For a long time, Surfside was a small, approachable little town by the sea. Yes, it was home to one of Miami’s few old bastions of faded aristocracy known as the Surf Club, and the entrance to Indian Creek Village, the island-sized escape where literally all of the approximately fifty homes are in the $10 million+ range. Oh, and it also always butted right up against the uber-deluxe Bal Harbour Village. Yet, Surfside has always been modest; much more like Miami Beach’s North Beach neighborhood, directly to the south, than anything else adjacent to it. That is until now. When the Surf Club was redeveloped as a Four Seasons and redone in grand style, that gigantic and extremely high-end project led a torrent of new ultra-luxury development in the area.
The latest to launch sales, on March 26th, is Arte, a sixteen unit property designed by Antonio Citterio, the designer behind Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, with Kobi Karp Architecture & Design. Kobi, based in Miami, also partnered with starchitect Richard Meier for the Surf Club. This Antonio’s first project in the U.S. and among his first residential designs in the world. The place is quite deluxe. Each unit at Arte is upwards of $10.215 million, and range in size from 3,150 to 7,550, all in a 12-story pyramid-shaped structure.
There will be a big red and very famous sculpture out front that says “ART,” by the artist Robert Indiana. He’s the guy that did the even more famous “LOVE” sculpture with the wonky “O.” It’s a really fabulous work of art for any building to have. However, a building named “Arte” with a sculpture out front that says “ART” will always lead to a little bit of confusion about the spelling of its name. Hey, it’s a conversation starter, right?
The building’s lobby will have art by Olafur Eliasson, and to the west of Collins Avenue will be a tennis court and residents’ lounge. In addition to that, the joint has an air-conditioned parking garage, which frankly is extremely unusual for Miami. Also rather unusual for Miami, there will be a pool inside the building. The 51-foot outdoor oceanfront pool will be complemented by a 75-foot heated indoor pool. The gym will be accompanied by a yoga garden and meditation pond. Up top, the triplex penthouse features a private rooftop, outdoor kitchen, and 23-foot pool with a wraparound pergola, for that little architectural flourish, lined in a luscious green quartzite stone.