Tranquil Allison Island, a lozenge-shaped island to the north of 63rd street, features luxurious waterfront single-family homes on large lots ranging from 16,000 to 24,000 square feet with 75 to 100 linear feet on the water. Situated on Indian Creek or the Intracoastal Waterway, Allison Island’s homes have no fixed bridges to the ocean and appeal to boat-owners who like the fact that they can reach open water quickly. Private docks, landscaped gardens, pools and some private tennis courts are a given. Besides its spacious and convenient location, close to Miami Beach shopping and other amenities, the gated island boasts a peaceful atmosphere and strong sense of community. Homes on Allison Island are highly sought-after and few are on the market at any one time.
Aqua occupies 8.5 acres on the south side of Allison Island across 63rd Street surrounded by the calm waters of Indian Creek. The one-of-a- kind enclave features an innovative blend of modern architecture and traditional urbanism, complemented by total privacy and security. The private, pedestrian-friendly community was created from the ground- up based on a master plan conceived by Miami-based New Urbanism pioneers Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ ) The residences were designed by 10 independent, talented architects from Miami and New York and created in the modernist tradition with references to Miami Beach’s historic streamline style.
Open spaces, natural light, water views and tropical breezes are integral to the design of Aqua’s condos and town homes. On-site amenities include swimming pools, a spa, an executive business center, boat docks and children’s play room as well as concierge and valet. Small landscaped green spaces create pocket parks throughout. Residents also enjoy a waterfront promenade and jogging path circumventing the island.
The island (the former site of St. Francis Hospital) was transformed with three mid-rise condo buildings rising up to 11 stories and referencing the high-rise condo towers of Collins Avenue to the east. The three buildings (William) Chatham, (Alison) Spear and (Alexander) Gorlin are each named for their architects, and offer a total of 101 condominium units, lofts and penthouses of varying sizes. All feature high ceilings, private patios or eight- foot wide wrap-around balconies and expansive water views. A 330-space parking garage serves owners
Aqua’s 46 town homes of three- and four-stories, blend visually with the single-family homes across the water to the west. Every street ends at the water so all houses share a water vista with no distinction between waterfront and dry lots. Garage doors and services (trash collection, etc. are tucked away in alleyways at the rear of homes. The town-homes with private garages, are as diverse as their architects but blend happily into a multi-layered sequence.