Design & Real Estate

Rare Opportunity

Over the span of 10 years, The Melo Group acquired and assembled over 80 separate properties to put together the final waterfront site of more than 5 acres in Miami’s urban core, establishing Aria Reserve’s irreplaceable location.
Words by Yoshi Sanz | March 29, 2024 | Design & Real Estate

Picture-perfect Miami is tropical breezes and a bright sun sparkling on glamorous waters. However, in reality, there is very little undeveloped waterfront property left in the city, which means that Aria Reserve will be the final development of such a significant magnitude. It is the only project in Edgewater to offer direct access to both the water and access to the bay walk; a place where residents will enjoy luxury and privacy with everything they need on one property. It redefines the idea of “a life well lived,” including, unique to Aria Reserve, resident access to a private marina open for watersports, including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.

The best lives all start with a strong sense of “home” — which at Aria Reserve means impeccably finished large bedroom units, available in 1- to 4-bedroom floorplans measuring between 1,100 and 2,600 sq. ft. as well as a limited collection of luxurious penthouse residences, ranging from 3,500 to over 9,000 sq. ft. Each penthouse comes with its own one-of-a-kind personal 3-car garage vault; with 5 tri-level penthouse mansions also featuring private rooftop decks with pools and summer kitchens. “Every residence will include two private or semi-private elevators, a dedicated office/den, at least 10-foot-high ceilings, and open flow-through layouts with up to 11-foot-deep expansive terraces boasting unparalleled sunset views to the west and bay and ocean views to the east,” says Sales Director Nicolas Barbara.

Living in Aria Reserve is like living at a private estate, only better. “Aria Reserve features connectivity, views and amenities unique to both Miami and the development itself,” says Barbara. “Residents will enjoy privacy and luxury, yet they will also have direct access to the water and connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods, including Downtown’s Arts & Entertainment District, Miami Design District, Wynwood Arts District, Midtown Miami, and Miami Beach. Residents are within blocks of dozens of luxury retail shops, high-end restaurants, and world-class arts & culture venues.”

Or one can simply choose to stay in. Traversing across 550 feet of the waterline, Aria Reserve’s long list of amenities on the Bay Level will include a pair of swimming pools with dawn views and jacuzzis, a private garden for meditation, a private dog park, and a two-story restaurant with private access through the South Tower or Bay Level. At the Garden Level, situated on the 10th Floor terrace, residents will enjoy over an acre of open recreational space with an indoor-outdoor wellness center. It will include tennis and paddle tennis courts, a basketball court, and a semi-Olympic pool surrounded by private cabins. The Sky Lobby features 30-foot-high windows, with views overlooking the Bay and Miami Beach. Amenities include pool tables and a library. Residents will also have access to a private wine cellar to store their own wine collections at a perfect temperature. Meanwhile, on the ground floor, along 23rd Street, The Melo Group is developing a public park with open green spaces, which will connect to the Miami Bay Walk, and provide direct access to the 5-mile-long pedestrian and bicycle-friendly waterfront promenade.

Aria Reserve’s uniqueness is attracting a new type of buyer. “The Melo Group’s last projects had buyers from all over the world, but now we also have an influx from the U.S.,” says Barbara. “Aria Reserve has experienced record sales and remains on track with the construction timeline.” As such, Aria Reserve has attracted numerous celebrities, artists and professional athletes worldwide who have chosen it as their first or second home. Some notable buyers of this luxurious property include Alexis Mac Allister, the 2022 World Cup Champion, and international soccer stars like James Rodriguez and Juan Pablo Angel. Their interest should come as no surprise, as due to the lack of remaining waterfront properties, another development of Aria Reserve’s caliber is unlikely to be built;