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Date: Sep 06, 2016

BAY HARBOR, FL (September 6, 2016) – Douglas Elliman today announced the official opening of the firm’s 18th South Florida office in the exclusive community of Bay Harbor Island. Considered one of South Florida’s most elite hidden gems, the booming enclave of Bay Harbor Island is nestled between Miami mainland and Bal Harbour, within walking distance of fine dining and shopping at the nearby Bal Harbour Shops. Home to scenic sunsets, luxurious waterfront homes and boutique style condos - all offering high levels of luxury and privacy - Bay Harbor allows residents and visitors alike to escape into complete serenity. Originally designed by some of Miami’s most renowned architects including Morris Lapidus, Henry Hohauser, and Charles McKirahan, the neighborhood has a high concentration of mid-century Miami Modern architecture that can be seen throughout the island. The new office will occupy the current Turnberry International Realty Bay Harbor office, and will mark the continued expansion for the acclaimed brokerage both regionally and nationally.

“Bay Harbor was a pivotal area for Douglas Elliman to be immersed within in order to better service our existing clientele,” said Jay Phillip Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage. “The area is one that we’ve been focusing on for quite a while and with Ilene and Bonnie serving as the anchors for this booming office, we are confident that our brokerage will only continue its upward growth across this region and Florida as a whole.”

Spearheaded by accomplished leader and Managing Broker, Judith Corcos, the new Bay Harbor location will also be fronted by award-winning realtors Ilene Tessler and Bonnie Brooks, both former Elementary school teachers turned real estate agents. Together, Ilene and Bonnie became the first real estate team to achieve record-breaking sales in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Keystone Point and Sans Souci Estates. Michele Tessler Berlowitz and Joanna Tessler, Ilene’s daughters, who also were top producers at Turnberry International Realty will join the elite Douglas Elliman team in Bay Harbor. Immediately prior to joining Douglas Elliman, Ilene and Bonnie were Vice Presidents of Sales at Turnberry International Realty. Together, Ilene, Bonnie Michele & Joanna are bringing to the new office many successful years of experience in the real estate industry, along with uncompromising integrity and a unified drive for achievement.

“As Miami continues to evolve, the Bay Harbor neighborhood is surging with redevelopment,” said Judith Corcos, Managing Broker, Douglas Elliman. “Bay Harbor is an exceptionally desirable neighborhood that offers a one of a kind lifestyle. Opening an office here was a natural fit for our company’s further growth and I look forward to working alongside Ilene and Bonnie and the Open Door Miami team as we bring the new office to life.”

Douglas Elliman remains the number one brokerage in Miami Beach, Wellington and among the top four brokerages nationwide. Within the past year alone the Florida brokerage welcomed more new agents than any other firm in South Florida, growing to over 700 agents across its continued expansion. The firm continues to be at the forefront of emerging trends, new development and remains an industry leader throughout the South Florida market and beyond.

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