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Calm in Chaos

Louver House offers a rare South Beach experience

By Leslie Kraft Burke

When we think of South Beach living, the first pictures that often come to mind involve all-night dance parties and a daily parade of beachside eye candy. That’s not the only way to do it, though.

By the end of the first quarter of 2017, real estate investment firm Mast Capital hopes to complete Louver House, a 12-residence community built on the site of an old cottage at Third Street and Meridian Avenue in the South of Fifth neighborhood. The developer broke ground for the project in December.

To design Louver House, Camilo Miguel Jr., founder and CEO of Mast Capital, brought on award-winning architect Rene Gonzalez. It’s meant to be a boutique-style condominium that blends with the existing South of Fifth art deco and midcentury architectural environment, while translating the elements of the surrounding historic neighborhood into a contemporary design.

Just three stories high, Louver House is also designed to complement the neighborhood’s natural landscape of tropical vegetation and the sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, says Gonzalez, who has received two National American Institute of Architecture (AIA) awards, 12 Miami AIA awards and one Florida AIA award.

“Like all of my work, Louver House is designed to both reflect and respond to its environment,” Gonzalez says. “It is for those who appreciate all that South Beach offers, but who also appreciate serenity and quiet. The building embraces the tropical qualities of the South of Fifth neighborhood and reinterprets them for contemporary living.”

Louver House’s three-bedroom units, which are priced from $2.5 million to $6 million, range in size from 2,088 to 2,432 square feet. Many have expansive balconies that can be as large as 36 feet long and 22 feet wide to accommodate the popular trend of indoor/outdoor living in South Florida. All residences will be outfitted with unique kitchens from luxury Brazilian designer Ornare.

Amenities include a stunning open-air lobby that incorporates aspects of the cottage that used to be on the property, concierge and security services, private parking underneath the building, a rooftop garden with an infinity pool, an outdoor yoga garden, a fitness center and electric vehicle charging facilities.

Artwork in Louver House’s private garden will be by internationally acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner, who is renowned for numerous public art installations, including a 1.25-mile-long bronze and mother-of-pearl inlaid concourse at Miami International Airport.

Sales of Louver House units, which are being handled by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, are 50 percent complete, Mast Capital officials say.

“We have very diverse buyers,” says Anna Sherrill, Louver House’s director of sales. “Many are looking to move to Miami Beach permanently, so we’re thrilled that they saw that opportunity in Louver House and in South of Fifth.”

The property’s concept is unique, not just for its ability to provide a quiet lifestyle in South Beach, but for other reasons as well.

“Louver House stands out because it has a single-family home feeling, where you have the benefits of privacy in an intimate community,” says Miguel. “It’s humbling that buyers have been so receptive to that vision.” 

Louver House will have 12 residences
Louver House will have 12 residences
The rooftop garden includes an infinity pool
The rooftop garden includes an infinity pool

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.