It’s lengthy been acknowledged house patrons love a view of the blue. As a result of their comparative shortage, houses on oceans, lakes (Nice and in any other case), rivers and canals constantly command extra at sale time. How rather more? In response to some estimates, a house on a lake will garner 25 to 50 p.c greater than the identical house in an inland location.
However trotting out the phrase “The Lord’s not making any extra waterfront property” to clarify the worth premium might not work anymore. That’s as a result of high-end builders are turning to the incorporation of artificial “crystal lagoons” on residential properties to drive purchaser curiosity of their upscale developments.
“There’s large worth in including lagoons to upscale properties,” says Carlos Rosso, developer behind ONE Park Tower by Turnberry at SoLe Mia in North Miami, a 32-story, 303-residence challenge that includes entry to a seven-acre “crystal lagoon,” a physique of water so named for its crystal-clear waters.
“You’ll be able to create a waterfront group with unimaginable views in city areas the place that wasn’t beforehand doable. It’s a singular amenity that’s an asset for the event and patrons. In fact, constructing lagoons of this scale requires very massive improvement websites. So they don’t seem to be simply replicated.”
Of a measurement equal to 21 Olympic-sized swimming swimming pools, the crystal lagoon amenity at ONE Park Tower gives a non-public island, devoted lounge chairs arrange alongside the sands of a non-public seashore, stand-up paddle boarding and eating offered by The Lagoon Café.
The resort-style enclave, designed by prizewinning structure agency Arquitectonica, additionally gives facilities that vary from a wellness heart with health, spa and therapeutic massage amenities to co-working house, a library and pickleball courts.
Nevertheless it’s the lagoon that’s confirmed to be among the many best lures for ONE Park Tower patrons, Rosso says. “It contributes to a brand new sort of luxurious we’re providing: An city way of life surrounded by nature, and a implausible relationship with water. You’ll be able to step outdoors your unit straight to the crystal-blue waters on the lagoon.”
North Miami doesn’t have the market cornered on crystal lagoons. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Metropolis – District One in Dubai, UAE encircles a 100-acre crystal lagoon. The crystalline water function corkscrews round 5 islands and 1,100 acres of emerald frondescence, with greater than 4.5 miles of beachfront. Residents are in a position to take part in kayaking, paddle boarding and aqua aerobics.
This group is a high-profile part of a master-planned improvement from Meydan Group known as The Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum Metropolis. It contains a public park whose measurement dwarfs London’s Hyde Park, the world’s largest shopping center, company workplace buildings and greater than 1,500 new ultra-luxurious residential condominiums.
One other high-end improvement, MahaSamutr in Hua Hin, Thailand, options Asia’s first and most expansive crystal lagoon.
Every of its 80 villas is ready on the almost 18-acre lagoon, which gives crusing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. Contemporary transit alternate options being deliberate will make sure the group stays readily accessible by a high-speed practice from Bangkok. A ship ferry from Pattaya additionally brings MahaSamutr inside attain.
Crystal lagoons’ capacity to drag residents collectively in water sports activities or stress-free moments beneath palm bushes makes these water options extremely efficient social connectors.
“Incorporating a lagoon right into a improvement creates a good looking waterfront setting and in addition serves as a group centerpiece,” Rosso says.
“It’s a function that brings folks collectively, including an inherent social factor by unimaginable leisure actions. At ONE Park Tower, the . . . crystal lagoon has one thing for everybody, from swimming to kayaking, paddle boarding, or lounging on the non-public seashore with service by a devoted seashore concierge. [That] makes it a extremely sought-after amenity.”