Having been given a preview of KAR Properties' proposed ultra luxury tower designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly on the Miami River, One River Point, a friend of Gridics drooled over the service, saying it would be unlike anything else found in Miami. Hong Kong, yes he said, where a building's staff really knows how to make you happy, but not Miami.
The project, which recently began sales, is certainly very plush. Whether or not it brings a new level of luxury to Miami, it certainly brings it to the Miami River, a waterway which has seen a resurgence in recent years but is definitely still more than a little rough-and-tumble around the edges. Situated at a bend in the river that allows the building to orient itself toward Biscayne Bay, One River Point is actually two 60-story towers connected by a pedestal base and skybridge top, with a total of 350 units. The three-story skybridge is planned to contain a private club while the main pool on the lower amenity deck appears to flow over the side of the building, presenting an expansive waterfall 'flowing' into the river.
The club, which is optional for residents, has 20 private suites for club guests, a restaurant, private dining, spa with medical treatments set up by a well-known plastic surgeon (Non-invasive only, so not actual plastic surgery), bars, lounges, and glass elevators. Down below, for those residents electing not to join the club, 'regular' residential amenities are just as boffo. Around the pool-that-looks-like-a-waterfall-but-isn't, is a large fitness center managed by The Wright Fit and 'wellness center with treatment rooms' (to differentiate it from the 'medspa' upstairs), a poolside cafe, and children's indoor and outdoor play areas. There will be two triple-height residential lobbies. Finally, the building provides a vault, art storage, automated parking, and valet service for your car and your boat. Just like they do it in Hong Kong, perhaps.