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TOP OF THE WORLD The rooftop pool area at Brickell Flatiron will feature views of the water and the city from all directions.

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The Hottest Properties in Miami

By Riki Altman-Yee & Luis R. Rigual

Photo Courtesy of Properties

02.08.17

The real estate industry as a whole may be cooling off, but condo living in Miami is as hot as ever thanks to interest from no-nonsense buyers and world-class properties with A-list amenities.

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Developer Ugo Colombo gives Miami a slice of the Big Apple with Brickell Flatiron.

Those who like being surrounded by the sights and sounds of money changing hands will find no better address in Miami than 1001 S. Miami Avenue, the center of Brickell’s Financial District, where the concrete foundation was recently poured for one of developer Ugo Colombo’s latest developments, Brickell Flatiron. The property’s name not only points to its triangular shape, reminiscent of the iconic structure in Manhattan, but also its prime location. “The Downtown and Brickell area is a little slice of New York in Miami,” Colombo explains, though longtime locals know it might not have become that way if it were not for his influence. The massive tower, designed by architect Luis Revuelta, will soar 64 stories over the city, with wide elliptical balconies creating exterior waves. In the 549 units inside, interior architect Massimo Iosa Ghini employed a wealth of Italian finishes and fixtures, including Snaidero cabinetry. Residences, priced between $465,000 for a one-bedroom to $14 million for five bedrooms, start at 730 square feet and go all the way up to 6,000 square feet. And when you consider what other properties of this caliber in this ever-changing area are going for, some might call that a wise investment. 1001 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.400.7400, brickellflatiron.com

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW HEIGHTS At 64 stories above busy Brickell, residents at Flatiron will be found on the rooftop swimming in the pool and wandering the garden, working out in a 6,300-square-foot gym and luxuriating with therapeutic services.

CLOSE TO HOME Both The Shops at Mary Brickell Village and the mighty Brickell City Centre (where new stores are opening daily) are less than a mile away, and with multiple public transit options nearby, the city’s star attractions are accessible in mere minutes.

ALL THE PERKS The property offers more than its share of social spaces, including a billiard and cigar room, wine cellar, theater and a selection of retailers and dining options.

BY THE NUMBERS
33132

In a survey about America’s boom towns, realtor.com identified this ZIP code—which includes Downtown Miami and everything south of 19th Street, north of Flagler Street and east of Miami Avenue to the water—as one of the most dynamic in the country when it comes to new housing and job growth in the next five years. 

Aston Martin Residences, Fendi Château, Residences by Armani/Casa, Missoni Baia

Aston Martin Residences, Fendi Château, Residences by Armani/Casa, Missoni Baia and L’Atelier

NAME RECOGNITION
Though shaped like a sail and offering its residents access to an exclusive yacht marina, Aston Martin Residences will largely reflect its namesake vehicle, starting with doors that feature bespoke artisan Aston Martin handles, and including two private lobbies, as well as a bilevel fitness center and spa. From $2 million, 300 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.456.7376

Featuring stunning architectural flair on the exterior (compliments of Arquitectonica’s talent pool) and extravagant Fendi Casa-styled interiors, Fendi Château boasts 58 expansive flow-through waterfront residences, as well as penthouses with panoramic ocean views, private rooftop sundecks, pools and saunas. From $6 million, 9349 Collins Ave., Surfside, 305.944.4440

The first Italian fashion brand to stake claim here, Armani promises more than 35,000 square feet of luxurious, custom-furnished amenities at Residences by Armani/Casa. Penthouse buyers are invited to design their interiors exclusively with the Armani/Casa design team (and, potentially, Mr. Armani himself) in Milan. From $2 million, 18325 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 786.629.1660

Always reflective of Miami’s fabric—colorful, vibrant and entirely unique—Missoni is now officially weaving itself into our city’s tapestry with Missoni Baia, the company’s real estate debut. The founding family envisioned the overall aesthetics, so expect its trademark palettes and designs throughout the building’s residences, public spaces and amenities. From $2 million, 777 NE 26th Terrace, Miami, 305.800.7000

World-renowned furniture and interiors designer Holly Hunt created inspired spaces for L’Atelier that are just as appealing as her showrooms—this time with private tubs offering full ocean views, expansive balconies, Poliform kitchens with Gaggenau appliances and access to hammock gardens and an infinity-edge oceanside pool. From $3.5 million, 6901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.985.6400

RIGHT BY THE BAY 
ROVR Development is betting big on one of Miami’s most charming, exclusive and historic enclaves with The Fairchild Coconut Grove.

