Landing, North Miami, Joins Trend Toward
I & II (left), Towers III & IV (right)
the developers of Biscayne Landing were pondering
what type of residential property would work best
on the 2,000-acre preserve in North Miami, Florida,
what immediately came to mind was condo high-rises.
Swerdlow Group and Boca Developers had only to look
at construction trends around the country combined
with the impressive population growth in South Florida
realize the natural choice for Biscayne Landing was
across the country are seeing a renaissance of downtown
living, and, in every center-city ZIP code, some of
the most desireable addresses tower above the urban
buildings often include on-site amenities such as
concierge service, restaurants, pools and spas. Some
are combined with luxury hotels, and some cater to
the very well-heeled. For example, Trump Tower Tampa
condos range from $700,000 to more than $6 million.
Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban
Habitat which monitors skyscraper construction worldwide
recently announced recently that developers in 2004
were focused on building high-rise residential condos,
with only a minimal amount of attention going to high-rise
office buildings. The Council expects to see a continuation
of that trend over the next five years.
developer Donald Trump is a prime example. His holdings
include some of Manhattan's most prestigious residential
towers and a luxury condo tower in Las Vegas.
lure of luxury is often touted as the reason people
choose to live in high-rises. "I think one of
the reasons that people have decided to live in tall
towers once again is the luxury services and amenities
they receive, not to mention the great views,"
Donald Trump said.
projects around the nation aren't "high-rise"
by Manhattan or Chicago standards, but they often
dwarf other buildings in their area. While no one
organization keeps statistics on the boom in high-rise
living, anecdotal evidence exists in many major cities
around the country. Consider these examples:
Denver developers will soon begin construction on
a 50-story downtown skyscraper that will house a
five-star Four Seasons hotel and the most expensive
condos in city history. It will be one of the city's
In downtown Milwaukee, construction is underway
on two luxury condo projects. The 33-story Kilbourn
Tower will offer condos for $700,000-$2.8 million,
and the 34-story University Club Tower will have
condos most of which are priced over $1.5 million.
They will be Wisconsin's tallest residential buildings.
Portland, Maine, has its own downtown condo boom.
Among the proposed projects is 12-story Waterview,
which will have 94 units priced from $250,000 to
$475,000. It is scheduled to open in 2007.
In 1989 Seattle voters banned skyscrapers over 45
stories. Now, Mayor Greg Nickels is encouraging
the development of high-rise residential buildings
as part of an effort to double the downtown residential
population over the next 20 years.
Las Vegas is in the middle of an unprecedented surge
in high-rise condos. On average, more than 1,000
people a month place deposits on condos. About 20,000
units in 122 buildings have been approved. Nine
buildings are currently under construction. "We're
undergoing the Manhattan-ization of Las Vegas,"
real estate consultant Stephen Bottfeld said.
quintessentially suburban places are participating
in the trend. In Orange County, Calif., south of
Los Angeles, more than 6,500 high-rise condos are
under construction or on the drawing board.
On Long Island, one of America's first suburbs,
Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates and
owner of the New York Islanders hockey franchise,
wants to build a 60-story condo-hotel that would
be Nassau County's tallest skyscraper.
is of course no stranger to downtown high-rises. Yet
it is currently seeing unprecedented growth in the
market. More than 70 projects have either just been
built, are under construction or planned for the next
Landing is by far the largest high-rise residential
project expected to contain a total of 6,000 residences
a small percentage of which will be townhomes.
Landing is being noted for the substantial amenities
it will include, such as a 35-acre park with miles
of hiking trails; a 100,000sq. ft. town center with
shops, restaurants and offices; neighborhood schools,
playgrounds, pools, tennis, a luxury hotel, and connecting
trails to Oleta River State Park, Florida's largest
urban recreational area.