Geographically desirable, with some of the best views in Miami, Edgewater was destined for success. But with new luxury condos and burgeoning cultural offerings, the time is now for living on (and in) the edge.
Resort-style living is attracting boldface names to the luxurious Gran Paraiso.
Hugging Biscayne Bay from North 17th Street to the Julia Tuttle Causeway, Edgewater is on the rise thanks to luxury developments in the works, a growing cultural scene, and the high-profile people moving in. Ocean Drive takes a look at the buildings, people, places, and things making this one of the hottest areas in South Florida.
CHAMPS ELYSEE Developed by South Florida-based Two Roads Development, Elysee Miami is a 57-story waterfront boutique tower that includes only 100 half-floor and full-floor homes, ranging in size from 2,200 to 4,000 square feet. The slender glass tower, designed by Arquitectonica, features a unique three-tiered telescoping shape, providing direct, unobstructed 180-degree bay and city views from every residence. With interiors by Parisian designer Jean-Louis Deniot and a 30th floor amenity deck with wraparound vistas, the beauty of Elysee will be seen at every turn.
HIGH CULTURE Just east of Wynwood and north of an arts district home to the Adrienne Arsht Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and soon, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Edgewater is the waterfront neighbor to some of the best events in town.
GRAN SHOWING Designed by Arquitectonica and interior designer Piero Lissoni, Gran Paraiso is the final and most luxurious tower of the Paraiso District, an 11-acre, four-tower, master-planned community from The Related Group. With amenities like a yoga retreat, golf simulator, private in-unit plunge pools in select homes, a private bowling alley, and a Beach Club (home to a waterfront Michael Schwartz eatery), Gran Paraiso is resort-style living where residents can also rent out speed boats, fishing gear, paddle boards, and kayaks.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS Among the names being mentioned as buyers in Gran Paraiso are Alex Rodriguez, David Guetta, Manu Ginóbili, and tennis stars Gael Monfils and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.
PARKS AND REC The Related Group has unveiled plans to donate a half-acre of land from Gran Paraiso for a public park alongside Biscayne Bay.
CULINARY CAPITAL Chef and up-and-coming neighborhood connoisseur Daniel Serfer partnered with Ryan Roman on Mignonette, the popular seafood and oyster bar, launching the dining scene in Edgewater.
MIAMI "BEACH" In order to “bring the beach to the city,” Biscayne Beach will be home to a private members-only Beach Club on Biscayne Bay with an elevated man-made sandy beach complete with private cabanas, premium amenities, and bayside piers. The 52-story, 399-unit luxury condominium tower being developed by a joint venture between Two Roads Development and GTIS Partners also features sophisticated “beach chic” designs from Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame.
YOUNG AT ART Nurturing talented young artists from around the country, the National YoungArts Foundation moved its HQ to the Bacardi Complex in 2012.
SKY STYLE Missoni Baia, the first-ever branded residences from iconic luxury fashion and design house Missoni, is a 649-foot-tall tower located directly on the water. Consisting of 146 expansive residences ranging from 2,500 to 3,700 square feet, the debut Miami project of OKO Group’s Vladislav Doronin features interiors that incorporate the Missoni Home furniture collection, along with amenities like five swimming pools, elevated tennis courts, and a fitness center and spa overlooking the bay.
HIGHER ED Rumor has it that a high-end private international school has been scouting locations in Edgewater for a Miami-based outpost.
BROKER TO KNOW Cervera Real Estate is a family-owned and operated real estate company with an eye for upstart markets like Edgewater since its inception in 1969.