The 5 Most Luxurious Condo Buildings in Downtown Miami
Jun 23, 2022 June 23, 2022
Downtown is, and continues to evolve as, one of Miami’s top neighborhoods, especially because of its central location to all that Miami has to offer, its views of Biscayne Bay, and its major public transportation hubs. In recent months, developers have been delivering world-class projects with unmatched luxuries in this urban core.
Today, a host of ultra-luxury buildings call Downtown Miami home, and we’ve listed the 5 Most Luxurious Condo Buildings in the neighborhood that set the bar for top-notch living. We’ve also included a few bonus pre-construction condo buildings that will provide even more luxurious lifestyle options for you to choose from if you’re looking to move to Miami or invest in this international city.
Last updated on June 23, 2022
Why Choose Downtown Miami?
Downtown is home to some of Miami’s best art, culture, shopping, entertainment, and social hotspots. It not only ties for #1 on our 11 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Miami report, but is also the best neighborhood in terms of offering public transportation options with access to the Brightline, Metromover, Metrorail, Tri-rail, free Trolleys, and more.
Living in Downtown Miami, residents get easy access to the iconic FTX Arena (formerly AmericanAirlines Arena), notable Perez Art Museum, Frost Museum of Science, HistoryMiami Museum, James L. Knight Center, newly renovated Flagler Street, open-air Bayside Marketplace (currently being upgraded) and Marina, expansive Bayfront Park, a Miami-Dade College Campus, plus a wide range of pocket-friendly to high-end restaurants. It’s also right next door to the financial hub of Brickell plus the Arts and Entertainment District with the Adrienne Arsht Center.
And soon, the mega Miami Worldcenter will add a city within a city to this booming area, offering 300K sq. ft. of retail, 500K sq. ft. of expo space, up to 500K sq. ft. of office space, plus a health and medical center, turning Downtown Miami into an even more desirable place to call home.
So, where are the best places to live here? Read on to find out…
The Best of the Best Condos in Downtown
5. Marquis – 1100 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown
Average list price: $836 per square foot
Built in 2009 and designed by celebrated firm Arquitectonica, this condo-hotel across from Biscayne Bay and Museum Park houses 292 exquisitely finished residential units across its 64 floors. Its hotel component is designed to be a European-style boutique establishment. Living at the Marquis, residents get access to the hotel services, an 8,000 sq. ft., two-story signature Rock Resorts spa and fitness center, sunrise and sunset pools, juice and snack bar, fine-dining restaurant, 14th floor open-air Sky Pool deck with Asian-inspired water gardens, whirlpools and towel service.
4. 900 Biscayne Bay - 900 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown
Average list price: $892 per square foot
Built in 2008, 900 Biscayne Bay sits overlooking the lush Museum Park and stunning bay waters in Downtown’s Park West neighborhood. Designed by the award-winning Revuelta Vega Leon Architects, the waterfront high-rise stands 63 stories tall with 516 luxury residences. Anchored by multiple restaurants and a cafe on its ground floor, the tower also affords access to a 3-story lobby by Sam Robin, lap and resort-style pools, a full-service spa, a children’s room, a piano bar with kitchen, a theater room, and more.
3. Epic Residences – 200 Biscayne Blvd Way, Downtown
Average list price: $918 per square foot
This waterfront condo tower set on the edge of the Miami River and across the bridge to Brickell rises 54 stories, and features 342 luxury residences ranging from 800 - 3,800 square feet, not including sweeping balconies. Residents enjoy exclusive access to the Epic Hotel’s amenities and services. Other amenities include signing privileges at the signature restaurant (the world-class Zuma), bar lounge, pool, and spa, in-residence spa and salon treatments, children’s playroom, private boat slips, pet services, in-residence botanical services, and many other attentive services by the trained staff of Epic Hotel.
2. Paramount Miami Worldcenter – 851 NE 1st Avenue
Average list price: $1,085 per square foot
Part of the Miami Worldcenter mega-development in the heart of Downtown Miami, this is the condo “tower with the most amenities in the world.” Rising 59 stories with more than 500 luxury residences, the supertall is designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects with inviting interiors by ID & Design International.
Some standout amenities include several levels of fitness and leisure activities, including a soccer field, tennis courts, resort-style pools, yoga deck and a conservatory, outdoor lounge, outdoor bath gardens, game room, golf simulator, children's playground, dog park, and much more.
