The Most Luxurious Condo Buildings in South Beach
Dec 06, 2021 December 06, 2021
South Beach in Miami Beach is one of the most sought-after destination beaches and cities in the world. Living in South Beach is no exception. Developers have crafted some of the most luxurious condo buildings and homes that appeal to people from every international location, whether for business, to take advantage of low tax rates, a second winter home to enjoy the amazing weather and lifestyle, or for art lovers to have a residence during the annual Art Basel art fair and into the winter.
Whatever the reason, there are many tempting options to set up a permanent residence in South Beach. Below is our list of the 5 most luxurious condo buildings in South Beach for 2021 (based on average listing price per square foot at the time of publishing), as well as some other favorites to note. But first, let’s start with an overview of what makes South Beach so special.
Last updated: December 6, 2021
Why Choose South Beach?
South Beach has always been known for its hot party vibe and fun beaches. But those who have lived here know that it’s also a beautifully diverse neighborhood to build a life in. Living in South Beach, residents get easy access to streets lined with historic, pastel-hued Art Deco buildings, top-notch dining options, year-round events, extensive entertainment opportunities if so inclined, a culture of health and wellness, and a relaxed shopping scene that will compel you outdoors.
The water-bound neighborhood also ranks #1 on our 11 most walkable neighborhoods in Miami Beach study as well as the Miami Beach neighborhoods ranked for public transportation report.
5. W South Beach Residences – 2201 Collins Avenue
Average List Price: $3,253 per sq ft
Perched on 300 feet of prime beachfront in the middle of South Beach and across the street from the Bass Museum, this 20-story condo-hotel features 408 fully-furnished, ultra-luxury residences. Designed by the award-winning, Canadian design duo of Yabu Pushelberg, each high-end residence features exquisite finishes and grand views of the ocean. Standout amenities include preferred access to the W hotel and its services, two outdoor infinity-edge pools, the world-class Bliss Spa, exclusive SWEAT fitness club, fairytale backdrop “secret” garden, a museum-quality selection of art in the common spaces, rooftop tennis and basketball courts, nightlife, restaurants, plus much more.
To view available condos for sale in W South Beach, search here.
4. Setai – 2001 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Average List Price: $3,317 per sq ft
Defining luxurious and exclusive living, the Setai has established itself as one of South Beach’s most refined addresses, and features 163 ultra-luxury residences set up with the most lavish of finishes. This 40-story building is designed to offer residents panoramic water and city views, along with exclusive access to the beach, beach-side services and a variety of water sports as part of the W Beach Club. Amenities at this pet-friendly building include three oceanfront swimming pools, poolside bars, a spa, on-premise boutique and art shop, plush fairytale-style gardens, two restaurants (including five-star Jaya), an Asian-themed art gallery in the lobby, and signing privileges to the services at the W Hotel.
To view available condos for sale at the Setai, go here.
3. Apogee – 800 S. Pointe Drive, South Beach
Average List Price: $3,393 per sq ft
Built for modern, spacious and luxurious living, the Apogee delivers 67 impeccable and private units. Each of the 22 stories feature only four residences per floor, so each condo enjoys both water and city views with expansive balconies (some 75 feet wide) including summer kitchens and outdoor showers. The property sits in the coveted South of Fifth neighborhood, and has South Pointe Park as its backyard. As expected, amenities at the Apogee include lobbies and common areas designed by Toronto-based Yabu Pushelberg, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, infinity-edge pool in garden setting overlooking South Pointe Park, open-air party pavilion, artwork by Cuban-born José Bedia and a two-car garage per condo. Residents can also have some of the finest restaurants in the world at their doorstep.
To view available condos for sale at Apogee, go here.
2. 1 Hotel and Homes – 102 24th Street, South Beach
Average List Price: $3,460 per sq ft
One of the greenest condos in all of Miami, this popular condo-hotel rises 16 stories along 600 linear feet of pristine beachfront. This 116-unit, minimalist building offers its residents access to four swimming pools, a full-service spa, rooftop restaurant-bar, eco-friendly housekeeping, owner privileges at other 1 Hotel locations and much more, besides luxuriously-appointed residences. The recent addition of 1 Beach Club further gives residents access to an ‘Anatomy’ fitness center, Mind & Movement classes, poolside cabanas, preferred pricing on food and beverage, exclusive invitations to private events, along with supervised kid’s programs.
