As the options for luxury residences in South Florida continue to multiply, some are just more heavenly than others.
Penthouse 47 at the Mansions at Acqualina is also fittingly known as Palazzo del Cielo. Comprising 9,000 square feel under air and additional 2,500 square feet outdoors, the sprawling residence surpasses all others in Miami, and arguably anywhere else in Florida, when it comes to delivering the ultimate in luxury. “People who buy a $38 million dollar penthouse like this are very wealthy,” notes Acqualina President of Sales Michael Goldstein. “They just want to walk in the door and not have to do anything but enjoy it.
And how could you not? The residence, which comes with a Rolls-Royce Cullinan and a Lamborghini Aventador. This residence features a grand salon with walls in travertine from floor to ceiling, 18-inch marble baseboards, custom reverse crown molding and 12 foot cantilevered glass pool that looks straight down the beach.
Ricardo Britto, director of interior design and projects with Luxury Living USA, took on the task of furnishing the penthouse. “ Among the collections that were selected for this project are FENDI Casa, Bentley Home, Trussardi Casa and Paul Mathieu,” he says, naming among his favorite pieces are Fendi Casa’s Artu Sofa, which was custom-designed for the space, and Fendi Casa’s Piano Bar in a taupe-toned crocodile-embossed leather.
Immense expanses of glorious space comprise yet another element of luxury in the penthouse, according to Isabel Tragash, Principal with STA Architectural group. “Spaciousness and maximizing the views, which are magical from every room, are important,” she says. “The penthouse features 30-foot ceilings in the entertaining areas and 15-foot ceilings in other areas. In addition to the airiness such heights impart, Tragash adds, “They inspired us to develop a reverse crown molding which really enhances and creates a rhythm throughout the space. It’s one of my favorite features.”
An extreme Calacatta Crema marble adds color and movement and perfectly complements the walls clad in rich-hewn eucalyptus and honed travertine. A custom chandelier features 165 glass droplets that that sparkle in the morning Sun and illuminate the gleaming interior surfaces at night. Tragash credits her team with realizing the vision which she first discussed with Jules Trump almost six years ago. He wanted something that exceeded expectations. It was a tall order, but we went to the drawing board.” Clearly, they understood what he was looking for.