Blau Journal: The Astor Companies Receives Approval to Market Merrick Manor in New York State

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April 19, 2018 – It is no secret that many New York residents are drawn to South Florida for the warm weather, lifestyle and lack of state income tax, but the federal government has given them a new reason: the recent tax reform law that caps the deduction of state and local taxes to $10,000 a year.

In response to the tax reform and strong demand from New York buyers, developer The Astor Companies successfully completed the extensive registration process to market the 227-residence Merrick Manor in New York. To protect consumers, New York requires all out-of-state developers to seek special permission to market and advertise real estate opportunities.

“We have been getting a tremendous amount of interest from people in New York, who are looking to move to Florida to avoid paying higher income taxes,” said Henry Torres, President, CEO and, Founder of Astor. “Northeasterners have just been through one of the worst winters on record, so in addition to escaping the cold and snow, they have an opportunity to escape a more expensive tax bill.”

Merrick Manor is under construction in the Merrick Park neighborhood of Coral Gables – a suburb of Miami – and slated for completion during the fourth quarter of this year, well ahead of schedule. More than 58 percent of the project is under contract, with prices for remaining units starting from $449,990 and ranging up to $2.5 million. Remaining units range from 574 square feet to more than 3,400 square feet.

“Now that we have the green light from the state, we will be able to more proactively engage buyers about Merrick Manor and all of the great things that Coral Gables has to offer,” said Ivan Ramirez, a vice president with ONE Sotheby’s International Real Estate, the exclusive residential broker for the project.

The Mediterranean, villa-style Merrick Manor was designed by prominent architecture firm, Behar Font & Partners, P.A., with Witkin Hults Design Group providing the landscape design. Interiors by Steven G. has continued a longstanding relationship with Astor by designing unit interiors at Merrick Manor.

Merrick Manor also offers 19,000 square feet of prime, Class A ground-floor retail and restaurant space marketed by the Astor Real Estate Group, led by Principal Broker Roza H. Radkiewicz.

The project is located just steps away from the luxurious retail destination Shops at Merrick Park. Project amenities include 24-hour valet parking, 24-hour front desk concierge service, a business center with computer-ready desks and multimedia screens for presentations and conference calls, a club lounge on the fourth floor, state-of-the-art fitness center and resort-style pool with barbecue areas and a community area with lounge seating.

The 5,000-square-foot Merrick Manor Sales Gallery showcases a full model one-bedroom unit with a gourmet kitchen, bathroom, living room and master bedroom designed by Interiors by Steven G.

To learn more about the residences, visit or contact ONE Sotheby’s at the Merrick Manor Sales Gallery at (305) 779-6870.

For commercial and retail opportunities available at Merrick Manor, contact Roza H. Radkiewicz at (305) 779-5672 or (786) 218-8322 or email