To view available condos for sale at 1 Hotel and Homes, go here.
And the Winner of the Best Condo in South Beach in Terms of Luxury Goes To . . .
1. 321 Ocean Drive – 321 Ocean Drive, South Beach
Average List Price: $4,768 per sq ft
Located in the exclusive South of Fifth neighborhood of South Beach, 321 Ocean Drive offers 21, ultra-luxury residences housed in two exquisite glass buildings set on the beach. While the 9-story building is oceanfront, the 5-story low-rise faces Ocean Drive. Both buildings are united by a lush, urban oasis landscaped by Enzo Enea. Designed by Enrique Norten, the winner of the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council in 2005, each home in the collection is a unique, modernist-infused response to its surroundings. Residents further get access to a beachfront pool, exquisite garden, elite fitness center, oceanfront lounge/library and signature services.
To see available condos for sale at 321 Ocean, go here.
Since South Beach is the hub for some of the hottest properties in Miami, we thought the following luxury condo buildings also deserve a special mention:
- One Ocean – 1 Collins Avenue
Average List Price: $1,910 per sq ft
- Il Villaggio – 1455 Ocean Drive
Average List Price: $1,992 per sq ft
- Marea – 801 S Pointe Drive
Average List Price: $1,588 per sq ft
- Ocean House - 125 Ocean Drive
Average List Price: $3,041 per sq ft
- Glass - 120 Ocean Drive
Average List Price: $2,394 per sq ft
- Continuum I South – 50 S Pointe Drive
Average List Price: $2,766 per sq ft
- Continuum II North – 100 S Pointe Drive
Average List Price: $3,082 per sq ft
Newest Luxury Condo in South Beach
Monad Terrace – 1300 Monad Terrace
Average Sale Price: $1,570 per sq ft
Finished this year, the gorgeous new Monad Terrace is the newest condo on South Beach. Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the beautiful boutique building is nestled at the end of a quaint bayfront street on South Beach’s West Avenue corridor. This unique structure finds a glittering lagoon, climbing gardens and unsurpassed sunset water views as its centerpieces. The 59 ultra-luxury condos at this statement building are built for privacy, with exotic climbers for shade on the north and south sides. Amenities at this waterfront building include a sun deck and 116-foot swimming pool overlooking Biscayne Bay, poolside service, café and juice bar, residents’ lounge, bicycle and water sports storage.
Premium Pre-Construction Condos in South Beach
Five Park South Beach – 500 Alton Road
Average Sale Price: $2,028 per sq ft
Envisioned as an iconic beacon to the entrance to South Beach, Five Park (previously Park on Fifth), will be Miami Beach’s tallest building yet. The 519-foot tower by developers David Martin (Terra Group) and Russell Galbut (GFO Investments) will be designed by Arquitectonica and feature 98 luxury residences anchored by a dog-friendly, 3-acre public park.
All luxury residences will be designed by Gabellini Sheppard, and will have elliptical floorplans to maximize light and view corridors. This, combined with the cylindrical form of the building, will help residents enjoy 360-degree views of the city, water, and park below. The entire development will be optimized for sustainability with resourceful water management and heat load management.
Amenities at this luxury tower will include two full floors (levels 3 & 26) dedicated to a private owner’s club. The third-floor Canopy Club will feature a resident’s lounge, co-working studio, teen and children’s learning lab, curated library, quiet room, and screening room. The 26th floor, indoor-outdoor Canopy Club will be Miami Beach’s most luxurious private residential club -- complete with a private Jewel Box bar, specialty dining experience and beverage program curated by top chefs, private dining room, clubroom den, wellness lounge, spa, and fitness center.
Five Park will also have an amenity deck on level 6 featuring two pools, poolside services, pool bar and café, expansive sunset terrace, and yoga deck. Level 5 in the building will be dedicated to luxury short-term guest suites, helping residents easily welcome guests for an extended stay. The building will also have electric vehicle carports, bicycle storage, and a dedicated ride-share drop-off zone.
How Safe is South Beach?
South Beach has always been popular with globetrotters, partygoers, and spring breakers. So, it’s best to keep this in mind at certain times of the year and remember South Beach is also a city. Still, South Beach (as part of Miami Beach) gets an Overall Niche Grade ‘A’ and ‘A-’ on ‘Good for Families’ from niche.com. It also ranks No. 1 on the ‘Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in Miami-Dade County’ and No. 8 on the ‘Best Places to Live in Miami-Dade County’ as residents continue to find a safe haven and strong community feel in the quieter pockets of South of Fifth, West Avenue, Sunset Harbor and Belle Isle.
