Renderings to Reality: Miami Condos

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in real estate, a rendering could be worth tens of millions of dollars. For agents selling luxury homes with little more than a marketing brochure, renderings are the lifeblood of real estate marketing.

And while people understandably clamor for newly-released renderings, few take the time to compare a project’s initial concept with the finished product. So we’ve rounded up Miami’s newest condo developments and compared their renderings to reality.

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GLASS is a boutique, luxury residential tower composed of ten glass-enclosed homes with stunning 360 degree views and private floors in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Masterminds behind this 18-story, all-glass project? Terra Group and Miami-based architect, Rene Gonzalez.

Developer: Terra Group
Architect: Rene Gonzalez Architect
Completed: 2015

The thriving East Edgewater neighborhood is home to Bay House, a 165-unit luxury waterfront condominium developed by Melo Group. Entirely composed of three-bedroom residences with panoramic bay views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach skyline, the tower stands 38-stories high.

Developer: Melo Group
Completed: 2015

In the heart of Miami’s East Edgewater district resides Biscayne Beach, a 391-unit luxury condominium including impressive multi-level upper penthouses with private pools and gardens. The project was developed by a joint venture between Two Roads Development and GTIS Partners with interiors by celebrity designer, Thom Filicia. The 52-story tower ‘brings the beach to the city’ featuring downtown Miami’s first private Beach Club overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Developer: Two Roads Development and GTIS Partners
Completed: 2016

When you enter BrickellHouse, a 374-unit condominium skyscraper in Downtown Miami’s Brickell district, you’re greeted by a massive three-story lobby. This plush 46-story project was developed by Newgard Development Group and designed by Sieger Suárez Architectural Partnership, Inc. with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg.

Developer: Newgard Development Group
Architect: Sieger Suárez Architectural Partnership, Inc.
Completed: 2014

Coconut Grove, the oldest neighborhood in Miami, is home to Grove at Grand Bay. The twin 20-story towers overlook Biscayne Bay and Regatta Park, located just a couple blocks away from CocoWalk. Developed and designed by Miami-based Terra Group and architect Bjarke Ingels, the project unveiled the first residential towers to be built in Coconut Grove in over a decade.

Developer: Terra Group
Architect: Bjarke Ingels
Completed: 2016

The British-inspired Bond on Brickell is a 44-story luxury residential tower in the heart of Miami’s Brickell Financial District. The 328-unit project was developed by Miami-based teams, Rilea Group and MDR Toledo, and designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates.

Developer: Rilea Group
Architect: Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates
Completed: 2017