Film Executive turned Real Estate developer plan workforce housing

Film Executive turned Real Estate developer plan workforce housing

 Near Miami International Airport, 27@Lincoln office in Coconut Grove.

Amanda De Seta once produced indie movies in Los Angeles, but in Miami she has focused on producing homes and commercial buildings as a developer.

Her company LointerHome has crafted plans for its biggest projects yet: a workforce housing community of up to 471 apartments just south of Miami International Airport and an office building in Coconut Grove. The company has also entered the short-term rental market.

De Seta previously worked as a creative executive for 20th Century Fox Studios and then produced independent films at her own company. IMDb lists her production credits as “Witchwise,” “The Raven” and “Self Storage.”

“I was starting to renovate homes on the side and I liked doing that more than working in film and TV,” De Seta said.

She performed her first home renovations in Los Angeles in 2006 before moving to Miami in 2010 and modernizing older homes in Coconut Grove. She later teamed with partner Marco de Souza, a Brazilian native, and received capital backing from Portugal-based Banif Financial. That has allowed her to scale up the size of her projects, after previously completing 30 small-scale jobs.

“Our development philosophy is to make really interesting envelopes for one’s life, whether it is single-family homes, apartment buildings, workforce housing or offices,” De Seta said. “We think about the context and the situation of where we situate our buildings. It should be more refined and sit more gently and contribute to what is going on in the surroundings.”

All of her projects are designed by Coral Gables architect William Hamilton Arthur.

LointerHome has under contract a 7-acre site at 6950 N.W. 7th Street — along a lake just south of the airport — where she plans to build workforce housing. De Seta said the property has development rights for 369 units in four stories, but she will ask the county to approve 471 units in five stories. That would give her more space to create a “village” setting with a sports field, a daycare, an education center, and other community spaces.

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