Some design aficionados may claim that nothing beats the Art Deco buildings on Miami Beach, but push farther afield and you’re guaranteed to find architectural gems in new builds and traditional high rises alike. The Sunshine State is making waves with a crop of water view condos featuring stunning penthouse suites. Dig into gleaming, streamlined kitchens, refreshing bathrooms with an oceanic feel, classic American comfort in plush living rooms, and long-table dining. Add in endless views of beach and ocean and bright splashes of color, and you may find that the state’s endless summer suits you just fine.
The Private Island Penthouse in Aventura
Rosemarie Friedman, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
For anyone who’s ever dreamed of running away to their own private island, there’s Privé. The only property on the island, this development blends resort luxuries with urban conveniences—think private elevators, 70,000 square feet of indoor social spaces, and a private marina for yachts up to 150 feet, all done up in top-of-the-line finishings with nods to mid-century and inspired minimalist style. From the impeccable chef’s kitchen to the generous patio space to the at-home spa, the clean lines, beautiful stone, and inviting woods of this five-star penthouse to harmonize perfectly with the water below.
The Hotel High Rise Penthouse at Miami Beach
Brenda Powers & Gabriela Dajer, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Sitting pretty atop the W Hotel, this vista-rich penthouse hits high notes of contemporary and eclectic décor. Designed by Steven G, the home features 12-foot ceilings, which add an airy ambiance to the hints of Moroccan styling in the condo’s lighting, rugs, and chairs. Slatted woods, Calcutta marble, and chevron ceiling inlays add a nice nod to the natural world clearly visible via unobstructed 180-degree views from this peak Florida find.
The Airy Penthouse Over the Green in Boca Raton
Monica Squier, Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty
Consider this chic slice of heaven a picture-perfect blank slate for decorating to your heart’s content. Dress the light-filled rooms in fashion-forward throws, artistic portraits, and high-gloss accents, grounded by elegant black window grilles and kitchen counters. Or play up the escape factor with plush patio furniture on the Mediterranean-style terrace overlooking the fairway below. Paired with 10-foot ceilings and porcelain flooring, the penthouse’s amenities include a private two-car garage, designer kitchen with bar, and custom walk-in closets, all within an easy walking distance of some of the best entertainment Boca Raton has to offer.
The Glass Gulf Penthouse in Destin
Jonathan Spears, Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty
Crystal clear glass spans both floors of this luminous Destin penthouse. A notch above open-concept, the two-story atrium-style living room is overlooked by bedrooms with glass feature walls so that not an inch of the Gulf of Mexico view is wasted. From the sun deck to the chef’s kitchen to the rooftop pool to the floating staircase, reflectivity runs throughout, each quality surface gleaming. Thoughtful design ensures possessions are tucked away, fostering a calming, hotel-style feel throughout.
The Bright and Beachy Penthouse at Sunny Isles Beach
Fabian Garcia Diaz & Allan Kleer, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Everything about this two-story penthouse at Sunny Isles Beach feels optimistic. The décor hits a sweet spot, combining playfulness, excitement, and a relaxed tone that can only be found near sandy shores. Sparkling light fixtures and reflective surfaces play well off textured stone walls and marbled floors. A wave mosaic in the bathroom hints at the opportunities for water recreation just a few floors down. Plush chairs and a statement chandelier nestle around a matchstick-leg table open for brunch anytime.
The Traditional Surrealist Penthouse, Sunny Isles Beach
Oxana Obolevitch, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
From the patterned ceiling designs to the quirky light fixtures to the organic-shaped mirrors, there is something unusual and appealing about this Collins Avenue penthouse. The stately living room with its glossy surfaces and crisp whites harkens to fine yacht interiors, while the home’s washrooms feature custom Bisazza mosaics and in-shower saunas. Dock your boat below at one of the berths available for sale or rent, host guests on the penthouse’s wraparound patio, and relax into the Sunny Isles lifestyle.
Whether sleek and minimalist or alive with splashes of color and unique treasures, these design-forward condos in Florida have the market on sunshine and ocean views cornered.
Your own home in the sky awaits; find your ideal Florida penthouse and enjoy the luxury and convenience of top-of-the-world living.