The King Cole Condo is one of those architecturally unique buildings that you cannot help noticing. It was designed by a protégé of Morris Lapidus, who designed the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc, and is considered one of the originators of MiMo or Miami Modern Architecture, which began in the 1950's and 1960's. The King Cole is 11 stories tall with over 280 units that include a few studios, mostly one and two bedroom units, several penthouses and a 32 slip private marina.
In the midst of a four million dollar renovation, we insiders believe that the King Cole is one of the best values in Miami Beach. Of course, it may take a few years to realize this. There are many good buys right now. Two bedroom apartments have over 1,500 square feet of living space not including the balconies; one-bedroom condos have between 920 square feet and 1,135 square feet of interior living space; studios typically have about 678 square feet. With its oversize apartments and floor-to-ceiling windows, many homeowners there relish the unique sense of space that exists there. Only a half mile from the beach, the new balconies, soon-to-be updated interiors and several other improvements promise to make this a great place to live.
The King Cole was built in 1964 and over the last several years has slowly undergone an extensive renovation. The boring terraces have been replaced by a modern smoked glass design giving the building a much more updated look. The unique rounded building has a marina with a few dozen dock slips with some as long as 80 feet. The pool is very large (and heated for those cool mornings or chilly evenings) and overlooks the intra-coastal as well as Allison Island and La Gorce Island, which is a panorama that is always pleasant to view.
The King Cole apartments are made of thick concrete block like the good old days, so you actually cannot hear your neighbors - what a concept! I know this, because my wife and I own a condo there and live there year-round. We chose this building over two years ago, because of its very large apartments, proximity to the water, its large bedrooms, large closets and floor-to-ceiling windows and of course the water views. Another reason we chose it is that my wife, Cristina, has had her eye on this building since we moved down to Miami over 6 years ago. Every time we passed it she would always remark how the architecture was really cool and reminded her of modern Brazilian architecture.
I should also mention that Cristina is an exceptional architect and interior designer (of course I am not biased). See below for an example of her work. She does mainly residential interior design; however, she has done several other commercial projects as well. When you live with an architect and interior designer you cannot help but appreciate the different buildings and their architecture, especially, in Miami Beach with its many stunning buildings.
The neighborhood, Normandy Isle, is located in the North Beach section of Miami Beach, and the sectionw here the King Cole is located is being considered for addition to the National Register for Historic Places. Normandy Isle's street names are mainly French in their origin. The main street is 71st Street, which over one mile west becomes the JFK Causeway and runs into North Bay Village. Normandy Isle is a residential area that has several good restaurants, several interesting stores, the best ice cream/gelato store around, Dulce Leche, and a farmers market every Saturday.
For more information on Interior Design, click here to see Cristina's work or contact her directly at 786.280.6200 or email her.