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Barkin-Gilman & Associates Appointed as Exclusive Real Estate Firm for New Luxury Aquavita Las Olas Development

February 10, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (February 10, 2014) – Ocean Land Investments, Inc. (OLI)—a premier developer of waterfront properties in South Florida—is pleased to announce it has retained Coldwell Banker Previews International’s Barkin-Gilman & Associates as the exclusive agency of record representing sales for its new luxury waterfront condominium, AquaVita Las Olas. Under the direction of longtime South Florida real estate associates Peter Barkin and Mark Gilman, the Fort Lauderdale-based real estate firm will oversee all sales transactions for the new 22-unit luxury waterfront residences, the first phase of which is located on Hendricks Isle off Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and scheduled to open in early 2015.

Phase II of Ocean Land Investments’ luxury waterfront residences will be built at the site of the AquaVita Sales Center, with a prime location at 1800 East Las Olas Boulevard directly across from the Isle of Venice, where Phase III of the boutique luxury condominium will be developed. With a grand opening for the new Sales Center scheduled in the coming weeks, and the first phase of AquaVita nearly 50% sold out, Barkin-Gilman & Associates is excited for the opportunity to continue the momentum.

“We are excited to be a part of the sales team for such an exciting new development,” said Barkin. “Until now, development has been at a standstill in Fort Lauderdale. With baby boomers and empty nesters reaching retirement age or looking to downsize for convenience without comprising, there is such a great market of buyers out there who are seeking exactly what AquaVita has to offer—high-end, impeccably appointed residences, top-of-the-line features and amenities, convenient access to downtown, prime waterfront location, low-maintenance, no-hassle and ease—all without having to compromise on luxury.”

Adds Gilman, “AquaVita Las Olas is truly a one-of-a-kind development that will fill a void in the market for buyers who are seeking luxury and convenience, and who want to be in the midst of the action that downtown Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale beach have to offer. AquaVita buyers will be able to swim in a salt-water pool, come and go in private elevators and park their boats steps from their front doors while living just steps away from the finest shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Ocean Land Investments and its executive team are truly visionaries, and we are excited to be a part of their vision.”

According to Jean Francois Roy, President of Ocean Land Investments, “We, at the end of the day, look at the long-term view of purchasing land. As a corporation we view waterfront property as a long-term investment, one that grows ever-more scarce throughout South Florida. We view the opportunity to develop such unique properties as a privilege, and consequently are extremely conscientious about our approach. AquaVita buyers are not just making a purchase, but are truly making a lifestyle decision and seeking low-maintenance, high luxury, private and convenient living. Peter and Mark understand and share in our vision, and we are excited to have them on board as part of our team.”

AquaVita Las Olas will be comprised of two waterfront buildings consisting of 22 luxury residences located just minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach. Starting in the low $900,000’s, each contemporary and impeccably-designed unit features floor to ceiling glass walls and enormous waterside balconies; gourmet kitchen with Italian cabinetry, gas cook tops and upgraded appliances; a boat slip to accommodate vessels up to 53 feet; two garaged parking spaces (one of which is electric car-ready); elevator entry access; and hurricane impact windows with unparalleled views of the waterway. Additional features and amenities include a heated salt water pool with cabanas, fitness facility and barbecue area; private and common storage areas; Wi-Fi in common areas; deep water open-access wide canal; FOB secure garage entry, building entry and elevator access; and 24/7 video surveillance.

Another unique selling point for potential buyers is that AquaVita is the first and only non-smoking residential condominium in Fort Lauderdale. Smoking is prohibited everywhere on the property with the exception of residents’ private outdoor balconies, which will be separated by partitions.

According to Hollywood-based real estate attorney Dennis Eisinger, who has also developed residential condominiums and is a principal of AquaVita Las Olas, LLC, “The smoking ban was important to us, given that one of our core values is to ensure that our developments promote a healthy environment for our residents and the local community. All phases of AquaVita and all future OLI developments will maintain this policy as well. Given that the demographic for AquaVita buyers is primarily active, health-conscious baby boomers and empty nesters, we believe this is a major selling point for our prospective buyers who will appreciate a smoke-free condo—in addition to AquaVita’s pet-friendly status, luxury amenities and prime location, of course.”

Another incentive for discerning buyers is that AquaVita’s luxury waterfront residences are completely customizable to meet the uncompromised needs and desires of each individual buyer. With four flexible floor plans ranging from 2,644 to 6,141 total square feet, AquaVita operates as a boutique, one-stop shop, providing buyers with the ease and convenience of utilizing its in-house construction team to customize their individual unit. Additionally, the AquaVita Sales Center features a fully functioning kitchen featuring the same appliances as the residences, along with an optional flooring selection for buyers to view.

The AquaVita Sales Center is located at 1800 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, please visit www.aquavitalasolas.com.

About Barkin-Gilman & Associates

Barkin-Gilman & Associates, collectively have more than 33 years of experience working with buyers and sellers in the South Florida market through Coldwell Banker Previews International’s Las Olas Bouelvard office. The duo and their team of 8 associates specialize in luxury real estate, waterfront and beach front properties, condominiums, gated and golf communities, new construction and investment opportunities, and provide clients with the knowledge needed to make educated decisions in the constantly-moving real estate market by utilizing customized global and local marketing strategies to expose their listings to buyers from all over the world. Peter Barkin and Mark Gilman are members of the Board of Regents, an exclusive network of the world’s most elite luxury real estate brokers throughout the United States and worldwide, and are proud to be named as one of South Florida’s Elite Real Estate Agents with the Master Broker’s Forum of Broward County. Barkin-Gilman & Associates is based out of the Coldwell Banker Previews International’s Las Olas Beach office located at 909 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, please visit www.BarkinGilman.com.

About Ocean Land Investments

Ocean Land Investments, Inc. (OLI) was founded by Jean François Roy. After having developed Canada’s third largest portfolio of senior citizen residential life care facilities, Roy relocated to South Florida in the 1990′s where he began focusing on a long-term approach for investing in prime waterfront properties that could be redeveloped with neighborhood and community support. With a philosophy of building lasting relationships with property owners, neighbors and civic leaders, Roy and his company have achieved an enviable record of success and an unsurpassed reputation for integrity since his entry into the South Florida waterfront real estate market. With its long-term approach to redevelopment, the company believes that each project that it undertakes must be beneficial to the neighborhood and must be something the community will be proud of now and in the future. By building lasting relationships with property owners, neighbors and public officials, OLI has developed an excellent record of success. The company and its executive team, including Roy and his longtime business partner and friend, Dennis Eisinger, a South Florida real estate attorney and principal of AquaVita Las Olas, LLC, have been key players in the successful development of multiple waterfront projects in South Florida. Together, they have worked with such major industry players as Jorge Perez and the Related Group; and The Donald Trump Organization to develop a number of high profile projects, such as Trump Hollywood in Hollywood Beach, FL. Ocean Land Investments is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, please visit www.oceanland.com.

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