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Colombo's La Dolce Vita, An Exclusive Sanctuary with Smart Technology Amenities

Dennis Clemente
February 14, 2023

Vita at Grove Isle
Vita (photo rendered) is set for completion in 2024 but sales are underway. CMC Group

If you eventually see a spaceship floating on Biscayne Beach’s shoreline, it would not be the first time someone described Vita at Grove Isle like that, especially when everyone is talking about high-flying balloons and alien invasions these days. It’s actually an exclusive luxurious sanctuary of just 65 elegantly designed condominium residences being developed by Miami’s top real estate developer Ugo Colombo.

Colombo calls the luxury residence Vita, the Italian word for “life.” Colombo was born in Milan, Italy. He was schooled in a Lausanne, Switzerland boarding school and spent two years working for his father's industrial empire. He came to the US in 1983 and attended the University of Miami. People know him for bringing luxury to the skyline of Brickell.

In his latest project located just offshore of Miami’s Coconut Grove, Colombo emphasized the use of high quality materials like the marble and Italian stonework adorning the bathrooms as well as high-end appliances.

Fewer units mean more space and comfort plus ease of maintenance. Private elevators service only two homes per floor. It’s a boutique condominium that offers more personal space. 

Vita was designed in partnership with CallisonRTKL and A++ Human Sustainable Architecture and was inspired by the natural curves of the island. While it looks like a single structure, there are 3 buildings – Mare, Luce and Sole.

The residential complex sits on a 20-acre private island with 65 residential units designed in partnership with CallisonRTKL and A++ Human Sustainable Architecture. All units offer panoramic bay views priced from $5 million upwards; 12 amazing penthouses start at $10 million. Units range in size from 2,500 square feet to 6,500 square feet. 

The penthouse suites will feature a full-size swimming pool, a private rooftop terrace and a summer kitchen. Each unit features smart technology capabilities, indoor-outdoor living, 10-foot-high ceilings, balconies, Italian marble and cabinetry and so much more. Smart technology subsystems that are in the property include lighting control, climate control, water and air filtration systems, and high-performance soundproofing.

The property amenities include a bar and lounge, a fitness center, a spa, a children’s playground, a waterfront pool, and a complimentary membership to the Vita at Grove Isle Club. 

For the sports minded, it has tennis courts, paddleball, pickleball and more.  There is also private garage space available, a valet service and a concierge.

The Vita building is set for completion in the latter part of 2024, but pre-construction sales are said to be underway. 

Home theater design. CMC Group

Luxury real estate projects

Colombo has made a name for himself in Miami since his move in 1984. He is famous for developing a number of luxury real estate projects in Miami like the Brickell Flatiron in 2014 with artist Julian Schnabel and real estate partner Vladislav Doronin. 

Prior to that, Colombo and his firm, CMC Group, began building Bristol Tower on Brickell Avenue, the condominium that kicked off the luxury residential boom in Miami. One of his buildings, the 54-story, 150-feet Santa Maria condominium in Miami, was once the tallest building constructed south of New York City.

Brickell Flatiron. CMC Group

Brickell Flatiron lobby. CMC Group

The 736-foot Brickell Flatiron skyscraper at 1000 Brickell Plaza has a unique flatiron shape and curvilinear façade. It was designed by Florida-based architect Luis Revuelta, with the sleek interiors crafted by Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini. Brickell Flatiron’s proximity to more than 20 restaurants has made this area walkable and pedestrian-friendly.

The Milan-born developer has come a long way. When he first came to Miami more than 30 years ago, he said condos were economical, efficient boxes – no luxury condo. That changed with Bristol Tower, Colombo’s maiden project with private elevators, large units, large terraces, security, and a concierge. 

Colombo also worked with Italian architect Ghini on the 10-story mixed-use Collection Residences in Coral Gables, across the street from his luxury car dealership with the same name. It features historic Mediterranean architecture with the comforts of an upscale modern design. 

The Collection’s amenities include a door man, porter and resident manager; a full-time concierge and valet; a VIP automotive care and treatment service; a private courtyard garden with landscaped outdoor pool; a fitness center; a wellness spa; advanced technology and security, and many more.

Colombo’s condominium projects under his CMC Group include Epic Residences, the Grovenor House, Porto Vita, and Santa Maria. Colombo certainly gets his vitality in life from his ongoing project, Vita.

Porto Vita. CMC Group

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