Ross’s Comments – What you Need to Know about The Courts at South Beach
The Courts was developed by Canadian concern Groupe Pacific, which also developed over 3900 residential units in Miami, including Sunset Harbour and the Cosmopolitan in South Beach.
Built in five phases over a seven-year period from 1997 through 2004, the Courts is much like a Mediterranean style resort with large pools, some green space and a full range of amenities.
Community highlights include gated and private entry; ease of access to the building, parking and condos; open air corridors; and 24 hour security.
Some buildings include several multi level units with private garages and large roof tops.
A perfectly walkable location in the South of Fifth area with several retail stores, well known restaurants (Joe’s Stone Crab, Milos, Big Pink, Prime 112 etc.), shops, plus the beach all within a block or two.
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UNIT SIZES 946 – 2,425 sq. ft (88 – 225 m²)
UNIT TYPES 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms
# OF UNITS 189
# OF FLOORS 6
# OF PARKING LEVELS 1
ARCHITECT Schapiro Associates
DEVELOPER Groupe Pacific
PET POLICY Pets are allowed, subject to restrictions.
24-hour concierge, valet & security
Private covered parking
Two acre grand piazza
Oversized courtyard heated pool
Rooftop terrace with 2 barbecue grills
Newly renovated gym with sauna and steam room
Signature waterfall fountain
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.