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­Opera Tower unveils dramatic new lobby by Marbella-based Baltus

Opera Tower, the 56-story, landmark, luxury condominium overlooking Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay, unveiled plans for a spectacular new lobby by the celebrated Spanish interior design company Baltus, a company official says.

The Marbella-based firm, founded by renowned Spanish artist Javier Martin in 2001, recently opened its first U.S. showroom in the Miami Design District. Opera Tower Developer Florida East Coast Realty (FECR) chose Baltus for the striking redesign because of its noted passion for careful craftsmanship, generous proportions, and unique textures and finishes – raising the bar on furnishings and interiors that define elite Miami style.

“We want to enhance and revitalize the lobby, creating a fresh, new look for our residents to enjoy, and we know that Baltus can deliver exactly what we are looking for,” says FECR chairman and president Tibor Hollo.

For the design of Opera Tower’s new lobby, scheduled for completion in January, Baltus selected finishes with a timeless, curvilinear design, using the existing rounded walls and columns to complement the material selections.

In addition to a striking glass globe chandelier, other focal points of the lobby are the 25-foot high columns wrapped in a luxurious wall covering that has the look of iridescent tile, a look that is carried into the reception desk area and elevator lobby.

The new reception desk features a back-lit, onyx face and black granite top, polished to a glassy finish. A one-of-a-kind Baltus wall panel system was custom-designed with a state-of-the-art, glossy lacquered finish.

To add to the welcoming entry, warm-tone stone flooring and sleek, contemporary, Baltus Collection furnishings enhance the inviting, elegant space.

“We are excited to be working alongside Baltus, known for its devotion to design and quality, while never losing sight of function.  The new lobby of Opera Tower will be just that,” says Andres Asion, Fortune International vice president of sales. “We are looking forward to its unveiling in January.”

Sales at Opera Tower, led by industry powerhouse Fortune International, continue to move along at a steady pace, says Asion. With 465 residences sold, 170 residences remain. Prices at the mixed-use tower start at $270,900.

Buyers may purchase with cash or with up to 50 percent developer financing, as well as take advantage of an exciting developer lease back opportunity, says Asion.

The developer, through its affiliated management group, will leaseback the owners’ units for up to three years from the date of closing, adds Asion. During that time, buyers will receive an annual rent equal to six percent of the purchase price. The developer pays monthly condominium maintenance fees and there is no rental commission fees or property management expenses. Buyers pay only property taxes and insurance.

For more information on Opera Tower and the financing and leaseback programs, please call 786-369-1298, visit the on-site sales center at 1750 North Bayshore Dr., or visit