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Missoni touches are a big part of the design aesthetic inside the residences at Missoni Baia in Edgewater.


Miami Real Estate Ups the Ante in 2018

By Riki Altman-Yee

Phil Gutman photo by Nick Garcia


From multimillion-dollar penthouses to bespoke townhomes, the city’s real estate scene continues to impress thanks to world-class properties with A-list amenities and visionaries who keep upping the ante on the good life.

Fashion and realty converge in all the right ways at Missoni Baia.

Many know the pleasures of being wrapped in Missoni’s colorful knitwear, and now that the family-owned company has decided to weave its first branded high-rise into Miami’s terra firma, well-heeled buyers can have the pleasure of enjoying its unmistakable aesthetic in myriad ways. Designed by New York-based Asymptote Architecture and developed by OKO Group, Missoni Baia will encompass 57 stories of artistry, with 249 residences ranging from one to five bedrooms and starting at 776 square feet. The ultimate in Missoni modus vivendi can be found inside the various residences, which include three duplex townhomes and two penthouses. Australia-born designer Paris Forino, under the creative direction of Angela and Rosita Missoni, curated the interiors, placing finds from the Missoni Home furniture collection around all five swimming pools, the lobby, and the expansive fitness center and spa overlooking the Bay. Edgewater is about to discover what living boldly really means. From $500,000, 777 NE 26th Terrace, Miami, 305.800.7000

One of the world’s most celebrated auto manufacturers puts its stamp on the Miami skyline with Aston Martin Residences.

Granted, it is a bit of a surprise to learn that one of Britain’s most beloved luxury auto makers has been planning a residential tower in Miami that resembles a sail, but the rest of the structure is trademark Aston Martin. Sixty-six floors of bespoke luxury residences, duplexes, penthouses and even triplex penthouses ranging from one to five bedrooms are slated for occupancy in 2021 at Aston Martin Residences, where homeowners will partake in panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic and the Miami skyline. Floor-to-ceiling windows, custom kitchens and bathrooms with European cabinetry and white marble flooring are just a few of the posh interior appointments, while the amenities list boasts a 55th-floor Sky Bar and Lounge, boxing gym, curated art gallery, two movie theaters, full-service spa, virtual golf center and countless other spots for socializing or dropping down a few gears. Super Yacht Marina facilities are also available, bringing the theme full circle. From $600,000, 300 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.573.7333

Phil Gutman

Phil Gutman in the backyard of a $22.5 million waterfront mansion in Brown Harris Stevens’ portfolio

Phil Gutman sets off to lead Brown Harris Stevens into tomorrow—and the future looks bright.

Expect the tides to change now that brokerage juggernaut Brown Harris Stevens has 20-year real estate veteran Phil Gutman as its Miami-based executive vice president for Miami Beach and Key Biscayne. Gutman, who hails from Staten Island and moved to Miami as a teen, began his career in the mortgage business and eventually became vice president of sales for Douglas Elliman, where he focused on new development. With BHS’ luxury listings equaling $800 million in South Florida alone, Gutman plans to shift its lofty trajectory even higher. “The firm has an impeccable reputation and was already demonstrating how committed it was to the Miami market with its acquisition of Avatar and Zilbert International Realty,” he says. “We’re determined to grow, but always with the right people, most importantly.” BHS’ agents, Gutman asserts, are incomparable, expertly predicting trends affecting global markets and specializing in issues like tax reform and bitcoin as a real estate currency. As for the product, he says, it practically sells itself: “South Florida is always a desirable market globally, no matter what’s going on in the world. There are so many things about [this area] that are unique and appealing... people are always looking to be here.” 

Life’s a beach—literally—at Eleven on Lenox.

Not willing to settle for a perfect 10, South Florida developer Shoma Group created 11 sublime beach-inspired townhomes offering the ultimate union of luxury, tech and location, location, location. Found in the true heart of South Beach, within walking distance of Lincoln Road, Eleven on Lenox’s residences boast four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, along with glass-enclosed elevators and two-car garages (plus two extra parking spots for each residence). Inside, designer Charles Allem employed sumptuous textures, like stone, ceramic, marble and quartz, in shades reminiscent of sand, black, white and oatmeal to complement Scavolini kitchens, Gaggenau appliances and Dornbracht fixtures. Miami-based Zyscovich Architects designed the three-story, 4,400-square-foot-plus residences, incorporating a spine of cantilever stairs to take homeowners and their guests up to a spacious rooftop terrace, heated pool, summer kitchen and, subsequently, heaven. From $3 million, 1030 15th St., Miami Beach, 786.495.0495

Heavenly amenities await buyers at GranParaiso.

By now, most real estate insiders are familiar with Paraiso District, The Related Group’s 11-acre waterfront master-planned community loaded with country-club amenities, including a theater-style screening room, cigar lounge, wine tasting cellar, bowling lanes, billiards and putting green, a wellness and sports center with tennis courts, outdoor yoga/Pilates pavilion and a 100-foot-diameter pool, as well as a private beach club, boat slips and James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s Amara at Paraiso restaurant. Yet homeowners at GranParaiso, the most luxe tower in the complex, have a million reasons to be antisocial, also, as the property’s one- to four-bedroom residences and penthouses all feature divine large terraces with glass railings, Sub-Zero and Wolf new-gen appliances and spa-inspired master bathrooms with deep-soak bathtubs. Of course, owners of the four exclusive Bayhomes with private elevators might just opt to bring the party inside. From $800,000, 600 NE 31st St., Miami, 305.393.8060

A look at One River Point’s 60-story towers and cascading waterfall

One River Point sets out to redefine the meaning of the high life.

Displaying an 85-foot cascading waterfall that appears to flow into the Miami River, One River Point by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly will be both a work of art and a sight to behold when it reaches completion in 2020. Its two 60-story towers will hide high-tech features like biometric access, fully integrated smart-home controls and automated parking spaces, hidden amidst sunlit one- to four-bedroom floor plans starting at 890 square feet. Bespoke Sky Villas, penthouses and Sky Lofts, which range from 5,000 to 12,000 square feet, will have private pools and expansive terraces. All homeowners, however, can partake in lofty recreation inside a glass, tri-level Skybridge, which encases amenities ranging from a medspa and exercise studio to boutiques, guest suites, gourmet dining rooms, wine-tasting and cigar lounges, and fully equipped business facilities. Cheers to vertical living. From $870,000, 92 SW Third St., Miami, 305.809.7566

Arguably one of the most coveted penthouses in South Florida, Skyhouse 11 11, designed by Pritzker Prize winners Herzog & de Meuron, is finally up for grabs.

Those with $34 million to spend only need to reach out to legendary real estate partners and Coldwell Banker team The Jills (Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber) for viewing—and securing—the seven-bedroom home with seven baths, four half bathrooms and one of the most recognizable addresses in town. Perched atop the iconic parking garage at the corner of Lincoln Road and Alton Road, “it is an oasis of serenity, beauty, art and natural light,” says Hertzberg. Along with some of the best, unobstructed views of Miami Beach, the penthouse offers 7,700 square feet of living space with an 18,000-square-foot outdoor terrace boasting a private pool, built-in bar, kitchen and landscape by Raymond Jungles. Interior details include 11-foot ceilings, full-slab shower floors, integrated speakers and circa-1950 Brazilian and mid-century contemporary furnishings. Also included: serious cachet, as architecture devotees know the Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron has designed but a mere handful of private residences worldwide. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.341.7447