The Iconic Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel Unveils Completed Renovation
An oceanfront Art Deco hotel in the heart of South Beach, the Kimpton Surfcomber, a fan-favorite during Art Basel, recently completed an extensive renovation of its guest rooms and public areas. The hotel's new design is playful, simple, clean, and earthy, inspired by the romance of the south of France.
SweisKloss Awarded 2022 Best of Houzz Design Award
Robert Balzebre, along with SweisKloss, a Santa Monica-based full-service design firm, was awarded the 2022 "Best of Houzz Design" award for its West Hollywood Hills contemporary remodel.
Kimpton Surfcomber Featured in the inflight American Airlines publication American Way Magazine
Mi Hotel Es Mi Oficina (My Hotel is my Office)
Fireproof homes could be the answer to massive wildfires across the West
"Inside, glass in the floor-to-ceiling windows, which afford sweeping views from the Sunset Strip to the ocean in the distance, is tempered to withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees."
Surf's Up: InspireDesign Magazine
“We aligned the new design of the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel with the same love of stylish leisure in the Mediterranean” - Dayna Lee, principal designer, Powerstrip Studio
Safety, style and sustainability: What new construction looks like in a fire zone
“There is such a contrast between the older construction and now, how they are mindful of the fires … you can see it in the new construction.”
Our mission at Balzebre Investments is to deliver long-term industry-leading total returns, including a reliable stream of income, through opportunistic investment in high-quality commercial and lodging properties, using a conservative capital structure. We participate in many facets of the commercial development process. From direct and full ownership, debt and capital funding for joint venture projects, and consultant and advisory services on an asset management basis platform.
The essential guiding principles of Balzebre Investments:
Balzebre Investment’s mandate is three-fold:
(1) Develop prime commercial and hotel properties according to strict selection criteria;
(2) Work directly with the regional and onsite managers to improve the property’s bottom-line performance, thereby producing attractive returns for us as owners and our partners; and
(3) Re-invest strategically in the properties' physical assets. To innovate new ways to create revenue from the physical aspects of a property and thereby add underlying value.
The Balzebre Investments model is a well-integrated network of diversified commercial properties operating in five different states and managed by a team of highly specialized professionals each bringing a wealth of experience to their individual property assignment. Below is a sampling of properties included in the portfolio for which Balzebre Investments has performed its unique services:
South Beach - Miami, Florida
The Surfcomber by Kimpton is a 186-room luxury boutique hotel located on one of the most desirable blocks in Miami Beach. Built in 1946, and completely renovated in 2012, the Surfcomber is an iconic Art Deco style hotel offering luxury accommodations and award-winning Kimpton service. For more information please visit www.surfcomber.com.
Dolphin Village Development
A master-planned lifestyle development. Dolphin Village is designed to transform a vacant 63-acre site into an active and walkable community with urbanized streetscapes highlighted by interactive artistic installments. The plan is orchestrated to accommodate a three-phased build-out schedule and opening timeline. With each phase, the development will unfold a mix of uses that will contribute to the vibrant surrounding neighborhoods of Doral, Sweetwater, and the Airport West marketplace.
Vero Beach Development Site
Mixed-Use Residential/Commercial Development Site
Vero Beach, Florida
Oceanfront Parcel: 9.92 Acres / Inland Parcel: 1.12 Acres
Approximately 1021 linear feet of beach-front
As one of the last beach-front development locations in Vero Beach, this site provides an extraordinary opportunity to develop a diverse community, including lodging, food and beverage, and a residential component. The land parcel across from A1A offers support for the main beach-front site.
The Coral Gables land site is a 1+ acre site located in a prime area of Coral Gables. Uses include hotel, multi-family, office, and retail space.
A planned 35,000+ square foot retail development located on 2.62 acres southwest Miami. Coral Way and 92nd Avenue and is considered one of the last undeveloped parcels at a main corner in Miami-Dade County. With a traffic count of approximately 70,000 cars per day on Coral Way and only minutes to Florida's Turnpike and the Palmetto Expressway, the property is an ideal location.
Fire Resistant Hollywood Hills Home
Single Family Home
Hollywood Hills, California
This 2200 square foot 2 bedroom three bath home, originally constructed in 1960, was renovated to transform into a contemporary West Coast home that is both a sanctuary and a place for entertaining friends. Four specific elements were driving the design: indoor/outdoor living, utilizing natural light, having an open floor plan with continuity of space and views, and the use of modern materials that fit seamlessly into the 1960s style. Being located in a severe high fire zone, we addressed this challenge by building with modern non-combustible, fire-resistant materials such as stucco, steel, aluminum, tempered glass, and ipe, a naturally fire-resistant hardwood. Additionally, the home has no roof overhangs or vents that could bring fire and smoke into the home
75,000 square foot retail shopping center located at SW 87th Avenue & SW 72nd Street in Miami, Florida. For leasing inquires please contact Investment Management Associates.
