Category Archives: Residential Developments

Information pertaining to all major residential developments; proposed, under construction, and built

Bust Ghost bites Dust: Onyx2 eclipsed by Icon Bay

Anyone who’s tracked Miami’s development long enough knows that fancy renderings need be taken with a grain of salt. Onyx 2, sister of BAP designed Onyx (completed), never disturbed the ground.

Now, the Related Group intends on developing Icon Bay on the same site. To think that people were counting out Mr. Perez, back in 2008. Funny. Continue reading


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Peek @ Monte Carlo Miami Beach

The team behind Estates by the Falls is diversifying its single-family oriented real estate portfolio by joint venturing with the Rilea Group to develop Monte Carlo Luxury Rentals— designed by Revuelta International—at 6551 Collins Avenue.

Project Specs:

rendering via

The project, located a hop and skip south of Canyon Ranch, is being constructed by the Coastal Construction Group of South Florida (builders of Trump Royale and Wind) and seems to be moving forward briskly. The strict residential-rental use leaves the door open for a condo conversion at some point along the way.

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3rd Quarter 07′ Construction Tour: North Bay Village

Let’s take a tour through North Bay Village to take a look at the third quarter status of recently topped off buildings, ongoing construction, and recently started foundation work:

The Bridgewater (Completed)


Oasis on the Bay (no activity)


Aqua Vista (no activity)


Prisma on the Bay (no activity)


Cielo on the Bay (Construction)


Eloquence on the Bay (construction)


360 Condos (completed)


Space01 (completed)


Bay Treasure (no activity)


Lexi (completed)


Indigo Lofts (no activity)


The Adagio (no activity)


The Breeze Condo (completed)


Post Script: Do you think this report missed something? If so, Contact BoB. Your input is appreciated.


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Rethinking Brickell’s Interior (west side)

Image: (from left to right) Infinity, Axis, and Vue on South Miami Avenue

Envisioning Brickell During the Boom

Since the inception of the surge in construction activity that later became known as the boom, I have envisioned how the skyline would transform. As activity picked up, so many projects were being announced that I found it increasingly challenging to remember them all off the top of my head. Still, I would look at the skyline and consider the height and design of those projects that were anticipated to fill in the sky. Now that the boom has dissipated, it has become clear that many projects that were announced may never come to exist. Several examples of this can be readily found on South Miami Avenue. Let’s see what I mean on a map:


  1. Brickell CitiCentre
  2. Premiere Towers
  3. Beacon (it’s not officially scrapped, so let’s call it dormant)
  4. Brickell Flatiron
  5. Pointe at Brickell
  • A total of eight towers in five separate projects

Image: The site of Flatiron up for sale

Rethinking the Vision After the Boom

The section of South Miami Avenue between 12th and 7th street is filled with examples of what could have been. Even Mary Brickell Village, which is beginning to fill with tenants, had a tower component planned that has not, and may never, come to fruition. It’s not clear what has happened. The area has excellent access to rail, is relatively stable, runs parallel to Brickell Avenue, is near the bay and Miami River, and has a robust restaurant scene. For all intensive purposes, it’s excellently situated. However, one project after another was scrapped.

Image: The site for Pointe at Brickell up for sale

Brickell Village’s interior (west side) has and is still seeing major construction activity with Avenue, Axis, Brickell Station Lofts, Infinity, Capital at Brickell, 1450 Brickell, BOR I and II, Brickell Financial Center, 500 Brickell, Latitude I and II, Neo Vertika, One Broadway, and Vue. The area is a success story despite the presence of so many scrapped projects. Proposals and approvals don’t mean anything until the ground is disturbed and the cranes and workers take the project vertical. Today, reality has set in, and there is a much clearer understanding of how Brickell Village is transforming. The future remains impressive

Image: The site of Premiere Towers up for sale


Filed under BoB Articles, Brickell Village, Commercial Developments, Residential Developments, Scrapped, The Big Picture

What’s Happening With Beacon Brickell?

The sales phone number on the sign is disconnected. That’s not encouraging. In 2005, Renzi’s plans for the Beacon were reportedly expanded from 38 to 50 stories. However, the unimpressively designed website doesn’t reflect the expansion while the sign on the parcel does (but at 53 stories). The reality on the ground shows no activity on the site. Some sources point toward a 2008 completion, but it seems that the project could be heading towards the scrapped book.

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Construction Update: Capital at Brickell (Foundation Work)

One of Brickell’s most impressively designed projects is under going work on its foundation. Capital at Brickell, designed by Fullerton Diaz Architects, has an award winning design, will include retail, office, and residential space, and is situated across from One Broadway. It’s being developed by Cabi Developers.

Image: Foundation work on the site of Capital at Brickell


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No Buzz: Lanai Surfside

Image: Rendering on fence banner–notice the lily-pad dotted moat surrounding the building

I stumbled upon this proposed 32-unit loft project on 92nd Street in Surfside called Lanai. It appears to be another high ceiling, glassy, loft project with an Asian flair–joining Mei, Chi, and Setai in the thematic undertone. Lanai, if built, would be surrounded by water–similar to Apogee. I didn’t see a website displayed on the fence banner, but I found it online. Their isn’t any buzz to be found on the web–until now that is. Still, looks good and it seems high quality lofts keep piling up in Surfside.


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3rd Quarter 2007 Construction Tour: Sunny Isles Area

Let’s take a tour through Sunny Isles to take a look at the third quarter status of recently topped off buildings, ongoing construction, and recently started foundation work:

St. Regis Bal Harbour (no activity)


One Bal Harbour (topped off)


Solis (foundation work)


Chi (no activity)


Trump Towers (Under Construction)


Sayan (Completed)


La Perla (Completed)


Paramount Beach (foundation work)


Jade Ocean (Under Construction)


Jade Beach (Topped Off)


Da Vinci (No activity)


Trump Grande (Only one phase left for completion)


Sole (Topped off)


Turnberry Ocean Colony (Topped off)


Ocean Four (Completed)


St. Tropez (Under Construction)


Acqualina (Completed last year–but had to include it)


Not pictured:

Le Meridien (completed)

Post Script: Do you think this report missed something? If so, Contact BoB. Your input is appreciated.


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18′ Foot Ceilings, a Baby Giraffe, and 3 Hummers

The Filling Station Lofts, developed by Intrepid, has one of the most forward thinking marketing campaigns I’ve seen lately. The image above illustrates the ampleness of 18′ ft. ceilings and cleverly employs a silhouette of a 15′ ft. tall baby giraffe to show the excess space above.

According to the developer, three Hummers stacked on top of one another could fit in a Filling Station Loft. This is a neat way of showing the unit height dimensions. The Filling Station Lofts is being marketed extremely well, but the building’s design alone is impressive. Check out the project website.

The project is located in the heart of the M&E District on N.E. 17th Street across the street from the newly built Parc Lofts, and a short walk away from the proposed Bayview Market. The neighborhood remains unstable but has a great deal of potential.


Filed under BoB Articles, Residential Developments, Uptown: Media & Entertainment (PAC) District

Sneek Peak: Lofts at Mayfair (Part II)

I recently took at tour of the Lofts at Mayfair while construction was still in progress. The halls were more like dark corridors, the pool like a cloudy puddle, and there was dust everywhere. Today, I returned to see a spectacular loft development near completion.

Here is a glimpse of today’s tour:

Image: Lobby (sofa still wrapped in plastic)

Images: Pool during construction (left) and after (Right)

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