Photos Courtesy of 1 Hotel & Residences South BeachThere are many things that come to mind when one thinks of South Beach, Miami: clear water, bronzed skin, perhaps an abundance of gold chains and white linen...but environmentally friendly services and products rarely top the list – that is, until now. The 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach will now offer residential luxury units operated by SH group (Starwood’s hotel management company) atop their 417-room hotel, designed around a firm eco-conscience.
1 Hotels was developed by Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group Chairman and the creator of the W Hotels and St. Regis hotel brands. Now this visionary is combining his talents with The LeFrak Organization’s real estate development team to bring the environmentally friendly property, 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach, to Miami.
Spending more than $100 million, 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach is determined to convert the current 1970’s structure into a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified and environmentally conscious structure. The standing property features 600 linear feet of beachfront and awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean, so there is already a good foundation on which to develop the residential homes.
The project will include 163 residential units that will range in size from 830 to 4,280 square feet with private terraces. Residences have been retrofitted with new energy efficient casement windows and sliding glass doors. Award-winning Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar is creating a fresh and creative design for common areas that stay in line with the brand's stance on sustainable products.
“This first branded residential property promises to be simply extraordinary. We will offer a new, improved way of living to eco-conscious residents who will have to sacrifice nothing. Our design uses the extraordinary natural beauty of the site and the gorgeous materials found in nature,” said Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO. “Though completely private, with a separate porte cochere and lobby, 1 owners will have full access and share all the services and amenities of the adjacent 1 Hotel. The 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach will seek to enrich and enhance our owners and guests lifestyles by presenting a property and services not found anywhere else.”
Other luxuries offered to 1 Hotel & Residences owners include four ocean view swimming pools (one of which is its famous roof top pool), a more than 40,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, great restaurants, fabulous shopping, and lavish 24-hour in-home dining and concierge services.