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By Sean McCaughan | Home & Real Estate
A new wave of super buildings from Miami developers are creating self-contained communities, housing practically a city within a city.
In Miami, the residential amenity race is reaching new heights. The trend is very South American, where an entire world of entertainment options can exist in self-contained residential enclaves, often for security reasons. Miami’s movement, however, is more about developers outdoing the competition with vast arrays of amenities rivaling even the finest all-inclusive resorts. These self-contained Xanadus, with their restaurants, soccer fields, ice skating rinks, rooftop lounges, and shopping malls, cater to the new residents of Miami who want to avoid the city’s ever-worsening traffic or still feel like they are in Brazil or Manhattan. Yes, Miamians are having their cake and eating it, too.
Currently under construction in Brickell, the family-oriented 1010 Brickell comes with features such as an impact-absorbent jogging track overlooking the Miami skyline, a rock climbing wall, and—unusual for Miami—an indoor pool. “We wanted an exceptional assortment of amenities that included several sport-centric offerings,” says Inigo Ardid, co president of Key International, which is jointly developing the 387-unit, 47-story building with 13th Floor Investments. 1010 Brickell will have an indoor multipurpose sports court for basketball, volleyball, and soccer; a separate squash court; a game room with bowling alley; a spa with hammam, plunge pools, and various treatment rooms; and a large fitness center. A restaurant, outdoor movie theater, and additional pool will all be located on the roof. Sales center located at Mint at Riverfront, 92 SW Third St., Miami,
Paramount Miami Worldcenter
Paramount Miami Worldcenter has the unique advantage of being built on top of a full shopping mall, which means the roof of the mall will be its one-of-a-kind amenity deck. Project developer Daniel Kodsi notes that the development offers unusual elements such as a “jam room” where kids can record music, a boxing ring, and the country’s first residential rooftop soccer field. The slew of bonus attractions also includes a resort-sized pool, floating seating pods, tennis courts, and an “outdoor bath garden” connected to the spa. Atop the 60-story tower, a three-level skydeck offers yet another pool, an indoor lounge, and a fire pit. Sales center at 1010 NE Second Ave., Miami,
The Estates at Acqualina
Michael Goldstein, president of sales for The Trump Group, says that the expectations of “today’s ultra-high net-worth individuals have raised the standard of living, influencing developers to curate amenities specifically tailored to the South Florida oceanfront lifestyle.” Those expectations have compelled The Trump Group to pile on the amenities at The Estates at Acqualina, the latest residential expansion of its Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, which will consist of two towers with a total of 264 units set on 5.6 acres. The amenity package includes six pools, a FlowRider wave simulator, a bowling alley, and an ice skating rink. Goldstein says they’re going for a “park-like feel.” Sales center located at Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17855 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, Ste. 504,