The cost of entry to ownership is extraordinary.
Fine cars and breathtaking architecture often go hand in hand. A recent Lamborghini special edition was inspired by Korea's traditional architecture, while serial car collector Manny Khoshbin made his many millions in real estate. Clearly, there is a tenuous link between the two worlds, but Aston Martin Residences is now bringing them closer together with a high-rise residential building on the Miami, Florida waterfront. The shape of the building is inspired by the aerodynamic principles employed to streamline cars as a way to minimize the impact of the coast's notorious coastlines, but there's much more to get amazed by than just the novel shape of the structure.
The building is made up of 391 condos in total with 66 floors, a few of which have been reserved for special uses, but more on that later. Designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger in collaboration with Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, this building is the first such venture by the British automaker and work first began in 2013. The exclusive building is not yet complete, but is already making news as the tallest residential building in Miami. Buyers can consider 698 square-foot studios or go all the way to a penthouse with as much as 10,463 square feet of space.
The River Residences are on the first floors, followed by the Panoramic Residences and finally the Sky Residences. Seven penthouses are on offer and, along with 30 other residences starting on the 15th floor, make up the Signature Collection.
Those who buy something from the Signature Collection will get the "full Aston Martin experience," with a choice between the Aston Martin DB11 Riverwalk Edition or a DBX SUV included as part of the purchase. These special models were specially created for the project, but when the condos start at $5.5 million, a free car with some snazzy touches sounds like par for the course.
Speaking with Mansion Global, Reichman says that the link between car and condo is clear: "It needed to be an impactful building, all the way down to the millimeters - every stitch on one of the door handles is the same number of stitches we'd apply to some of our car seats. There's an instant recognized smell, feel, [and] touch of an Aston Martin as soon as you approach the building."
Living here will be a joy, even with lockdowns. The 52nd floor plays host to a permanent art gallery, along with a business center and conference room, a game room, and two separate areas for younger children and teenagers. The next floor houses several spa and fitness centers, a barbershop, a beauty salon, and a boxing gym, while the 54th floor offers a cinema and a virtual golfing area. The 55th level features a cutaway from the building to allow for a massive infinity pool that is complemented by a sky bar and lounge, a grand salon, and even a private dining room.
Down below, the building also boasts access to a gorgeous marina, while those who prefer air travel can avail themselves of personal butler services. If you don't own a boat, the butler can arrange for one to take you on a cruise too.
For those who view a $6 million condo as beneath them, the triple penthouse that occupies the top three floors is the only option. It costs $50 million and comes with an example of the $2.3 million, track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. We assume that there must be a car lift to the penthouse, so you can still use or replace the Vulcan with a different showpiece exotic, but we doubt that anyone who buys a magnum opus penthouse with Aston Martin's name on it will be messing with the look and feel by putting a different brand of car there.
A few more floors remain to be built, but these should be complete by the end of the year. Let's hope we can hit the winning lottery numbers before then.