UPDATED March 13, 5:10 p.m.: The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club will begin welcoming guests on March 27, and at the same time will launch Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant and Champagne Bar in the revamped historic Russell Pancoast-designed Surf Club.
The north tower of condominiums, adjacent to the hotel, also just received its temporary certificate of occupancy, developer Nadim Ashi, CEO of Fort Partners told The Real Deal. He said $1 billion in condos have already been sold and closings are underway.
The 72-room hotel at 9011 Collins Avenue in Surfside is on the site of the former private beach club founded in 1930 by Henry Firestone Club, and now retains the club’s former grandeur.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier of New York-based Richard Meier & Partners, the entrance and expansive lobby lead to an art gallery of past photos. Beyond that is the champagne bar and restaurant, built on the site of the club’s former ballroom.
Le Sirenuse will be the first foreign outpost for the Positano, Italy-based restaurant at Hotel Le Sirenuse, owned by Antonio Sersale. The Miami restaurant will offer the same menu, seating, plates and glassware as the original Le Sirenuse, Carla Sersale told TRD.
Chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller also plans to open a restaurant in the original Surf Club structure in early 2018.
A tour of the rooms revealed classic luxurious design with subtle earth tones and neutral colors. Rooms take up floors 5 to 12 of the 12-story hotel with rates ranging from $799 per night to $1,249 per night, Brad Mumford, assistant director of rooms said. A second phase with five condo suites and 28 hotel residences is still in the works.
The interiors of the guest rooms and public spaces were designed by Joseph Dirand of Joseph Dirand Architecture.
Overall, the 9-acre, mixed-use oceanfront development includes the hotel, two 12-story residential towers, a private club, two restaurants, four swimming pools, cabanas, a gym, oceanside gardens and a park – all designed by Meier, with landscape designer Fernando Wong designing the gardens. The property has 965 feet of ocean frontage. Fort Partners paid $116 million for the site in 2012.
Condo units range in price from $3.4 million to $18 million, and in size from 1,400 square feet to more than 7,000 square feet. Ashi said the average price per square foot is $2,400. Ninety percent of buyers are from the United States, with 80 percent of the total from the Northeast, he said. They were drawn to a combination of Meier’s architecture, the blending of old and new and the Four Seasons connection, Ashi said. “The Four Seasons has a great American following, he added.
Surfside is in the midst of significant redevelopment, where other projects include the recently completed Fendi Chateau Residences, Jason Halpern’s planned luxury boutique condo Surf House, as well as a joint venture between Israel-based ASRR Capital and Istanbul-based Suzer Group on a project a block away from the Surf Club.
Photos by Katherine Kallergis