AMENITY CEN­TRAL

MORE THAN JUST AN UR­BAN SET­TING, BRICK­ELL EN­TERS ITS NEXT PHASE OF­FER­ING LIFE­STYLE, CULI­NARY, AND CUL­TURAL COM­PO­NENTS.

Ocean Drive - - Space Real Estate & Design - BY ROBYN A. FRIEDMAN

Look­ing for a new place? Con­sider Brick­ell. No longer just a fi­nan­cial cen­ter, Brick­ell has mor­phed into a bustling live/ work/play res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood, with a hip life­style and ur­ban vibe-—not to men­tion easy ac­cess to some of the city’s best shop­ping and din­ing.

“A few years ago, when we were first start­ing to sell SLS Brick­ell, we used to show ren­der­ings of fam­i­lies with strollers walk­ing around the city or en­joy­ing Brick­ell at the curb­side restau­rants,” says Car­los Rosso, pres­i­dent of The Re­lated Group’s Con­do­minium Devel­op­ment Divi­sion. “Flash for­ward to to­day, and you’ll see hun­dreds of peo­ple around the neigh­bor­hood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The neigh­bor­hood is very quickly de­liv­er­ing on its prom­ises and mak­ing those ren­der­ings come to life.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Miami Down­town Devel­op­ment Author­ity, Brick­ell’s pop­u­la­tion in­creased by 32.1 per­cent be­tween 2010 and 2016—and it’s ex­pected to grow an ad­di­tional 9.1 per­cent by 2021. Numer­ous shops and restau­rants have fol­lowed, drawn by the res­i­den­tial in­flux. Brick­ell City Cen­tre (701 S. Miami Ave., 786-254-1045; brick­ell­ci­ty­cen­tre.com), an ur­ban oa­sis that en­com­passes 500,000 square feet of re­tail and en­ter­tain­ment space; the lux­ury East, Miami ho­tel; the Reach and Rise con­do­minium tow­ers; and two

of­fice build­ings, has been a cat­a­lyst in the neigh­bor­hood, cre­at­ing a buzz that is at­tract­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.

“We’ve tried to cre­ate a very vi­brant cen­ter that caters to all types,” says Kieran Bow­ers, pres­i­dent of Swire Prop­er­ties, Brick­ell City Cen­tre’s de­vel­oper. The 352-key East, for in­stance, has a bit of an edge to it, Bow­ers says. Its rooftop bar, Sugar

(East, Miami, 788 Brick­ell Plaza, 786-805-4655; east-miami.com), has al­ready be­come a des­ti­na­tion, and the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture restau­rant, Quinto La Huella

(788 Brick­ell Plaza, 786-8054646; quin­to­lahuella.com), is the first Miami lo­ca­tion for Uruguay’s much-vaunted beach­front eatery Parador La Huella. Brick­ell City Cen­tre’s pair of 43-story con­do­minium tow­ers, Reach and Rise, each have a half-acre amenity deck, with trop­i­cal gar­dens, bar­be­cues, fit­ness ar­eas, and a play­ground, as well as pools with bev­er­age ser­vice, a library, fit­ness cen­ter, and spa with a shared ham­mam.

Other Brick­ell-area ho­tels, con­do­mini­ums, and apart­ments of­fer ex­ten­sive ameni­ties as well. Re­lated’s 58-story SLS Lux (444 Brick­ell Ave., 305-358-1000; slslux.com) fea­tures mu­se­umqual­ity art in all its com­mon ar­eas, as well as a ground-floor restau­rant by cel­e­brated chef

“BRICK­ELL IS VERY QUICKLY DE­LIV­ER­ING ON ITS PROM­ISES.” —CAR­LOS ROSSO

Kat­suya Uechi and a cock­tail lounge by Sbar. Res­i­dents can also en­joy the SLS Lux Gar­den Level, with two pools and sport­ing and recre­ational ameni­ties over­look­ing the Brick­ell sky­line. An­other Re­lated con­do­minium, Brick­ell Heights (850 S. Miami Ave., 305-469-9470; brick­ell heights.com), is home to both an Equinox fit­ness cen­ter and Soul­cy­cle stu­dio. And guests at the 124-room SLS Brick­ell (1300 S. Miami Ave., 305-2391300; slsho­tels.com) can be pam­pered at the lux­u­ri­ous Ciel Spa and then in­dulge in the cui­sine at Bazaar Mar, by José An­drés, or Fi’lia, by Michael Schwartz—both James Beard Award-win­ning chefs.

Then there’s the forth­com­ing Panorama Tower—an 85-story lux­ury rental by Florida East Coast Realty that will be the tallest build­ing in Florida. It fea­tures 821 apart­ments and 208 ho­tel rooms, as well as 50,000 square feet of high-end re­tail and 100,000 square feet of med­i­cal of­fice space. You’ll find a pool deck with two heated pools and ca­banas—but there’s also a pool­side bar/café, restau­rant, pri­vate din­ing and wine-tast­ing rooms, a sports lounge, three pri­vate the­aters, a fit­ness cen­ter, yoga and Pi­lates stu­dio, spa, cy­ber café with cof­fee bar, play room, and Muse room for live mu­sic ses­sions. And, for the ul­ti­mate in con­ve­nience for pet own­ers, Panorama has a pet day­care, groom­ing, and board­ing fa­cil­ity right in the build­ing.

“Be­cause of the size of this project, we’re able to pro­vide a plethora of ameni­ties,” says Jerome Hollo, the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Florida East Coast Realty. “We’ve got ev­ery­thing that you could want”—prov­ing Brick­ell is be­com­ing un­beat­able.

The 85-story Panorama Tower (ơƞƫƞ ƚƧƝ ƥƞɵƭ) is pro­jected to be the tallest build­ing in Florida, with ameni­ties rang­ing from pri­vate wine-tast­ing and mu­sic rooms to pet day­care. ƛƞƥƨư: The Panorama pool deck.

The view from SLS Brick­ell. ƫƣơơƭ: Brick­ell City Cen­tre’s tran­quil shared ham­mam fea­tures dipping pools, show­ers, and steam rooms.

The Al­ti­tude Pool Deck (ƥƞɵƭ) at SLS Brick­ell (Ƭơƨưƨ ơƞƫƞ) of­fers sun and sky­line views for those stay­ing in the ho­tel’s lux­u­ri­ous and spa­cious suites (ƛƨƭƭƨƦ ƥƞɵƭ .

Kitchens at Brick­ell City Cen­tre in­cor­po­rate Ital­ian cab­i­netry, sleek quartz-stone coun­ter­tops, and im­ported mar­ble floor­ing. ƚƛƨưƞ: The jew­els of the Reach tower’s amenity deck are the lap and so­cial pools, fea­tur­ing pool­side bev­er­age and café ser­vice.

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