Savanna launches condo sales at Olara in West Palm 

Asking prices for units in the planned 26-story tower start at $2M

Savanna's Chris Schlank with rendering of Olara
Savanna's Chris Schlank with rendering of Olara (Savanna, Getty)

UPDATED, Jan. 30, 12:25 p.m.:

Savanna is launching sales at Olara, its planned 26-story condominium in West Palm Beach.

Savanna tapped Douglas Elliman Development Marketing to lead sales of Olara at 1919 North Flagler Drive, according to an announcement. The waterfront tower will sit directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, across from Palm Beach.

Savanna is a New York City-based real estate investment and development firm, founded in 1992 by Chris Schlank and Nicholas Bienstock. Olara marks the first South Florida project for Savanna, which has invested $6 billion in a portfolio of projects across New York City, including One Court Square in Long Island City, according to its website.

Olara living room rendering
Olara living room rendering (Image by @binyanstudios)

Miami-based Arquitectonica’s design of the two-building Olara development includes 275 units in the condo tower. A previous project announcement stated the development would have a total 485 units, with 315 condos and 170 rental units, although these numbers have likely changed.

The condo units will have two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans, ranging from 1,500 square feet to over 5,000 square feet. The tower will also include a small number of penthouses. INC Architecture & Design and Gabellini Sheppard Associates, both New York-based firms, will lead Olara’s interior design, according to the release.

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Olara terrace rendering
Olara terrace rendering (Image by @binyanstudios)

The development will include a six-boat slip private marina, an 80,000-square-foot amenities deck and a 30,000-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor to be headed by an unnamed celebrity chef, the release and the project’s website show. Amenities will include a 13,000-square-foot fitness center, spa facilities and a library.

Over the last two years, Savanna assembled the 4-acre Olara development site in 17 property purchases. Last year, West Palm Beach created a zoning district that encompasses the Olara site, just north of downtown West Palm Beach, raising limits on building height.

Olara is part of a wave of condo development in West Palm Beach, following a continuing spike in demand in the luxury residential market. Pandemic migration and corporate relocations have transformed the market with an influx of permanent residents.

Olara bedroom rendering
Olara bedroom rendering (Image by @binyanstudios)

West Palm Beach-based Frisbie Group and Houston-headquartered Hines have a 28-story condo project in the works, but it’s now facing legal challenges and potential financial trouble. The planned 82-unit tower has posted asking prices as high as $75 million, but a lawsuit brought by Two Roads Development has put the project on shaky ground.

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