Imagine living in the most prestigious neighborhoods along the world’s most sought-after coastline. That’s what life in the South of Fifth (or SoFi) in Miami feels like. Located along a scenic beach, this featured coordinate on the map is home to the sprawling 18-acre South Pointe park featured (for beginners) in the 2 Fast 2 Furious scenes. Being the most sought-after area of Miami Beach takes time. It is decorated with high-rise apartments with wide ocean vistas. Below, residents can enjoy a range of experiences, from dining to shopping, cultural and entertainment venues, and more. The architecture is among the area’s most underappreciated attractions, with many Art Deco buildings still standing tall, indicating its presence in SoFi’s cultural landscape.
Needless to say, staying in an area like this begs for a proper berth for a weekend ride. The Miami Beach Marina is located right here and can accommodate 400 ships of various sizes. This active marine presence also paves the way for many water sports and adventure activities, which are a great sight from your apartment, high up.
Here, in the heart of SoFi, we explore three sprawling real estate developments that are bound to become Miami’s most iconic ‘address within an address’.
Abuja South Beach – The most luxurious apartments in South Florida
Among the most popular luxury apartment projects around Miami Beach is Apogee South Beach. The project was completed in 2008 and has since become the envy of everyone who doesn’t own the keys to one of its 67 gorgeous residential residences. What sets the project apart is the way all of its residences have stunning views, whether it’s the bustle of the city or the azure ocean.
Apogee South Beach was developed by “The Related Group” and designed to become the luxurious cocoon it has become, by Sieger-Suarez. The residential tower is 22 stories tall and offers 3 or 4 bedroom options to potential buyers. The spacious apartments offer spacious spaces starting from 3103 square feet.
There are four residences on each floor with a streamlined design that offers the best of both views. The lobbies are filled with luxurious touches of exquisite granite and French limestone. Each unit within the apartment has its own lift and is blessed with a spacious, air-conditioned garage for 2 cars.
The residences are breathtaking, with their high ceilings, AMX smart panel access to valet parking, security services, spa, and other essential amenities and services offered by the building. The technology extends to a keyless fingerprint entry system for each apartment. Spend afternoons lounging on the massive 11-foot-wide terraces, summer kitchens set up for the perfect barbecue experience. An understated vanity to excite any Florida native is the gas stove set up in the living room.
Kitchens feature Salvatore cabinets, sink and Franke round faucet. The whole structure was created with the effort to reduce the sound between the floors and the same concept applies to the construction of the kitchens as well, which have soundproof floors. A 27-inch SubZero refrigerator, cast iron plumbing, ambient lighting, the highest quality wood finish, and fitted dishwasher systems complete the look.
The bathrooms spare no comfort, with showers for him and her three body sprays with bathtub. Rain shower heads provide a fresh, cleansing stream while enjoying the cool tub lights and lift your spirits.
Apogee has its own infinity pool, spa with various beauty and wellness treatments, fully equipped fitness center, party area with spacious landscaped garden, and full service concierge. It’s really the first thing one would want to consider if they encountered a genie willing to do so.
Continuum South Beach – Resort Style Apartments at the End of the World
This magnificent two-tower masterpiece features 505 units offering some of the best amenities in all of Florida. From the infinity pool to the tennis court, you can dream up living a truly big life in these residences that have marked the edge of the earth at SoFi. The Continuum Towers stand out in the Miami skyline so that they can be seen from Fisher Island and Key Biscayne, which lie on a barrier island miles away.
There is no better greeting in a luxurious retreat like this than in the two-storey atrium. It simulates arriving at a resort magically transformed into an apartment complex. The Continuum was completed in 2008 and consists of 42 floors in the south tower and 37 floors in the north tower. Given the variance that can be provided across more than 500 units, sizes range from 435 square feet to a massive unit of over 7,000 square feet. Given the location of the Continuum, it can be declared as one of the best sea-facing towers in Miami, considering the views it offers to its residents.
With its proximity to the beach and the promising resort-like feel that it exudes, Continuum offers residents the benefit of a full-service beach club, lagoon pool, and well-equipped spa. The project was designed by Sieger Suarez Architects. There are a lot of technologies used to keep residents connected to all the amenities available to them.
The sprawling residences have 10-foot ceilings with expansive glass facades and wrap-around balconies. Each apartment is fitted with a private elevator foyer, a massive kitchen area with granite countertops and glass backsplashes, a SubZero 48-foot built-in refrigerator, a Miele touch stove, convection oven and dishwashers, and wine coolers on select accommodations. Bathrooms feature a Jacuzzi tub, marble countertops, best-in-class Kohler fixtures and classic European vanity cabinets.
Residents can take advantage of the three-story fitness center or relax in the lounges that offer a eucalyptus steam room, heated whirlpools, a cold plunge pool, and even a redwood sauna. The professional tennis court is where you can play when you’re not working outside of private meeting rooms. It’s like living in a luxury resort for the rest of your life, and after that, nothing else will do you any good.
Murano Grande – the largest apartment units in Portofino
Built in 2003, the Murano Grande at Portofino is among the most popular in South Beach. Its large, modern condominiums offer some of the most stunning views of the pristine blue Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The residential tower is a SoFi favorite with residences starting at 1,310 square feet. The project was developed by Thomas Kramer Portofino Group in partnership with a Florida related group. The architecture is the brainchild of the Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership, which is known for designing some of the top destinations across Miami.
Residents have access to a resort area within the complex with a full-service restaurant, 24-hour security and concierge, fitness center, heated bay pool and spa, 24-hour valet parking, and a professional tennis court.
The 270 units inside the 37-story tower are exquisitely designed with 9-foot ceilings, oversized decks with sunset or sunrise views, highly efficient central air conditioning and heating systems, private elevator lounges, and tempered glass to protect you from the infamous Florida hurricanes. . The kitchens are sumptuous and modern, with granite countertops, a breakfast area, Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator, touch stoves, and wine coolers in select apartments. There is plenty of granite and contemporary design that inspired the bathrooms, too. European style cabinets are attractive and give the bathrooms a touch of sophistication.
Murano in Portofino – stylish apartments that cater to the South Beach lifestyle
An apartment that gives you exclusive access to a salt water pool is something you wouldn’t think of. However, South Beach once again surprises us with a residential tower that simply outperforms itself. Built in Portofino South Beach in 2001, Murano has become the jewel of the coast, with 37 floors hosting a total of 189 independent units. Residents can choose between 1-bedroom and 3-bedroom units.
In the hustle and bustle of space, Portofino’s Murano has managed to stretch its wings and accommodate a fertile ground that offers residents ample space for recreational activities. The shops and nightlife centers of South Beach are within walking distance of the tower. The complex creates the feeling of as if you’ve always lived here, giving you the essence of South Beach lifestyle and luxury, everywhere you go.
It is located at the southernmost tip on the west side of Miami Beach and offers residents fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. They also have private elevator lobbies in select residences, floor plans that flow from ocean to bay, adjoining terraces large enough to host a small gathering, 9-foot ceilings, a large walk-in closet, and spacious living areas.
Bathrooms are well appointed with Jacuzzi bathtub, enclosed glass shower, European cupboards and granite countertops. Kitchens come with the latest refrigeration and oven options, soundproof dishwashers, and touch-sensitive ovens.
Residents can feel the heat of Miami as they indulge in social and recreational activities across 12 acres of manicured land. Other exciting amenities include professional tennis courts and a luxurious resort-like spa with steam, hot tub, cold plunge pool, and two heated pools on the lagoon.
Life in Murano in Portofino is nothing less than a dream come true for those who have truly come to life. Because they got to the best of what life has to offer – Miami South Beach.