Perhaps nowhere else in the United States is life offered up on as grand a scale as it is in Miami’s ultra-luxury condominium market. Apartments often include personal plunge pools on unit balconies, private elevators for residents and their cars, leading in complete privacy to a garage set discreetly inside the condo unit and private humidors for your vintage cigar collection. Buildings offer ice-skating rinks in the land of eternal summer, FlowRider wave pools for surfing, private beaches, in-building restaurants and private clubs where you can hold recitals. If it weren’t for the eternal sunshine and the palm trees you might think you were in a scene out of the beginning of Doctor Zhivago or The Great Gatsby.
It’s Not Your Father’s Condo
Here’s a look at some of the more outrageous offerings. Porsche Design Tower located at Sunny Isles Beach under development by Gil Dezer, president of Dezer Development, includes an indoor golf simulator and an interconnected virtual racecar simulator.
Paramount Miami Worldcenter in Miami offers the ultimate in private elevators, a private ride to a ‘lock-out studio’ that can be used as a guest room or when your mother-in-law comes to visit. Oh and by the way, there’s a mall in the building for when your mother-in-law isn’t sleeping.
“Perhaps the most spectacular,” according to Christopher Zoller, incoming 2017 chairman of the board-elect for the MIAMI Association of Realtors and a broker with EWM Realty International, “is the infinity pool at Turnberry Ocean Club, located in Sunny Isles Beach. “Because our shore faces east, by 12:00 or 1:00 the sun is heading behind the beach and the bathers. The infinity pool, located on the 30th floor provides an oasis with an all-day view of the ocean and 360 degree sunshine,” so integral to the optics of Miami.
“Miami’s appeal as a top destination city for the jet-set crowd is amplifying as the world’s wealthiest invest their money and time here. As a result, the city’s luxury real estate landscape has escalated to ultra-luxury levels,” says Hector Vargas, president, South Florida High-Rise for FirstService Residential. “For residents, these amenities mean having it all right at their fingertips—whether it’s available within their own property, or minutes away by walk or ready transportation. These are properties that have in-house spas and salons, health and fitness specialists, grocery delivery and on-site chefs, pool-side cabana service and more. It’s almost an insular lifestyle that feels more like a retreat or a boutique resort where first-class service management and amenity planning is really a marriage of the residential and hospitality sectors.”