52,000 square foot retail shopping center located at Johnson St. & North 30th Rd. in Hollywood, FL. For leasing inquires please contact Investment Management Associates.
Carillon at Preston
Modern Texas ranch-style lofts in North Dallas. Carillon is a collection of over 100 apartment units and lofts with a casual ranch-style feel in the middle of the bustling Galleria shopping district of Preston Road. Newly built units with butcher block countertops, stainless appliances, and bathrooms. Carillon is adjacent to the newly planned Midtown Dallas, one of the largest urban developments ever planned in a city well known for big plans. For rental inquiries please check out our website at http://www.carillonapts.com.
This multi-family townhouse-style living is just off the beaten path in and among the large oak trees, is Garland Oaks. With spacious floor plans and some of the best residents in Garland, occupancy is at full capacity. With availability occasionally opening up please check our website at http://garlandoaks.com
Sterling Commons is a newly built commercial strip center located at the crossroads of two major interstate highways in Peoria, Illinois. Peoria is the world headquarters of Caterpillar Equipment and a growing Midwest suburban market area. Sterling Commons' tenants are exclusively national grade tenants including Arby's Restaurant, Sleep Number, Vitamin Shoppe, Verizon, and Firehouse Subs.
Ali Baheri joined Balzebre Investments in 2010 and is a principal and partner.
Ali has successfully developed and structured numerous projects from ground-up developments to existing assets across Europe, Middle East, and North America.
Ali has broad and comprehensive knowledge of all matters related to real estate investments and new-business development and is in charge of identifying prospects and driving business growth.
His hospitality experience ranges from transactions and investment to operations of high-end full-service and boutique hotels. Amongst Ali’s role in the hospitality industry, he was the Managing Director for MK Hotels in both the Middle East and the United States and has held numerous operations positions for international hotel brands such as Swiss Hotel and Hyatt Corporation.
Ali grew up in France and Switzerland and is fluent in French and Farsi. As a result of his deep understanding of cultures, Ali spearheads investor relations at Balzebre Investments.
Ali earned his BS from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from John’s Hopkins University.
Josh Wright joined Balzebre Investments in 2011 and is currently the Director of Hospitality. Josh has 15 years of experience in hospitality real estate valuation, development and advisory and is responsible for hospitality investments, development and asset management at Balzebre Investments.
Josh has been involved in numerous projects from new developments to existing hotel assets for brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, and Kimpton.
Prior to joining Balzebre Investments, he was the vice president at MK Hotels, a hotel real estate brokerage firm, where he was involved in transactions totaling more than $300 million as well as managed a team of analysts throughout the United States.
Josh grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee before attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned his degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
Matt Wilson joined Balzebre Investments in 2017 and is currently an Associate with the Firm. He previous experience includes working for Skanska USA as a Project Accountant for the Jackson Hospital Miami Dade Projects.
Matt grew up in Augusta, Georgia before attending the University of Hawaii where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting while maintaining a full scholarship as a student athlete. Upon Graduation he did a tax internship with MC Group Hawaii before relocation back to the Main Land.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Old and New become one in The Crescent, the most exciting new development to arrive directly on the Mississippi River in New Orleans’ vibrant Bywater district. The Crescent will be a brand new, four-story riverfront, mixed-use condo development that consists of twelve residential units and two ground floor commercial units. Exited in 2022.
Venetian Islands Luxury Home
Miami Beach, Florida
Under construction now is a luxurious single-family home on the coveted Venetian Islands. Located at 121 2nd Di Lido Terrace Miami Beach, this contemporary two-story open-concept home featuring many distinctive design details including an Olympic lane lap pool, breathtaking roof top 360-degree water and city view, BBQ outdoor terrace, and living room ideal for entertaining. Construction completion set for February 2018. Sold in 2020.
Retail Shopping Center
Grand Marche is a multi-use center located in a major retail corridor in Lafayette, Louisiana. This prime location consists of 11.21 fee simple acres, a large multi-tenant building, one freestanding multi-tenant outparcel building on 1.361 acres with a ground lease, a 90,000 SF expansion pad with excellent visibility and 3.38 acres paved parking field with a ground lease. Tenants include Firestone, Dollar General, Anytime Fitness, Hardy’s Cleaners, Subway, Enchanted Nails and Pizza Hut. The property offers 492 parking spaces with multiple points of ingress and egress. Sold in 2018.
A unique collection of twelve individual ground-up construction single-family homes. The homes are located in the historic Bywater area of New Orleans. The property required substantial plan approval and historic review prior to being approved as the first new-build residential project in the area. This project was completed successfully and sold in 2017.