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Ross’ Comments – What you Need to Know about Apogee
Apogee is home to many of the global elite with only 4 units per floor and located at the southern point of South Beach facing the ocean, Government Cut and Fisher Island.
Offering several amazing features, including 11 foot deep balconies with complete outdoor summer kitchens; special soundproofing, impact windows and double concrete layers between each floor; 10 ft ceilings; private 2-car garages; and corner units have 2400 sq ft wraparound terraces.
Considered one of the NBA’s greatest coaches of all time, the Miami Heat’s former coach and team president, Pat Riley, was one of the original buyers and still owns one of the two-level penthouses, each with a private rooftop pool and entertainment areas.
The sale of unit 2104 for $12.4 million in 2013 set a new record in the building at $2,985 per sf.
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UNIT SIZES 3,103 – 4,145 sq. ft (288 – 385 m²)
UNIT TYPES 3 and 4 bedrooms
# OF UNITS 67
# OF FLOORS 22
# OF PARKING LEVELS 3
DEVELOPER The Related Group
PET POLICY Pets are allowed, subject to restrictions.
24-hour concierge, valet & security
Fantastic privacy, with only 4 residences per floor
10-foot high ceilings
11 foot deep balconies with summer kitchens
Each residence has a private, enclosed, air-conditioned 2-car garage
Private elevator access to every residence
2.88 acre site
State-of-the-art spa & fitness center
Infinity-edge lap pool in landscaped garden
Double slabs built between floors to reduce noise
SOUTH OF FIFTH
As with many of Miami’s historic neighborhoods, the South of Fifth “SoFi” neighborhood in Miami Beach enjoyed its heydays in the 1950′s. Miami Beach had a reputation as the “American Riviera” with its beaches, hotels, tropical weather, mobsters and star power. However, the area was ethnically divided with SoFi as home to a thriving, mostly Jewish community, while the areas to the north and even some hotels had little tolerance for diversity. A number of hotels had “restricted clientele” rules and some properties transferred with deeds prohibiting “Hebrew blood.”
By the 1970′s, however, SoFi had become a haven for Jewish retirees and the younger generation stopped moving in. As the area declined, the city formed what was known as the “Committee to Keep Greater Miami Beach Young.” In an effort to eliminate most of the structures south of Fifth Street, the city created the South Shore Redevelopment Area in 1973. The city leader’s imagined that the $400-million plan would completely revitalize the area. Unfortunately, it all but guaranteed the area’s decline.
Many theories exist as to why the plan failed so dismally, but clearly it influenced property owners to stop taking care of their existing buildings. As the neighborhood was so cheap, it attracted the poor and crime and drugs became rampant. Unfortunately, things continued to get worse and it was not until the mid 1990′s that interest re-emerged to invest in the SoFi area.
Today the SoFi neighborhood represents the success that major redevelopment can produce. The area is very safe, it boasts a highly ranked elementary school, South Pointe Park, many successful businesses, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and some of the most expensive real estate in Miami. Every weekend the beach is packed with locals and tourists. There are several iconic luxury condo projects in the SoFi area, including the Apogee, Murano Grande, Icon, Continuum North and South, Portofino Tower, Murano at Portofino, in addition to several currently under construction.