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Exotic Cars, Luxury, and Status in Aventura

August 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Exotic Cars in Aventura
By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer

Nothing says “status symbol” like a super sexy, expensive car. Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, even a tricked out Range Rover might make the cut… And whether we actually choose to drive one or just look, we all know these cars, have seen them around the neighborhood, and, no matter how many times one catches our eye, we marvel at their sleekness and beauty.

Aventura is filled with the “exotics”. And while unconfirmed, it would readily appear as though we have a higher ratio of luxury cars to, pardon the expression, but “regular” cars, than most places in the country. Making this personal, I drive a small Mercedes (the SLK 350- after all my initials are SLK, might as well turn my vehicle into a fun trivia tidbit). As a matter of fact, I often joke with people who do not live in our town. I say to them, “If you like my car, you should go to the Mobil [gas] station near my house [rather, condo]. You’ll see all the nice cars there.”

And while I’m sort of kidding, I’m not totally kidding. Maseratis, custom Hummers (a la Dennis Rodman, who lives in the neighborhood), all kinds of Rolls Royce’, convertible Bentleys, and more show up daily. That’s the way it is. And you really can see most of them at the neighborhood Mobile station on Biscayne Blvd. at 191st Street. So, where else can the “must see” cars be seen? How about at the Aventura Car Wash? Located on the corner of 188th Street and 29th Avenue, right in the heart of what is considered by some “downtown” Aventura, the carwash is situated on a residential block, on the ground floor of a parking structure with a roof, and owned by locals – so why wouldn’t residents bring their cars there to get some pampering? There’s no reason not to, so therefore, they do!

Exotics stalkers can also get a fix at the Aventura Mall – but not just any place in the mall. Head directly to the entrances that have valet service, especially near the Cheesecake Factory in front. That’s where the largest concentrations can be found. Escalades, BMWs, Jaguars … even a Maybach now and then … shining and looking good for all to behold. Naturally, one of the most obvious places to find luxury cars is (drum roll, please) at a car dealership, rental or for purchase. There are many scattered throughout Miami and the surrounding areas. And while Aventura is not actually home to any, they’re never more than a call or quick ride away.

North Miami, our border neighbor to the South, houses South Florida’s largest Lexus, which resides at 141st Street and Biscayne Blvd. At a total of one million square feet, this four-story-high Lexus, according to Boyd Bundy, architect of record who also spends time doing business development for the company, has 100 service stalls, two car washes, an extremely large parts department, multi-floor inventory, and a second floor spa, and a roof used for parking, inventory and sometime events. Isn’t that something?

Just a few blocks from Lexus stands Prestige Imports, which collectively houses Lamborghini Miami, Lotus Miami, and Prestige Audi under its roof. In addition to new automobiles, Prestige boasts a killer selection of “pre-owned vehicles” including Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Saleen (148th and Biscayne Blvd.). There are also private brokers who specialize in finding rare and unusual exotics. According to one broker, who asked to remain anonymous, “people who choose to work with me have a lot of money and generally want to keep it their purchases on the down low. They buy and trade often because it’s fun. These cars make them look and feel cool.

C’mon, when you see a Ferrari on the street, you look. There’s no need to deny it, you’re not alone. Everyone does.”

Where do you spot the hottest cars in Aventura? What was the coolest car you’ve seen around town?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sandra Nastar via Facebook // Aug 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    MY CAR :)

  • 2 Ian Llobregat via Facebook // Aug 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Bugatti for sure… Over at the mall

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