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BY Michael Light / On February 23, 2023

 
It may look like a luxurious flying saucer rising from a 20-acre private island, but it is actually Ugo Colombo’s latest contribution to Miami’s shoreline. Vita at Grove Isle is preparing to begin construction soon, with completion scheduled for late 2024.

The project began at a snail’s pace, riddled with litigation from neighbors on Grove Isle who were not eager to have more neighbors on the private island. After changing hands to Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group, things ran more smoothly. Initially called The Markers, it underwent a complete redesign under the watchful eye of  Mr. Colombo, whose other contributions to the skyline include Epic Residences in Downtown Miami as well as Brickell Flatiron in the Financial District and Santa Maria along the quiet South Brickell waterfront. Despite being nearly 30 years old, the most affordable residence in Santa Maria is currently $2 million, but prices in the development routinely average in the $4-$6 million range.

Vita at Grove Isle has been scaled back to only 65 residences, so is meant to feel like single-family residences without the upkeep necessary for a stand-alone home. The 7-story project is actually 3 different buildings that wrap along the curve of the Biscayne Bay.

Being from Milan, Colombo prides himself in using only the highest-quality materials for every inch of his projects and this shows. Buildings in his portfolio tend to offer more longevity in their beauty and newness than some other projects. For instance, by looking at Epic Residences, you would never realize that this building is 15 years old this year. It appears just as new as Brickell Flatiron, which was completed in 2019.

“Each home will have unobstructed panoramic waterfront views and will offer estate-sized condominium living, featuring hand-picked finishes I’ve personally sourced from Italy,” Colombo says. “The care and quality in this project is only made possible through our philosophy of developing just one or two projects at a time—a rarity in Miami.”

Vita at Grove Isle in Coconut Grove Rendering
Vita at Grove Isle in Coconut Grove Rendering
Rendering of Vita at Grove Isle Balcony
Rendering of Vita at Grove Isle Balcony

At Vita, each residence will feature bookmatched marble, state-of-the-art designer appliances and cabinetry. Noce Canaletto wood paneling will adorn the walls of the powder rooms with sinks carved from Marquina marble. The atmosphere is tranquil, private and peaceful, with each elevator servicing only 2 residences per floor. This is perfect for people who are phasing out of high-upkeep single family homes but still expect a certain level of service and privacy.

Rendering of Vita at Grove Isle Kitchen
Rendering of Vita at Grove Isle Kitchen
Rendering of Vita at Grove Isle Dining Room
Rendering of Vita at Grove Isle Dining Room

Sales for the project began in late March of 2022, quickly selling 20% of the residences. Select inventory is still available with prices starting at $5 million. Layouts range from 2,500 square feet to 6,500 square feet with penthouses spanning 3,400 square feet to 6,600 square feet. The upper penthouses feature private rooftop terraces with full-sized swimming pools and summer kitchens, from $10 million.

Now that potential buyers see that the date of completion is in short sight, we expect that the remaining inventory will be signed for soon.

If you are interested in a presentation and specific pricing, please contact Michael Light, Broker and Executive Director of Luxury Sales at Douglas Elliman AND long-time Coconut Grove resident. You may reach Michael directly at (786) 566-1700 or via email at michael@miamiluxuryhomes.com.

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