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Five Exquisite Condos in South Beach

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Florida is, for all practical purposes, two states: Florida and South Florida. Florida, in general, is rather milquetoast to the sensitivities of those seeking a luxurious warm weather alternate or permanent home. The real hot properties for unmatched elegance and style be only really be found in South Florida, and nothing tops a penthouse for living large.

La Santa Maria

La Santa Maria Brickell Ave., where some of the finest residential properties in Miami can be found, tops our list. The panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, city skyline and Key Biscayne are breathtaking and beyond compare as this is one of the tallest structures on Brickell. The 173 units boast unusually spacious entertaining and living areas with floor-to-ceiling windows, maximizing natural light.

Murano Grande

Murano Grande at Portofino South Beach Alton Road in the SoFi district of Miami Beach is 37 stories of pure, modern luxury, Many of the units feature private elevator foyers and ocean to bay floor plans. Additional luxuries include whirlpool baths, floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views of the bay, skyline and Fisher Island. Murano Grande also features a full service restaurant on the pool deck and boasts resort style amenities.

Apogee South Beach

Apogee South Beach on South Pointe Drive in Miami Beach brings high-tech to luxury living. Residences feature state-of-the-art interactive smart panel access to security, spa valet and a host of building services; wireless custom lighting, and fingerprint keyless entry, and every unit has private elevator entry. The flow-through design of each residence, provides both city and water views.

Continuum South Beach

Continuum on South Beach is a two tower complex in the SoFi district next to the Miami Marina and direct access to the a private beach. The towers (37 and 40 stories respectively) sit on 12 acres featuring gardens, pools, fountains and a private tennis club. Residences have 10-foot ceilings, glass walls, wrap around balconies and panoramic views.

Icon South Beach

Icon South Beach is loaded with amenities: Two pools, a spa, a fully-equipped health club, a library and billiards among others. Valet parking, concierge service and dry cleaning are additional perks. The residences themselves are accessed by high-speed elevators, and are available in nine unique floor plans. Nine foot ceilings with tempered glass windows provide breathtaking views while filing the living space with ample natural light.


Jack Raplee is a Queens native with over 20 years of journalistic experience covering industries as varied as entertainment, manufacturing, engineering and consumer electronics as well as hard news. Apart from writing, he has enjoyed additional exposure in radio work, standup comedy and modeling. While his career trajectory has brought him far and wide, living in places like Nassau, Bahamas; Sungnam, Korea; and Jackson, Mississippi he always seems to end up in his native NYC. Jack is currently working on a yet-to-be-titled book providing his unique perspective on his native Queens as seen from the table of a local diner.

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