Top 10 New Developments in Miami for 2015

Over the past few years Miami has seen a building boom with luxury condos rising above the scenic coastal views. Having recently returned from a week in Miami for Art Basel, I thought it appropriate to spotlight some of the most buzz worthy projects down south, where a growing number of clients and friends have invested or are looking to invest. Pairing the best of urban living with beach side views and spacious accommodations, these ten developments show the height of what 2015 brought to the Miami skyline. Let me know if you’d like a private viewing for any of these homes.

321 Ocean

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321 Ocean

Completed in June, 321 Ocean is a gem in the South-of-Fifth neighborhood. Designed by award winning architect Enrique Norten, this renovation of a historic Art Deco building boasts a LEED Gold certification as well as a private urban landscape oasis designed by world-renowned designer Enzo Enea, who reportedly obtained a special permit from the EPA to help protect the dunes and sea turtle nesting grounds on the property’s beachfront. The 21 luxury unit property (including two penthouses and two two-story beach villas) boasts a unique “High Mass” energy management system that provides radiant heating and cooling throughout all spaces in the building as well as Nest thermostats that learn the temperature habits within individual residences. Other eco-amenities include the wide use of reclaimed and recycled materials to create luxury finishes, low-VOC paint throughout, furniture specified to contribute to LEED Indoor Air Quality and energy efficient LED lighting fixtures. Dedicated areas for bike lockers and showers are perfect for residents who want to increase their sustainable living via a biking commute. Residents also enjoy 24-hour valet service, a concierge, a state of the art fitness facility overlooking Ocean Drive, and beach service with attendants. With east and west balconies offering both an Atlantic and City view, it’s great to see a property that offers a combination of historic beauty with all the benefits of sleek, modern Miami eco-living. Units start at $3.5 million.

The Crimson Waterfront residences

Located in Edgewater, The Crimson is on the forefront of the newest hot neighborhood. It offers a balance of Nordic design and Miami Beach living, designed by IDEA architects with interior design by world-renowned Tremblay L’ecuyer (TLA). The 90 floor-through residences offer unobstructed ocean and Miami skyline views, while keeping close proximity to elegant and trendy shops, restaurants, cafes, and clubs as well as the New Miami Design District. Eco-amenities are available throughout the property, including an energy efficient VRF™ cooling system, electric car charging stations, energy efficient high impact windows and sliding glass doors, and LEED Gold Certification. Paired with high end fitness facilities, a separate yoga room, private elevators and foyers, direct bay front boardwalk access and a resort-style pool deck complete with panoramic Biscayne Bay views, this property offers a high level of comfort while offering top-shelf eco-friendly design. Units start at $364,000.

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1 Hotel and Home

You may remember that I wrote about 1 Hotel and Home  and FENDI Chateau Residences (the next on this list) back in April, two of the most impressive developments in Miami this year. This property is the first of three conceived by Starwood Chairman and CEO, Barry Sternlicht, and LeFrak Chairman and CEO, Richard LeFrak, I was impressed by the many ways they brought nature indoors through their design and materials. From the Tom Colicchio farm-to-table restaurant, eco-conscious housekeeping service and Tesla charging stations for guest vehicles to the 600 feet of beachfront, 1 Hotel and Home embodies the best of eco-friendly in Miami. I look forward to seeing their project at Brooklyn Bridge Park launch in Spring of 2016. Units for this location begin at $1 million.

FENDI Chateau Residences

As I wrote back in April, if you’re looking for quality finishes and custom experience, FENDI Chateau and Residences offers the top of the line. Set to open in Spring 2016, the 58 3-to-5 bedroom residences will be furnished with custom FENDI furnishings, ocean terraces, and private elevators. The Surfside location offers a quiet coastline with close proximity to the Bal Harbour Shops and a vibrant community of restaurants and year-round local festivals. The mix of luxury design and impeccable beachfront make this property one worth a second look. Units are set to start at $5 million and run to about $25 million.

Ritz Carlton Residences

In 2018 the newest Miami Ritz-Carlton property will open in Sunny Isle Beach, offering their legendary luxurious excellence. One of the few stand alone Ritz-Carlton residences, the 212 2-to-4 bedroom units will embody the elegance of the Ritz-Carlton brand with stunning architecture, designed by Arquitectonica. Residents will have access to 250 feet of pristine private beachfront, pool and wellness center amenities, as well as 2.2 acres of lush landscape. The property offers car wash and electric car charging facilities, as well as laundry and dry-cleaning services, and guest suites. This property is located between the Bal Harbour Shops and the Aventura Mall, putting you close to the excitement and culture of South Florida. Units start at $2 million.