And the Winner of the Best Condo in Downtown in Terms of Luxury Goes To…
1. One Thousand Museum – 1000 Biscayne Blvd
Average List Price: $2,141 per square foot
Zaha Hadid’s ultimate vision and her first (and sadly last) residential venture in the western hemisphere, this iconic scorpion-like structure houses 83 ultra-luxurious units within its 62 floors. Promising a six-star lifestyle and home to celebrities and professional athletes, including Victoria and David Beckham, amenities here include a rooftop helipad with private lounge for residents, multimedia theater, triple-height Sky Lounge for entertaining, double-height aquatic center with indoor pool, two-level spa and wellness center featuring access to indoor-outdoor activity areas, the Sun & Swim terrace with towel service, plunge pools and a relaxation lounge, plus three parking spaces per unit.
Premium Pre-Construction Condos to Watch Out for in Downtown
E11even Hotel and Residences – 20 NE 11th Street, Downtown
Miami’s hottest club makers, E11even Partners along with PMG have created the first-ever “24/11 residential entertainment” concept in Miami’s Downtown. Designed by Sieger Suarez with interiors by New York’s Avro Ko, this skyscraper of a condo-hotel will rise 65 stories with 400 fully furnished, high-end units. Besides short-term rental options, residents will have access to amenities such as a 20,000-square-foot, multi-level E11even Day Club with temperature-controlled plunge pools, a 2,200-square-foot pool, and cabanas. The luxury condo-hotel is also set to feature a wellness center, gourmet food hall, sports lounge, beach club, and art installations.
E11even Beyond – 40 NE 11th Street
Sister tower and neighbor to the sold-out E11even Hotel and Residences, E11even Beyond will carry the same creative team as the first, along with a one-way bridge access to the luxurious amenities at its sister tower. Residents of this 65-story, 461-unit building will further benefit from a highly exclusive, “members-only” experience (not accessible from its sister tower). Highlight amenities exclusive to ‘Beyond’ residents will include a helipad, a resort-like sun lounge deck with a 93-foot pool, a high-tech fitness center, plus an E11EVEN Residences Beyond Members Social Club.
Aston Martin Residences – 300 Biscayne Blvd Way
Powered by Bond’s favorite car brand, the almost-complete Aston Martin tower features 391 ultra-luxury units within its 66 floors. Its standout feature is the use of Aston Martin-inspired colors, textures and finishes across the building. The superior set of amenities offered at this waterfront development includes an art gallery, teen center, business center and kids’ playroom at level 52.
On the 53rd floor, residents will find a bayfront fitness center, bar, a meditation room, full-service spa, beauty salon and barbershop. Level 54 is home to two theaters, virtual golf and a secondary lobby. Level 55 is dedicated to an infinity-edge pool and deck, bar, spa, grand living room, secondary lounge, chef’s kitchen and more. Other amenities at this outstanding structure include a superyacht marina, rooftop helipad, and an exclusive Aston Martin Club membership.
Waldorf Astoria – 300 Biscayne Blvd
Bringing all of its historic 5-star luxuries and services to set the bar for superior living, this astounding supertall condo-hotel, built like stacking blocks, will accommodate 400 exceptional residential units within 100 floors. Approved to be Miami’s tallest building, residents can expect to find a pool and sun deck, world-class health spa, children’s activity room, private screening room, a ground-level atrium for shopping and dining as well as access to Waldorf’s exceptional hotel services at this ultra-luxury, waterfront tower.
Casa Bella by B&B Italia - 1400 Biscayne Boulevard
Technically in the Arts & Entertainment District, but practically in Downtown, Related Group’s Casa Bella will deliver the “Art of Italian Living in Miami.” Designed by Arquitectonica with interiors and curations by starchitect Piero Lissoni, the boutique tower will rise 57 stories with 306 luxury residences. Boasting B&B Italia furnishings in its common spaces and B&B Italia finishes in units, the tower will feature no more than 7 residences per floor. Standout amenities will include a 60th-floor sky pool, terrace and observatory, a 12th-floor pool deck with Italian-inspired gardens, pickleball court, 360 wellness center, game room, children’s playground, cinema, wine room, museum-quality art, “while you’re away” services, pet spa, and more.
Okan Tower – 555 N Miami Avenue
Rising 70 stories to offer unobstructed bay and city views, the structure of the Okan Tower is inspired by tulips and is designed by local architects, Behar Font. Housing 362 luxury condos along with hotel and office space, the tower brings with it amenities such as three swimming pools including a sky pool, pool bar with outdoor lounge, private screening room, full-service spa with Hammam, whirlpools and treatment rooms, party/event room, multipurpose room with chef’s kitchen, fully-staffed kids’ club, multiple on-site restaurants, in-home dining and spa treatments and much more.
