Palaces in the Sky: Miami’s luxury Penthouses

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Miami’s top penthouses for sale offer sweeping views, luxurious amenities and always, a little something more.


 The space also includes a library, play-room, office, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a powder-room.

Bristol Tower Penthouse $16,900,000
Sotheby’s International Realty

Three levels of outdoor terraces, 7,500 square feet in all, make this one of the most spectacular penthouses in the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows abound, leading out onto generous wraparound terraces, which capture what’s most appealing about Miami: magnificent 360-degree views that include Coral Gables, downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. The 40th-floor rooftop terrace features Travertine floors, a heated pool and a sauna, as well as a grill area and an outdoor gym.

Miami interior designer Sam Robin designed the 9,080-square-foot living space, giving touches that are both luxurious and state of the art. She imported hardwoods, granite and Venetian plasterwork, and created an island kitchen with granite countertops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances-now a standard in luxury living.

For the home theater, she opted for the latest fully automated details and electronics. The space also includes a library, play-room, office, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a powder-room. While all the bedroom suites are luxe, the master bedroom steps it up with two walk-in closets and a marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi-style tub that looks out over the skyline.

From the lower level, a grand staircase leads to one of the most striking features of the penthouse, its domed roof. The penthouse has its own private elevator entry.


ICON South Beach Penthouse 1
Zilbert Realty Group

Built in 2005, this stunning and crisply modern penthouse was the vision of designer Philippe Starck, who was inspired by another of his South Beach creations, The Delano Hotel.

The penthouse comes with a private indoor six-car garage. An interior elevator leads directly to the top of this 43-story building, placing guests in a magnificent three-story aerie. 360-degree views of South Beach envelop the space on all three levels. The outdoor space alone is some 7,000 square feet, including a deck with a rooftop pool.

The estimated 10,000 square feet of indoor space is composed of six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms as well as a two-story salon. The loft-like setting, which dwarfs a grand piano, and Starck’s clean design are perfectly suited to displaying a collection of paintings, sculptures or installations. Straight lines, brushed concrete floors, and simple woods set perpendicular to marble slabs evoke a Scandinavian aesthetic. But, the large windows, some floor to ceiling, ground the space in- or rather, levitate it to- South Beach in real time.

In the main dining area, a transparent wine storage system picks up light from the facing windows while maintaining a full view of the wooden wall behind it, providing a floating effect that simultaneously gives the room livable dimensions and retains its open feel. Despite its high aesthetic, the buyer of this space will still enjoy unlimited design freedom.


MTM Realty

Opulent is the word that sums up this sumptuous, four-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot penthouse at the tip of South Beach. “The owner didn’t skimp on anything; he went all out on everything,” says Mary Moore, real-estate agent for the home. “Every material is the best money can buy in terms of craftsmanship.”

San Francisco designer Larissa Sand completely gutted the original penthouse and created it again from scratch. Many elements of the penthouse are custom-made by Sand, including the mirrors, cabinetry, the stainless-steel door at the entrance to the two-story home and a Swarovski crystal chandelier in the dining room.

The wood of the cabinets and throughout the apartment is Macassar ebony; each piece was cut from a single tree. The master bathroom-one of five-features Macauba Blue marble stone slabs that have been matchbook-cut from consecutive pieces of marble, a Brazilian slate floor, a Dornbracht rain-shower and a chandelier fashioned by artist Dale Chihuly. Italian Mink, European Irish Moss and Lapis Lazuli marble slabs are used in the other bathrooms; some have Absolute Black Granite sinks hand-carved in India. The showers of each bathroom are designed so that bathers can look directly out onto the ocean.

The entire penthouse is automated with an AMX system of touch panels that, among other features, controls the retractable flat-screen TVs. Even the 110-inch screen in the six-seat movie theater disappears neatly into the ceiling.

The views span 180 degrees from double-width balconies. Two professional-grade bars, including a Champagne bar, as well as two of almost every appliance, make entertaining convenient and simple.
“The redesign of the penthouse really took the level of the building up a notch, creating an open floor plan and floating space with clean lines, says Moore. “There’s a clean architectural feel throughout the apartment”


Portofino Tower Penthouse
The Jills

The views, the height of the ceilings-you really feel like you’re in an estate in the sky,” says Jill Eber of The Jills, real-estate agent for the Portofino Tower Penthouse. Step into the marble foyer of this three-story penthouse, and you’ll be greeted by an open, 20-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling-its expanse highlighted by a steel, iron and glass staircase.

True to the nature of penthouse living, giant windows throughout offer views of Fisher Island, Miami Beach, the city of Miami skyline and the ocean. “With the rooftop terrace, your outdoor entertaining is exceptional,” says Eber. The 2,000-square-foot deck, surrounded in parts shaded by a terra cotta-colored guard bar and brise-soleil, opens out onto the magnificent views. The deck itself is outfitted with a large Jacuzzi and a bar for enjoying the views and vodka Martinis.

Indoors, 4,300 square feet of luxurious space includes three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, an office, and a media room with a built-in bar and giant windows. You can choose to draw the shades for screenings or watch your movie by the light of the moon.

Along with five-star amenities and finishes throughout that, the property features three deeded parking spaces and valet parking. Access to the penthouse is limited to the owner and guests, and a gated entry and 24-hour-security provide ultimate peace of mind.

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