Ross’s Comments – What you Need to Know about Grand Venetian
Originally home to the estates of J.C. Penny and Joseph Adams in the 1920s, the Grand Venetian occupies the east corner of Belle Isle which is part of the chain of Miami’s Venetian Islands.
Belle Isle offers residents a fantastic residential and quiet location just off the beaten path, with lots of green space, a big dog park, the Standard Hotel and Spa on the island, and several restaurants, shops and supermarkets within walking distance over the bridge in the Sunset Harbour area.
There are only six units per floor with the one bedroom units 05 and 06 facing south, or one of the two bedroom units that face north.
The corner units from high floors offer large wraparound balconies and amazing views of the bay, islands, city and Miami Beach.
The Grand Venetian is the only new condo located on Belle Island.
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UNIT SIZES 850 – 4,750 sq. ft (79 – 441 m²)
UNIT TYPES 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms
# OF UNITS 124
# OF FLOORS 25
# OF PARKING LEVELS 2
ARCHITECT Kobi Karp
DEVELOPER Apex & Zapata Development Groups
PET POLICY Pets allowed up to 30 lbs, other restrictions apply
24-hour concierge, valet & security
Swimming pool overlooking the bay
Barbecue on the bay
South Beach, also known as SoBe, is a neighborhood within the city of Miami Beach. It is the area south of Indian Creek and encompasses roughly the southernmost 23 blocks of the main barrier island that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910′s, due to the development efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, and John S. Collins.
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