My mom and I are obsessed with old cars. In the first year of the pandemic, we spent our free time walking around the neighborhood. Eventually, when things were safe, we were walking or hiking in nearby cities. This “stop and smell the roses” mentality awarded us with exterior house décor ideas and a newfound love of old cars. Since mask mandates and stay-at-home orders were quite strong in the beginning of this evergreen virus, we got to see the coolest, vintage, most expensive cars while the world was in lockdown. Our fascination grew with Porsches, ‘70s BMWs, old Jeeps, classic Volkswagens, the list goes on. We saw the most expensive cars, including Bentleys, when we ventured south. We’d ooh-and-ahh at the lives we’d imagine the owners to have.
Which is why I was intrigued to find out that Bentley has residences in Miami that lift your car from the ground floor to your apartment. I mean, talk about door-to-door service. However, as excited as I was seeing headlines, I couldn’t help but wonder what exactly that entails. Ahead, everything you need to know about this modern and ultra-opulent living: How much it costs, how to get on the waitlist, and the inspiration behind the new development.
Bentley Residences Miami
With the slogan “space you can embrace,” Bentley Residences have waterfront views engulfing all apartments, private three- to four-car garages, private heated swimming pools, laundry rooms, smart climate controls, saunas, heated bathroom floors, outside showers, elaborate walk-in closets, and so much more.
Many people believe Bentley followed in Porsche’s footsteps after they launched their Design tower. “The pandemic freed a lot of wealthy individuals from needing to be close to New York. They could work anywhere, and many of them chose to come down here. And why not?” said developer Gil Dezer, who is responsible for the Porsche Design Tower and Bentley Residences.
The property has 216 condominiums and is said to be the tallest residential tower on a United States waterfront. Essentially, once the cars reach their designated floors, they are then carried up to their personal garages, powered by Dezervator, a robotic elevator for cars that delivers vehicles right to the owner’s condo. The entire garage can be seen via a large glass panel from inside the apartment.
“From our brainstorming sessions on how to make the living experience in condominiums a lot better, we continued to get feedback that people hated to valet their cars,” Dezer said in a recent press conference. “Mainly, they didn’t like valet car runners changing their car seat positions every day. But more importantly people didn’t like the fact that the front of the building knew all of their coming-and-goings.”
To be a proud owner of one of the 56 units already built (the total property will be done by 2026), you must cough up either $3.7 million for a 2,800 square feet property or $57 million for a 10,000 square feet home with an 11-car garage and two pools.
So what do you think? Are you for this new way of living? Or do you feel the money that they spent on building and money spent to live there could go to, I don’t know, one of the plethora of disasters and hardships going on in this country and abroad?
In any case, if you’re thinking of buying a home, read this first. And here’s why renting is so awful right now.
Photo via Bentley Motors