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Cars are the stars at these luxury high-rise residences

Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach is the only building anywhere where residents can take their cars into their homes via private elevators.
Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach is the only building anywhere where residents can take their cars into their homes via private elevators.

Miamians love their cars — so much, in some cases, that they fancy the idea of living with them. Or, at the very least, keeping them as close as possible at all times. Recognizing this, savvy real estate developers have found a way to make our car dreams a reality. Collaborating with elite brands and engineers, they’ve masterminded residences that allow buyers to enjoy elements of their favorite luxury auto brands, even when they’re not on the road. Five homes where you can live life in the fast lane:

1. 1100 Millecento by Pininfarina

Developed by the Related Group and designed by Italian engineer and automobile designer Paolo Pininfarina — think Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat and Alfa Romeo — and architect Carlos Ott, 1100 Millecento was at the forefront of the luxury car-branded high-rise trend back in 2015.

The 42-story luxury condo is outfitted with elevators (high-speed, naturally), ceilings, walls and floors all done in Ferrari’s trademark glossy red. Several of the common spaces in the building display massive black-and-white images of the legendary models designed by Pininfarina.

The contemporary lines of the units call to mind the sleek silhouette of a sports car — precisely the theme this project was meant to convey — while the appointments of top-grade wood and Italian leather further the aesthetic. 1100 South Miami Avenue, Miami; 786-296-1300; millecentomiamibrickell.com.

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Residents see a lot of red -- Ferrari red -- at 1000 Millicento. Photograph by Robin Hill.

2. Aston Martin Residences

Set for completion in 2021, the Aston Martin Residences embody the refined exclusivity that defines the British brand’s custom automobiles. “While most car manufacturers mass-produce, at the center of Aston Martin’s message is that they are a limited-edition manufacturer,” said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate, the exclusive brokerage for Aston Martin Residences. “For their first residential project, they wanted a premier gateway international city, and, of course, Miami is perfect for that.”

Aston Martin hallmarks are evident throughout the building, such as hand-stitched leather pulls in the sales gallery that mimic those used in the cars. The gallery’s sofas are made using leather from the Scottish Highlands — where the climate ensures that hides grow thick and supple — the same leather used for the seats in Aston Martin’s cars. An enormous carbon fiber reception desk, which Lamadrid says cost “gazillions of dollars,” is one solid piece.

But perhaps most awesome of all is the collectors’ line of completely customized DB11s that are being designed specifically for the building. And if you pony up to buy the building’s $50-million penthouse, a track-only, $2,500,000 Vulcan — one out of only 24 made — is included. 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami; 305-573-7333; astonmartinresidences.com.

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The sofas in the Aston Martin Residences' sales gallery are made with leather from the Scottish Highlands, the same leather used for the seats in Aston Martin cars.

3. The Estates at Acqualina

Coast up the entrance ramp to Acqualina Resort & Spa, and one of the first things to catch your eye will be a line of gleaming Rolls-Royces parked out front. “People think we’re in the luxury car-rental business,” president of sales Michael Goldstein said. “Between Acqualina, the Mansions and The Estates, we have the largest concentration of Rolls-Royces — 59 of them — in the United States.”

Because so many of the buyers at all three properties — including The Estates at Acqualina, set to open in 2019 — are car collectors, air-conditioned auto vaults are being built that will hold two, four or six vehicles. The Rolls in particular has become such an integral part of the culture here that plans are in the works for Braman Rolls-Royce to open an office on-site so residents can get their cars washed or serviced without having to leave home.

And in case you’re thinking of buying at The Estates but you don’t have a Rolls of your own, the property’s house car is a custom velvet-red Rolls-Royce Ghost that will be at the disposal of owners who want to shop in style without having to get behind the wheel. 17885 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; 305-933-6666; estatesatacqualina.com.

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Acqualina's Residences and Estates are home to the largest concentration of privately owned Rolls-Royce cars in the world.

4. Porsche Design Tower

Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach is the only building anywhere where residents can take their cars into their homes. This is possible via elevators also referred to as “Dezervators,” named after developer Gil Dezer, who holds the patent on the lifts. “The idea was to make a building for people who love automobiles and literally want them in their living rooms,” Dezer said of his collaboration with Porsche.

Each elevator services 44 apartments, but Dezer says lengthy waits are not an issue. “There’s an app that’s used to call the elevator in advance, and it will tell you how many cars are in front of you. If you’re first in line, it’s not even a two-minute lift, unless you’re going ground-to-penthouse.”

So why Porsche, as opposed to another luxury car manufacturer? “I’m a big Porsche fan,” Dezer said, “and when you do these projects, you really have to mimic the brand.” To that end, the building was built using the same woods, metals, carbon fibers and leathers that Porsche uses in its vehicles. Added Dezer: “We even went to the point of reducing the Porsche Design perfume to an oil and diffusing it through the vents, so you get the scent when you walk into the lobby.” 18555 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; 305-974-0500; designtowermiami.com.

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An Artefacto-designed unit at Porsche Design Tower.

5. Paramount Miami Worldcenter

Paramount Miami Worldcenter developer Dan Kodsi is reaching for the sky: He’s building a skyport on the mega-building’s roof in anticipation of flying cars. “After reading about Uber Elevate, we reached out to them to get more information,” Kodsi said. “They want to create skyports around the country. They already have a helicopter option in Dubai. So one day you’ll look at your Uber app, maybe in 10 to 15 years, and be able to choose that. The technology is already there.”

Based on this intel, Kodsi decided to redesign the roof of the Paramount Miami Worldcenter while it is still under construction, enclosing a portion and installing a glass elevator that runs from the standard elevators up four floors to what today is an observatory but will eventually be converted into the skyport.

“We realized we could easily support the weight — people land helicopters on buildings, and these drones are lighter than helicopters. They’re electric, smoother and lighter.” Sales gallery at 1010 Northeast Second Avenue, Miami; 855-756-0123; paramountmiami.com.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter is ready for flying cars. Artist rendering.

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