Several years ago, I scouted a location for an early morning fashion shoot. I needed an incredibly scenic spot, a place with powerful city views as well as plenty of nature. In short, I needed a location that encapsulated the spirit of Miami. Where was this? It was on Watson Island – the site of what is supposed to be the future Island Gardens – home to luxury yachting, leisure, dining, retail, entertainment, residences, and a fine resort.
The development of Island Gardens began in 2001, with initial agreements being made with the city of Miami. Since then, many amendments have been made between the developer, Flagstone Group, Miami, and the state of Florida . Most recently, the Florida Cabinet gave their approval of the development. Currently, the only approval pending is from the City of Miami commissioners. If all goes according to plan, they will break ground for the luxury oasis in 2012.
The opportunities that would be created in the area by this development cause the imagination to run wild. With the Mac Arthur Causeway slated to one day feature two mega luxury destination properties with less than a two minutes’ drive between the two. Unquestionably, Miami would certainly be cemented as a major player in the world of luxury condominiums.
Some of Miami’s finest condominiums are within a 5 minutes distance from Watson Island. Don’t miss out on getting the scoop on:
BLUE: Featuring expansive bay views and heavenly extras, like an entertainment center, lounge, business room, banquet room, spa, heated pools, and a dog walking service to name a few!
601 N.E. 36th Street Miami, FL 33137 877-852-6636
ONE MIAMI: Live where Biscayne begins with Downtown Miami style – One Miami is in walking distance to Bayside and Bicentennial Park. The building has great features, like a cafe on the water, a fitness center, and top appliances and fixturing.
335 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33131 877-852-6636
THE FLORIDIAN: One of my favorite West Avenue buildings, The Floridian has some of the best bay and city views on the condo-lined street. Expect to find a fitness center that offers classes for residents, an in-house shop, heated pools, a business center, tennis courts, and more.
650 West Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 877-852-6636
Photo Credits: Island Gardens, OneMiamiDowntown