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Is Your Future Bright as the Sunshine State? Check out these Amazing Residences

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As winter approaches, northerners long for the sun, sand and surf of South Florida. A week in a hotel may not be enough for you. Consider a place to call “home” instead – one that captures the luxury you really want in a place you really want to be. Here are just a few:

Eighty Seven Park by Renzo Piano; Surfside.

Designed by the architectural mastery of Renzo Piano, this eighteen story tower will be a bright spot for anyone seeking luxury accommodations in South Florida. With residences ranging from 1,000 to over 4,000 squad feet, Eighty Seven Park will boast 70 residences with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Miami skyline. Unique amenities to the facility include a wine cellar, a library, a Start Center (for business or pleasure), and a botanical exposition, among the more traditional condo offerings.

Gran Paraiso; Miami.

Sweeping modern design peppered with sculpture art by constructivist Pablo Atchugarry, the Gran Paraiso is slated to be one of Miami’s hottest condo destinations. Residents are afforded access to a private Bay front beach club, a pool terrace lined with tropical foliage, and lush gardens. Residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows/walls, with glass rail terraces for unobstructed views.

Aria on the Bay; Miami.

A towering presence on the Miami skyline, Aria on the Bay delivers the care free luxury South Florida lifestyle you crave. Residences feature open floor plans to maximize the living space and accentuate the views. Amenities include three pools situated to allow bathers to enjoy sunrise and sunset, lounges, spas and gyms to cater to both the health and welling of condo dwellers who seek the good life in all aspects of the term.

Echo Brickell; Miami.

Still in pre-construction stage, Echo Brickell is one of the largest proposed condo developments in Miami in recent memory. It will feature 180 residential units, a full floor pool at 250 feet above ground, fitness center and spa and 30 penthouse suites. Residences will have state-of-the-art start technology to enhance the ease of living and luxury experience. Penthouse units will feature 14 foot ceiling to floor window/walls with extraordinary views of the ocean and bay.

Murano at Portofino; South Beach.

This 37 story condo has 189 units with floor-to-ceiling windows for picturesque views of the ocean, bay and skyline. Many residences have private elevator entry and ocean-to-bay flow through floor plans. Sitting on 12 acres of manicured grounds, amenities include two heated lagoon swimming pools, a sports center complete with tennis courts and full spa and sauna.


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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