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Faena House

The first of the four towers for the Faena District, Faena House, opened to residents in September of this year. Offering 1-to 5 room units, the property is fully furnished with designs by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning firm Foster +Partners, including custom kitchens, radiant floor heating, and wrap around exterior terraces with ergonomic handrails that create a true seamless outdoor/indoor living experience. Wide glass windows and sliding doors fill the interiors with light, displaying the magnificent views of the Atlantic, Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. When the other elements are completed, this property will be part of the effort by Alan Faena to create a new cultural and arts district in Miami, complete with dining, restaurants and an arts center, all within proximity to the Bal Harbour Shops. Units start at $2 million.

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REACH and RISE at Brickell City Centre

Located in the heart of downtown, Brickell City Centre connects urban residences to exclusive shopping and dining. A highlight of this mixed use development is a $30 million “climate ribbon” designed to cool the open shopping areas using the wind from Biscayne Bay as well as divert rain towards the lush landscaping in the complex. This ribbon is just one aspect of the project designed for LEED certification–the towers will be LEED Gold certified. REACH and RISE are the residence properties in the development, designed by Arquitectonica. There are 373 1-to-3 bedroom units, including 7 penthouse residences and 10 corner Tower Suites that offer city terraces and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Fittings include marble floorings and high-end furnishings, wiring for high-speed data, and biometric technology elevator access. With the downtown location, this property is extremely walkable and a great fit for a chic urban lifestyle. Units start at $550,000.

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Dancer statue and “climate ribbon” at Brickell City Centre

300 Collins

Designed by Juul-Hansen, acclaimed designer-architect of One57 and 11 Beach Street in New York City, 300 Collins will join the South-of-Fifth area with 19 1-4 bedroom boutique units. The design seeks to bring nature indoors with wood floors, stone finishes, and spacious terraces. These fittings will continue outdoors to the 75-foot pool and rooftop deck with cabanas, as well as an Urban Robot Associates designed garden overlooked by just four of the units. Adjacent to some of the best dining and retail Miami has to offer, as well as the Art Deco District, 300 Collins offers a sense of tranquility and luxury. In addition, for each unit sold, 300 Collins will donate $20,000 to a Charity: water project for people in need. Units start at $1.2 million.

NINE At Mary Brickell Village

The only residential tower at Mary Brickell Village, NINE offers 390 1-to-3 bedroom residences with extensive services and amenities.  In addition to the shops and restaurants at Mary Brickell Village, the property is close to Brickell City Centre and the Metrorail, for a true urban luxury experience. Private balconies offer unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami and all units are equipped with high efficiency ENERGY STAR appliances. The large floor-to-ceiling windows are tinted and UV rated to offer privacy and energy efficiency. Shared amenities include a Clubroom with a lounge and catering kitchen, Pool and Dining terraces, as well as VIP access to the Grand Bay Beach Club. Wi-Fi is available through all indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. Units start at $300,000.

Le Jardin

Nestled in Bay Harbor Islands Le Jardin is steps away from Bal Harbour and sweeping beaches. The residences have been designed with an eye to nature, featuring lush greenery on exterior walls and designed landscaping throughout. There will be 30 2-to-3 bedroom units furnished with Subzero and Wolf appliances, nine-foot ceilings and generous balconies. The building will offer a community rooftop terrace with barbeque, a tropical garden area, six private rooftop enclaves with jacuzzis, as well as a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the Atlantic, Downtown Miami, Bal Harbor, and more. There is a state-of-the-art gym and yoga room as well as bike lockers and Tesla-compatible electric vehicle charging stations to support more sustainable living options. Units start in the upper $500,000s.

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There’s no doubt that Miami’s development is booming. It’s encouraging to see how many of these new buildings incorporate eco-friendly amenities like high-efficiency temperature systems and electric vehicle stations in their designs. I look forward to seeing what the future holds in terms of development and sustainable design for 2016 and beyond. If you would like more information about any of these developments, or to arrange a private viewing, call me at 917-302-0956 or email me at

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