As many homebuyers rethink the advisability of living in a condominium due to COVID-19, a penthouse unit has hit the market in Sunny Isles Beach that might allay some of their fears.
The 6,684-square-foot duplex penthouse, listed for $16.5 million, is on the 44th and 45th floors of Porsche Design Tower, a 132-unit oceanfront condominium project at 18555 Collins Ave. that was completed in 2016.
The unit has an attached four-car “sky garage” that allows the owners to whisk their vehicle from the garage directly to their unit via an automated car elevator, thus avoiding the need to interact with a valet or come into contact with fellow residents in the lobby or a shared elevator. The sky garage also functions as a gallery for unit owners to display their trophy cars through a glass wall.
“Porsche Design Tower not only has privacy and security but the ability to use the car system to take the car right up to your unit,” said Joseph Zichelle, a real estate agent with Compass Florida LLC in Miami Beach, who holds the listing. “It’s touchless — you can use an app on your phone — so there’s no interaction with anyone, which is important now with COVID-19.”
The penthouse includes four bedrooms, five full and one half baths, office/gym, 21-foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, Ornare closets and a private Italian-tile pool on the balcony.
In addition, when designing the penthouse — which the owners purchased in August 2018 for $7.4 million and subsequently spent over $6 million to build it out to their custom specifications — they included an antibacterial and anti-virus UV air filtration system. It is the only unit in the building with that system, which improves the indoor air quality in the residence.
“There are no developer finishes in the unit — it is 100% custom,” Zichelle said. “It has features that most condominiums in Miami don’t have.”
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