Miami + Art Deco

So you always have a prime place to stay during Art Basel

So…another Art Basel Miami weekend has come and gone. Once again, that hugest of huge international art events drew tens of thousands of visitors to Miami from all corners of the earth. People start planning their trips to next year’s Art Basel the minute this year’s event closes. (In other words: now.) If you didn’t book your flights or hotel rooms way in advance, you probably didn’t get the cream of the crop.

   Here’s the good news:

If you have a few extra million to spend on Miami real estate, you can get some prime digs so that you always have a place to stay.  One of our favorites on the market right now is at the Shelborne, a Miami Beach hotel that underwent a $90 million renovation, which included the addition of Morimoto South Beach – a restaurant by, yes, Iron Chef Morimoto.


The Shelborne, Miami Florida.

The hotel is located in the Art Deco District, which according to the National Register of Historic Places, has more than 800 Art Deco structures. The area contains the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the world.

A walk along Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive will take you past all those lovely, historic hotels (the Delano, the Raleigh, the Sagamore, the Clevelander, the National, and so on) that draw Art Deco lovers even when it’s not Art Basel season.

At the Shelborne, some of the condo units are available for purchase. For $1.275 million, you can get a three-level unit with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a sitting area. If you do happen to buy one and you’re thinking investment, though, you can only rent out the unit if you do an interior renovation that’s up to standard.

Parking is hard to come by in the area, and we’re guessing it’s even worse during Art Basel. But once you’re there, you’ll be in the heart of the Art Deco District. Just slip into your chic and easy resort wear and out into the neighborhood. Plenty of Art Basel should be happening around you.

PhotographyShelborne Wyndham Grand

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Elizabeth Salaam
Along with her work as Senior Contributing Writer for Girl's Guide, Elizabeth Salaam writes for the San Diego Reader. Her work has also been published in Elle Magazine. | Most inspired by: Contradictions. | Favorite room in my home: The Master suite. The windows have views for days! | Best design idea I may never do: Adorn my enclosed toilet room with library book wallpaper and a chandelier. | Will never: Bungee jump. | Have always been: Rebellious. | Dying to: Live in a Paris flat with herringbone wood floors.
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