Marina Blue - Miami Luxury Condo

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Marina Blue

Even for experienced Miami Realtors, visiting new condos is always exciting.  I for one love to check out the finishes and the preliminary design flaws.  Then I tear them apart with my clients, from finish choices to distribution problems.

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Marina Blue, designed by none other than Arquitectonica.  Located at 888 Biscayne Boulevard, in what Miami Realtors refer to as ˜the gridlock, because it is right across from the American Airlines Arena, Bayside Marketplace, The Center for Performing Arts, the new Museum Park, and the exit to I-395 that takes you to Miami Beach.  I have to admit that the traffic is always a little intense, but what else do you expect for downtown Miami?

I figure if you dont want the action, excitement and traffic, this may not be the building for you.  On a positive note, you do have the People-Mover right behind the building that takes you through downtown Miami and possibly to the talked about Wholefood Market Place that is rumored to be built nearby.  The concept of this grouping of buildings which include:

The Marquis, Ten Museum Park, 900 Biscayne and Marina Blue

Is Green Urbanism - walkable communities close to everything, close to the action and with good public transportation.

I admit I was impressed with the finishes and the scale of the spaces.  The lobby was austere and grand, the hallways were not finished, doors not painted (but we expect that from a newly finished building) and the common areas almost completed.  The skybeach, although a sexy concept, in my opinion will not last long. (the wind is always powerful and to keep the sand off the interior common areas is going to be tough) - I hope they prove me wrong.

Marina Blue - Sky Beach

Heres some pictures of the pool areas and their views:

Marina Blue pool Marina Blue North Pool

Marina Blue pool

Marina Blue beach deck and putting green

We saw a one bedroom unit on the 5th floor and even that one had an amazing view:

Marina Blue view

Marina Blue Kitchen Marina Blue Living Room with view

Marina Blue bathroom

The kitchen finishes were not impressive and the choice of granite not my favorite, but the master bath was great and left nothing to be desired (with marble floor and counters, double raised sinks with designer faucets, bidet, and huge shower called a ˜wet room).

Lastly, here’s a picture of the lobby (I have to tell you that the concierge was a little nervous to be included in the photo). The use of stone, exposed concrete, wood and light was absolutely perfect!! (there are some unfinished planter looking thingies that don’t need to be there, I’ll see what they turn into).

Marina Blue Lobby

Here are the developer specs for the building:

MarinaBlue is a spectacular 60-story curvilinear landmark featuring spacious 1, 2, and 3-bedroom floorplans, including gorgeous penthouses and lofts¦ all complemented by world-class amenities, including the unique and extraordinary SkyBeach.

Amenities and Services:

  • Beautiful reception lobby with custom-made furnishings
  • Spectacular views from every unit, with full width balconies, and floor-to-ceiling glass for unobstructed views
  • Concierge and valet services
  • Private storage facilities
  • Semi-private high speed elevators
  • Private Cyber Center, a separate conference and communications facility with state-of-the-art business equipment and small meeting capability

SkyBeach Features:

  • Stunning pool looking over Biscayne Bay
  • Lap pool, beach volleyball, barbecue
  • Lush tropical garden, plunge pool
  • Indoor-Outdoor Skylounge and party room with bay views
  • Fully-equipped Game Room, fitness and cardio center
  • Yoga-Aerobics studio with lofted ceiling and glass-wall view over Biscayne Bay

Residence Features:

  • 9 high ceiling with smooth finish, 10 high in the upper floors, 18 high in the lofts
  • Pre-wired for ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Pre-wired for cable television and phones in bedrooms and living areas
  • Pre-wired for high-speed data
  • Energy-saving, impact resistant glass
  • Ventilated closet shelving system
  • High-efficiency heating and air-conditioning system
  • Fire sprinklers and smoke detectors
  • Solid core entry door

Custom Kitchen and Bath Features:

  • The elegant kitchens are appointed in a style that matches the beauty of the building and features granite counters, European-style cabinets, stainless steel sink and full capacity washer and dryer
  • Designer appliances
  • The fantastic Master Bath is a retreat within your home in the sky, and features marble floor, double sink vanity with marble top and raised sinks with designer fixtures
  • Complementing your Master Bath retreat is a resort-style ˜Wet Room with shower and bathtub enclosed in glass
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hey Ines:

Good to see you (and Rick) back. Business must be good. Love this building. Sounds like a neat area if you want to be where the action is.