Renewed buyer interest in Coconut Grove was the reason behind ROVR Development’s purchase of the only developable luxury waterfront in the suburb. Said footprint will be the site of The Fairchild Coconut Grove, a five-story building marked by architect Max Strang’s signature tropical modernism. The waterfront property, featuring modern interiors by Rafael de Cárdenas (Maison&Objet Americas’ 2016 Designer of the Year), will house 26 residences, ranging in size from 1,700 to 4,200 square feet, with gourmet kitchens by Poliform and spa-like bathrooms. The Fairchild will make the most of its Biscayne Bay setting with an abundance of resort-style amenities that include a holistic spa, a sunset roof deck with outdoor living rooms and serenity gardens, and a rooftop pool complete with private cabanas. A marina with a limited number of boat slips only adds to the appeal. From $1.4 million, 3581 E. Glencoe St., Miami, 786.773.3883

THE ALTERNATIVE 
In a city largely commanded by soaring high-rises, Iris on the Bay offers residents a lofty lifestyle closer to the ground—and the water.

Now that its second phase of construction has officially begun, potential buyers are circling Iris on the Bay again, wondering if they were originally remiss thinking they needed more than four stories to experience the best of Miami living. The answer is rather simple: Each of the 43 townhomes has everything a luxury buyer would want within its 2,150 to more than 2,500 square feet. For starters, each unit is delivered fully finished, with a private elevator, broad balcony, rooftop terrace and two-car garage, along with expansive windows framing views of the Indian Creek waterway, a park and the nearby 18-hole Normandy Shores golf course. Within this gated community are also a bayfront pool and waterfront promenade with boat slips available for purchase. Perhaps the only things missing are those ubiquitous high-rises, which have been replaced with a wealth of shopping, eating and entertainment options within walkable distance, like the weekly farmers market, a community bandshell, tennis courts and an O’Cinema movie house. From $800,000, 81 N. Shore Drive, Miami Beach, 786.693.9669 

Privé

AWAY FROM IT ALL Privé will rise on its very own island.

IN PRIVATE 
At Privé at Island Estates, ultimate privacy is the greatest luxury of all.

Plenty of local properties have luxurious appointments, concierge services and high-tech perks, but Privé at Island Estates offers that one precious amenity: posh privacy. Accessible only by a road that winds through the gated enclaves of Williams Island and Island Estates, Privé provides its residents the opportunity to live at the epicenter of bustling Aventura while being surrounded by nothing but water... and quiet. Inside each of the two towers, lobbies bear the signature designs of Interiors by Steven G. and masterpieces from established and up-and-coming artists, leading to 10,000 square feet of amenities that include a waterfront, two-story fitness center and spa; a library; wine room; cigar room; dog-grooming salon and more. Residences feature layouts ranging in size from two to seven bedrooms—that’s 2,585 to more than 9,500 square feet—and 360-degree water views. We’re told that by summer residents will be dining on their terraces, jogging along the running path outlining the island, swimming in one of the expansive lap pools, sunbathing on the private beach, and taking out their yachts from the private marina’s 48 slips. The only way to really know for sure is to get an invite inside this exclusive and utopian idyll. From $2.1 million, 21500 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 855.654.2475

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS
CUSTOM CRAFT Additional spaces within the Privé community, which can be converted into anything from an art studio to an executive office, showroom or wine room, are available for purchase.

HUNG UP Notable New York City-based art curator Kipton Cronkite is making himself available to residents who wish to utilize his services for their homes, helping them select pieces based on their personality and interests.

SEEING IS BELIEVING! To view Privé from every angle, prospective residents can request boat and helicopter tours of the property and its surrounding island.

BANK ON IT
Architect Rafael Viñoly ups the ante in Miami’s hottest emerging neighborhood with One River Point.