How Safe is Downtown?
Coastal Miami is generally very safe. As Downtown Miami grows and expands to become a luxury destination, more and more pockets of vacant or undeveloped areas that in prior years may have had typical minor urban crime are now making way for luxury developments. This urban core gets an ‘A-’ in ‘Good for Families,’ ‘A’ in ‘Diversity,’ ‘A+’ in ‘Nightlife,’ and ‘A’ in ‘Commute’ on niche.com. This, coupled with ranking 5th on the ‘Best Neighborhoods to Live in Miami,’ 4th on ‘Best Places for Young Professionals in Miami-Dade,’ and 5th on ‘Best Places to Raise a Family in Miami’ on the same website, shows that this dynamic city core is a great place to live, work, and build a life with an extensive list of upcoming housing options.
Best Restaurants in Downtown
Zuma at the EPIC hotel
Downtown is definitely one of the hottest dining destinations in Miami. With a restaurant for every kind of foodie and budget, here are some of the highest-rated eateries in the neighborhood:
- CVI.CHE 105 sets the bar high for Peruvian and seafood in the city
- Il Gabbiano delivers the best of fine Italian dining by the water
- Fratelli Milano is a cozy, family-owned restaurant serving classic, mouthwatering Italian
- Zuma at the EPIC hotel is an award-winning, waterfront Japanese restaurant and sushi bar where you could run into the likes of a Kardashian to Will Smith
- Toro Toro is a Pan-Latin steakhouse and tapas bar, where locals swear by the Nikkei (smorgasbord of meats)
- Vero is popular for serving the best Margherita pizza and other Italian delights in an intimate setting
- Meraki Greek Bistro is a top pick for Greek fare, with locals swearing by its authentic Greek salad, lamb gyro pita, and saganaki
- Motek Cafe is an Israeli eatery, best for when you crave falafel, shakshuka, or shawarma
- Bali Café is the safest bet for Asian fusion and Indonesian specials like nasi goreng or laksa
- All Day is for those who take their coffee concoctions seriously, plus an all-day breakfast menu
- NIU Kitchen is a quaint joint for Catalan cuisine and its Spanish small plates
- Soya E Pomodoro is the go-to place for fresh pasta, but trying their jumbo shrimp or braised lamb shank won’t hurt either
- Jar + Fork is the best bet for the health-conscious, with their smoothies, cold-pressed juice, and comfort food
- Swagat Indian Kitchen in the 900 Biscayne condo tower does justice to all those Indian flavors with a fiery chicken tikka masala and tandoori lamb chops
- Pollos & Jarras has some of the best Peruvian rotisserie chicken, Lomo Saltado, Pollo a la Brasa, and skirt steak
- Jaguar Sun brings its time-tested Italian flavors and winning martini-pasta-ice cream sandwich combination to a new location in Downtown
Shopping in Downtown
The shopping scene in Downtown Miami is in for a grand revamp. The newly renovated Flagler Street is taking shape as a pedestrian-friendly shopping mecca with lush, festival-style boulevards, and several outdoor cafes. The open-air Bayside Marketplace too is under renovation, gearing up for an upscale upgrade as it will welcome more high-end retail once complete.
The upcoming Miami Worldcenter is expected to bring an additional 765,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, and entertainment to the mix, which will completely revitalize the shopping scene in this central neighborhood.
As of now, in addition to plenty of authentic cafe con leches, you’ll find a Starbucks on NW 1st Street, SW 1st Street, and Chopin Plaza for your daily cup of joe, while Whole Foods is at SE 3rd Ave.
You will also find a good range of mom-and-pop stores, major retail brand names, boutique stores, and luxury jewelers peppered across Downtown Miami.
The Best Located Condo in Downtown
Epic Residences – 200 Biscayne Blvd Way, Downtown
Average list price: $683 per square foot
We find Epic Residences to be one of the best-located condo buildings in Downtown Miami for now (until the Aston Martin Residences are ready). Overlooking the dynamic Miami River, it sits right across the bridge to the financial district of Brickell. It is also within walking distance from the James L. Knight Center, Brickell City Centre, a Whole Foods, a Silverspot Movie Theater, the Bayfront Marketplace and Marina, two Metromover stations, and some of the highest-rated restaurants in Downtown and Brickell - making it a highly convenient spot to call home.
If you’re looking for more amenity-rich luxury buildings in Downtown for sale, browse through our selection and let us know what you’d like to see.