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With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels.The pull is so powerful that developer Gil Dezer's Porsche Design Tower is mostly sold-out, even though construction won't wrap until 2016, meaning that most buyers committed millions based on blueprints.Each can whisk a convertible up 60 stories and then slide it into the owner's personal steel-reinforced garage.Dezer is also taking reservations for condos at the Armani Casa.Demand from European and South American buyers caused prices for the top 5 percent of homes around Miami Beach to surge 66 percent in the past year to $6.3 million, according to Redfin.Just the idea of the car elevator was enough to persuade Juan Pablo Verdiquio to buy at the Porsche Design Tower.Then Dezer showed him blueprints for the Armani building, where prices start at $1.5 million.Yet Dezer also pitches Miami as a bargain. A Russian who bought a $1 million home in Miami last year would have spent the equivalent of 34 million rubles.
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