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Miami Heat

The current vogue for trophy real estate in the Floridian city displays imaginative verve, and gives prospective buyers a wealth of choice

Palazzo Della Luna
Aston Martin Residences
Porsche Design Tower
Residences by Armani/Casa

A one-time Vanderbilt family home, Fisher Island and its 33109 zip code now represents the highest concentration of wealth in the US. The exclusive enclave, just a third of a square mile (0.9sq km) off the tip of South Beach, is home to the new ten-storey, 50-residence Palazzo Della Luna, slated for completion in summer 2019.


With interiors by Champalimaud Design, the über-soigné three- to seven-bedroom waterfront residences, ranging in size from large to positively vast, feature plaster bas relief, gilded glass, statuary marble and cerused oak. The three penthouses have 15ft (4.6m) ceilings throughout, and Enzo Enea-designed private rooftop terraces with panoramic views. Amenities include full-service spa, infinity pools and multilingual concierge service, with a marina, nine-hole golf course and 18-court tennis centre a stroll away.


Up by North Miami Beach, another island affair – anchored this time in the waters of the Aventura Intracoastal – Privé also has a stratospherically high standard of lifestyle facilities. Distinctive works of contemporary art curated by Daniel Lebensohn set the tone for 160 apartments in twin 16-storey towers on this eight-acre (3.2-hectare) island, while the private poolside restaurant helmed by Chef Aldo, Privé Café, will satisfy the most discerning palates.


A paradigm of modern Miami living, Privé boasts a marina with slips for up to 135ft (41m) yachts, spa, fitness centre, library, wine and cigar rooms. Two- to six-bedroom units, all with 360-degree water views, are available to move into immediately.


Less than a mile away on Atlantic-facing Sunny Isles Beach, the sinuous 47-storey Muse Residences – designed by Carlos Ott, architect of the Opéra Bastille – has 68 futuristic apartments and penthouses also ready for occupation. Rooms that have generous 12ft (3.66m) ceilings with full-height windows, leading on to 60ft-wide (18m) terraces with panoramic ocean and intracoastal views, give an extraordinary sense of space.


The fully automated homes’ wellness package includes advanced air purification, dynamic lighting that reflects circadian rhythms, as well as 
a spa, vanishing-edge pool 
and farm-to-table lounge. 
Zen personified.


Pushing the futuristic envelope towards science fiction, developer Dan Kodsi is putting a Skyport for “flying cars” on top of the 60-storey Paramount tower in the mixed-use Miami Worldcenter. Uber Elevate, Google’s Kitty Hawk, Airbus’s Vahana – one of these airborne vehicles will likely be cutting Miami to Palm Beach rush hour travel time from 120 to 30 minutes within five years.


Overlooking the city’s prime cultural, sporting, culinary and business districts, units range in size from a modest 1,180 to 2,350 square feet (110 to 218 square metres), ideal for buyers “flying” to more commodious out-of-town residences.


Just south on Downtown Miami’s waterfront, one of three local schemes to utilise brand appeal broke ground last year. Aston Martin is better known as the iconic sports car driven by James Bond, but in its first foray into real estate, chief creative officer Marek Reichman is integrating the brand’s signature elements, colours and materials into the design of the 66-storey Aston Martin Residences tower.


“We’re incorporating our DNA through subtle details and fine craftsmanship, with an emphasis on comfort,” he avers. The striking sailboat-shaped tower has 391 lavish residences expected to complete in 2021.


In keeping with the automotive theme, the 60-storey Porsche Design Tower, back up on Sunny Isles Beach, opened last year but still has unsold inventory, including a vast four-level, 19,403sq ft (1,803sq m) penthouse. The scheme’s patented automobile lift system allows owners to park their vehicles (hopefully Porsches) in “sky garages” directly next to their units.


And finally, the nearby Residences by Armani/Casa reflect the eponymous designer’s aesthetic sensibility and his hallmark sense of comfort and functionality. 
The 56-storey, 308-condo ocean-front high-rise is due to be ready next year, with the largest units attracting 
keen interest. Brand Miami has itself never been held in higher regard.

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