Best Restaurants in South Beach
Being a top beach vacation destination, it's easy to find something to please every palate in South Beach. From locally sourced seafood, the finest beef cuts, mouthwatering Cuban sandwiches, authentic Italian, tempting tacos, and more, here are some of the highest-rated eateries (plus most reviewed according to Yelp.com) serving the best food you will find in the neighborhood:
- Joe’s Stone Crab has been the go-to place for crab claws and fried chicken since 1913
- Yardbird Southern Table is the top pick for soul food like fried chicken, deviled eggs, and fried green tomato BLT in Miami
- Puerto Sagua is the most popular joint for no-frills Cuban delights like ropa vieja, sandwiches, oxtail stews, and café con leches
- La Sandwicherie is wildly famous for its walk-up window service of hearty sandwiches, healthy smoothies, and fresh salads
- The Front Porch is a popular breakfast and brunch spot on the beach serving a variety of southern delights
- Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is the place for tacos and Mexican street food in town, locals swear by their barbacoa, Pescado, steak chimichurri, and carnitas
- Bolivar Restaurant Bar Lounge serves up the most delectable Colombian treats like churrasco, patacones, and lomo saltado
- CVI.CHE 105 is another top pick for Latin American delights like ceviche ganador, lomo saltado, and grilled octopus
- Sardinia does the best Italian in town, best known for its spaghetti bottarga
- The Social Club is a cocktail bar, best known for its brunch menu including old school eggs benedict, crispy mahi-mahi tacos, and chicken and waffle
- Moreno’s Cuba is another hotspot serving Cuban delights like empanadas and Lechon Asado
- Poseidon Greek Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge is a seafood boutique restaurant serving Mediterranean hits like grilled octopus, seafood pasta, and sea bass
- The Local House does seafood and brunch right
- Byblos is a popular name among those looking to enjoy some Middle Eastern lamb ribs or duck kibbeh
- The Bazaar serves a delicious play on traditional Spanish with local influences by the James Beard award-winning Chef José Andrés
- Planta is your best bet for delicious vegan staples like lettuce wraps and burgers
- Lucali is where folks from near and far come for their pizza fix, but can’t leave without tasting the Nutella Pie
- NaiYaRa is the sushi bar of choice not just for locals, but also the Miami New Times
- Red, the Steakhouse is a classic, no-nonsense steakhouse that does comfort food right
- Sylavno’s is an institution for Italian comfort food
- Macchialina Taverna Rustica is another top spot for Italiano in the city with house-made pastas served in a quaint space
- Stiltsville Fish Bar is famous for its fresh seafood spread by Top Chef alumni Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, the former’s fried chicken is worth a try as well
- Under the Mango Tree is a top pick for acai bowls and other healthy fare
Shopping in South Beach
Residents are not left wanting for anything when it comes to shopping options in South Beach. The coastal neighborhood is home to one of the most iconic open-air malls in South Florida - Lincoln Road. This eight-block mall is not only known for its outdoor cafés, mainstream stores, contemporary brands, and luxury boutiques, but also outdoor dining and people watching.
Another great place to stop by is the Sunset Harbour Shops. These might be tucked in a corner locale, but are home to a wide-ranging collection of luxury labels, on-trend clothing and accessories, stylish swimwear, limited-edition sneakers, high-end consignment goodies, and much more. There’s also a Publix, Fresh Market, Office Depot and Michael’s in Sunset Harbour.
Residents can further find a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods between West Ave and Alton Road, and another Publix, Target and other Big Box stores on 5th street, and plenty of Walgreens, CVS and Starbucks as well as boutique coffee shops around town. There’s also the sprinkling of independently owned stores to well-known brands (including ultra-chic The Webster) around Collins Avenue, making for convenient shopping by the beach.
The Best Located Condo in South Beach
Our vote goes to Il Villaggio for the best-located condo in South Beach. First of all, it is oceanfront and is directly adjacent to the 74-acre Lummus Park. Secondly, sitting along the northern tip of Ocean Drive, it’s an easy walk from Lincoln Road, top-rated restaurants, and luxury hotels, yet it’s hidden away on the beach. Last, but not least, it’s the only building in South Beach to feature such expansive views of the park, beach, and ocean.
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