The Italian haute house teams with a luxury real estate developer for an immersive experience in fashionable living.
The town of Surfside has quaintness about it. With its small population — about 5,000 at last census — it’s one of those hidden gems of which one takes notice when driving south towards Miami Beach.Just two miles north of Surfside is the village of Bal Harbour, which has been referred to by the Financial Times as South Florida’s answer to Monaco because of its exclusivity on one of the world’s most “sought-after slices of urban seashore.”
Recently, Surfside has seen a surge in its desirability. Now, a new concept in luxury condominium living will rise on a prime piece of real estate at 9365 Collins Avenue. FENDI Château Residences will take its place along Surfside’s oceanfront, but it won’t rise too high.
“Surfside is a unique neighborhood in that the norm is to build lower-profile buildings. The intent is to preserve a certain resort character,” says Bernardo Fort-Brescia, a founding principal of architectural firm Arquitectonica, which designed FENDI Château Residences. With only 58 units in the 12-story condo, Fort-Brescia believes there will be a feeling of living in a boutique hotel. “Actually, one could say it is a boutique residential building.”
What will solidify this boutique feeling is the House of FENDI’s first branded real estate project. Yes, FENDI , known for its exquisite made-in-Italy handbags, selected Miami for its foray into bespoke building.
“What is unique about the FENDI Château Residences from previous projects is the unprecedented partnership between the Italian luxury house and the Chateâu Group, a leading luxury real estate developer,” says realtor Monica Venegas, principal of Venegas International Group, whose firm is handling sales and marketing for the property.
Slated to be completed in June 2016, the residences and penthouses range in size from 3,300 square feet to more than 7,000 square feet, with prices from $5 million to $22 million.
“There is 300 linear feet of oceanfront development for just 58 families to enjoy,” says Venegas, who said at press time that the project was already 45 percent sold. Venegas says clients interested in the property reflect what she’s seen from selling luxury South Florida properties. “Our clients’ demographics are diversified. The doors to Latin America are open as wide as ever, but a lot of Europeans, who would not have come 10 or 20 years ago, are quite interested in enjoying the Miami lifestyle.”
The building’s design is one of the seductive draws because of its innovative undulating architecture that echoes the waves. “The ocean waves were certainly the inspiration,” says Fort-Brescia. “The first day I visited the site, I felt the need to use this metaphor. The building is elegantly horizontal. When you look at the waves into the horizon, you feel that horizontally. So I felt it was the perfect canvas to depict this undulation.”
Generously deep terraces that run the entire length of each unit face both the ocean and the bay. “Even more unique is that, because of the undulation, portions of the terraces are open to above, creating a partial double-height space that expands the experience to the drama and the beauty of the Florida skies,” says Fort-Brescia. “The great homes of the French Riviera have beautiful terraces. Outdoor living has always been synonymous with luxury.”
In keeping with the word “chateâu” — meaning the grandest royal residence — landscape architects at ArquitectonicaGEO chose a unique and modern approach to designing a formal garden. The design was sensitive to the place and the environment.
For instance, the arrival courtyard leads to a see-through lobby that exposes the view of the ocean, and the pool terraces lead to gardens that open up to the beach and ocean.
“As the formality of the gardens and terraces blend into the natural dunes and ocean, we have achieved a natural setting consistent with the organic, undulating form of the building’s façade,” says Laurinda Spear, a founding principal of Arquitectonica, who established the landscape architecture practice ArquitectonicaGEO, focusing on environmental land planning and landscape design. “The landscape is designed to fascinate in unexpected and captivating ways.”
Inside, each residence will include a FENDI Casa kitchen, which is a complete chef’s kitchen with custom FENDI Casa cabinets and Gaggenau appliances. Bathrooms feature Italian marble with custom-designed fixtures, along with staff quarters and laundry areas, which include full bathrooms. Residents will also have the option to include FENDI Casa decorative elements throughout their apartments.
“The House of FENDI is having a great influence in shaping the interior finishes, adding a refinement — which is characteristic of their unique design personality,” says Fort-Brescia.
The residences boast 10-foot ceilings, sweeping views, and glass-railed terraces. Homes are characterized by bespoke designs, and feature distinctive materials such as streaked woods, smoky glass, and bronzed reflections — adding yet another element of FENDI luxury.
Amenity areas are plush and are designed by FENDI and decorated with FENDI Casa fixtures and fittings. Common areas include a private restaurant with a full chef’s kitchen, lounge with gourmet kitchen, library, business center, ballroom, kid’s club, private cinema, state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the ocean, bicycle storage, multiple beachfront pools with cabanas, reflective ponds, spas and Jacuzzis, and a relaxation terrace with aromatherapy. Residents also have access to five-star, white-glove services, including a 24-hour multi-lingual concierge staff, beachfront and poolside service, and a doorman and valet.
“FENDI has strategically located its first new venture in real estate in one of the most prestigious private resort destinations. They chose Miami because of its status as a premier international city that is known for its glamour, style, fashion, culture, and arts,” says Venegas.
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