Jeff 

May 04, 2008 05:11 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Wow Jeff - I didn't expect anyone to comment since I've been so distant (but I do lurk).  This is an amazing building and so excited that it's finally finished.  (Business is great....can't complain)
May 04, 2008 05:13 PM #2
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Jay McGillicuddy
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The views are great and I too love looking at waterfront properties even from up here in NH.
May 04, 2008 10:32 PM #3
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Neal Bloom
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I like the architecture of the building itself...I'm not really in that area but I'm sure it will fill up quickly.

May 05, 2008 12:06 AM #4
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Lori Gilmore
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Love, love, love the sinks in the master bath!!!  Thanks for sharing Ines. . .I sooo enjoy the architecture in your area!
May 05, 2008 02:10 AM #5
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Hey Jay!  I haven't posted at AR is a while, so it feels good for people to visit.  The views are amazing and the energy of the place even better.

Neal - The 4 buildings are pretty spectacular and although a lot of speculators bought in pre-construction, it only means that there are deals in those buildings now for others.  I think the last time I checked they had closed 10% of their sales.

Lori - I've been visiting a lot of these new buildings and the finishes are not the best and most people will rip out kitchens and baths - Marina Blue at least spent money in the master baths and they would certainly work for me.

May 05, 2008 02:38 AM #6
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Wow...look at those views and pics!  Wonderful presentation and glad to see you....(I saw you pop up on my subscribed list this am and said cool ...she's back!)
May 05, 2008 05:20 AM #7
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Sally - I would love to have more time to spend here, I miss a lot of my AR friends (you included), but there's just so many hours in a day (wait 'till you see what TLW, Jeff T and I have in store....you guys are going to love it).
May 05, 2008 05:41 AM #8
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Ines,

Wow, that's quite a post.

You have some absolutely fabulous photos in this one. Being from SoCal we don't have the white puffy clouds here very often, so they look great! BTW, interesting sinks in the bathroom. And the people mover...just like Disneyland 40+ years ago, it seemed so far out into the future and here we are.

May 05, 2008 10:48 AM #9
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Ines, I could not believe my eyes when I saw you pop up on my screen.  IT IS GREAT TO SEE YOU IN THE RAIN!!! :) :) :)
May 05, 2008 01:23 PM #10
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Lynda - I took them with my little Kodak, but thanks.  Here's a picture of the people mover (to think Disney came up with the concept! LOL)

George!! you are too cool.  I figured I would go unnoticed....talk about being wrong. 

May 05, 2008 01:38 PM #11
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Ines you could not go unnoticed even if you grew a mustache like me and cut your hair like Rick.  It is really, really great seeing you.  You have been missed :)
May 05, 2008 01:48 PM #12
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Ines: I lurk too! Nice photos, but somebody wrote all over them! ;-)

Boomer 

"bunya-bunya?" 

May 06, 2008 08:01 AM #13
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George - you think??

LURKER JACK!!!  woooo hoooo! I knew it! (I got dangleberry......don't like those at all)

May 06, 2008 08:13 AM #14
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Ines you would make a great looking guy ............. LOL

But even so you look much, much better as a woman :)

May 06, 2008 10:04 AM #15
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I am so glad you think so George.....I feel GREAT as a woman! ;)
May 06, 2008 10:14 AM #16
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Katrina Madewell
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it still amazes me how much Miami has changed over the last several years, like ten to twenty years...  beautiful photos beautiful beaches beautiful homes

May 13, 2008 05:46 PM #17
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Ines - love the photos and all your work - great post thanks for sharing - love your work!!

May 14, 2008 04:12 PM #18
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