Life At The Top
A Glimpse Into Some Of South Florida’s Most Exclusive Penthouses
By Jill Patterson
“Cool” Does Not Begin To Cover It
It’s no surprise that the Penthouse at the Porsche Design Tower is no less extraordinary than the building itself. A whopping 16,915 square feet, the four-story residence, includes two private pools, massive terraces, fireplace, room for six bedrooms, and a place to park 11 cars in the residence. Endless floor to ceiling windows, 20 feet high in places, reveal stunning panoramic views extending far out into the Atlantic. The asking price is $32,000,000.
The newly completed Porsche Design Tower with 132 units is a labor of love by its car collecting developer Gil Dezer. At the center of the building is the signature car elevator encircled in glass, offering owners and guests a look at the mechanics that transport vehicles and their owners up to their homes. Everything in the building feels engineered. The digital elevators travel at roughly 13 feet per second whisking one up 50 floors in a matter of seconds. Amenities include two race car simulators, golf simulator, a state-of-the-art cinema, an elegant game room of muted grays complete with a 247 Porsche-designed billiards table and private spa. “Fuel,” the on-site restaurant, is open to residents only, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner and housing each unit’s personal wine locker.
While the building might seemed to have been designed only for the wealthy ‘boys with toys’ set, the finished product transcends that buyer stereotype and one has to appreciate the feat of engineering, clean lines, and design minimalism incorporated in its execution, the same attributes that define the unmistakable Porsche brand. For owners seeking an extra level of privacy in a condominium lifestyle, this is surely the right address.
Bjarke Ingels Comes To Coconut Grove
Two remarkable penthouses are offered for sale at the newly completed Grove at Grand Bay, the iconic two towers that have launched a renaissance in Coconut Grove. Designed by international maverick architect, Bjarke Ingels, the 97 unit project feels more like a contemporary museum than a residential condominium and has brought a level of architectural sophistication never experienced before in South Florida.
The entrance features a spiraling porte cochere, dramatically connecting the two towers and doubling as a garden container from above. The twisting glass buildings are complemented by curving keystone landscaping on the grounds holding native vegetation, placing the building firmly in its Grove setting. Around the pool are Calderesque shapes for bathers to recline. Inside, the lobbies and common areas are broken into interesting angles with slanting concrete pillars, glass, and natural woods. There is a feeling of upliftment just being surrounded by such invention and care. The entire staff, down to the valet, share the excitement.
In the north tower, Penthouse 02 with 6,850 square feet, private rooftop pool and garden is available fully furnished and curated for $12,500,000. Designed by Artefacto, soaring 12 foot ceilings and marble floors make it the perfect setting for the unique art pieces the owner has purchased from Art Basel for the residence. They include original works by Zaha Hadid, Solomon Briggs and Jorge Maillet, among others. Above the dining room table set for twelve is a stunning Baccarat crystal chandelier rarely seen. The landscaped rooftop pool and wraparound terraces 12 feet deep that run the length of the unit afford ample space for outdoor entertaining, Signature amenities at Grove at Grand Bay feature a private dining room with private chef, as well as butler service.
Regalia: Insignia Of Royalty
Winner of the “Best Apartment in the Americas” and “Best International Apartment” at the USA Property awards, the 16,805 square foot Penthouse at Regalia was completed by five time Architectural Digest “AD100” interior designer Charles Allem. The three floor, six bedroom masterpiece crowns the Regalia, an ultra luxury oceanfront condominium building where each of its 39 residences occupies its own floor and affords 360 degree views.
Regalia sits at the northern border of Sunny Isles and overlooks the tony village of Golden Beach and its single family beachfront mansions. Designed by architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, the building also won “Best High-Rise Development in the US” awarded by the International Property Awards.
The Penthouse residence has too many custom features to mention, crafted by materials from around the world. On the first floor (43rd floor of the building), the Great Room features 20 foot ceilings and a floating staircase, as well as a stone dining table for 12. Other extraordinary elements include its own glass elevator, movie theatre, private spa, and rooftop terrace pool with summer kitchen. The residence is available fully furnished and finished with an asking price of $40,000,000.
A Home on Brickell
For those desiring an urban abode close to the hustle and bustle, the Carlos Ott Penthouse at Echo Brickell will be the ultimate address. Designed by Carlos Ott and developed by Property Markets Group, Echo Brickell is located at Brickell and 14th Street, just south of the Four Seasons and is just months from completion. The stunning penthouse residence will occupy the top two floors of the building offering a total of 11,577 square feet of living and terrace space. Asking price: $42,000,000.
One Thousand Museum
The much anticipated One Thousand Museum by Pritzker prize winning Zaha Hadid located in Downtown Miami just steps from the American Airlines Arena, offers a 16,000sf duplex penthouse with interiors and finishes designed by the late architect herself. Occupying floors 58 and 59 just under the building’s aquatic center, sky lounge and helipad, the project is estimated to complete in 2018. Asking price is $49,000,000.
This article was written by Jill Patterson, Broker for Opulence International Realty.
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