Community of Floating Mansions May Come to a Miami-Dade Lake

Categories: Unreal Estate

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via Dutch Docklands
Most of the land in Miami-Dade is artificially dried out swampland and man-made barrier islands. So it seems like its Dade's destiny to one day be home to the first community of floating mansions in America.

According to the Biscayne Times, Dutch Docklands USA has submitted plans to create Amillarah Private Islands - North Miami Beach, a group of 30 individual artificial private floating islands in Maule Lake. Twenty-nine of those would be home to private luxury residences, the other would be for community amenities.

See also: A Floating City in Biscayne Bay? Dutch Company Hopes to Make It a Reality

Similar floating communities exist elsewhere in the world, and talk of bringing one to Miami dates back for years. In 2011, British billionaire Ben Way floated the idea of "Arc Island," a Manhattan-sized floating island that would initially be based in Miami, but then float around the world. It would feature a spinning skyscraper and a ski slope. Needless to say, that hasn't happened yet.

Back in 2013, Dutch Docklands presented a more low-key (well, low-key as far as floating mansions are concerned) idea and have now submitted their plans.

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Maule Lake is a former limestone quarry located towards the north of Biscayne Bay in North Miami Beach. It's deep, can accommodate big yachts, and has direct access to the Intracoastal.

According to the Times, the private islands would each contain "a two-story, four-bedroom villa, a patio, garden, sandy beach, swimming pool, rooftop terraces, al fresco dining areas, and two boat slips." The islands would be 500 feet from shore, and 80 feet from each other. Boats would be needed for transportation to the mainland. The homes would also be self-sustaining -- meaning they wouldn't need to be connected to the existing power, water, and sewer grids. (Though, residents would still need to pay property taxes.)

Granted, there's still a long way to go before the project becomes a reality. Portions of the lake would need to be rezoned, and Dutch Docklands would need to buy the lake, which is privately owned, from a trust run by the descendants of E.L. Maule, founder of the mining company that turned the lack from a quarry into a lake in the first place.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, just like almost every other luxury development in Miami, the islands would primarily be marketed to rich foreigners who would likely only use the properties part time.

[H/T: Curbed Miami]

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Jason Walters
Jason Walters

If they can figure out how to tax it, they will allow it...

Joaquin Jackse Pineda
Joaquin Jackse Pineda

what a waste of money... making architecture which is against nature and the natural systems around them is counterproductive to the awareness of rising sea levels or climate change in general. Georgina Ascencio

Joshua Polo
Joshua Polo

A solution for wealthy people concerned about rising sea levels, which never had a concern prior to the rise and no longer need to be concerned knowing they could potentially live comfortably while manages to stay afloat on a few pickup truck. Article of the year right here

Bigb Brown
Bigb Brown

Maybe they should spend some to stop the rise in global tide ijs

chipahoy
chipahoy topcommenter

if you wait long enough, well all have floating houses....

Bertha Guerrero
Bertha Guerrero

Barb Pernaris, your dream is coming closer to reality!

Marc W Rutgers
Marc W Rutgers

And to all the negative people posting here .You can also create your own House on the water within a smaller budget . In the Netherlands we do this for Centuries we constantly battle the Ocean water .Americans should embrace visions like this and adapt to the problem of raising sea levels.

Leilani Mariel Pérez-Torres
Leilani Mariel Pérez-Torres

didn't you just publish that we weren't able to afford high-rises?? this doesn't look any cheaper than a box up on the sky...

Jose Brown
Jose Brown

Don't wanna have seasickness be part of my daily routine.

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

They have been doing this in Holland for decades...

Adrian Popescu
Adrian Popescu

This is for super rich not for average american ...

RoLy PoLy OrLy
RoLy PoLy OrLy

That doesn't solve the problem lol. This is why I left Miami lol

Christopher A. Haik
Christopher A. Haik

Great, when the rest of the city starts to drown we can raid those houses

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

^^Oh look, more class warfare perpetuated in these comments.

Zoeanne Ford
Zoeanne Ford

They need to stop building! Start rehabbing and stay out of the Everglades!

Jeff Dearing
Jeff Dearing

Gotta hand it to the grifters who sell the rich on these lame ideas. Nary a thought given to the societal infrastructure these "libertarians" think they can do without for survival.

orleans
orleans topcommenter

excellent article!

Amy Rodriguez
Amy Rodriguez

They already exist, in the Caribbean Islands... And are awesome to live in.

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