It is one of the premiere beach destinations in North America. Separated from the city of Miami and the rest of mainland Florida by Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach was created in 1913 and is famous for its beautiful Art Deco Historic District near South Beach. It has also become a city of high-rise apartments, condominiums and hotels.
Here is a list of the top 10 most prestigious buildings to live in when you are in Miami Beach.
This is a property located right in front of the beach. You can choose condominium units ranging from one to three bedrooms, with sizes of anywhere between 683 to 1,761 square feet. Units have floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and oversize wraparound balconies. It also has European-style kitchens, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. It has whirlpool tubs and marble master baths. The building is pet-friendly. Activities include swimming, tennis and racquetball. There is also a putting green for golf enthusiasts and a modern gym for weight buffs.
2. Bel Aire
This is an 18-storey building located right at the center of the bay front. Unit sizes can range from 800 to 2,300 square feet with either one or two bedrooms. Each unit has a great view of the ocean and the bay. The terraces are also huge. It also offers concierge and valet parking services. There is also a giant pool facing the beach. A gym is also available that will allow you to look out to the sea while doing your training exercises.
3. Blue Diamond and Green Diamond
It is located in Mid Beach Millionaire’s Row right on the famous Golden Mile. It is just minutes away from South Beach and the expensive shops along Bal Harbor. Blue Diamond and Green Diamond offer units with ten-foot ceilings from the 41st to the 43rd floors. The 44th and 45th floors are two-story suites that have a stainless steel swimming pool and an upper level balcony with a view of the ocean, intra-coastal waterway and the Miami skyline. It also offers saunas and steam rooms, whirlpools and tennis courts.
4. Canyon Ranch
It is located in a six-acre land that was the site of the former Carillon Hotel. It offers 467 residential units with one to three bedrooms. It also has 151 condo-hotel suites. There is also a spa and fitness center covering 60,000 square feet of space. Common areas are available for sports, games and relaxation. There are also four pools available. Guests and residential owners can also take advantage of Canyon Ranch’s full concierge service. The oceanfront café has a healthy gourmet cuisine available to diners.
This is located right in the middle of the legendary neighborhood in the historic district. It used to be known as the Caribbean Hotel, a six-story building popular with socialites and celebrities since its establishment in 1941. It has undergone renovation and now offers 35 luxury units to residential owners. A 19-storey tower has also been built which will house 68 lavish units. The penthouse has a terrace and swimming pools. The building is pet-friendly. Each resident is also allotted a space in the wine vault.
This is an Asian-inspired tower residence located in Millionaire’s Row just near South Beach and Bal Harbor. Mei is the Mandarin Chinese word for beauty, which is the best adjective to describe the building. It has an amazing panoramic view of the ocean and Miami Beach. The pool features a bridge that spans a lagoon. A spa and fitness center is available with modern equipment. It has a tea lounge offering a variety of the product. There is even a library that you can use. A function room can be converted for parties and games as the need arises. The units utilize smart technology that allows easy control of all your equipment and appliances at the click of a switch. Concierge and 24-hour front door with valet services are also available.
When it comes to real estate, it is all about the location, location and location. Mosaic is located in Collins Avenue, meaning you are literally minutes away from South Beach. The view is superb and each unit can see both east and west. The two terraces will allow you to look at the ocean and the intra-coastal. Exclusivity is guaranteed, as there are only 87 units in the building. For privacy, each unit has their own private elevator foyer. There is also a modern media room that can double up as a theater with 10 seats. There is an expansive terrace that can accommodate 60 people. A business center can also be accessed if you need a copier, fax machine or high-speed Internet service.
8. Portofino Tower
It used to be the tallest building in Miami Beach until the Blue and Green Diamond took the title in 2000. The units here have floor to ceiling windows. All the glasses are laminated to protect against extreme weather. It also underwent wind tunnel and missile impact tests. It has amazing views of the ocean, downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.
9. The Setai Tower
The 38-storey building allots eight floors for its hotel rooms, with the rest for its residential owners. Each residential unit has floor to ceiling windows. The penthouse has a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi. The building also has a state-of-the-art recording facilities. The property itself contains 100 specimen coconut palms with wide trunks ranging from 15 to 40 inches.
10. Villa di Mare
The Villa di Mare is a grand, one of a kind residence on Millionaire’s Row. There is only one apartment unit for every floor. Each unit has its own view of both the ocean and the intra-coastal. There is also a private terrace at the top of the roof with an infinity lap pool that faces the ocean. There is also parking available for three cars for every unit. It even has a car wash area in the garage.
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