Four Seasons Surfside


A short Story about Four Seasons Surfside

Business tycoon, Harvey Firestone, opened the Surf Club's doors on New Year's Eve in 1930. After sailing up the coast on a winter afternoon with famed Miami Beach residents Carl Fisher and Irving Collins, Firestone and company noticed a beautiful beachfront area and thought it would be a great place to build a private club during Prohibition.

In its heyday, the members-only retreat for the rich and famous hosted celebrities and statesmen alike including, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The hedonistic parties and black-tie events that once characterized the Surf Club are gone, but the property's Old Hollywood glamour remains. This brand new restoration of a great landmark and addition of Four Seasons branded luxury beachfront residences has drawn CEOs of major companies, hedge fund managers, and several wealthy New York real estate developers, since opening in 2017.

The architecture

When designing the expansion of the Surf Club, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier sought to balance the original structure's Old Hollywood Mediterranean feel with a modern aesthetic that highlights the views of the Atlantic Ocean. The nine-acre development, which is located on Collins Avenue, includes the Four Seasons hotel that rises above the historic Surf Club, which was designed by Russell Pancoast in the 1920s, with two adjacent 12-story residential towers to the north and south. Meier's design allows residents to experience a luxurious symbiosis of indoor and outdoor living on one of the area's most picturesque stretches of beach.

The Residences

The two towers that lie adjacent to the Surf Club are home to 150 private residences, which includes 12 penthouses. The tower that rises above the Surf Club is home to 32 hotel residences. The area that lies between the Surf Club and the towers contains lush gardens and pools for residents and hotel guests. Miami real estate buyers will have the option to choose ultra-luxury condominiums that range in size from 1,800 to almost 8,000 square feet with floor to ceiling windows meant to maximize natural lighting and provide unobstructed panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Each residence has a distinctive look with 51 different floor plans.

The Finishes

The development team enlisted Parisian designer Joseph Dirand to design the interior of the hotel residences. Each residence is fully furnished with items that Dirand created with respected brands such as Molteni, Knoll, and Brossier Saderne. Dirand lets the outdoors seep into his minimalist aesthetic with earthy green and brown tones and travertine tile. Dirand is famous for his minimalism and for creating store designs for big fashion names such as Chloé, Givenchy, Balmain, Rick Owens, and Alexander Wang.  Also famous for his minimalist design, designer Lee Mindel selected the finishes for the private residences, which include frameless glass balconies and user-friendly lift-and-glide terrace doors. Mindel is famous for designing the offices of Polo Ralph Lauren and Anne Klein as well as many high-end clients across the globe. He recently participated with Christies inshowcasing part of the Rockefeller collection, revealing how to incorporate his ideas into a contemporary living space.

The Amenities

Those who live at the Residences at the Surf Club Four Seasons have access to all of the luxurious and convenient amenities at the Four Seasons hotel including the spa and fitness center, three pools, lush gardens, and beach access with 40 private cabanas. Residents also have their own private residential lobbies and access to concierge service when they live at The Residences at the Surf Club Four Seasons. The Surf Club is also home to two restaurants: La Sirenuse restaurant, showcasing the Mediterranean flavors of southern Italy, and The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller, famous for his Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry.

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The Neighborhood

The Residences at The Surf Club Four Seasons are located along a pristine South Florida beach in the small town of Surfside. With only 6,000 residents, the oceanfront community is pedestrian friendly for those who want to explore. Their booming downtown is home to several public art installations, award-winning restaurants, spas, and other recreational facilities, making it the perfect seaside town to call home. Residents will also enjoy nearby shopping at Bal Harbour. Additionally, Residences at the Surf Club Four Seasons is a short jaunt to Miami Beach to enjoy the wide beaches and the glitz and glam of South Beach and it's distinctive Art Deco architecture, especially on Ocean Drive. Outdoor enthusiasts will find several paths for running and cycling and golfers will be in heaven with all of the nearby championship courses.

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Why We Recommend Residences at The Surf Club Four Seasons

Four Seasons Surfside is one of the most interesting new development projects in all of Miami. Living at the Residences at The Surf Club Four Seasons gives residents the opportunity to own a piece of history and revel in the Old Hollywood Glamour feel of the club. Although the Residences offer a great beach area, world-class dining, and ultra-luxurious amenities, it also offers a convenient location to all of the activities that Miami and Miami Beach has to offer. Residences at The Surf Club are also located conveniently between Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport and only five minute drive north to Bal Harbour Shops or 15 minute drive south to South Beach. In addition, you can visit some of the area's botanical gardens and head downtown for the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science or the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).  for those who like to travel frequently.

The Architect Behind Four Seasons Surfside

Richard Meier was catapulted to notoriety for his design of the Getty Center, which opened in Los Angeles in 1997. Many years earlier, he had been recognized for his work, garnering the coveted Pritzker Prize in 1984.  Much of Meier's work has built on the work of architects of the early to mid-20th century, especially that of Le Corbusier. In addition, his work has been compared to that of Mies Van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Write and Luis Barragan.

Meier has designed many city halls and museums, mostly with a white motif. In addition, he is well known for his all-glass residential buildings in Manhattan, such as 173 Perry Street, 176 Perry Street and 165 Charles Street in the West Village. Most recently, he has designed the all black glass 685 First Avenue and Meier on Rothschild in Tel Aviv.  

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Located in the colorful Miami Beach, Eighty Seven Park is home to 70 luxury condominiums that offer another example of light and design coupled with natural landscapes. Each residence exudes elegance with touches of Italian Stone, American Oak and large walls of glass. Pritzker Prize-winning architect and designer of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Renzo Piano, lets his artistic aesthetic show through tension between sky and earth at Eighty Seven Park, his first residential project in the U.S. 

Faena Penthouse Residences

In 2013, Argentine hotelier, Alan Faena developed six blocks along the Miami Beach waterfront which includes the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The hotel has 10 penthouse residences on the 13th and 14th floors that have between one and three bedrooms. The residences range in size from 862 to 3,310 square feet, plus one that has 14,00 square feet. Residents have full access to hotel amenities including VIP event access, personal shopping, private poolside cabanas and a two-year membership to Faena Rose, a private club focused on arts and culture.

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Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni in conjunction with revered Miami firm, Stantec is creating a place to call home that combines contemporary architecture and design with luxurious waterfront living. The property will include 111 condominiums and 15 single-family villas nestled in 7 acres of lush gardens, swimming pools, and a private marina.

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