Miami, the Magic City, has had its share of both blessings and clever revivals. A once dilapidated Wynwood, for instance, blossomed into one of the most electric art and business centers in the country, aptly celebrating Miami’s creativity and diversity. After Wynwood was rebuilt, it was so popular that the north-neighboring Design District bloomed as well: several visionary boutiques, all artfully designed, emerged and now house high-end brands like Cartier and Louis Vuitton, all surrounded by chic galleries and bright frescos. Each visit offers a new surprise.
But Wynwood and the Design District, which are filled with imaginative restaurants like Kyu and Swan (by hospitality maven David Grutman and Pharrell Williams), are not the only areas in Miami experiencing a resurrection. Edgewater’s skyline has also grown—now teeming with displays of preeminent architecture and design. Downtown and Town Square are packed with cultural attractions, too, like the Pérez Art Museum and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which features one of the most fabulous aquariums in the Southeast. On the lower level, tuna and sharks swim overheard. It is a marvel, both anatomically and architecturally.
All of Miami, in fact, is as hale as it has been in decades—its economy strong, its residential areas sprucing up, its cultural attractions limitless—just in time for its spotlight winter moment. (Even the Miami Heat, who play at American Airlines Arena and have dazzled fans with their clever trades and bright Vice City uniforms, will be playoff bound this year.) Many new high-rise residences, designed by world-famous architects, are reaching completion in 2020. And for lovers of theatre, the Adrienne Arsht Center is now showing Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning play. YoungArts Miami also offers one-of-a-kind performances in both dance and other visual arts.
Of course, the white sandy stretches of Miami’s beaches remain as stunning as ever. The surfside sunsets, still flawless. And with a surge of brilliant new construction and spectacular penthouses from Sunny Isles to South Beach, there is a myriad of options for buyers looking for a new or second home. Come find your palace in the sky.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sunny Isles Beach
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sunny Isles Beach is one of the most anticipated luxury condominiums to enter the market. With over 250 feet of pristine beachfront—and with no hotel on the premises—the tower, managed by The Ritz-Carlton, has been a draw for high-end buyers in the U.S. and around the world. This ultra-high-end condominium with resort amenities and five-star services features 212 residences, and the signature curvilinear silhouette of the tower (crafted by Arquitectonica) is a standout on the horizon. Airy and sunlit interiors by Florentine architect Michele Bönan complement the exterior, expertly blending the spirit of modern Miami with its rich architectural past. Highlights in each residence include walk-in closets, laundry rooms with full-size washers and dryers, and pre-wiring for high-speed internet access and Wi-Fi. (All residences are smart-home technology ready.) The property also has a beach restaurant, pool deck, Kids Club, spa, and a fitness and wellness center, among other top-line amenities. On the 33rd floor, the condominium has a private club: inclusive of a library, dining room and kitchen, and eight individual guest suites, exclusive to owners for personal visitors. It features a bar for sunset cocktails, a lounge area, and terrace as well. Penthouses offer lush garden terraces, spanning 2,000–4,000 square feet with private pools and summer kitchens, custom-designed Italian cabinetry, service quarters, and well-appointed master suites. The tower currently boasts an original piece of art at its base: “Dreaming the Future,” a sculpture by Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry. Like the name suggests, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sunny Isles Beach is a dream come true.
Jade Signature, the award-winning brainchild of Fortune International Group, is the pièce de résistance of ultra-high-end high-rises across the globe. It rightly reflects the ingenuity and artistry of Swiss Pritzker Prize–winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, interior designer and French “master of grande luxe” Pierre-Yves Rochon (founder of Paris-based interior design firm PYR), and Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles. As evidenced by the latest string of accolades won by the tower’s visionaries—including the 2019 “American Architecture Award” by The Chicago Athenaeum: The Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and “Most Innovative Beachside Residential Development” by BUILD Magazine—Jade Signature reigns supreme in prestige. The tower, which was also named by Dezeen magazine as one of 2018’s outstanding skyscrapers worldwide, only has a handful of residences remaining. Currently, a limited number of residences remain for sale within the building, including several recently completed turnkey homes. Jade Signature’s most luxurious offerings, a portfolio known as “The Collection,” has a compilation of two-story Sky Villas and a two-story penthouse, ranging from $11.9 million to $29.5 million. The Sky Villas offer stunning features, such as flow-through views, expansive terraces, private elevators, smart technology, service quarters, and PYR-designed bathroom cabinetry. The two-story penthouse boasts all of these world-class features as well as a private pool, gym, and 360-degree views. Additional offerings include three- to five-bedroom residences, with sizes starting at 3,260 square feet and prices beginning at $4.29 million.
For Miami Beach, a new standard in waterfront living is quietly rising on a sandy patch of prime oceanfront along the iconic Millionaire’s Row: 57 Ocean. Developed by Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management and designed by local architectural authorities Arquitectonica, 57 Ocean—well-sited on more than 220 feet of rare unspoiled waterfront at 5775 Collins Avenue—will offer 71 spacious homes imbued with a sense of timelessness and tranquility. Set for completion in the fall of 2021, 57 Ocean’s residences range between two to four bedrooms and span between 1,200 to more than 3,600 square feet. Bathed in serene ocean breezes and soothing natural light, the homes feature thoughtfully designed interiors from Brazilian designer Patricia Anastassiadis. Embracing the azure dream-like setting, 57 Ocean adheres to the notion that wellness is the ultimate luxury—and a life lived in full is inspired and shaped by the sea. An array of extraordinary features and services will be in the offing for residents, each designed to nurture mind, body and soul—while forever improving the concept of “living well.” Towering palms, thickets of tropical fauna, and tranquil meditation gardens weave an enchanted landscape of natural wonder. Five-star amenities include a holistic spa with treatments by One Ocean Beauty, a wellness pavilion with a thermal suite, and a relaxation and meditation area—as well as poolside treatment cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center with top-of-the-line MyIsle training equipment by MyEquilibria, and an indoor Technogym fitness center. There will also be a children’s activity room, 24-hour concierge services, pool and beachfront concessions and attendants, direct access to the adjacent Miami Beach Walk, and more. This unparalleled haven is not just a place to live, but one with a lifestyle destined to improve lives. Prices range from $1.5 million to $35 million.
Monaco Yacht Club & Residences
With a coveted location in Miami Beach’s MiMo District, Monaco Yacht Club & Residences is situated on one of the last remaining waterfront properties in the area. The luxury Bayfront condominium is being developed by Optimum Development USA in collaboration with two of the most esteemed names in design: Piero Lissoni and international architecture firm Arquitectonica. The nautically themed, 12-story boutique project features 39 exquisite waterfront residences meticulously curated by world-renowned Italian interior designer Piero Lissoni and complete with expansive, oversized wraparound terraces, all affording sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Miami skyline. Offering the ultimate indoor/outdoor lifestyle, the Monaco Yacht Club & Residences features a 12-slip marina accommodating vessels up to 55 feet and a yachting concierge on-hand for residents’ maintenance needs, yacht charters, or sailing and fishing excursions. Additional resort-style amenities include a breathtaking rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Miami skyline featuring a pool with poolside chaise lounge chairs, Jacuzzi and shaded lounge areas with a grill for entertaining, and a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking Biscayne Bay. Featuring sophisticated one- to four-bedroom residences that range in size from 918 to nearly 5,000 square feet, prices begin at $1.1 million. With the official groundbreaking having taken place on February 6, completion is slated for early 2021.