This Week in Miami Real Estate: Ultra-luxurious amenities, Brightline launch and more

by Kelly McCabe

The waterfront Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach is set to open soon, and when it does, its residents will have a slew of luxurious amenities at their disposal. They’ll have typical — but still luxurious — amenities like a rooftop pool desk with cabanas and poolside grill, as well as boat slips, a club room with games, and a garden. But they don’t end there: they also will have access to a residential art studio and a sharing room, where residents can leave goods they no longer use or want and pick up others, like purses, grills, etc. Among the residents of the new development, which includes 111 one- to five-bedroom condos, is American Eagle CEO Jay L. Schottenstein, Curbed reported. 

Elsewhere in Miami real estate this week: 

  • Florida’s Brightline private train service is set to launch Jan. 13 with service from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach. The service, which was set to launch six months ago but encountered delays, will include a Miami station that is scheduled to open in the next few months. 
  • The most expensive residential sale last week was a $7.45 million condo at the Apogee in South Beach, The Real Deal reported. The unit, which has four bedrooms and is 4,154 square feet, spent more than three years on the market. 
  • The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board recently approved a makeover for Ocean Terrace despite being rejected in a public vote in 2015, according to the Miami Herald. The redevelopment is sure to transform North Beach, so the board passed it with the condition that the developer, headed up by Claro Development, must get plans approved. Despite the outcry in 2015, some activists told the newspaper they’re satisfied with the deal, largely because the character of the neighborhood will be unchanged and many facades will be preserved. 
  • In a roundup of top developments that will reshape U.S. cities this year, Curbed highlighted Miami’s much-anticipated One Thousand Museum, which will feature a private helipad for its residences. Though it’s not quite as tall as the city’s tallest building, which stretches 85 floors, at 62 floors, One Thousand Museum is altering the Miami skyline.
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