Inside a One-Of-A-Kind Penthouse in Miami Beach

By Robyn A. Friedman | February 20, 2018 | Home & Real Estate Feature

This penthouse above a garage is not just any penthouse. And it's not just any garage. Step inside the one-of-a-kind masterpiece by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Herzog & De Meuron.

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A penthouse for sale is nothing unusual in Miami Beach. After all, some of the most opulent and unique residences you’ve ever seen are on the market right now.

But this residence is unlike anything else in South Florida—or perhaps beyond. Listed for $34 million, the penthouse, known as Skyhouse 11 11, is located at 1123 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach— atop an award-winning, mixed-use parking structure at the corner of Lincoln and Alton Roads. One of only a few private residences designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, the unit offers 7,700 square feet of indoor living space, as well as a whopping 18,000 square feet of lush outdoor space designed by Raymond Jungles. While this palace in the sky has everything an owner could possibly want, for those who wish to venture into the real world it’s located in the heart of South Beach, literally steps from stylish boutiques and restaurants. And yet it offers complete privacy. In fact, the owner of this unit is the only occupant of the building.

“This residence in the sky is unlike anything buyers have ever seen before,” says Jill Hertzberg, of The Jills team at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, who is brokering the property. “Although this home is situated at the entrance to Lincoln Road, it’s an oasis of serenity, beauty, art and natural light.”

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Hertzberg says there is no other building she knows of that’s home to just one penthouse condominium. “This is the only one, and there will never be another,” she says. “Other buildings will come and go, but no one else is ever going to build a parking structure and put an apartment up there. It’s a piece of art.”

Skyhouse 11 11 boasts a separate guest house and has a total of seven bedrooms and seven full and four half baths. It also has a master dressing room that resembles a high-end boutique, an impressive kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, sliding walls that double as doors and smart-home technology.

The Raymond Junglesdesigned landscape outside includes gardens with indigenous plants such as tropical grapevines, bromeliads, agave and acacia trees. Outdoor terraces feature Burle Marx-style pavement with white Portuguese stones, and there’s also a private rooftop pool, built-in bar and kitchen.

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A private elevator whisks residents and visitors directly to the penthouse, which has an abundance of natural light and panoramic views of the Miami Beach skyline.

“A gentleman named Robert Wennett was a dreamer and created this,” Hertzberg says. “He’s been living there, but he’s ready for a new venture.”

Hertzberg says that Wennett sold the rest of the mixed-use project in July to an institutional investor from Germany for $283 million, but retained the residence because the buyer was only seeking to invest in the retail and office space.

“This is a trophy property for people who want to be in the heart of the city and have walkability,” says Jill Eber, Hertzberg’s partner. “It’s stunning.”

PHOTO BY LUXHUNTERS

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