April 2019

Last night, Related Group did its thing and opened another sparkling condo on a South Florida beach, along with partners Fortune International Group and The Fairwinds Group. Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, a two-tower project overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, celebrated the completion of its 170 units. The property’s 17-story North Tower is sold out, but larger units — some of which have their own private pools on terraces — remain available at the 22-story South Tower. Prices run from $1.5M to $9M. 

The project was designed by Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolf & Associates. A restaurant with a Napa valley feel, DUNE, is open to the public, as is a spa, which features 14 treatment rooms, a sauna and a sound meditation room. To guard against sea-level rise and hurricanes, the building has elements like a drainage system in the foundation and breakaway walls that would collapse under high pressure without damaging the main structure. 

The property has a long history: In 1956, it opened as Ireland’s Inn, and became a Fort Lauderdale institution. In 2015, it was demolished to make way for Auberge. During Hurricane Irma in 2017, a crane fell through the sales center. But by this year, the property was setting record prices for Broward County condos; Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola bought one for $10M. Football great Dan Marino also reportedly bought a unit there. 

Andy Mitchell, president and CEO of The Fairwinds Group and part of the family that had founded Ireland’s Inn, said in a statement that “We started this journey in 2002 with our vision to build something spectacular on our family’s beachfront property. Our goal was to capture the essence of why people love this great city and to ensure our completed project would set a new standard of design excellence on Fort Lauderdale beach. To this end, we worked tirelessly to achieve this vision. Auberge Beach is an example of how thoughtful development can elevate the image of a city. We have set records in unit sales, velocity of sales and number of amenities.” 

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