer my next buyers a great price discount than pay interest to the bank,” Catalfumo said in the ads.

On the condo’s website, Catalfumo claims the promotion netted $34 million worth of sales.

Units at the luxe condo range in price units from just under $1 million to more than $3 million. Penthouses and tower suites also are available, with prices up to the $7 million range.

It’s unclear what the future holds for 2700 North Ocean now that Catalfumo no longer is involved in the project. But the Flagler Group seems well-versed in the condo-hotel arena. Flagler acquired the Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove and spearheaded its transformation into a luxury condominium-hotel resort. Dunin also developed the neighboring site into the Mutiny Park, now known as the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel. Recent high-profile projects also include The Meridian, an ultra-modern building of 111 luxury condominiums in South Beach.

Dermot OBrien Group

With close to $300 Million in sales on Singer Island since 2004 (close to 250 different properties) Dermot OBrien Group of Sotheby’s International Realty Singer Island is the recipient of the 2012 Ritz Carlton Residences Power Broker Award, 2013-2014 International Property Magazine Best Real Estate Agent Florida Award and the 2017 - 2018 International Property Magazine Best Real Estate Brokerage Florida Award. Dermot was selected as the 2010 & 2011 Unique Homes Magazine Singer Island market specialist, in addition to being a 2008, 2009 and 2010 Platinum Producer for Illustrated Properties Real Estate.

Dermot has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a Diploma from the British Chartered Institute of Marketing and a BA from University College Dublin in Ireland. A life long learner he recently completed a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute. With over 35 years of experience in real estate sales, marketing, new product development and management consulting he continues to enjoy the entrepreneurial career path.