We know the affluent like to compete, especially when it comes to luxe homes. Rather than who has the bigger and better lawn, it’s now all about outdoor terraces, which became a hot commodity these past few years, offering sun, air and space for activities typically reserved for estate-living. Now, luxury condo buyers are battling each other for the largest square footage and visibility amongst tree lines only visible on the penthouse level. It’s no longer what’s inside that counts.
Villa Valencia | Coral Gables
Miami’s Villa Valencia, located in the tony Coral Gables neighborhood, is an ultra-luxe rendition on boutique living. At the top of the 13-story building sits a $14.9M penthouse (most expensive listing in area) where over 4,000 SF is dedicated to an outdoor terrace complete with a summer kitchen, bar and dining area, buyer’s option plunge pool and meditation space. Talk about rivaling the backyard of a manse!
Situated on one of the last stretches of waterfront in Southwest Florida, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay boats expansive outdoor terraces, which span up to 2,200-square-feet. The terraces maximized vistas allow for an abundance of natural light, along with sunrise and sunset views, and dedicated space for al-fresco entertainment. Rising 22 stories, the property was purposefully crafted to frame the sky, with cascading façades envisioned by the undulation of the waterfront setting, integrating harmoniously into the surrounding topography. The terraces maximized vistas allow for an abundance of natural light, along with sunrise and sunset views, and dedicated space for al-fresco entertainment.
Strata Wynwood | Miami
Wynwood Miami, brimming with energy and culture, has evolved into one of the city’s most happening districts. Yet, luxury living among this vibrant culture has been long-awaited…until now with Strata Wynwood – a newly-launched multifamily property that sets a superior standard of urban sophistication unlike any other. Strata Wynwood’s over-the-top amenities make it the perfect home for doers, creators and entrepreneurs. Designed for indoor-outdoor living, the state-of-the-art fitness center includes a private yoga studio, which opens onto an expansive terrace, ideal for a morning stretch or sunset savasana, and an open-air theater and lounge that allows residents to watch their favorite film under the stars. Other distinguished offerings include outdoor hibachi grills, a music room, spacious art studios, and works by famed muralists throughout. One of the apartment community’s biggest draws is its cosmic outdoor terraces, spanning more than 2,000 square feet in select residences. In an area known for its galleries, dynamic retail, lively entertainment scene, artisanal eateries, and street art, there is no better way to feel the energetic vibe than by overlooking it.
Beach House 8 | Miami Beach
Luxe boutique condominium Beach House 8 offers one of the only penthouses available on Miami Beach. It has an outdoor area spanning 5,000 square feet with a plunge pool and space for entertaining. The building is located on 36th and Collins Ave., comprised of eight homes with Mauritian Teak wood-paneled drawing rooms, from natural-fiber banquettes to dark-blue mosaic tiling in the pool, from the garden waterfall to the airy 14-foot ceilings at the entry, combined with a full suite of concierge services appropriate for cosmopolitan living, creating an atmosphere of both understated elegance and contemporary informality.