Fort Lauderdale’s Most Refined and Coveted New Beach Residences
By John D. Adams
With its ideal location, situated between the bustling streets of Miami and the artistic enclaves of Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale is ripe for a resurgence of residential interest. Developers have taken notice. Within the next three years, Ft. Lauderdale will boast one of the few on-the-sand luxury residences. “We have assembled a world-class team to create an unmatched residence that embraces the sophisticated, yet casual, lifestyle that embodies Fort Lauderdale,” said Jorge Pérez, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group, Florida’s premier multifamily developer best known for its visionary mixed-use urban centers and luxury high-rise developments, including Apogee, Murano Grande and Icon South Beach, which helped define a leading, new neighborhood on South Beach. “We are excited to bring the high standards of luxury that characterize The Related Group’s and Fortune International Group’s projects to what has become the next transformative emerging market in South Florida.”
Edgardo Defortuna, Founder and CEO of Fortune International Group, which helped define the South Florida skyline as the developer of some of its most luxuriousresidential buildings, agrees. “With its unparalleled level of design, services and amenities, Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will be a game-changer for luxury living in Fort Lauderdale,” he said.
Andy Mitchell, President and CEO of The Fairwinds Group and a third-generation owner and operator of Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort, has also championed the project since 2002. Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will be developed on this iconic site. Mitchell and the other developers have taken careful and fervent steps to work with Fort Lauderdale officials and community leaders to gain insight into the evolving needs of current and future residents.
“We don’t build for ourselves, we build for our customers,” said Defortuna. “Listening to what potential buyers want is the key. We’ve created something very special to target customers who want a place for their primary residence or vacation home, not necessarily for an investment. It used to be about big, flashy buildings to ‘show off,’ but today, it is more about single perfection. People like attention to detail, but they want large spaces and excellent white-glove services, so that’s what we will deliver.”
Design with intent
The developers truly see Auberge as a full-time family development, not a rental property. And the project’s designs reflect that. “People are moving away from big homes in Ft. Lauderdale and want to live in the comfort and convenience of a condominium on the beach,” says Carlos Rosso, President of Condo Division at The Related Group. “Ft. Lauderdale has its own identity. Our community is ideal for buyers seeking true luxury oceanfront living. It is a great place to live. And if they want to visit Miami, it’s right down the street.”
Auberge’s 171 residences will range in size between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet. All units will have sweeping ocean views. Two terraced towers are planned. The 22-story South Tower will feature 114 units. The 17-story North Tower will offer a gracefully curved façade of expansive cascading terraces and 57 larger residences, some with private pools.
Meyer Davis, an award-winning New York-based interior design firm, is designing interior spaces to reflect a relaxed, yet elegant, beach-chic vibe. To create the elevated urban beach escape, they will blend rich textures with organic materials that initiate a dialogue with the natural environs. In addition to the Auberge Spa and restaurant, amenities will include a Club room, fitness center, wine tasting salon, cigar lounge, and children’s playroom.
An Art Collection with the Pérez touch
The real star of the show is Auberge’s unparalleled beach locale. And the design will accentuate that feature through beachfront public spaces, including an indoor-outdoor lounge and restaurant, swimming pools and gardens, all located at ground level to seamlessly connect the lifestyle to the beach and community. Jorge Pérez, a renowned art collector and patron of Miami’s Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has committed to installing a world-class contemporary art collection throughout the common spaces and grounds, including a $2M+ sculpture by Fernando Botero.
With all of his years of experience developing grand residences, Defortuna has not lost sight of his primary goal. “I get great pleasure when buyers come to me saying they have had the best time with their families in one of our properties. That’s why we strive to make design, details and
Overseeing every aspect of the lifestyle will be Auberge Resorts Collection, the preeminent luxury hotel operator acclaimed for its timeless resorts that embrace intimate, understated elegance. The Residences will join Auberge’s portfolio of award-winning properties such as Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., and Malliouhana Hotel & Spa, Anguilla, BWI.
For sales inquiries, email Auberge at: Sales@aubergebeach.com