The fascinating tale of the Palazzo Della Luna is intricately tied to Miami's own story of affluence and multifaceted growth and is set against the backdrop of an idyllic island oasis that's located just a few minutes from the Downtown corridor. In 1918 the man who developed Miami Beach, Carl Fisher, purchased a 216-acre barrier island from Miami's first African-American millionaire, Dana A. Dorsey. This beautiful luxury retreat became known as Fisher Island, and in the early 1920's it was the center of a high-stakes swap: William K. Vanderbilt II owned the 250-foot ultra-luxury yacht The Eagle and Carl Fisher fell in love with its sleek sporting capabilities. An agreement was made to exchange the luxury vessel for 7 acres of prime ocean paradise.
Vanderbilt used his prized piece of paradise to build the world-famous namesake 'Alva Base' Mansion on Fisher Island in 1936, and today it is the inspiration for the Palazzo Della Luna's breathtaking Mediterranean design. This 10-story development sits on the isle's last waterfront parcel and, just like the island itself, it is only accessible by auto-ferry, helicopter, or private yacht. Scheduled for a summer 2019 delivery, the unmatched Atlantic Ocean vistas, vibrant tropical landscapes, ultra-luxury status, and unparalleled services and amenities are already attracting an elite international client base who are interested in owning a piece of this heavenly sanctuary.
Sitting adjacent to its award-winning sister residence the Palazzo Del Sol, Palazzo Della Luna occupies 8 acres of lush, private land and is designed to provide residents with out-of-this-world panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, the downtown Miami skyline, South Beach, and Fisher Island golf course. The understated Mediterranean architectural elements of the building honor the enclave's bygone eras, and the lobby features terrazzo floors with subdued bas-relief walls that capture the flora and fauna of the island landscapes and waterscapes while showcasing a fusion of figurative and abstract tropical art scenes. A Central Park connects the two developments and features tranquil tea gardens, bocce ball courts, croquet green space, and a serene yoga lawn.
One of the most unique aspects of the Palazzo Del Sol development is its spirit of cooperation with the surrounding community. Children from the Fisher Island Day School competed in teams to design the kid's playroom at the luxury residences. Winning designs include a simulated Great Barrier Reef, a floating tiki hut, and a ship decked out with a compass, periscope, and telescope to help with navigation back to this beautiful island oasis.
Miami boasts an investment advantage among world-class cities, with proportionally lower price points for waterfront homes than cities such as New York and London. This has helped make the value of Palazzo Della Luna highly attractive to top-tier leaders of industry and entertainment from around the globe. Combine this with the fact that the development sits on Fisher Island's last remaining waterfront parcel at the juncture of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, in an ultra-private location that boasts one of the best property values in the nation, and it's easy to understand why international clientele have flocked to these residences since development began.
While Miami Real Estate offers a lot of interesting new condo projects, the understated island elegance permeates the homes of Palazzo Della Luna. Mediterranean-styled themes are prevalent throughout the spacious floor plans and are meant to be a nod to the timeless classical designs of the newly restored Vanderbilt Mansion that still stands as the centerpiece of the exclusive Fisher Island Club.
Deep-set terraces featuring fine porcelain flooring and full-height windows help meld interior and exterior spaces at the building while showcasing the incredibly diverse island, city, and water panoramas that these homes have to offer. The residences' elegant and contemporary floor-through designs are accented by wide-plank European oak flooring and everlasting book-match-styled marble bathrooms with special finishes. Rain showers and signature island soaking tubs in the master bath provide subtle Mediterranean touches to these exquisite homes.
Top-tier features and fixtures include the innovative custom Boffi 'Xila Collection' kitchens with Blum self-closing cabinets and dimmable LED lighting. Bohemian gray counters are set against Dornbracht faucets and exclusive custom cabinetry. Private elevator entries are featured in every home, and each penthouse exhibits summer kitchens, outdoor showers, and private pools, while select penthouses and residences will feature exquisite terraces designed by famed interior designer Enso Enea.