Those astute enough to realize that the whole vibe of One River Point by Rafael Viñoly feels a bit Uruguayan are spot-on. The architect’s country of origin likely played a huge influence in this project, his first in Miami. (Interestingly, the Guaraní word uru means river.) Set in a private, landscaped park, Viñoly’s two 60-story towers include high-tech features like biometric access, fully integrated smart-home controls and automated parking spaces, but most of the project’s benefits are odes to Mother Nature, such as a commanding, cascading 85-foot waterfall that appears to flow into the Miami River. Residences start at 890 square feet, but the most exclusive options—bespoke penthouses, Sky Lofts and Sky Villas—range from 5,000 to 12,000 square feet and feature private pools and expansive terraces. The view members get to share from the three-story sky bridge connecting the structures includes more than 320 feet of Miami River frontage and a landscaped sculpture garden. High among the clouds, members are invited to partake in three levels of club amenities curated by Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zecha (the revered founder of Aman Resorts), including a fine dining restaurant, cigar lounge, craft cocktail bar, media room and business center. From $750,000, 90 SW Third St., Miami, 305.809.7566

BY THE NUMBERS
9,500

Talk about making a splash: That's the estimated size in square feet of the pool slated for Fasano Residences + Hotel Miami Beach. When completed, the swimming hole will be the largest in South Beach. From $2 million, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.0111

RITZ RECONNAISSANCE 
Fierce felines are not exactly the first things that come to mind when one thinks of our coast, but that Ritz-Carlton lion, the emblem that has represented the world-renowned hospitality brand since its inception, sure is popular when we speak of luxury real estate in Florida. There is a total of six The Ritz-Carlton Residences in the state, and three of those are just within miles of one another right here in South Florida. Here’s a breakdown of what each has to offer.

1. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach
From Lionheart Capital, this midrise project located in the heart of mid-Beach (on the former site of the Miami Heart Institute) was designed by beloved Italian architect Piero Lissoni with a private marina with lake and ocean access. The property features 111 condos and amenities, including an on-site captained VanDutch 40 Day Yacht and the world’s first residential art studio, but the latest buzz is about Villa Lissoni, the brand’s first model home, which reflects what life can be like inside any of the 15 villas that have been added to the development. Of the Lissoni-designed exteriors and interiors, eight will stand alone and offer private boat dockage, while the rest have stunning waterfront or tranquil garden views. $2 million-$40 million, 4701 N. Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305.602.2929

2. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sunny Isles Beach
From Château Group and Fortune International Group, this 52-story tower with 212 residences was designed by Arquitectonica and features interiors by Italian designer Michele Bönan. This particular property set an area record when one of its full-floor penthouses recently sold for $21 million. Its 1,600-square-foot, two-bedroom residences are also selling fast, which is not surprising when you consider amenities that include a wellness center with thermal vitality pool, eight guest suites and the type of Atlantic Ocean vistas songs are written about. From $2.5 million, 17070 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.503.5811

3. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Singer Island, Palm Beach
Situated between Worth Avenue and Wellington’s horse country, this R-C is one of only 10 in the world without a hotel component. As such, developer Lionheart Capital ensured the residents of both its two 27-story towers (where two-bedrooms start at 1,725 square feet) have the best of everything on-site, including an oceanfront pool deck with lagoon pool, lap pool, two spas, a poolside grill and 375 feet of beautiful beach. From $700,000, 2700 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, 561.259.2700

UP I-95!
We might be partial to the Miami-Dade lifestyle, but there is no arguing the attraction of neighboring Broward and Palm Beach counties, especially considering the incredible variety of luxury developments underway. Case in point: 2000 S. Ocean Drive (from $3 million, 2000 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach, 786.220.4343), a hush-hush project not far from Aventura Mall in Hallandale Beach that’s expected to have 38 floors but only 64 units. Typically, a ratio like that means huge floor plans, private elevators and expansive views in all directions. >>> Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale (from $900,000, 525 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954.363.0000) offers owners not only decorator-ready and fully furnished homes with finery that nods to our local obsession with yachting, but also expansive outdoor terraces with panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal. >>> Speaking of the nautically obsessed, 321 at Water’s Edge (from $2 million, 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 877.969.3571) has four private slips available for owners to dock their 70-foot vessels on the widest stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway. Only 23 residences are available these days, however. >>> Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale (from $1.5 million, 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 844.352.3224) promises an all-natural spa and fine wine tastings for everyone, but those who have ocean-facing residences in the north tower get the best perks: sprawling terraces and private in-unit plunge pools. >>> The first residential development built on Palm Beach Island in more than a decade, 3550 South Ocean (from $2.3 million, 205 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561.600.1156), is only seven stories tall, but has all the amenities and perks one would expect from a property steps away from iconic Worth Avenue, including a beachfront pool and penthouses with private rooftop terraces. >>> VistaBlue (from $1.4 million, 3730 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, 561.408.6300) might be far, far away from Miami, but it offers plenty of reasons to go that extra mile (or 80): private beach access, stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, and luxe interiors by award-winning interior designer Steven G. Northern appeal, indeed.