Over the Top Oceanside

While the city of Bal Harbour has long been a South Florida icon in luxury lifestyle, a new high in that standard will likely be reached there when Oceana Bal Harbour is completed.

Replacing what once was the famed Bal Harbour Club, the 28-floor, 240-oceanfront-unit project will offer 25 floors of mixed one, two, three and four bedroom apartments with maid quarters, plus one floor with four penthouses and two floors with four duplex upper-penthouses. Set for completion in December, units are priced from $2 million, with maintenance fees of 95 cents per square foot.

Oceana Bal Harbour’s amenities include five-star international concierge and building services; advanced high-tech, multi-level security throughout; high speed elevators with separate service elevator; valet parking with two levels of underground parking; private storage and bicycle area; smart building with personal worldwide access to residence functions and building services; and beach and poolside services.

The building’s most impressive architectural feature is its 60-foot-tall breezeway, which connects Oceana’s ocean and bay facades. Stunning art installations by world-renowned artist Jeff Koons, which will be displayed in the beachside gardens and the reflecting pool area, are meant to highlight the breezeway.

The tower is parallel to the beach, so all residents have spectacular views that include the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, Bal Harbour Marina and Miami’s city skyline.  

Oceana’s developer Consultatio says the company is spending about 15 percent more than competing luxury developments to deliver first-class soundproofing features. For example, the entire building is wrapped with two layers of insulated glass with a one-inch air gap.

The building is the first LEED certified residence in Bal Harbour.  

The all-glass tower, designed by Arquitectonica, is being created with expansive green space, which includes a landscaped garden, an Olympic and leisure pool, tennis courts and 400 feet of beach access.

About 50 percent of the community’s land is used for green space in a park-like setting designed by master landscape architect Enzo Enea. He is forgoing the typical Miami landscaping style and not using palm trees. His use of trees, reflection pools and manicured lawns will instead evoke images of the gardens of Versailles. 

Oceana’s public areas are an extension of its exterior expression. The lobbies run parallel to the breezeway, with tall ceilings that announce arrival. The public spaces all open to the gardens, pools and beach. Pierro Lissoni, the interior designer, has capitalized on the building geometry that fits with his classic modernist approach. 

Noteworthy design features also include the underground parking garage, rare in Miami buildings because of water levels. Consultatio says it is spending about four times as much for its parking garage, which will take just as much time to build (about a year) as the entire rest of the building. ?

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



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.