There are 50 three-to-seven-bedroom waterfront homes in the building, ranging in size from 3,724 to 10,194 square feet. These generous layouts appeal to both island and area residents as well as international buyers who enjoy gathering with their entire families at this exclusive and expansive urban oasis. Many pied-a-terre owners, as well as a selection of buyers seeking primary homeownership, are attracted to these ultra-exclusive, private luxury residences, penthouses, and lanai homes.
Climate-resilient features are integrated into every detail of craftsmanship, from high-efficiency cooling systems to 5 layers of element-resistance drywall. These state-of-the-art homes also showcase cutting-edge technology, such as high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections and multilayered electrical safeguards.
This project is made to effortlessly extend life into the serene and stunning outdoor spaces, with exotic tropical gardens filled with swaying palm trees, terraced pools, and a Central Park where homeowners can enjoy classical lawn games and holistic mind-body activities. A 4,000 square foot Sunset Pool and 1,750 square foot Sunrise pool feature two lap lanes and underwater banquette seating, with soothing steam and saunas for the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. The indoor butler-serviced Italian aperitivo bar adjoins the intimate library where homeowners can gather for socializing, while the cutting-edge media room offers screenings and space for private functions. All the interiors aim to seamlessly incorporate the breathtaking waterfront and island views so that residents can truly feel immersed in Palazzo Della Luna's heavenly tropical atmosphere.
The Palazzo Della Luna, along with Palazzo Del Sol, are Fisher Island's only 6-star residences, and they offer the ultimate in white glove services. No details are overlooked in providing homeowners with exquisite amenities that provide a luxurious retreat experience, starting with the multi-lingual concierge and 24-hour attendants, valets, and security. The unique sunrise and sunset infinity-edge pools feature underwater banquette seating and lush terraced landscaping. A luxury-appointed media room, business center with video-conferencing capabilities, and wireless service integration into pool terraces provide residents with top-tier work and event spaces. PDL Signature Garia golf carts are available for use at the Fisher Island golf course, and a kid's playroom designed by local fifth and sixth graders and the Kidville brand provides a fun space for creative imagination.
The holistic treatment center includes two aromatic massage suites, a beauty salon, his and hers spa cabanas with saunas, and an outdoor tranquility garden with a yoga lawn. The state-of-the-art fitness center was created exclusively for Palazzo Della Luna residents by The Wright Fit. The north lounge is set against the stunning ocean vistas with an Italian aperitivo bar and a cozy library for serene indoor relaxation. Residents even get to enjoy their own version of 'Central Park' surrounded by Coconut Palm trees, Seabreeze Bamboo, and Siam tulips. Membership to the elite and storied Fisher Island Club is part of the island's homeowner equity share program and includes access to the Vanderbilt Mansion clubhouse, restaurants, sporting facilities, and mile-long private beaches highlighted by white sand imported from the Bahamas.
Recently ranked by Bloomberg as having the highest concentration of wealth found anywhere in the United States, Fisher Island also holds the enviable position of being within just a few minutes of downtown Miami and South Beach and only 7 minutes by ferry from Miami Beach. This urban oasis is home to two marinas, including a deep-water option for vessels up to 250 feet, as well as a myriad of other engaging outdoor activities. Tennis courts abound on the island, and the 9-hole, 35-par championship golf course was designed by legendary course architect P.B. Dye. The private Beach Club that all Fisher Island homeowners have access to via the renowned Fisher Island Club is set against gorgeous emerald waters and provides breakfast and lunch service and a Sunset Bar that is perfect for social gatherings. There are several casual and fine dining restaurants both in the town center and within the elegant mansion walls, and the isle's highly coveted, top-ranked day school features educational curricula for students aged 2 through 8th grade.
This urban oasis is truly a world of its own, yet it is still within a stone's throw of the vibrant and engaging Miami cultural, entertainment, culinary, recreational, and social scenes, with quick access to nearby airports such as Miami International from the ferry, private yacht, or Fisher Island Heliport. The world-renowned galleries and shops of the Designer District are less than 10 miles away, as are Brickell Financial District, Museum Park, and the thriving downtown Miami epicenter.
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